Monthly Archives: July 2016

Thanks for your emails about the Live Free graphic, and a note about the Ogham letters used

Thank you for your emails about the graphic I put with the last post. A few asked for a larger size so they could use it as a background for their desktops. So here ’tis in its original size, though it’s still not very large (550 pixels wide). I do most graphics on the Thunder Valley Drums and Shaman Drums and More sites with a neat comic book program, Comic Life.

Back in full size
Back in full size, an illustration of the Thunder Valley Drums motto.

Of course, this one has been optimized for the Web, and thus lacks some of the depth of the original. So if you would prefer to have a copy of that, just write and I’ll email one to you.

And a note about those two Ogham letters in the graphic: As with all such characters in that beautiful alphabet of the Celts, there are layers upon layers of possible meanings, and thus, there are many possible interpretations. To me, the letter on the left with the single vertical and four horizontal strokes to the right, which most agree represents the willow tree in its original usage, represents life and to live joyfully.  According to lore, the willow is a water tree, feminine, ephemeral, poetic, beautiful, graceful, steeped in love, joy, peace , healing and protection (one source for this, here).

The letter on the right, with a single vertical and two horizontal strokes to the left, represents the oak, a mighty and sturdy tree with many male qualities that stands against the strongest forces and thrives in its freedom. The lore attributed to it (same source as above) include strength, success, stability, healing… AND LIGHTNING, among others. Starting to get my drift?

It is only right that drums made from lightning-struck trees represent these qualities, strong enough to absorb and transmute lightning into healing and to perpetuate the beauty of life. Live Free.

May you indeed do just that.

Aho & Namaste,

Live Free motto
Variation on a theme of Live Free. This graphic is 800 pixels wide. I can send this one to you, as well.

See You At The Healing Festival, July 16-17, 2016

thunder valley drums motto
An illustration from the new TVD Website, coming soon! (That’s the bottom of a Thunder Drum with a drumstick, smudge sachet and its outside lacing folded over.) The symbols on either side of “Live Free,” which is the TVD motto, are Ogham letters which I interpret to represent the motto.

The next Healing Festival is coming next weekend, July 16-17, at the Pritchard Center here in Elizabethtown. I hope to see you there!

Vendors, speakers, healers, psychically gifted seers, and yes, even a drum circle (not sure of the times, but you can check the sponsor’s site for that). I’ll have several drums on hand so you can try out your favorite during the circle. New this year will be some very nice drum bag/backpacks, small to medium hand-sewn purse/carry-alls for toting your smudge and other stuff, some tea light candle holders, a LOT of medicine bags, plenty of new drums, and a unique SQUARE drum made in Peru (and only $44) through a Fair Trade arrangement.

We’re packing up everything this week in anticipation of having a great time meeting new and old friends. Hope you are one of them!

See you then!

Aho & Namaste,