Other names: Mountain Ash, Lady
of the Mountains, Druid's Tree, Witchwand
origins: Rowan may draw its
name from the old Norse word "runa" meaning "charm". Alternatively it
may derive from a root word "ruidh" meaning "red" because of the
The Rowan is associated with
protection and its berries are marked at the base with a pentagram -
the universal sign of protection. It also has a history of being used
in divination - the Welsh used to brew a visionary drink from the
rowan but, sadly, the recipe is now lost.
Rowan is a highly protective wood
making it very powerful for use when casting, or within, a circle. It
can be used for invoking spirits, familiars, spirit guides and
elementals. It can also be used to banish undesirable entities.