(Artemisia absinthium) Poison P N Lt For internal use: Do not exceed l A g of the dried herb in tea 2- 3 times a day.
Folk Names: Absinthe, Old Woman, Crown for a King, Madderwort, Wormot
Gender: Masculine Planet: Mars Element: Fire
Deities: Iris, Diana, Artemis
Powers: Psychic Powers, Protection, Love, Calling Spirits
Magical Uses: Wormwood is burned in incenses designed to aid in developing psychic powers, and is also worn for this purpose. Carried, wormwood protects not only against bewitchment, but also from the bite of sea serpents. Also, according to ancient traditions, it counteracts the effects of poisoning by hemlock and toadstools,
but I wouldn't bet my life on its effective• ness in this area. Hung from the rear-view mirror, wormwood protects the vehicle from accidents on treacherous roads.
Wormwood is also sometimes used in love infusions, probably because it was once made into an alcoholic beverage called absinthe. This highly-addictive and dangerous liqueur is now outlawed or banned in many countries, but the reputa• tion lingers and wormwood is still used in love mixtures. One such use is to place it under the bed to draw a loved one.
Wormwood is also burned to summon spirits. It is sometimes mixed with sandal• wood for this purpose. If burned in grave• yards the spirits of the dead will rise and speak, according to old grimoires.