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Celtic Tree Calendar - Rowan Moon by Heather

The Rowan Moon is the second moon in the Celtic Moon calendar, the time of quickening (the initial signs of life/movement felt by the mother) and is associated with the Goddess Brigid. She is honoured on February 1, at Imbolc, a fire Goddess who offers protection to mothers and families, our homes, as well as being associated with healing, midwifery, and blacksmiths. Here is the link to my lovely friend Sue’s blog about Brigid with more information about Her - Known by the Celts as Luis (pronounced loush), the Rowan is associated with protection, astral travel, personal power, and success. A charm carved into a bit of a Rowan twig will protect the wearer from harm. The Norsemen are believed to have used Rowan branches as rune staves of protection. In some countries, Rowan is planted in graveyards to aid the spirits of the dead to move on to their next life. In the Norse tradition rowan is sacred to Thor, the God of Lightening, so planting a rowan close to your house is believed to protect it from lightening and fire, something possibly known to the inhabitants here before the Vikings joined us in Britain. In many cultures rowan is considered a 'lucky tree', with the power to ward off evil and sorcery, which is why it is often found planted in farmyards, or its' branches pinned above doorways or the berries dried and made into garlands, necklaces or added to spell jars. One of rowans common names, Quickbeam, signifies its magical power of transmitting fertility, thought of as one of as a 'Tree of Life' by the Celts, the dainty appearance of this small, beautiful tree contradicts its inner strength and resilience. It likes to grow on the forest's edge but does like the challenge of inhabiting the most seemingly inhospitable places ~ roadsides, exposed hillsides, or apparently bare rocks, where it grows almost defiantly. Magically Rowan can be used for protection, healing, luck, to enhance your relationship with Brigid or Thor, to invoke your inner strength and resilience in the face of adversity. Sue has also written a blog with more details about Rowan -

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