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Tree- Rowan
Date- Jan 21-Feb 17
Lore- The Rowan has long enjoyed its reputation to protect against enchantment. It 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. Rowan played a central role in Druid ceremonies. Even in more recent times, these beliefs have been upheld in practices from different parts of Britain. In the North, for example, sparys 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 also 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, as Yew is elsewhere.
Meaning- Healing, personal empowerment, divination

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