Sound value: R
Literal meaning: Reddening
Pronounced as “RUE-sh”
Features: Deciduous bushy shrub with many stems, can become small tree (Adoxaceae Family)
Uses: Fresh leaves uses as insecticide. Fruits and flowers make wines, jam & tea. Dyes from bark, leaves, and flowers. Medicinal uses.
Modern divinatory meaning: Regeneration, cycle of rebirth, change and transformation.
Animal symbolism (based on traditional lore): seal
Bird symbolism (based on traditional lore): rook
Color: dark red
Calendar: Ruis is associated with the thirteenth lunar month of the Celtic year, the last 3 days in October. (Using the Celtic tree calendar system that has 13 ‘months’ starting in November, as popularized by Liz and Colin Murray. Other calendars are also used, most notably the calendar devised by the poet Robert Graves in his 1948 book White Goddess.)