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A handcarved Copper pendant of the Celtic Ogham symbol for the Blackthorn tree. This pendant is 3/4 of an inch across, 1 7/8 inches long, including the wire bail. A tiny Connemara marble bead finishes this piece and hangs from a brown leather cord, specify 16 or 18 inch length. The pendant pictured has sold, your pendant will be made to order and will vary slighty from the one here. Please allow one week for creation!

The Celtic meaning of the blackthorn tree speaks of:


Among the Celts, this sacred tree of the Ogham was considered a portent of challenges ahead, but with the promise of improvement once we push through those challenges.

The Druids recognized portents struggle intuitively in the formation of the blackthorn tree's growth. This tree has some wicked thorns that are ominous looking at best. Indeed, when cut by these thorns the human flesh can turn septic fairly rapidly.

In autumn it turns a sulfurous yellow and when these leaves drop they expose a contorted body. This mangled imagery brought the concept of strife and suffering to the Celtic mind.

These visual observations made the blackthorn a symbol of the other half of life that we often shrink back from. When the blackthorn showed itself in Ogham oracle practices, it could be considered as a portent of war, illness or discouragement. It was a sign to get ready and brace yourself.

The blackthorn is not all bad. On the contrary, the Celts observed that this tree produced some of the sweetest berries among the sacred tribe of trees. However, these berries were at their most succulent and sweetest after a hard frost. Here again we see symbolism of strife – but in this light we are shown that the blessing comes after the challenge.

In this way the blackthorn shows us that our very best fruits sometimes come after trials, setbacks and tribulations. We would do well to keep this in mind as we are in the midst of our challenges: We will come out on the other side better and sweeter than we were before.

Furthermore, the blackthorn is a message that preparation is often the best solution for any difficulty. When we encounter the blackthorn in our experience, (either in our nature walks or by oracle), it is a time to honor the bounty we already have, and take practical measures to button up any loose ends we might trip over in the future. The message of the blackthorn should not be observed as all gloom. Rather, it can be a message of opportunity if we embrace our experiences as an avenue for growth

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  • Handmade item
  • Primary color: Copper
  • Secondary color: Bronze
  • Materials: copper, connemara marble, metal clay, copper metal clay
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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