The Language of Trees Language in Corrigenda | World Anvil

The Language of Trees

  The language of the trees is known only amongst the Druids of Corrigenda. When there is an important message that needs to be sent they use this code. There are a number of locations, such as hanging on guideposts and at crossroads, where the code may be left to be found by another who then crafts a copy and leaves it at a different location, thusly allowing the order to pass messages without the threat of interception.   There are twenty trees in the Ogham. Each tree has a meaning associated with it. Thus when combined in a specific order it can convey a message to the person who finds it if they understand the code. Many have tried to crack the code and failed for a lack of understanding of the meanings behind the woods.   The codes are strung on strips of sinew, which takes precision and time, which are formed into a loop for hanging.


There is now verbal component of the language of the trees nor is there truly a written language. Because of this the sender of the message must gather all the pertinent components from his surroundings.


Luis leaf, Ur bark, Ailm wood, Nion bark, Eadhadh wood, Straif leaf, Straif berry   Straif wood, Nion leaf, Ur leaf, Duir wood, Nion berry   Gort leaf, Ngetal leaf, Iodhadh wood, Onn bark     The bark of the tree is used to symbolize the first meaning, the wood the second meaning, and the leaves the third if the fruit of the tree is used it indicates the important aspect of the message.


The order of the selected items can change the meaning. Love, transformation, surrender as opposed to surrender, love, transformation or transformation, surrender, love. In the first meaning it is love is transformed through surrender, while the second meaning is surrender to love to be transformed and the third meaning transform surrender into love. Though all three use the same components for the message the meanings are vastly different. A druid spends a great deal of time working on memory techniques so that when passing on messages through this means there are no mistakes and the message can remain clear.    

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Common phrases are those such as vision change consequence. This means that the sender has had a vision of change with dire consequences if the vision cannot be altered. Usually, this is portrayed by willow leaf, birch wood, and hawthorn wood ending with a hawthorn berry. Truthfully there are no real common phrases since the messages rarely repeated.
The following list explains the trees and their meanings.   Beith (Birch): New beginnings, Change, Release, and Rebirth.   Luis (Rowan): Protection, Expression, Connection   Fearn (Alder): Endurance, Strength, Passion   Saille (Willow): Imagination, Intuition, Vision   Nion (Ash): Connection, Wisdom, Surrender   Uath (Hawthorn): Contradiction, Consequence, Relationships   Duir (Oak): Strength, Stability, Nobility   Tinne (Holly): Action, Assertion, Objectivity   Coll (Hazel): Creativity, Purity, Honesty   Quert (Apple): Beauty, Love, Generosity   Muin (Vine): Introspection, Relaxation, Depth   Gort (Ivy): Determination, Change, Patience   Ngetal (Reed): Harmony, Health, Growth   Straif (Blackthorn): Discipline, Control, Perspective   Ruis (Elder): Transition, Evolution, Continuation   Ailm (White Fir): Clarity, Achievement, Energy   Onn (Gorse): Transmutation, Resourcefulness, Exposure   Ur (Heather): Dreams, Romance, Feelings   Eadhadh (Poplar): Victory, Transformation, Vision   Iodhadh (Yew): Transference, Passage, Illusion


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