ACACIA (Acacia Senegal)
Folk Names: Cape Gum, Gum Arabic, Egyption Thorn, Kikwata, Mgunga, Mkwatia, Mokala
Powers: Cleansing, Contact the dead, Protection, Psychic Powers
Acacia is native to the Sudan region in Africa, as well as Oman, Pakistan, and northwestern India. It grows to a height of 5-12m, with a trunk up to 30 cm in diameter.
The Egyptians wove their funeral wreaths with Acacia leaves, their mummies wrappings were coated with the liquid made from Acacia. Christian belief is Christ’s crown of thorns was from Acacia, and possibly the crucifix. The Bible recounts the bush of Moses was also an Acacia as well as Noah’s Ark. In honor of a departed friend, the ancient Hebrews planted a sprig. Acacia is known to stand for immortality and initiation as well as a symbol of an eternal and pure soul. In ritual the leaves are burned as incense or used to sprinkle blessed water.
Deities: Astarte. Diana. Ishtar, Osiris, Ra
Element: Air (Mental Powers, Visions, Psychic Powers, Wisdom)
Planet: Sun (Healing, Legal Matters, Protection)
Magical & Ritual Uses:
- Burn for altar offerings or purification.
- To ward off evil: Place a sprig over the bed.
- To Open the Mind to Visions: Burn the leaves on charcoal to induce spiritual phenomena and develop psychic power, add Frankincense and Myrrh to intensify the effect.
- For Meditation & Inspiration: Burn the leaves on charcoal.
- Acacia is also used in money and love spells.
- It can be used as an emblem of immortality and initiation, as a sense of resurrection.
- To Contact the Dead: Dip the leaves in holy water and sprinkle your altar with the water, or burn it as incense to communicate with or to memorialize the dead.
- The wood is ideal for a sacred chest to hold ritual tools. If you can’t obtain the wood, you can use the herb to consecrate your box and sacred tools.
- To Cleanse a Sacred Space: Burn the dried gum as incense. The leaves or wood can be infused to create sacred water for asperging. Acacia may be used for blessing any sacred space. (A temple, Circle or storage area and magical possessions)
- Catherine Yronwode: Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic
- Paul Beyerl: A Compendium of Herbal Magick
- Paul Huson: Mastering Herbalism: A Practical Gude
- Scott Cunningham: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
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