|Saffron . . . .|
(Crocus sativa) Also known as Autumn Crocus, Crocus, Karcom, Krokos, Kunkuma
(Spanish), Saffer (Arabic), Spanish Saffron. Saffron is considered an
aphrodisiac, but too much may be narcotic. Although water soluble, it is
used cosmetically amd as a sacred dye. Tumeric is mistakenly called saffron
Parts Used: Stamens
Magickal Uses: Saffron is added to potions and sachets designed for inciting love or lust. It may also be added to healing spells and an infusion made from it for ritually washing the hands before healing ceremonies. The infusion may be drunk in moderate doses to increase psychic ability and to reduce mild depression. A tradition in Ireland was to rinse the bed linen in the infusion; this was to strengthen the arms and legs while one slept. Kept in the home it will protect it from lizards. It is said that a chaplet of saffron will inhibit drunkenness.
To honor the Moon and the goddess of fertility, Ashtoreth, the Phoenicians
would eat crescent shaped saffron cakes. In Persia saffron was used to raise
the wind and in more recent times, expectant Persian (Iranian) women wore a
sachet of saffron at the pit of the stomach to ensure a safe and speedy delivery.
|Sage . . . .|
(Salvia officinalis) Also known as Garden Sage, Red Sage, Sawge. The Greeks
used sage to heal ulcers and snakebites. The Romans considered it a sacred
herb and gathered it with much ceremony. The Chinese, Native Americans, ancient
Egyptians, Latin Americans and Europeans have all used sage for medicinal
Parts Used: Leaf
Magickal Uses: Sage absorbs negativity and misfortune. It drives away disturbances and tensions, and lifts the spirits above the mundane cares of life. Burn to consecrate a ritual space. Carry it as an herb of protection (usually in a small horn). Use it in ritual bath and chalice. Sage is an excellent herbe to use when consecrating a thurible.
Tradition holds that those who eat sage become immortal both in wisdom and in
years. Sage is used in wish manifestation, by writing the wish on the leaf and
hide it under your pillow for three nights, if you dream of your wish it will
come to pass, if not then bury the leaf; and to attract money. Smoulder to
promote healing and spirituality. Carry to promote wisdom. This herbe can
help one deal with grieving or loss, both through healing and helping one see
beyond the immediate loss. Sage is an herbe most useful to single mothers.
Must eat sage in May.
Diviner's - (S. divinorum) One of the most unusual and rare sages. This sage is used by Latin American Shamen to put their patients into a "trance," whereby the Shamen "divines" what is ailing the patient through their ramblings. Used for healing the mind, body and soul.
Judean/Candlestick - (S. judaica) This is one of the rarest, and most significant sages in the world. Judean sage, as documented in Moldenke's Plants of the Bible, is the sage after which the traditional Jewish symbol of the menorah was patterned. The plant's inflorescence when pressed flat, has almost the exact shape and form of the seven branched candlestick of the Temple.
White - (S. apiana) This is the sage used by western Native Americans for spiritual purification of dwellings and sweathouses by smudging with smoke produced from burning the dried leaves.
A few interesting gardening tips about sage are: 1) It is bad luck to plant sage in your own garden, have someone else do it for you. 2) Always plant some other plant in with the sage. A full bed of sage without something else growing in with it will also bring bad luck. 3) Sage draws toads to the garden.
|St Johns Wort . . . .|
Also known as Amber, Fuga daemonum (Latin: Scare-Devil), Goat Weed, Herba John, Klamath Weed, Sol Terrestis, Tipton Weed. A druid sacred herb, the Celts passed it through the smoke of the Summer Solstice fire, then worn in battle for invincibility.
Warning: Can cause skin allergies in sunlight, and prolonged use should be avoided.
Parts Used: Flower, leaf and stem
Magickal Uses: The Welsh called this plant the "leaf of the blessed". It was
understood to be an ideal combination of water and fire, the ultimate healing
essence. Fire symbolized the fruitful light-filled forces of summer, and water
the gathering and setting forces of the dark season. Midsummer is the time of
balance between these forces of light and dark. Burn at Litha to send away
negativity, wear for invincibility, health and willpower.
In Brittany the plant is ritually gathered by people wearing loose, flowing robes. One must pray and ask permission before plucking it with the left hand. The earth around the plant is first loosened with a knife, and the whole plant is pulled out at once. Great care is taken to ensure that the roots are intact and undisturbed. The picking of this herb symbolizes the dismemberment of the God, the Summer Lord. It is a solemn sacrifice. After drying or tincturing the plant is administered to the sick.
St. John's Wort is gathered on Midsummer or on a Friday, and then worn, it will cure melancholy and mental illness. It is also worn to prevent fevers and colds. Soldiers have worn it to become invincible and to attract love. Dried over the Midsummer fires and then hung near windows it is used to protect from necromancers and evil. Use both leaves and flowers for protection from thunderbolts and fire by placing it in a glass jar near the window. Burn it to exorcise demons, ghosts, and spirits.
At one time St. Johns Wort was held to the mouth of accused Witches to attempt to force them to confess.
|Sandalwood . . . .|
(Santalum album) Also known as: Sandal, Santal, White Sandalwood, White saunders,
Yellow Sandalwood. Sandalwood is one of the most valuable woods in the world.
Sandalwood makes a popular incense, as its calming effect aids meditation.
It is commonly used for funeral pyres in India, where devotees believe the scent
protects places from evil spirits.
Parts Used: Heartwood
Magickal Uses: Sandalwood oil placed on the forehead aids in focusing the mind.
The scent opens the highest spiritual centers and so makes an appropriate
incense for rituals, exorcisms, and healings. When mixed with lavender it makes
an incense designed to conjure spirits. This fragrant wood possesses very high
spiritual vibrations and is mixed with Frankincense and burned at seances and
Full Moon rituals. They will resonate with aspects of ourselves or with
Devic/Angelic beings of the highest order. This makes them a preferred choice
for Full Moon rituals and sťances Powdered sandalwood can be scattered about a
place to clear it of negativity
The powdered wood is strewn to the directions or offered to the fire to bring protection and consecration to any ceremony. A sandalwood chip may have your wish written on it and burned. Beads made from sandalwood promote spiritual awareness. It is most valuable in rituals of death and dying. Magically this herb can be used to increase opportunities and assist in achieving success in life. Use Sandalwood to consecrate the alter cloth.
|Sullcap . . . .|
(Scutellaria galericulata, L. laterfloria) Folk Names: Greater Scullcap, Hamlet
Flower, Hoodwort, Madweed. The name is from the Latin word scutella (meaning
Magickal Uses: Skullcap is an herb of peace and relaxation. It is added to the chalice as a strengthener of vows. It is given to one's spouse to wear as protection from the charms of the opposite sex. It is hard for this herbe to shake the mistaken lore that it derived its name from being shaped like a human skull. It is frequently spelt incorrectly. Skullcap is used to bind oaths and consecrate vows and commitment. It can be used in handfastings, where both parties wish to make their vows to each other binding, (and the breaking of them in dire magickal consequences ) or in rituals of initiation.
|Solomon's Seal . . . .|
(Polygonatum officianle or P. multiflorum) Also known as Dropberry, Lady's Seal,
St. Mary's Seal, Sealroot, Sealwort, Solomon Seal
One of the offertory incenses.
Parts Used: Root
Magickal Uses: Solomon's seal is an herb of cleansing and consecration. Add it to the incense on the altar. Use it during rites of exorcism or protective rituals. The root is used either whole, place in the four corners of the home for protection, or as an infusion and sprinkled to exorcise unwanted spirits
Solomon's Seal is much used in magickal workings. The root is used in ceremonial
magick to bind magickal works, and to make sacred oaths and promises, and to
keep them everbinding.
When the flowers and roots are mixed in aphrodisiacal herbes, its function is to amplify the commitment between the partners and to make binding the connection created when their astral bodies merge during the Great Rite.
Solomon's Seal is an excellent herbe to use when consecrating a ritual room or space for the first time. As a herbe of consecration it ranks among the best and may be used in preparing any ritual item for sacred use.
Sometimes the herb is found in recipes of love potions.
|Star Anise . . . .|
(Illicum verum) Also known as Chinese Anise
Parts Used: Seed
Magickal Uses: The powdered bark is used as an incense in Japanese temples. The tree is planted by the Japanese around temples and on graves as an herb of consecration and protection. The seeds are used to increase psychic powers by burning them as incense or wearing them as beads. Sometimes Star Anise is placed on the alter to give it power; one is placed to each of the four directions. It is also carried as a general luck-bringer, and the seeds make excellent pendulums. The tree is ofter grown near Buddist temples where it is revered.
|Sunflower . . . .|
(Helianthus annuus) Also known as Corona Solis, Marigold of Peru, Solo Indianus
Parts Used: flower, leaves, stalk, root and seeds.
Magickal Uses: In Aztec temples of the sun, priestesses carried sunflowers and wore them as crowns. As sun sumbols, these flowers symbolize the healthy ego, the wisdom, and the fertility of the solar logos. To protect yourself against smallpox wear sunflower seeds around the neck, either in a bag or strung like beads. If you cut a sunflower at sunset while making a wish, the wish will come true before another sunset - as long as the wish isn't too grand.
An herb of happiness. When eaten they help a woman conceive. Place one under
your bed to know the truth. They will also grant wishes. Cut it at sundown
while making a wish. One who has been anointed with the juice from the stem of
the sunflower will be virtuous. Sleeping with a sunflower under the bed allows
you to know the truth in any matter. Sunflowers growing in the garden guard it
against pests and grant the best of luck to the gardener.
For those who are dealing with depression or sorrow, using Sunflower will help fill the loneliness and emptiness with light. Sunflower brings protection against negative energy. An oil of of this herbe can be used to consecrate ritual robes.
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