Muin

Vines, or grape vines, didn’t reach the shores of Ireland until the Romans introduced wine around 2000 years ago.
The bramble, however, is native to the cool climate of Northern Europe, shares the winding characteristics and bares sweet fruit like the vine. This is why the ogham muin could represent either the vine or the bramble. The vine (Old Irish “Muin,” genus Vitis) is often replaced by the blackberry in Celtic mythology. In Ireland, blackberries cannot be gathered after October 31, and are abandoned to the Faeries. The vine and the ivy are both plants that grow spirally. From this growth pattern comes the belief that the vine and the ivy are plants of reincarnation. The vine is considered a “tree” of rebirth, joy and exhilaration.

Bramble/Blackberry are connected to the Fae. Brambles should not be eaten after Samhain because the Púca spits on them and they become inedible (in some parts of Ireland they believe that the Púca urinates on them). The Púca is an Irish spirit (one of the fairy folk).

An arch of bramble which had rooted at both ends was believed to have special powers and if you wished to invoke evil spirits you could do so by crawling through the arch at Samhain while making your wish. An arch of bramble could also be used to cure, for example, a child with whooping cough could be cured by passing it under the arch three times before breakfast for nine consecutive days while saying “in bramble, out cough, here I leave the whooping cough.

Both the wine from the vine and the Blackberry takes time after the harvest. So you have to wait to get the best result.

 

Divination

Vine: rebirth, joy and exhilaration. But also the vine earned its symbolism from its growth patterns. The vine grows opportunistically, and would dig in wherever feasible in order to gain a strong foothold to assure its own growth. This is a powerful metaphor of “going with the flow” or “growing where you are planted.”

Bramble: intoxication; as Blackberry wine is strong and heady, so the excitement from chancing upon new ideas is also intoxicating.

Background

A vine (Latin vīnea “grapevine”, “vineyard”, from vīnum “wine”) in the narrowest sense is the grapevine (Vitis), but more generally it can refer to any plant with a growth habit of trailing or

scandent (that is, climbing) stems or runners. The word also can refer to such stems or runners themselves, for instance when used in wicker work. In the United Kingdom, the term “vine” applies almost exclusively to the grapevine. The term “climber” is used for all climbing plants

In British English, a “bramble” is any rough (usually wild) tangled prickly shrub—specifically the blackberry bush (Rubus fruticosus)—or any hybrid of similar appearance, with thorny stems.

Bramble or brambleberry may also refer to the blackberry fruit or products of its fruit (e.g., bramble jelly). The shrub grows abundantly in all parts of the British Isles and harvesting the fruits in late summer and autumn is often considered a favourite pastime. It can also become a nuisance in gardens, sending down its strong suckering roots amongst hedges and shrubs. The word comes from Germanic bram-bezi, whence come also German Brombeere, Dutch Braambes and French framboise

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