|Cedar . . . .|
(Cedrus libani or Cedrus spp.) Also known as Tree of Life, Arbor Vitae (Thuja
occidentalis) or Yellow Cedar (T. occidentalis). A Druid sacred herb. Ancient
Celts on the mainland used cedar oil to preserve the heads of enemies taken in
Parts Used: Twig and leaf
Magical Uses: Cedar is well known for it's fragrance. It is often powered and
added to incense mixtures. An incense including Cedar is ideal in the
consecration of a magickal wand.
The incense can also be used in Wiccanings and baby blessings. As a protected tree in mackical cultures, to harm a cedar is to invoke misfortune. The spirits of the Cedar are said to be both powerful and persistent. Cedar boxes (commonly found in gift shops) are ideal for storing amethyst and sapphire.
Hung in the home it will protect against lightning. A cedar stick carved into
three prongs and set in the ground prongs up will protect the home against
all evil. Juniper can be used in place of cedar. Cedar is water and decay
resistant, and repels insects and moths (hence its historical use for coffins).
Cedar chips used in rituals or burnt attracts money, and is also used in purification and healing. It is a symbol of power and longevity. Cedar can also be added to love sachets and can be burned to induce psychic powers.
Cedar is used for a purifying fumigation and to cure the tendency of having bad dreams. Some Native Americans use twigs of cedar, smoldering of made into incense, to heal head colds and on hot rocks in sweat lodges for purification.
|Chamomile . . . .|
(Anthemis nobilis) Also called Roman chamomile, English chamomile, Perennial
Chamomile and Wild Chamomile. A Druid Sacred Herb, this aromatic evergreen has
feathery, apple-scented leaves and white flowers with conical golden centers.
In the garden it is a "physician plant" reviving nearby ailing plants.
Parts Used: Flower
|Magical Uses: Yellow chamomile brings the power of the sun to love potions, money spells and rites of purification. Use in incense for the God. When sprinkled around the house it removes hexes, curses and spells. It can be burned or added to prosperity bags to increase money. Gamblers sometimes use a hand wash of the infusion to insure winnings. It is used in incenses for sleep and meditation. Added to the bath water, it attracts love. Calming effect when added to incense, particularly good for meditation.|
Use in prosperity spells. It also has powers of sleep, purification if added to incenses,
and love if an infusion is added to one's bath.
Chamomile has a well-known reputation as a healer. It is believed that it
can bring health to one's garden and promote energies that are good for all
plants. Through incense or ritual drink, Chamomile is used to assist a priest's
call upon the Sun God or any of the solar deities. Useful for solar holidays,
Chamomile can be used in endless Yule Traditions.
Powder Chamomile, then spoon it onto coals to cense the temple area and prepare it for a celebration of solar magick.
|Cinnamon . . . .|
(Cinnamomum zeylanicum) Also know as Sweet Wood. The evergreen cinnamon tree
is native to Ceylon, whereas cassia originated in China and Burma. A tropical
evergreen tree up to 50 feet tall. Cinnamon sticks are quills from the inner
bark and the essential oil is distilled by water or steam from the leaves
Parts Used: Bark
Magical Uses: Burned in incense, cinnamon will promote high spirituality and psychic ability. It is also used to stimulate the passions of the male. The essential oil is used for protection.
Cinnamon can increase concentration and is a well chosen herbe to aide those who have trouble focusing. Also may be used to learn about trust and decision making. Cinnamon is an ideal herbe for consecrating any ritual item set with Tourmaline. It can be used to enhance one's skill with prophecy through channeling, working with oracle, or through divination. Burn Cinnamon for magickal healing, and to help clairvoyance.
Ritual Uses: The magick of this herbe is said to be peaceful, enabling the
correct frame of mind for ritual work. The ancient Hebrews used cinnamon oil
as part of a holy anointing oil. The Egyptians also used the oil during the
mummification process. The Romans wove the leaves into wreaths, which were
used to decorate the temples.
|Cinquefoil . . . .|
(Pontentilla reptans) Also called Crampweed, Five Finger Grass, Goosegrass,
Moor Grass, Pentaphyllon, Silver Cinquefoil, Silverweed, Sunkfield, Synkefoil.
Parts Used: Root and leaf
Magical Uses The points of the leaves represent love, money, health, power and wisdom and when carried grants these. Prick a hole in an egg, drain it and fill it with cinquefoil. Tape the egg shut, and your home and property are protected. Bathe in the infusion every seven days to ward off evil influences. Hang at the door or place on the bed for protection.
Bathe the forehead and hands nine times with an infusion, to wash away
hexes and curses. To dream of your future lover or mate find a seven-pointed
leaflet and place it under your pillow. A bag of cinquefoil hung from your
bed will bring a restful night of sleep. It is offend carried during court
cases as it brings eloquence when asking favors of officials and usually
ensures that they will be granted. Add to the purification bath sachet or
bathe in the infusion every seven days to ward off evil.
Cinquefoil is one of those herbes associated with vile mixtures of noxious
and animal parts attributed to medieval witches. It is said to have been
used in flying ointment and in spells associated with the placing of hexes.
The best cinquefoil is that which has been gathered when the moon waxes full at midnight on a Wednesday . A perfectly formed 5 fingered leaf should be gathered, dried and pressed into one's diary. Such a leaf is considered solid magick to bring protection to a friend or loved one who is taking a journey.
|Cloves . . . .|
(Syzgium aromaticum) Cloves are the sun-dried unopened flower buds of a dense
evergreen tree, they have a strong spiciness that flavors foods and prevents
nausea. The flowers are used to soothe aching eyes. Clove oil, from the
distillation of leaves and flower buds, is an antiseptic numbing agent for
toothache and indigestion. It is added to cosmetics, perfumes, and cigarettes.
There are now Clove-based anesthetics.
Parts Used: Leaf and flower bud
Magical Uses: Cloves worn in an amulet will drive away negativity and hostility.
Alternately, Add to prosperity incenses to attract riches; cloves also banish
hostile or negative forces, produce spiritual vibrations, and purify the area.
It is often carried to stimulate the memory, and can be added to sachets
attract the opposite sex . It is placed in sachets with mint and rose to
chase away melancholy and to help one sleep soundly.
As an incense they attract riches, drive away hostile and negative forces,
produce spiritual vibrations, and purify the area, and to stop others from
gossiping about you.
If cloves are worn or carried, they attract the opposite sex and bring comfort to the bereaved.
|Clover . . . .|
(Trifolium spp.) Also known as Shamrock, Three-Leaved Grass. Trefoil.
Two-Leaved: You shall soon find a lover or your lover will soon return.
Three-Leaved: The Trefoil is worn as an amulet for protection.
Four-Leaved: Brings peace of mind, protects against madness, strengthens psychic powers, enables the detection of spirits, and leads you to gold, money or treasure. Place in your shoe before going out it will increase your chances of meeting a rich new love. Mutual love will result if two people eat a four-leaf clover together. Seven grains of wheat placed on one will enable you to see fairies.
Five-Leaved: Wear for the purpose of attracting money.
White Clover: (Triolium repens): Scatter around your home or use in work to break hexes.
Red Clover: (Trifolium pratense): For aide in financial arrangements add to your bath water. The infusion is sprinkled to remove negative spirits. Use in lust potions.
Blossoms: Tincture in vinegar for three days. The vinegar is then sprinkled
around the house to discourage unwanted entities. Carry some flowers in your
purse or pocket as a protective charm and to attract a new love.
In General: Grow clover to keep snakes away. Place in the left shoe and then forget about it and it will keep evil away. Worn over the right breast it brings success. Wear clover near your heart in a piece of blue silk to help you recover from a disappointing love affair.
|Club Moss . . . .|
(Lycopodium clavatum) Also called Selago, Foxtail, Lycopod, Vegetable Sulpher,
Wolf Claw or Stag's Horn Moss. This toxic, evergreen, mosslike herb has trailing
stems, upright branches and developing cones encasing the ripe spores. The
spores are explosive when set alight, and used to create theatrical lightening
and added to fireworks. Magicians once used them to create "lightening flashes"
and other pyrotechnics as needed. These effects were originally intended as a
form of sympathetic magic -of evocation by emulation - not simply
(or deceptively) as stage effects.
CAUTION: Selago can be an active narcotic poison when
overused. For this reason it is probably better to use only the spores, which
are non-toxic. The whole plant can be used externally, however, as a
counterirritant - made into a poultice, it will keep blisters open and kill
Parts Used: Above-ground portions of the herb, and spores.
Magical Uses: Druids respected the plant to sucha degree that it was gathered only under strict ritual guidlelines. One of the Ovates would dress in white, bathe both feet in free-running water and offer a sacrifice of bread and spirits, and then with white robe wrapped around the right hand, using a brass hook, would dig up the plant by the roots. When properly gathered, the herb becomes a charm of power and protection. Wear it, add it to incense, adn use it to commune with the Gods and Goddesses.
|Comphrey . . . .|
(Symphytum officonale) Also known as Slippery Root, Knitbone or Blackwort. Teas, tinctures and compresses of comfrey
roots or leaves speed healing of cuts, rashes, and broken bones.
Parts Used: Root and leaf
Magical Uses Root or leaves for healing. Carry comfrey on all journeys to ensure a safe trip. Protect your luggage by placing comfrey leaves inside. Use the root in money spells.
Comphrey features glowingly in many ancient herbals, for good reason! The root and foliage of this plant contain allantoin, a nitrogenous crystalline substance which is a cell proliferant - that is, it increases the speed at which a wound heals and broken bones knit back together. It is drunk for asthma or rheumatism, and the mashed fresh roots are used as a poultice to relieve the pain of gout, rheumatism and arthritis. A leaf compression can be used for sore, swollen breasts.
A poultice of the freshly bruised leaves laid on a wound or burn will allay
inflammation and cause the edges to come together and heal faster.
As a cosmetic and bath herb, with continuous use, it regenerates aging skin.
Leaves are used in natural green dye
WARNING: Due to low level concentration of pyrrolizidine alkaloids in the leaves and roots of confrey, it should not be taken internally.
|Copal . . . .|
(Bursera odorata) Copal is a white, pale yellow or yellowish-orange gum resin. When smoldered on charcoal it produces a rich, delicious, piney-lemony fragrance. Copal is North America's equivalent of Frankincense. While it lacks some of frankincense's bittersweet odor, it is a fine substitute. When frankincense if left smoldering on charcoal for some time it eventually emits a very bitter scent. Copal, however, never varies as it burns. It is native to Mexico and Central America, and has been used as incense in religious and magical ceremonies for untold hundreds of years, beginning, perhaps, with the Mayans or even prior to the days of that fables people.
The finest copal is a pale to dark yellow color with an intense resinous-citrus
odor. It is usually sold in chunks and may contain leaf fragments.
Parts Used: Resin
Magical Uses: Burn for protection; cleansing; purification; to promote spirituality; and to purify quartz crystals and other stones before use in magic. May be substituted for Frankincense. A piece of copal may be used as the heart in poppets.
Add to love and purification incenses. Also the heart may be represented by a piece of Copal.
(Primula veris) Also known as Arthritica, Artetyke, Buckles, Cuy, Drelip, Fairy
Cup, Frauenschlussel, Herb Peter, Key Flower, Key of Heaven, Lady's Key, Lippe,
Our Lady's Keys, Paigle, Paralysio, Password, Peggle, Plumrocks.
Magickal Uses: Cowslip has the powers to heal, retain youth, and help you to
find treasure. If you wish to avoid visitors, place a piece of cowslip beneath
your front porch and they will leave you in peace. To preserve your youth or
regain it when lost, wear the herb.|
Cowslip is believed to increase one's attractiveness. It also brings an increase in one's romantic appeal and helps bring about internal changes which can stimulate the energy to attract that special partner.
Many rural people hold this herbe as sacred. The flowers are gathered an hung
over the doorway to bring protection. This is an excellent herbe for
increasing one's skills at keeping a mental focus whilst sustaining
concentration during any ritual work.
he leaf and flower are used in an ointment for wrinkles, acne, freckles and other skin problems. Cowslip is held sacred to Freya.
|Cypress . . . .|
(Cupressus sempervirens) Also known as Tree of Death. Cypress is a mystical tree that is usually found either growing directly in water, or very close to it. The Minoans spread a cult form Crete to Cyprus that worshipped the cypress as a divine symbol. It was used to make coffins in ancient Egypt.
Parts Used: Leaf, twigs, fruit, bark, wood, resin and essential oil.
Magical Uses: Use at times of crisis, especially at the death of a friend or
family member. When worn to funerals it eases the mind and alleviates grief.
Throw a sprig into the grave to bestow luck and love in the hereafter. As a
symbol of eternity and immortality, it is worn to lengthen life. To make a
healing wand, slowly cut, over a three-month period, a branch. The root and
cones are also healing, as is the greenery when dried and used as incense.
The wand may also be used in invocations to the Gods.
Used in ritual fires to consecrate ritual tools in it's smoke. Cypress might be used by those who wish to establish a bonding with their familiars which is capable of being carried into the next reincarnation.
Cypress bark, dried and powdered, makes a superior incense for those who work with the magick of the legendary King Stag of the forest. The bark could be collected and woven into a breechcloth to be worn when running as the stag.
The Cypress is one of the trees considered sacred to Hades.
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