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Herbal Magick: Peonia Seeds for Protection

Herbal Magick: Peonia Seeds for Protection January 6, 2021

Peonia seeds photo by Lilith Dorsey

One of the most popular magickal ingredients in La Regla Lucumí (Santería,) is Peonia seeds. Also called Crab’s Eye, Lady Bug Seed, Sailor’s Valentine, Jambee beads, Wayruros and Huayruro (pronounced Why-RU-RO) seed these tiny treasures of magick can be worn, carried, or placed about your space to gain special blessings. The seeds are used all across the globe and their power is known worldwide.

The plant grows natively all throughout South America. Historically it was said to be used even by the Incas as a charm of protection. It has been a valued part of my spiritual arsenal for decades.

The most common form of the seed is an intense red, with a black spot. Some refer to these ones as male, while the purely red seeds are said to be female. The seeds are toxic so please don’t eat them, and be extra cautious around children and pets. It worth a mention that while researching this post I found an article title “Woman Suffers Hallucinations After Buying Bracelet on Ebay.”

The blog TwoWorldsOneChica tells us that ” The native Peruvians believe the seed brings positive energy, happiness, fertility, good luck and wards off negative energy. They also make huayruro bracelets for newborns to help keep them safe from harm. ”

Uses for Peonia Seeds

  • Protection
  • Healing
  • Removal of Hexes and Curses
  • Prosperity
  • Decision Making
  • Good Luck
  • Fertility and Abundance

Ritual Jewelry is such an important part of magick and protection. For those wishing to learn more about the topic here is an interesting video from creator Chameleon’s Eye about Afro/Tribal Mystic Jewellry (please remember to like and subscribe):


This post is part of an extensive series on Herbal Magick, please check out the other posts about Mistletoe, Wisteria, Vanilla, Juniper Berries, Jezebel Root, and many more.

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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 newly released Water Magic. You can read more about the author here.
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