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Aconitum napellus | Monkshood

Aconitum napellus, commonly known as monkshood or wolfsbane, is a poisonous flowering plant native to western and central Europe.


Botanical information:

Aconitum napellus is a herbaceous perennial plant that can grow up to 1.5 meters tall. It has deeply divided leaves and produces tall spikes of blue, purple, or white hood-shaped flowers.


Magical correspondences:

Aconitum napellus is associated with protection, banishing, and purification magic. It is believed to have the power to ward off evil spirits and protect against negative energy. It is also used in banishing rituals to remove negative influences from one's life.


Elemental correspondences:

  • Water: Aconitum napellus is associated with the element of water because of its deep blue flowers and its connection to the depths of the unconscious mind.

  • Earth: Aconitum napellus is also associated with the element of earth because of its connection to the physical world and its deep roots in the ground.


Planetary and astrological correspondences:

  • Saturn: Aconitum napellus is associated with the planet Saturn because of its associated with wisdom, discipline, and transformation. Saturn is also associated with limitations, responsibility, and karma.


Associated deities and traditions:

  • Hekate: Aconitum napellus is associated with the Greek goddess Hekate because of her association with magic, witchcraft, and the crossroads. Hecate is also associated with the underworld and the shadow self.

  • Triple Goddess: Aconitum napellus is also associated with the Triple Goddess, a symbol of the phases of the moon and the cycles of life. The crone aspect of the Triple Goddess is associated with wisdom, discipline, and endings.

  • Wild Hunt: Aconitum napellus is also associated with the Wild Hunt, a mythical group of spectral riders led by the god Odin. The Wild Hunt is said to ride through the night, causing chaos and destruction.


Uses in Rituals, Spellwork and Magic

Aconitum napellus is a powerful and dangerous plant that should only be used by experienced practitioners. It can be used in rituals and spellwork to protect against evil spirits, negative energies, and harm. Aconitum napellus can also be used to gain power, ambition, and leadership.


Examples of Use

  • To create a protective amulet, carry a piece of dried monkshood with you.

  • To perform a banishing ritual, burn monkshood outside or place a monkshood plant on your altar.

  • To gain power, ambition, and leadership, add monkshood oil to your magical sachets or wear jewelry/lockets with monkshood.


It is important to note that aconitum napellus is a highly toxic plant and can be fatal if ingested. It is only recommended for use by experienced practitioners who are well-versed in its properties and risks.


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