Mandragora

The Mandrake (Mandragora) is a rare Mediterranean plant with much lore and history behind it.  References to the poisonous root and its pleasantly scented fruits can be found throughout mythology,  in folklore associated with witches, and even in the Bible.  Earliest recorded use of this plant dates back over three thousand years.  In addition to…

Enki, Sumerian Lord of the Earth

Enki, or the “Lord of the Earth, is also known as Ea and is the Sumerian god of magic, wisdom, creation, mischief, and certain types of water. He is the perfect image of masculine virility and there is a lot of focus on metaphors regarding the creative powers of his semen as well as the…

Ereshkigal, Sumerian Queen of the Great Earth

She is the Queen of the Underworld in ancient Sumerian religion. Ereshkigal and her brother Enki were born when Anu’s (the earliest “Sky Father” god) tears met the waters of Nammu (a primeval sea goddess). Ereshkigal was kidnapped by the great dragon Kur and taken to the underworld. Her brother Enki attempted to rescue her,…

Hekate and her Plants

Hekate is the goddess of witches, mother of the witch Circe and aunt of the witch Medea (depending on sources). Many witches work with Hekate, and while I currently don’t work with her, I do find her to be an amazing source of inspiration when it comes to plants. You could say plants are a…