02 Luis – The Rowan
Luis (pronounced ‘LWEESH’)
Represents letter(s): L
Divinatory meaning: Protection, security, safety
Associated Tree/Plant: Rowan
Healing Properties: Crush rowan bark, boil it, and save the juice to be drunk as a cure for upset stomach. Rowan bark is an astringent. The juice of rowan berries can be used as a laxative. These berries are high in vitamin C and for this reason are useful in treating colds and the flu.
Magical Uses: Rowan is known as the “Goddess Tree” because if you slice a rowan berry in cross-section, you will reveal a miniature pentacle. Rowan is a tree of powerful feminine energy for any magic involving the Goddess. Rowan is one of the nine firewoods to be added to the Belfire for the festival of Beltane (May 1). Beltane honors the Goddess, and rowan’s energy contributes to the transformational power of the Belfire on this holiday. The Nine Sacred Woods of the Belfire are birch, oak, rowan, willow, hawthorn, hazel, apple, grapevine and fir.
Rowan energy is the energy of the Goddess in her shamanic, vision-seeking aspect. Because of this, eating rowan berries puts you in contact with Otherworld and the power of the unconscious mind. A tea made of rowan berries will help you to seek visions pertaining to dealings with the feminine energies of the universe.
The rowan tree is associated with the element of fire and with the Sun. Irish Druids sometimes called the rowan the “Tree of Life” for this reason, since Celtic mythology and legend sees the Sun as the source of all 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 rite protects the cow. Planting a rowan tree on a person’s grave will keep that person’s spirit from wandering the Earth. Rowan energy is associated with divination and seeing the future, therefore a wand or staff made from rowan wood will help to enhance your powers of clairvoyance. Rowan trees are said to ward off lightning strikes. For this reason rowan may also be used in weather magic.
Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: Taranis, Brighid