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Hawthorn -- Fertility, Chastity, Fishing Magick, Happiness
Hazel -- Luck, Fertility, Anti-Lightning, Protection, Wishes

Heather (Calluna Vulgaris) aka heath
Feminine. Venus. Water. Deity: Isis, Osiris, Venus

Protection, Rain Making, Luck. Robert Graves said heather is "a suitable tree for the inititation of Scottish witches." Brings one in touch with divinity and increases physical beauty. Wearing an amulet of the wood will bring a long physical life and put one in touch with the truly immortal soul. A valuable herb for those who pursue initiatory paths. Unfolds the inner self. Carried, it will guard against rape or other violent crimes or just to bring good luck. (White heather is best here.) When burned with fern will attract rain.

Heliotrope -- Exorcism, Prophetic Dreams, Healing, Wealth, Invisibility

Hellebore, Black (Helleborus niger) aka Melampode
Feminine. Saturn. Water.

Protection. Provides an aura or mantle of invisibility. The safest use of this herb is to place pieces of the root or dried berries in an amulet or magick pouch. Used to bless farm animals and pets. Good for working with familiars -- but please don't breathe the fumes or ingest!

Hemlock (Conium maculatum) aka herb bennet, poison parsley, spotted hemlock, water parsley
Feminine. Saturn. Water. Deity: Hecate

Destroys sexual drive. Induces astral projection. Juice rubbed on magickal blades empower and purify them.Used in medievel flying ointments.

Hemp -- Healing, Love, Vision, Meditation

Henbane (Hyosycamus niger) aka black nightshade, devil's eye, henbells, poison tobacco, hogsbean
Feminine. Saturn. Water.

A love-bringing herb when worn. Traditionally used in ointments and brews. Induces delirium. Used with wisdom, it could be an excellent herb for consecrating ceremonial vessels. Attracts hares, therefore would be an excellent herb for those who raise rabbits.

Henna (Lawsonia inermis)

Healing. Place on forehead to relieve headache. Attracts love if worn near the heart. Protects from illness and from evil eye. A body adornment originating in the Mediterranean. Modern witches use as a ritual adornment, especially for the Great Rite and other important ritual occasions. Henna mixed with olive oil, massaged on the penis at the rising and setting suns promotes virility.

Hibiscus -- Lust, Love, Divination
Hickory -- Legal Matters
High John the Conqueror -- Money, Love, Success, Happiness

Holly (Ilex aquifolium or I. opaca)
Masculine. Mars. Fire. Deity: Holly King

Protection, Anti-Lightning, Luck, Dream Magick. One of the best protective herbs. The wood of the holly is very well suited for the handle of the ritual knife as it both attracts and repels energies. It is powerful when defense is needed in circle while preserving the gentleness within it. Holly water is sprinkled on newborn babies to protect them. Carried by men, it promotes luck. (Ivy is the corresponding plant of luck for women). Decorate the house with it at Yule for good luck.

After midnight on a Friday, without making a sound, gather nine holly leaves, preferably from a non-spiny plant (one that has smooth leaves). Wrap these up in a white cloth using nine knots to tie the ends together. Place this beneath your pillow, and your dreams will come true. -- Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs

Honesty -- Money, Repelling Monsters

Honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium) aka goat's leaf, woodbine
Masculine. Jupiter. Earth

Money, Psychic Powers, Protection. Ring green candles with honeysuckle flowers to attract money or place them in a vase in the house for the same purpose. Lightly crush flowers and rub on forehead to heighten psychic powers. The extracted oil is best for increasing spiritual sight. It enhances understanding of images and impressions collected in the astral. Connects one with the mysteries of the Cauldron of Cerridwen. In ritual, dried, powdered bark may be used as incense.

Hops -- Healing, Sleep
Horehound -- Protection, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Healing
Horse Chestnut -- Money, Healing
Horseradish -- Purification, Exorcism
Horsetail -- Snake Charming, Fertility
Houseleek -- Luck, Protection, Love
Huckleberry -- Luck, Protection, Dream Magick, Hex Breaking
Hyacinth -- Love, Protection, Happiness
Hydrangea -- Hex Breaking
Hyssop -- Purification, Protection


Indian Paint Brush -- Love
Iris -- Purification, Wisdom
Irish Moss -- Money, Luck, Protection
Ivy -- Protection, Healing


Jasmine -- Love, Money, Prophetic Dreams
Jobs Tears -- Healing, Wishes, Luck
Joe Pye Weed -- Love, Respect
Juniper -- Protection, Anti-Theft, Love, Exorcism, Health


Kava-Kava -- Visions, Protection, Luck
Knotweed -- Binding, Health


Lady's Mantle -- Love
Lady's Slipper -- Protection
Larch -- Protection, Anti-Theft
Larkspur -- Health, Protection
Lavender -- Love, Protection, Sleep, Chastity (with rosemary), Longevity, Purification, Happiness, Peace
Leek -- Love, Protection, Exorcism
Lemon -- Longevity, Purification, Love, Friendship
Lemongrass -- Repel Snakes, Lust, Psychic Powers
Lemon Verbena -- Purification, Love
Lettuce -- Chastity, Protection, Love, Divination, Sleep
Licorice -- Love, Lust, Fidelity
Life Everlasting -- Longevity, Health, Healing
Lilac -- Exorcism, Protection
Lily -- Protection, Breaking Love Spells
Lily of the Valley -- Mental Powers, Happiness
Lime -- Healing, Love, Protection
Linden -- Protection, Immortality, Luck, Love, Sleep
Liverwort -- Protection, Love
Loosestrife -- Peace, Protection
Lotus -- Protection, Lock-Opening
Lovage -- Love
Love Seed -- Friendship, Love
Lucky Hand -- Employment, Luck, Protection, Money, Travel


Mace -- Psychic Powers, Mental Powers
Magnolia -- Fidelity
Maidenhair -- Beauty, Love
Male Fern -- Luck, Love
Mallow -- Love, Protection, Exorcism

Mandrake (Mandragora officinale or Atropa Mandragora) aka herb of Circe, witches mannikin, wild lemon, sorceror's root *Poison*
Masculine. Mercury. Fire. Deities: Circe, Diana, Hecate, Hathor, Saturn

Protection, Love, Money, Fertility, Health. Few herbs are as steeped in magickal lore as mandrake. It is associated with the most intense practices of magick and especially well suited for love magick. It has great power as a visionary herb. It empowers visions, providing the impetus to bring them into manifestation. It intensifies the magick of any situation. A whole mandrake root placed in the home will bring protection and prosperity. Carried, it will attract love. The human shape of the root makes it well suited for use as poppet. (Substitute ash roots, apples, root of the briony, or the American may apple if the cost is prohibitive). To activate a dried mandrake, place it on the altar undisturbed for three days. Then place it in warm water overnight. The root will then be activated and ready for any magickal purpose.

Maple -- Love, Longevity, Money

Marigold (Calendula officinalis) aka calendula, drunkard, marybud, marygold
Masculine. Sun. Fire.

Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Legal Matters, Psychic Powers. Aids visionary sight and helps find stolen property by producing a vision of the thief in the mind and the location of the stolen property. Dried petals may be used alone or mixed with dried incense to consecrate divination tools. Petals may be macerated in sunflower oil to make an oil of consecration. Adds a special, loving magick to rituals of death and dying. Carry marigold petals with a bay leaf to quiet gossip.

Marjoram -- Protection, Love, Happiness, Health, Money
Mastic -- Psychic Powers, Manifestations, Lust

May Apple (Podophyllum peltaltum) aka American mandrake, duck's foot, hog apple, racoon berry *Poison*
Masculine. Mercury. Fire.

Money. Generally used as a substitution for European (true) mandrake. Its uses are practically identical, although the may apple is not related to the true mandrake.

Meadow Rue -- Divination
Meadowsweet -- Love, Divination, Peace, Happiness
Mesquite -- Healing
Mimosa -- Protection, Love, Prophetic Dreams, Purification
Mint -- Money, Love, Lust, Healing, Exorcism, Travel, Protection

Mistletoe (Viscum Album) Witches broom, Thunderbesom, Holy wood, Golden bough
Masculine. Sun. Air. Deities: Balder, Apollo, Freya, Frigga, Venus, Odin

Protection, Love, Hunting, Fertility, Health, Exorcism.

Moonwort -- Money, Love
Moss -- Luck, Money

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) aka Artemis herb, Artemisia, Felon herb, Muggons, Naughty Man, Sailor's Tobacco, St. John's Plant
Feminine. Venus. Earth. Deities: Artemis, Diana

Strength, Psychic Powers, Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Healing, Astral Projection. Use a wash or the oil to consecrate or anoint crystal balls or any tool of divination. Produces visionary dreams and is a prime ingredient in dream pillows. Keeps one safe from dark forces. Protects children. Incense brings protection. Carried, it brings loved ones safely home from journeys. A tonic for the soul, it keeps us aware of our spiritual direction. Burn with sandalwood or wormwood during scrying sessions. A mugwort infusion sweetened with honey will enhance divination. Carried, it also increases lust and fertility.

Mulberry -- Protection, Strength
Mullein -- Courage, Protection, Health, Love, Divination, Exorcism
Mustard -- Fertility, Protection, Mental Powers
Myrrh -- Protection, Exorcism, Healing, Spirituality
Myrtle -- Love, Fertility, Youth, Peace, Money


Nettle -- Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Lust
Norfolk Island Pine -- Protection, Anti-Hunger
Nuts -- Fertility, Prosperity, Love, Luck


Oak -- Protection, Health, Money, Healing, Potency, Fertility, Luck
Oats -- Money
Olive -- Healing, Peace, Fertility, Potency, Protection, Lust
Onion -- Protection, Exorcism, Healing, Money, Prophetic Dreams, Lust
Orange -- Love, Divination, Luck, Money
Orchid -- Love
Oregon Grape -- Money, Prosperity

Orris (Iris florentina or Phizoma Iridis) aka Florentine Iris, Queen Elizabeth Root
Feminine. Venus. Water. Deities: Aphrodite, Isis, Osiris, Hera, Iris

Love, Protection, Divination. The root is used to find and hold love. The root powder is known as "Love Drawing Powder." Protects from evil spirits. The roots and leaves hung in the house and added to the bath are good for personal protection. Make a pendulum with a small piece of the wood.


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