BUCKTHORN

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BUCKTHORN (Rhamnus catharticus, R.frangula, R.spp.) PNL t I AbIiCh-12 R. frangula bark must be aged two years prior to internal use. Folk Name: Hart’s Thorn Gender: Feminine Planet: Saturn Element: Water Powers: Protection, Exorcism, Wishes, Legal Matters Magical Uses: Branches of the buckthorn, placed near doors and windows, drive away all enchantments and sorceries, according to Dioscorides. A charming legend …

BUCHU

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BUCHU (Barosma betulinay Agathosma betulina) P K Folk Names: Bookoo, Bucoo, Buku, Oval Buchu, Short Buchu, Sab, Pinkaou Gender: Feminine Planet: Moon Element: Water Powers: Psychic Powers, Prophetic Dreams Magical Uses: An infusion of buchu, when drunk, enables one to foretell the future. Frankincense mixed with buchu is burned directly before retiring to produce prophetic dreams. Only a small amount …

BROOM

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BROOM (Cytisus scoparius) Poison Folk Names: Banal, Basam, Besom, Bisom, Bizzon, Breeam, Broom Tops, Brum, Genista Green Broom, Irish Broom, Irish Tops, Link, Scotch Broom, Hog Weed Gender: Masculine Planet: Mars Element: Air Powers: Purification, Protection, Wind, Spells, Divination Magical Uses: Broom is used in purification and protection spells, and is hung in the home to keep evil out. Also, …

BROMELIAD

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BROMELIAD (Crypanthus spp.) Folk Names: Chameleon Star, Earth Star Gender: Masculine Planet: Sun Element: Air Power: Protection, Money Magical Uses: Grow a bromeliad in the home for money and luxuries. The plants are also protective, and so are a good choice of house plants.

BRIONY

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BRIONY (Bryony spp. dioica) Poison Folk Names: Gout Root, Ladies’ Seal, Mad Root, Snake Grape, Tamus, Tetterberry, Wild Hops, Wild Vine, Wood Vine, English Mandrake Gender: Masculine Planet: Mars Element: Fire Powers: Image Magic, Money, Protection Magical Uses: The briony root is often used as a substitute for the rare mandrake root in various image magic operations. Money placed near …

BRAZIL NUT

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BRAZIL NUT (Bertholletia excellsa) Eat only the processed nut Gender: Masculine Planet: Mercury The Herbs 65 Element: Air Powers: Love Magical Uses: Brings good luck in love affairs if carried as a talisman.

BRACKEN

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BRACKEN (Pteridium aquilinum) X Gender: Masculine Planet: Mercury Element: Air Powers: Healing, Rain Magic, Prophetic Dreams Magical Uses: If you burn bracken outside, rain will fall. Bracken is also used for protection, healing and fertility. If the root is placed beneath the pillow it causes solutions of problems to appear in dreams.

BORAGE

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BORAGE (Borago officinalis) Herb: X; Seed oil: G Folk Names: Bugloss, Burrage, Herb of Gladness, Star Flower, Borak, Lisan selvi, Lesan-El-Tour Gender: Masculine Planet: Jupiter Element: Air Powers: Courage, Psychic Powers Magical Uses: Carry the fresh blossoms to strengthen your courage, or place one in your buttonhole for protection when walking outdoors. A tea of borage induces psychic powers.

BONESET

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  BONESET (Eupatorium perfoliatum) X Folk Names: Agueweed, Crosswort, Feverwort, Indian Sage, Sweating Plant, Teasel, Thoroughwort, Wood Boneset Gender: Feminine Planet: Saturn Element: Water Powers: Protection, Exorcism Magical Uses: The plant wards off evil spirits. Make an infusion and sprinkle about the house to drive away evil.  

BODHI

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BODHI (Ficus religiosa) Folk Names: Bo-Tree, Peepul Tree, Pipul, Sacred Tree Gender: Masculine Planet: Jupiter Element: Air Deities: Buddha, Vishnu The Herbs Powers: Fertility, Protection, Wisdom, Meditation Ritual Uses: The plant is sacred to Vishnu who, like Buddha, was said to have been born beneath it. In the East, sacred fires are fed with its wood. Since Buddha also sat …

BLUE FLAG

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BLUE FLAG (Iris versicolor) Poison P V Folk Names: Flag Lily, Fleur-de-Lys, Iris, Liver Lily, Poison Lily, Poison Flag, Snake Lily, Water Flag, Water Iris Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Water Powers: Money Magical Uses: Carry the root for financial gain. The root is also placed in cash registers to increase business.

BLUEBERRY

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BLUEBERRY (Vaccinum frondosum, V. angustifolium, V. corymbosum, V. pallidum) Leaf: G Folk Names: Bilberry Power: Protection Magical Uses: Place some blueberries beneath the doormat to keep undesirables away from your property, or from entering your home. This protects against evil as well. Make blueberry pies or tarts and eat when under psychic attack; this gets the protection inside you and …

BLUEBELL

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BLUEBELL (Campanula rotundifolia) Folk Names: Harebell Powers: Luck, Truth Magical Uses: If you can turn a bluebell inside out without tearing or damaging it, you will eventually have the one you love. The next time you see a bluebell, pick it and repeat the following words: Bluebell, bluebell, bring me some luck before tomorrow night. Slip it into your shoe …

BLOODROOT

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BLOODROOT (Sanguinaria canadensis) Poison P V Folk Names: King Root, Red Root, Tetterwort Gender: Masculine Planet: Mars Element: Fire Powers: Love, Protection, Purification Magical Uses: The root is carried or worn to draw love. It is also carried to avert evil spells and negativity. Place near doorways and windowsills so the home will be protected. The darkest red roots are …

BLEEDING HEART

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  BLEEDING HEART Planet: Venus Element: Water Powers: Love Gender: Feminine Magical Uses: Crush the flower. If the juice is red, your love has a heart full of love for you. But if it is white, he or she doesn’t love you. When grown, the plant brings love. The bleeding heart, when grown indoors, has the reputation of producing negative …

BLADDERWRACK

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BLADDERWRACK (Fucus vesiculosus; various other plants) P N H Folk Names: Bladder Fucus, Cutweed, Kelp, Sea Spirit, Seawrack, Seetang, Meeriche, Sea Oak, Black Tang Gender: Feminine Planet: Moon Element: Water Powers: Protection, Sea Spells, Wind Spells, Money, Psychic Powers Magical Uses: Seaweeds generally give protection to those at sea, or those who are flying over it. Therefore, intercontinental travellers should …

BLACKBERRY

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BLACKBERRY (Rubus villosus) G Folk Names: Bly, Bramble, Bramble-Kite, Bumble-Kite, Cloudberry, Dewberry, Goutberry, High Blackberry, Thimbleberry Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Water Deity: Brigit Powers: Healing, Money, Protection Ritual Uses: Blackberry was considered to be sacred to some of the old Pagan deities of Europe, and was used in worship. To the present day, blackberry pies are baked on Lughnasadh …

BITTERSWEET

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BITTERSWEET (Celastrus scandens-American Bittersweet; Solanum dulcamara-European Bittersweet) American Bittersweet: Poison Folk Names: For American Bittersweet: Wax Work, False Bittersweet. For European Bittersweet: Violet Bloom, Felonwort, Woody Nightshade, Scarlet Berry, Dulcamara, Bitter Nightshade Gender: Masculine Planet: Mercury Element: Air Powers: Protection, Healing Magical Uses: Some bittersweet placed beneath the pillow will help you in forgetting a past love. The bittersweet is …

BISTORT

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BISTORT (Polygonum bistorta) Folk names: Dragonwort, Easter Giant, English Serpentary, Osterick, Passions, Patience Dock, Red Legs, Snakeweed, Sweet Dock Gender: Feminine Planet: Saturn Element: Earth Powers: Psychic Powers, Fertility Magical Uses: Carry bistort if you wish to conceive. Burn with frankincense to improve psychic powers, or when using divination. The infusion sprinkled about a place will drive out poltergeists. Bistort …

BIRCH

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BIRCH (Betula pendula, B.pubescens, B. lenta, B. alba) G Folk Names: Beithe, Bereza, Berke, Beth, Bouleau, Lady of the Woods Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Water Deity: Thor Powers: Protection, Exorcism, Purification Magical Uses: Birch twigs have been used to exorcise spirits by gently striking possessed people or animals, since the birch is a purificatory or cleansing herb. The tree …

BETONY, WOOD

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BETONY, WOOD (Stachys betonica, Stachys officinalis, Betonica officinalis) G Folk Names: Bishopwort, Lousewort, Purple Betony Gender: Masculine Planet: Jupiter Element: Fire Powers: Protection, Purification, Love Magical Uses: Betony has long been celebrated as a protective and purificatory herb. The pseudo-Apuleius said that the plant protected the wearer’s soul as well as the body, and that when placed beneath the pillow …

BE-STILL

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BE-STILL (Thevetia peruviana, T. nereifolia) Poison Folk Names: Trumpet Flower, Yellow Oleander, Flor Del Peru, Lucky Nut Powers: Luck Magical Uses: In Sri Lanka, the seeds are known as “lucky beans” and are worn as talismans or charms to attract luck.

BERGAMOT, WILD

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BERGAMOT, WILD (Monarda fistulosa) P Folk Names: Horsemint, Bee Balm, Monarda Gender: Feminine Element: Air Power: Clarity Magical Uses: Wild Bergamot can be used to bring clarity and good working order to the surface of any situation.

BERGAMOT, ORANGE

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BERGAMOT, ORANGE (Mentha citrata) Folk Names: Bergamot, Orange Mint Gender: Masculine Planet: Mercury Element: Air Powers: Money Magical Uses: The leaves of the orange bergamot are slipped into wallets and purses to attract money. Fresh leaves are also rubbed onto money before spending it to ensure its return. Also used in “success” rituals and spells.

BENZOIN

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BENZOIN (Styrax benzoin) Folk Names: Ben, Benjamen, Gum Benzoin, Siam Benzoin, Siamese Benzoin Gender: Masculine Planet: Sun Element: Air Powers: Purification, Prosperity Magical Uses: Burn benzoin to purify, and add to purification incenses. A fine “clearing” herb. Make an incense of benzoin, cinnamon and basil, and burn to attract customers to your place of business. Often used as a base …

BELLADONNA

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BELLADONNA (Atropa belladonna) Poison Folk Names: Banewort, Black Cherry, Deadly Nightshade, Death’s Herb, Devil’s Cherries, Divale, Dwale, Dwaleberry, Dwayberry, Fair Lady, Great Morel, Naughty Man’s Cherries, Sorcerer’s Berry, Witch’s Berry Gender: Feminine Planet: Saturn Element: Water Deities: Hecate, Bellona, Circe Ritual Uses: The priests of Bellona, according to ancient tradition, drank an infusion of belladonna prior to worshipping Her and …

BEET

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BEET (Beta vulgaris) Large amounts of the leaf: X Folk Names: Mangel, Mangold Gender: Feminine Planet: Saturn Element: Earth Power: Love Magical Uses: If a man and woman eat of the same beet, they will fall in love. Beet juice is used as an ink in love magic, and is also a blood substitute.

BEECH

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BEECH (Fagus sylvatica) Large amounts of the nut: X Folk Names: Bok, Boke, Buche, Buk, Buke, Faggio, Fagos, Faya, Haya, Hetre Gender: Feminine Planet: Saturn Powers: Wishes Magical Uses: Take a stick of beech, scratch or carve your wishes onto it, bury it in the ground and leave it there. Your wish will come true if it is to be. …

BEDSTRAW, FRAGRANT

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BEDSTRAW, FRAGRANT (Galium verum, G. triflorum) Folk Names: Cleavers, Madder’s Cousin Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Water Power: Love Magical Uses: Fragrant bedstraw is worn or carried to attract love.

BEAN

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BEAN (Phaseolus spp.) Beans not used for food may be poisonous. Folk Name: Poor Man’s Meat Gender: Masculine Planet: Mercury Element: Air Deities: Demeter, Cardea Powers: Protection, Exorcism, Wart Charming, Reconciliations, Potency Love Ritual Uses: Some beans’ flowers are white, and hence sacred to the Goddesses of old Europe. Beans are always sacred to harvest goddesses. According to tradition only …

BAY

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BAY (Laurus nobilis) G Folk Names: Baie, Bay Laurel, Bay Tree, Daphne, Grecian Laurel, Laurel, Laurier d’Apollon, Laurier Sauce, Lorbeer, Noble Laurel, Roman Laurel, Sweet Bay Gender: Masculine Planet: Sun Element: Fire Deities: Aesculapius, Apollo, Ceres, Faunus, Eros Powers: Protection, Psychic Powers, Healing, Purification, Strength Ritual Uses: The ancient priestesses of Apollo chewed bay leaves to induce a prophetic state, …

Basil

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BASIL (Ocimum basilicum) In quantities above average food quantities: P N X for infant and toddlers. Folk Names: Albahaca, American Dittany, “Our Herb,” St. Joseph’s Wort, Sweet Basil, Witches Herb, Njilika, Balanoi, Feslien Gender: Masculine Planet: Mars Element: Fire Deities: Vishnu, Erzulie Powers: Love, Exorcism, Wealth, Flying, Protection Magical Uses: The scent of fresh basil causes sympathy between two people, …

BARLEY

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BARLEY (Hordeum spp. vulgare) Sprouted Seed: P Folk Name: Malt Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Earth Powers: Love, Healing, Protection Magical Uses: Use the grain or barley water in love spells. If you have a toothache, it can be cured with barley. Wind a barley straw around a stone, visualizing your pain into the stone. Now throw it into a …

BANYAN

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BANYAN (Ficus benghalensis) G Folk Names: Arched Fig, Indian Fig Tree, Indian God Tree, Vada Tree Gender: Masculine Planet: Jupiter Element: Air Deity: Maui Powers: Luck Ritual Uses: The banyan is reverenced by the Hindus, and the tree is planted outside around their temples. It is also connected with the worship of Maui in Hawaiian and Polynesian religions. Magical Uses: …

BANANA

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BANANA (Musa sapientum) Folk Names: Maia (Hawaiian), Bacove, Sanging Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Water Deity: Kanaloa Powers: Fertility, Potency, Prosperity Ritual Uses: In sacrifices to the Gods, a banana stalk was sometimes used as a substitute for a human, both in Hawaii and Tahiti. Until the kapu (code of taboos) in Hawaii was broken in 1819, certain kinds of …

BAMBOO

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BAMBOO (Bambusa vulgaris) G Folk Names: Common Bamboo, Ohe (Hawaiian), Kauayan-kiling Gender: Masculine Deity: Hinna Powers: Protection, Luck, Hex-Breaking, Wishes Ritual Uses: Bamboo is used in divination in Chinese temples. Bits of the wood are thrown to the worshipper by the priest. According to the way they fall, the omen is interpreted as good or bad. Magical Uses: Carve your …

BALM OF GILEAD

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BALM OF GILEAD (Commiphora opobalsamum, Abies balsamea, Populus balsamifera var. balsamifera, P. jackii) G Folk Names: Balessan, Balsam Tree, Balsumodendron Gileadensis, Bechan, Mecca Balsam Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Water Powers: Love, Manifestations, Protection, Healing Magical Uses: Carry the buds of the balm of Gilead to mend a broken heart, or to attract a new love. Also steep them in …

BALM, LEMON

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BALM, LEMON (Melissa officinalis) G Folk Names: Bee Balm, Lemon Balsam, Melissa, Sweet Balm, Sweet Melissa, Tourengane, Oghoul Gender: Feminine Planet: Moon Element: Water Powers: Love, Success, Healing Magical Uses: From Arabian herb magic comes the information that lemon balm can be used to influence love. Soak the herb in wine for several hours, strain and share with a friend. …

BACHELOR’S BUTTONS

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BACHELOR’S BUTTONS (Centaurea cyanus) G Folk Names: Devil’s Flower, Red Campion, Bluet, Hurtlesickle, Blue Bottle Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Water Deity: Robin Goodfellow Power: Love Magical Uses: Women wear this flower on their breast to attract the love of a man. Or, take a flower and put it in your pocket, it will lose or retain its freshness in …

AVOCADO

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AVOCADO (Persea americans) Leaves, branches, seeds: X Folk Names: Ahuacotl (Aztec: “Testicle Tree”), Alligator Pear, Persea, Zaboca Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Water Powers: Love, Lust, Beauty Ritual Uses: The Egyptians revered the persea. Magical Uses: Eat the fruit of the avocado to become infused with lust, as the ancient Aztecs did. Grow a plant from the pit of an …

AVENS

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AVENS (Geum urbanum) X Folk Names: Assaranaccara, Bennet, Blessed Herb, Clove Root, Colewort, Golden Star, Goldy Star, Harefoot, Herb Bennet, Minarta, Pesleporis, Star of the Earth, Way Bennet, Yellow Avens Gender: Masculine Planet: Jupiter Element: Fire Powers: Exorcism, Purification, Love Magical Uses: Add to exorcism incenses and mixtures, or sprinkle around the area to be exercised. Also used in purification …

ASTER

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ASTER (Callistephus chinensis) G Folk Names: China Aster, Michaelmas Daisy, Starwort Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Water Deity: Venus Power: Love Ritual Uses: The aster was sacred to all the gods, and was placed on temple altars during festive occasions by the classical Greeks. Magical Uses: Use in love sachets, or carry the bloom to win love. Also grow in …

ASPEN

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ASPEN Magical Uses: Use in anti-theft spells, and plant an aspen in your garden or field to be protected from thieves. Gender: Masculine Planet: Mercury Element: Air Powers: Eloquence, Anti-Theft Folk Names: European Aspen, Poplar, Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) G Place an aspen leaf under your tongue if you wish to become eloquent. In some parts of America this tree …

ASH

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ASH (Fraxinus excelsior or F. americana) Bark: G Folk Names: Nion, Asktroed, Jasen Beli, Freixo Gender: Masculine Planet: Sun Element: Fire Deities: Uranus, Poseidon, Thor, Woden, Neptune, Mars, Gwydion Powers: Protection, Prosperity, Sea Rituals, Health Ritual Uses: The ash, to the ancient Teutons, represented Ygdrasill, or the world tree, which was their conception of the universe, and was therefore reverenced. …

ASAFOETIDA

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ASAFOETIDA (Ferula assa-foetida, Ferula foetida, Ferula rurbicaulis) P, do not feed to a child with colic. Folk Names: Assyfetida, Devil’s Dung, Food of the Gods, Ungoozeh Gender: Masculine Planet: Mars Element: Fire Powers: Exorcism, Purification, Protection Magical Uses: Burn small amounts in exorcism and protection incenses. Also use in protection sachets, but only if you want to smell odd. Destroys …

ARBUTUS

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ARBUTUS (Arbutus unede) G Gender: Masculine Planet: Mars Element: Fire Deity: Cardea Powers: Exorcism, Protection Magical Uses: The Romans used it to chase away evil, and also to protect little children. It is also used in exorcisms, and has been since the time of ancient Greece.

ARABIC, GUM

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ARABIC, GUM (Acacia Senegal, A. vera) G Folk Names: Arabic, Egyptian Gum, Indian Gum Gender: Masculine Planet: Sun Element: Air Powers: Spirituality, Purification Magical Uses: Add to incenses for good vibrations, or smolder alone on charcoal. Purifies area of negativity and evil.   [ebayfeedsforwordpress feed=”http://rest.ebay.com/epn/v1/find/item.rss?keyword=%28Plant+magick%2Chedgewitch%29&sortOrder=BestMatch&programid=1&campaignid=5337904979&toolid=10039&listingType1=All&feedType=rss&lgeo=1″ items=”2000″]

APRICOT

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APRICOT (Prunus armeniaca) Seeds: X Folk Names: Umublinkosi, Xing Ren Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Water Deity: Venus Powers: Love Magical Uses: Eat the fruit to obtain a sweet disposition, or use the juice in love spells and “potions.” The leaves and flowers can be added to love sachets, and the pits are carried to attract love.

APPLE

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APPLE (Pyrus spp.) Seeds, in large amounts: Poison Folk Names: Fruit of the Gods, Fruit of the Underworld, Silver Branch, The Silver Bough, Tree of Love Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Water Deities: Venus, Dionysus, Olwen, Apollo, Hera, Athena, Aphrodite, Diana, Zeus, Iduna Powers: Love, Healing, Garden Magic, Immortality Ritual Uses: August 13 was Diana’s Festival in Greece (Venus’ in …

ANISE

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ANISE (Pimpinella anisum) P Folk Names: Anneys, Aniseseed, Yanisin, Sweet Cumin Gender: Masculine Planet: Jupiter Element: Air Powers: Protection, Purification, Youth Magical Uses: Fill a small pillowcase with anise seeds and sleep on it. This will ensure that you have no nightmares. Use in protection and meditation incenses. Fresh anise leaves placed in a room will drive off evil, and …

ANGELICA

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(Angelica archangelica) P S Folk Names: Archangel, Masterwort, Garden Angelica Gender: Masculine Planet: Sun Element: Fire Deity: Venus Powers: Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Visions Magical Uses: Grown, the plant is protective. Use in all protection and exorcism incenses. Sprinkle the four corners of the house with angelica to ward off evil, or do this around the perimeter of the house. Added …

ANEMONE

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ANEMONE (Anemone Pulsatilla) X Folk Names: Meadow Anemone, Pasque Flower, Passe Flower, Wind Flower Gender: Masculine Planet: Mars Element: Fire Deities: Adonis, Venus Powers: Health, Protection, Healing Magical Uses: Gather the blossoms when first seen in the spring, wrap them up in a red cloth and wear or carry to prevent disease. Grow red anemones in the garden to protect …

AMARANTH

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AMARANTH (Amaranthus hypochondriacus) Folk Names: Flower of Immortality, Huauhtli (Aztec), Love-Lies Bleeding, Red Cockscomb, Velvet Flower, Princess Feather, Floramon Gender: Feminine Planet: Saturn Element: Fire Deity: Artemis Powers: Healing, Protection, Invisibility Ritual Uses: The amaranth was used in pagan burial rituals. It was also once outlawed by Spanish colonial authority in Mexico because it was used by Aztecs in their …

ALYSSUM

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ALYSSUM (Alyssum spp.) G Folk Names: Alison, Madwort Powers: Protection, Moderating Anger Magical Use: Dioscorides recommended the alyssum as an amulet, for it has the power to “expel charms.” Hung up in the house it protects against fascination, that magical process which is also known as “glamour.” Alyssum also has the power to cool down an angry person if placed …

ALTHEA

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ALTHEA (Althaea officinalis) G Folk Names: Marshmallow, Mortification Root, Sweet Weed, Wymote, Heemst, Slaz Gender: Feminine Element: Water Powers: Protection, Psychic Powers Magical Uses: Althea has long been used in protection rites, and it also is a good psychic power-stimulator. Burn as incense for this purpose, or carry in a sachet. Althea is also known to be a good “spirit-puller,” …

ALOES, WOOD

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ALOES, WOOD (Cardia dichotoma, Aquilaria agallocha) Folk Names: Lignum Aloes, Lolu, Mapou Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Water Powers: Love, Spirituality Magical Uses: Increasingly available today, after a long period of unavailability, wood aloes have been used in magic for so many centuries that some mention of it has to be made here. Anciently, it was used to attract good …

ALOE

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ALOE (Aloe vera, A. spp.) Fresh: X. Dried: P,NDh X Folk Names: Burn Plant, Medicine Plant, Saqal, Zabila Gender: Feminine Planet: Moon Element: Water Powers: Protection, Luck Magical Uses: The aloe, a popular house plant, is also protective. It guards against evil influences and prevents household accidents. In Africa the aloe is hung over houses and doors to drive away …

ALMOND

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ALMOND (Prunus communis, P.dulcis) P. dulcis, Bitter Almond: Not for internal use. Contains cyanogenic glycosides. Folk Name: Greek Nuts Gender: Masculine Planet: Mercury Element: Air Deities: Attis, Mercury, Thoth, Hermes Powers: Money, Prosperity, Wisdom Magical Uses: Almonds, as well as the leaves and wood of the tree, are used in prosperity and money spells. Additionally, climbing an almond tree is …

ALLSPICE

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ALLSPICE (Pimenta officinalis or P. dioica) G Folk Names: Eddo, Madere, Basheen, Kouroubaga Gender: Masculine Planet: Mars Element: Fire Powers: Money, Luck, Healing Magical Uses: Allspice is burned as an incense to attract money or luck, and is also added to such mixtures. Allspice is also used to promote healing.

ALKANET

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ALKANET (Alkanna tinctoria, Anchusa spp.) X Folk Names: Dyer’s Bugloss, Orcanet, Dyer’s Alkanet Gender: Feminine Element: Water Powers: Purification, Prosperity The Herbs 29 Magical Uses: Alkanet is burned as an incense to purify the area of negativity, and is also used to attract prosperity in all its forms.

ALFALFA

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ALFALFA (Medicago saliva) G Folk Names: Buffalo Herb, Lucerne, Purple Medic, Jat, Qadb Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Earth Powers: Prosperity, Anti-Hunger, Money Magical Uses: Keep in the home to protect from poverty and hunger. It is best placed in a small jar in the cupboard or pantry. Also, burn alfalfa and scatter the ashes around the property for this …

AGUE ROOT

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AGUE ROOT (Aletris farinosa) DI* May antagonize some oxytocins (pitocin) Folk Names: Ague Grass, Bitter Grass, Blackroot, Crow Corn, Stargrass, Starwort, True Unicorn Root, Unicorn Root, Aletris, Blazing Star Powers: Protection Magical Uses: Sprinkle around your home to keep evil at bay, or carry in a sachet for the same purpose. Also, use in hex-breaking and uncrossing rituals and mixtures.

AGRIMONY

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AGRIMONY (Agrimonia eupatoria) G Folk Names: Church Steeples, Cocklebur, Garclive, Philanthropos, Sticklewort, Stickwort, Umakhuthula, Ntola Gender: Masculine Planet: Jupiter Element: Air Powers: Protection, sleep Magical Uses: Use in all protection sachets and spells, also to banish negative energies and spirits. It protects against goblins, evil and poison. Agrimony has also long been used to reverse spells sent against the magician; …

AGARIC

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AGARIC (Amanita muscaria) Poison Folk Names: Death Angel, Death Cap, Magic Mushroom, Redcap Mushroom, Sacred Mushroom, Fly Fungus Gender: Masculine Planet: Mercury Element: Air Deity: Dionysus Powers: Fertility Ritual Uses: There is speculation that at least some of the mystery religions of classical times centered their secret rituals around the use of the amanita. Magical Uses: Place on the altar …

AFRICAN VIOLET

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AFRICAN VIOLET (Saititpaulia ionantha) G Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Water Powers: Spirituality, Protection Magical Uses: The purple-colored flowers and plants are grown in the home to promote spirituality within it. The plants are also slightly protective when grown.

ADDER’S TONGUE

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ADDER’S TONGUE (Erythronium amertcanum) Folk Names: American Adder’s Tongue, Serpents tongue, Adder’s Mouth, Yellow Snowdrop, Dog’s Tooth Violet Gender: Feminine Planet: Moon Element: Water Powers: Healing Magical Uses: Soak some adder’s tongue in cold water and apply it to a wound or bruise (wrap it in a piece of cloth) until the herb grows warm. Next, bury the wet herb …

ADAM AND EVE ROOTS

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(Orchis spp.) Poison Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Water Power: Love, Happiness Magical Uses: Carry the two roots in a small bag at all times to attract a love. If you wish to be free from amatory competitors, also carry the two roots sewn into a small bag. Given to a cou

ACACIA

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(Acacia Senegal) G Folk Names: Cape Gum, Egyptian Thorn, Gum Arabic Tree, Kikwata, Mkwatia, Mgunga, Mokala Gender: Masculine Planet: Sun Element: Air Deities: Osiris, Astarte, Ishtar, Diana, Ra Powers: Protection, Psychic Powers Ritual Uses: The wood is used as fuel in sacred fires in India, and is also used in building temples. Magical Uses: A sprig of the tree placed …

Magickal Intentions – Money

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Some plants increase a person’s financial scene; they will not create dollar bills out of thin air. The money may come in the form of unexpected gifts or legacies, but usually it will manifest as a raise in pay, a better job, a good investment, a loan suddenly repaid to you, and so on. Magic performed to gain money is …

Magickal Intention – Manifestations

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Some types of magic specialize in raising spirits and “daemons” to visible appearance, usually within a circle or triangle. These herbs have long been burned so that the smoke can be used by the spirit as a medium in which to materialize. This magic, though dangerous and difficult to perform, is nonetheless traditional,

Magickal Intentions – Lust

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Some plants have been used for centuries to create a sexual desire in those near them. Not surprisingly, they are commonly used to arouse another person’s lust, perhaps against their will. However, they are also used as love herbs are: to attract others who desire sexual contacts, and this is certainly less manipulatory than the former use.

Magickal Intentions – Luck

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Luck is simply the knack for being in the right place at the right time, saying the right things, and acting on instinct. If a person is not naturally “lucky” such an ability can be acquired through the use of herbs. How this “luck” will manifest is left unstated, but luck herbs are usually utilized when a person has had …

Magickal Intentions – Fidelity

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Although magically forcing your loved one to remain faithful is violating one of the precepts of magic (harm none), there are herbs which can be used to gently remind him or her of you, and to guard against unwanted temptations. Use them with love and care.

Magickal Intentions – Hex Breaking

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Many of the requests for information I receive concern ways of breaking hexes and lifting curses. Ninety-nine percent of these people are not now, and never will be, the target of curses or hexes. Contrary to popular belief, evil magicians don’t lurk behind each tree ready to hex everyone out of existence. When people feel that they have been hexed, …

Magickal Intentions – Health

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As with most types of magic, prevention is better than cure, so if you’re prone to bad health it might be wise to carry some of these herbs at all times. Replace them regularly (every three months or so).

Magickal Intention – Healing

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There are many herbs which aid the body’s healing processes. Some of these are multi-purpose and others specific. All can be mixed into sachets which, when carried, help the body’s healing powers. Some are used in incense form, others added to the bath. However, when a serious condition or severe symptoms occur, obtain medical attention immediately. Herb magic—as with all …

Magickal Intention – Exorcism

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This ancient form of magic comes in handy today—not necessarily to drive demons from people or buildings, but to clear away the negativity that daily living so amply provides. Purification herbs are simply less-powerful exorcism herbs and usually do not rid a place of evil entities.

Magickal Intentions – Love

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Love; the endless quest for companionship, warmth, sexual contact, emotional fulfillment, and someone to talk to over coffee in the morning. Love magic should be of one type—to attract an unspecified person into your life. Thus, simply stated, love herbs will place you in situations where you will meet people, help you to overcome shyness (if necessary), and communicate that …

Magickal Intentions – Protection

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From the overwhelming number of herbs used for this purpose it is obvious that protection is (and has been) of the utmost concern for many people. Most of the protective herbs mentioned in this book are general in their effects; they guard their bearer against physical and psychic attacks; injury, accidents, poison, snakebite, lightning strikes, wicked spirits, the evil eye, …

Herbal Incense

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Incense composition and use is an art form in itself. Basically, an incense is any combination of plant materials, perhaps combined with essential oils and a base, which are mixed together and burned or smouldered on charcoal. (This type of incense is known as “raw” or “granular.” It is usually used in magic, rather than the stick or cone forms.) …

Herbal Oils

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Though extracting oils by steam distillation and other methods is almost prohibitively expensive, we are spared this cost by the wide availability of essential oils and synthetics on the market today. Many so-called “essential oils” are actually synthetic; this does not negate their use in magic, however. If they smell good, use them. Though oils aren’t covered in this book, …

Herbal Ointments

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An old form of herb magic as well as medicine, an ointment is simply any fatty substance to which powdered herbs and/or oils have been added. A good example of this is found in the text under MALLOW. In the past, lard was generally used as the base, but today vegetable shortening is usually substituted. It certainly smells better. To …

Herbal Baths

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Baths are often used in herb magic, for they are an easy way to spread an herb’s power over the entire body. There are two methods; one, make a sachet (use about one-half to one cup of the appropriate enchanted herb) of cheesecloth. Drop this into the warm bath water. A better method entails the preparation of an infusion . …

Herbal Infusions

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Infusion The infusion is the origin of the “potion” so identified with Witches. It is simply a process of soaking herbs in hot water. There are some refinements, however. Use no metal pots when boiling water or during the steeping process, for they interfere with the herb’s powers. Keep the liquid covered during infusion so that little steam is lost. …

Herbal Poppets

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This is also known as the “voodoo doll,” although it has been in magical use at least 4,000 years and was only lately associated with voodoo. Though they have been made out of roots, potatoes, lead, bark, paper, and other materials, in magical herbalism poppets are usually fashioned of cloth and herbs. The poppet is a doll made to represent …

Herb Sachets

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Herbs to be carried or placed in the house (over doors, windows, etc.) should be made into sachets. A sachet is a small bag or piece of cloth in which herbs are contained. In voodoo magic this is often called a “charm bag” or “root bag.” They are exceedingly easy to make. Spells and Procedures Take a small amount of …

Enchanting Herbs

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Enchanting Herbs Prior to actually using herbs in magic, they can be enchanted. Enchantment (in a magical context) aligns the vibrations of the plants involved with your magical need. Thus it is a process which increases the effectiveness of the herbs. Enchantment may be performed on a single herb or a mixture, but should not be done until moments before …

Magical Principles

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1. Magic is natural. 2. Harm none—not even yourself—through its use. 3. Magic requires effort. You will receive what you put into it. 4. Magic is not usually instantaneous. Spells require time to be effective. 5. Magic should not be performed for pay. 6. Magic should never be used in jest or to inflate your ego. 7. Magic can be …

Magical Ways – Other Considerations

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This is a convenient heading for a variety of short topics, as evidenced by the diversity of material below. When possible, bathe before performing magic. A sachet of purification herbs added to the water can be a great help, also. Dress in clean, comfortable clothing, or nothing at all, as you wish. Some practitioners wear robes and jewelry but this …

Magical Ways – Visualization

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The most “advanced” magical technique needed in herb magic is visualization; i.e., forming a picture in your mind of your need. (See Practical Guide to Creative Visualization by Denning and Phillips, Llewellyn Publications.) Many books have been written on this subject, for students often complain that they have difficulty visualizing clearly. Usually, the ability is present but hindered by inhibitions. …

Magical Ways – The Altar

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This is also called the spell table or work table, but I like the sound of “altar,” which is far less awkward, even though it gives a religious association to magic which may not always be deserved. However, “altar” will be used throughout this book. A great deal of magic does not need the presence of an altar, but certain …

Magical Ways – Tools

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Tools Herb magic requires blessedly few tools compared to other types of magic. A mortar and pestle set is necessary to grind herbs and seeds, and a large wooden or ceramic bowl will be needed for enchanting herbs. Keep a large glass or enamelled pot (avoid metals) exclusively for brewing infusions or “potions.” Simple sewing supplies (needles, pins, scissors, cotton …

Magical Ways  Timing

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The ancients created magical systems with varying degrees of complexity. One area in which they excelled was the art of timing ritual acts in accordance with astronomical phenomena. Some of these systems were rigidly controlled by the phases of the Moon; others took the seasons into account, and in others still, the stars and their positions were all-important. Some of …

The Power or Herbs

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The Powers of Herbs How does it work? When people discover I’m a magical herbalist, this is one of two questions asked. The other usually refers to my state of mental health. Nonetheless, the first question is a valid one and has never been satisfactorily explained. The basis of herb magic—and all magic—is the power. This power has worn many …

THE NATURAL MAGICK OF HEARTH AND HOME

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The natural magick of the home-based Witch is uncomplicated and down-toearth. There is wisdom and spirituality evoked by the very earth that we live on. Why not take that basic energy and direct it into your home? Applying the subject of natural magick to your home is a great opportunity to get in touch with 11/235 your sense of enchantment …

THE MODERN WITCH’S COTTAGE

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THE MODERN WITCH’S COTTAGE If you were to ask someone how to describe a Witch’s house, they would probably describe a fictional and funky stone cottage set back along the edge of the woods. Perhaps they would visualize a gothic and grim mansion complete with fancy lattice ironwork and mysterious moss-draped trees. They would never imagine a cosmopolitan apartment or …

Nature Care

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NATURE CURE Principles and Practice of Nature Cure Nature Cures, not the Physician. – Hippocrates Nature cure is a constructive method of treatment which aims at removing the basic cause of disease through the rational use of the elements freely available in nature. It is not only a system of healing, but also a way of life, in tune with …

How to Meditate

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Attitude is everything. While there are many meditative strategies, what makes the difference in terms of spiritual awakening is your quality of earnestness, or sincerity. Rather than adding another “should” to your list, choose to practice because you care about connecting with your innate capacity for love, clarity and inner peace. Let this sincerity be the atmosphere that nurtures whatever …

Types Of Empaths

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    While being an Empath can have its many positives and benefits, it can also weigh us down heavily with confusion, disorientation and anxiety. That is why it’s important to put a name to what we individually experience to better understand ourselves, and identify others who share the same abilities as us.   For this reason, I have included …

Quick Grounding Techniques For The Busy Empath

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As empaths and sensitives it’s very important for us to stay grounded. Many of us lead very busy lives and don’t always have time to meditate for a certain amount of time each day, cleanse our chakras, or participate in other activities that can take a bit of time to help ground our self. 1. Walk barefoot – One of …