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Rowan    Luis        (Protection)   

Luis corresponds to the letter L in the Ogam alphabet and is associated with the Rowan tree. The symbol represents protection, insight and control.

Luis: Pronounced Loos

Status: Shrub

Element: Fire

Gender: Changeable

Celtic Second Month: December

Magical protection from harm and enchantment and helping keep control of all your senses


Keywords: Tree of life, protection, nurturing, insight, control.


Deities associated with Rowan: Thor, Brighid.


Interesting Spiritual Information

The Rowan gives protection against magical enchantment. It helps in the control of your senses and in using your spiritual ability to repel anything that threatens your serenity or purpose. It has associations with divination, astral work, strength, protection, initiation, healing, psychic energies, working with the dead (spirits), personal power and success. Runes were often carved on Rowan sticks. The berries have a natural pentagram on them.


Ogam Healing: Accepting painful behaviours; Balance; Creating inner peace; Fear -based emotions; Mental-health issues;  Nervousness; Personal power; PTSD; Psychic protection; Vision work; Moving on from traumas by taking responsibility for healing them; Sore throats and inflamed tonsils; Eyes; Fevers; Cholesterol; Asthma; Bronchitis; Pneumonia; Hypertension; Immune system strengthening; Lymph gland infection; Constipation; Diarrhoea; Digestive issues…


More Medical information and in-depth healing suggestions can be found in my book The Beginners Book of Ogam Tree Healing, or by attending one of my workshops.


Notes: The Rowen grows white flowers and red berries which are the colours of the Fey. This signifies that this is a magic tree with affiliations to witchcraft. Dowsing rods were commonly made from twigs as witch-wands. It has clear visionary qualities to help working in the astral or dream states. It also is known to feed the soul.


Folklore: In Neo-Druidism, the rowan is known as the portal tree, marking the point between this world and the Underworld. It was often placed at the gate to a property, signifying the crossing of the threshold between the path or street and the property. Its Old English name is cwic-beám, which survives in the name quick beam. By the 19th century this name was reinterpreted as connected to the word witch and so is known by a number of names such as wicken tree, wich tree, wicky, wiggan tree, witch hazel and witch tree.

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