The rowan is particularly prolific in the
British Isles, where the influences of not only ancient Druid but also Gardenarian practices are strong. This makes rowan, along with trees such as oak and holly, particularly fond in these areas. As an example, the so called Celtic Tree Calendar’s month of Rowan begins on January 21 and ends on February 17. This calendar, though sometimes purported to follow an ancient Celtic method of time keeping, is in fact a latter day invention probably developed by Robert Graves. For more on this, see Mary Jones’ excellent discussion here.
In modern magick, rowan wood is used to make dowsing rods and wands. Scott Cunningham advises carrying a piece of rowan wood to increase psychic powers. Rowan wood or leaves may also be burned on their own or added to incense to achieve the same result.
For the purposes of protection, rowans should be planted as close to a home as possible. Rowan walking sticks are helpful for protecting those who must venture forth at night, while a rowan branch kept in a house will protect it from lightening strikes. Rowan was also carried aboard ships to see them safely through dirty weather. A rowan grave marker is said to ensure that the spirit of the deceased will not wander forth and trouble the living.
Scott Cunningham also recommends the use of rowan berries, particularly in workings for healing, success, power and luck. Please note, however, that all parts of a rowan bush are potential poisonous and should never be ingested.
Scotland, Wales and , old wives tied two rowan twigs tied together with red thread to form a powerful protective amulet. Bonne chance ~ Cornwall
Header: A rowan tree on the British coast via Wikimedia Commons