Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hail to the Oracle, Hail to Hermes Kthonios!

“The word hag is now used commonly to mean an ugly old woman, but in medieval times it meant a witch. It derives from the same etymological root as the ‘hedge’. This derivation implies that here was a woman who gathered plants and other material from the hedgerow and used them for her nefarious purposes. Take, for example, the broomsticks. They had both occult and erotic powers. The ash handle protected her from drowning and the birch twigs (of the brush) bind evil spirits together. The birch twigs were held together by strips of willow (osier) as this latter tree was sacred to the goddess Hecate, the archetypal witch. This goddess was also thought to ‘own’ certain plants such as henbane, belladonna, aconite,mandrake, cyclamen and mint.”
- M.R. Lee, Solanaceae III: Henbane, Hags and Hawley Harvey Crippen.
At this point, I consider my “UPG” regarding the rulership of Mandrake by Hekate to be completely verified.

Cheers to the Oracle!

Now, then: moar to dig up.

Be seeing you,
Jack.

EDIT: This article isn't perfect, but it just adds to the mass of other things I've seen that agree with what the plant told me.

1 comment:

Rose Weaver said...

The willow tree is sacred to Hecate... huh! I didn't know that. Well now, that is interesting info, along with the rest, of course. Not sure how I missed that.

Thanks for the post, as always.