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Hedgewitchery, Brews, & Potions: Rose of Jericho / Resurrection Plant

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This plant is making a big comeback in the magickal world, although it has been hanging out for quite a while. Literally. This plant can last for years, in it’s tumbleweed state, with no water.

Selaginella lepidophylla is what is commonly referred to as the Rose of Jericho in the magickal circle, but did you know that is’t it’s real name? It is a tumbleweed as well as a resurrection plant but is also has many nicknames including: flower of stone, false rose of Jericho, resurrection moss, dinosaur plant, siempre viva, stone flower, and doradilla. The real Rose of Jericho is Anastatica, named by John Gerard in the 16th century found in the Middle East, Africa, Palestine, and Egypt. The plant we are talking about today is found in the Americas, in arid climates discovered by the Spanish missionaries.

Scientist haven’t fully studied this plant but has recently peaked an interest. If you want to know move about some lab studies and interesting aspects of each species of Resurrection Plants, check out this 2014 Scientific Article.

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3 hr time-lapse of the plant reviving, Wikipedia

There are many magickal properties associated with the Resurrection Plant.

– This is a plant said to be an everlasting plant with magical properties. Place the plant in a saucer  or shallow bowl of water and watch it grow. The water is said to have mystical qualities and can be sprinkled about the house to erase negative influences, bring peace, harmony and abundance.

– Carry dry clippings on your person to absorb negative energy. The Rose of Jericho is said to erase negative influences, bring peace, harmony and abundance.

– It is is a rare magickal botanical, sought after for use in Voodoo and Santeria traditions for love and money spells. While another traditional Witchraft use is to use the water to cleanse yourself self before ritual or spell work, wash floors, doorways and anoint candles.

 

How do you water a jericho? The dry Rose of Jericho should not be submerged under water. Instead, place your Rose of Jericho in a bowl with water, after half an hour, it will start opening. You can use cold, warm or it is said, even boiling water Water it every day for up to 7 days. Then allow to dehydrate completely (about 2 days), the Jericho will close its branches and curl back into a ball. Then you can re-use it again and again. Many families will carefully keep the plant, passing it from generation to generation as a cherished item.

 

Why do I like this plant as a plant ally? I grew up in Southern California and was greatly influenced by the Mexican Culture that surrounded me. It has a history being used in the Chihuahuan Desert of the United States and Mexican herbalism as well as folk magickal uses. As an herbal component, a Tablespoon of dry leaves are steeped in hot water to make a tea as an anti-viral brew for colds and a sore throat. Or, it may be sold as a diuretic. In Mexico, “Women drink the water in which the plant is soaked to facilitate childbirth. Depending on the speed with which the Rose blossoms in the water, they deduce if the delivery will be easy or difficult.”- (Wikipedia)

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As a magickal practitioner it is easy to see why this plant brings a sense of awe, but also a perfect representation for use in a spell. I thank my Jericho when I revive it, and ask it to help me in areas of my life. I really, intentionally feel this out as I set her into the water. Its nice to talk with your plants, crystals and other allies and thank them for their help. It is the least we can do when working with something offering it’s energy to us!

Some people suggest placing money, business cards, or a representation of love inside to bowl to help facilitate a spell. I keep mine in my business and keep it as a protective ward, it adds to the fertility of the business, as well as just being a great plant to keep and care for. I’m plant crazy, so the weirder it is, the more I usually like it. I also have a special one at home, which happens to be a twin. This one is really nice and I keep for my personal life and keeping passion alive. You know, I have a Scorpio/Scorpio/Cancer with more Scorpio partner.

I also use dried parts of this plant in my custom made Portal Road Opener/ Floor Wash & Florida Water. Most Florida Water is made in China or the Clorox factory in New Jersey.

What ways can you add this affordable, forever giving plant into your practice? It is pretty hard to kill and does a great job, even for those with a non-green thumb.

 

 

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Owner, Product Fabricator, Tarot Reader , The House of Twigs, Keven Craft Rituals, Queen Meb
Head Mistress of THoT, and THoT: the School of Ritual, Owner of Keven Craft Rituals, and q. Meb ~ Queen Meb the Portland witch shop with handmade skincare products, organic goods, tarot, metaphysical items, home & hearth decor, A practicing eclectic-solitary witch, she works with energy healing / reiki master, psychopomp and psychic work, witch attunements; specializing in tarot and channeling since 1995. Erika rides the cusp of the Alpha / Omega and favors the Morrighan, Isis, Hecate, Freya, and Cernunnos.
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Owner, Product Fabricator, Tarot Reader , The House of Twigs, Keven Craft Rituals, Queen Meb
Head Mistress of THoT, and THoT: the School of Ritual, Owner of Keven Craft Rituals, and q. Meb ~ Queen Meb the Portland witch shop with handmade skincare products, organic goods, tarot, metaphysical items, home & hearth decor, A practicing eclectic-solitary witch, she works with energy healing / reiki master, psychopomp and psychic work, witch attunements; specializing in tarot and channeling since 1995. Erika rides the cusp of the Alpha / Omega and favors the Morrighan, Isis, Hecate, Freya, and Cernunnos.

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