Europe old wives, who were often the wise women of their towns and villages, used mugwort to aid their psychic abilities. A weak tisane made from the leaves was sweetened with honey and drunk before reading cards, scrying or casting lots. (Note that mugwort is not recommended for ingestion when one is pregnant or nursing.) The same infusion, without honey, was used to “wash” cards, crystal balls, mirrors and runes. A pillow stuffed with dried mugwort was thought to improve psychic power.
Mugwort is said to improve stamina and strength if sprinkled in a person’s shoes. While this is done in hoodoo with no particular ritual, Scott Cunningham tells us that the best results will be achieved if the mugwort is picked before sunrise while uttering the words tollam te Artemisia, ne lassus sim in via.
In hoodoo, root workers burn mugwort on charcoal with frankincense or copal to encourage the aid of benevolent spirits. Similarly, Wiccans burn mugwort with sandalwood to increase the efficacy of vision quests and psychic readings.
Catherine Yronwode of the Lucky Mojo Curio Co. says that a red flannel mojo bag filled with mugwort, comfrey root and a St. Christopher medal will protect long-distance travelers not only from injury and illness but also from pesky annoyances like cancelled flights and lost luggage.
In eastern countries, particularly
China and , mugwort is considered curative. Incense made with mugwort was used by the Ainu people to expel disease, as the spirits who caused illness were repulsed by the smell. Carrying mugwort on one’s person was also a balm for a myriad of ills, from headaches to insanity. Bonne chance ~ Japan
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