MAGIC OLD HERBAL SORCERY
Angelica - linked sometimes with St. Michael the Archangel and was even
called "The Root of the Holy Ghost". It protects against witchcraft, evil
spirits, spells and enchantments.
Basil (Sweet) - believed to have derived its name form the Basilisk, the
fabulous dragon-like creature that was deadly to anyone who looked at it.
This may have spawned the old belief that Basil begot scorpions.
Betony (Wood) - the original herb of Magic and medicine discovered by
Chiron the Centaur. Cured against 'elf sickness'. Believed that animals seek
it out when ill. Old lore says that if two snakes are put into a ring of
Betony, they will fight to the death. Considered magically powerful against evil spirits.
Bistort - name means 'twice twisted'. The twisted root resembles a snake.
English names include snakeweed and adderwort. Regarded as a cure for
snake bites. Lore also says that this herb can help a woman conceive a child.
Blackberry - was considered to be a holy plant. In the Highlands, they're
called Blessed Brambles. If twined into a wreath with rowan and ivy, will
keep away evil spirits. Brambles or alternatively osieres, would be plaited
around a grave to keep a ghost from rising. Believed that Christ used a
bramble to drive the money changers out of the temple and to spur his donkey
onto Jerusalem. Thought to cure various ailments if the sick would walk
under an archway of bramble rooted at each end.
Broom - piece of broom is worn in a cap because its ancient reputation as a
plant both useful to witches and against them. Was also used as a magic
sleep enhancer and as a power in love spells.
Byrony (White) - used in place of European Mandrake root. Helped in
fertility spells for barren women. Also called Womandrake and related to
the Yam family. In France was called "Herb of Beaten Wives" because the
berry juice resembles the black and blue marks of beatings.
Centaury - also discovered by Chiron the Centaur. Used to cure fevers.
Another powerful herb against Witchcraft and Magic.
Chicory - believed to be a cure for failing sight and poor eyes because
its flowers only open during sunlight. If gathered by a special ritual, it was
believed to make one invisible and also open locked doors and chests.
To do so, one must cut the plant with a gold blade on St. Jame's Day, July 25.
Cinquefoil (Latin: Potentilla) - meant "small and powerful". Hung in
doorways to keep out evil spirits. A main ingredient in Witch potions and ointments.
Devil's Bit (Scabious) - old lore says that the Devil bit it for envy
because the herb had so many good virtues and was so good for mankind.
In Cornwall England, was referred to as Devil's Button and to pick the plant
one was sure to receive a nocturnal visit from the Devil.
Dill - anti-witch plant. Was used to lull people into stupors and thus
mothers used it on their babies to keep them sleepy. Used in and against spells.
Eyebright - St. Michael used it along with rue and three drops from the Well
of Life to anoint his hurt eyes after his battle with the Devil and the latter's fall.
Fennel - genuine wind-expelling properties. Used to keep evil spirits away
especially on Midsummer's Eve when it would be hung with St. John's Wort
over doorways. Keyholes blocked with fennel would keep out ghosts. Was
also believed to confer longevity and improve strength and courage.
Foxglove - associated with fairies and elves as they gave gloves to the fox
so he could raid the chickens and escape harm. Said that if the fairies wore
these 'gloves' they could do anything. Was believed to be dangerous to cut
foxglove but once you'd done so and lived it was a good defense against
the little people. In Wales it's juice was rubbed into a floor in the shape
of a cross to protect the home from the fey folk. It could also be used to
kill a changeling child. Also believed that the souls of the dead inhabited
the flowers thus the alternate names of 'bells', 'thimbles' or 'deadman's fingers'.
Mugwort - known alternatively as St. John's Herb and was considered to
be the "Mother of Al Herbs." Some believed that St. John the Baptist wore a
girdle of Mugwort in the forest where he lived. Was cured in the Midsummer
bonfires and hung up over doorways to keep evil at bay. Also used to
keep travelers from getting too weary.
Orchid - another name for Satyrion root which was believed to be a powerful
aphrodisiac. Men and women ate the tubers as sexual stimulants and in
the hopes of defining what sex a newborn would take.
Parsley - not originally considered an herb but rather in connections with
both 'noble' and 'funeral'. The Greeks strewn it on graves. It was used on
food plates as a garnish as an antidote to poison and thus put on a plate
was considered a token of trust. It was also thought if a man ate some of
the seeds prior to drinking he'd be able to drink more and still retain his faculties.
Peony - regarded as having a divine origin. Was sacred to Peon, physician
to the Gods. Would protect from evil spirits and storms and would in
particular protect shepherds and their flocks, farmers and their crops.
Was considered as dangerous as Mandrake to dig up and thus the same kinds
of protections must be used. It was also believed to be highly dangerous to
dig up if a woodpecker was nearby as the gatherer of the herb would lose his sight.
Plantain - also known as 'healing herb' in Scotland/Ireland. Was
considered a very powerful plant since it could stand back up against the boot
heel or chariot wheel crushing it down. Due to this belief, it was used to
treat wounds and bruises.
Rosemary - was dropped into coffins as a way of letting the dead know
that you'd not forget them. Also very protective against physical injury and
thunder/lightning. Could renew youth and help 'special' enterprises to
grow and succeed.
Sage - ancient reputation as a healing plant and thought to confer long
life. Tradition says that if the plant lives or dies so will a business
owner's livelihood thrive or fail.
Solomon's Seal - it's said to bear a symbol on its roots, the two interwoven
triangles which make up the hexagram, will scare off evil spirits! The
white flowers were used in love potions and the plant was used to help 'knit bones' together.
Tarragon - also known as Little Dragon - reputed to have sprung up
where the banished serpent from the Garden of Eden brushed up over the ground
along with Mugwort and Wormwood. Since Dragons were both terrifying and
protective, it was believed to cure snake-bite.
Viper's Bugloss - the seeds resemble a viper's head and thus thought to
be another cure against snake bite.
Yarrow - also known as Bloodwort - noted for its wound healing powers
and was regarded as another herb dedicated to the Devil.
Plants That come Especially under the Dominion of the Sun
Althaea officinalis: marshmallow (with Jupiter and Venus)
Anagallis arvensis: common scarlet pimpernel (with Jupiter)
Angelica archangelica: angelica, lingwort (with Venus)
Angelica silvestris: wild angelica (with Venus)
Anthemis nobilis: Roman chamomile
Calamus aromaticus (Acorus calamus): calamus
Calendula officinalis: marigold
Caryophyllus (Syzygium aromaticum): clove tree
Chelidonium majus: celandine (with Jupiter)
Cinnamonum ceylanicum: cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon
Citrus aurantium: orange tree
Citrus bergamium: bergamot
Citrus limonum: lemon tree
Dictamnus albus: dittany
Drosera rotundifrlia: sundew
Fchium valgare: viper's buglass, blueweed
Erythrea centaurium (Entaurium umbellatum): lesser centaury
Euphrasia officinalis: eyebright
Fragaria vesca: wild strawberry (with Jupiter)
Fraxinus excelsior: ash (with Jupiter)
Gentiana lutea: gentian (with Jupiter)
Glechoma hederacea: ground ivy (with Venus)
Helian thus anuus: sunflower
Hypericum perfora turn: SaintJohn's-wort
mula helenium: elecampane
Juglans regia: walnut tree (with Mercury)
Juniperus communis: juniper (with Jupiter and Mercury)
Laurus nobilis: laurel (with Jupiter)
Matricaria chamomilla: German chamomile
Melissa offtcinalis: lemon balm (with Jupiter)
Olea europea: olive tree (with Jupiter; often classified under Jupiter)
Oryza sativa: rice
Paeonia officinalis: peony
Passiflora incarnata: passionflower
Piper: pepper (white and black)
Plantago lanceolata: ribwort (with Mars)
Plantago major: plantain (with Mars)
Potentilla reptans: cinquefoil, five-leaf, finger-grass
Rosmarinus officinalis: rosemary
Ruta graveolens: common rue
Sinapis alba: white mustard
Sinapis nigra: black mustard
Viscum album: mistletoe (with Juniper and moon)
Vitis vinifrra: grapevine (with Jupiter and moon)
Zedoaria (Curcuma zedoaria): zedoary
Zingiber officinale: ginger
Especially strongly lunar are:
Acanthus mollis: acanthus
Agnus castus: monk's pepper
Atriplex silvestris: atriplex, orache, all-seed, notchweed
Bellis perennis: daisy
Brassicae: all kinds of cabbage, brassicaceous plants
Cardamine pratense: lady's smock, cuckoo flower
Carica papaya: papaya
Cheiranthus cheiri: wallflower
Cucumis sativus: cucumber
Cucurbita Pepo: pumpkin, gourd
Curcuma longa: turmeric
Galium aparine: galium, cleavers, goose grass
Hieracium pilosella: hawkweed, mouse-ear
Hyssopus officinalis: hyssop
Iris florentina: Florentine iris (with Saturn)
Iris germanica: German iris (with Saturn), dark blue flowers
Iris pallida: pale iris (with Saturn), pale blue flowers
Lactuca sativa: cabbage-lettuce
Lenticula palustris: duckweed
Ligustrum vulgare: privet
Lilium album: white lily
Lysimachia nummularia: moneywort
Myristica fragrans: nutmeg
Nasturtium officinale: watercress
Nymphaea alba: water lily
Papa ver rhoeas: corn poppy (with Saturn)
Papaver somnifrruni: opium poppy (with Saturn)
Ruta lunaria: moonwort
Salices: all kinds of willows
Sedum acre: sharp stonecrop, wall-pepper
Sedum telephium: orpine
Stellaria media: chickweed
Telephium vulgare: sedum
Tilia: lime-tree (with Venus)
Trapa natans: water chestnut
Veronica officinalis: speedwell
Vinca minor: myrtle, periwinkle
Therapeutic effect of the lunar plants: many food plants, alternative,
cooling, moisturizing, enzymic, and promoting fermentation.