Herbal Magick: Resurrection Plant or Rose of Jericho

Herbal Magick: Resurrection Plant or Rose of Jericho December 22, 2016

Herbal Magick Resurrection Plant photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.
Herbal Magick Resurrection Plant photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

People have been obsessed with life after death since the beginning of time, and the popular resurrection plant seems to do just that. The resurrection plant (selaginella lepidophylla) is also known as a rose of jericho, a dinosaur plant, a frosty fern, or a resurrection fern. It is fairly easy to grow and can be used in a variety of spells and magickal formulas.

Resurrection Plant Care

Resurrection plants are popular houseplants, and can be found easily especially during the holidays (you might even find one at Trader Joe’s.) The website explains “When S. lepidophylla, a native of desert and semi-desert regions, doesn’t get enough water, the leaves roll into tight brown balls (a phenomenon known as cespitose) and the plant becomes totally dormant. Once this Selaginella Plant gets some moisture, the leaves open up, turn green, and the plant starts to grow again. This is why the other name for Selaginella lepidophylla is the “Resurrection Plant.”

Place your resurrection plant in indirect sunlight. It will thrive in soil that includes both some sand and peat. Be sure your planter has good drainage. In nature these plants go through a dormancy period, so you may mimic this at home by allowing it to dry out. When you begin to water it again the leaves will turn green, and it will come back to life.

Resurrection Plant Spells

Hoodoo practitioners know that the resurrection plant is useful magickally for bring other things back to life besides it’s leaves. Rose of Jericho is a common ingredient in spells for healing and financial success. In my post Black Friday Money Magick that Works All Year, one of the spells includes a Rose of Jericho to bring prosperity.

Rose of Jericho (Resurrection plant) New Orleans. Photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.
Rose of Jericho, New Orleans. Photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

For this working you will need a Rose of Jericho, a pinch of cinnamon, and all the spare change from your latest shopping trip. Take a large bowl and fill it up halfway with a combination of spring water ( which will bring in renewed prosperity) and tap water (which will serve to represent the spirit of place, namely your home.) Into the bowl you will place the spare change and the pinch of cinnamon.

Next focus your mind on drawing blessings and prosperity towards you. Then place the Rose of Jericho into the bowl. Next place the bowl in a sunny window. Refill with water as needed. After about 10 days the plant may start to get funky. At this point leave the contents of your bowl at the base of a large tree, or at a crossroads. This symbolizes it’s continuing journey through the realms of opportunity and growth.

Please see the rest of the offerings in our Herbal Magic series. Here you can find information on using many common herbs in your magick. If you have enjoyed what you read here please remember to share, share, share. And leave us a smile or a hello in the comments below.



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