Herbs & Their Elemental Correspondences
Herbal substitutes for magicK
Magickal Herb Substitute List
Acacia – Gum Arabic
Acacia Gum – Gum Arabic
Aconite – Tobacco
Arabic, Gum – Frankincense, Gum Mastic
Ammoniac Gum – Asafetida
Asafetida – Tobacco, Velerian
Balm of Gilead – Rose Buds, Gum Mastic
Belladonna – Tobacco
Benzoin – Gum Arabic, Gum Mastic
Camphor Oil – Eucalyptus Oil, Lavender Oil
Carnation – Rose Petals
Cassia – Cinnamon
Castor Beans – Four Drops of Castor Oil
Cedar – Sandalwood
Cinquefoil – Clover, Trefoil
Citron – One part Orange and One part Lemon Peel
Clove – Mace, Nutmeg
Clover – Cinquefoil
Copal – Frankincense, Cedar
Cowbane – Tobacco
Cypress – Juniper, Pine Needles
Deers Tongue – Tonka bean, Woodruff, Vanilla
Dittany of Crete – Gum Mastic
Dragons Blood – 1 part Frankincense and 1 part Red Sandalwood
Eucalyptus Oil – Camphor Oil, Lavender Oil
Frankincense – Copal, Pine Resin
Galangal – Ginger Root
Grains of Paradise – Black Pepper
Gum Ammoniac – Asafetida
Gum Bedllium – Copal, Pine Resin, Dragon’s Blood
Hellebore – Tobacco, Nettle
Hemlock – Tobacco
Hemp – Nutmeg, Damiana, Star Anise, Bay
Henbane – Tobacco
Hyssop – Lavender
Ivy – Cinquefoil
Jasmine – Rose
Juniper – Pine
Lavender – Rose
Lemon Grass – Lemon Peel
Lemon Verbena – Lemon Grass, Lemon Peel
Mace – Nutmeg
Mandrake – Tobacco
Mastic Gum – Gum Arabic, Frankincense
Mint – Sage
Mistletoe – Mint, Sage
Mugwort – Wormwood
Neroli Oil – Orange Oil
Nightshade – Tobacco
Nutmeg – Mace, Cinnamon
Oakmoss – Patchouli
Orange- Tangerine Peel
Orange Flower – Orange Peel
Patchouli – Oak Moss
Peppermint – Spearmint
Pepperwort – Rue, Grains of Paradise, Black Pepper
Pine – Juniper
Pine Resin – Frankincense, Copal
Red Sandalwood – Sandalwood and Dragons Blood
Rose – Yarrow
Rose Geranium – Rose
Rue – Rosemary, w/pinch of Black Pepper
Saffron – Orange Peel
Sandalwood – Cedar
Sarsaparilla – Sassafras
Sassafras – Sarsaparilla
Spearmint – Peppermint
Sulfur – Tobacco; Club Moss, Asafetida
Thyme – Rosemary
Tobacco – Bay
Tonka Bean – Dear Tongue, Woodruff, Vanilla Bean
Trefoil – Cinquefoil
Valerian – Asafetida
Vanilla – Woodruff, Deer Tongue, Tonka Bean
Vetivert – Calamus
Wolfsbane – Tobacco
Wood Aloe – Sandalwood w/Ambergris Oil
Woodruff – Deer Tongue, Vanilla
Wormwood – Mugwort
Yarrow – Rose
Yew – Tobacco
Element of Air: Sairys (Dragons of breezes and winds)
The element of Air governs the eastern quarter of the circle. Its dragon ruler is Sairys (sair’-iss), who oversees the dragons of breezes and winds. Its color is pure yellow; it is considered warm and moist. The positive association of Air are: sunrise, spring, incense, the wand, the gong or bell, clouds, breezes, the breath, optimism, joy, intelligence, mental quickness, renewing, any kind of helpful air. Negative associations are: frivolity, gossip, fickleness, inattention, bragging, forgetfulness, windstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, destructive air in any form.
Dragons of the element of Air belong to a family of draconic beings whose subspecies include those of wind, storm, and weather. At times they join forces with the dragons of fire and volcanoes, seas and other waters, mountains and forests, and chaos. Just as no one element works totally alone, whether in magickal endeavors or physical activities, elemental dragons join their great powers to accomplish tasks. Sometimes there is conflict of elemental powers, producing great atmospheric and environmental disturbances, but mostly the elemental dragons work in harmony.
Many Vietnamese pagoda roofs are decorated at the end of the ridge poles with ch’i wen dragons (mouth drums), who swallow evil influences, and at athe eaves with the chao feng (dawn winds), who catch and distribute the good vibrations. Several of the temples in the ruins of Angkor Wat have what are known as makara dragons carved on the lintels above the doorway. These dragons carved near these sculptures, but also a metaphorical doorway, necessary for spiritual growth.
Dragons of the Sun
Color: Yellow or gold
Stones: Zircon, jacinth, goldstone, topaz, yellow diamond, chrysalis.
Plants: Acacia, bay laurel, benzoic, cassia, chamomile, sweet cicely, cinnamon, clove, frankincense, ginger, juniper, mastic, myrrh, oak, patchouli, rosemary storax.
Oils: Bay laurel, cinnamon, clove, frankincense, ginger, patchouli, rosemary styrax.
Rituals Involving: Health, healing, confidence, hope, prosperity, vitality, personal fulfillment, immediate family, life-energy, money, favor, honor, promotion, success, support of those in power, friendship.
Strength of Body, Vitality,
I ask now that you give to me,
Sun Dragon, Look on me with favor,
that Power, riches I may savor.
I need a boost of confidence,
A circle firm of friendships true,
New hope that’s based on truthfulness,
Sun Dragon, for these I do thank you.
I seek your gift of personal fulfillment.
Harken, Sun Dragon!
Grant me success on my spiritual path,
Bless me, Sun Dragon!
Folk names: Cape Gum, Egyptian Thorn, Gum Arabic Tree, Kikwata, Mkwatia, Mgunga, Mokala
Deities: Osiris, Astarte, Ishtar, Diana, Ra
Powers: Protection, Psychic Powers
Ritual Uses: The wood is used as fuel in sacred fires in India, and is also used in building temples.
Magickal Uses: A sprig of the tree placed over the bed wards off evil, as it does when tucked into the turban in Eastern countries. When the wood is burned with sandalwood the psychic powers are stimulated. Acacia is also used in money and love spells, although in the latter case the outcome would be a platonic love.