Heart of the Witch: Working with plant spirits and herbs

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With the exception of the Ancestor Worship article I published last year around Samhain ( Halloween), I have been mostly focused on writing articles pertaining to Ceremonial High Magick, Theurgy and Alchemy as well as it’s respective philosophies. I found that in the second decan of the zodiacal sign of Capricorn, when I began writing this article, I am vigorously drawn back to writing about my earth-focused Craft. Balance in all things is essential to my Path and there are many facets to this!  Here are some aspects to the world of the powers of Earth I would like to share with my fellow Witches, root-workers as well as the new and inquisitive.

Essential to a witch’s Craft is the ability to connect and commune with various spirits. These are not limited to the unseen liminal worlds of the dead, the netherworlds of other beings invisible to the naked eye, nor that of the higher planes of the Divine. We also connect with the chthonic with very real, very manifested representatives. One of these are the flora and fauna of this beloved planet. Every living thing has a type of spirit, a type of energy. Our plants and flowers are more than beautiful to behold. They also provide life-giving oxygen conversation so we can breathe, food stuffs for nourishment, materials for textiles and of course, medicine.

Ancient and modern shamans alike have always respected the plant kingdom and its power. Some plants heal, some kill,and some do both.  This ties right in with a witch’s axiom “That which can curse, can also heal” and vice-versa. A witch operates in accord with the synergies of Nature itself, working with the powers both life and death. It is the workings of the shadow that people mostly associate with witches in a negative context. This elicits needless fear. Plenty of witches just mind their own business. We tend towards shadow workings that do not involve other people at all, but more for our own soul growth and understanding of the liminal. We witches also usually spend considerable time helping others using our abilities in various ways, come from all walks of life and have every day careers in addition to what we do magickally.

Witches often act as agents of karma. I have the personal theory that is it because we have chosen to acknowledge and hold in reverence much of what has been lost in this world during modern times. Our soul memories may reach back through the ages from when the Earth was in its infancy and we cooperate with, rather than work against, the natural forces.

These include the premises of the Laws of Return and Balance that have always existed in Nature. Even if there are no direct aggressive responses on behalf of a witch, often times those that do the harm get back what they have sent, even many times fold!  A witch is bestowed with the ability to serve as a divine and/or chthonic force emissary and are aided accordingly! We are priestesses (and priests) of Nature. We are mirrors of both the light and the darkness. We are also healers and have tended towards the homeopathic long before it had been named thus and transformed into a business in modern times.

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To elucidate further, a Traditional Witch’s skill depends much on his or her knowledge of various plants and herbs, being able to see through the veil to the “other side”, communicating with beings that reside on different planes of existence as well as in Nature. We bring back knowledge and secrets of the arcane. Being able to cross over to the other worlds typically unseen to us, especially consciously, is termed “hedge-crossing”.  It is akin to shamanic journeying and follows the similar concepts. This is not based in religion and is a passive form of spiritual practice. One becomes a receptacle and emissary for Forces.  A “traditional” witch can be just about any religion or no specific religion but does typically follows the Craft as designated by ancestral tradition.  Respecting and honoring various spirits of both the divine and chthonic however is typical, especially that of earthy spirits such as genus loci of the land surrounding the witch, those of Nature, the elements and the Cosmos: the earth, the wind, the rain, the ocean, lake, river, fire, Sun and Moon and stars! Plants are representative spirits of the Earth under the governance of the nurturing Mother archetype. Some are harmless, but some are quite dangerous. Some are both. Yet regardless of this, connecting with plant spirits and using plant material in our Work is essential.

There are two primary ways to connect with plant spirits:

1)  To actively connect to the land around us, the genus loci.

Plant spirits are an integral part of this as well as other types of spirits.  A simple way to connect with various plant spirits in general is to spend time in Nature, in isolation, opening one’s energetic sphere up to receive impressions. I cannot give appropriate advice on exactly how to become more energetically receptive to the environment, only to provide tips, as for me it has always been a natural process I didn’t need to strive for beyond just doing various magickal practices and meditations. But, if you spend enough time in Nature in solitude and you will certainly begin to hone your skills!

If you work with magick in other ways, and/or are just a passionate Nature-lover, this also will help set a foundation for your  “energetic” body to become more attuned.  Seeing, hearing, smelling and feeling beyond the veil of our seen, physical world and into the unseen becomes more and more easily attained if one works with magick for a long time and has a deep reverence for the natural world of our beloved planet Earth!  I may decide to expand on the concept of connecting with the genus loci in another article or book in the future.

2)  To directly work with plant matter and herbs.

I will elaborate on this with steps in a process. You do not have to follow this and many witches are solitaries that have already developed their own methods. These are offered merely to be helpful to those that might want to use them.

               1. IDENTIFYING AND ASSOCIATING

First, get an idea of what plant you wish to work with looks like, it’s symbolism, associated deities, spirits, colors, planets and zodiacal sign rulership. There are many books that provide this information. There are a few that I recommend at the conclusion of this article:

Finding out what a plant looks like is best achieved by going out in Nature finding and properly identifying it, but if it is not the right season for it nor native to your area, a picture will do. Conveniently, there are many on-line to choose from or you can look for one in a book. I suggest finding one in color. If you also can purchase a dried version of flora and fauna or seeds to help in the efforts.

Once the task of identifying and associating the herb has been done, it is time to start the Work of some magickal discipline as a preparation. Not everyone works this way with herbs and you certainly don’t have to, but bear in mind that Alchemists are very disciplined with their Work when engaging in spyragic (plant) Alchemy. They often do certain processes with the plants according to the positions of the Sun, Moon and other planets as well as prescribed days of the week ascribed to certain cosmic influences. If you wish to go all out, I highly recommend working in this manner. I have done minimal plant alchemy experiments, but I can certain attest to their power and the deep sense of reward that comes when finished with an Alchemical tincture or decoction.

              2. CLEARING ONE’S MENTAL AND PHYSICAL SPACE FOR THE MAGIC

First, empty your mind. If you are too cluttered mentally, find some time to settle down and do a brief meditation of your choice. Take deep cleansing breaths. I recommend what is called the 4-fold breath technique for beginners. This is very easy to do and although I learned it from my Ceremonial Magick background, it is a foundational exercise which is public knowledge all over the internet. I have even taught it to some of my beloved muggles who have reported how well it has worked for them just to simply remove stress and anxiety! This simple exercise goes as follows:

Inhale breath, counting to 4

Hold breath, counting to 4

Exhale breath, counting to 4

Hold breath, counting to 4

*Repeat the process as necessary until you are relaxed, calm yet energized.

Clear your ritual working space just as you would normally do.  There are many ways to do this ranging from high ceremony of doing a formal banishing, purifying and consecrating to simply using a besom (witch’s broom) to sweep away not only physical debris but also negative energies. Some prefer to just visualize a circle to work in, calling in one’s personal spirit guardians and others work a combination of methods. I prefer a combination of high ceremony and sympathetic magick methods.

             3.  PERSONAL INTEGRATION

While in your circle, gaze upon the selected flora or fauna. Inhale its scent. Let this imprint in your mind. If it is not a baneful (poisonous) herb, touch it, feel the texture. Let this settle in your mind. Be aware of what pervades your mind. Feel the energy and see what mood comes over you.

Ask the spirit of the plant or whatever divine aspect you align with, how the plant is to be used in your life. You may be surprised at the “answer” you receive!

You may do this as many times in sessions as you like until you feel comfortable. A type of more intimate, conscious energetic bond between the energies of human and plant, besides of course, eating fruits and vegetables.

              4. CONSECRATION

Just as you would consecrate a magickal tool, consecrate your herbs.

You may offer them to a deity of your choice, sprinkle with water while doing an incantation, use your own bodily fluids or merely seal with a kiss at an appropriate time during ritual. As many herbs are burned in their use as incense or inhalants, incinerating them is not a good idea for consecration as they should be properly consecrated FIRST.

It is recommended be to start off with those that do not possess toxic qualities, yet equally potent types of herbs such as ones you may find for cooking, teas or certain kinds of incense and topical oils such as: Rose, Rosemary, Lavender, Burdock, Basil, Chamomile, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Sage- just to name a few. It depends on what one is trying to achieve by using them. Here are properties  as well as both medical and magickal uses for some of them.You will also find that most herbs and flower have sympathetic remedial properties according to the planet and/or zodiac sign that rules them as well as Tarot associations.

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Red Roses

Rose ( rosaceae): This popular, gorgeous flower of course is ruled by the planets Venus (particularly red and pink ) as well as the Moon (white, lavender and purple) and the Sun (gold/yellow) . It is a popular aromatic and is an ingredient of many perfumes and oils. Roses are used in tinctures and teas. Many varieties are edible. Just make sure that if you use roses for consumption, that they are sourced from a place where no pesticides were used on them or in the soil. Different colored roses have varied meanings:

Red roses represent love and passion. Pink roses represent femininity and elegance. Purple represents strong enchantment. Yellow represents friendship, luck and good-will. White represents purity, secrecy and innocence. Peach colored roses represent sensitivity and empathy. Black roses are rare ( but they do exist!) in Nature, and represent the transformative powers of death.

As far as medicinal value, roses are gentle healers. They are often mixed with other beneficial herbs. They are used in topicals as they contain  vitamin C and are good for the skin. A favorite of mine is the astringent, witch hazel, mixed with rose for glowing skin!  Roses are also used in tonics and tinctures used to treat colds and influenza and to help boost the immune system in conjunction with other herbs.

In magick workings, roses are used in love spells & philtres, prosperity spells, good health spells and as offerings. It is sacred to all aspects of the Divine Feminine that represent love as well as Goddesses representing motherhood and queenship, particularly: the Greek Aphrodite, Ancient Egyptian Hathor and Aset (Isis), the Babylonian Ishtar/Inanna and the Norse Freya. Roses correspond to the Major Arcana Tarot cards of the Empress, The High Priestess and the 7 of Cups.

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Rosemary

Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) is a solar herb, being ruled by the Sun and brings protection, luck and healing to one who uses a sachet made of it.And, of course it tastes wonderful in food and smells divine. I like to keep a live Rosemary plant in my kitchen as a multi-purpose herb. In folklore it is said to attract faery-folk. It can be used in ritual honoring solar deities such as : The Ancient Egyptian Aset ( Isis in solar form), Sekhmet, Ra, Heru ( Horus) the Greek Apollo, Helios the Celtic Dagda, and even the Dacian Zalmoxis as the resurrected Sun king. Rosemary corresponds to the Tarot card of the Sun, along with sunflowers and and bay laurel.

Lavender (lavendula vera) is one of my personal favorites. It has been used for centuries to help promote relaxation and gentle sleep. Made in a tea, it can calm frayed nerves. Especially if combined with chamomile or vervain. As an oil, it can help cure headaches and when put into a sachet or oil dabbed on a pillow, helps a troubled sleeper drift off into sweet dreams. Lavender is ruled by the planet  Mercury and the zodiacal sign of Virgo, which makes sense as lavender acts as a nervine (herb affecting the nerves). It is favored by the Ancient Egyptian (Aset) Isis. Lavender corresponds to the Major Arcana Tarot cards of the Magician and The Hermit.

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Lavender

Burdock (articium lappa). Also known as “thorny burr”, is a sacred healing Goddess herb that has many uses. It is in the same family as rhubarb and ginger. The leaves and stalks can be added to salads, and the flowers and roots make for a good tea. It is quite bitter, but add some honey and it tastes quite nice. Burdock acts as a liver cleanser, removing toxins from the blood. The purple, spiky flowers resemble that of the bull thistle and have similar properties. However, burdock can be best recognized by its large, rippled fan-like leaves, is native to the area I was both born in and now live in, I have a very close relationship with the plant spirit. I personally wildcraft burdock and use it in ritual as well as make tea from it as well as offering it to my primary Matron Goddess, the Ancient Egyptian Aset-Serqet  who is also known as “The Creator and Expiator of poisons”

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Burdock

A clear understanding of the properties of certain homeopathic herbs should be acquired used as remedies and in tinctures, oils, decoctions, infusions, baths and teas such as:

Mugwort, Damiana, Agrimony, Yarrow, Valerian, Primrose, Motherwort, Devil’s Claw, Holy Basil, Balm of Gilead, St. John’s Wort, and Feverfew, cannabis to name only a few. Prior to using them, there should be a clear understanding of what they do, or do not mix with. Some of these may be used strictly in ritual as plant teachers/helpers and some are medicine or strictly supplemental as tonics and teas. Here are properties  as well as both medical and magickal uses for some of them listed. I only list a few to prevent this article from transforming into an entire on-line book!

Mugwort (Artemisia ludoviciana), also know as “Saint John’s Plant” ( Not to be confused with St. John’s Wort!) is in the sage family. Some also place it in the daisy family, Asteraceae  But, it is also called ” White sagebrush”. Other names include” Grey sagewort” or “Silver Wormwood”. There are different kinds of “Mugwort”, including the ” common Wormwood” or artemisia vulgaris, but I am referring primarily to the Mugwort that is found wild commonly all across the U.S., (artemisia ludoviciana) as it is easy to obtain. another type of Mugwort is ( Artemisia vulgaris ) also know as “Common Wormwood”.

*However, I must emphasize in keeping with the subject matter of this article not being so much technicalities of botany  but more of the occult and general folk-medicine properties. If you are looking for a botanical textbook, this is not it.  Both varieties of Mugwort are very beneficial herbs to relieve menstrual cramps and colds, for instance, and it is used in prophecy divination and for lucid dreaming. I am an expert occultist with many years of study, practice and training hand’s on as well as train others. I am not however, a professional botanist and the emphasis has been less on the vernacular and more on the properties and use in the occult. I consult the reading resources I have listed at the end of the article for more of the technicalities and anyone else is more than welcome to do the same. 

Mugwort has a minty smell and grows in abundance along river banks. Dried Mugwort is excellent for use in water magic. It is sacred to the Goddesses Diana and Hecate.  I have found Mugwort to also be favored by the Ancient Egyptian Aset ( Isis) the Celtic Danu and the dragon goddess of ancient Gaulish lore, Melusina who was reputed to be the grand-daughter of Lilith.

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Mugwort ( artemisia ludovicania) variety

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Mugwort (artemisia vulgaris) variety

Damiana (turnera aphrodisiaca) is definitely a mild aphrodisiac!  I have used it as a ritual tea prior to sex magick workings. It is ruled by the planet Pluto. It seems to be favored by deities that correspond to sexual life. Pan seems to be rather fond of it and so is Osiris as being the ultimate divine alchemist and also at one time was revered as a agricultural god in Ancient Egypt, He rules over Mysteries of sex as related to death in particular.

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Agrimony

Agrimony (agrimonia eupatoria) is actually in the  Rosaceae (rose) Family used as a diuretic and anti- inflammatory.It is a beneficial herb ruled by the planet Jupiter and also the zodiacal sign of Cancer. I once included a packet of agrimony in a gift for a Cancer friend that suffered from inflammation. She seemed to appreciate it! It also helps promote a good sleep. Agrimony is also used to counter-act negative magick.

Yarrow (achillea millefolium), is used as an: astringent, tonic, stimulant and mild aromatic. It is used in place of hops in some parts of the world, such as Sweden. Medicinally it is good for cramps. Yarrow is ruled by the lovely planet Venus and has bright yellow flowers. Some attribute this herb ritually to the god Pan, but I also see it as a good one for the Ancient Egyptian Hathor as well.

St. John’s Wort (hypericum perforatum)  is used primarily for it’s anti-depressant properties. I can attest that it does work to this effect, from the couple times I tried it, yet I am particularly sensitive to it and got persistent bad headaches, so I discontinued using it. However it does works for many people and is sold in pill form in health-food stores in case you can’t or do not want to wildcraft nor order your own herbs to make tea.

Cannabis (cannabis sativa, cannabis indica) and Dittany of Crete (origanum dictamnus).

Cannabis is not poisonous, and is considered an entheogen that has many healing properties including as an anti-inflammatory pain reliever. It has been used for centuries as medicine, and as a ritual herb. It was used often by the Ancient Scythian (saka) tribes that occupied much of what is now known as the Ukraine in the Ponte Steppe region as far west as northeastern Romania and Moldova and as far east as Asia. They would  burn cannabis upon stones in closed tents to contain the smoke and their enari, or “seers” would enter the tents, inhale the smoke and prophesize.

It is really too bad that cannabis is still legally banned in places now since it is much less harmful than alcohol (if harmful at all?) and could help reduce actual harmful, highly addictive prescription drug use dramatically if legalized en mass! There are plenty of products that have been developed from cannabis, such as CBD oil that contains only the very tiniest amount of the psychoactive compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), rendering it useless for recreation and abuse, but has been reported to have wonderful pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.

Now, I cannot testify of its effectiveness personally,  but I have read plenty of scientifically backed articles and testimonies from people who confirm its potency. Cannabis is ruled by the planet Saturn, who is the Gatekeeper to the Higher Esoteric Mysteries. If you cannot legally get access to cannabis in your area and/or prefer to use an herb that is not psychoactive yet renders similar properties esoterically, I recommend using Dittany of Crete instead. It has a very similar consistency and scent when burned as well as also being ruled by the planet Saturn. Cannabis corresponds to the Tarot card of the World, and Dittany of Crete corresponds to the suit of 10’s.

Also, some herbs can become potentially toxic when burned, such as wormwood, so caution is recommended.  I mention this from experience. One time, I burned a bunch of Wormwood in my iron cauldron in a subterranean part of my home that was not well ventilated and inhaled too much smoke. Consequently, I was extremely ill for a good 24 hours afterwards with the migraine of a lifetime that nothing but time relieved!  Lesson learned.

Remember, herbs can be both powerful medicine and poison! It pays to know which is which, how much of and how to safely use them!

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Datura Stramonium

This is particularly important when working with baneful herbs  such as those in the Nightshade (Solanaceae) family: Datura Stramonium & Datura Inoxia -also called “Moonflower”, “Thorn Apple” and “Devil’s Apple”; Atropa Belladonna, (also called ” Devil’s Cherries and “Deadly Nightshade”), hyoscyamus niger (Henbane),  atropa mandragora (Mandrake), Monkshood, Bitter Nightshade and even the infamous artemisia absynthium (Wormwood), which of course, is used to make absinthe.

*DISCLAIMER: I do not make any dosage or therapeutic recommendations whatsoever for use of these herbs. I am not a doctor and highly recommend consulting the advice of a homeopathic doctor or other highly trained expert prior to working with these!

ALL of these nightshades are considered toxic, but when used responsibly by an educated witch, can be powerful ritual and topical medicinal allies!  None of these should be ingested as they are highly toxic and everything about the tropane alkaloids are designed as neurotoxins.

These are the traditional, legendary herbs used in witch’s flying ointments.

And to dispel a popular myth about flying ointments, the “fat” that our ancestors used to make a witch’s fly ointment salve was pig-fat. It was NOT that of a child. Don’t believe that nonsense. The whole child fat myth was just put forth to scare people. If anything, our ancestral witches were healers, not murderers!  And, the reason pig’s fat was used in particular ( other than being a pretty common animal in many cultures and climates) was that DNA closely resembles our own and thus the absorption of the salve was better.

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Henbane

These poisonous herbs have proven to be good medicine. Up until the 1800’s nightshade herbs were used widely for pain relief and mixed with other constituents, served as some of the world’s first surgical anaesthesia!  In miniscule amounts and treated accordingly they are potent medicine for  pain and even sometimes components of commercial, prescription medicines as well as over-the-counter remedies.But, in order to use these safely one has to study everything about the herb, it’s chemistry and effects.

It is highly recommended one work with a homeopathic professional and do as much research as possible.

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Belladonna- leaves, fruit and flower

For instance, the alkaloid compound, atropine, derived from Belladonna, is an ingredient of some over-the-counter cough medicines, however what is used in cough medicine is so highly diluted and extracted so many times with other chemicals that the harmfulness is removed.  This is not the case with wildcrafted herbs as natural products are pure. They have none of the poison removed and are not ever to be ingested. Ointments are still used by some witches topically  for pain relief, inflammation, migraines, sleeping problems and more.  This is due to many beneficial properties when used in topical form responsibly in very small amounts, and with due reverence. But I repeat:

“DO NOT INGEST ! THESE ARE USED TOPICALLY ONLY IN THEIR RAW STATE. PLEASE HEED MY DISCLAIMER ABOVE.

Despite some of them having absolutely beautiful flowers and fruit to lure the unwary, these are very potent poisons, some with deliriant properties.

I do not offer this advice lightly…

Even I ended up with a case of over-toxicity once, even just by using an ointment. I was lucky to clear my system in a few days upon stopping usage. This happened not because I was not careful about it as I knew exactly what I was doing. I followed extreme caution and protocol, even handling the ointment with a latex glove and massaging the blend into my skin with it!  My mistake was that I had thought that because I was only using it on my skin topically, that negative effects would be averted. I was wrong. I had used way too high an amount, and too often. These herbs contain tropane alkaloids and they build up in one’s system, just as any other type of alkaloid. And, if used often, a tolerance can build up as with any other medicine. This includes topical use. Lesson learned.

Herbs are serious medicine. Nightshades in particular, are dangerous to work with and can teach such a harsh lesson. Think of the lesson like a mother lion swiping an enormous paw, claws unsheathed to usher a warning to a passer-by to her den, or a serpent with a poisonous bite that can be fatal!  THAT is the type of power some of these herbs have!

They can heal yet will kill the unwary or at least make you very ill if not used with caution and deep reverence. I actually keep two of my baneful herbs on my altar in a seal mason jar as offerings, only to be used in certain rituals involving passive receptivity. In my particular circumstances, some of them are not meant for  regular medicinal use nor doing highly energetic Work. The same for engaging in that which requires a lot of  intense mental concentration as the more logical parts of the mind tend to “sleep” for a time and all of them except perhaps mandrake, promote sleep. The idea is to become more in tune with the astral in a receptive manner. So, I do not use them when doing certain complex Ceremonial Magick rituals.

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Mandrake flowers

Instead, I have found that they seem to be most appropriate for nightside workings with mirror/ crystal gazing, hydromancy, communing with spirits and hedge-crossing. Belladonna and Datura encourage sleep, while Mandrake tends to stimulate and Henbane seems to be in-between. Maybe this is different for others, but this is how they affect me personally. As they are suited for nighttime magickal workings and sleep, they are not typically good for daytime use, unless one wants to eventually doze off and have nothing better to do. Personally, I like to get a lot done during the day and typically work a day job, so anything that makes me want to nod off or space out is not a good idea for daytime hours.

Just do not underestimate. In working with these plants, you meet the silent, resilient powers of the Earth. These are herbs typically ruled by the greater malefic planet, Saturn, the “Lord of the Limit” and Pluto, “Lord of the Dead, the Underworld.” These plant spirits can actually be sinister and unforgiving at worst, severe teachers at best.Once you pass their tests however, you are considered worthy of the keys of knowledge they have to bestow. Most of these herbs correspond to the Major Arcana Tarot card of The World.

I do not advise beginners to work with baneful herbs even without touching them or using them in an ointment, due to the intense energies which permeate and surround these plants. If you have abolished considerable fear in your life and want to know truth, then these herbs might be able to serve a catalytic purpose. I reserved working with them until my older years after gaining considerable life’s experiences and spent decades working with magick and magickal systems. Others I have heard have had really bad experiences with them and many never go back even after a one time experience. They are most certainly not for recreational use.

You just don’t perceive danger coming! It will not announce itself like a raging fire, a torrent of water nor the howling of wind. Instead, it is unpredictable, like an earthquake. And the spirits of these Nightshades are not of the sweet sort.

Powerful? Yes! Sweet? No!

If you prefer to carefully work with poisons strictly symbolically as offerings, that is a perfectly acceptable alternative and much safer. Here are some esoteric correspondences of some of them:

Artemisia absinthium, Wormwood: This plant is sacred to the Greek Artemis and Roman Diana. It is used as a protective herb to deflect negative energies as well as used in divination and prophecy.

Atropa Belladonna, Belladonna: This plant also called “The beautiful lady” is associated with Saturn and tends to be attractive to darker aspects of the Goddess. I find that the Ancient Egyptian goddess Nebthet ( Nephthys ) favors this herb immensely both for its liminal consciousness inducing qualities and lovely purple blooms as does Hecate. Bitter Nightshade, a baneful herb which looks similar also makes for an acceptable substitute as an offering in ritual.

Atropa mandragora, Mandrake. This plant is associated with Pluto, Lord of the Underworld and gods and goddesses associated thereof. It is used for protection against negative energies and curse reversals as well as in rituals of the dead. I find that my Patron God Osiris favors this one.

Hyoscyamus niger, Henbane : This plant is associated with planet Saturn and the goddess Hecate as well as Ereshkigal, Serqet, Baba Yaga, and all matter of underworld goddesses. This herb is used as a summoning herb to contact spirits of the deceased. It is a good one with which to use in ritual to help establish connection to one’s ancestors.

Datura stramonium and Datura inoxia: The beautiful moonflower plant is perhaps the most dangerous of all the poisons. She may look tempting in the garden, but she corresponds to crone aspects of goddess as well as those that rule poisons. I find she appeals particularly to Baba Yaga and the Greek Hecate, the Ancient Egyptian Serqet…to name only a few. This plant is associated with Saturn.

These herbs can assist to unlocking the doors of the underworld and the hidden with you. They can share their secrets if you ask sincerely enough and do not abuse them. Witches keep the balance between life and death…

Will you be courageous enough to do the same and reap the bounty the spirits of Nature bestow?

Blessings and good luck my friends!

Copyright © 2017  Leigh-Ann Rose Grace. All Rights Reserved

BOOK  RESOURCES

* “The Master Book of Herbalism” by Paul Beyerl – (I have this book and it is a great reference!)

*  The Ritual Use of Herbs” – (I also have this book. It is great for those interested in entheogenic sacraments and baneful herbs.)

* “Herbal Alchemist’s Handbook, The: A Grimoire of Philtres. Elixirs, Oils, Incense, and Formulas for   Ritual Use” by Karen Harrison

* “Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs” by Scott Cunningham – A must have!

*   Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in the Wild ( and Not So Wild) Places” by Steven Brill and Evelyn Dean

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