O rowan fair, upon your hair how white the blossom lay!
O rowan mine, I saw you shine upon a summer's day,
Your rind so bright, your leaves so light, your voice so cool and soft:
Upon your head how golden-red the crown you bore aloft!
~~(The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien)
January 21st thru February 17th is the Celtic Month of Rowan
Going back the the days of the Irish Droids, the Rowan tree has always been held sacred for it's protective powers. Planting a Rowan tree on a loved ones grave is thought to guide their passage to the other world and keep their spirits from lingering in this one. These trees are often planted by a new home for protection from lightening and malevolent spirits.
Wands made from the wood of a Rowan are powerful for divination, astral work, strength, protection, initiation, healing, psychic energies, working with spirits of the dead, psychic powers, personal power, and success.
My heroine in Headlocks and Hexes - Rowan Murdoch - is named after this mythically magickal tree. Her biological grandmother Odessa selected the name in hopes of protecting the infant from the fate of the addictions that destroyed her and her young daughter's lives. Rowan's adoptive parents kept the name that Odessa had already placed on the birth certificate days before her mysterious death.
I first encountered this beautiful name when reading Anne Rice's Witching Hour, the first novel in her Mayfair Witch trilogy. Rowan Mayfair is the star of the series and a very powerful witch. Odessa also shared my love of this book and that played a huge role in the decision this name to her most beautiful and beloved granddaughter.
Witches born in the Month of Rowan are known for their psychic powers and ability to communicate with those who have passed. Little Tabitha Dalton possesses this talent in my Ring Dreams series. She turns four on February 11th and is already showing signs of growing into a witch of enormous power. The youngest DeFleihr witch sees both Odessa and the spirit of her great-grandfather William Fletcher.
If you are an old-school wrestling fan you probably recognize the sir name of Murdoch. It's just a little tribute to the late great Captain Redneck and one of many insider references I try to weave into my stories. Headlocks and Hexes also has a rottweiler named Wahoo. That's my way of paying respects to one of the toughest men ever to set foot in the ring, Chief Wahoo McDaniel. DeFleihr should be an easy one to figure out. Fleihr is the real last name of the man who first drew me into an interest in professional wrestling - The Nature Boy Ric Flair.