Hecate, Queen of the Night is sacred to the Lady in her role as Guardian of the Crossroads, Goddess of Childbirth and Queen of the dead. Made from Garlic, Lavender and Willow, it looks to the moon, fire and water. A most suitable charm for fire over water spells.
Garlic is masculine in nature and associated with the planet Mars, the element fire and the sign Aries. It is sacred to Hecate and is a suitable offering to her left at a crossroads. Garlic was placed by the ancient Greeks on the piles of stones at cross-roads, as a supper for Hecate, a goddess of the wilderness and childbirth, or for protection from demons. The garlic confused the evil spirits and caused them to lose their way. Greek athletes would take copious amounts of garlic before competition, and Greek soldiers would consume garlic before going into battle. It became custom for Greek midwives to hang garlic cloves in birthing rooms to keep the evil spirits away. As the centuries passed, this ancient custom became commonplace in most European homes. Garlic is used for exorcism, spell-breaking, invoking passion, protection and strength. It is also used to protect against psychic and physical vampirism.
Lavender is used for strewing the floors of churches and houses on festive occasions, or to make bonfires on St. Johns Day, when evil spirits are abroad. In magic, lavender was most often used for protection. It averts the evil eye and chases away demons and evil spirits. Fashioned into a cross, it was hung over doorways and at the entrances to homes to protect the inhabitants against evil spirits. At Midsummer’s Eve, it was a component in the blend used to summon faeries, brownies, and elves. It has also been used in various spells, amulets, and charms to attract love. Growing lavender in your garden brings good luck. Lavender is a fairy favorite due to it's incredible scent. Traditionally fragrant bundles of lavender were placed in the hands of women during childbirth to bring courage and strength. Hecate in her role as Goddess of Childbirth maintains her role over Lavender.
Most willow species grow near water or in damp places, and the legends and magic associated with these trees involves water. Sacred to Hecate, the powerful Greek goddess of the moon and of willow, who taught sorcery and witchcraft, and was 'a mighty and formidable divinity of the Underworld'.
I gather most herbs and flowers locally and dry them on the farm. Care is taken to ensure that the herbs and flowers are at their strongest and most powerful when they are gathered. None are collected from areas close to a road. They are placed in this lovely miniature glass flask and added to a real silver decorative chain so that you can carry them at all times.
|Uses||Charms are used for protection and safety.They can also be used to enhance the wearer's abilities and senses. Garlic is protective and sacred to Hecate so helpful in childbirth and guarding the home. Lavender is used for love, attraction and sleep, It protects against sorrow and the evil eye. Willow protects against the spirits of the dead and wicked magic|
|Properties||Garlic gender - masculine Planet - Mars Element - fire Deity - Hecate Lavender Gender - masculine Planet - Mercury Element - air Deity - Venus attributed also to Mary Magdalen Willow Gender - feminine Planet - Moon Element - water Deities - Artemis, Ceres, Hecate, Persephone, Hera, Mercury, Belili, Morrigan|