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Sunday, February 10, 2013
Snake Safety Spells
Agates: Agates are carried as talismans of safety from both snakes and scorpions. Although plain agate is allegedly effective, the talisman is more potent if engraved with either the image of a snake or of a person, preferably you or at least someone resembling you, riding upon a snake.
Alkanet: Among its magic powers, alkanet not only allegedly protects against snakebite but also helps counter and control fears of snakes.
Ash leaves and twigs: Allegdly snakes will not cross over a boundary formed from mingled ash leaves and twigs. If you live in a snake infested area, it might be worth a try.
Black Snake Root: Make an infusion of black snake root (black cohosh) and add it to your bathwater, so that your aroma will allegedly repel snakes. (Note: Black snake root is not safe for use by pregnant women).
Contraveneno: Contraveneno is a large black bean, marked on one side with a cross. A staple of Latin American magic, there is apparently n o English nickname for Fevellea cordifolia. The bean is poisonous but is used as a magical weapon to prevent snakebite and attack from other venomous creatures. Carry it in a charm bag around your neck. Do not consume it.
Galbanum: The aroma of galbanum allegedly repels snakes. Burn it as incense or warm the essential oil in an aroma burner. You may also add it to your perfume.
Elder: Elder magically guards against snakes and all manner of fierce creatures, including (allegedly), mosquitoes. Carry elder twigs in your pocket or conjure bag to prevent attack.
Juniper: The aroma of burning juniper wood and leaves also allegedly repels serpents.
Plantain: This refers to the common garden herb, not the member of the banana family. Charge plantain with it's mission of protection. Carry it in your pocket to guard against snakebite.
Raspberry: Carry a piece of root from a raspberry vine to magically protect against snakebite.
Serpentine: Serpentine is named for its affiliation with snakes. Carry it as a charm for safety from them. Serpentine may also be used to cement a relationship with snakes. It provides safety without repelling.
Shark's Teeth: Fossilized shark's teeth were once believed to be snakes' tongues. They are still believed to have a magical affinity for snakes. Soak a shark's tooth in wine, and then drink the wine to assist in healing snakebite.
Tamarisk: Burning tamarisk branches allegedly wards off snakes.
Wild Dagga: Wild dagga, an African plant, allegedly repels snakes. Maintain living plants in snake-prone areas and burn the dried leaves as needed.
From: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells