Luis – The Rowan
Luis (pronounced ‘LWEESH’)
Represents letter(s): L
Divinatory meaning: Protection, security, safety
Associated Tree/Plant: Rowan
Healing Properties: Crush rowan bark, boil it, and save the juice to be drunk as a cure for upset stomach. Rowan bark is an astringent. The juice of rowan berries can be used as a laxative.
Magical Uses: Rowan is one of the nine firewoods to be added to the Belfire for the festival of Beltane (May 1). The Nine Sacred Woods of the Belfire are birch, oak, rowan, willow, hawthorn, hazel, apple, grapevine and fir. If you slice a rowan berry, you will reveal a miniature pentacle. Because of this, eating rowan berries puts you in contact with Otherworld and the Unconscious. The rowan tree is associated with the element of fire and with the Sun. Irish Druids sometimes called the rowan the ‘Tree of Life.’ Rowan has been used to bless cows. First you cut a rowan branch at dawn, then brush a cow’s back with it. After this, decorate it with white ribbons and eggshells, and fasten it to the barn door. This protects the cow. Planting a rowan tree on a person’s grave will keep that person’s spirit from wandering the Earth.
Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: Taranis, Brighid