Our kitchen witch Silja shows you how to dispel negative energies with the powerful parsley herb…
The ancient Greeks said that parsley was formed from the lifeblood of Archemorus when he was slain by a dragon, and sacred to Persephone, Goddess of the Underworld. Wreaths were made from the herb for runners and others who excelled at sports, as well as chariot horses, so they would be so fit that they could ‘outrun’ death. In the Middle Ages in Britain, it was considered bad luck to destroy a parsley plant, because it would offend the spirits of the land, and a great offence to give someone parsley root, as it meant you wished death on them.
Giving fragrant posies including parsley or a cutting from your parsley plant was however interpreted to give good luck, as you wished long health to the person receiving it. In Christianity, the herb is associated with St Peter, and laid at his altar to ensure good weather for farming, or a big event such as a wedding. If you protect a healthy parsley plant’s roots over the winter, it can live for many years, and stays green most winters, giving you a much-needed fresh herb for cooking and green plant for prosperity magic.
Useful spells and magic with parsley
1 If you are preparing to do anything physical, (be that competing in a sports event or moving heavy items), eat a dish with parsley beforehand to promote strength and speed.
2 If you are going to a wedding, baby naming, retirement party or similar, bring a flower arrangement that includes parsley to ensure a long and healthy life/relationship.
3 If a loved one is sick, you can make a spell bag by putting some parsley and Turquoise into a little blue bag for physical ailments, or Hematite with rice for prosperity, healing and peace. Say the following chant before you give it to your loved one: “Well-being and happiness, I draw near. No more dis-ease, no more fear!”
4 If you’ve recently had lots of bad luck, or just got out of a bad job or relationship, draw a warm bath and add a handful of freshly cut parsley. Stir it in counter-clockwise as you say: “Bad luck, go away! Fun and happiness, please stay! As the Lord and Lady look after me, the truth in everything I may see.”
This is the final herb from the Scarborough Fair folk song. There is a reason parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme were referenced in that song – because they are all very potent herbs medicinally, magically… and of course in a culinary sense, too! Parsley has been associated with death in several cultures, (but not in a bad way), as it was said to help the soul move over and gain a good place in the next life.
DID YOU KNOW?
One belief about parsley is that it has to travel to the underworld and back seven times (or nine times, if you ask some), before it will grow well for you and attain its magical strength and vigor. Do not be disheartened if your first attempt at growing parsley from a seed or cutting does not work out!
Silja is a Celtic Wiccan high priestess and has led a Celtic training coven in Ireland. She now divides her time between Dublin, Ireland and Arkansas, USA. Silja is the author of The Green Wiccan Book of Shadows and the Green Wiccan Herbal. Check out her Facebook page at facebook.com/SiljasGreenWiccan