Lunaria Annua has different names the Annual Honesty flower, Money plant or Silver Dollar Plant. It is one of the flowers for those born under the zodiac sign of the Cancer.
In this blog we will explore why this flower makes an ideal pick for Cancerians. We’ll look in the various myths of this delicate yet beautiful flower.
We’ll also look into the various folklore and symbolism of this flower and how it was used for magical and alchemical purposes. Let’s get right into it.
Lunaria Annua and Cancer Zodiac sign
In astrology the Cancer zodiac is considered a water sign and rules the 4th house of the birthchart.
This house rules the family and home matters, furthermore, it reveals the relationship with have with our mothers.
Lunaria Annua makes a perfect fit for this sign because it is associated to the moon.
Cancer Zodiac Traits
The moon is the ruler of Cancer sign. They are sensitive in nature but shine in how much nurturing they can provide to oth
Cancerian natives are ruled by the moon. They are sensitive in nature but shine in how much nurturing they can provide to others.
In astrology the moon is associated to the mother archetype, hence the sensitive and nurturing aspect that Cancerians have. The moon is also associated to tides on earth which can also be a metaphor to their own emotions.
If you know a cancer or are one yourself, you would undoubtedly notice their goofy side but also their ability to retreat into themselves when faced with confrontations.
So why does the Lunaria Annua make a great flower for our dear Cancerians? The answer is found in an ancient practice called Alchemy, more specifically Spagyric Alchemy.
From this practice we have acquired the knowledge to work with plants in a variety of ways for different kinds of scenarios.
Lunaria Annua is one of the plants found under the dominion of the Moon without it linking it to any other planet. Similarly myths surrounding this plant links it back to the moon.
Lunaria Annua Mythology
In an old Germanic legend the Lunaria Annua is called Flower of the Cow or Cow Io. Io was the daughter of Inachus (the river god of Argos) and she was beloved by Jupiter.
However, Juno (equivalent of Hera) was displeased by this affair and persecuted her.
Jupiter seeing this persecution requests Tellus (Earth) to produce a herb to spring that would provide for the metamorphosed nympth suitable nourishment. And hence this mistress was changed into the Flower of the cow.
Futher East in India, the Vedic Scriptures portray the moon(Soma) as slaying monsters and serpents. The Moon is also called the fruitier of vegetation and the guardian of celestial ambrosia.
Similarly to Western Alchemy, in Eastern Alchemy the Moon and its plant are both used a elixirs.
Lunaria Annua Magical Powers
Lunaria Annua is an important plant for witches and alchemist after all it’s linked to the moon and perfect for rituals. Let’s look into some of the magical powers that this plant was used for.
- It was used as a money spell:
1. Place one lunaria in the socket of a candlestick then use a green candle to burn down the socket.
2. Carry one Lunaria seed in your purse or your pocket.
- Horseshoe Vetch was the name of Lunaria Annua as it was believed to have the power of unshoeing horses.
It was due to its ancient magical power as a pick-lock.
- It was used as an antidote against madness.
If you enjoyed our blog on the lunaria plant then don’t miss out on our other blogs of plants and flowers under the dominion of the moon.
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