is useful in aiding the clairvoyant potential in that it helps relax
and still your analytical mind, therefore letting your subconscious
mind bring forth creative visions. For this reason, my speculum sits
on a black cushion stuffed with the herb. Mugwort can also be used
for scrying the Tattwa Cards, Tarot and for astral projection.
It is best to cut Mugwort in the waning
moon for scrying purposes and, of course, just before it has flowered
so it is at its most potent.
Attributes of the Herb
Crowley attributes Mugwort to Number
13. It is therefore harmonious with ideas such as Luna, the High
Priestess, Hecate, Silver-bluish-greenish colours, moonstone, pearl
and crystal. The number 13 is the number of Witchcraft of the dark
variety - I don't mean negative, but of the waning and dark moon.
The medicinal properties of Mugwort are
- stimulant & tonic, nervine, diuretic, diaphoretic and emenagogue.
As an emenagogue it is best mixed with pennyroyal and southernwood
and drunk as a tea at least three times a day, preferably more.
You could also bathe in a bath that had about a litre of strong
infusion of Mugwort and other herbs added.
There are many ways it can be experienced
and absorbed. It can be drunk as a tea, the essential oil burned
as incense on a charcoal block, made into an ointment, stuffed into
dream pillows, floated in the bath etcetera.
It can be infused in a dry white wine
for about a month to make a good herbal wine that can be used for
ritual purposes in which the male and female deities are invoked.
The white wine symbolizes the male aspect and the Mugwort symbolizes
the female. This wine can also be used as a love potion.
A caution - Mugwort should not be used
if you are pregnant as it is an emenagogue .
Growing the Herb
Mugwort grows easily from cuttings taken
in Winter. It likes to grow where there is a damp place - it likes
to keep its toes wet. It has long thin leaves, green on the top
and silver underneath and it reaches about three feet tall. The
taste is rather bitter, but I like it.