Mugwort Keeps Secrets (Liber Debitum)
Hi Y’all. A little stoned right now from chewing on Mugwort. Depending upon your point of view, that is either my punishment or reward for working blindly with herbs on this journey. Personally, I am enjoying it!
This meditation started out as a lot of work. Much fighting of distractions and the mediation resting only lightly on my mind. As I delved into the energy, it became easier and easier to sink into the meditation and absorb the energy of the plant. It seems that mugwort’s reported penchant for deepening spiritual exercises is warranted, although this single data point hardly counts for a scientific inquiry into her effects. My general observations and perceptions of the energy connections are contained in the chart below, which I will expand on a bit, but this working went a bit deeper for me. I walk through the planets in these meditations starting with the sun and moving outward, and in Mercury I touched on mugwort’s property as a revelator. The rather clear image I got was of an apothecary shop, its shelves lined with jars of all sorts of herbs and materials. In the presence the mugwort energy, each of the jars had a secret gleam inside, representing the hidden properties of each plant. It was such a cool image and so demonstrative of the plant that I wanted to share that image in particular instead of summarizing.
The second special I got from this plant was touching on Hecate directly at the end. When I had completed the planets, I felt a call to go a bit deeper, so I dropped into the space I felt beyond or outside of the planetary temples. I found Hecate there, and I was blessed by her applying a mugwort compound to my eyes. In a greatly expanded way, this was similar to the vision of the apothercary’s shop – I was able to see more and deeply into the connections of things. Beyond that however, I perceived how to integrate the energy patterns of the plant into my perceptions. It was a wonderful demonstration of the initiatory aspects of the plant, showing the synergy of several levels of its energies and properties – and it was a blessed touch from Herself.
|1||Moon||Additive||Mugwort loves the moon, connects the light and dark of the moon, connects secrets to revelations. It connects our awareness of dreams to deeper currents and tides. Astrologer’s friend. Shows an affinity to shapeshifting, following scents, hidden prey, hunting, Artemis.|
|2||Saturn||Additive||Helps to find things hidden in the past (divination), helps to control Saturnian energies (underworld), hidden flows of time.|
|3||Mercury||Additive||Guide to hidden properties, shows what is hidden. Initiatory. Guides to hidden things, secrets of the blood.|
|4||Venus||Additive||Prevents diseases and infections, abortifacient (especially combined with others).|
|5||Jupiter||Additive (Weak)||Aids in awareness when commanding secret things. Almost neutral.|
|6||Mars||Neutral||Little or no direct help with Martian energy, helps to prevent infections, good element of a wound compress.|
|7||Sun||Subtractive||Casts shade and hides what is below it. Grows at the entrance to the underworld, keeps secrets.|
As the focus of this series of herbs is on dreaming, Mugwort showed brightest in the moon, as might be expected. As a power that reveals deep or hidden connections, it clearly lends itself to those who have received a series of similar dreams who find themselves unable to discover the connection between the dreams and their lives. The standard warning against deep work does not apply here – If you are already receiving these dreams from your subconscious, then you are be definition ready to open that door in your mind. If dream sendings from outside of oneself are suspected, mugwort will help to show the source. Combine with hops to aid in identifying the sender, and use pepper corn energy to block the negative aspects of a sending to help analyze it.
In other applications, Hecate shows that an application of salve to the eyelids (NEVER directly to the eyes) can clarify vision of magical energies, so the use of mugwort in a salve to see through illusion would seem to be a fine use for the herb. Mugwort’s use in aiding in psychic projection and astral travel is so well documented that I will not go more deeply into it here.
This meditation was very instructive for me, and it was a lot of fun. I crave growth and the opening of new doors like an addict, so the initiatory aspects of this have gotten me all fired up! I have a bottle of valerian root waiting for my next meditation.
Until next, Blessed Be