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February 1st, 2010

Sage

Sage (Salvia officinalis) is also known as Healer of all Ills, Garden Sage, Red Sage and Sawge.  It was a perennial shrub with soft, finely-toothed leaves that have many different uses.    It was first discovered to grow in Mediterranean areas because it likes to grow in the full sun.   It has traveled all over since then and can be found all over the world.  There are 500 different varieties of Sage now.  Sage is used in many different ways and this article will explore some of those ways.

Sage was considered to be sacred to the Romans.  They would offer the plant wine and then harvest it without any tools.   The Greeks believed by eating Sage, it would improve their mind.  Hence, this is why Sage is known to help with wisdom.

Egyptian women would drink Sage juice right before being with their husbands to help with easy conception.

Sage is used spells for long life (even immortality).  It is thought by eating Sage every day, it would ensure longevity.

There is also some luck lore around Sage.  Do not plant Sage in your own garden; a stranger must be the one to plant it.  Also, it is not good luck to have a full bed of Sage – other plants must be with it.   Finally, to ward off bad luck and the evil eye, wear a small horn filled with sage.

A popular wish spell with Sage is to write it on a sage leaf and place it under your pillow.  Sleep with it under your pillow for three days.  If the wish does not come true in those three days, take the plant and bury it outside.

Sage is also used in many purification rituals, especially when doing house cleanings or to clean an aura.   The smoke from the sage is used in the area for cleansing.  For example, with an aura, it is waived into the auric field on both sides of the person.  For a house cleansing, the smoke is brought into every room in every corner.

Sage is known to have many medicinal purposes, for example, drinking sage tea with honey to help a sore throat.  It works on all the bodies – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  Rub Sage on insect bites to help heal them.    It is also used as a drying agent for the body for things like mucus congestion and night sweats.

Pregnant women should not use Sage and it is not to be used in high doses or for long periods of time.  However, for short term uses, it can be very powerful to help with many different ailments.

Remember, this is not a substitution for medical advice so always check with a medical professional to make sure working with herbs or oils are safe for you.

Keywords for Sage:
Magickal Uses/Spells:  Immortality, Longevity, Wisdom, Protection, Wishes
Deities:  Zeus, Consus
Planet:  Jupiter
Signs:  Cancer, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces
Gender:  Masculine
Element:  Air
Tarot Correspondence:  The Magician

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