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Crocus sativus | Saffron

Updated: Jun 4

Crocus sativus, commonly known as saffron, is a flowering plant in the Iridaceae family. It is native to the Mediterranean region and is now cultivated in many parts of the world. Saffron is a highly prized spice that is derived from the dried stigmas of the crocus flower.


Botanical information:

  • Saffron is a perennial plant that grows to a height of about 20-30 cm.

  • The plant has narrow, grass-like leaves that are around 1 cm wide.

  • The flowers of saffron are a vibrant purple color and are composed of three stigmas, which are harvested to produce the spice.

  • Saffron is typically grown in warm climates and requires a well-draining soil with a pH between 6 and 8.


Magical correspondences:

  • Saffron is associated with the element of fire and is often used in spells and rituals related to love, healing, and purification.

  • It is also believed to enhance psychic abilities and is used in divination rituals.

  • Saffron is associated with the sacral chakra and is believed to enhance creativity and sensuality.

Elemental correspondences:

  • Saffron is associated with the element of fire and is believed to embody the transformative power of this element.

  • It is associated with the sun and is believed to have a warming and energizing effect.


Planetary and astrological correspondences:

  • Saffron is associated with the sun and is believed to enhance the positive qualities associated with this planet, such as vitality, creativity, and confidence.

  • Saffron is also associated with the planet Venus because of its aphrodisiac properties connection to love, beauty, and abundance.

  • It is also associated with the zodiac sign of Leo and is believed to enhance the qualities associated with this sign, such as courage, leadership, and passion.


Associated deities and traditions:

  • Saffron is associated with the Hindu goddess Kali and is often used in her worship.

  • It is also associated with the Greek god Apollo, who is associated with the sun and healing.

  • Saffron has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine and is believed to have a variety of health benefits, including improving mood, reducing inflammation, and boosting the immune system.

  • Saffron is associated with the Greek goddess Aphrodite, who is the goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure.

  • Saffron is also associated with the Hindu god Krishna, who is the god of love, beauty, and joy.


Uses in Rituals, Spellwork and Magic

Saffron is a versatile spice that can be used in a variety of magical practices. It can be used to attract love, passion, and creativity. Saffron can also be used to promote abundance and prosperity.


Examples of Use

  • To attract love, add saffron to a bath or burn saffron incense.

  • To promote creativity, add saffron to a sachet or make saffron tea.

  • To attract abundance, add saffron to a money spell or wear jewelry made with saffron.

  • To connect with the divine feminine, add saffron to a ritual dedicated to Aphrodite or Kali.

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