The ancestry of the Roman alphabet from Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs) to Semetic (early Hebrew) to Phoenician to Greek. (J, U, and W were late additions to the Roman alphabet.) The Ancient Egyptian name for their own writing system was "Metu Neter" - meaning divine speech. "Hieroglyphs" is a Greek word - "hieros" means "sacred", "glyph" means writing.
Interestingly Kemet's ancient Faith correlated the bird as a metaphor of the soul. In Estonia's first nations associated the annual disappearance and reappearance of migrating birds with the spiritual realm as well.
Willow, Ogham name Saille, rules 15th April to 12th May, its element is that of water. In divination: The flexible Willow twig when pushed into damp soil will strike root and grow, so moving on from one period of life to a new era with wisdom and experience gained from adversity.
Hazel, Ogham name Coll, rules 5th August to 1st September. Around Connla's well grew the nine Hazel trees which contained all the knowledge of the world. From those trees dropped nine nuts, which imparted this knowledge to the salmon living in the well who ate them. Fionn cooked the salmon for the chief Druid to eat, but burnt his thumb on the cooking fish and sucked it to ease the pain, gaining the wisdom instead of his master.
Hawthorn, Ogham name Huathe, rules 13th May to 9th June. Mayflowers, the blossom of the Hawthorn, are associated with purity and innocence, and are used to crown the Mayqueen, but the "Faerie thorn" is also the entrance to the Otherworld........... so beware!
Yew, Ogham name Ioho, rules 22nd December, Winter Solstice. The latin name for yew is taxius, the Greek word for bow is toxos, Toxin means poison so it is not surprising that Yew tree wood is used to make the best longbows and the poison for arrows. Yew trees planted in churchyards were thought to protect the corpses buried there and preserve their spirits ready for rebirth.