The Wild Rose’s botanical name is “species rose”, which in essence is a species that develops naturally with no help from man. A true flower of the wild, which is one of the many reasons I adore these magickal hedges. Originating mostly from Europe as well as the Orient, roses have been cultivated for over 5000 years.
The Greek poet Anacreon told the tale of the Goddess Aphrodite. Upon Aphrodite’s rising from the sea, the foam flowing from her body, magickally transforming into white roses as she arose. When Aphrodite learned of the fate of her fallen lover Adonis and began to weep, her tears turned the once white roses blood red.
To some of the western and other Native American tribes, wild roses where seen as a life force, a gift of strength to infants, and a protector from the dead. Mourners often wearing the petals in their clothes, or placing them within their homes if they felt that they where being haunted. Many tribes incorporating the wild rose in their art, bead, and quill work, symbolizing survival and vitality.
Folklore tells of an old Ojibwa legend of the rose, entitling it the “Summer of the disappearance of the Rose” a beautiful wooded tale.
The rose not only awes us with her beauty and scent, but is steeped in magickal energies. She is most often used in spells of love and passion, but can also be used to raise divinatory energies, provide strength of both body and mind, and aid us in protection of that which is unseen.
Rosehips are beneficial to the witch as well. They are not only highly medicinal, but can be strung as a necklace or bracelet, and can be worn to attract love, good fortune, or can be used as an attractant to spirits.
Although the wild rose can be a truly positive force in our life, just like so many magickal plants and hedges, what can heal, can also hex… and the rose is no exception.
The rose’s thorns are a useful tool to the witch, at least where darker spell workings are concerned. Thorns can be wrapped around a poppet for bindings, or to keep your lover from straying. Blood magick using thorns is exceptionally potent, especially when incorporated in dark love spells.
So let it be to hex or heal, the rose is an bewitching hedge to work with. The magick of the rose invoking a sense of wonder, mystery, and enchantment, and healing the emotional waters of the mind.
I make an infused rose petal honey every Summer to sweeten and flavor my herbal teas, and lattes, and to heal what ails me. Or one of my newer favorites is this rose petal shrub recipe.