Thursday, July 31, 2014

Herb Notes: Devil's Bit

Devil's Bit

 Folk Name: Ofbit

Gender: Masculine (1)

Powers: Exorcism, Love, Protection (1,3), Luck (1), Lust (3)

Devil's bit is supposed to be worn around the neck to drive away evil spirits (1). Wearing it is also supposed to provide general protection it seems.

Devil's bit is specifically used to attract women.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Herb Notes: Mugwort


Folk Names: Artemis Herb, Artemisia, Felon Herb, Muggons, Naughty Man, Old Man, Old Uncle Henry, Sailor's Tobacco, St. John's Plant

Gender: Feminin

Planet: Venus

Element: Earth

Deities: Artemis, Diana

Powers: Strength, Psychic Powers, Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Healing, Astral Projection

Prophetic Dreams: Pairs well with Agrimony for sleep sachets (3). A sachet of Mugwort under your pillow will cause prophetic dreams (1, 3)

Protection/ Lust: Carry to increase lust and fertility (1, 2, 3,). Carrying it will also keep you safe from poison, wild beasts, or sunstroke (1), prevent back aches (1, 3). 

Psychic Powers: Drink an infusion sweetened with honey for divination (1). Burn with sandalwood or wormwood when scrying. Put near bed to aid in astral projection (1, 3). 

Healing: Cures disease and madness by carrying (1, 2, 3). 

Mentions of evil spirits being kept at bay (1).

Use an infusion to clean crystal balls and magic mirrors (1, 3).


Friday, July 11, 2014

Herb Notes: Agrimony


Folk Names: Church Steeples, Cocklebur, Garclive, Philanthropos, Sticklewort, Stickwort, Umkhuthula, Ntola

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Jupiter

Element: Air

Powers: Protection & Sleep

(Note: Above information ripped directly from Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs)

Good for sachets and spells. Can be used to banish negativity, and can protect against evil, poison (1, 3), and Goblins(1). No mention of it being an antidote, so must somehow be used as a detector or something similar (the word "ward" has been tossed around). No information on why/how it keeps Goblins at bay.

This may fall under the "banish negativity" banner, but  Agrimony helps with overcoming fear, internal blockage, and negative emotions (3).

Used to reverse hexes and spells cast against you (note - it doesn't just stop the spell, but turns it on the user)(1, 2, 3).

 Place a sachet of it under your pillow to sleep(1, 2), but be careful, the sleeper will not awaken until it is removed(1). Said to pair well with Mugwort for sleep sachet (3). 


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Herb Notes: Angelica


Folk Names: Archangel, Masterwort, Garden Angelica

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Sun

Element: Fire

Deity: Venus

Powers: Exorcism, Protection, Healing and Vision

(Note: Above information ripped directly from Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs)

A lot of emphasis is put on Angelica's  use in exorcism and protection. Mentions of purification/protection against negative energy are also common, but so far mentions visions is hit or miss.

Attracts positive energy and promotes temperance (3).

Incense Uses: Exorcism and Healing (1, 2, 3). 

Bathing Usage: Yes. Bathe in it to remove curses, hexes, or any magic used against you/victim (1, 2, 3). 

Sprinkle outside home for protection (1, 3).

Burn to bring back a lost love (3).

Can be sprinkled in shoes to prevent tiredness (3).

Fun Note: Root was carried in pocket as a gambling talisman by some American Indian tribes (1). 


Official Announcement of Herb Notes

All right, after hemming and hawing over what to do with this blog that isn't just me spouting off writing nonsense, I have come up with an idea. I've been planning to do herb research for one of my stories for a while now, so I will use this blog for my notes. That being the case, I will add addendum and such whenever I find new material.

With that being said, time to get to work on those posts/notes.