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First I have to make my excuses, because I don't have had time to create our new prompt-list for July. I hope to get it ready this weekend, but I can not promise that. As you already know this month we are exploring the mysterious, magical and mystical meaning of nature and I started with the trees. The trees which we have already seen here are all related with the Celtic (secret) language of the druids, Ogham.
Today we will look at the mysterious meaning, the spiritual meaning of Rowan. Key-words for the meaning of Rowan are: protection, connection and expression. As I was in my early twenties I had my own practice for natural healing under the name Corr Uilleand, a name extracted from the above called Ogham. I had this practice for three years.
Let us take a look at the deeper meaning of Rowan:
The Celts honored Rowan for its balance of beauty and hardiness. Rowan is a mysterious and magical tree and when silence ourselves and listen long enough to "hear" Rowan speak to you, than we will hear its message: "look deeper, see through the object before your eyes and you will encounter visions into the worlds beyond the one you physically know."
The Rowan often grows inside other trees, in craggy riverbeds and in other impossible locations. That's related to its deeper meaning. Sometimes you can find the solution of your problems in a place (or through a person) were you did not expected it.
Rowan is magical and not in word, but also in its appearance. If you look closer to the berries of Rowan than you will encounter / discover the five-pointed star, pentagram, at the bottom of the berries. That magical appearance makes Rowan a powerful symbol of protection against evil. The Celts used branches with Rowan berries as a kind of protection-shield against evil, by hanging it above the entrance of their homes.
Go to the Rowan when you are in need of clarity in your life situation, or protection from lower (negative) vibrations that come on your path. The fresh red colored berries cause you to see more light and promise infuse your days.
Pentagram on Rowan berries
Rowan is able to flourish higher up on the mountains than most other trees. Closer to the sun and divine inspiration in this extreme environment, it yet retains its grace of form and its potential for healing. Exposed to the elements on solitary crags, it still produces blossom and berries to delight the eye and heal the body, bringing vibrant color and birdsong to the hills. Rowan emphasizes the need for color and creative endeavor in our lives and encourages us to open our minds to creative inspiration. It also teaches us that we can draw on the forces of life to heal ourselves and those around us. We can develop the art of turning adversity into creative opportunity. Rowan protects and gives courage and strength to those walking the path of spiritual growth and enlightenment.
under the Rowan meditating and contemplating a new path the gentle breeze
Rowan ... a wonderful mysterious tree ... another discovery ....
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 7th at noon (CET). I will try to post our new episode later on. For now ... be inspired and share your wonderful haiku with us all here at our Haiku Kai.