A while back we took a look at 5 common plants characterized as weeds. Many of these plants hold a variety of medicinal benefits that are over looked today.
Here we will continue this look more so called “weeds” as we highlight their Magickal uses. The benefit of knowing these plants gives you direct access to Magickal correspondences quickly and easily. Often all you need to do is go for a walk in the park or step out your back door. Many of these plants grow out of cracks in the sidewalk, demonstrating the tenacity of Nature.
So here they are, 5 MORE Common Weeds and Their Magickal Properties
Also known as: Indian Ink, Virginia poke, American nightshade, inkberry, pigeon berry, pokeroot, pokeweed, redweed, scoke, and Pocan.
Appearance: Poke grows up to 10 feet tall with a large white taproot. The green or red stems are large and hollow, with simple green leaves. The white flowers develop purple-black berry clusters that resemble grape clusters.
Planet & Gender: Mars & Masculine
Parts of plant used: Whole plant, especially the root and berries
Magickal Uses: Courage & Breaking Hexes/Curses
The crushed berries make a powerful dark purple juice which can be made into Magickal ink. This juice can also be used to dye ritual cloth for sachet bags or can be added to cleansing washes for sacred items. Poke works very well in Magick Mirror spells. Dried Poke can be used to break curses and gives the bearer courage when carried.
**Do not consume Poke. This plant has high toxicity levels and should not be consumed without the supervision of an experienced and licensed professional. It is also very important to wash your hands completely after working with or handing Poke.
Also known as: Garden Purslane, Golden Purslane, verdolaga, pigweed, little hogweed, or pursley, and moss rose
Appearance: A succulent, sprawling plant that often grown out of sidewalks, lawns, and meadows. The flowers are 1/5 inch wide, with five yellow petals nestled between the branches. Fruit pods grow up to 1/4 inch long, and are filled with tiny, round, black seeds. The leaves are rounded paddle-shaped, succulent with the stem being a reddish color that sprawl and creep, 4-10 inches long.
Planet & Gender: Moon & Feminine
Parts of plant used: Stems and leaves
Magickal Uses: Love, Luck, Happiness, Protection, Sleep
As a nutritious vegetable, Purslane can be eaten in Magickal recipes. Place under your pillow to help find sleep and ward off nightmares. To keep evil at bay and attract love and luck carry Purslane. Purslane in the home is said to bring happiness and protection.
Also known as: Shamrock, Three-leaf Grass, Trefoil
Appearance: An perennial plant, varying in size, up to 80 cm tall. The leaves arranged with three leaflets, each leaf is 15–30 mm long and 8–15 mm broad, green with a characteristic pale crescent in the outer half of the leaf. The flowers are dark pink or purple.
Planet & Gender: Mercury & Masculine
Parts of plant used: Flower, Stalks & Leaves
Magickal Uses: Protection & Finances
The three leaves of the Red Clover are representational of the Triple God, The Son, Father, and Elder. Wear as an amulet for protection. Use Red Clover in bath water to solve financial struggles and aid the completion of financial arrangements. Drink Red Clover tea in spell work related to protection and finances.
Also known as: Arrowroot, gordaldo, nosebleed plant, old man’s pepper, devil’s nettle, sanguinary, milfoil, soldier’s woundwort, thousand-leaf, and nosebleed among many other names.
Appearance: Clusters of white flower on top of a long stalk with long feather shaped leaves.
Planet & Gender: Venus & Feminine
Parts of plant used: whole plant, usually flower and leaves
Magickal Uses: Courage, Love, Psychic Powers, Exorcism, Astral Powers
Drink Yarrow flower tea to improve clairvoyance and psychic powers. When worn it offers protection. Hold in your hands to give courage and expels fear. Yarrow will attract the attention of those you want it from most. Use in washes or bathes to exorcize evil from the body, places, and objects.
Also known as: Sweet Violet, Blue Violet, Wild Violet
Appearance: A dark green groundcover with rounded heart-shape leaves with jagged edges and purple flowers.
Planet & Gender: Venus & Feminine
Parts of plant used: Leaves and flowers
Magickal Uses: Banishing, Binding, Averting Negativity, Protection, Lust, Love, Luck, Wishes, Peace, Healing
Carry flowers to change your luck and fortune. Flowers are also used to protect against wicked spirits. Use in Scent Magick for corresponding purposes.
Post Notes: It is important to harvest plants in a chemical free environment. Avoid harvesting these plants when they grow too close to roads and drainage areas. Do not consume plants unless you are certain they are not toxic or under the supervision of an experienced licensed professional.
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