January 21st - February 17th
Sign ~~ Luis (Gaelic) The Rowan Tree
Luis (LWEESH), rowan - The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to serviceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning "to catch a bird". Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 50 feet and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Symbol ~~ The Green Dragon
Character of the Rowan Tree: Rowan Tree people have visionary minds and well-defined humanitarian principles. They remain, however, self-contained individuals and their vision is not always shared by the rest of the humanity. Their cool temperament disguises some passionate beliefs, for they need to argue their case against bigotry and ignorance. The New Moon people born during the first two weeks tend to become impatient and frustrated in this struggle toward a greater awareness. Although they may be quite reticent on a personal level, they will, nevertheless, help pioneer great social changes with reforming zeal. Full Moon people born the last two weeks are less reticent all around, but are inclined to promise more than they can deliver. This will not negate their powerful influence and inspiration, and their response to all situations is primarily directed to asserting the rights of the individual.