Bay Leaves Whole, No collection of magick herbs would be complete without bay leaves, a wonderfully all-purpose herb. This herb is sacred to Apollo, g...
Bay Leaves Whole, No collection of magick herbs would be complete without bay leaves, a wonderfully all-purpose herb. This herb is sacred to Apollo, god of healing, poetry, music, light, prophecy, and surprisingly, plague. It is sometimes called Daphne because of the ancient Greek story featuring Apollo. Apollo said that if he could not have her for his love, he would have at least the leaves of the tree to decorate his harp and wear as a crown. That's why in ancient times, crowns for military victors were made of bay leaves.
Inhaling the scent of these burning leaves is said to help increase psychic ability. Witches often stuff dream pillows with bay to help encourage divinatory dreams. This herb makes a nice incense when mixed either with white sandalwood (Mercury) or with other Sun substances like frankincense or cedar. Because of bay leaves' association with love, they are also combined with various other herbs to make a handfasting incense, and it is said to attract lovers, especially men, probably because of the myth about Daphne.
You can make a good oil for dressing candles or blessing musical instruments (which are ruled by Apollo) by crumpling or grinding the herb and infusing them in Sun-warmed oil (sunflower would be a nice Sun oil to use--add a couple drops of vitamin E to help preserve it).
Bay leaves are protective of the home and person (when worn as an amulet). During the waxing moon, wishes can be written on the leaves, which are then burned on the Full Moon to empower the wish. In the Celtic Wheel of the Year, this herb is associated with Imbolc, celebration of midwinter. In the zodiac, it is connected to Leo. Bay is also known as laurel, sweet bay, bay tree, baie, Daphne, Grecian laurel, laurier d'Apollon, laurier sauce, lorbeer, noble laurel, and Roman laurel. It is known as Blue Jay in herbal codes