This image of the Salmon in the pool of Segais is my inspiration as we approach the full Moon in Coll. The card is from the very beautiful Druid Animal Oracle, (Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm) illustrated by William Worthington. The Salmon lives in the Pool of Segais and eats the hazelnuts which fall from one of the nine hazel trees (Coll) which surround the pool. Salmon is revered as the Oldest Animal. He represents wisdom, inspiration and rejuvenation. Despite all obstacles, the salmon returns to her place of birth to mate and lay eggs.
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Farewell OBOD Camps: Greetings White Horse Camps!
Many of you may have been wondering where OBOD Camps have gone.
Answer: like little Gwion we have undergone transformation and been reborn as White Horse Camps after the equivalent of a period in Ceridwen’s womb. We are now independent of, though still closely linked to, OBOD.
In Celtic lore, Hazel nuts are the food of the Salmon of Wisdom who dwells in the pool of Segais. The Salmon is one of the forms taken by Fintan, a combination of shaman and Noah called ‘the White Ancient.’ When Fintan becomes Salmon he is known as the ‘oldest animal.’ The Hazel nut represents concentrated wisdom, poetic wisdom and inspiration. Hazel knowledge includes measurement, surveying, and the art of dowsing for underground water sources.