2nd Moon of the Celtic Year – (Jan 22 – Feb 18) (The Thinker) – Sharp-thinker, visionary, original, creative. The Rowan has associations with divination, astral work, strength, protection, initiation, healing, psychic energies, working with spirits of the dead, psychic powers, personal power, and success. Rowan stands for the second letter of the Ogham Tree Alphabet.
Associated with the feminine energy and the Sacred Goddess, this tree, which is often found growing in mountainous regions, is sometimes referred to as the Lady of the Mountain. Its female connection is even deeper, as the tree’s nickname is Witchbane or Witchwood, encouraging the belief that this wood acts as a protection against witches. These same witches, often favor this wood, using it in spell casting, protective charms and amulets and for the crafting of wands and dowsing tools. It is believed that Rowan seems to grow where it is needed most.
In Britain, the tree is known as “Wiggin or Witchen”. The twigs of the Rowan would be tied together in a cross and hung over babies cradles, over doorways and near baby cows to prevent their kidnapping by witches and fairies. Along with hag stones, these two symbols can still be seen throughout Britain, France, Portugal and the Emerald Isle. It was believed the Druids would conduct shamanic rituals among these magical trees to take advantage of their protection and enhance their psychic powers.
The Rowan Moon is associated with Brigid, the Celtic goddess of hearth and home. Honored on February 1, at Imbolc, Brigid is a fire goddess who offers protection to mothers and families, as well as watching over the hearth fires. This is a good time of year to perform initiations or self-dedication. Known by the Celts as Luis (pronounced loush), the Rowan is associated with astral travel, personal power, and success. A charm carved into a bit of a Rowan twig will protect the wearer from harm. The Norsemen were known to have used Rowan branches as rune staves of protection. In some countries, Rowan is planted in graveyards to prevent the dead from lingering around too long.
Ogham Alphabet: Luis
Crystal: Peridot, Tourmaline
Planet: The Sun, Mercury
Symbolism: Protection and Inspiration
Birds: Duck, Quail
Deity: Brigantia, Brigid, Virgin Mary, Thor
Sabbat: Imbolc, Candlemas
Folk Names: Delight of the Eye, Mountain Ash, Quickbane, Ran Tree, Roden-Quicken, Roden-Quicken-Royan, Roynetree, Sorb Apple, Thor’s Helper, Whitty, Wicken-Tree, Wiggin, Wiggy, Wiky, Wild Ash, Witchbane, Witchen, Witchwood
references: 1. rober graves, the white goddess, 2. https://www.thoughtco.com, 3. Celtic Oghms
2nd Moon of the Celtic Year (Jan 22 – Feb 18) (The Thinker)
The Rowan Moon is associated with Brighid, the Celtic goddess and Catholic saint of hearth and home. Honored on February 1, at Imbolc, Brighid is a fire goddess who offers protection to mothers and families, as well as watching over the hearth fires. This is a good time of year to do a self-dedication meditation.
Known by the Celts as Luis (pronounced loush), the Rowan is associated with astral travel, personal power, and success. A charm carved into a bit of a Rowan twig will protect the wearer from harm. The Norsemen used Rowan branches as rune staves of protection. In some countries, Rowan is planted in graveyards to prevent the dead from lingering around too long.
Brigid’s Cross Pendant
This beautiful cross is hand-made from fine pewter and is accompanied by a 14″-16″ stainless steel chain, an additional leather cord, an organza pouch for storage and a pamphlet of information about the Cross, the history of St. Brigid, how to cleanse your pendant and a healing meditation. + St. Brigid’s Cross has long been a symbol associated with the Irish goddess, Brighid, who presides over home and hearth. The girl who was later adopted into the Christian faith as St. Bridget and was said to have woven this cross out of rushes, in order to help a dying pagan solider convert to Christianity. The cross contains a woven square in the middle.
Imbolc Candlemas Set
Our Imbolc Candlemas Gift Set, Ritual Kit, Sabbat Kit, Cleansing Kit, Spring Cleaning Kit is the perfect combination of essential tools for empowering your intentions! Encourage new beginnings and the smooth transition of change with this all-in-one gift set in honor of you! Imbolc or Candlemas or Groundhog’s Day is the mid-way point between Winter and the promise of Spring. (February 1st or 2nd)
Celtic Moon Set
The 13 Celtic Moons are a reference to the calendar having 13 months of 28 days and an extra day posited as the “year and a day”. It begins with the winter solstice, in contrast to the tradition of Samhain as the Celtic New Year. This set takes you on a magical journey and meditation using crystals associated with each moon, birth month, and Sacred tree. You can use the crystals in many ways and the set comes with complete instructions. It includes 13 crystals associated with each moon. The set is complete with a Celtic Zodiac and organza bag for storage.