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Luis (pronounced ‘LWEESH’)
Represents letter(s): L
Divinatory meaning: Protection, security, safety
Associated Tree: Rowan
Healing Properties: Crush rowan bark, boil it, and save the juice to drink as a cure for upset stomach. Rowan bark is an astringent. The juice of rowan berries can be used as a laxative.
Rowan is sometimes referred to as the Witch Tree. This is because there is a tiny pentacle at the bottom of each berry of the Rowan. This pentacle, a symbol of the Goddess, associates the Rowan with feminine energy of a divine nature.
Rowan grows in seemingly impossible places like rocky crags, dark forests, and sometimes even inside of other trees. This ability to grow almost anywhere speaks of its refusal to surrender. Rowan energy is the divine strength of determination and perseverance.
The word Rowan may have come from the old Norse word ‘runa,’ which means ‘charm.’ It’s the derivation of the word ‘rune.’ So rowans are also associated with the powers of divination, prophecy and protection.
The Order of the Morrigan is based in the Southern Appalachians, and we use the local name of Mountain Ash for the Rowan.
In the British Isles the rowan may be found growing in holy places and stone circles. It is possible that they were deliberately planted there to take advantage of their protective and magical power.
Rowan is one of the nine firewoods to be added to the Belfire for the festival of Beltane (May 1). The Nine Sacred Woods of the Belfire are birch, oak, rowan, willow, hawthorn, hazel, apple, grapevine and fir. If you slice a rowan berry, you will reveal a miniature pentacle. Because of this, eating rowan berries puts you in contact with Otherworld and the Unconscious. The rowan tree is associated with the element of fire and with the Sun. Irish Druids sometimes called the rowan the “Tree of Life.” Rowan has been used to bless cows. First cut a rowan branch at dawn, then brush a cow’s back with it. After this, decorate it with white ribbons and eggshells, and fasten it to the barn door. This protects the cow. Planting a rowan tree on a person’s grave will keep that person’s spirit from wandering the Earth.
Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: Taranis, Brighid