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Poppy Seeds Black/Blue Poppy Seeds, Organic
This poppy seed (p. somniferum) is for incense, not planting (although it might be viable, there is no guarantee with seeds sold as herbs). The smoke of poppy seeds has been used in divination and is a wonderful New Moon or Full Moon incense. Use black seeds (also called blue, the variety sold and pictured here) for the New Moon and use white seeds (commonly found in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine) for the Full Moon. Poppy seed incense pops and snaps when burned; making for an active and engaging divining session. The Moon aspect in combination with the seeds' appearance also makes them a good representation of night or the fertile subconscious. The copious seeds of this Moon plant are an excellent symbol for female fertility, to represent children, or to stand for overwhelming forces (which children can sometimes be!).

Because of poppy's association with the Underworld, they are a nice ingredient in Cakes for the Living/Dead or items prepared for Hekate's Supper. For the spring festival of Purim, Jews make delicious uterus-shaped cookies stuffed with these seeds to represent "eggs" (Haman's ears indeed!). Add poppy seeds to a love sachet or charm, use them to stuff a poppet for sympathetic magic, or even sprinkle a few in your bath to help overcome grief. All in all, this is a very useful and versatile herb!

Black/Blue Poppy Seed, Organic
1 oz. $3.75

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Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:

Moon Herb
Honoring Hekate

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