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  • The holiest tree in Finnish tradition is a rowan. If you chop it down the deed brings bad luck to you and your family. Many Finnish still want to build their house so that in the yard there would grow a wild rowan. You can always plant one but wild ones bring most luck.

    Dear tree bears many names: tree of life, whispering tree, witch tree and Thor’s helper. Old magic wands were always made from rowan. Thor was a powerful god of Vikings who created thunder and lightning and storm with his hammer while riding over the sky. Once he tried to get to the land of frost giants but got into trouble in overflowing river. Nearby rowan tree bent down so Thor could grasp it and save himself from drowning. Because of that story Viking ships had always one plank of rowan in their otherwise oaken hull to protect them from wrath of sea.

    It’s time for a rowan to open its leaf buds in our yard. I feel very safe today when young bud spreads its leaves like sheltering arms.

    "Nothing can harm you", it says. "I protect you from everything."
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