Herb of the Month

Wormwood

Parts Used- Flowery tops and leaves

Element- Air

Planet- Mars

Powers- Banishing, Calling Spirits, Clairvoyance, Divination, Love, Protection,

Psychic Development and Growth, Spell Breaking.

Mars Spells- Wormwood (as an herb) may be used in as an ingredient or substitute for magick spells and formulas related to Mars matters (aggression, courage, defensive magick, exorcism, healing after surgery, hex-breaking, lust, physical strength, politics, protection, sexual energy, sexual potency, and strength). Be careful about substitutions for preparations that will be ingested or come in contact with the skin. These substitutions do not apply to medical uses.

Some herbs may be poisonous under some conditions. Exercise appropriate care.

Wild gathering: Avoid wild gathering. Some plants are endangered species. Some plants can be toxic just by touch. Even experts can make deadly misidentifications of wild plants. Please grow your own herbs in your own garden (or window boxes).

Magickal Uses:

Wormwood is an herb of love and a visionary herb ruled by Mars and Pluto.

Wormwood is said to enhance prophecy and divination. Wormwood is a good herb to use to remove anger or inhibit enemies. Wormwood was once burned in all incenses designed to raise spirits, and now is used as incense in exorcism and protection blends. It is associated with the Lovers card in the Tarot, and also serves as a patron plant of herbalists.

Use wormwood to enhance psychic abilities, divination, astral work and any rituals involving the spirit world. Try adding it to your dream pillow recipe. Be sure to use a well-ventilated room when burning wormwood as incense because the smoke is considered poisonous. Dried wormwood can protect your home as well. According to old folk tales, burning wormwood and sandalwood in a cemetery will enable you to speak to the dead. In addition, a charm of dried wormwood will protect you from sea serpents (in the event you encounter this problem). Some ancient Egyptian writings referred to wormwood as “Blood of Hephaistos.”

According to the Ancients, wormwood counteracted the effects of poisoning by hemlock, toadstools and the biting of the sea-dragon. The plant was of some importance among the Mexicans, who celebrated their great festival of the Goddess of Salt by a ceremonial dance of women, who wore on their heads garlands of wormwood.

With the exception of Rue, Wormwood is the bitterest herb known, but it is very wholesome and used to be in much request by brewers for use instead of hops. The leaves resist putrefaction, and have been on that account a principal ingredient in antiseptic fomentations.

The scent of wormwood is said to increase psychic powers. Burned with sandalwood in the graveyard, it is used to summon the spirits of the departed. Ancient tradition also tells of it being used as an antidote for poisoning by hemlock and toadstools. Carried it protects from bewitchment and supposedly sea serpents. Especially good when combined with Mugwort. Hung from a rear-view mirror, wormwood protects vehicles from accidents on treacherous roads.

Wormwood can be burnt to summon the spirits of the dead. The balsam is used in black magickal workings for wrath and revenge. Wormwood also induces strong dreams. It is poisonous and should only be ingested in very small amounts. Placing Wormwood in the path of a hated one will cause them bad luck. Wormwood should be infused with the earth element when the planet Saturn should be strongly placed and waxing. The Moon should be waning.

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