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Dill for your book of shadows

Dill and spring go hand-in-hand.  Both are fertile and abundant.  Both are cleansing and lusty.

The Latin name for Dill is Anethum graveolens and Peucedanum graveolens.

Other names for Dill include Aneton, Buzzalchippet, Chebbit, Dill Weed, Dilly, Fructus Anethi, Garden Dill, Hulwa, Keper, Sowa.

Gender: Masculine

Ruling Planet: Mercury

Ruling Element: Fire

Ruling Astrological Sign(s): Dill is associated primarily with Gemini and Virgo -- because both Gemini and Virgo are associated with Mercury.  Dill has secondary associations with Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius because those three signs are associated with Fire.

Gods associated with Dill: Shango and Eleggua.  Both gods, and the goddess below, are from the Yoruban pantheon.

Shango is a god of thunder and lightning.  His stories tell of prosperity to his people under his leadership.  Shango fits in under dill-for-financial-increase.

Eleggua offers protection, another power attributed to dill.  He is a trickster, which makes him all the better at protecting -- he knows what to look out for.  He is happy to do so for small but sincere offerings like candy, toys, and coconut.

Goddesses associated with Dill: Ochun.  Like the gods listed above, Ochun is from the Yoruban pantheon.  She is a goddess of love and intimacy.  Her connection to Dill will become clear when you read the section below on love and lust.

Key words: protection, cleansing, money, lust and love

  • For protection:

Hang the herb over the front door of your residence.  Those people, invited or not, who are envious of you or who intend to act maliciously towards you will not enter your home.  Scott Cunningham uses the term "ill-disposed" to describe the people dill can protect you from.

Another way to protect your home (or office) is to create a Witch's Bottle, adding dill to the contents.  For instructions on making one, read Kris Bradley's Creating a domestic witch bottle as a home protection spell.

Dill's protective powers are not limited to the domicile.  It is quite portable.  Carry the herb in a sachet, with or without other herbs, to minimize the mess in the bottom of your bag or pocket or backpack.

It also has a special place for mothers and their infants -- in the cradle to protect the child which sleeps there.  Midwives, lactation consultants, and many moms will also add colick and nursing to the list of things dill is used for.

  • For cleansing:

Closely related to protection, is cleansing.  Protection keeps the bad out.  Cleansing gets the bad out.

The easiest way to cleanse with dill is to smell it.  Hold it to your nose and take a whiff.  If you would like something a little less likely to illicit strange looks, put dill in a pot of water.  Bring it to a simmer on the stove.  The scent of dill will fill the air and cleanse the space, cleansing you along with it.  You'll be rid of that case of the hiccoughs, too.

Spring is an excellent time to do this.  Clear out the stale air of winter.  Remember this wonderful characteristic for use in your home following stressful times -- it can clean those yuckies out of your house just as well as it can clean the winter doldrums out.

For an example of using Dill in a make-my-home-feel-better spell, read Jessica Kolifrath's Spell of the Week -- Serenity Spell.

  • For money:

The dill plant produces a terrific quantity of seeds.  This penchant for production is the trait that makes it so desirable in money spells.  We want our financial resources to blossom and grow, to spread and take root, allowing for more stability and beauty in our lives.

  • For lust and love:

Dill pickles are popular for a reason.  It seems they are a bit of an aphrodisiac on account of the dill.  Other foods can be prepared with dill, too.  Cook with it!  Fresh or dried, consuming the herb is known to encourage that sort of lustiness and passion.

Smelling the herb has been noted to have the same effect and bathing in water with dill in it "makes the bather irresistible" according to Scott Cunningham.  Technically, this would be considered an infusion of dill.

Now you know.  Dill is a wonderful addition to a witch's garden or the cook's pantry.  Enjoy.

For more information on the magical uses of herbs:

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham

A Wiccan Formulary and Herbal by A.J. Drew

A Practical Guide to Witchcraft and Magic Spells by Cassandra Eason



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  • Scott Knutson - Philly Mystical-Spirituality Exami 5 years ago

    I did not know that dill was an aphrodisiac. So, chocolate and dill on oysters?

  • Terry Hurlbut - Creationism Examiner 5 years ago

    I didn't know that, either--about dill and libido, that is.

  • Jesse - Tucson Atheism Examiner 5 years ago

    I absolutely enjoy your articles...very enlightening and fun to read!

  • Jennifer Clark -- Paganism Examiner 5 years ago

    @Scott, ummm.... I guess if that's what floats your boat.... (she says with a giggle) Can't say I want to partake of such a meal, though. :)

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