There are also some legends that the wood should only be harvested on specific days to maximize the effects; more on that later.
The use of the rowan tree was reported as a ward for protecting cattle in Sir James Frazer’s The people believed that on that evening and night (Beltane) the witches were abroad and busy casting spells on cattle and stealing cows’ milk.
The practice of affixing two sprigs of rowan tree wood together with a red twine in the shape of a cross has been reported as a common practice in some parts of Scotland.
This charm would then be worn or contained in a pocket.
The oak tree was associated with Thor as described in the passed down tales of the Norse. This is evident in the legends of the sacrifices of white bulls that were made under the often expansive branches of mature specimens of oak trees.
This elevation also occurred with what is perhaps a lesser known plant, the rowan tree, which has also been reported to have been associated with the Druids and the Norse; as well as the Greek legend of Hebe.
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Some have said that since the ends of the berries appear to be in the shape of the pentagram that this was possibly the reason for the connection with protection.
This elevation from purely physical use to the realm of the sacred is apparent in multiple cultures.
The lotus flower was used as a symbol for the source of the Brahma which sprang forward from the navel of Vishnu after the sacred word Ohm was uttered in the creation story of Hinduism.
Many plants and trees have been elevated to the realm of the sacred, such as the lotus flower in Hinduism.
The Hindu goddess Lakshmi holding & standing on a lotus, Raja Ravi Varma painting. What quality or trait elevated this tree in the minds of the people?