As you know, I’m mad for Mugwort aka Artemesia (herb of Artemis) and I really think that even if you do nothing else magic, having mugwort at hand as a protective and clearing herb is a must-do.
Metaphysically, it helps to ward off trouble if planted near a house entrance and to faciliate connection to the spirit world. It’s also epic for inducing flying dreams, although they can be a little bit too lucid.
It’s not just me.
Many consider it the most singular magic herb of all and the following is from a “poem” was written ten centuries ago.
“Remember, Mugwort, what you made known,
What you arranged at the Great proclamation.
You were called Una, the oldest of herbs,
you have power against three and against thirty,
you have power against poison and against infection,
you have power against the loathsome foe roving through the land.”
-Nine Herbs Charm, 11th century
I don’t know exactly what it means but I love the vibe of this, all swords & sorcery, yes? My theory is that the name ‘mugwort’ was intended to put religious persecutors off the trail – ‘mugwort’ sounds suitably mundane whereas ‘artemesia’ as in ‘herb of Artemis’ AKA the ancient Moon Goddess is a clear signal to those of ill intent.
Bear in mind that the phrase ‘no stone left unturned’ originally came from the Christians who would overturn the magically charged rocks that Pagans often had on each corner of their property or magically significant points. So-called Stonehenge was thus disturbed and they still have not put them back into proper alignment – for ‘historical’ reasons.
Anyway, who wants to join me in a Mugwort Lucid Dreaming Challenge? We drink some of the tea before bed and report back in the morning.