2. Oir

Epiphany, realization, peak, lightning flash, elucidation

Tree: Spindle (Euonymus spp.)

Letter: Th

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Oir signifies the realization something is at its peak. It is a few of insight and understanding; it is the “bolt of lightning” like Prometheus’s fire that enables human beings to evolve. Lifting the veil of ignorance can be painful and seeing the truth does not always feel like a gift. The possession of knowledge is a complex burden to carry: it is too complicated to qualify as “good” or bad”. Nevertheless, some epiphanies can be life-changers. They can grant us the ability to make good decisions and liberate us from cycles we no longer wish to participate in.

Believers in reincarnation speculate the reason we cannot remember our past lives whenever we want is because all of that information would fry our little human brains. The same is true of clairvoyance: if we could see all of the non-corporeal activity around us, it would likely send us straight into the asylum. A little fire is good; burning the house down or freezing to death for lack of a pack of matches is not good. Seeking knowledge is great; seeking to know it all at the expense of one’s sanity and personal hygiene never works out. Running away from the life of the mind ends badly in equal measure. As usual, this Ogham implies a balance should be struck.

Questions to ask when you draw Oir:
-What realizations have changed your life so far? Name three.
-What trap are people who count on an impending apocalypse falling into? What thoughts/lessons are they using the Apocalypse Meme to avoid?
-What historical peaks have occurred within your lifetime? What are a few of your perceptions of them?

“Only through suffering do we learn.” -Aeschylus

“We take spiritual initiation when we become conscious of the Divine within us, and thereby contact the Divine without us.” -Dion Fortune

“You can’t hurry love.” -The Supremes