Herbal Magick : Musings On Maguey

Herbal Magick : Musings On Maguey May 21, 2019
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Maguey (Agave spp.) also goes by the names Century plant, Miracle of Nature, Spiked Aloe, and Rattlesnake Master.  Most people are familiar with this powerful plant because it is an ingredient used in making tequila. Maguey is native to Mexico, and for some there it is considered the Tree of Life.

In Hoodoo and Conjure this herb is used in spells for passion and lust. You may wish to add some Maguey to your Gris Gris bags to bring sensual and lustful energy to your life and relationships. Some other useful herbs and oils to add if this is your desired intent would be patchouly, passion flower, hibiscus, ylang ylang, musk, vanilla, and red roses.

To flip the switch a little bit, the thorns of  Maguey are also used in hexing and controlling spells. Some people also use the thorns in magick where they are attempting to set boundaries.  An 1895 issue of the Journal of American Folk-lore tells of how legend says that there are ghostly phantoms that are said to appear to individuals giving them magick Agave thorns, these were said to bestow bravery, courage and strength. Another way the plant can be used is with the leaves. These are known to have healing properties but are also useful for writing or carving candles. Be careful though this plant can be toxic.

Santa Muerte is also very partial to Maguey as an offering. They are used in spells for her both as a single ingredient, and also in pulque and tequila. For more information about using this for the Bony Lady consider taking a look at Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, The Skeleton Saint by Andrew Chestnut.

This post is only one in our extensive Herbal Magic series, please take a look. As always if you have enjoyed what you read here please remember to like, comment and share !

About Lilith Dorsey
Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo.Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation,’ choreographer/performer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show, and author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism, 55 Ways to Connect to Goddess, The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and Love Magic. You can read more about the author here.

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