|Hawthorn . . . .|
Crataegus oxycantha Also know as Bread & Cheese Tree, Gaxels, Hagthorn, Halves,
Haw, Hazels, Huath, Mayblossom, May bush, Mayflower, Quick, Thorn and Tree of
Chastity. Hawthorn is part of the fairy tree triad of Britain (Oak, Ash and
Thorn), making it sacred to fairies. Where all three are found growing together
it is believed that fairies may be found.
The Whitethorn or Hawthorn or May Witch takes its name from the May. It is a generally unlucky tree and its name, translated from the Irish Brehon Laws, had the meaning "harm". The Goddess, under the name Cardea, cast spells with the Hawthorn. In many cultures, the month of the Hawthorn (May) is a month of bad luck for marriages. The Hawthorn blossom, for many men, has the strong scent of female sexuality and was used by the Turks as an erotic symbol. The monks of Glastonbury perpetuated it and sanctified it with an approving tale that the staff of Joseph and the Crown of thorns were made of Hawthorn.
Magickal Uses: Because of the proscription against harvesting or cutting
Hawthorn, any use of it should be with care. It has a strong Magick, but
it should only be used wisely in a ritual context, in a way that works with
the traditions of time, giving honor to the turning of the seasons, and
giving honor to Mother Earth and her customs.
On Beltaine, young women wash their faces with the dew of the hawthorn blossoms
while petitioning the God or Goddess to give them beauty. The blossoms were
also used to decorate the May pole if the tree itself was not used. At one
time it was believed that the trees were actually witches. Beltaine was once
reckoned as the day the hawthorn first bloomed. It was once used to enforce
chastity, by being placed under the mattress or around the bedroom. When
carried it promotes happiness in those who are depressed or sad. It will
protect the home from lightning, storms and evil ghosts.
When working within the context of this tree's lore, it provides a most desirable wand, but one must work with it's Diva.
|Hazel .. . . .|
(Corylus avellana or ) Also called European Filbert. A Druid sacred tree,
The leaves have served as a tobacco substitute. Hazel is an ancient Celtic
tree of wisdom, inspiration, and poetry.
Parts Used: Nut, Branches
The Hazel is a tree of wisdom. In England, all the knowledge of the arts and sciences were bound to the eating of Hazel nuts. Until the seventeenth century, a forked Hazelstick was used to divine the guilt of persons in cases of murder and theft.
Magical Uses: Hazel nuts are eaten before divination. Hazel's forked branches
are used for divining and dowsing. The branches make good all purpose wands.
Wands of Hazel symbolize white magic and healing. Forked sticks are used to find water or
buried treasure. If outside and in need of magical protection quickly, draw a
circle around yourself with a hazel branch. To enlist the aid of plant fairies,
string hazelnuts on a cord and hang up in your house or ritual room.
Hazel nuts hung in the house will bring luck, and can be carried to cause
fertility. Also give to a bride to wish her luck in her home. Place hazel
twigs in windows to guard your home from lightning. To protect it from fire,
drive three pins of hazel wood into the framing. To protect yourself or your
plants when outdoors, draw a circle in the dirt with a hazel twig around either
yourself or the plant.
Hazel crowns have been used for granting wishes and invisibility. To protect your home from lightning place the twigs in the window frames, driving three pins of hazel wood into your home will protect it from fire.
|Heather . . . .|
(Calluna vulgaris) Aslo known as Common Heather, Heath, Ling, Scottish Heather
A Druid Sacred Herb, there are more than a thousand cultivars from this
low-growing, evergreen species, which has scale like leaves and crowded
racemes of flowers. Heather provides a support system for rural farmers,
who use it for fuel, thatch, fodder, tea, and as a dye. Growing the plants
increases the soils fertility.
Parts Used: Flowering shoot
Magical Uses: Heather is a Goddess herb associated with the planet Venus and sacred to Isis. It is carried as a guard against rape and other violent crimes, or just to bring good luck. White heather is the best for this purpose. Heather when burned with fern outside attracts rain, or dip heather and fern in water and sprinkle around to conjure rain. Heather has also long been used to conjure ghosts. Red Heather is used for passion, to start or end an affair. Purple for spiritual development. White for cooling passions of unwanted suitors.
|Hellebore . . . .|
(Helleborus niger) Also known as Melampode or the Christmas Rose, since
it blooms in the middle of winter. The flower is normally white; the "niger" in
the Latin name refers to the color of the roots. Hellebore is one of the four
classic poisons. (The other three are nightshade, hemlock, and aconite.) King
Attalus III was one of the greatest poison fanciers in all of history, and he
had a particular fondness for hellebore, since the poison "racked the nerves
and caused the victim to swell".
Pliny described an elaborate ritual to harvest the roots of the plant. First,
a sword was used to draw a circle around the plant. The collector would then
pray to the east for permission to dig up the plant. Finally, the collector
would look to see if an eagle was flying nearby, for if an eagle was spotted,
it presaged the death of the collector within the year.
Gerard, in his famous Herball, found a use for hellebore that is of particular interest to goths. "A purgation of hellebore is good for mad and furious men, for melancholy, dull and heavie persons, and briefly for all those that are troubled with blacke choler, and molested with melancholy."
Magickal Uses: Powdered hellebore scattered before you will cause you to be
invisible. At one time it was used in exorcism rituals and to induce astral
projection but because of its poisonous nature it is considered to dangerous
|Hemlock . . . .|
(Conium maculatum) - POISON Aslo known as Beaver
Poison, Herb Bennet, Keckies, Kex, Musquash Root, Poison Hemlock, Poison
Parsley, Spotted Corobane, Spotted Hemlock, Water Parsley. Once used to
induce astral projections and to destroy sexual drives. Hemlock is said
to be the poison by which Socrates was killed.
Magickal Uses: Lore holds that Solomon used Hemlock when consecrating his ritual knife or sword. Rub the juice (be sure to protect your hands) on to empower and purify them before use.
Hemlock should be used carefully. It offers a very powerful type of Magick,
one which is capable of moving the energy out beyond the abyss. In days
of old Hemlock was used in "flying ointments".
For those venturing into the astral plane, Hemlock is an invaluable herb to use for protection and grounding.
The juice of Hemlock has in the past been used to carry out death sentences. Poisoning from Hemlock causes extreme dizziness.
Hemlock is considered sacred to Hecate.
Highly toxic! Do NOT Use. Sometimes confused with Queen Anne's Lace in the wild. Be positive about what you are gathering.
|Hemp . . . .|
(Cannibis sativa) Aslo known as Chanvre, Dack, Gallowgrass, Ganeb, Ganja, Grass,
Hanf, Herb, Kif, Marijuana, Neckweede, Pot, Tekrouri, Weed.
An herb once widely used in magick but since the 1930's, when laws were enacted that restricted its use and sale, may of the old practices have stopped..
Magickal Uses: An old love spell, called the "Hempseed Spell", is to take a handful of hempseeds to a church at midnight on the summer solstice, sprinkling the seeds as you walk and reciting the following:
Who will come after me and mow?
The word `marijuana' is a Mexican slang term which became popular in the late 1930's in America. It refers specifically to the medicine part of cannabis, which Mexican soldiers used to smoke. Currently in the U.S.A., hemp (meaning the roots, stalk, and stems of the cannabis plant) is legal to possess. The seeds are legal to possess and eat, but only if they are sterilized. Marijuana (The flowers, buds, or leaves of the cannabis plant) is not legal to possess.
|Hibiscus . . . .|
(Hibiscus spp.) Also known as Kharkady. It is forbidden for women in Egypt to
drink the tea resulting from brewing the red hibiscus flowers because it is
renowned for lust-inducing powers.
Magickal Uses: Use the blooms in love incenses and sachets. Hibiscus flowers aid divination when placed in a wooden bowl containing water, and the result is scryed. The blossoms are used in love incenses and sachets and in the tropics; the blossoms are placed in wreaths in marriage ceremonies. The Dobu of the Western Pacific place the blossoms in wooden scrying bowls.
|Hi John The Conquerer Root. . . .|
(Ipomoea Purga or I. Jalapa) - POISON
Magickal Uses: To attract money, carry a root anointed with mint oil in a green sachet. It is also carried to stop depression, bring love, success, protect from and destroy all hexes and curses. To make all-purpose anointing oil, take three roots. Make small cuts into then with a knife and place in a bottle of vegetable, olive, or mineral oil. Let the oil rest for several weeks. The roots may be left in the oil if desired and use to anoint candles, sachets, etc.
|Holly . . . .|
(Ilex spp.) Also known as Aquifolius, Bat's Wings, Christ's Thorn, Holy Tree, Holm Chaste, Hulm, Hulver Bush, Tinne, Paraguay Tea, Yerba Mate.
Holly is one of the evergreens brought into the home by Druids. It symbolizes a willingness to allow the nature spirits to share one'e abode during the harsh, cold season.
CAUTION: The berries are POISONOUS if eaten!
Parts Used: Leaf
Holly means "holy". The identification of the pacific Christ with the Holly is poetically inept a it is the Oak king, not the Holly king that is crucified on a T shaped cross. The Holly has many uses form making a dye from its berries to being used as an aphrodisiac.
Magical Uses: Grown around the home it protects from mischievous sorcerers. Throw at wild animals to cause them to quietly lie down and leave you alone. Sprinkle newborn babies with "holly water" (water in which holly has been soaked, especially if left under a full moon overnight) to keep them happy and safe. Planted near a house, holly repels negative spells sent against you. A bag of leaves and berries carried by a man increases his ability to attract women.
After midnight on a Friday, without making a sound, gather nine holly leaves, preferably from a non-spiny plant. Wrap these up in a white cloth using nine knots the tie the ends together. Place this beneath your pillow, and your dreams will come true. The traditional crowns for the bride and groom are made of holly (a male plant) and ivy (a female plant), wreaths and altar decoration are made of these as well.
Decorate the house with Holly at Yule for good luck.
|Honeysuckle . . . .|
(Lonicera japonica) Also known as Dutch Honeysuckle, Goat's Leaf, Woodbine.
This evergreen or semi-evergreen vine has hairy leaves and fragrant spring to
summer flowers that open white and turn yellow, followed by poisonous black
Parts Used: Flower
Magical Uses: This sweetly scented plant is also useful for attracting money, psychic ability, and protection. Place the blooms in a vase of water to attract money, or ring green candles with the branches and use in money spells. Lightly bruise the flowers and then rub on your forehead to increase your psychic abilities. Grow honeysuckle outside near your home for good luck, and if it grows over a doorway it will keep fevers from your family. Weave the vines into magickal baskets.
Representing rebirth and the survival 0f life through the long winter's death,
Honeysuckle decorates the Eostara temple, representing the renewal of spring.
It may also be used at the other side of the Wheel of the Year at autumn.
Associated with the Magician card, honeysuckle is used in rituals designed to connect one with the Cauldron of Cerridwen. Use the dried, powdered bark as incense in sabbat rituals.
Honeysuckle vines and fruit are extremely toxic and should never be ingested. They should never be used in any herbal home remedies or potions which are intended for drinking.
|Horehound . . . .|
(Marrubium vulgare) Also known as Bull's Blood, Eye of the Star, Haran, Hoarhound, Huran, Llwyd y cwn, Marrubium, Maruil, Seed of Horus, Soldier's Tea, White Horehound. Horehound is one of the five bitter herbs eaten by the Hebrews at Passover.
Magical Uses: Use in protective sachets and carry to guard against sorcery and fascination. Also scattered as an exorcism herb. Horehound, when mixed with ash leaves and placed in a bowl of water, releases healing vibrations, and should be placed in a sickroom.Parts Used: Leaf
If practicing Egyptian magick, burn this herb for Horus.
Horehound is an excellent herbe to use in blessing the home. A moderate amount may be added to a ritual cup. One could also make a horehound flavoured candy, used to give blessings upon first guests.
As an oil, Horehound may be used in spiritual and psychic healing or any type of healing or restorative work involving magick and energy.
As a general herbe to use when working ritual forms, horehound increases your concentration and focus. It increases the mental skills needed to keep distraction at bay and the ability to integrate the mind and body into the realm of the spiritual. Horehound can give you the freedom to weave your creativity into your magick.
|Hyssop . . . .|
(Hysopus officinalis) Also known as Hyssop Herb, Isopo, Ysopo, Yssop.
A very old and traditional English herb with a refreshing aromatic scent.
It has a slightly bitter sage-mint flavor. The lovely purple flowers are
excellent for attracting bees and butterflies. Hyssopus is the name used
by Hippocrates, derived from the Hebrew ezob, "holy herb." This is not the
hyssop of the Bible, that is believed to be oregano. Hyssop was a holy herb
of the ancient Greeks, used to cleanse sacred spaces.
Parts Used: The above ground portions of the herb
Magical Uses: Hyssop was a holy herb of the ancient Greeks, used to cleanse
sacred spaces. It is the most widely used purification herb in magic. Use in
purification baths and rituals, and used to cleanse persons and objects. Add
to sachets hung in the home to achieve the same purpose and remove negativity.
Hyssop can be burned in incense, worn, used in decorations, and added to the
chalice. Use a bunch to ritually "sweep" the altar as a preparation for a
Other Use: The leaves are laid on wounds to cure infection, and to promote healing. Penicillin mould grows and thrives on hyssop leaves.
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