MAGICK DYE / rosemary
Ever wonder why certain herbs or plants are considered sacred or mystical? While not readily studied much in the Western world, herbalism has existed far longer than modern allopathic medicine, and in the development of plant medicine comes a whole treasure trove of folklore and mystical associations.
Consider this the first installment of a series called MAGICK DYE, in which I compare natural dye plants and herbs with their corresponding occult and/or medicinal qualities. I won't be going into depth with recipes or specific spells (this sort of information is easily found on the internet or in books), but I aim to give a general overview. This is not meant to be exhaustive, just what I have found through my research.
This week's featured plant: ROSEMARY!
While definitely not the strongest (or most popular) natural dye, colors typically produced range from greens to browns. It is by no means lightfast, but I want you to look past the color alone. If each plant has an energy or vibration (often reflected in its healing or magical properties), can we not imbue the fiber with those properties as well? Magical or ritual garments (or tools, altar cloths, etc.) dyed in rosemary can spiritually represent the herb in your workings. Each herb has planetary and elemental correspondences that can also aid in your magic or even be used to invoke a bit of the specific energy when dyeing your fiber.
- Gender: Masculine
- Planetary Association: Sun
- Elemental Association: Fire
Rosemary can be used as a:
- Protection Herb
* was hung around one's neck to ward off the plague
* carrying a sprig of rosemary was said to protect one from the evil eye
* used in dream pillows to ward off nightmares and evil spirits during sleep
- Remembrance Herb
* used in fidelity spells and to dispel jealousy
* said to enhance one's memory
* burned during meditation for concentration
* used for dream work (see above)
* used for past lives work (stays in the theme of memory and remembrance)
- Wedding Herb
* symbolizes love and loyalty (one reason it is used in fidelity spells)
* said to bring good fortune if rosemary is planted on one's wedding day
- Cleansing / Purification Herb
* can be used as a smudge stick
* said to drive away sickness or illness
* expels negativity
* used for ritual baths / cleansing
* used in youth spells
* can be used as a substitute for white sage, when needed
- Medicinal Herb
* can be made into a hair tonic, to promote growth
* remedy for headaches and migraines
* used for brain health, maintain vitality
* as a skin toner (astringent)
Those are just a few of the mystical and magical uses for rosemary that can easily be incorporated into your natural dyeing projects. Don't be shy in using rosemary dyed fiber in more spiritually based projects! The uses above are by no means set in stone; if you read through the list, you will see some common associations for rosemary (cleansing, remembrance, protection) throughout.
If you're interested in learning more about dyeing with rosemary, I have more specific instructions in my free e-book, NATURAL DYEING IS EASY: 10 Things You Already Have That Make Beautiful Color. All you have to sign up for the LUTE newsletter in the sidebar to your right. Newsletter subscribers receive extras such as the e-book dye-along, where I take dye plants from the e-book and actually go through the dyeing process, step-by-step. You can see real results, whether they be good or bad! Newsletters go out every other Wednesday, and *hint, hint* the next issue features a certain herb (that uh, may the herb featured here).
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