Latin: Artemisia vulgaris
Folk Names: Artemis Herb, Artemisia, Felon Herb, Muggons, Naughty Man, Old Man, Old Uncle Henry, Sailor’s Tobacco, St. John’s Plant, Liath-lus
Powers: Strength, psychic powers, protection, prophetic dreams, healing, astral projection, divination, lust, fertility.
Every witch has Mugwort in her herb collection. One of the herbs from the Nine Herb charm, mugwort’s connection to magic speaks for its self. Mugwort has many associations. Its essential oil (also infusion) has become a traditional herbal for concentration and anointing of a crystal ball (be careful with the oil it is mildly toxic especially to pregnant women) This use carries over to the preparation of any tool of divination. Mugwort is probably best know as a herb for dream magic, prophetic dreaming & psychic work. Placed under a pillow or stuffed into a dream pillow, mugwort is said to stimulate vivid & lucid dreams as well as bring prophetic dreams. Burning mugwort along with sandalwood during any divination work is said to enhance the practitioner’s psychic abilities. Mugwort is also a very protective herb, especially during travel. Carrying mugwort on your person is said to protect you from poison, wild beasts, and all dark forces. Mugwort hung over doors is said to keep out evil spirits, and placing mugwort under your door step is said to keep away annoying visitors.
Grandmother Mugwort teaches us to exercise and use our intuition. Mugwort is said to aid in the work of prophecy and clairvoyance, which literally means ‘clear-seeing’. Rather that developing any ‘psychic power’ for its own sake, Grandmother Mugwort encourages us to develop the ability to see and understand things clearly.
From my personal experience the spirit of Mugwort appears to me as a wizened old witch bent over tending a large cauldron. She is silent, sharp, and nothing escapes her knowing gaze.
(Warning: Mugwort is mildly toxic so DO NOT ingest it)
- 2 C. warm water
- 1 Tbs. active dry yeast
- 1/3 C. honey
- 3 C. whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 C. vegetable oil
- 2 Tbs. butter
- 4 C. all purpose baking flour
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add honey and mix well.
Stir in the whole wheat flour, salt, vegetable oil, and butter and mix until a stiff dough has formed. Gradually work the all-purpose flour into the mix, one cup at a time.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured countertop, and knead for about fifteen minutes. When it reaches the point where it’s sort of elastic, shape it into a ball and place it into an oiled bowl. Cover with a warm, damp cloth, and allow to sit and rise until it’s doubled in size — usually about 45 minutes.
Punch the dough down and cut in half, so you can make two loaves of bread. Place each half in a greased loaf pan, and allow to rise. Once the dough has risen an inch or two above the top of the loaf pan, pop them in the oven. Bake at 375 for half an hour, or until golden brown at the top.
When you remove the loaves from the oven, allow to cool for about fifteen minutes before removing from the pan. If you like, brush some melted butter over the top of the hot loaves, to add a pretty golden glaze to them.
Got the recipe from here:
1 part salt
1 part black pepper
1 part marjoram
1 part rosemary
1 part st. Johns wort
1 part bay leaf
1 quartz crystal
1 black sachet
Charge each ingredient with red protective energy."I charge you in the name of the Moon and Sun,
to protect your wearer from harm on every level.
No evil can withstand you,
no negative force can bare your power.
So mote it be!”
Note: This is only a short list. As soon as I complete my Herbal Encyclopedia, I will post a complete list.
Anointing: acacia, angelica, carnation, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, lily of the valley, lotus, myrrh, rose, rosemary, vervain.
Balance: jasmine, orange, rose.
Banishing, Releasing: cedar, clove, cypress, patchouli, rose, violet, betony, elder, fern, mugwort, vervain, yarrow.
Binding: apple, cayenne, cypress, dragon’s blood, pine, pepper, rowan, wormwood.
Blessing, Consecration: carnation, cypress, frankincense, lotus, rosemary, elder, rue.
Business: benzoin, cinnamon, mint, peony
Change: peppermint, dragon’s blood, woodruff
Clairvoyance, Divination: acacia, cinnamon, lilac, honeysuckle, marigold, mugwort, nutmeg, roe, thyme, wormwood, yarrow, hazel, moonwort, rowan.
Creativity: honeysuckle, dragon’s blood, lilac, lotus, vervain, wild cherry, savory.
Cursing: blackthorn, elder, pepper.
Determination, Courage: allspice, dragon’s blood, musk, rosemary, mullein.
Energy, Power, Strength: allspice, bay, carnation, cinnamon, dragon’s blood,frankincense, lotus, holly, musk, thyme, oak, verbena.
Exorcism: bay, frankincense, lavender, pine, pepper, cedar, myrrh, mullein, basil, rue, rosemary, vervain, yarrow, wormwood.
Good Luck, Justice: cedar, cinnamon, cinqefoil, chamomile, bayberry, jasmine, honeysuckle, lotus.
Happiness, Peace: apple blossom, basil, cedar, cypress, fir, jasmine, lavender, lotus, lilac, orange, rose, rosemary, patchouli, purple loosestrife, lily of the valley, valerian, vervain.
Healing: carnation, cinnamon, cinqefoil, clove, hazel, hops, peppermint, orange, savory, rowan, myrrh, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, lotus, wild cherry, lavender.
Inspiration, Knowledge: clove, acacia, cinquefoil, cypress, reed, rosemary, rowan, rue, moss, oak, lily of the valley, laurel, hazel.
Love: acacia, apple blossom, birch, catnip, cinquefoil, elder, fern, gardenia, heather, honeysuckle, jasmine, juniper, lavender, marigold, marjoram, mistletoe, moonwort, musk, patchouli, rose, savory, valerian, vanilla, wormwood, yarrow.
Luck: Allspice, apple blossom, Melissa, orange, nutmeg, violet.
Lust: Basil, cinnamon, ginger, neroli, ylang ylang.
Meditation: acacia, angelica.
New Beginnings: birch oil.
Protection: angelica, bay, bayberry, birch, cinnamon, cypress, frankincense, jasmine, lily of the valley, patchouli, pine, rue, vervain, basil, fern, fir, nawthorn, hazel, heather, holly, juniper, mistletoe, mugwort, oak, pepper, rosemary, thistle, rowan, wormwood, yarrow.
Psychic Centers, Opening: lotus, mimosa, mugwort, nutmeg, wisteria.
Prosperity: Almond, bergamot, honeysuckle, mint, peony.
Purification: bay laurel, frankincense, lavender, myrrh, pine, rosemary, vervain, basil, betony, cedar, dragon’s blood, elder, hyssop, marjoram, oak, peppermint, rue, salt, thyme, valerian, woodruff.
Reincarnation: lilac, sandalwood.
Sleep: Chamomile, lavender, peppermint, thyme.
Success: Bergamot, clove, ginger, lemon balm.
Visions: bay laurel, frankincense, lotus, acacia, marigold, mugwort, wormwood.
Will Power: rosemary, St. Johnswort.