• Growing Wormwood

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    In Witchcraft Wormwood is used in banishing, calling Spirits, clairvoyance, divination, love, protection, women’s ­­­rights, scrying, and growth. It can also be used in spells to exact revenge.
    In Russian lore wormwood is associated with serpents, especially their queen, who bestows the power of speech and the uses of plants. It has also been said that wormwood first grew from the path of the serpent as it exited the Garden of Eden. Wormwood is mentioned in the New Testament, in the Book of Revelation (ch. 8, vv. 10-11). "The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter." (Rev 8:10–11)
  • A Witch's Materia Medica: Clover

    Trifolium pratense is one of the earliest economic plants cultivated in agricultural countries since antiquity and is native to temperate regions of Asia and Europe. It is an herbaceous species of flowering plants in the Fabaceae family. The name Trifolium explains itself, and simply means, “three leaves” This term also relates to the common name, Clover, which stems from "clava", meaning "three-leaved". The Ancients called it Triphyllon. The three leaves were said to correspond to the Triple Goddesses and later to the Trinity in Christianity. The botanical name pratense is Latin for "found in meadows.