Mugwort, or Artemisia vulgaris is by far the best-known herb used in magic.
Other names for Mugwort are Wild Wormwood, Felon herb, St. John’s plant, Moxa, Naughty Man, Black Sage and Sailor’s Tobacco. Mugwort is a member of the Artemisia family, a family of botanical named after Artemis, protector of women, fertility, creativity, witchcraft, and psychic ability. No other plant has a more powerful association with magic, especially dream magic, than Mugwort.
I make myself a tincture of Mugwort and use it before astral travel / guided meditation.
Element | Earth
Planet | Moon
Gender | Feminine
Zodiac | Pisces
You can use Mugwort to cleanse and get rid of negativity in the same way as White Sage. When burning, Mugwort has been described as having a light, earthy, and slightly sweet aroma.
- Burn dried Mugwort in loose or stick form (we sell Mugwort & Sage incense sticks and Mugwort Smudge Sticks) to cleanse and protect your space before performing readings and casting spells.
- Hang Mugwort above doorways to prevent negativity from entering.
- Mugwort is associated with the crone phase (waning moon) of the Triple Goddess and is an excellent plant to work with when working with this energy.
- Plant Mugwort around your house for external protection (we've done this here! So far I have 8 Mugwort plants growing in both my front and back gardens.)
- Make a sachet of dried mugwort to carry with you for protection on the go.
I also found these ideas for using Mugwort that you might be interested in:
- Steep Mugwort in a bowl of moon water and use this to cleanse your crystal balls, pendulums, and mirrors used for scrying.
- Add to a ritual bath with a few drops of your favourite essential oil.
- Stuffing a pillow with this herb and sleeping on it will produce prophetic dreams.
Last but not least, you can combine Mugwort 1:2 with sandalwood and other dried herbs to make a loose Mugwort incense.