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Edible Magickal Flowers and Folk Lore

The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years to the Chinese, Greeks and Romans. Many cultures use flowers in their traditional cooking, medicine, and magick.

 Adding flowers to your food can be a nice way to add color, flavor and a little magickal whimsy. Some are spicy, and some herbaceous, while others are floral and fragrant. The range is surprising. Flower petals can be used in salads and as garnish for desserts, but they also inspire magickal creative uses as well. Use them to make floral spirit water for rituals, as a medicinal tea, or add to a healing spell or love potion….  the possibilities are endless.

 TIPS FOR SAFE AND TASTY DINING:

  •        Not all flowers are edible (those listed below are safe for consumption) - As lovely as eating flowers can be, some can also be a little … deadly, so only eat flowers you know to be consumable — if you are uncertain, consult a reference book on edible flowers and plants. (Always refer to the botanical name when verifying whether a flower is safe to eat.)
  •       Just because a flower is edible doesn’t mean it will taste good. Some will be more to your liking than others – it’s all a matter of taste. Keep in mind that the stamen, pistil and sepal of some blossoms are bitter and can contain pollen that may detract from the true flavor of the flower. Consuming only the petals will further heighten the appeal factor.
  •       Eat flowers you have grown yourself, or know to be safe for consumption. Flowers from the florist or nursery have probably been treated with pesticides or other chemicals.
  •       Do not eat roadside flowers or those picked in public parks. Both may have been treated with pesticide or herbicide, and roadside flowers may be polluted by car exhaust.
  •      Eat only the petals, and remove pistils and stamens before eating.
  •      If you suffer from allergies, introduce edible flowers gradually, as they may exacerbate allergies.
  •     To keep flowers fresh, place them on moist paper towels and refrigerate in an airtight container. Some will last up to 10 days this way. Ice water can revitalize limp flowers.


1, Allium
All blossoms from the allium family (leeks, chives, garlic, garlic chives) are edible and flavorful.  Flavors run the gamut from delicate leek to robust garlic. Every part of these plants is edible. Garlic is masculine in nature and associated with the planet Mars, the element fire and the sign Aries. It is sacred to Hecate and is a suitable offering to her left at a crossroads.  Garlic has antibiotic properties, but should not be used directly on wounds or in poultices or salves because it can be irritating to the skin and may inhibit blood clotting.

2. Angelica
Depending on the variety, flowers range from pale lavender-blue to deep rose and have a licorice-like flavor. Believed to have originated in Syria, angelica is now found just about everywhere. In ancient times it was used to ward off the plague and evil and as a cure for poison and… well, just about everything else. Angelica is associated with the angels Michael and Gabriel. It is aligned with the sun and the element of fire and sacred to Venus. Angelica tea is useful for colic, gas, indigestion, hepatitis, heartburn, nausea, ulcers and various other digestive ailments.

3. Anise Hyssop
Both flowers and leaves have a subtle anise or licorice flavor. Anise is one of the oldest known plants that were grown for both culinary and medicinal use. Anise is associated with the element of air, the God Apollo, the planets Mercury and Jupiter, and the astrological sign Gemini. Anise is also considered masculine.

4. Basil
Blossoms come in a variety of colors, from white to pink to lavender; flavor is similar to the leaves, but milder. The word Basil comes from the Greeks, meaning “King”.  Basil is sacred to Vishnu, Tulasi and Erzulie, masculine in nature, and associated with the element of fire and the planet Mars. Basil helps steady the mind, brings happiness, love, peace, and money and protects against insanity.

5. Calendula / Marigold
A great flower for eating, calendula blossoms are peppery, tangy, and spicy — and their vibrant golden color adds a dash of magick to any dish. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all loved calendula and used it for culinary and healing purposes. During the medieval period it was considered a cure for just about everything.  Marigold is associated with the Sun. Calendula symbolizes love and constancy.  It is great for wedding bouquets and decorations. It is the traditional “he loves me, he loves me not” flower and is useful for love potions. Dried petals can be strewn to consecrate an area or burned in consecration incense. They are also a good addition to dream pillows.

6. Carnations
Petals are sweet, once trimmed away from the base. The blossoms taste like their sweet, perfumed aroma.  In ancient Rome, carnations were known as “Jove’s Flower” as a tribute to their beloved king of the gods, Jupiter.  Carnations are masculine, associated with the Sun and Jupiter, and with the element fire.  Those things that fall under the rule of Jupiter are ideal for use in magickal applications related to luck, money, good fortune, status, legal matters, fertility, friendship, ambition, career, success and protection. The flowers can be used to lend strength in healing applications. The practitioner can also use carnation essential oils to increase health and vigor.

7. Chamomile
Small and daisy like, the flowers have a sweet flavor and are often used in tea. Ragweed sufferers may be allergic to chamomile.  The Romans used Chamomile for incense.  Chamomile was used in ancient Egypt for fevers and was dedicated to their Sun God Ra.  Chamomile is associated with the sun, Leo and the element of water. It helps cleanse and invigorate the throat chakra (5th). It is associated with various Sun Gods, including Cernunnos, Lugh and others.  It is used in spells for money, peace, love, tranquility and purification.

8. Chrysanthemum / Mum
A little bitter, mums come in a rainbow of colors and a range of flavors range from peppery to pungent. Use only the petals. In Celtic folklore, chrysanthemums in the garden were considered a meeting place for the faeries. Chrysanthemum is masculine in nature and resonates with the energy of the Sun and the element of fire.  Chrysanthemum has been used for burial rituals and is a suitable decoration for Samhain and for ancestral altars.  The dried flower heads of chrysanthemum can be burned during house blessings ceremonies. 

9. Dandelion
The bright yellow flowers should be gathered as soon as they open. Remove the green bits from the base of the flower before using. These can be added to wines, vinegar or jellies. The name dandelion comes from the French, “dent de lion” which means “tooth of the lion”.  The dandelion is masculine in action and associated with the planet Jupiter, the element of air and both Pisces and Sagittarius. It is also associated with any solar deity, Hecate, Brigid and Belenos.  A tea of the flowers and leaves may be consumed to increase psychic ability, while pouring boiling water over a bowlful of roots will aid in calling spirits.   You can also make a wish and blow the seeds off a dandelion head.

10. Lavender
Sweet, spicy, and perfumed, the flowers are a great addition to both savory and sweet dishes. Some of the earliest recorded uses of lavender are by the Roman soldiers who used the wild-growing plant to perfume their bathwater and wash their clothes. Lavender is masculine in action and associated with Mercury. It is also associated with the element of air and the astrological sign Virgo. It may be used as an asperging herb (to sprinkle water for purification purposes) and dried lavender sticks or wands can be burnt like incense. It is also useful in spells to sharpen the mind, to encourage or strengthen pure love and to encourage fertility. The scent of lavender is relaxing and uplifting all at once making it a great aromatherapy for stressed out or depressed individuals. Try adding some lavender oil to your bath or add it to mild oil for a relaxing massage at the end of a hard day. Stuffing a pillow with lavender buds may help insomniacs relax and fall asleep and soothes headaches.

11.  Oregano
The flowers are a pretty, subtle version of the leaf. Oregano is ruled by Venus and the element of air and associated with Aphrodite. It is used in spells for happiness, tranquility, luck, health, protection and letting go of a loved one. It can also be used in spells to deepen existing love. When worn on the head during sleep, it is said to promote psychic dreams. Oregano symbolizes joy. Use it for rituals celebrating joyful occasions, or in spells to bring joy into one’s life.

12.  Rose
Remove the white, bitter base and the remaining petals have a strongly perfumed flavor perfect for floating in drinks or scattering across desserts, and for a variety of jams. All roses are edible, with flavor more pronounced in darker varieties. From the time of Solomon, the rose has been the flower most closely linked with love. The rose was sacred to Venus, the Roman goddess of love, and was connected to her messenger, Cupid. Roses have been cultivated for over 5,000 years. Roses are associated with Aphrodite, Adonis and Eros. Rosewater is a protective agent worn on clothes. Rose petals can be added to charms against the evil eye.

13.  Rosemary
Flowers taste like a milder version of the herb; nice used as a garnish on dishes that incorporate rosemary. The word Rosmarinus is from the Latin meaning “dew of the sea”.  Rosemary is also associated with Aphrodite and appears in many ancient images of Her. Rosemary was used to ward off evil spirits and nightmares. The wood was used to make musical instruments. Rosemary is male in nature and ruled by Leo, the element fire and the sun (or Moon, depending who you ask).  It’s sacred to Hebe, Aphrodite and the Virgin Mary. Rosemary can be used in spells for fidelity and remembrance as well as to dispel jealousy. Rosemary is useful for ritual baths, and for making sacred herbal water for ritual cleansing, blessing and purification. Bathing in rosemary will enhance your memory.  

14. Sage
Blossoms have a subtle flavor similar to the leaves. Sage is a hardy perennial of the mint family.  The Romans regarded sage quite highly and much sacrifice and ceremony was associated with its harvest. They believed it stimulated the brain and memory and used it to clean their teeth. Sage is masculine in nature and associated the element of air and the planet Jupiter. Sage is sacred to the Greek Zeus and Roman Jupiter. It is also a symbol of the Virgin Mary. Sage is used in magical workings for immortality, longevity, wisdom, protection and the granting of wishes. Sage is also believed to help alleviate sorrow of the death of a loved one.

15. Sunflower
Petals can be eaten, and the bud can be steamed like an artichoke. Sunflower is associated with the sun and all solar deities. Its essence helps balance the first chakra and also helps with confidence in leadership roles. Sunflower oil can be used as carrier oil for healing oils used in massages and ointments.

16. Violets
Another famous edible flower, violets are floral, sweet and beautiful as garnishes. Use the flowers in salads and to garnish desserts and drinks. In Roman mythology, violets were said to be lesser goddesses who once dared to rival the beauty of Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty.  Violets are affiliated with the planet Venus or Pluto and are associated with the nymphs of ancient Greek myths.  Violets are also associated with death and rebirth through the story of Attis. Violets are useful in love spells and may be carried as an amulet to increase one’s luck in love. Try combining them with lavender for an enhanced effect.

 Sources:  HerbalRiot, Cheralyndarcey, Witches of the Craft, Inspirationforthespirit,  Witchipedia 

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Bay (Laurus nobilis)

Folk Names: Baie, Bay Laurel, Bay Tree, Daphne, Grecian Laurel, Laurel, Laurier, d’Apollon, Laurier Sauce, Lorbeer, Noble Laurel, Roman Laurel, Sweet Bay

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Sun

Element: Fire

Deities: Aesculapius, Apollo, Ceres, Faunus, Eros

Powers: Protection, Psychic Powers, Healing, Purification, Strength

Ritual Uses: The ancient priestesses of Apollo chewed bay leaves to induce a prophetic state, and also inhaled their fumes. Bay leaves are used as decorations at Yule.

Magical Uses: Bay is used in clairvoyance and wisdom brews, although its taste is strong. Bay leaves are placed beneath the pillow to induce prophetic dreams, and are also burned to cause visions.

It is a protection and purification herb par excellence and is worn as an amulet to ward off negativity and evil, burned or scattered during exorcism rituals, placed in the windows to protect against lightning, and hung up to prevent poltergeists from working any mischief in the house. A sprig of bay is used to sprinkle water during purification ceremonies, and the tree planted near the home protects its inhabitants against sickness. Bay leaves mixed with sandalwood can be burned to remove curses and evil spells.

To ensure that a love will stay, the couple should break off a twig from the tree, then break this in two, each keeping a half.

Bay leaves give strength to those engaged in wrestling and athletic sorts if worn at the time of competition.

Wishes are written on bay leaves which are then burned to make them come true, and a bay leaf held in the mouth wards off bad luck.


*From Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs*

anonymous asked:

15, 19 & 34 with ace please? c: thanks a lot 💞

Of course sweetheart!!~ 

Originally posted by rorronoa

Portgas D. Ace h/c:

15- Their Spotify playlist: 

  • Tons of Imagine Dragons music. (Ex: Demons, Monster, Hear Me, Believer)
  • Perhaps some Panic! at the Disco. (Ex: Camisado, Ready to Go, Crazy=Genius)
  • The Scrip would also be there. (Ex: Superheroes, Breakeven, Never Seen Anything “Quite Like You”) 

19-Dreams/Nightmares: 

  • Even if its not a nightmare per say, he hates it when he doesn’t dream anything. He doesn’t like that feeling of emptiness at all. He’d rather have a nightmare than nothing at all 
  • His worst nightmare is one where any of the people he cares for dies and he can’t do anything about it.  He’d wake up in a start, sweating and panting. He might even burn the pillow by mistake in his struggle to help them in his dream. A hug is clearly needed to cure this one. 
  • As for dreams, his consist more of flashbacks-kinda-dreams. Happy times in the past.  Him, Luffy and Sabo together,  going on any of their fun adventures is his favorite of them all. 
  • If he had a crush on someone, his dreams would range from them being together as a couple, all sweet and corny, or a very steamy one, where he would also burn the pillow by mistake XD

34- Jealousy h/c

  • He is usually not the jealous type. He is pretty carefree like Luffy and he trust his s/o. 
  • However, if somebody, lets say, gropes his s/o… he is gonna burn the persons butt. Yep. 
  • If it escalates to a fight then “BRING IT!” He’ll definitely fight. 
  • Sometimes he can get a little jealous, juuuust a little, he’ll never admit it. 
  • “So uh… that guy was fun huh?” he’d comment and discreetly ask questions followed by jokes so you won’t notice he was a tad jealous. 
  • He’d be more worried if you liked the guy than actual jealousy. 

If Harley wants a candle light dinner, then she gets a candle light dinner. With Gotham candles made from Penguin’s club. Also, dinner is liquor. And Frost gets his jacket ruined with hyena drool.
Special guest is Batman.
He’s late.
Fashionably. 

Design Doll used for bases

Bay (laurus nobilis)

Folk names: Bair, Bay Laurel, Bay Tree, Daphne, Greecian Laurel, Laurel, Laurier d'Apollon, Laurier Sauce, Lorbeer, Noble Laurel, Roman Laurel, Sweet Bay

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Sun

Element: Fire

Deities: Aesculapius, Apollo, Ceres, Faunus, Eros

Powers: protection, psychic powers, healing, purification, strength

Ritual uses: The ancient priestesses of Apollo chewed bay leaves to induce a prophetic state, and also inhaled their fumes. Bay leaves are used as decorations at yule. 

Magical used: Bay is used in clairvoyance and wisdom brews, although its taste is strong. Bay leaves are placed beneath the pillow to induce prophetic dreams, and are also burned to cause visions. 

It is a protection and purification herb par excellence and is worn as an amulet to ward off negativity and evil, burned or scattered during exorcism rituals, placed in the windows to protect against lightning, and hung up to protect poltergeists from working any mischief in the house. A sprig of bay is used to sprinkle water during purification ceremonies, and the tree planted near the home protects its inhabitants against sickness. Bay leaves mixed with sandlewood can be burned to remove curses and evil spells. 

To ensure that a love will stay, the couple should break off a twig from the tree, then break this in two, each keeping a half. 

Bay leaves give strength to those engaged in wrestling and athletic sports if worn at the time of competition. 

Wishes are written on bay leaves which are then burned to make them come true, and a bay leaf held in the mouth wards off bad luck. 

(Source: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs)

I'm getting the locks changed tomorrow.

Living in an old, creaky house from the 40s is creepy enough. What’s even creepier is realizing how some of your things are ever so-slightly out of place.

Earlier today, I moved out of my Portland apartment and back to university. Everything went well, despite my exhaustion, and I was ready to settle in. As I went out onto our back patio to toss out some trash, I looked into the bin and noticed one of my glass candle holders in pieces. It was strange, but I thought maybe one of my roommates had broken it by accident. No biggie. However, I asked K and she said it wasn’t her. Hm. Maybe it was L? Eh, I’d bring it up later.

I go about my afternoon, picking up my upstairs bedroom and clearing off my bed. As I’m hanging up my shirts, I realize some of them are out of place. Now, I know, it may seem possible that I put them there, but you need to understand that I have a very specific system with my clothes – I organize them by type, color, and hang them a certain direction. Today, a dark blue cardigan was turned on its hanger and placed among the dresses; 2 white tank tops are hidden among the yellow ones; The black cardigan is in front of the purple one. This isn’t right. I feel off, but put it from my mind because hey, despite my anal tendencies, I may have spaced out and set them there. (However unlikely that may be.)

I remember to ask L about the candle holder and she didn’t have any idea what I was talking about either. My skin prickled and I told L that I needed to show her the broken one in the trash at that moment. We took a flashlight, went out back, and peered in. There was the holder and as I lifted up some other trash, I saw something else out of the ordinary – a broken CD. I picked it up and it read “funk mix” in very scribbled writing. How this mix or my holder came to be in the trash can inside our tall, locked fence is completely uncertain.

We went back into the house to discuss when I remembered a few other details – one of my green curtains was missing when I was at the house last week (even after I remember very specifically folding it and placing it on my pillow), my other lanterns are no where to be seen; In fact, I think a whole moving box has completely vanished from my bedroom, and there’s this pillow on my bed. For awhile, I thought the pillow was K’s (as she had slept in my bed before she got hers), but it doesn’t belong to her. It was sitting on my bed last week or perhaps even the time before and she had used it because she thought it was mine.

All these things on their own would not be all that creepy, but add them together and I feel very odd. Who has been in my house, touched things only in my room, left a pillow, and took some of my least valuable things? I mean, really – my passport, hard drive and oversized headphones are in here. K’s computer has been sitting on her bed this entire time and L’s room is still mostly in boxes. Our doors have always been locked and K is here 90% of the time. What is going on here?