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PepperwortPepperwort
Lepidium sativum

I would have assigned this magick herb to Mars because of its heat, but medieval magicians like Agrippa thought of it as a Saturn herb, perhaps because as a plant, it is concerned with borders: It like to grow on the edges of fields, on the banks of creeks, and on roadsides. Agrippa also assigned pepperwort to Taurus, which to me shows some consideration of it as Mars (although to others aligns it more with Venus!). Agrippa created a nice zodiacal incense recipe that features equal portions of:

Myrrh
Pepperwort
Mastic
Camphor
Frankincense
Sandalwood
Galbanum
Opoponax
Aloeswood
Benzoin
Euphorbium Gum
Storax

Aries
Taurus
Gemini
Cancer
Leo
Virgo
Libra
Scorpio
Sagittarius
Capricorn
Aquarius
Pisces

Agrippa also features pepperwort in his recipe for a planetary incense, which likewise includes some unusual atributions: Saturn/pepperwort, Jupiter/nutmeg, Mars/lignum aloes, Sun/mastic, Venus/saffron, Mercury/cinnamnon, and Moon/myrtle. Top

Another grimoire gives the following incense recipe for calling spirits: ambergris, aloeswood, pepperwort, musk, saffron, and storax mixed with the blood of a lapwing [a type of plover] or a bat. Rather than killing animals needlessly, consider using (poisonous) holly sap for the bat's blood - holly leaves are the Renaissance interpretation of what is meant by bat's wings in grimoires. Or just use a few drops of your own blood, which will add much greater power to a work than that of any animal. Top

Perhaps because of pepperwort's link to Saturn via Agrippa, some consider this herb sacred to Hekate. John Dee recognized pepperwort as representative of Friday. Pepperwort is used in contemporary sex magick, understandably enough because of its heat (although considering its fleeting nature, perhaps not the best choice). Judaism also places fresh pepperwort on the Passover Seder plate as one of the bitter herbs. Top

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Uses in Witchcraft & Magick:

Ritual Magic
Necromancy
Sex Magick
Saturn Herb 

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