Ever since I received Hekate’s calling, I have been feeling more connected than ever to Nature. I have also recently been drawn to study about herbs, plants and trees – In particular our local Flora here in the North of England, It was getting to the point where I was getting seriously annoyed about not knowing the names and benefits of the plants on my daily walks with my two little terriers.
So I decided to do something about it.
This is the first post in a (hopefully) long series of posts about herbal magick. This is where I document what I learn about the various plants that grow in Teesdale, along with any spiritual illumination that I receive with regards to correspondences.
Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) is also known as keck, wild chervil, mother-die and wild beaked parsley. According to some sources it is also commonly called Queen Anne’s Lace though other sources (Wiki, for instance) claim that Queen Anne’s lace is another name for wild carrot (Daucus carota). Wild carrot is another plant in the Apiaceae family, so it is easy to understand why the two could be confused. However, the furry stem is a dead giveaway for wild carrot. Cow parsley’s stem is ribbed but free of ‘hair.’
Another plant that is commonly confused with cow parsley is the deadly hemlock. Hemlock has a green stem with purple spots. It is not ribbed like cow parsley. The smell is also said to be less pleasant than that of cow parsley. Hemlock is extremely poisonous, which is why botanists warn against ingesting cow parsley unless you have learned to tell the difference in real life with a qualified mentor. The name mother-die comes from children being told that if they picked cow parsley, their mother would die. This was probably done to prevent children from accidentally ingesting hemlock.
Cow parsley grows in meadows and along the hedgerows where I live. It grows amazingly quickly in late spring/early summer. You often get a feeling that it has grown a foot or two overnight. As I am writing this, we are in the first week of June and much of the cow parsley has already bloomed over.
Wiki gives the following description for cow parsley:
The hollow stem grows to a height of 60–170 cm, branching to umbels of small white flowers.
The tripinnate leaves are 15–30 cm long and have a triangular form. The leaflets are ovate and subdivided.
The plant is edible but according to most sources less than fabulous-tasting, so I’m giving it a miss. The smell, though not unpleasant does nothing for me. Traditionally, cow parsley has been used as an expectorant for colds and coughs.
Tarot, Angel & Chakra Correspondences
Cow parsley makes me feel happy, plain and simple. In addition to pure joy, two other qualities I feel apply are a sense of being connected to the All and purity. I was unable to find any Planetary or magickal correspondences online or in Culpeper’s Colour Herbal, so I had to tune in properly and this is what I got:
The Star Tarot card is the perfect fit considering both the shape of the flowers and the sentiment the plant inspires.
The corresponding Archangel is Uriel, ruler of Aquarius.
The corresponding chakra is the crown chakra.
This is not a plant that keeps very well once picked so would not work very well as a devotional offering. However, a vibrational essence can be made for help when a person finds it difficult to stay optimistic about their life purpose. Also helps people who tend to be tactless, irresponsible and aimless. The essence of the cow parsley can be combined with essence of clear quartz and The Star Tarot essence.
Use the plant in spells for a more spiritual mindset, unity consciousness, purity, transparency, innovation, understanding your place in the web of life and connecting more deeply with your life purpose.
Cow parsley is the perfect plant to help you get unstuck from the past – especially if fretting over past mistakes is the main thing that is holding you back from achieving your life purpose.
“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Lisa (aka Kallista)