Lesson 5 – Magical Herbs
Plants’ experience of being in the world is very different from the experience of us animals. Because plants cannot move about, they exist in a state of profound acceptance and peace within themselves. Emotions such as fear, hate, jealousy, possessiveness, etc. are wholly unknown to plants and would serve no useful purpose. On the other hand, plants are capable of experiencing a wide range of higher emotions the like of which we animals could scarcely conceive.
The vibrations of the universe are what we need to effect to order to bring about needed change. Herbs allow us to do this by utilising the unique vibrations that are contained within them.
According to the ‘perennial philosophy’, the universe is a living network of fields of resonance, vibrating at different frequencies in the great chain of creation. Everything in the universe is perceived as vibrating from the spirit to soul, mind, body and matter, which includes the various frequencies of the animal and plant worlds as well as the frequencies of the colours, metals, minerals and stones.
Herbs have particular correspondences with numbers and planets among other things.
Numerology: the numbers 3, 7 and 9 are favoured in herbal magic – you will often see them in lists of ingredients for spells. Multiples of these numbers are also used.
Sun: Heliotropes, marigolds, sunflowers, golden or large & showy flowers, oranges, saffron, nutmeg.
Moon: Watery fruits, cauliflowers, cabbages, cucumbers, daisies, dew, white or night-blooming flowers, fungus, water plants, water lilies, turnips, trees rich in sap, seaweed.
Mercury: Medicinal herbs, small plants.
Venus: Cultivated crops, flowers and fruit generally, apples, roses, blossom, and vines.
Mars: Nettles, radishes, spices, thorn-bearing plants, arsenic, capers, cayenne, garlic, horseradish, mustard, onions, witch hazel.
Jupiter: Clover, maple trees.
Saturn: Hemlock, ivy, cypress, elm & poplar trees.
Neptune: Water lily, willow.
Pluto: Rhododendron, deep-rooted plants.
Through thousands of years of communicating, cultivating, harvesting and observing plants, we now find that we have access to an enormous amount of herbal correspondences.
Basil to attract Wealth.
Burdock for Protection
Cedar attracts Money
Cinnamon for Healing
Dill for Personal Protection
Galangal for Luck
Ginseng for Beauty
Horehound for Wishes
Juniper Berries to Enhance Psychic Abilities
Pennyroyal for Business Success
St John’s Wort for Courage
White Willow to attract Love
Herbal Sayings and Legends
No ear hath heard, no tongue can tell, the virtue of the Pimpernel.
Where Rosemary grows the missus is master.
Faerie-folks are in old oaks.
Only the wicked grow parsley.
Plant your sage and rue together, the sage will grow in any weather.
Where the yarrow grows, there is one who knows.
The fair maid who, the first of May goes to the fields at break of day, and washes in dew from the hawthorn tree will ever after handsome be.
St John’s wort and cyclamen in your bed chamber keep, from evil spells and witcheries to guard you in your sleep.
Magical Herbalism by Scott Cunningham
The Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyerl
Kitchen Witch`s Guide to Brews & Potions by Patricia Telesco
Ancient Wisdom Master Grimoire
Spell for Lesson 5
Herb jars can be used for enhancing your abilities or creating a mood:
This recipe is for enhancing your Mental and Physical powers.
Fill one jar with the following:
Cinnamon [for dream Magic]
Nutmeg [for good luck]
Ginger [lunar Magic]
Fennel seeds [spiritual healing]
Garlic [spiritual purification]
Sage [spiritual purification]
Mustard seed [protection]