Celtic Symbol: The Green Dragon or The Cat (conflicting sources)
Bird: The Duck
Planet: The Sun and Uranus
Color/Stone: Red / Yellow Chrysolite or The Ruby
Herbal Gender: Masculine
Rowan has long been regarded as a tree of protection. Uses of Rowan in protective magick include carrying Rowan
twigs on sea voyages to protect the ship from storms and planting a Rowan near a new house to protect it from lightning and evil influences. Walking
sticks made of Rowan will protect their user from harm. A charm made of two
small twigs of Rowan wood tied together to form a cross using red thread or
yarn can be carried to protect against bad spirits. The Celts
believed that no witches or evil spirits could cross a door over which a branch
of Rowan had been nailed. In some legends, the Rowan has also been called the
whispering tree because it has secrets to tell to those who will listen. Rowans
also can be planted on graves to prevent the haunting of the place by the dead.
In Ireland, a Rowan stake was sometimes hammered through a corpse to immobilize
the spirit. Rowan is often called
The Wizard Tree or The Witch Tree, partly because Rowan berries have a small
five-pointed star at the point where they are joined to the stalk. A tiny five-pointed star, or pentagram, is an
of protection, which lends further merit to the protective qualities of
the rowan tree.
The Druid Dhubh (Blackbird) also has an association with the
Rowan tree since Blackbirds are fond of Rowan berries. Since there is a
star on each Rowan berry, eating them is said to give the blackbird
the ability to connect us with his healing song to the balancing and
regenerative powers of theOtherworld and the Unconscious. Rowan
berries were said to be the food of the Tuatha De
Danaan. Irish Druids held Rowan trees sacred like Oaks and sometimes
called it the 'Tree of Life'.
Rowan wood is one of the nine traditional
firewoods to be added to the Belfire that is burned at Beltane. Remember to ask the tree if it will allow
you to take a branch and be sure to leave the tree an offering of thanks when
you are done. The tree is sacred to the deities of Rowan, Thor and Brighid
(triple goddess of inspiration, healing and smithcraft). Rowan is also sacred
to Oeagrus (father of Orpheus, who belonged to the sorb-apple cult) and to the
White Goddess Aphrodite; Akka/Mader-Akka/Rauni (Finnish goddess of the harvest
and of female sexuality); and the river goddess Halys/Alys/Elis (Queen of the
Eleusine Islands). In folklore the
Rowan is regarded as the godmother of milk cows. The Rowan is a favorite tree
of the Otherkin. A Slavic tree spirit known as Musail, the forest tsar, king of
the forest spirits, is associated with the Rowan tree. Rowan also has a
vampiric association since it is, along with Garlic and Hawthorn, one of the
most popular herbal vampire repellents.
The Rowan Tree is the tree of vision, healing, psychic powers and is associated with witchcraft. Twigs and branches of the rowan tree help to bestow protection and runes were carved with sticks from a rowan tree. It is also a tree held dear by the Celtic Goddess Brigid. Rowan is also used during rites of the Moon and for rites of knowledge and divination. This is based on the Celtic calendar of the 13 moons and represents the Moon of astral travel and vision, healing and empowerment.
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