by Brittany Findlay Driver
At ˈärdər botanicals we run on magick, Body Magick, Blood Magick and Sex Magick. So it should come as no surprise that this All Hallow’s Eve, we are focusing on plant lore and magick. It should also be fairly obvious which plant is our favorite, and the focus of our products...cannabis!While there aren’t many scientific or scholarly articles on plant magic, there is a wealth of historical information that supports its strength.
Though there are no black cats involved, many cultures regard certain plants with a cautious superstition. For instance, in the UK, one writer remembers her mother forbidding any Cardamine Pratensis (better known as Milkmaids, Cuckoo Flower or Lady’s Smock) in the home at any time because it was said these were fairy flowers and if taken inside, fairies would come and drag you back to Fairyland. It is also said that if picked and brought into your house, lightning would strike the flower. Another plant shrouded in myth is Crataegus, also known as the May Blossom or Hawthorne. They should never be picked before the first of May and never brought inside as it is said to cause bad luck, the death of a child, and even infidelity. In 1866, the 19th century’s Gentlemen’s Magazine even noted that “according the country cottagers the scent of hawthorn was ‘exactly like the smell of the Great Plague of London’.”
But it isn’t all bad. Think back on a time when you or someone you know has used the phrase “knock on wood” or “touch wood.” These are said because trees have long been regarded as protectors - they are steadfast, deeply rooted and can provide shelter and fuel for fire (which in turn provides warmth and the ability to heat food). Respecting trees for their protection is a phenomenon that isn’t tied to one particular area either - this idea can be found in many cultures. From the Middle East to the Czech Republic, from Brazil to Greece - phrases like “knock on wood” and “touch wood” are said to bring good luck to those who heed the command.
So how does cannabis play into plant magick? Anyone who has tried our products can tell you - the seven pointed leaf holds rich healing powers for almost anything that ails you. Yes, cannabis has long been regarded as a cure-all and has been used orally (by smoking or eating) and topically (by applying directly to the skin) for centuries.