mullein leaf

Let me be
a splinter in your side
or a bride,

eventually,
I will go
from the red,
red,
red fire-lily,
back
to the snow.

XI

If you take the moon in your hands
and turn it round
(heavy, slightly tarnished platter)
you’re there;

if you pull dry sea-weed from the sand
and turn it round
and wonder at the underside’s bright amber,
your eyes

look out as they did here,
(you don’t remember)
when my soul turned round,

perceiving the other-side of everything,
mullein-leaf, dog-wood leaf, moth-wing
and dandelion-seed under the ground.

XII

Are these ashes in my hand
or a wand
to conjure a butterfly

out of a nest,
a dragon-fly
out of a leaf,

a moon-flower
from a flower husk,

or fire-flies
from a thicket?

XIII

I could say,
red,
red,
red rose-petal
is my inheritance today,

but I would keep the rock-pool
still
and cool;

I could cry,
it’s my right,
I’ve earned this,
I’ve waited eternity,

but I would rather see
other things rising,
frond,
sea-weed,
tentacles
(that might otherwise not uncurl)
move free.

XIV

Now let the cycle sweep us here and there,
we will not struggle,
somewhere,
under a forest-ledge,
a wild white-pear
will blossom;
somewhere,
under an edge of rock,
a sea will open;
slice of the tide-shelf
will show in coral, yourself,
in conch-shell,
myself;

somewhere,
over a field-hedge,
a wild bird
will lift up wild, wild throat,
and that song heard,
will stifle out this note
and this song note.

excerpt from Sigil, H.D.

one of the previously uncollected and unpublished poems included in The Collected Poems (1912–1944).

Herbs/Plants

Bad Dreams & Nightmares- Lavender, Dandelion, Hyacinth

Banishment- bishop-wort, chamomile, chili pepper, coffee, huckleberry, hydrangea, pine cone, poke, pumpkin, thistle, vervain, vetivert, wintergreen, Cactus, Asafetida, Garlic, Rue, Heliotrope, Lilac

Confidence- basil, black cohosh, borage, columbine, mullein, poke, sweet pea, thyme, yarrow

Fidelity- clover, cumin, licorice, magnolia, rhubarb, skullcap

Focus- benzoin, celery, lavender, rosemary

Fortune- allspice, aloe, bamboo, bluebell, cinnamon, clover, corn, cotton, daffodil, dill, fern, hazel, heather, holly, kava-kava, moss, oak, orange, pineapple, pomegranate, poppy, rose, star anise, strawberry, vetivert, violet

Friendship- lemon, love seed, passion flower, sweetpea

General Protection- Hawthorn, Comfrey, Heather, Hyssop, Bay Leaf, Mistletoe, Mullein, Peony, St John’s Wort, Solomon’s Seal, Vervain, Clover, Mug wort, Agrimony, Poke, Overlain, Violet, Aloe, Fennel

Happiness- anise seed, borage, catnip, celandine, coffee, hawthorn, hyacinth, lavender, marjoram, quince, saffron, vanilla

Healing- allspice, amaranth, bay leaf, blackberry, caraway, chocolate, cinnamon, citron, comfrey, coriander, elderberry, eucalyptus, fennel, flax, garlic, marjoram, mint, myrrh, oak, olive, onion, peppermint, persimmon, pine cone, pumpkin, rose, rosemary, saffron, sandalwood, spearmint, sunflower, thyme, vervain, violet, willow

Home Protection- Marjoram, Bay Leaf, Coriander, Holly, Foxglove, Pure Salt, Chamomile

Love- aster, avens, basil, bay leaf, beet, bishop-wart, bleeding heart, cardamom, catnip, chamomile, cherry, chestnut, chocolate, cinquefoil, clove, clover, coriander, crocus, daffodil, damiana, elecampane, elm, endive, fig, ginger, ginseng, hemp, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon,  licorice, marjoram, mint, mistletoe, orange, orchid, pansy, papaya, parsley, peppermint, poppy, primrose, raspberry, rose, rosemary, spearmint, thyme, valerian, vanilla, vervain, violet, willow, yarrow

Lust- caraway, cardamom, cattail, celery, chocolate, coriander, cumin, daisy, dill, dulse, endive, garlic, ginseng, hibiscus, lemongrass, licorice, mint, nettle, olive, patchouli, pear, persimmon, radish, rosemary, saffron, sesame, sugar cane, vanilla, vervain, violet

Memory- alfalfa, almond, ash, bergamot, chocolate, cinnamon, elderberry, pine cone, pumpkin, spring water

Peace- alyssum, coriander, cucumber, cypress, elderberry, gardenia, lavender, meadow-sweet, myrtle, olive, passion flower, pennyroyal, vervain, violet

Physical Attack- Carnations, Geranium, Camphor, Elder, Vetivert, Juniper

Protection Against Negative Energy- Nettle leaves, Elecampane, Rosemary, Yarrow, Dill, Ivy, pennyroyal, Betony, Cayenne, Fern

Protection of Material Items- Juniper, Myrrh

Psychic/Astral Attack- Cedar, Clove, Dill, Ivy, Yarrow, nettle leaves, pennyroyal, acacia, St John’s wort

Spirituality- cinnamon, frankincense, gardencia, heather, myrrh, sandalwood

Strength- bay leaf, carnation, ebony, gentian, mug-wort, mulberry, pennyroyal, saffron, sweet-pea, thistle

  Uncrossing- Ague Root, Hyssop, Peppermint, Thyme, Cinquefoil, Wormwood, Verbena, Rose

Ward Off Evil both Spiritual & Mundane- Acacia, Basil, Agrimony, Sandalwood, Mullein, Rosemary, Frankincense, Rue, Violet, Caraway, Fern, Lilac, Periwinkle

Wisdom and Creativity- almond, bay leaf, hodhi, cinnamon, cinquefoil, iris, sage, sunflower, vervain

Wealth- alfalfa, allspice, almond, basil, blackberry, chocolate, cinnamon, flax, ginger, grape, jasmine, mint, orange, pine cone, pecan

Mullein Tea

Mullein Tea is quite popular as a medicinal tea due to its treatment of respiratory ailments, including chronic bronchitis, asthmatic coughs, hoarseness, and congestion. When this herbal tea is applied as a compress it also relieves skin irritations such as acne, eczema, and bruises. In addition, mullein leaf tea helps alleviate abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fluid retention. 

Instructions

Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 - 2 teaspoons of dried mullein flowers and leaves. Cover and steep for 10 - 15 minutes. Pour the liquid through a fine cloth or a coffee filter to strain out the plants tiny hairs as these can irritate the throat.

You can drink up to 3 cups of mullein tea daily. 

Herbal Tea Recipe to Soothe Coughs

1 ½ ounce mullein leaves

1 ounce calendula flowers

¾ ounce marsh-mallow

½ ounce licorice root

Prepare the tea as directed above for a soothing, naturally sweet expectorant blend that will help alleviate even the most stubborn, hacking coughs.

Magickal Uses for Mullein

Planetary Association: Saturn

Element: Fire

Gender: Feminine

Deity Association: Hecate

Folklore:
In Great Britain it was used to help bring back children who had been kidnapped by fairies. Various Native Americans knew a good thing when they saw it and used this Eurasian native that became naturalized in North America to return people to their right mind. For instance, the Hopi mixed the leaves with osnomodium to be used as a smoke by crazy people and those who had been betwitched. The Navajo wrapped the leaves in a corn husk to be smoked to help a mind return if it was lost, and the Potowatami smudged unconcscious people with the leaves to help them return to consciousness. Consider mullein useful in centering the spirit and add it to the pipe smoked as an aid to astral work.

Magickal Uses:

If you are making your own candles for ritual, consider using Mullein stalks for the wicks. Or the whole stalk may be burnt as a candle of itself. In Indian lore, mullein is considered a sure safe guard against evil spirits and magic.

Powdered mullein can be used in spells that call for graveyard dirt. It belongs to the crossroads, to Saturn, and to the underworld. It is Hecate’s torch and Lucifer’s staff. It is a key and a door. Mullein resembles a torch with it’s tip covered in bright yellow flowers with orange and red pollen mimicking flames. Perhaps Hecate’s saffron robe was dyed with rich yellow Mullein flowers instead of actual saffron. The flowers were once used in ancient Roman dyes and pigments.

Add the flowers to a recipe for a yellow magical ink – perhaps steeped in vodka with tumeric and saffron heated with frankincense or pine resin. Use for drawing prosperity sigils, sigils of the sun, wealth, success, and strength. Witches can use the soft leaves as candle wicks or soak the dried stalk in beeswax or tallow to make a torch for rituals of necromancy. Mullein is used to see manifestations of spirits, to see into the otherworld, and to commune with the spirits and deities who dwell there. It is used for divination and dream work or a combination of the two (prophetic dreaming).

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anonymous asked:

My abusive ex is hovering around the edges of my life, keeps tabs on me, talks shit to old mutual friends about my marriage. Hadn't heard about or thought of them for months until friends chewed me out for 'stalking' them. Got a spell to get peace?

*hackles go up…WAY up*

If by “peace” you mean “rest in peace.” At the very least, you’ll want to do something about that slander they’ve been spreading around and sever those ties for good. So here’s what you want to do:

Get yourself some whole cloves, some thistle leaves, a small lime, a good-sized strawberry, vinegar, a pin, and a jar.

Slice the strawberry lengthwise so that you get a flat, triangular piece. Looks a bit like a tongue, doesn’t it? That’s the idea. Fold it in half and stick it through with the pin. Recite:

I bind your mouth, I bind your voice
Because you made the foolish choice
To insult, slander, and seek to maim,
But now it is YOU who will be shamed.

Toss the pinned slice into the jar with a few whole cloves and those prickly thistle leaves. Slice the lime and squeeze the juice into the jar as well. (You can substitute bottled lime juice if you have it on hand.) Fill with vinegar.

(If you happen to have any mullein leaf or lobelia flowers within reach, throw those in for an extra punch.)

Seal the jar up good and tight. You may wish to reinforce the lid with duct tape to prevent leaks. You can bury the jar if you wish, or simply discard it with your trash.

anonymous asked:

My future mother-in-law is a rude, unkind person. She thinks she's the center of the universe; she talks over you when you're speaking and she's constantly insulting about my weight. She spews venom when she talks. Unfortunately, I live with her & my fiance. I'd like to take away one thing she prides herself on - her job. Not necessarily lose her job, but she complains about her boss and I want her boss to get more "bossy" if you know what I mean. Make her miserable. Can you suggest a curse?

To deal with the mundane bits first, people like this are absolute assholes. The tactic I generally employ when someone talks over me is a nice cold stare and a firm, “EXCUSE ME, I’d like to finish what I was saying.” Or with fat jokes, a simple, “That’s not funny, it’s never been funny, and it’s never GOING to be funny. Stop it.”

Also, speak to your fiance about this, pronto. Your partner needs to stick up for you and should not be letting you get abused while they stand idly by.

I’m not sure I can recommend anything specific to make her workplace more difficult, but I do have a number of rods in pickle for people who gossip and say hurtful things.

The first one is a nice little curse called the Strawberry Gossip-Stopper.

Get yourself some whole cloves, some thistle leaves, a small lime, a good-sized strawberry, vinegar, a pin, and a jar.

Slice the strawberry lengthwise so that you get a flat, triangular piece. Looks a bit like a tongue, doesn’t it? That’s the idea. Fold it in half and stick it through with the pin. Recite:

   I bind your mouth, I bind your voice
   Because you made the foolish choice
   To insult, slander, and seek to maim,
   But now it is YOU who will be shamed.

Toss the pinned slice into the jar with a few whole cloves and those prickly thistle leaves. Slice the lime and squeeze the juice into the jar as well. (You can substitute bottled lime juice if you have it on hand.) Fill with vinegar.

(If you happen to have any mullein leaf or lobelia flowers within reach, throw those in for an extra punch.)

Seal the jar up good and tight. You may wish to reinforce the lid with duct tape to prevent leaks. You can bury the jar if you wish, or simply discard it with your trash.

The second is something I like to call “STFU” powder, which is a little harder to make. Combine powdered portions of Slippery Elm, Deerstongue, Nettle, Sassafras, and Bloodroot in about equal portions. Sprinkle it where you know she’ll be walking or put a teeny pinch in her shoes if you can.

Also, if you can manage it, bind up her picture with Galangal Root, Black Pepper, and a slice of any hot chili, then bury it. This is a quick-and-dirty version of a more complicated spell intended to reveal the worst aspects of a person to everyone around them, especially that which they try to keep hidden in order to put on a “good” face for the public eye.

I hope this helps, and that you can find a better place to live soon!