Botanical Name: Vaccinium myrtillus
Other Names: Bog Berry, Whortleberry, Bog Huckleberry
Attributes: Protection, Luck, Happiness
The Farrars’ Eight Sabbats for Witches describe the bilberry as being deeply linked to the Celtic Harvest Festival, which today is commonly known as Lammas or Lughnasadh.
The people of Cheshire are said to eat the berries picked on Lammas with cream and milk for good luck. In Ireland, there are still numerous county festivals centred around the picking of the bilberries on Lughnasadh.
Magickal Uses: Bilberries have long been considered as protective herbs. When employed esoterically, the dried leaves may be powdered and sprinkled around the perimeters of a household or otherwise burnt as an incense to protect the inhabitants within from malign forces and to drive away negativity. An incense of bilberry leaves is also said to generate luck and facilitate in the acquisition of material desires or wealth. The leaves may be encased in a medicine pouch or juju bag and carried upon one’s person during travelling to protect one from harm. When worn next to one’s skin, it is said to effectively nullify nearly all forms of psychical attacks. The protective properties of the leaf are also possessed by the berries, and it is said in folklore that eating foodstuffs containing the berry effective de-hexes a person of any spell or enchantment.
Carrying a sachet in which bilberry leaves are placed will increase your luck, keep away evil and break hexes or curses. Eating the berries provide protection from within. Placing some bilberry fruit or the leaves of the plant around the entrances to your home can prevent malign influences from entering. Bilberry can also be used in spells or rituals to attract love or success. Bilberries may also be used as part of the temple decoration for the Lammas Feast.
This is available in two choices of packaging:
- a portion of 3-4 generous tablespoons in a convenient Ziploc bag.
- a 50ml hexagonal glass jar full.
Both are provided with an information card.
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