In ancient times, people tended to use the concept of resemblance in the application and practice of medicine and the law of similarity to the practice of magic. These ideas were central to the understanding and prediction of which plants, roots and herbs would be curative of specific diseases, and which would have a supernatural effect on a given condition. Using the concept of resemblance, for example, ailments of the spleen were treated with the the common fern Asplenium scolopendrium as it bears a striking resemblance to a spleen. The leaf of Hepatica acutiloba was shaped like the liver, so it was used to treat liver disorders, and the leaf of the Cyclamen persicum resembles an ear, and so it was used to treat earaches. This ideology was prevalent through the 16th century.
In the 1500s, Paracelsus von Hohenheim (1493–1541) referred to the concept of resemblance as the Doctrine of Signatures. He believed that by observing the physical properties and characteristics of plants one could tell which ones were used in healing the conditions of humankind. Characteristics such as smell, shape, color, the time of growth, and when a flower blossomed were all indicators of a specific plants’ given medicinal use. Paracelsus noticed that the Christmas rose (Helleborus niger) flowered in winter, for example, and thus concluded that it had rejuvenating powers. He then introduced it to the pharmacopoeia and recommended it for elderly people (Pearce, 2008).
In the early 1600’s Jakob Böhme (1575-1624) from Görlitz, Germany wrote "Signatura Rerum; The Signature of all Things". His book espoused a spiritual philosophy; however it soon was adopted for its medical application. The Doctrine states that, by observation, one can determine from the color of the flowers or roots, the shape of the leaves, the place of growing, or other signatures, what the plant's purpose was in God's plan. The central idea to the Doctrine of Signatures is the belief that everything was created with God the Creator’s divine signature. The Heavenly artist signed each living thing with a special mark indicating the purpose for the creation of the organism. We know the purpose by observing the visual cues and signature associations. This idea is not limited to just plants, however. It has also informed us as to the use of how animal parts and minerals have been used medicinally.
Although the Doctrine of Signatures traditionally refers to plants and their characteristics, in Southern rootwork the same train of thought is applied to animals and minerals. If the goal is for a couple to fight like cats and dogs for example, cat and dog hair is employed in workings and formulas. If help is needed with making important decisions, crossroads dirt may be used. If an improvement in finances is desired, then dirt from a bank may be used.
SOME DIRTS AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE IN CONJURE WORK
Dirt from a bank - Use to attract money, heal financial woes, fix credit, and secure a loan. Anoint a green candle with Algiers Fast Luck Oil and dust with dirt from a bank and burn during a waxing moon.
Crossroads dirt - Use for decision making and opening roads. Anoint a Red Candle with Papa Legba Conjure Oil and set in a dish of crossroads dirt and burn during a waning moon to remove obstacles.
Dirt from a police station - Use to guard and protect your home and property or to send the law someone's way who deserves it. Sprinkle some dirt from a police station in some cactus placed by the front door to keep the law away or add to Peace Lillies indoors to maintain order inside the home.
Dirt from a court house- Use to influence or win legal cases and to achieve justice in a situation. Anoint a yellow candle with Court Case Conjure Oil and dust with dirt from a courthouse. Burn three days before going to court.
Church Dirt - Used for blessings, protection, and purification. Sprinkle a little in the four corners of the house to cleanse it of negativity. Anoint a white candle with Mama Mary Spiritual Oil and dust with some church dirt and burn at any time in the living room to foster peace and harmony in the home, and to attract blessings.
Graveyard Dirt - Graveyard dirt is employed for literally hundred of tricks and spells. Employed in aggressive love magic, curses, protection work. Dirt from the grave of a loved one can be kept on your Ancestor Altar.
Dirt from a Mudslide - Use to make sticky situations and clingy individuals slide away from you. Mix rain water, mud, and okra and put in a jar along with a photo of the person you want to stay away from you, or a written petition of the situation you wish to slide off of you. Seal it, shake it, and bury it somewhere far away from your home.
Dirt from a Rose Garden - Use to make love grow, nurture romantic relationships, and to foster love. Add to mojo bags or dust a red candle and burn during a full moon.
Dirt from a Vegetable Garden - Use to attract abundance and ensure your family will never go hungry. Keep a small amount wrapped in a paper on which you have written the 23rd Psalm.
I am happy to offer a select number of mineral and zoological specimens for use in your magickal or educational pursuits. These specimens are provided for their ethnographic value and interest only. The use and application of our mineral and zoological specimens is solely at the customer's risk.
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