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The rowan tree, linked with the Norse word 'runa' a charm and the Sanskrit 'runa' meaning a magician has long held the reputation for protection from enchantment. Opposite their stalks the red rowan berries carry a tiny 5 pointed star or pentagram, the ancient magical symbol of protection. Along with many other trees the Rowan played a central role in Druid ceremonies. Even in more recent history, in parts of Britian sprigs were placed in the cattle barn, over the main door of the house and worn for protection and to ward off enchantment. In Wales Rowan trees were planted in Churchyards to watch over the spirits of the dead.