Similar to the runes, Ogham, pronounced ogam or Om, is an ancient Irish alphabet currently used as a divination system. Its letters, known as feda, can be written in two orientations, upright and horizontal. To avoid confusion, I will use the upright orientation as this is most similar to how reiki symbols drawn. Feda are read and drawn from top to bottom or left to right.
Beith, pronounced Bayth, is used for purification or cleansing which can be applied to chakras, wounds, or holistically for bacterial or viral infections. It works well with all other feda including but not limited to nGetal, Fern, and Coll.
Lus, pronounced loosh, works well when using herbs or plants as part of the healing process. When brewing a cup of herbal tea, draw Lus over the cup and infuse the cup of herbal tea with reiki energy. Drink the tea, and this will help promote the healing energy of the herbs used.
Fern, pronounced fairn, is the protection feda. For reiki purposes, I would only use Fern in combinations with other feda including Gort, nGetal or Dair. Fern in the context of reiki healing sessions works as a protective scab or shield over an injury while it heals.
Sail, pronounced sahl, can be used if the client has problems with circulation. This feda will help promote flow, and works well in conjunction with the willow tree. (See the Reiki and Nature page for more information on tree use in reiki.)
Dair, pronounced dar, has a similar energy to the rune Uruz as it represents the very strong oak tree. Use this feda when a client needs additional courage or physical strength. Dair works well with nGetal for strength during the healing process.
Coll, pronounced coal, can be used by the reiki practioner prior to the healing session on his or herself to help promote wisdom and inspiration through feeling. This is incredibly important as a reiki practioner to trust your feelings and to gain information through feeling. Use by drawing the symbol on your hands, heart, or third eye. For added focus, use Beith prior to Coll to help clear the mind.
Muin, pronounced mwin, is very similar to the rune Ansuz. Muin can be used if an individual has throat chakra blockages to help develop communication. Draw this feda in light blue over the vocal cords. Do not use if the person has an over developed throat charka.
Gort, meaning growth, is a perfect feda for mending bones, growing new skin or growing new life. Combine Gort with nGetal for healing, or combine Gort with Ailm to become pregnant.
nGetal, pronounced nyet-all, is the most used feda as its sole purpose is healing. Combine with any other feda to add a purpose or function, or use solo anywhere you might also use Cho Ku Rei.
Straif is very similar to the rune Kenaz as it is the feda of transformation. Use this feda when the client wants to overcome addictions, alleviate fears, heal past traumas or past life issues, and help open blocked chakras. Straif can also be used if overall major changes are desired by the client. Use this feda only if you know the intentions of the client prior to the session.
Ailm, pronounced all-um, can be used by itself or in combination with Gort to promote fertility in someone who would like to have a child. Draw the symbol over the root or sacral chakras.
Edad, pronounced ay-dad, can be used for a multitude of purposes including traumas of the eyes (i.e. surgery), guidance during a reiki session, and opening blocked third eye chakras. It works well in combination with nGetal or Straif.
Idad, pronounced ih-dad, is the feda for memory. Idad can be used prior to study for tests for increased retention, or it can be used to help treat alzheimer's. I would not use Beith in combination with this feda if the client is already suffering memory loss.