The Rowan represented the second month of the Celtic year. It has a long reputation for protecting against enchantment. Rune staves were cut from the Rowan. The Rowan was reputed to be excellent in divining for metals, just as Hazel is used for divining water. Rowan sprigs were hung over doorways to protect homes and over sheds to protect farm animals housed within. It was once believed that wearing a sprig of Rowan protected you from the "evil eye." The red Rowan berry carries a five pointed star (pentagram) were the stalk attaches to the berry. The pentagram was the ancient symbol of protection. The Rowan was thought to help the protected distinguish bad from good, harm from help and foe from friend. Spiritually it was thought to help protected you from unwanted influences and spells and it symbolized beauty, privacy, peace and sanctuary. Highland women made necklaces of the berries threaded with red threat for protection.
The Rowan in the forest can be recognized by it's orange-red berries bearing the pentagram and it's tall lanky form. In the mountains it can appear as a shrub as it is more concerned with growing than being tall and weak. It's top becomes a domed crown as the tree gets older yet it does not take the sunlight from other trees.
Rowan people are protective and full of charm, cheerful, gifted, without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive nor do they forget.
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