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Hazel           Coll        (Enlightenment)

Coll corresponds to the letter C in the Ogam alphabet and is associated with the Hazel tree. This symbol represents wisdom, creativity and enlightenment.

Coll pronounced: kuhl

Status: Chieftain-tree

Element: Air

Gender: Masculine

Celtic Ninth Month: July

Powers: Coll used in the search for illumination in both creative and divine messages.


Keywords: Discovery, wisdom, intuition, straight to the source, poetry, divination and mediation, creative energies, wisdom, understanding, inspiration, the divine sage, enlightenment.


Deities associated with Hazel: Mercury, Hermes, Thor, Mac Coll, Aengus, Artemis, Diana, Brighid.


Interesting Spiritual Info: The hazel tree is the tree of immortal wisdom and is linked with magic manifestation, spirit contact, protection, prosperity, divination, dowsing, dreams, wisdom-knowledge, marriage, fertility, intelligence and inspiration. The Hazel is associated with meditation and mediation. It represents intuition, poetic skills, and the power of divination. Creative energies can be channelled to help inspire you to be a mover and shaker. Hazel is a tree that is well known to be sacred to the fairy folk and the fey.


Ogam Healing: Creativity; Depression; Enlightenment; Fear and doubts; Fertility; Finding self-love; Going straight to the heart of the matter; Inspiration; Intuition; Letting go of fear; Mediation; Meditation; Mental blocks; Protection; Open up to creative energies; Brain issues; Cognitive issues; Dementia; Eczema; Headaches; Spina bifida; Blood; Chronic cough; Heart disease; Red blood cells (disintegration); Constipation; Diarrhoea; Gastrointestinal problems; Indigestion; Morning sickness; Kidney stones; Breast cancer; Colon cancer; Lung cancer; Prostate cancer…


More Medical information and in-depth healing suggestions can be found in my book The Beginners Book of Ogam Tree Healing, or by attending one of my workshops.


Folklore: Hazelnuts to the Celts represented both wisdom and inspiration. There are many variations on an ancient tale that told of nine hazel trees which grew around a sacred pool, each year its nuts fell into the water and were eaten by the salmon (a fish sacred to the Druids), they absorbed the wisdom. A Druid teacher, in his bid to become enlightened, caught one of these special salmon and asked his student to cook, but not to eat it. While it was cooking, a blister formed upon the fish and the pupil used his thumb to burst it, so causing some of its juices to splash over his thumb. Not being able to resist the urge, the student sucked it, and absorbed the fish’s wisdom. This boy was called Fionn Mac Cumhail (Fin McCool) and went on to become one of the most heroic leaders in Gaelic mythology.

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