Basil is rich in history, benefits, lore, and Magick. To refrain from keeping you here for days, I am only able to touch briefly on a few key aspects of this plant. Feel free to independently further your knowledge and research on this and the other Magickal components I feature here.
A brief look at the history, culture & legend:
Cultivated for over 5000 years, Basil has been the center of many stories, folklore, superstitions, and beliefs. Native to India Basil is a half-hardy herb best known for it is culinary uses, and potent fragrance. Basil has MANY varieties such has Mint, Cinnamon, Lemon, Sweet, Thai; the list goes on and on.
The word Basil is Greek meaning “King” or “royal.”
Nicholas Culpeper notes of basil that it is “a herb of Mars and under the Scorpion, and therefore called Basilicon”, relating it to the basilisk. The Oxford English Dictionary quotes speculations that basil may have been used in “some royal unguent, bath, or medicine”. Basil is still considered the “king of herbs” by many cookery authors. **Wikipedia
Europeans placed basil in the hand of the dead to ensure safe passage to the next plain of existence. It is said that Basil was growing at the base of Christ’s cross, while others believe it to be a symbol of Satan. Some cultures think basil gives strength while fasting, and some believe it protects against scorpions… While Egyptian and Grecian cultures believed it would open the gates of Heaven.
It is believed that Basil must be given as an offering at Rongker, a springtime festival of merriment observed by the Karbis of Assam, to appease the deities and protect against evil spirits.
Basil has strong ties to money, love, flying, and protection. It is said that if you lay a spring of basil in someone’s hand, you can tell if they are promiscuous or virtuous. If the spring withers immediately the person is promiscuous.
Basil is also said to bring lovers together and soothe tempers. It is used in a variety of love divination and love spells. Rubbing Basil on the skin is said to act as an instant “Love Perfume.” Oh la la!!
Basil is also used to attract customers to a place of business, and money to your wallet… or for modern purposes, your bank account. It is sprinkled around the home for protection and said to be the juice of choice. Witches would drink fresh Basil juice before they would fly.
Basil grown in a shop is said to reflect the health of the business. If the Basil is well cared for and grows, the business will also grow and profit. It is also said that when Basil is hung above a shop keeper’s door, it will attract good fortune to their place of business.
Basil likes the heat and does not tolerate the cold well. It grows best in hot, dry conditions.
Correspondences and Key notes about Basil:
|Magickal: Associations/Aspects:||MoneyWealthLove Romantic Relationships/InterestsProtection
|Medicinal Properties:||Basil oil has potent antioxidant, antiviral, and antimicrobial propertiesUsed as a supplementary treatment of stress, asthma, and diabetes in IndiaIt is toxic to mosquitoesBasil is VERY high in Vitamin K
May help get rid of intestinal worms
May also be helpful to women in childbirth, as it is thought to help soften the cervix
Loss of appetite
|Magick:||Money MagickLove SpellsProtections SpellsOfferings to deities
|Festivals, Observances, and Ritual:||Rongker|
|Culinary Use:||Soups, dips, baking, grills, salads, and MUCH MORE.|
|Preserving:||Basil can be chopped and frozen, canned in a sauce, or dried for later use.|
|Storage:||Fresh Basil will stay fresh in the refrigerator if placed in a glass of water. It can also be wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel and stored in the fridge.|
|Home and Ritual Décor:||Sprinkle basil around your home for protection.Basil makes an excellent aromatic addition to herbal bouquets|
**Potential Health Warning: Basil contains a chemical called, estragole, which is known to cause liver cancer in laboratory mice. However, Basil is safe when used in average quantities for food and medicinal purposes. There is no current evidence that Basil causes cancer in humans.
Basil Money Spell
Perform this spell in the morning at Sunrise, at the time of the waxing moon.
Basil, Fresh and dry
5 White Candles (or Green if you have them)
1oz of a carrier oil (Almond, avocado, olive, etc.)
Mortar and Pestle
Your bank account information (the number written on paper or statement will do), and your wallet. If you are a business owner, you may also use a stack of your business cards.
I call to fire.
I bring the heat of movement to my hands.
I call to upon the power of the sun and stars.
I attract wealth
I summon prosperity
By the rising sun and before this day is done,
Money, swiftly come to me.
Repeat 9 times
Gather your supplies and ingredients and bring them to your altar/sacred space. Preferably outside.
Arrange your items on your table/altar as you see fit, surrounding them with 4 candles and the 5th candle somewhere in the center of the table. Your bank statement & wallet should be placed in the center of the table with the fifth candle.
Place a cinnamon stick and some dry basil in the mortar and pestle and grind them slightly
Place the ground cinnamon stick and dry basil, and one fresh Basil leaf in the oil.
Move clockwise, light your candles and address the 4 directions and elements ending with center/spirit and your fifth candle.
Anoint your 3rd eye with the oil and begin your chant.
As you chant, hold your hands over the items on your altar/table and visualize money coming to you as the sun cycles in the sky.
When you have finished with the 9th repetition, sprinkle some of the oil on your bank statement and place a fresh Basil leaf inside of your wallet where it will not be easily disturbed. If you are using a stack of business cards, sandwich your cards in between several large basil leaves.
Next, release the energy completely
Finally, clean everything up and completely forget about your working. Don’t reflect on it, analyze it, and do not critique it. Let the energy go and let it be.
**Spell work Disclaimer and Warning – If you are new to the craft or rusty, please education yourself before you begin working with energy and spells. If you are unsure of what I mean in any part of this spell you need to educate yourself a little further. One should not dabble in or “play” with Magick or the energies within if one does not fully appreciate or understand the energies at work. Energy is not a game and if you are not clear and if you are serious, the energy will reflect to you, your state of mind, your attitude, and your dedication. I recommend you educate yourself on having the right state of mind during Magickal workings. There are plenty of books, articles, and blogs on this subject. You may also read my 10 Tips for Successful Spell Work post for additional information.
© The Magick Kitchen, 2014