Astro-Botanica: Where Earth Meets Sky
Metaphysical Properties of Crystals
source: Encyclopedia of Crystals by Judy Hall
Praying to Holy Saints is a long traditional Christian practice. The requests for intercession on the petitioners behalf is made to one’s patron saint (a saint that is the intercessor and advocate in heaven on behalf of a skill, trade, circumstance, family, class, nation, place, etc). Some believers may only pray to the Virgin Mary, Jesus, or just God. There is no one right way, each person has their personal technique or what is traditional in their family. Some Saints prefer particular offerings of food or gifts, while other Saints will accept a simple white candle and a glass of water. In the Catholic Church, a small coin or dollar amount donation is given, you light your candle to the Saint and make your prayers. If you have a particular patron saint you will learn what is asked of you for an offering.
Spirits, whether they are Loas, Orishas, ancestors, or other traditions are also called upon for favors and special circumstances. Foods, drinks, and other offerings can be made in payment or as a simple honoring ceremony to your special spirit. We don’t always need to call spirits for favors, sometimes a simple hello and thank you is nice.
Below is a list of Saints and Spirits that have been used for special requests. The simplest way to begin working with a Saint is to find the one that is patron over your skill, craft, trade, hobby, etc. Working with Saints should be a simple and straight forward method, we tend to naturally over complicate this. Choose your preferred Saint, read their story, and find their feast day/s. Studying a Saint’s image and history can help you with making your altar to them along with finding the right offerings to give your Saint. A simple candle and water is just as efficient and will be appreciated no matter what!
St. Anthony- finds lost items, keys, lovers
St. Joseph- pay raise, job getting, home affairs, home sales, passage to easier death
St. Barbara- protector of death and battles
St. Expedite- helps bring faster results
St. Christopher- protects travelers
St. Francis of Assisi- protects animals
St. Clare/Clair- guides one to wisdom and light
St. Raymond- protects against foes and gossipers
St. Ann- mothers, childbirth, grandmothers
Infant of Prague- protects children
St. Gerard- pregnancy, motherhood
St. Martha- protection, used to keep a man faithful
St. Jude- works impossible cases, cancer
Mary Magdalene-perfumers, penitent women, hairstylists, pharmacists, apothecaries
St. Peter- opens doors, businesses
St. Brigit- protects babies, children, travelers, scholars, sailors
St. Benedict- protector from witchcraft, illness, sickness, heals the sick
Our Lady of Guadalupe- the blessed virgin- blessings, love, healing, protection
St. George- soldiers, horsemen, defender, butchers, field workers, armourers, calvaryHoly Family- peace, loyalty, family
St. Helena- widows, divorcees, difficult marriages
St. Lucy- writers, poets, journalist
St. Sophia- wisdom, enlightenment, students
St. Michael the Archangel- an angel not a saint, but used to defend and battle, protector from evil, foes, demons
Meet the Orishas
The orishas are the emissaries of Olodumare or God almighty. They rule over the forces of nature and the endeavors of humanity. They recognise themselves and are recognised through their different numbers and colors which are their marks, and each has their own favorite foods and other things which they like to receive as offerings and gifts. In this way we make our offerings in the manner they are accustomed to, in the way they have always received them, so that they will recognise our offerings and come to our aid.
The orishas are often best understood by observing the forces of nature they rule over. For instance, you can learn much about Oshún and her children by watching the rivers and streams she rules over and observing that though she always heads toward her sister Yemayá (the Sea) she does so on her own circuitous route. Also observe how the babbling brook and the flash flood reflect her changeable moods. As you observe the orishas at work in the world and in your own lives you will gain a better understanding of them and their ways. Yes, they are complex, but no more so than any other living being such as you or I. We are also blessed from time to time in the religion with the opportunity to meet the orishas face to face during a wemilere (drumming ceremony) where one or more of their priests will be mounted (see trance possession).
Elegguá is the owner of the roads and doors in this world. He is the repository of ashé. The colors red and black or white and black are his and codify his contradictory nature. In particular, Elegguá stands at the crossroads of the human and the divine, as he is child-like messenger between the two worlds. In this role, it is not surprising that he has a very close relationship with the orisha of divination, Orunmila. Nothing can be done in either world without his permission. Elegguá is always propitiated and called first before any other orisha as he opens the door between the worlds and opens our roads in life. He recognises himself and is recognised by the numbers 3 and 21.
Prayer for Eleggua: Echu obá loná tosí gbogbo ona iré o aché
Ogún is the god of iron, war and labor. He is the owner of all technology and because this technology shares in his nature, it is almost always used first for war. As Elegguá opens the roads, it is Ogún that clears the roads with his machete. He is recognised in the numbers 7 and the colors green and black.
Prayer for Ogun: Ogún oko dara obaniché aguanile ichegún iré
Oshosi is the third member of the group known as the Guerreros or Warriors, and is received along with Elegguá, Ogún and Osun in order to protect the Guerreros initiate and to open and clear their roads. Oshosi is the hunter and the scout of the orishas and assumes the role of enforcer of justice for Obatalá with whom he has a very close relationship. His colors are blue and yellow.
Prayer for Ochossi: Ochosi Ode mata obá akofá ayé o unsó iré o wa mi Ochosi omode aché
Obatalá is the kindly father of all the orishas and all humanity. He is also the owner of all heads and the mind. Though it was Olorun who created the universe, it is Obatalá who is the creator of the world and humanity. Obatalá is the source of all that is pure, wise peaceful and compassionate. He has a warrior side though through which he enforces justice in the world. His color is white which is often accented with red, purple and other colors to represent his/her different paths. White is most appropriate for Obatalá as it contains all the colors of the rainbow yet is above them. Obatalá is also the only orisha that has both male and female paths.
Prayer for Obatala: Obatalá obá layé ela iwo alara aché
Oyá is the ruler of the winds, the whirlwind and the gates of the cemetery. Her number is nine which recalls her title of Yansá or "Mother of Nine" in which she rules over the egun or dead. She is also known for the colors of maroon, flowery patterns and nine different colors. She is a fierce warrior who rides to war with Shangó (sharing lightning and fire with him) and was once the wife of Ogún.
Oshún rules over the sweet waters of the world, the brooks, streams and rivers, embodying love, fertility. She also is the one we most often approach to aid us in money matters. She is the youngest of the female orishas but retains the title of Iyalode or great queen. She heals with her sweet waters and with honey which she also owns. She is the femme fatale of the orishas and once saved the world by luring Ogún out of the forests using her feminine wiles. And,in her path or manifestation of Ibú Ikolé she saved the world from draught by flying up to heaven (turning into a vulture in the process). Ikolé means Messenger of the House (of Olodumare). For this reason all who are to be initiated as priests, no matter what orisha rules their head, must go to the river and give account of what they are about to do. She recognises herself in the colors yellow and gold and her number is five. Peacocks and vultures are hers and we use them often to represent her.
Yemayá lives and rules over the seas and lakes. She also rules over maternity in our lives as she is the Mother of All. Her name, a shortened version of Yeyé Omo Eja means "Mother Whose Children are the Fish" to reflect the fact that her children are uncountable. All life started in the sea, the amneotic fluid inside the mother's womb is a form of sea where the embryo must transform and evolve through the form of a fish before becoming a human baby. In this way Yemayá displays herself as truly the mother of all. She partakes of Olokun's abundance as the source of all riches which she freely gives to her little sister Oshún. She dresses herself in seven skirts of blue and white and like the seas and profound lakes she is deep and unknowable. In her path of Okutti she is the queen of witches carrying within her deep and dark secrets. Her number is seven for the seven seas, her colors are blue and white, and she is most often represented by the fish who are her children.
Prayer for Yemaya: Iyá eyá ayaba okun omá iré gbogbo awani Iyá
Perhaps the most 'popular' of the orishas, Shangó rules over lightning, thunder, fire, the drums and dance. He is a warrior orisha with quick wits, quick temper and is the epitomy of virility. Shangó took the form of the fourth Alafin (supreme king) of Oyó on Earth for a time. He is married to Obba but has relations with Oyá and Oshún. He is an extremely hot blooded and strong-willed orisha that loves all the pleasures of the world: dance, drumming, women, song and eating. He is ocanani with Elegguá, meaning they are of one heart. When sees the quickness with which lightning makes short work of a tree or a fire rage through an area, one has witnessed the temper of Shangó in action. Though he traded the Table of Ifá to Orunmila in exchange for the gift of dance, his children have an innate ability for divination. To acknowledge the greatness of this king, all in the religion raise up on the toes of our feet (or rise out our chairs if we are sitting) at the mention of his name. His colors are red and white and he recognises himself in the numbers four and six. He is most often represented by a double headed axe.
Prayer for Shango: Shangó obá adé oko, obá ina, Alafin Oyó aché
Orunmila is the orisha of wisdom, knowledge and divination. He was the only orisha allowed to witness the creation of the universe by Olorun and bears witness to our destinies in the making as well. This is the source of his title of Eleri Ipin or "Witness to Destiny in its Creation". His priests, the babalawos or "Fathers of the Secrets" must devote themselves entirely to the practice of divination and the accompanying arts. Through the Table of Ifá his priests unfold the secrets of the universe and the secrets of the unfolding of our lives. His colors are green and yellow which reflect Orunmila's relationship with Osayín (the secrets of the plant world) and with Oshún, who is his apetebí with whom he has an extremely close relationship.
Prayer for Orunmila: Orunmila Ibikeyi Oludumare ela isode aché
Candle Magic - Color Meanings
Black: The color black is used for rituals to induce a deep meditative state, to protect or to ward off negativity. It can also be used to banish evil or negativity as in uncrossing rituals; attracts Saturn energy. Burning black with any other color is said to dissolve all negative energies.
Blue: This is the primary spiritual color, It’s used to obtain wisdom, harmony, inner light and peace; brings out truth and guidance. Other uses include healing, sleep, creativity, perception, calming wisdom, truth, loyalty, dreams, and the examination of emotions. Some say it represents the divine mother.
Blue (Dark): Blue promotes laughter and joy as well as loyalty. Can be used to attract Jupiter energy, or whenever an influence needs to be increased. Confers wisdom and self-awareness. Can be calming and assist sleep. Also used to influence truth, dreams, emotions, and loyalty.
Blue (Light): Light Blue is another very spiritual color: it is used to increase peace, tranquility, patience, and calmness. It radiates Aquarian energy and can be used in devotional or inspirational meditations; employ where a situation must be synthesized.
Blue (Royal): The color of royal blue mostly used to confer wisdom, protection, and good fortune. Increases spiritual awareness. Also increases communication, which can cause change. Can bring about a deep meditative state. Used in rituals that need increased Saturn energy.
Brown: Brown is an earthy, well-balanced color It is used for rituals of material increase. It is said to eliminate indecisiveness and improve powers of concentration, study, and/or telepathy. Said to increases financial success. Also represents the home. Some say those born under Capricorn will be more potent in their work using it.
Gold: Gold is said to foster understanding and is said to bring about fast luck or money. Represents solar energy. It is used to heal all inner wounds, also to confer money smarts. Prosperity, wealth, money, attraction. Some also say it represents enlightenment, protection and the Divine Mother.
Green: Green promotes prosperity, fertility, and success. Stimulates good luck, can increase money, harmony, and rejuvenation. Also represents Healing, health, and growth. Can be an important component in rituals involving Venus; attracts love, and social delights.
Green (Dark): Dark Green is the color of ambition, greed, and jealousy. Used to counteract these influences in a ritual. Also relates to personal goals.
Gray: Gray is very useful when pondering complex issues. Can neutralize negative influences without repercussions. Represents balance, encourages stability, helps develop psychic abilities. In magic, this color often sparks confusion; it also can negate or neutralize a negative influence.
Indigo: The color of Indigo is the color of inertia; stops situations or people; best used in rituals that require a deep meditational state. Also stimulates Saturnine energy.
Magenta: It is a combination of red and violet that oscillates on a high frequency. It’s used to energize rituals where immediate action and high levels of power or spiritual healing are required.
Orange: Orange is often used as a balancing element. Promotes mental agility, energy, success and stamina. It’s used to affect legal matters, success, action and promotion. Gives encouragement, adaptability and stimulation. Cleanses negative attitudes, situations and places.
Peach: Pretty Peach promotes restoration and rejuvenation. Confers a softness and gentleness.
Pink: Pink represents emotions from the heart and raises energies. This is the standard for all rituals that are used to draw love.
Pink (Dark): Dark or Hot Pink represents friends and family, and healing in the family. Promotes romance, and friendship, brings hope. Can promote restful sleep.
Pink (Light): Light or Baby Pink represents devotion, love, tenderness and faith. Feminine energy.
Purple: This color is used to obtain desires, power and success. Can stimulate idealism and psychic manifestations and help make contact with the spiritual world. Increases enthusiasm, desire and power. Is also powerful for healing, and spiritual development. Some attempt to use it for power over others.
Red: True red represents physical pleasures. It can stimulate lust, courage, or strength against enemies. Can confer passion, love, and/or respect. Stimulates energy, health, fertility and will power. Draws Aries and Scorpio energy. Increases magnetism in rituals. Infers sex, vibrancy, and survival.
Rose: The color rose is great for treating heart ailments, anxiety, depression. Good for people who suffer from nightmares. This graceful color increases admiration, love, friendship, fidelity, and calmness. Can also arouse emotions. It stimulates compassion for self and others, higher mystical powers and humor.
Silver: Silver encourages stability; helps develop psychic abilities; attracts the influence of the Mother Goddess. Also used to stimulate mental telepathy, clairvoyance, and intuition. Can be used for cancellations and neutrality. Stimulates psycho-metrics, dreams, female power, and astral energies/projection.
Turquoise: This is a color that can be used for healing, prosperity, peace, growth, awareness, meditation, creativity, neutrality and cancellation. Often used to represent the Goddess.
White: White has the highest consciousness to protect, purify, and heal. Represents truth, unity, protection, peace, purification, happiness, and spirituality. Some say it can be used to replace any color candle in rituals. Used for concentration rituals and meditation work. Lunar energy.
Yellow: Yellow represents attraction, charm, confidence and persuasion. Used to stimulate mental clarity, knowledge and concentration. Also used in healing. Like gold, it can serve for magic and rituals involving solar energies and deities associated with the sun. Stimulates logic, aids in overcoming mental blocks and promoting the self.
Herbs, Roots, & Flowers
Acacia (Acacia Nilotica) Also called gum arabic.
Gender: Masculine, Planet: Sun, Element: Air, Deities: Osiris, Astarte, Diana, Ra
Protection, Psychic Powers. Burn with sandalwood to open psychic centers. Parts used: dried gum, leaves, wood
Aconite (Aconitum Napellus) Also called wolfsbane, monkshood, blue rocket *POISON* Don't ingest.
Gender: Feminine, Planet: Saturn, Sign: Capricorn, Element: Water, Deities: Hecate, Medea
Protection, Invisibility. Use this herb with great caution to consecrate the athame or ritual knife. Make an infusion with the leaves or root to banish prior energy from magickal blades and to infuse it with protection. The root or leaves may be burned as incense for the same purpose. Gather the fresh flowers to make a tincture to refresh the power of the knives. Use an infusion as a magickal wash for ritual tools or sacred space. Brings protection and magickal watchfulness against negative energies in ritual. Wash a new cauldron in the infusion or burn aconite in its first fire. Used to invoke Hecate. Wrap the seed in a lizard skin and carry to become invisible at will. Used to poison arrow tips in early times. Also as protection from and a cure for werewolves.
African Violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)
Gender: Feminine, Planet: Venus, Element: Water
Spirituality, Protection. Promotes spirituality when grown in the home.
Agaric (Amanita muscaria) aka magic mushroom, redcap, death angel, death cap
Gender: Masculine, Planet: Mercury, Element: Air, Deity: Dionysus
Fertility. Place on the altar or in the bedroom to increase fertility.
Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) Also called Church steeples, cocklebur, stickwort, sticklewort
Gender: Masculine, Planet: Jupiter, Element: Air
Protection, Sleep. Agrimony is best known for its sleep-inducing qualities, therefore it is excellent in dream pillows, especially mixed with mugwort. Enhances magickal healing. A wash or oil increases effectiveness of all forms of ritual healing, psychic healing, or distance healing. Anoint hands with oil to cleanse auras. Creates a barrier against negative energies. Use if you feel to be under psychic attack. A counter-magick herb, it not only breaks hexes, but sends them back to the hexer.
Alfalfa (Medicavo Sativa)
Gender: Feminine, Planet: Venus, Element: Earth
Prosperity, Anti-hunger, Money. Brings in money and protects against financial misfortune. Harvest a small quantity at the full moon. Dry and burn in the cauldron. Place ashes in an magickal amulet.
Allspice (Pimenta officinalis or P. dioica)
Masculine, Mars, Fire
Money, Luck, Healing.
Almond (Prunus dulcis)
Masculine. Mercury. Air. Deities: Attis, Mercury, Thoth, Hermes
Money, Prosperity, Wisdom. Use oil, wash, or incense to anoint magickal wands or ritual candlesticks. (Almond wood makes excellent wands, especially for use in love magick). Excellent herbs for handfastings or other rituals of union. Also good for overcoming alcohol dependency. Almonds, leaves, and wood may be used in money magick. Placing almonds in your pocket will lead you to treasures.
Angelica (Angelica archangelica) aka archangel, masterwort
Masculine. Sun. Fire. Deity: Venus.
Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Visions. Use in all protection and exorcism incenses. Angelica protects in two ways: it creates a barrier against negative energy and fills you with good, radiant energy. Removes curses, hexes, or spells that have been cast against you. Enhances the aura. Gives a joyful outlook on life.
Anise Seed (Pimpinella anisum) aka aniseed, anneys
Masculine. Jupiter. Air. Deities: Apollo, Mercury.
Protection. Purification. Youth. Deals with inner, personal issues related to lack of fulfillment. Helps one to become more open to happiness and enjoy company of others. Put in dream pillows to protect from nightmares. Brings protection when traveling in the astral. Include anise in handfasting and wedding cakes.
Anise, Star (Illicium verum) aka Chinese anise
Moon, Uranus. Aquarius.
Use to consecrate ritual cups and chalices. Powdered stars may be used as incense to invoke your Deities or banish negative energy. Used in death and dying rituals.
Basil (Ocimum Basilicum) aka Witches herb, American dittany, St. Joseph's herb
Masculine. Mars. Fire. Deity: Vishnu, Ezrulie
Love, Exorcism, Wealth, Flying, Protection. Causes sympathy between two people and soothes tempers between lovers. Add to love sachets and incenses. Place in cash register or on doorsill of business to attract customers. Use when invoking elemental salamanders or communing with dragons. Also used for courage.
Bay (Laurus nobilis) aka bay laurel, laurel, sweet bay
Masculine. Sun. Fire.
Protection, Psychic Powers, Healing, Purification, Strength. Used in clairvoyance and wisdom brews. Place leaves under pillow for prophetic dreams. Burn to cause vision. Attracts love and romance. Use to consecrate musical instruments. Bay leaves impart strength to athletes. Write wishes on bay leaves and burn.
Belladonna (Atropa belladonna) aka banewort, witches berry, sorcerer's berry, deadly nightshade, death's herb, devil's cherries *Poison*
Feminine. Saturn. Water. Deities: Hecate, Bellona, Circe
Highly toxic. All parts of the plant are extremely poisonous. Encourages astral projection and produces visions, but belladonna is best avoided. A primary ingredient in flying ointments. Used in funeral rituals to aspurge the circle, helping the deceased to let go and move forward. Used to invoke Circe. Gather berries when they are ripe (around Samhain.) Store with onyx. Medicinally, it has been used as a sedative.
Bergamot, Orange (Mentha citrata) aka orange mint, bergamot
Masculine. Mercury. Air.
Money. Put leaves in wallet or purse to attract money. Rub fresh leaves on money before spending.
Calamus (Acorus calamus) aka myrtle flag, sweet cane, sedge, sweet flag, sweet grass, sweet sedge
Feminine. Moon. Water. *POISON*
Luck, Healing, Money, Protection. String beads and wear for healing. Use powdered root in incenses and sachets. Used to strengthen and bind spells. Growing the plant brings good luck.
Caraway (Carum carvi)
Masculine. Mercury. Air.
Protection, Lust, Health, Anti-Theft, Mental Powers. Any object which holds some caraway seeds is theft-free. Induces lust when baked into breads, cookies, or cakes. The seeds strengthen the memory.
Cardamom (Elettario caramomum)
Feminine. Venus. Water.
Lust, Love. Add ground seeds to warmed wine for a quick lust potion. Bake in apple pies and add to sachets and incenses to induce love.
Carnation (Dianthus carophyllus) aka jove's flower, gillies, gilliflower, sops-in-wine
Masculine. Sun. Fire.
Protection, Strength, Healing. Use in all-purpose protection spells. Gives strength and energy to the sick. Place fresh carnation on the altar during healing spells and add dried flowers to healing sachets and incenses.
Catnip (Nepeta cataria) aka catmint, cat's wort, field balm, nepeta, nip, catnep
Feminine. Venus. Water. Deity: Bast.
Cat Magick, Love, Beauty, Happiness. Give to your cat to create a psychic bond between the two of you. Use in love sachets with rose petals. Attracts good spirits and great luck. Used in beauty and happiness spells. Large pressed leaves are used for bookmarks in magickal texts. Mix with dragon's blood in an incense to rid oneself of bad habits or behavioral problems.
Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) aka ground apple, roman camomile, maythn, whig plant
Masculine. Sun. Water
Money, Sleep, Love, Purification. Sprinkle around property to remove curses and spells cast against you.
Cherry (Prunus avium) aka sweet cherry
Feminine. Venus. Water.
Chestnut (Castanea spp.)
Masculine. Jupiter. Fire.
Chili Pepper (Capsicum spp.) aka red pepper
Masculine. Mars. Fire.
Fidelity, Hex Breaking, Love.
Cinnamon (Cinnamonum zeylanicum) aka sweet wood
Masculine. Sun. Fire. Deities: Venus, Aphrodite
Spirituality, Success, Healing, Power, Psychic Powers, Lust, Protection, Love. Empower with tourmaline. Enhancing skills of prophecy through channeling, working through an oracle, or through divination. When burned as an incense, it raises high spiritual vibrations. Aids in healing. Draws money. Stimulates psychic power and produces protective vibrations. Great in sachets and amulets.
Clove (Syzygium aromaticum or Caryophyllus aromatica)
Masculine. Jupiter. Fire.
Protection, Exorcism, Love, Money. Burn as an incense. Worn or carried, they attract the opposite sex.
Clover (Trifolium spp.) aka shamrock, trefoil, three-leaved grass
Masculine. Mercury. Air.
Protection, Love, Money, Fidelity, Exorcism, Success.
Coltsfoot (Tussilago Farfara) aka ass's foot, British tobacco, bull's foot, butterbur, Coughwort
Feminine. Venus. Water.
Use in love sachets and spells of peace and tranquility. Love, Visions.
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) aka Chinese parsley, cilantro
Masculine. Mars. Fire.
Love, Health, Healing. Used in love sachets and spells. Add the powdered seeds to warm wine to make a lust potion. Protects gardeners and all in their households. Gather at harvest and hang in the home for protection. The seeds promote peace between people who are unable to get along. Use it in drinks or crushed in incense. Helps one find romance and is an excellent herb to add to an elixir when the Great Rite is celebrated. Throw instead of rice at handfastings or add to the handfasting cake.
Damiana -- Lust, Love, Visions
Deerstongue -- Lust, Psychic Powers
Dill -- Protection, Money, Lust, Luck
Dragon's Blood (Daemomorops Draco)
Masculine. Mars. Fire.
Love, Protection, Exorcism, Potency. Used in homemade magickal inks. Burn the resin to entice errant lovers to return. A stick placed under the pillow will cure impotency. A powerful protectant when sprinkled around the house or burned as incense. A pinch added to to other incenses will increase their potency.
Ebony -- Protection, Power
Echinacea -- Strengthening Spells
Edelwiess -- Invisibility, Bullet-Proofing
Elder -- Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Prosperity, Peace
Elecampane -- Love, Protection, Psychic Powers
Elm -- Love
Endive -- Love, Lust
Eucalyptus -- Healing, Protection
Eyebright -- Mental Powers, Psychic Powers
Fennel -- Protection, Healing, Purification
Fenugreek -- Money
Fern -- Rain Making, Protection, Luck, Riches, Health, Exorcism
Feverfew -- Protection
Fig -- Divination, Fertility, Love
Figwort -- Health, Protection
Flax -- Money, Protection, Beauty, Psychic Powers, Healing
Fleabane -- Exorcism, Protection, Chastity
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) aka deadmen's bells, dog's finger, fairy thimbles, fox bells, witches bells, witches thimbles *POISON*
Feminine. Venus. Water.
Protection. Brings true magick to your garden by attracting faeries and plant devas. Assists in communion with the Underworld. Collect the juice of the herb under a favorable moon sign. Mark the very center of your circle with the juice and wait there to see the realm of faery.
Frankincense -- Protection, Exorcism, Spirituality
Gardenia -- Love, Peace, Healing, Spirituality
Garlic -- Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Lust, Anti-Theft
Gentian -- Love, Power
Geranium -- Fertility, Love, Health, Protection
Ginger -- Love, Money, Success, Power
Ginseng -- Love, Wishes, Healing, Beauty, Protection, Lust
Goats Rue -- Healing, Health
Goldenrod -- Money, Divination
Goldenseal -- Healing, Money
Gorse -- Protection, Money
Gotu Kola -- Meditation
Gourd -- Protection
Grain -- Protection
Grape -- Fertility, Garden Magick, Mental Powers, Money
Grass -- Psychic Powers, Protection
Ground Ivy -- Divination
Groundsel -- Health, Healing
Hemlock (Conium maculatum) aka herb bennet, poison parsley, spotted hemlock, water parsley
Feminine. Saturn. Water. Deity: Hecate *Poison*
Destroys sexual drive. Induces astral projection. Juice rubbed on magickal blades empower and purify them.Used in medievel flying ointments.
Hemp -- Healing, Love, Vision, Meditation
Hibiscus -- Lust, Love, Divination
Hickory -- Legal Matters
High John the Conqueror -- Money, Love, Success, Happiness
Holly (Ilex aquifolium or I. opaca)
Masculine. Mars. Fire. Deity: Holly King
Protection, Anti-Lightning, Luck, Dream Magick. One of the best protective herbs. The wood of the holly is very well suited for the handle of the ritual knife as it both attracts and repels energies. It is powerful when defense is needed in circle while preserving the gentleness within it. Holly water is sprinkled on newborn babies to protect them. Carried by men, it promotes luck. (Ivy is the corresponding plant of luck for women). Decorate the house with it at Yule for good luck.
Horehound -- Protection, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Healing
Horse Chestnut -- Money, Healing
Horseradish -- Purification, Exorcism
Horsetail -- Snake Charming, Fertility
Houseleek -- Luck, Protection, Love
Huckleberry -- Luck, Protection, Dream Magick, Hex Breaking
Hyacinth -- Love, Protection, Happiness
Hydrangea -- Hex Breaking
Hyssop -- Purification, Protection
Indian Paint Brush -- Love
Iris -- Purification, Wisdom
Irish Moss -- Money, Luck, Protection
Ivy -- Protection, Healing
Jasmine -- Love, Money, Prophetic Dreams
Jobs Tears -- Healing, Wishes, Luck
Joe Pye Weed -- Love, Respect
Juniper -- Protection, Anti-Theft, Love, Exorcism, Health
Kava-Kava -- Visions, Protection, Luck
Knotweed -- Binding, Health
Lady's Mantle -- Love
Lady's Slipper -- Protection
Larch -- Protection, Anti-Theft
Larkspur -- Health, Protection
Lavender -- Love, Protection, Sleep, Chastity (with rosemary), Longevity, Purification, Happiness, Peace
Leek -- Love, Protection, Exorcism
Lemon -- Longevity, Purification, Love, Friendship
Lemongrass -- Repel Snakes, Lust, Psychic Powers
Lemon Verbena -- Purification, Love
Lettuce -- Chastity, Protection, Love, Divination, Sleep
Licorice -- Love, Lust, Fidelity
Life Everlasting -- Longevity, Health, Healing
Lilac -- Exorcism, Protection
Lily -- Protection, Breaking Love Spells
Lily of the Valley -- Mental Powers, Happiness
Lime -- Healing, Love, Protection
Linden -- Protection, Immortality, Luck, Love, Sleep
Liverwort -- Protection, Love
Loosestrife -- Peace, Protection
Lotus -- Protection, Lock-Opening
Lovage -- Love
Love Seed -- Friendship, Love
Lucky Hand -- Employment, Luck, Protection, Money, Travel
Mace -- Psychic Powers, Mental Powers
Magnolia -- Fidelity
Maidenhair -- Beauty, Love
Male Fern -- Luck, Love
Mallow -- Love, Protection, Exorcism
Mandrake (Mandragora officinale or Atropa Mandragora) aka herb of Circe, witches mannikin, wild lemon, sorceror's root *Poison*
Masculine. Mercury. Fire. Deities: Circe, Diana, Hecate, Hathor, Saturn
Protection, Love, Money, Fertility, Health. Few herbs are as steeped in magickal lore as mandrake. It is associated with the most intense practices of magick and especially well suited for love magick. It has great power as a visionary herb. It empowers visions, providing the impetus to bring them into manifestation. It intensifies the magick of any situation. A whole mandrake root placed in the home will bring protection and prosperity. Carried, it will attract love. The human shape of the root makes it well suited for use as poppet. (Substitute ash roots, apples, root of the briony, or the American may apple if the cost is prohibitive). To activate a dried mandrake, place it on the altar undisturbed for three days. Then place it in warm water overnight. The root will then be activated and ready for any magickal purpose.
Maple -- Love, Longevity, Money
Marigold (Calendula officinalis) aka calendula, drunkard, marybud, marygold
Masculine. Sun. Fire.
Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Legal Matters, Psychic Powers. Aids visionary sight and helps find stolen property by producing a vision of the thief in the mind and the location of the stolen property. Dried petals may be used alone or mixed with dried incense to consecrate divination tools. Petals may be macerated in sunflower oil to make an oil of consecration. Adds a special, loving magick to rituals of death and dying. Carry marigold petals with a bay leaf to quiet gossip.
Marjoram -- Protection, Love, Happiness, Health, Money
Mastic -- Psychic Powers, Manifestations, Lust
May Apple (Podophyllum peltaltum) aka American mandrake, duck's foot, hog apple, racoon berry *Poison*
Masculine. Mercury. Fire.
Money. Generally used as a substitution for European (true) mandrake. Its uses are practically identical, although the may apple is not related to the true mandrake.
Meadow Rue -- Divination
Meadowsweet -- Love, Divination, Peace, Happiness
Mesquite -- Healing
Mimosa -- Protection, Love, Prophetic Dreams, Purification
Mint -- Money, Love, Lust, Healing, Exorcism, Travel, Protection
Mistletoe (Viscum Album) Witches broom, Thunderbesom, Holy wood, Golden bough
Masculine. Sun. Air. Deities: Balder, Apollo, Freya, Frigga, Venus, Odin
Protection, Love, Hunting, Fertility, Health, Exorcism.
Moonwort -- Money, Love
Moss -- Luck, Money
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) aka Artemis herb, Artemisia, Felon herb, Muggons, Naughty Man, Sailor's Tobacco, St. John's Plant
Feminine. Venus. Earth. Deities: Artemis, Diana
Strength, Psychic Powers, Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Healing, Astral Projection. Use a wash or the oil to consecrate or anoint crystal balls or any tool of divination. Produces visionary dreams and is a prime ingredient in dream pillows. Keeps one safe from dark forces. Protects children. Incense brings protection. Carried, it brings loved ones safely home from journeys. A tonic for the soul, it keeps us aware of our spiritual direction. Burn with sandalwood or wormwood during scrying sessions. A mugwort infusion sweetened with honey will enhance divination. Carried, it also increases lust and fertility.
Mulberry -- Protection, Strength
Mullein -- Courage, Protection, Health, Love, Divination, Exorcism
Mustard -- Fertility, Protection, Mental Powers
Myrrh -- Protection, Exorcism, Healing, Spirituality
Myrtle -- Love, Fertility, Youth, Peace, Money
Nettle -- Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Lust
Norfolk Island Pine -- Protection, Anti-Hunger
Nuts -- Fertility, Prosperity, Love, Luck
Oak -- Protection, Health, Money, Healing, Potency, Fertility, Luck
Oats -- Money
Olive -- Healing, Peace, Fertility, Potency, Protection, Lust
Onion -- Protection, Exorcism, Healing, Money, Prophetic Dreams, Lust
Orange -- Love, Divination, Luck, Money
Orchid -- Love
Oregon Grape -- Money, Prosperity
Orris (Iris florentina or Phizoma Iridis) aka Florentine Iris, Queen Elizabeth Root
Feminine. Venus. Water. Deities: Aphrodite, Isis, Osiris, Hera, Iris
Love, Protection, Divination. The root is used to find and hold love. The root powder is known as "Love Drawing Powder." Protects from evil spirits. The roots and leaves hung in the house and added to the bath are good for personal protection. Make a pendulum with a small piece of the wood.
Palm, Date -- Fertility, Potency
Pansy -- Love, Rain Magick, Love, Divination
Papaya -- Love, Protection
Parsley -- Love, Protection, Purification
Passion Flower -- Peace, Sleep, Friendship
Patchouly -- Money, Fertility, Lust
Pea -- Money, Love
Peach -- Love, Exorcism, Longevity, Fertility, Wishes
Pear -- Lust, Love
Pecan -- Money, Employment
Pennyroyal -- Strength, Protection, Peace
Peony -- Protection, Exorcism
Pepper -- Protection, Exorcism
Peppermint -- Purification, Sleep, Love, Healing, Psychic Powers
Quince -- Protection, Love, Happiness
Radish -- Protection, Lust
Ragweed -- Courage
Raspberry -- Protection, Love
Rattlesnake Root -- Protection, Money
Rhubarb -- Protection, Fidelity
Rice -- Protection, Fidelity
Roots -- Protection, Power, Divination
Rose -- Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Love, Divination, Luck, Protection
Rosemary -- Protection, Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Purification, Healing, Sleep, Youth
Rowan -- Psychic Powers, Healing, Protection, Success
Rue -- Healing, Health, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Love
Rye -- Love, Fertility
Saffron -- Love, Healing, Happiness, Wind Raising, Lust, Strength, Psychic Powers
Sage -- Immortality, Longevity, Wisdom, Protection, Wishes
Sagebrush -- Purification, Exorcism
St. John's Wort -- Health, Power, Protection, Strength, Love, Divination, Happiness
Sandalwood -- Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Spirituality
Sarsaparilla -- Love, Money
Sassafras -- Health, Money
Savory, Summer -- Mental Powers
Skullcap -- Love, Fidelity, Peace
Senna -- Love
Sesame -- Money, Lust
Shallot -- Purification
Skunk Cabbage -- Legal Matters
Slippery Elm -- Halts Gossip
Snakeroot -- Luck, Money
Snakeroot, Black -- Love, Lust, Money
Snapdragon -- Protection
Solomon's Seal -- Protection, Exorcism
Sorrel Wood -- Healing, Health
Southern Wood -- Love, Lust, Protection
Spanish Moss -- Protection
Spearmint -- Healing, Love, Mental Powers
Spiderwort -- Love
Spikenard -- Love
Star Anise -- Psychic Powers, Luck
Strawberry -- Love, Luck
Sugar Cane -- Love, Lust
Sunflower -- Fertility, Wishes, Health, Wisdom
Sweetgrass -- Calling Spirits
Sweetpea -- Friendship, Chastity, Courage, Strength
Tansy -- Health, Longevity
Tea -- Riches, Courage, Strength
Thistle -- Strength, Protection, Hex Breaking, Healing
Thistle, Holy -- Purification, Hex Breaking
Thistle, Milk -- Snake enraging
Thyme -- Health, Healing, Sleep, Psychic Powers, Love, Purification, Courage
Toadflax -- Protection, Hex Breaking
Toadstool -- Rain Making
Tobacco -- Healing, Purification
Tonka Bean (Coumarouna odorata; Dipteryx odorata) aka Coumaria Nut, Tonqua, Tonquin Bean *DO NOT CONSUME. BELIEVED TO CAUSE CANCER*
Feminine. Venus. Water.
Love. Money. Courage. Wishes. Used extensively in love sachets and mixtures, and carried to attract love. Also worn or carried to attract money, bring luck, grant courage, and ward off illness.
Turmeric -- Purification
Turnip -- Protection, Ending Relationships
Uva Ursa -- Psychic Workings
Valerian -- Love, Sleep, Purification, Protection
Vanilla -- Love, Lust, Mental Powers
Venus Flytrap -- Protection, Love
Vervain (Verbena officinalis)
Feminine. Venus. Earth. Deities: Cerridwen, Mars, Venus, Aradia, Jupiter, Thor, Juno
The Witches Herb. Love, Protection, Purification, Peace, Money, Youth, Chastity, Sleep. Healing. Empowers any magick, especially love spells. Enhances the dreaming process and is recommended for dream quests. Used to consecrate and empower any ritual tools. Protects from negative emotions and depression. Used in house and home blessings. Turns back negativity. In love spells: add to recipes to attract mates, find true love, achieve sexual fulfilment, work sexual magick, an for bringing extra bliss on the wedding night. The herb of poets, singers, and bards. Inspires artistry. Instills a love of learning. Best when gathered at Midsummer.
Vetch, Giant -- Fidelity
Vetivert -- Love, Hex Breaking, Luck, Money, Anti-Theft
Violet -- Protection, Love, Lust, Luck, Wishes, Peace, Healing
Walnut -- Health, Mental Powers, Infertility, Wishes
Wheat -- Fertility, Money
Willow -- Love, Divination, Protection, Healing
Wintergreen -- Protection, Healing, Hex Breaking
Witch Hazel -- Protection, Chastity
Wolf's Bane -- see Aconite
Wood Rose -- Luck
Woodruff -- Victory, Protection, Money
Wormwood -- Psychic Powers, Protection, Love, Calling Spirits
The Unknown Herb--yet to be discovered--probably somewhere in the Amazon rainforest
Yarrow -- Courage, Love, Psychic Powers, Exorcism
Yellow Evening Primrose -- Hunting
Yerba Mate -- Fidelity, Love, Lust
Yerba Santa -- Beauty, Healing, Psychic Powers, Protection
Yucca -- Transmutation, Protection, Purification