Used in spells, charms and potions for longevity, the name of this plant may have derived from the Greek word Athanaton meaning immortal. According to legend, it was given to Ganymede to make him immortal, for this reason, it was carried to promote long life. It is feminine in nature and ruled by the element of water and the planet Venus. It is also associated with Gemini. In the Victorian language of flowers it is a declaration of war.
Tansy is sacred to Mary. It is also associated with immortality and eternal youth and is sacred to both Hebe and Ganymede. Its further association with death makes it suitable for honoring all Gods and Goddesses associated with death and rebirth.
Tansy was once used as an embalming herb and to preserve meat. The oil has been used to dress the dead, and wreaths of tansy are suitable funeral decorations. It was also used as a strewing herb because it helps to deter pests.
A pinch of Tansy in the shoes keeps the law away, as does bathing in Tansy tea.
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