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Magickal Herbalism 101

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Herbs - Week V

Anise
Basil
Cinquefoil
Mugwort
Nettle
Nutmeg/Mace
Patchouli
Raspberry
Rosemary
Sage
Vervain/Verbena
Wormwood


Anise

Botanical Name:       Illicium verum/ *Star Anise, Illicium anisatum

Gender:                      Masculine…. Astrological: Cancer & Libra

Planet:                        Mercury

Element:                     Air

Deities:                       Mercury, Apollo, Ra, Legba, Hermes, Thor

Origin:                         Native of Egypt, Greece, Asia Minor, cultivated by Egyptians

                                    * Japanese hold sacred, it is planted around burial & temple sites, also burned to drive away evil spirits & invoke gods

                                    * Store with Amber ...consecrate Amber & Chalices

                                    * with honey & nutmeg assist with diarrhea, burning smoke halts headache, tea for colic & assists with sleeping

Powers:                      Healing, Love, Money, Aphrodisiac, Clairvoyance, Consecration, Divination, Fertility, Good Luck, Gain, Prevent Nightmares, Money, Protection

Substitutions:             Fennel

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Basil

Botanical Name:       Ocimum basilicum...also Witches' Herb, Alabahaca, Herb of Kings, American Dittany, St. Joseph's Wort (patron saint of doctors)

Gender:                      Masculine ... Astrological: Scorpio

Planet:                        Mars

Element:                     Fire

Deities:                       Mars, Ares, St. Joseph, Ogoun, Jupiter, Krishna, Vishnu, Erzulie, Seth, Loki

Origin:                         The word Basil is probably derived from Basileus in Greek meaning King.

                                    * More than 150 varietals

Powers:                      Exorcism, Clairvoyance, Divination, Fertility, Happiness, Harmony, Honesty, Love, Money, Passion, Psychic Growth & Development, Spell-Breaking, Success, Wealth, Strength, Protection, Peace, Aphrodisiac, Commanding, Consecration, Fidelity, Psychic Protection

Substitutions:

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Cinquefoil

Botanical Name:       Potenilla candensis*dwarf/ Potentilla arguta Pursh...Five Finger Grass, Crampweed, Goose                                        Grass, Pentaphyllon

Gender:                      Masculine…Astrological: Leo

Planet:                        Jupiter

Element:                     Fire

Deities:                      

Origin:                         Dwarf found in fields & woods, yellow flowers/ P.arguta liking rocky soil, white flowers.  Blooms from April to October.

                                    * A small pinch should be included for incense on the Sabbats.

                                    * Five finger leaves represent love, money, health, power & wisdom

Powers:                      Purification, Eloquence, Money, Protection, Sleep, Prophetic Dreams, Banishing Negativity & Imbalance

Substitutions:             Clover

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Mugwort

Botanical Name:        Artemisia vulgaris....also Artemis Herb, Naughty Man, Sailor's Tobacco, St. John's Plant,                                         moxa                           

Gender:                      Feminine...Astrological: Pisces

Planet:                        Venus

Element:                     Earth

Deities:                       Artemis, St. John, Diana, Sif, Isis, Lakshmi, Aida Wedo

Origin:                         Harvest in August through late September

                                    * grows in hedges & waysides

                                    * keep moonstone or pearl within

Powers:                      Strength, Psychic Powers, Protection, Healing, Prophetic Dreams, Astral Projection, Lust, Fertility, Consecrate Tools, Safe Journey, Protect Children

Substitutions:              Wormwood

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Nettle

Botanical Name:       Urtica dioica/ Ortiga ancha ...also Stinging Nettle, Common Nettle

Gender:                      Masculine    Astrological: Aries

Planet:                        Mars

Element:                     Fire

Deities:                      Thor, Helios, Ra, Chango, Apollo

Origin:                        Occur widely in temperate climates... nettle, dock, mint, rosemary, sage have been used to take the sting of nettle out.  To be harvested in mid morning after dew is dry, while sun is out. Blooms from June to September. Nettle was a great source of fiber for cloth, rope and many other things used widely prior to cotton, the quality cloth spun from nettles is regarded as finer than cotton (nearly as nice as silk)

Powers:                      Protection, Healing, Lust, Exorcism, Spell-Breaking, Confidence, Consecrate Knives

                                    * A mirroring effect.... it returns energy to its origin

Substitutions:              Yellow Dock

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Nutmeg/Mace

Botanical Name:       Myristica fragrans....Sadhika

Gender:                      Masculine…Astrological: Pisces

Planet:                        Jupiter ....Mace/Mercury

Element:                     Fire ......  Mace/Air

Deities:

Origin:                        From the Bandu Islands, Maylan Archipelago, Molucca Islands, Sumatra, French Guiana

                                    Native to Java, Indonesia & the West Indies...

                                    China...soil rich in Acid...harvest mid-summer

Powers:                      Healing, Spirituality, Love, Peace, Uncrossing, Fidelity, Artistic Talent, Creativity, Focus, Astral Projection, Visions, Meditation, Aphrodisiac, Money

                                    *Mace...Psychic & Mental Powers, Gain               

Substitutions:              Cinnamon

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Patchouli

Botanical Name:       Pogostemon cablin...puchu pat

Gender:                      Feminine....Astrological: Capricorn

Planet:                        Saturn

Element:                     Earth

Deities:                      

Origin:                         Hails from Java, India & Singapore

                                    * grows well in tropical climates, cut back tops 2-3 times annually

                                    *scatter leaves among clothes to repel insects

                                    * fixative with a very low evaporation rate  

Powers:                      Money, Lust, Fertility, Banishing Foes, Break off love affairs, Bring peace & contentment to a home, draws gnomes, blessings, cleansing, love, meditation, Increasing Power of Spells, Protection, Sensuality, Spell Breaking

Substitutions:             Oakmoss

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Raspberry Leaves

Botanical Name:       Rubus idaeus....Framboise, Red Raspberry

Gender:                      Feminine

Planet:                        Venus

Element:                     Water

Deities:                       Innana, Isis

Origin:                         Particularly fond of Northern Climates...

                                    Harvest late summer through late fall

Powers:                      Love, Protection, Fertility, Health, Self-Image, Sex, Artistic Talent, Peace, Psychic Ability, Calming, Confidence, Creativity, Stress, Banishing Negativity

Substitutions:             Blackberry Leaves

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Rosemary

Botanical Name:       Rosmarinus officinalis...also Elf Leaf, Sea Dew, Guardrobe, Polar Plant           

Gender:                      Masculine

Planet:                        Sun

Element:                     Fire

Deities:                      Virgin Mary

Origin:                        Transplant 6 inch cuttings in August

                                    *Likes well drained soils & lots of sun, grows best in southern sun with chalky soil (this will                                         yield a smaller more fragrant plant)

Powers:                      Exorcism, Protection, Lust, Youth, Love, Sleep, Healing, Mental Powers, Purification, Memory, Serenity, Wisdom, Prevent Theft, Memory, Thanksgiving, Peace, Safety in travel

Substitutions:            

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Sage

Botanical Name:       Salvia officianalis....also Garden Sage, Red Sage

Gender:                      Masculine…Astrological: Aquarius

Planet:                        Jupiter

Element:                     Air

Deities:                      

Origin:                         Native to both the Mediterranean & the US...blooms in late June through October. Harvest during its flowering season.  It grows well in most soil types but likes some shade...* Likes well drained soils & sun best.  Found wild in both woodlands & open meadows

Powers:                      Wisdom, Immortality, Longevity, Wishes, Protection, Prevents Aging, Calming, Banishing fear & negativity, Focus, Power, Leadership, Safety, Stress, Spirit Cleansing/ Guides/Muses/Teachers, Thanksgiving, Understanding, Communication, Exorcism, Meditation, Visions, Psychic Abilities

Substitutions:             

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Vervain/Verbena

Botanical Name:       Verbena officinalis...also Enchanter's Plant, Juno's Tears, Van-Van, Holy Wort, Lemon Verbena

Gender:                      Feminine…Astrological: Gemini

Planet:                        Venus

Element:                     Air

Deities:                       Juno, Kerridwen, Mars, Venus, Aphrodite, Aradia, Isis, Jupiter, Thor, Artemis, Hecate, Innana, Kali,

Origin:                         In Celtic means To Drive Away, A Stone (i.e. bladder stones),

                                    * likes fertile well drained loam & sun

                                    * Keep Chrysolite inside

                                    * Harvest mid-summer when neither sun nor moon is out

Powers:                      Purification, Visions, Love, Aphrodisiac, Healing, Protection, Peace, Money, Sleep, Chastity, Stimulates Creativity, Divination

Substitutions:             

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Wormwood

Botanical Name:       Artemisia absintium....also Absinthe, Old Woman, Crown for a King, Green Ginger

                                    * Poison*

Gender:                      Masculine…Astrological: Scorpio & Gemini

Planet:                        Mars

Element:                     Fire

Deities:                       Isis, Artemis, Diana, Lakshmi, Aida Wedo, Sif, Innana

Origin:                         Grows globally along roadsides & waste places...It likes shady areas & is easily propagated by roots, cuttings or seeds sown in autumn soon after they are ripe. 

                                    Harvest in mid summer, cutting only the top leaves... wonderful bug repellant properties.

                                    * flavors gin, vermouth & absinthe

Powers:                      Psychic Powers, Protection, Love, Calling Spirits, Banishing fears, healing

Substitutions:             Mugwort

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