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Myrtle with Cupid Myrtle
Myrtus communis

Although Agrippa ascribes it to the Moon, myrtle has long been associated with Venus and love magick. Aphrodite is often shown wearing a myrtle-leaf wreath in her hair, and during the Roman festival of Venus Verticordia (Venus the Heart-Turner) on April 1, women bathed in water scented with myrtle and wore myrtle wreaths (the picture below shows a gold myrtle wreath from the time of ancient Greece).  In Eastern Europe, the wreaths held over the heads of a couple being married were originally made of myrtle (now gold crowns are used instead), and in Wales, brides once gave a sprig of myrtle to each bridesmaid.  In the Appalachian Mountains, throwing this magick herb into a fire was believed to make the face of one's future mate appear in the smoke.  In England, folk believed that myrtle wouldn't grow if it was not planted by a woman.

Gold myrtle wreath Myrtle is also protective. The nymph Daphne escaped being raped by Apollo by turning herself into a myrtle tree with her father's help. According to a 16th-century text on natural magick, blackbirds use myrtle to protect themselves against enchantments.  

Non-Magickal Uses

Myrtle is made into sachets and used in cooking.  In Crete, olive oil is flavored by steeping myrtle leaves in it for 3 weeks. Change the olive oil for sweet almond oil, and you would have a good consecration oil for Venus-oriented magick. Grind these leaves to release their wonderful scent.

Myrtle leaves, chopped
1 oz. $5.50


 
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Uses In Witchcraft & Magic:

Honoring Aphrodite
Love Magic
Protection Spells
Venus Herb

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