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Chelidonium majus | Celandine

Updated: Jan 2

Chelidonium majus, commonly known as Greater celandine or swallow wort, is a vibrant yellow wildflower with a long history of medicinal and magical use. It is a member of the poppy family, Papaveraceae, and it is native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa.

chelidonium majus celandine botanical illustration

Botanical Information:

  • Plant Type: Chelidonium majus is a herbaceous perennial plant that belongs to the poppy family (Papaveraceae).

  • Height: Greater celandine plants can grow to be 2-3 feet tall.

  • Leaves: The leaves of greater celandine are deeply lobed, somewhat resembling those of the poppy plant.

  • Flowers: It produces bright yellow, four-petaled flowers with a similar appearance to those of some poppy species.

  • Roots: The roots are thick and branched, and they are a source of the plant's medicinal and magical properties.

Magickal Properties

  • Prosperity: Greater celandine is associated with prosperity and abundance. It is said to attract wealth and good fortune.

  • Protection: Greater celandine is also associated with protection and warding off evil. It is often used in amulets and charms to protect against harm.

  • Clairvoyance: Greater celandine is said to enhance clairvoyance and psychic abilities. It is often used in rituals and spellwork to enhance intuition and divinatory powers.

Elemental Correspondences

  • Element: Fire

  • Planet: Mars

  • Color: Red

  • Deities: Mars, Hecate

  • Chakras: Sacral, Root

  • Tarot Card: The Emperor

Associated Deitites and Traditions

  • Mars: The Roman god of war, Mars is associated with the fiery energies and protective properties of Greater celandine.

  • Hecate: The Greek goddess of witchcraft and the crossroads, Hecate is also associated with the transformative and protective properties of Greater celandine.

  • Witchcraft: Greater celandine has been used in witchcraft for centuries to protect against harm, enhance psychic abilities, and connect with the divine.

Using Chelidonium Majus in Magick

Greater celandine is a versatile and powerful herb that can be used in a variety of magical practices.

Here are some specific ways to use Chelidonium Majus in magick:

  • Create a Chelidonium Majus incense blend to invoke the energies of prosperity, protection, and clairvoyance.

  • Add a few drops of Chelidonium Majus oil to a bath to promote relaxation, enhance intuition, and ward off evil.

  • Use Chelidonium Majus in rituals and spellwork to attract wealth, protect against harm, and enhance psychic abilities.

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