Herbal Magick: The Divine Beauty of Wisteria

Herbal Magick: The Divine Beauty of Wisteria July 26, 2020

Magickal properties of Wisteria photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Wisteria has always been one of my favorite flowers. It presents like a glorious waterfall of delightful purple blooms cascading from it’s weeping branches. As many of you know I have recently moved to New Orleans, and life in the swamp has been challenging. I haven’t been able to have a garden for a very long time. Much of my work since I arrived has been spent on carving out the wild space I landed on. Initially I began by taking back the overgrown small strip of land that leads to the backyard. Yes, I put down cardboard, and weed membrane, and mulch, and rocks…. This isn’t my first rodeo (in fact my minor in college was plant science.) Then I started to clip back the weeds. Now I know a weed is any unwanted plant, and there were many aggressive intruders coming from the other side of the fence.

Then the other day I spied some early summer blooms, and I realized what was crossing the divide to come and greet me. It was Wisteria. The magickal properties of wisteria are many, I recommend using the blooms very carefully in your workings as they are toxic to humans and animals. Unfortunately, almost all commercial oil formulas for wisteria are synthetic based. My favorite way to use them in ritual is to simply place a bouquet on the altar or shrine.

Magickal Properties of Wisteria-

  • Beauty
  • Grace
  • Self-love
  • Emotional Healing
  • Intelligence
  • Wisdom
  • Inspiration
  • Prosperity
  • New Beginnings
  • Longevity

The most popular connotation for Wisteria is longevity. The reason for this is that the plant is known to live for a very long time. Some trees are over a hundred years old, and one in Japan is said to have been thriving for 1200 years. Considering planting some as a symbol of elegance and permanence.

Growing Wisteria

Wisteria is known to do well in zones 4-9. It does best in full or partial sun, and tolerates a wide variety of soils. If you are wondering which type to plant almanac.com tells us “Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) and Japanese wisteria (Wisteria floribunda) are not native to North America and are considered invasive species in some states. The native wisteria species, American wisteria (Wisteria frutescens) and Kentucky wisteria (Wisteria macrostachya), are great alternatives to the Asian species, so if you’re planning on adding a new wisteria to your garden, we suggest that you go with one of the North American species.”

Caution: All parts of the Wisteria plant are toxic to humans and pets, please do not ingest.

Be sure to check out the other Herb Magick posts on this blog, for information about Willow, Ginger, Vanilla, Chicory, and more. 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 Afro-Caribbean, Celtic, and Indigenous American spirituality. Their traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University, and the University of London, and their magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is also 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,’ and choreographer/performer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show. They have long been committed to providing accurate and respectful information about the African Traditional Religions and are proud to be a published Black author of such titles as Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism, 55 Ways to Connect to Goddess, The African-American Ritual Cookbook, Love Magic, Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens, and the soon to be released Water Magic. You can read more about the author here.

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