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Reed            Ngetal    (Direct action)

Ngetal corresponds to the letter Ng in the Ogam alphabet and is associated with the Reed. This symbol represents direct action, healing and communication.

NGetal pronounced:  NYAY-tuhl

Status: shrub

Element: Earth

Gender: Changeable

Celtic Twelfth Month: October
Powers: Reed represents direct action.


Keywords: Tree of scribes, direct action, direction of purpose, growth and meanings to the purpose of your journey, communication, knowledge, order, healing, will, protection.

Deities associated with Reed: Ningikuga, Lady of the Pure Reed, in Sumerian mythology was a goddess of reeds and marshes. The Goddess, Brighid, Rhiannon, Manannan, Mac Lir, Poseidon, Coventina, Pwyll.


Interesting Spiritual Information: With reed, you have the ability of finding order whilst all around you others see chaos. With this ability comes the skills of choosing the right direction for your target and keeping the intention pure will make sure you follow the path, whatever comes your way. Reed gives you the spiritual capacity to create the spiritual weapons you will need to keep on keeping on. Reed is used in spell work & ritual magic for expanded awareness, journeys to other realms, soul retrieval, harmony rituals, protection for home and balancing energy.


Ogam Healing: Balancing energies; Bringing order into your life;  Bringing out your leader -abilities; Communication; Courage;    Coping with hard times; Direction of purpose; For scribing; Growth; Harmony; Healing; Knowledge; Looking for direct action; Meaning to your journey; Order; Pointing you forward to your goal; Protection; Opening communication; Toothache; Asthma; Breast cancer; Bronchitis; Cholera; Coughs; Fevers; Leukaemia Lung abscesses; Digestive problems; Poisoning -(food- sea food); Urinary tract; Diabetes…


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: Reed represented the dates of Oct 28th – Nov 24th in the Celtic calendar and the time of Samhain, and All Souls Day, when the door to the other world dissolved and the dead could join their living ancestors. Reed is also associated with Brighid, Goddess of poetry, healing and smith craft. Her crosses were woven from reed and hung for protection within the

home against fire and evil spirits. They are still made today for St Brigid.

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