Thursday, 3 September 2009

Rowan Tree - Sorbus aucuparia

One of my earliest memories of a tree is a Rowan tree in my grandmothers garden, I thought the berries were magic. According to folk lore the Rowan tree can offer protection from evil spirits. Thank goodness we have so many around our house!

In the yard there grows a Rowan.
Thou with reverent care should'st tend it.
Holy is the tree there growing.
Holy likewise are it's branches.
On it's boughs the leaves are holy.
And it's berries yet more holy.

Excerpt from The Kalevala,
a compilation of Finnish folk lore

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