The first of the aicme Muim.
Ogham Letter M
Celtic : Muin. (muhm)
Latin: Vitis vinifera (LINN) Rubus Fruticose
Astrology: Grape = Sun. / Element Fire /
Birth: September 2nd – September 29th
Blackberry: Venus. / Element Water
Meaning: Regeneration, continuation, opportunity, connection expansion fertility bounty. This particular species is one of the oldest grape vines originating from Turkey. Vine is connected with prophecy and the relaxation of inhibitions – as tends to happen when we drink a brew of the fruit of the vine. The surfacing of intuition. It is also symbolic of roaming widely and gathering.
The Druids also recognized the predominate growth formation of this vine being in the shape of a spiral, which has long been considered a sacred symbol for the intertwining of the conscious and unconscious mind.
Prophetic Vine – spiriting t’ward inspiration
Unleashes heartfelt inspiration.
Blackberry, fruit of prickly vine
Prophesies evoked from strongest wine.
Vines tend to dig in wherever it can in order to get a strong foothold and assure its own growth. Great metaphor for life – but be aware that most vines can be a bit prickly. Thus it can also mean healing and protection as well as celebration and abundance.
Healing: They say that a glass of red wine can benefit the heart and circulation. Also good for loosening inhibitions and opening the mind to intuition. Fruit of the vine helps to proclaim feelings more freely. Grape vine leaves were used to to stop hemorrhages and bleeding.
The Blackberry fruit is rich in fiber, vitamin C and iron. Blackberry vine can be used to heal skin which has been scalded. Dip nine blackberry leaflets into spring water and lay them on the burn. Call upon Brigid for healing of the wound.
Legends and Folklore: Associated with the Goddess Brigid – the Celtic goddess of healing and of poetry. Also associated with the Welsh moon Goddess Ceridwen – for inspiration. Muin is associated with the Autumn Equinox. It was considered bad luck to eat blackberries during this season because they were to “be left for the fairies”. The decorative symbolism of grapes and vines is often seen around chalices and other ancient artifacts.