Mandrake ~ Wild Crafted – Dreaming Goddess
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Mandrake ~ Wild Crafted

//Mandrake ~ Wild Crafted

Mandrake ~ Wild Crafted

$2.95

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Latin Name: Podophyllum Peltatum

As a talisman or amulet for love magic, good luck in business or gambling, counter-magic, protection, warding off of evil spirits or spells, used in flying ointment.

.50 oz. pkg.

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Description

Mandrake

Latin Name: Podophyllum Peltatum

Often resembling a human figure, Mandrake, the common name for the plants of the genus Mandragora, has been used in magical rituals for centuries, and is still used today in Neopagan, Wiccan, and German Revivalist practices. The root can be traced back to the Old Testament, where there are accounts of it being used in practices intended to aid fertility. Indeed, the fact that the Hebrew word for mandrake means love plant. Among some Asian cultures, it is also believed to help ensure that conception occurs. Among western legends, it has also long been held that when mandrake is dug up it lets out a scream so terrible that it kills everyone who hears it. Elaborate methods of pulling the root from the earth were therefore devised, with the famous chronicler Josephus even writing of methods involving using a dog to pluck mandrake from the earth so as to keep the man harvesting it from dying. Mandrake has also long been the source of mystical speculation, with some viewing it as the primordial origin of man, while others have repeatedly written of it as being a key component in the creation of a Homunculus; a creation spoken of in alchemy and other arcane arts that creates something akin to an artificial human. Folklore also held that mandrake only grew where a hung man had dripped semen to the ground, and that mandrake has potent powers that aid in fending off and protecting against demonic possession.

It is important to note that all parts of the mandrake plant are poisonous. Some herbalist traditions hold that the Mandrake root has hallucinogenic properties and can, in large doses, induce madness and delirium.

Additional Information

Weight .50 oz
Dimensions 4 × .25 × 4 in

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