Planet Association: Sun
Common Names: Anthos, Biberiye, Dew Of The Sea, Mannen-Ro, Romarin, Romero, Romero Comun
Rosemary is bound to Sun and Fire. It's presence on the body is said to aid in memory and learning. Try putting a sprig in your pocket before an examination, meeting, or other situation where mental clarity is important.
Rosemary is also thought to be a protective herb. It can be made into a protection wreath, and can be placed above the door or under the bed for protection from evil. Try it in a dream pillow or put it in a pillowcase to protect and ward off bad dreams. It is also associated with the Fae and Vitality.
As a cleansing and purifying agent in magic, Rosemary is one of the more important herbs. It can be used in herbal baths - place it in cheesecloth or a coffee filter tied with string and place it under the running bath water. If time is a factor, use it to wash the hands instead of the ritual bath in advance of performing rituals.
Rosemary was associated with love, friendship, and remembrance in Medieval times. It was used in weddings as a symbol of love, and was tossed into graves to signify that the deceased would be remembered. Try burning it as an incense for these purposes. Burning also is believed to help with healing, especially if burned with Juniper.
Lastly, and not surprisingly, the fragrance of Rosemary is said to be of benefit as far as emotional spirit, youthful outlook, and pleasant memories. Use it in potpourris and sachets for these purposes.
It is one of the oldest incenses. Rosemary may be substituted for any other herb, in any spell or mixture. It is generally used as a substitute for Frankincense. A rosemary sprig burned in candle flame was believed to warm a cold heart.
Rosemary’s name comes from the Latin rosmarinus. It means “dew of the sea,”
Rosemary is used to attract love in modern Witchcraft. It can be ground up and put in sachets that are placed under the bedroom pillow to attract dreams of a future lover. Rosemary sachets can also be placed in your undergarments drawer to attract a sexual partner. To bring love to your doorstep, tie three sprigs of rosemary together with red thread and place the sprigs under your doormat. To bring or keep love in the bedroom, place the bound sprigs between the mattress and boxspring.
Even in Shakespeare’s time rosemary was believed to improve ones memory. Many people drink rosemary tea for this very reason. Students may also want to keep a pouch of this herb on them when they are studying and test taking.
For those seeking to increase their fertility, make a penny offering beside a rosemary shrub. You can also tie five sprigs of rosemary together with white thread and place them under the mattress.
Not surprisingly, the fragrance of Rosemary is said to be of benefit as far as emotional spirit, youthful outlook, and pleasant memories. Use it in potpourris and sachets for these purposes.
Rosemary, like so many other herbs, has it's own share of legend, mystery, and wive's tales. If a rosemary bush grows vigorously in your garden - it is said to mean the woman is the head of household. In the Middle Ages it was thought to guard off demons and offer powers of protection. By 1525 the herb began to make an appearance in medicine. The famous Hungary water made from rosemary oil and alcohol was made and supposedly cured Queen Elizabeth of her paralysis