|Parsley . . . .|
(Petroselinum sativum also crispum) Also known as Devil's Oatmeal, Percely,
Persil, Petersillie, Petroselinum, Rock Parsley
CAUTION: Persons with weak kidneys should avoid this herb.
Parts Used: Root, leaf and seed
Magical Uses: Parsley was used in funeral rites by the Greeks; it was held
sacred to Persephone. It was wound into funeral wreaths and used to decorate
tombs. Though the plant has associations with death and is often regarded as
evil, the Romans tucked a sprig into their togas every morning for protection.
It is also placed on plates of food to guard it from contamination. Use in
purification baths to stop misfortune, and wearing a wreath to inhibit
Parsley in linked with love; eating it induces lust and promotes fertility; cutting it ends love. Chefs customarily place
it on plates, originally to prevent contamination of the food.
|Patchouli . . . .|
(Pogostemon patchouli or heyeanus) Also known as Pucha-Pot. Patchouli gave the
distinctive scent to original India ink and Chinese red ink paste.
Parts Used: Leaf
Magical Uses: Patchouli smells like rich earth, and so has been used in money
and prosperity mixtures and spells. It is sprinkled onto money, added to purses
and wallets, and placed around the base of green candles.
Patchouli may used as a substitute for graveyard dust. One of the most popular fragrances in the world. The heavy, distinctive scent of patchouli was made famous, or infamous, during the hippie generation of the 60's. Also one of the most popular perfumes in the Orient and especially India. Patchouli is regarded as the strongest plant scent in the world. The leaves are excellent in potpourris and sachets.
This sensually scented herb is used in many aspects of lust and romance. The oil is believed to create allure, helping to attract a desirable partner.
It can be ritually used during the Great Rite as a dressing for the candles, or as a scent.
Patchouli is a beautiful oily plant, and when grown in the garden, is
corresponded with the both thee Emperor and Empress cards, reminding us that
they function as working partners, wether in the world of empires or the world
|Pennyroyal . . . .|
(Mentha pulegium, Hedoma pulegioides) Also known as Lurk-In-The-Ditch, Mosquito Plant, Organ Broth, Organ Tea,
Piliolerian, Pudding Grass, Run-By-The-Ground, Squaw Mint, Tickweed.
Magickal Uses: Pennyroyal is an herb of peace and protection when worn or carried. It is placed in the shoe when traveling to prevent weariness and to add strength. It wards off evil and aids in business negotiations. Pennyroyal will cause a quarreling couple to quit fighting and prevents seasickness. Tied on the bedpost, it sharpens the brain and wits. Pennyroyal kept in a bowl brings peace to the household. It is used to bathe the body of the deceased to bring a peaceful transition to the next life.
Pennyroyal is most useful in penetrating the mysteries of death and rebirth.
It is an excellent herbe to use when developing a better knowledge of
reincarnation. Pennyroyal may be used to bathe the body of the deceased
prior to embalming. Its magick helps one's spirit move in a positive direction
on the path toward rebirth.
Although pennyroyal has been used in teas and cooking (notably the black pudding of Northern England) for centuries, it is not recommended for internal use. It contains pulegone, a toxic compound notorious for causing abortion, and also leads to irreversible kidney damage.
Caution: Pennyroyal can cause allergic reactions.
|Peony . . . .|
(Paeonia officinallis) Also known as Paeony. Peony may be used as a substitute
for mandrake. Gather it only at night. It is said that the seeds shine with an
Magickal Uses: Peony is regarded to protect the body, spirit and soul. In the
home it wards away evil spirits; in the garden, it keeps evil and storms away.
The seeds and roots, called 'piney beads', are worn as a necklace for protection
from mischievous fairies and imps. Combine the 'piney beads' with coral and
flint to keep the incubus away. Add it to exorcism rituals and carry the root
to cure lunacy. The whole root can be carved into a talisman. Use Peony with
Verbana for magick healing.
If your Peony does produce seeds, they are indeed very magickal. They can be
harvested and dried, while sitting in the direct light of a full moon,
then thread them upon a white thread and wear as a necklace to bring protection
against all forms of negative energy.
Peony roots are considered powerful. Harvest and clean them, then slice them into small ringlets while still fresh, then dry. These also may be made into a necklace. ( pierce them with a sharp needle before they dry )
|Periwinkle . . . .|
(Vinca minor) Poison Also known as Blue Buttons, Centocchiio (Italian: Hundred
Eyes), Devil's Eye, Joy on the Ground, Sorcerer's Violet
Considered a powerful magickal herb, periwinkle should be gathered according to the Pseudo-Apuleius in a strict manor to ensure its efficacy in the operation.
Magickal Uses: Once called "sorcerer's violet", periwinkle is used in love
charms and potions. A powerful charm against evil spirits, it was also called
the "flower of death," as it was made into crowns for dead children at their
burial. In Germany it was known as the "flower of immortality," and in France
it symbolized friendship. Carry this plant to obtain grace, to attract money,
and for protection from snakes, poison, wild beasts, terror, and evil spirits.
Place it over the door to protect the home. Use in Love spells to increase
passion. To restore lost memories, gaze at the periwinkle. One should never
bring fewer than seven blossoms into the house.
The dried flowers or root can be used in an amulet designed to bring the
necessary changes to one's life.
Plant Periwinkle on the graves of children who were called back into the Otherworld . Periwinkle can be used to help a parent understand that their child's spirit is moving toward reincarnation and that clinging to the child will deter rebirth. Periwinkle can help keep the memory alive without unhealthy attachments.
Few herbes are so well suited to be considered a patron herbe of Witches.
|Pine . . . .|
(Pinus spp.) Sacred to the Druids, the pine was known as one of the Seven
Chieftain Trees of the Irish. Pine is the "tree of peace" of the Native
American Iroquois confederacy. Burn pine to purify the home, and decorate
with its branches to bring healing and joy.
Parts Used: Needle, twig, and knot of the wood
Magical Uses Pine is the "tree of peace" of the Native American iroquois confederace. Burn pine to purify the home and decorate with its branches to bring healing and joy. Mix with equal parts of Juniper and Cedar, burn to purify the home and ritual area. Add the crushed needles to your bath for a cleansing bath.
Pine has the ability to cleanse a space of negative energy. It not only purifies
but can send dark forces from whence they came.. To purify and sanctify an
outdoor ritual area, brush the ground with a pine branch. The oil is commonly
added to purification, protection, money and healing mixtures. Burn as incense
for, money, purification, healing and exorcism.
Pine, being an evergreen, is an herb of immortality. Its wood is used to make coffins, and its boughs are placed on graves to remind the living that life is eternal and death but a transition to a different reality. Burn the needles to bring harmony and healing to the bereaved.
The cones may be carried as fertility charms, and the nuts eaten for the same purpose.
Pine has a history giving it an affinity for today's male priesthoods. It lends itself to male sexual energy which has been removed from the procreative purpose. This sacred tree is ideal for those men seeking to bring their sexual drive under control and channel it toward sacred goals.
Pine is used in money spells, and as sawdust it is a good base for incenses.
Cones - Carry to increase fertility and longevity.
Needles - Burn the needles during the winter to purify and cleanse and exorcise the negativity from the home. Burning them will also reverse spells cast against you and return them to the source. Add to the bath for purification. Scatter them on the floor to remove evil. Make a cross using the needles and place it on the fireplace to prevent evil entering the home through the flue.
Branches - Placed over the bed, they drive away illness and prevent further illness. In Japanese culture, it is customary to place them over the door to ensure joy within the home.
|Pomegranate . . . .|
(Punica granatum) Also known as Carthage Apple, Grenadier, Pound Garnet.
Magickal Uses: This is considered a lucky magickal fruit that will grant wishes
that are made before eating it. The seeds are eaten to increase fertility
and women may discern the number of children they will have by throwing one
hard at the ground. The number of seeds that fall out is the number of children.
The juice may be used as a substitute for blood and as magickal ink. The skin
is also used for fertility by carrying it and when dried added to wealth and
money incenses. The branch is also used for prosperity by discovering hidden
wealth and attracting money. The branches are also hung over doorways to guard
|Poplar . . . .|
The tree of the Autumn Equinox and of old age, is the shifting leaved White Poplar, or Aspen, The shield makers tree. Heracles bound his head in triumph with popular after killing the giant Cacus (the evil one). The Black poplar was a funeral tree sacred to the Mother Earth. Plato makes a reference to the use of Black poplar and Silver Fir as an aid in divination. The Silver Fir standing for hope assured and the Black Poplar for loss of hope. In ancient Ireland, the coffin makers measuring rod was made of Aspen, apparently to remind the dead that this was not the end.
Magickal Uses: Use the buds and leaves to attract money by carrying or burning as incense. They are sometimes added to flying ointments. In ancient Greece, the black poplar was a funeral tree, held sacred to the Earth Mother. In Mesopotamia, corpses were decorated with golden headdresses of poplar. Its trembling leaves are said to be sensitive to the messages of the Gods, Goddesses, and spirits, which drift in the winds.
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