Pronunciation: Lou sh Lunar: 2nd moon of the celtic calendar (December - January) Sagitarius to Capricorn Moon Phase: Waning Crescent/New Moon Moon Name : Cold, Oak, long night moon Letter: L Title: Peasant Height: (mature) up to 40ft 14mtr. Influence: Masculine Age: Four Generations Legend: Protection, sensibility, self control, fore-sight, spiritual strength. Arch-Angel:Michael Element: Fire Chakra:Solar Plexus Aura: Yellow Medicinal Qualities: Shredded bark tea can calm irritable bowel, berries carefully used can be made into juice and have laxative qualities.(pips should not be eaten) berries make an effective coffee substitute and can be cured for making jelly and/or liquers. Totem Entities: Unicorn, Badger, Blackbird,
The spiritual meaning of the Rowan tree is one of protection, it affords protection, it attracts the incompatible energies and is able utilise them and make them compatible. The Rowan Tree attracts lightening such is the fecundity of the Rowan it only needs to be struck once to provide a lifetime of protection and goodwill to the local area. The Rowan is the diplomat, it makes the incompatible... Compatible.
The underside of the Rowan berry contains a pentogram unlike most other berries, this being one of the reasons Druids held this tree in such high esteem. Where a normal berry is round or has a stub opposite side to the stalk, the Rowan has a small distinctive pentogram which is surrounded by the obvious circle of the berry. Being an enclosed pentogram it is the sign of protection.
The shrill scream of the Blackbird will warn everything around of impending danger, the calm serene song of the Blackbird brings calm and meloncholy tones to every dawn chorus. The Blackbird will happily eat the berries of Rowan and as such affords protection and calm to all around them.
The seed of the Rowan is carried by bird, the digestive processes of the bird allowing the seed a healthy start to life. This tree is capable of growing at high altitude and is known in some regions as a tree of protection and strength. Just as the Hazel twig is used for divining for water, a Rowan twig can be used for devining for metals. Planting a Rowan tree near to a house or building will attract lightening and spare the house from any stray strikes. Thor is a Norse God that was known to the people of Prydain and like the Rowan he granted protection to those that wanted it. The wood is good for handles, (Thors hammer) cart wheels, walking sticks and boats. In days long past animals and herds would be driven through the smoke caused by two fires of Rowan wood, in the belief that the herds would be protected by the tree. Also should you come across a tree that is loaded with fruit it might be worth investigating the area to see if some saintly soul has been buried close by. It is believed by some that the roots of this tree going through a body protected the soul and allowed easy passage between the worlds. Perhaps this is the reason for these trees being found in many of our churches. Sitting beneath a Rowan will help you decide the correct path, it will help with deciding what your purpose is and maybe guide you back to the path you were travelling before you became distracted. Just as the Unicorn recognises a threat and avoids the situation, the wisdom that comes from the Rowan will help you recognise fear.
A wand made from Rowan needs to be forked, two energies as one. Merlin used them as a wishbone, to afford protection and to encourage diplomacy. These wands are kept and not held, placed in a pocket or as a pendant or charm. The hidden secrets are in the vibration it encourages. It will adjust the vibrations surrounding it, the nearest tree to The Tor in Glastonbury is the Rowan.