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Rosa canina | Dog rose

Updated: Jan 2

Rosa canina, known as dog rose or wild rose, is a species of rose native to Europe, northwest Africa, and western Asia. It has a long history of traditional uses and carries several magical correspondences.


rosa canina botanical illustration

Botanical Information:

  • Plant Type: Rosa canina is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 2-3 meters in height.

  • Leaves and Flowers: The plant has pinnate leaves with serrated edges, and it produces pink or white, five-petaled flowers with a mild fragrance.

  • Fruits (Rose Hips): The red or orange fruit, called a rose hip, is often used in herbal remedies and for making jams, jellies, and teas. It is known for its high vitamin C content.


Medicinal Uses:

  • Rich in Vitamin C: Rose hips are known for their high vitamin C content, making them a traditional remedy for preventing and treating colds.

  • Immune Support: Dog Rose is valued for its immune-boosting properties, attributed to its vitamin and antioxidant content.

  • Anti-Inflammatory: It has been used in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties, beneficial for joint pain and arthritis.

  • Digestive Tonic: Rose hip tea is used as a digestive tonic, helping with indigestion and constipation.

  • Skin Care: Rose hip oil is employed in skincare for its rejuvenating properties and is believed to reduce scars and wrinkles.

Magical Correspondences:

  • Love and Beauty: Roses, in general, are strongly associated with love, beauty, and matters of the heart. Rosa canina shares these correspondences, making it suitable for love spells and rituals.

  • Protection: Roses, including Rosa canina and rose hips specifically, are often used in protective spells and charms to ward off negative energy and protect against harm.

  • Psychic Abilities: Some practitioners believe that rose hips enhance one's psychic and intuitive abilities.


Elemental Correspondences:

  • Element: Water. The gentle and flowing nature of water is associated with emotions, intuition, and purification, which align with the energies of roses, including Rosa canina.


Planetary and Astrological Correspondences:

  • Planet: Venus. Venus is often linked to love, beauty, and matters of the heart, and roses, including Rosa canina, resonate with these energies.

  • Astrological Signs: Taurus and Libra, both ruled by Venus, are associated with roses and Rosa canina.


Associated Deities and Traditions:

  • Rosa canina is often associated with various goddesses, especially those connected to love, beauty, and nature, such as Aphrodite, Venus, and Freyja.

  • It is commonly used in various pagan and Wiccan traditions for love spells, rituals, and celebrations of love and beauty, such as handfastings and weddings.


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