Spring Witching Day 7- Hellebore


Hellebore, or Helleborus, is part of the Ranunculaceae or buttercup family- that same family that spawns the fantastically witchy Aconite. Hellebore, itself has an association with witchcraft and the raising of demons.

Hellebore is also known as the Christmas rose, and is a wonderful companion in the Winter garden as it is quite hardy against frost. It is a plant that enjoys shade and it flowers during both winter and early spring.

Hellebore is a Saturnine herb, used consecrate amulets of Saturn and to invoke spirits of mars. The roots may also be carved in a manner similar to mandrake. The plant is believed to cause madness and can be used for vengeance and cursing. I find that the cursing herbs, including those nightshades I so adore, are some of my most powerful allies for protection and cleansing.

As Hellebore can be used for the raising of demons, it can also be used to banish and exorcise them. It is therefore an excellent herb to use when there are nasty astral parasites clinging to you or your home.

Hellebore is necromantic and is often planted in graveyards. It can be used magically to gain the allegiance of the Mighty dead.

Planting hellebore near the entrance of your home will deter evil spirits from entering. The herb can be used as part of banishment and exorcism blends, but beware when working with Hellebore, as with many of its Saturnine family, it is highly toxic.

Gather the herb on a Saturday at the witching hour, invoking  the aid of Medusa, Lilith or Hekate Brimo

Sources and further reading:

Wikipedia- Hellebore


Viridarium Umbris-The Pleasure-Garden of Shadow, by Daniel A. Schulke

A Compendium of Herbal Magick- Paul Beyerl


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