Ogham Series - Fios - Knowledge / Wisdom
Ogham is the first written script of Ireland - said to have been created by the God Ogma as proof of his scholarly prowess. These characters can be found all across Ireland marking prominent stones where ever you may go. Combining this ancient script with the words from the living Irish language our Ogham series hopes to bring new energy and awareness to both.
Fios is the Irish word for knowledge, but unlike eolas (information) this word speaks more to visionary wisdom, carnal knowledge and in some circles a Second Sight.
As we have seen in our series, there are many Irish words for knowledge but I have yet to come across one that better captures the idea of esoteric or occult widsom than Fios. We see the variations of Fios connected to people who often held a lot of influence in Ireland. The lucht feasa were soothsayers and the more common Bean feasa was a wise woman or fortune-teller. It was well understood that these folk had access to knowledge and that made them both powerful and wise, as such anyone who came seeking the knowledge from them would also be wise in showing them respect.
Fios could be seen as linked with older notions of the practical applications of knowledge, for some believe that only when the knowing of a thing is linked with the experience of doing it that true wisdom can be found.
If knowledge is power, then maybe only the wise can truly be trusted with it.