|Tansy . . . .|
(Tanacetum vulgare) Also known as Buttons. The herb given to Ganymede to confer
immortality upon him.
Magickal Uses: Once used in embalming preparations, tansy is known as an herb of immortality and longevity. A branch is an appropriate herb to use in asperging a body, a gravesite, or a ritual area. Tansy is carried to lengthen the life span and placed in shoes to cure persistent fevers. Use to repel ants.
Tansy is useful as a herbe of Immortality, particularly in regard to the Divine
Feminine principal of the universe. This is an excellent herbe to bring to
rituals of death and dying. A bunch of Tansy may be used to aspurge either the
circle during the rite or the physical remains of the deceased.
Tansy's association with rebirth is strong. Although unlikely to bloom at Eostara, Tansy gathered from the previous year's harvest is well suited for Eostara rites. For uses such as this, it can be gathered at any time.
For those wishing to enter the realm of our Mother's mysteries, Tansy can be
combined with a ritual of purification when seeking to be placed within our
Divine Mother's care. The dietary work should last through a full lunar cycle.
Give live Tansy flowers to a woman you hold in high esteem.
|Thistle . . . .|
(Carduus spp.) Also known as Lady's Thistle, Thrissles. In Ol' England, wizards
would selct the tallest thistle to make into a magick wand or a "walking stick."
Many thistles are used, but the three best known are Blessed Thistle (Holy
Thistle), Teasel, and Milk Thistle.
Magickal Uses: An herb of protection and vitality. A bowlful placed in a room
strengthens the spirits and renews vitality. One may be carried for added
strength and energy. They offer protection when grown in the garden or carried
in the pocket. Throwing them into a fire will deflect lightning away from your
home. Wearing a garment made from thistle will break any spell. Poppets are
also stuffed with thistle to break spells. Use in healing spells and for
depression. It is said that when a man carries one he becomes a better lover.
A method of calling spirits is to boil some thistle. After removing it from the
heat, be seated next to the bowl and begin meditating. As the steam rises,
so will your questions and their answers will be heard.
(Centaurea benedicta) Also known as Blessed Thistle
Magickal Uses: Blessed thistle is an herb of protection used in the ritual bath. It is also used to counteract hexing. Thistle brings spiritual, physical, and financial blessings. Carry one to bring joy, energy, vitality, and protection. A shirt with thistle fibers woven into it will protect the wearer from any spell. Thistles make men better lovers. The herb has been used to make magickal wands and to conjure or communicate with spirits.
|Thyme . . . .|
(Thymus vulgaris) Also known as Common Thyme, Mother of Thyme, and Garden
Thyme. A Druid sacred herb.
Parts Used: Above-ground portions of the herb.
Magical Uses: The Greeks burned thyme in their temples to purify them as we do today to purify an area. A place where wild thyme grows will be a particularly powerful energy center on earth. Add it to the magickal-cleansing bath of springtime, along with marjoram, to remove all sorrows and ills of winter. To ensure a restful night's sleep free from nightmares, sleep with it beneath your pillow.
When attending a funeral, wear a sprig of thyme to repel the negativity of the
mourners. It is worn or added to the ritual cup to aid in communicating with
the deceased. (It also helps one see Otherworldly entities.) When worn it
will help psychic powers develop, and if worn be a woman in her hair, it will
make her irresistible. Thyme can be a valuable incense to protect against
dangerous creatures, insects and reptiles. Thyme may be used to call upon
Thyme carries with it the magick of light and is an excellent choice for
those who take themselves too seriously. Practitioners can work with Thyme
to increase their courage, giving them the power to meet that which confronts
them. It can also be used to keep a light heart when working hard to achieve
one's goals. Gather Thyme with marigolds majoram and Wormwood for love
divination on Saint Luke's Day.
|Tobacco . . . .|
(Nicotiana spp.) The cured, dried leaves are smoked as a narcotic, but the
poisonous incotine the contain causes heart and lung disease and cancer.
North and South American tribes smoke the leaves in ceremonies.
Parts Used: Leaf
Magical Uses: This plant has long been regarded as sacred by most Native American peoples and used in numerous religious ceremonies. In some shamanic traditions, candidates drink tobacco juice to induce visions as part of their trainng. A poultice made with tobacco is effective in reducing the pain and swelling from insect stings.
Tobacco is a magical substitute for sulphur, as well as for datura and
nightshade, both of which are related to tobaco. It can be substituted for
any other poisonous herb in ritual incense blends. Although it is regularly
smoked by millions, tobacco is a very poisonous plant and can kill.
Smoke is one of the vehicles by which prayers are transported. It allows communication with the spirits of the other levels of existence. It is also used to purify an area of all negativity and spirits. In South America, tobacco is thrown into the river before beginning a journey as an offering to the river gods. It is also used to purify one of evil after a nightmare. This is done by washing in a running stream and then throwing in tobacco as an offering to the Great Water Spirit.
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