Our Rowan is gathered by us when we visit my relations in the UK once or twice a year... It is gathered in the wonderful witchy south west of England and allowed to season and dry before being worked. Rowan crosses are a form of very old traditional English witchcraft. Rowan is sacred to Mercury and brings safety while traveling or to your home. It will offer protection against sickness and thieves. Red is the color of power and protection in the traditional craft.