Can be used as a sacred smoke cleansing herb for protection or divination. Used in a ritual context enhances astral projection, lucid dreaming and altered states of consciousness. Some say that simply keeping mugwort under your pillow or in your bedroom will encourage prophetic dreams. (Try making a dream pillow stuffed with mugwort.) Others say you must burn it or smoke it or it can be burned as you use divination tools.
In Slavic folklore it was alleged that if you held it in your hand when asking someone for a favor – they won’t be able to say no. Crowns of mugwort were worn on Kupala’s Holiday (Midsummer) to protect oneself against ghosts, evil witchcraft, and illness. A Russian mother, while helping her daughter prepare the dowry, stuffed her pillows with thyme, oregano, and mugwort. Wise men and women use this herb to contact the spirit world. During Kupala’s celebrations, mugwort served as a love potion and a charm. An infusion of mugwort and periwinkle was used to wash a rifle (after that, censing it with thistle smoke is recommended), so that it would shoot without missing. Mugwort is a necessary component of a magical fire-broom used to protect one’s home against wildfire, as well as for astral travel (for this the broom was used to sweep one’s path between the worlds). In Slavic tradition, mugwort is often interchangeable with wormwood. Collect it on Kupala’s (Midsummer) Eve or on a Full Moon. It could even be used to repel rusalki, the dangerous water spirits of Slavic folklore (Barber 2013: 20). Carrying a simple sprig could ward them off.
Mugwort is used in protective sachets, especially those created in relation to travel. It is said to prevent delays, and other annoyances associated with traveling, as well as to protect the traveler from accidents, thieves and other dangers associated with traveling.
Use herbal water made of mugwort to cleanse ritual tools, especially those used for divination.
Hanging mugwort over or on a door will keep unwelcome energies from passing through. A garland or girdle of mugwort can be worn while dancing around the midsummer balefire and thrown into the fire at the end of the night to ensure protection throughout the year.
Approx 5 inch long
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