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Violet (Viola odorata) is also known as Blue Violet, Sweet Violet, English Violet, Common Violet or Garden Violet.   Its origins are Europe and Asia but can also be found in North America and Australasia.   In India, it is known as Banafsa and is used to help with tonsillitis and sore or tender throats.

Violet originated from Io, one of Zeus’s many romantic interests.  Zeus’s wife Hera found out about Zeus and Io and, in a jealous rage, changed her into a heifer.  Zeus, having pity on her, changed her into the beautiful violet.  Violet is known to bring wonderful results when used in rituals with just women.
It is said if you collect Violet at the beginning of Spring, your dearest wish will come true.  It is also burned during the Spring Equinox as a sign of Spring.   Violet is also known to bring change in luck and fortune and can be used in ritual or magick to do so.

For protection purposes, it can be carried in a satchel on a person by warding off “wykked sperytis”.    Violet can be in the home – many people use it in plant form – to protect again evil spirits or negativity.   Violet is used in lust and love spells.  Many people wear it in their shoe to draw in new love, bring back an old love or heal a broken heart.  It is also used in amulets and satchels.  Mixed with Lavender and you have a powerful lust drawing potion.

Violet is a funeral herb.  It is said to help with the grief and healing of the hearts when a child passes.  It is known to bring comfort to those in sorrow.

To protect against colds, Violet is combined with Marjoram and can be worn to ward off sickness.   Also, if you have a headache, you can place it on the head to cure.  It is good to wear in a satchel to protect again wounds or sickness from getting worse.

It is also very useful in helping with insomnia and sleep by placing in a pillow case.  It brings peace, serenity and calmness.  Violet also helps with calming angry situations and was used in ancient times for such a purpose.

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 Violet:
Magickal Uses/Spells:  Love, Lust, Protection, Luck, Healing, Peace
Deities:  Io, Faeries
Planet:  Venus
Sign:  Taurus, Libra
Gender:  Feminine
Element:  Water
Tarot Correspondence:  The Empress, The Lovers