"Rowan is the tree of power, causing life and magic to flower."



Sorbus Aucuparia

The Lady of the Mountains

Second month of the Celtic Tree calendar, January 21st - February 17th
Ogham Luis

Second consonant of the Ogham alphabet - Luis



Das Baum TarotPlanet: The Sun, Mercury

Element: Fire

Symbolism: Protection and Inspiration 

Stone: Tourmaline

Birds: Duck, Quail

Color: Green

Deity: Brigantia, Brigid, Virgin Mary, Thor

Sabbat: Imbolc, Candlemas

Folk Names: Delight of the Eye, Mountain Ash, Quickbane, Ran Tree, Roden-Quicken, Roden-Quicken-Royan, Roynetree, Sorb Apple, Thor's Helper,  Whitty, Wicken-Tree, Wiggin, Wiggy, Wiky, Wild Ash, Witchbane, Witchen, Witchwood


Medicinal properties

The berries contain a high concentration of Vitamin C, a good preventative and treatment for scurvy. They also contain organic acids, tannins, sugars. The berries have been used to make general tonics for the body since the ripe berries are mildly purgative and diuretic.


  Magickal properties

Using meditation, Rowan is helpful with clearing the mind and opening our inspiration. The Essence of Rowan is used in vibrational medicine to assist in attuning us to nature, broadening perspectives, and making room for a deeper understanding of our place here in the universe.  It also has a significant role in protection. Rowan wood was traditionally used to make spindles and spinning wheels, tool handles, stakes and pegs, dowsing and divining rods. A rowan wand or walking stick will protect you from being harmed on a journey and bring spiritual enlightenment along your path.   To the Celts the Rowan was a symbol of the hidden mysteries of nature and the quickening of the life force.   Scottish tradition did not allow for the use of Rowan wood for any other purpose than ritual.


Rowan is not to be forgotten, set aside, or ignored.

She is the power within you to call forth your elegance and mastery of your logical mind as it intermingles with your intuitive powers.  She calls you into the path of future planning, use of symbology, and talismans to form order to your designs.


Let this time be the time you put your dreams into a sequence of architectural designs. Perform an act of accomplishment for each step of your unfolding plan.

Use your act as a building block to bring your dreams to fruition. Trusting your intuition and logical intelligence will give you insights for more planning.

Let prophetic insights assist you.




The Faces of WomanSpirit

A Celtic Oracle of Avalon

by Katherine Torres, Ph.D.


The Faces of WomanSpirit by Katherine Torress PhD

Rowan's name means "a secret" or "to whisper" and shares it's origin with rune.



Peace to these little broken leaves,
That strew our common ground;
That chase their tails, like silly dogs,
As they go round and round.
For though in winter boughs are bare,
Let us not once forget
Their summer glory, when these leaves
Caught the great Sun in their strong net;
And made him, in the lower air,
Tremble - no bigger than a star!

- W.H. Davies, Leaves


Health and healing Spell:


Use a handful of dried Rowan berries for Rowan berry tea.

Place them in the center of a small square of white or purple cloth. Gather the cloth over the berries and tie it into a bundle with white or purple ribbon. Hang this in your kitchen during flu season or keep it for the entire winter. 

Whispers from the Woods, by Sandra Kynes



Tree Magick  

by Gillian Kemp



"The Rowan Tree forecasts a bright future for you. 

Red being the color of fire, Rowan means "flame." 

What you need will gravitate toward you in the same way that the Rowan's red berries give it power to attract birds. Patience is indicated by the life-giving properties of energy and protection that the Rowan symbolizes. 

There is a sign that something is coming soon, because the Rowan is one of the first trees to bud. May Poles are made from the Rowan, so flirtations and romance are forecast. A merry-go-round begins, bringing people together by magical charm. The Rowan also brings protection, as it has always been used to make amulets to guard against evil and ills."



Tree Magick by Gillian Kemp


from The Wisdom of Trees by Jane Gifford


Rowan is able to flourish higher up on the mountains than most other trees. Closer to the sun and divine inspiration in this extreme environment, it yet retains its grace of form and its potential for healing. Exposed to the elements on solitary crags, it still produces blossom and berries to delight the eye and heal the body, bringing vibrant color and birdsong to the hills. Rowan emphasizes the need for color and creative endeavor in our lives and encourages us to open our minds to creative inspiration. It also teaches us that we can draw on the forces of life to heal ourselves and those around us. We can develop the art of turning adversity into creative opportunity. Rowan protects and gives courage and strength to those walking the path of spiritual growth and enlightenment. For the Celts, the rowan was the Tree of Quickening, of Sacred Fire, of the Awakening Spirit, and the Sun.


The Fairy Bible by Teresa Moorey


The Fairy Bible

by Teresa Moorey


The Rowan Fairy is strong and protective, yet feminine and very magical. Norse myth tells that the first woman was formed from a rowan, while the ash formed the first man. Rowan is reported to have saved the life of the god Thor by bending over a swift river where he was drowning and enabling him to pull himself out.


The Druids used incense made from rowan wood to conjure spirits, yet the rowan fairy has such a grounding influence that she can connect you with the Otherworld while keeping you firmly in this world. Rowan protects against superstition and fosters a positive attitude. The rowan is planted near homes, for protection and insight.


The rowan fairy is one of the most helpful of all, for she values the matters of this world and seeks to establish a connection with the subtle realms. She repels intruders firmly, yet invites interchange between the realms of being. Rowan is very powerful near stone circles and barrow-mounds, for her abilities are enhanced in these places. Her power will come with you if you carry rowan berries in your pocket, to where the water meets the land - and this can inspire you to write poetry.

The presence of a rowan tree in the yard or garden is said to provide the home and family with fairy blessings, and the protection of the fae. Rowan is also believed to provide protection from fairy spells. Rowan was once used as a charm to prevent fairies from spoiling butter as it was churned. In Scotland, the smoke from fires kindled of rowan wood was used to protect cattle from malicious fairies.

OGHAM The Celtic Oracle

by Peter Pracownik and Andy Baggott

This is a time to freely express yourself both emotionally and creatively. Remember that you are ony responsible for your actions, not other peoples' reactions to them; so don't let others close to you down. Be aware of negative influences around you and protect yourself by wearing a crystal or some other protective charm. Give yourself the time and space to let new thoughts and ideas arise in you, take time out to clear your mind so that you also have the mental space to facilitate this. Call upon the energies of the Mother Goddess to teach you how to best nurture your new ideas so that they can bear fruit.

The Rowan is a tree of magical protection long used to ward off enchantment and lightning. Its flame-red berries bear the sign of the pentagram, the protective five-pointed star and it is said that a rowan whip or branch can break the spell of an enchanted horse. A cross made of rowan and bound with red thread was used by our ancestors as a protective charm above the doors of houses as celebrated in the rhyme:

"Rowan tree, red thread,
Holds the witches all in dread."

Likewise its flower, berry or wood was regarded as a protection against the wiles of elf-folk.
OGHAM The Celtic Oracle


The Great Goddess


Oracle of the Goddess by Gayan Sylvie Winder and Jo Dose
Bridget, Goddess of the Sacred Flame and of Healing

The major part of the legend of the goddess Bridget fell into oblivion in the darkness of the Middle Ages. But even today many still claim that Bridget is born at sunrise, a flame on her head that leaps up into the sky. This is the sign of the sacred child and the sign of the goddess.

In ancient times Bridget's flame was taken care of by nineteen virgin priestesses at her sacred altar in Kildare.  It was said that on every 20th day Bridget herself poked the fire. She was the patron of blacksmiths and helped them to forge the iron which was so important for the development of their craft.

The tale about Bridget's powers were known all over the Celtic lands, and everywhere people told stories of miraculous healing. The goddess possessed the knowledge of the healing plants. They possessed the power to heal people with the water of her sacred spring and to cure even lepers.

With the advent of Christianity the ancient goddess Bridget was made a Christian saint. This was the only way people could keep her goddess, whom they trusted since thousands of years, and continue to worship her. People loved Bridget so much that she was canonized, some even say by St. Patrick himself, and her fire was kept alive in Kildare by nuns up to the 13th century.

Like hardly any other goddess the Celtic goddess Bridget was accepted as canonized into the new religion of Christianity. That way she didn't pose a threat to the new spiritual rule any longer, since people were allowed to worship her in her new form.

Today more and more people remember Bridget's work and begin again to follow the hidden paths of mystic mediation. Bridget's flame is still lit at many altars and still shining bright for those who have eyes to see.

The flame of insight and wisdom is your link to heaven and your true home. It is a link to the invisible world where you, too, came from. Allow the flame of healing to touch your head. Don't be afraid! It has the power to enlighten your mind and to give you a new understanding. Direct your attention to this inner flame. You, too, possess healing powers. All you have to do is remember them.

All inner knowledge falls into human oblivion if you don't care for your own sacred inner flame. So surrender to your own inner divine fire of wisdom with confidence. The flame you realize through your existence and your earthly body lives for all eternity. It is guarding and protecting and guiding you. It is real as soon as you accept it as your own. It helps you to understand yourself and conceive yourself as part of the great miracle. Your life will enfold to its true beauty and show you the way out of fear and darkness.
excerpts from my Oracle of the Goddess deck by Gayan Sylvie Winder and Jo Dose.

Green Man Tree Oracle

The Green Man Tree Oracle

by John Matthews and Will Worthington


Protection means that we are looked after by a power stronger than ourselves. Whether we look to a god or gods, to angels or spirits, for our help we should acknowledge the need for protection in every aspect of life.  Just as we would be foolish to attempt to climb a mountain without strong ropes and proper equipment, we should not consider entering into any other activity without ensuring we have the proper protection. Rowan's ability to sheild us from harm makes its presence a powerful ally, and it is still invoked in parts of Europe as a guardian against evil spririts or other negative forces. It can also ofer insight into danger throught the invocation of higher wisdom.

It is thought that the Rowan got its name from the Norse word runa, meanding 'charm.' It has had an association with protection from ancient times, and is often found growing close to houses and churchyards to ward off evil presences. Traditions speak of the rowan as an especially powerful protector against witchcraft, and that to bind a piece of red thread around a twig of rowan can turn aside the strongest spell.


by Liz and Colin Murray


The Rowan has long enjoyed its reputation to protect against enchantment. Its name is linked with the Norse "runa" a charm, and the Sanskrit "runa" meaning a magician. Rune staves, sticks upon which runes were inscribed, were cut from the Rowan tree. Another use for this wood was for metal divining, as Hazel twigs are used for water. Along with certain other trees, Rowan played a ventral role in Druid ceremonies. Even in more recent times, these beliefs have been upheld in practives from different parts of Britain. In the North, for example, sprays of Rowan were fixed to cattle sheds to protect the animals from harm, and in Strathspey farmers drove their goats through hoops framed from branches of Rowan. Sprigs were placed over the main door of the house and also worn on the person to ward off false enchantment - the "evil eye."  In Wales, or Cymru, Rowans used to be planted in churchyards to watch over the spirits of the dead.

Examine a red Rowan berry and you will discover that unlike many other fruits that bear just a round hollow or dimple opposite their stalks, it carries a tiny, five-pointed star, or pentagram - the ancient magical symbol of protection. Undoubtedly if you are in danger of "enchantment," being swayed or mesmerized by harmful or vindictive powers, you need your wits about you.

The Celtic Tree Oracle by Liz and Colin Murray

The Rowan, Mountain Ash or Witchwood is a tree of protection and vision and is sacred to the Crone aspect of the Goddess. Take with you a small offering, such as a little wine or a small biscuit, and seek out a Rowan.... Once you find the tree, first make your offering to its spirit, saying: "Graceful Rowan, if it pleases you, let me find some of your wood, that I might protect my home and all who live within it. I give this offering freely as I give my love to the land. Blessed Be."  Search carefully around the tree for fallen wood and take on piece for each of the doors which lead into your home. If you find a piece straight and long enough for a wand, you may also take this. A wand's length is the distance from your elbow to the centre of the palm of your strong hand. Thank the tree and take your wood home with you.

Tie a small length of red thread around each piece of wood you have found, hang them over the doors which enter your home to protect against people bringing negative thoughts and feelings into the house.

adapted from The Real Witches' Year ~by Kate West


You can also bind the rowan twigs together with red thread into a solar cross or pentagram to make a mighty protective talisman for your home, car, or your desk or locker at work.


'Rowan twigs and strings of red,

Deflect all harm, gossip, and dread.'

The Rowan is worth growing in your yard, as it had four-season interest: flowers in the spring, green leaves in the summer, and reddish foliage in the fall. It bears small orange-red berries that are prized by birds throughout the late fall and winter months.




Traditionally the Rowan is thought to be a witch tree. It is a tree of the Goddess and is sacred to the faeries. A rowan growing near a stone circle is considered to be the most powerful. The rowan protects from all sources of evil. Two rowan twigs tied into an equal-armed cross with red thread is a powerful protective amulet. The berries are used in charm bags for power, healing, and protection.


from Garden Witchery, by Ellen Dugan

Oh rowan tree, oh rowan tree,
Thoul't aye be dear to me,
Entwin'd thou art wi' mony ties,
O' hame and infancy.
Thy leaves were aye the first o' spring,
Thy flowr's the simmer's pride
There was nae sic a bonnie tree,
In all the country side.
Oh rowan tree.


How fair wert thou in simmer time,
Wi' all thy clusters white.
Now rich and gay thy autumn dress,
Wi' berries red and bright
On thy fair stem were mony names
Which now nae mair I see.
But there engraven on my heart,
Forgot they ne'er can be.
Oh rowan tree.


We sat aneath thy spreading shade,
The bairnies round thee ran
They pu'd thy bonnie berries red
And necklaces they strang.
My mither, oh, I see her still,
She smil'd our sports to see,
Wi' little Jeannie on her lap,
Wi' Jamie at her knee.
Oh rowan tree.


Oh, there arose my father's pray'r
In holy evening's calm,
How sweet was then my mither's voice
In the martyr's psalm
Now a' are gane! we met nae mair
Aneathe the rowan tree,
But hallowed thoughts around thee twine
O' hame and infancy,
Oh rowan tree.

Lady Carolina Nairn, 1766-1845



Celtic Moon sign - Rowan Moon


Sometimes referred to as "the whispering tree," the rowan tree's magic was well known among the Celts. Its berry is shaped like a five-pointed star, first of all, the symbol of magical protection against spells, enchantments, and glamour. You, too, are a magical creature, able to use you intuition and higher understanding to both enchant and protect. Trust your insights, and act upon them - even if you're seen as "unusual" or "unpredictable" by others. Your ability to envision the future is priceless.

Written by Kim Rogers-Gallagher, and Llewellyn's Witches' Datebook 2000


Focus on how to go about getting your goals. Spells involving communication and physic connects work well at this time of the year. Born under this Magickal sign, you use your intuition and higher understanding to enchant and protect. Quite often you are seen as unusual by others, mainly due to your ability to envision the future.

I am protected and indestructible.

Come what may, I am loved.

I accept the sweetness and abundance of Life and acknowledge my gifts.  

I honor the energy of Rowan for protection against evil enchantment.

I will not hobble myself with the chains of past failures.


So mote it be.

Pray Peace



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