Saturday, April 9, 2016

Sage


Sage (Salvia officinales)
Gender: Masculine. Planet: Jupiter. Element: Air. 
Immortality, Longevity, Wisdom, Protection, Wishes.
Deities: Consus, Jupiter, Zeus.

Sage is one of the basic herbs in my magickal cupboard. It has long been held in high regard as a healing plant, hence its Latin name salvia, which means to save or to heal.
In ancient times it was believed to ward off evil, especially snakebites, and to increase women's fertility. It was particularly popular in the Middle Ages as a curative for everything, even the Plague.

Used widely in cooking, especially as a meat flavoring, it has anhidrotic, antibiotic, antifungal, astringent, antispasmodic, estrogenic, and hypoglycemic properties. Current studies support its use to manage the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.


Use an infusion of the Sage Leaves to aid digestion, or as part of a honey wine to fight colds and fever. Also make up a rinse for dark hair to help cover up the gray. It also helps treat dandruff and can ease many skin discomforts. If made into cream it is good for muscular pain.

Sage is a Magickal representative of wisdom. It draws wisdom in, keeps it close, and encourages the wisdom of others. It can also be used potently in Magickal spells dealing with money. It is a sacred herb used by the Native Americans, and carries the virtues of strength, mental health, wisdom, and banishes all evil.


Sage is also a main ingredient in smudge sticks.

Carry Sage leaves in your pocket or a sachet to promote financial gain. Burn the leaves to increase wisdom or gain guidance from your spirit guide . Make a wish and write it on a sage leaf, and then hide it beneath your pillow, if you dream about your wish over the next three nights, your wish will come true.

Use Sage to reverse a spell by lighting a dried Sage leaf on fire. Blow out the flame, leaving a burning red ember. Slowly create a large circle in the air with the Sage smoke. Make the circle three times Widdershins (counter clockwise). While making each of the three circles, focus your intent and chant to undo the previous spell. It is best if you write your own chant, it should be short and to the point.

Smudge Bowl Mixture:
For clearing a New House place equal parts of Sage, Sweet grass and Juniper.

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Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham



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