Teach Me Tuesdays: Herbalist’s Bible – Garlic

“Shallots are for babies; onions are for men; garlic is for heroes.” – Unknown

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We just received this Herbalist Bible so today I randomly opened to a page which landed directly on Garlic also known as Allium Sativum. Other names include stinking rose, poor man’s treacle, and stinkweed. It states that while many chefs state that if they only had one kitchen ingredient it would be garlic you will find many herbalists who likewise agree. This is due to the fact that garlic packs the benefits of:

These ingredients make garlic ideal for treating heart disease, cancer, and infection as it boosts immunity, prevents colds, and eliminates toxins from the blood. The only known adverse effect is foul breath and a slight risk for gastrointestinal problems such as heartburn if eaten in higher quantities. You may try reducing the offending breath by chewing parsley, fenugreek, or fennel seeds after your meal. Medicinal uses have included internal/external antiseptic, lowering cholesterol, a type 2 diabetes aid, white blood cell booster, and a help meet for rectal, stomach, prostate, breast, lung, and colon cancer. Garlic has been used in cosmetic preparations to purify, cleanse, and fight blemishes often via masks with tea tree oil and egg whites. However, garlic may irritate skin when applied topically.

My book states that it is unclear as to why the Greek and Roman brides were reported to have carried bouquets of garlic and other herbs in place of magnificent flower arrangements during their wedding ceremonies. Yet Roman soliders ate garlic before battle for strength and bravery according to other sources. The Ancient Egyptians fed garlic to or paid the slaves who built the Great Pyramids in garlic as currency believing it would give them superpowers. Some cite that there are images of Ancient Egyptians depicted offering garlic to the Gods as well as swearing oaths on the cloves. Some also believe there was an Islamic legend that proposed when Satan left the Garden of Eden garlic and onions grew from the footprints he left behind. Italians used garlic to ward off hexes and curses while kitchen witchery utilizes it for protection spells.

Despite fantasy lore the belief that garlic wards off vampires is not entirely true. This mythology is taken from possible historical counts of garlic used to attempt prevention against tuberculosis which is a bacterial infection of the respiratory system; garlic’s antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial qualities helped to kill the bacteria. Garlic can act as an inhibitor of blood clotting so it’s ill advised if you’re using blood thinners/aspirin regularly. It’s also not recommended while breastfeeding.

Garlic may be propagated from cloves while preferring a cold period to trigger growth so many suggest fall as the optimal planting season. It’s best if you plant the cloves pointed side up and don’t separate the cloves from the bulb until directly before you plan to plant as they will dry out. Garlic grows best in loose well drained soil and will appear as newly sprouted grass. When ready for harvest stop watering two weeks prior; often this is around late June/early July. You will know garlic is ready for harvest when the leaves begin to yellow and the bulbs segment into cloves. Lay your bulbs out in well ventilated areas with high temperatures/low humidity for approximately two days. You can braid the tops together and hang them for two weeks to dry out some. How you choose to utilize your garlic is personal preference as you can puree or mince it with olive oil.

For magical use garlic corresponds to the planet Mars, Fire element, Root chakra (links to Parts 1 and 2 are to be found at the bottom of Part 3), and astrological sign of Aries. It is sacred to the goddess Hekate. You may use garlic for banishing by adding a clove or dried powder to your spell directly or as an incense. Likewise braided or dried garlic may be hung in a space to banish harmful energies. If you wipe the blades of a pair of scissors with garlic juice with a drop of olive oil in a glass of water and succeed at cutting through the drop of oil this will break curses/hexes. Another easier option is to write down any negative luck you believe occurred in your life followed by burying the list in a deep hole with a clove of garlic. Unpeeled garlic cloves added to spell jars are used for confidence boosting spells. To work directly with Hekate leave a bulb at the crossroads as an offering preferably in a sachet or mojo bag to boost potency. If you desire to prevent gossip stash a clove of garlic in a common area at work/school where people commonly gather.

For those who need a wee bit of further guidance to working with Hekate at the crossroads look for any 3-way crossroad. Often spells will be cast with candle magic, invocation, and offerings combined. Meditation is also an option. Other ways to work with this Goddess include holding a feast or dinner party for her. This was done in ancient times by her priestesses who made her favorite foods which included lavender, honey, eggs, homemade bread, red wine, meat/fish, fruit, and garlic. The ideal time would be on her sacred days of August 13 or November 30 respectively. You can host the feast indoor or outdoors, but keep the ambience with low lighting such as by candlelight, lantern, or hurricane/oil lamp.

Stick to a color palette of dark colors such as black, maroon, or deeper shades of purple by incorporating them into your decor. Some include if they are lucky enough to source one a skeleton key as a token. Flowers should be dark red/black roses or black hollyhocks also known as “Black Watchman” which are the same as those grown in my garden. Piano and violin music will also help set the mood. Many begin the meal with a toast to Hekate, but the most important aspect is to have a place setting for this Goddess and to serve her first. Each guest present should honor her with poems read aloud or by reading from the mythology that honors her. Dogs are welcome as they also honor this Goddess.

“Black Watchman” Hollyhocks

The study of herbalism as well as the practice of creating a secret sacred garden with specially chosen trees, herbs, vegetables, and flowers is reminiscent of her temple in Colchis. In my garden garlic chives were grown and the flowers were a fancy that the bees often took to pollinating in no time as they did with other herbs or flowering plants. The dark moon (the 13 lunar phases) is often a great time for divination and you may feel her presence within cemeteries as she was also known as the Goddess of Life/Death. It is also advisable to pay your respects by sky viewing and becoming acquainted with Sirius the Dog Star. Allies of Hekate have been believed to include Medea, Circe, Cybele, Artemis, Diana, Persephone, Demeter, and Dionysus.

I took it upon myself to glance at Asteroid Hekate today in my chart. This asteroid lies within the space of the Hygeia family which also includes the asteroid Artemis. You’ll find this indicates liminal spaces such as doorways, stairways, crossroads, and midnight/twilight. Hekate was also said to translate to “Magical Speech.” She is seen as a torch bearer who will cast light on your shadow to awaken you to your daimons so that you take ownership of them. She was often depicted with the black dogs of depression or some depict her with the three headed hell hound Cerberus who guards the gates of Hades. This Queen of the Dead acts as a midwife to the soul. Over time her story was changed to depict her as a cruel and vicious representation of the Divine Feminine. Her placement in your chart can also speak to fortune telling, seership, and self knowledge or gnosis. Her asteroid number is 100 which also matches the Hebrew letter Qoph which again matches my blog post on Pisces/Purim.



Green Anole in Garlic Chives and Flowers

To honor Hekate I chose to look at a natal and lunar return chart. I also checked Sirius at this time, but I won’t be discussing the placements of Sirius at this time in this blog post in the interest of saving time/space for my readers. Perhaps later we can investigate Sirius… At birth Hekate was content within my 9th House Cancer 16°, but she will be making her lunar return at my 6th House Aries 20° which ironically matches the correspondences for garlic. More humor from the Universe. We will try Kozminsky (Isidore Isreal Kozminksy) symbols today as I’ve not used them in quite some time.

Your 9th House includes experiences that you encounter when you search for the meaning of life via ethics, morals, travel, foreign countries, spiritual urges, and the higher mind. Your 6th House includes experiences that relate to your diet, health, physical sickness, service, volunteering, care taking, and daily mundane tasks such as personal hygiene.

16° Cancer: A young man/woman standing on the top of a high mountain, the world stretched out below him/her, grasping a sword which comes from the heavens to his/her hand.

Denotes one who is entrusted with a high mission and who is deeply inspired having a spirituality entirely serene. To him/her issues the mandate “Go forth and teach the people” which has been echoed from the heavens. He/she will be granted power and influence so that the people will hear him/her call. The evidences of this peculiar mission is made manifest in his/her twelfth year and matures between the twenty-fourth and thirty-sixth years. It is the symbol of the Inspired.

This degree speaks towards one who sees the outer as holding no meaning; it is simply something to see beyond. It hallmarks one who is unattached to the usual or supposedly normal way of viewing life. The search for purity of vision remains unclouded and should be focused upon while sharing with others. The mind attempts to allow in light in an effort to ensure that nothing is hidden and no shadows exist. As with meditation all thought passes through and nothing is held which results in clearness, openness, and an ability to recognize the spiritual aspect in everything. This provides room to receive what comes in via tremendous openness as a unique protection strategy. Work with guardian angel Lehahiah and daimon Furfur.

Daimon Furfur will connect you to the 8 of Cups, Mars, Pisces, and Cypress. Furfur is ideal to invoke during Fire scrying. Ask the correct question and you will receive the truth. I have read some work with Furfur for overall health in cases where it is very hot which could lead to dehydration or loss of appetite. Often what is desired is a change in the weather such as when one would have beseeched the Divine for rain.

I used to use Cypress essential oil a few years back. I have never done a blog post on astrology yogas in Vedic. Maybe I will one day to explain my studies for myself I did years ago. I have several yogas according to Kundli which include Kedar, Kahal, Raja, Hamsa, Anafa, Veshi, Grahan, and Kuja. Yes, I know that looks crazy! It’s 🤯! Typically Raja Yoga occurs when two or more than two planets in a Vedic chart are in a relationship with each other. This relationship may be a combination, bidirectional vision, or exchange of zodiac signs/houses. A person with a Raja Yoga enjoys social status and fame. Their recognition and laurels will follow them based upon their efforts with regards to various matters. In my chart there is a relationship between the Sun and the Moon.

20° Aries: A blacksmith hammering a piece of red-hot iron on an anvil.

Denotes a determined worker who is vigorous in the fight against opposition; a transmuter of him/her self and those who contend against him/her. Gifted with so strong a spirit this native can never be mean. Baseness does not find a place in his/her nature. He/she loathes idleness for energy, pain, and experience have taught him/her the power of industry. It is a symbol of Resolution.

This degree chooses to develop an ability of bringing the vibration of celebration to all aspects of everyday life. Here one will communicate to people how they can best renew themselves while blossoming out of their set patterns/routines.

They need to work hard to not become frustrated if their message isn’t heard for truth be told they are on a completely different wavelength from almost all other people. Don’t let this stop you!

Before change can happen there must be a place prepared inside of each individual to ensure that the new may enter. Celebration acknowledges that something important has occurred which should be honored. This degree stands at the crossroads of a time of renewal acknowledging the past opens out into the future. Work with guardian angel Pahaliah and daimon Purson.

Daimon Purson will connect you to the 3 of Swords, Sun, Libra, and Frankincense. Purson is wonderful during scrying or channeling sessions for answering questions with reference to the Divine inelligences or to locate answers regarding scientific experimentation done by self or others as he specializes with the natural sciences. This daimon asks that one develop their intuition and divination powers in an effort to build an area of income generation which may begin slowly and gradually at first. Some have utilized Purson for assistance with becoming self employed and attracting customers to their business. This daimon also aids in eliminating your expenses and beginning to budget your money wisely particularly around things such as household bills like electricity.

The Quran states:

“They know the outer meaning of the life of the lower world, but of the hereafter they are heedless.”

Have a blessed Tuesday! Sending you wishes for good health and happiness! 💗

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I am a licensed aesthetician (#1446048 Expires October 2023 Valedictorian) who has worked previously in medical malpractice and personal injury legal administration, life/health insurance for State Farm, and various retail roles including personal shopper. My passion at this time lies in the field of esoteric studies. I am also a Master Level Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki certified healer. I happen to be currently employed within a 9-5 career in cosmetology retail selling to licensed professionals part time.

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