ANEMONE (Anemone Pulsatilla) X Folk Names: Meadow Anemone, Pasque Flower, Passe Flower, Wind Flower Gender: Masculine Planet: Mars Element: Fire Deities: Adonis, Venus Powers: Health, Protection, Healing Magical Uses: Gather the blossoms when first seen in the spring, wrap them up in a red cloth and wear or carry to[…]


AMARANTH (Amaranthus hypochondriacus) Folk Names: Flower of Immortality, Huauhtli (Aztec), Love-Lies Bleeding, Red Cockscomb, Velvet Flower, Princess Feather, Floramon Gender: Feminine Planet: Saturn Element: Fire Deity: Artemis Powers: Healing, Protection, Invisibility Ritual Uses: The amaranth was used in pagan burial rituals. It was also once outlawed by Spanish colonial authority[…]


ALYSSUM (Alyssum spp.) G Folk Names: Alison, Madwort Powers: Protection, Moderating Anger Magical Use: Dioscorides recommended the alyssum as an amulet, for it has the power to “expel charms.” Hung up in the house it protects against fascination, that magical process which is also known as “glamour.” Alyssum also has[…]


ALTHEA (Althaea officinalis) G Folk Names: Marshmallow, Mortification Root, Sweet Weed, Wymote, Heemst, Slaz Gender: Feminine Element: Water Powers: Protection, Psychic Powers Magical Uses: Althea has long been used in protection rites, and it also is a good psychic power-stimulator. Burn as incense for this purpose, or carry in a[…]


ALOES, WOOD (Cardia dichotoma, Aquilaria agallocha) Folk Names: Lignum Aloes, Lolu, Mapou Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Water Powers: Love, Spirituality Magical Uses: Increasingly available today, after a long period of unavailability, wood aloes have been used in magic for so many centuries that some mention of it has to[…]


ALOE (Aloe vera, A. spp.) Fresh: X. Dried: P,NDh X Folk Names: Burn Plant, Medicine Plant, Saqal, Zabila Gender: Feminine Planet: Moon Element: Water Powers: Protection, Luck Magical Uses: The aloe, a popular house plant, is also protective. It guards against evil influences and prevents household accidents. In Africa the[…]


ALMOND (Prunus communis, P.dulcis) P. dulcis, Bitter Almond: Not for internal use. Contains cyanogenic glycosides. Folk Name: Greek Nuts Gender: Masculine Planet: Mercury Element: Air Deities: Attis, Mercury, Thoth, Hermes Powers: Money, Prosperity, Wisdom Magical Uses: Almonds, as well as the leaves and wood of the tree, are used in[…]


ALLSPICE (Pimenta officinalis or P. dioica) G Folk Names: Eddo, Madere, Basheen, Kouroubaga Gender: Masculine Planet: Mars Element: Fire Powers: Money, Luck, Healing Magical Uses: Allspice is burned as an incense to attract money or luck, and is also added to such mixtures. Allspice is also used to promote healing.


ALKANET (Alkanna tinctoria, Anchusa spp.) X Folk Names: Dyer’s Bugloss, Orcanet, Dyer’s Alkanet Gender: Feminine Element: Water Powers: Purification, Prosperity The Herbs 29 Magical Uses: Alkanet is burned as an incense to purify the area of negativity, and is also used to attract prosperity in all its forms.


ALFALFA (Medicago saliva) G Folk Names: Buffalo Herb, Lucerne, Purple Medic, Jat, Qadb Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Earth Powers: Prosperity, Anti-Hunger, Money Magical Uses: Keep in the home to protect from poverty and hunger. It is best placed in a small jar in the cupboard or pantry. Also, burn[…]