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Rubus idaeus | Raspberry

Updated: Jun 3

Rubus idaeus, commonly known as red raspberry, is a species of flowering plant in the rose family (Rosaceae). It is native to Europe and Asia but has become widely cultivated and naturalized in various parts of the world. Red raspberries are well-known for their delicious, sweet, and juicy berries, which are commonly used in culinary applications, such as jams, pies, and desserts.

Botanical Information:

  • Plant Type: Red raspberry is a deciduous shrub that produces canes with thorny stems. It typically grows in dense thickets and can reach a height of several feet.

  • Leaves: The leaves are compound, with typically three to five leaflets, and are green and serrated along the edges.

  • Fruit: The edible fruit of red raspberries is a cluster of small, red, juicy drupelets. These berries are harvested and enjoyed for their sweet and slightly tart flavor.

Medicinal Uses

The leaves have been used to treat a variety of ailments, including diarrhea, fever, and inflammation. Raspberry leaf tea is also commonly used to ease menstrual cramps and promote uterine health.

Magical Correspondences:

  • Feminine Energy: Red raspberries are often associated with feminine energy and the Goddess. They are linked to themes of nurturing, abundance, and fertility.

  • Love and Protection: In some traditions, red raspberries are used in love spells and charms to attract love and protect one's home and relationships.

  • Elemental Balance: Raspberries' sweet and juicy nature aligns them with themes of elemental balance and harmony.

Elemental Correspondences

  • Water: Raspberries are associated with the element of water because of their juicy fruits and their connection to the womb.

Planetary and Astrological Correspondences

  • Venus: Raspberries are associated with Venus because of their association with love, beauty, and harmony.

  • Moon: Raspberries are also associated with the moon because of their connection to the emotions and intuition.

Associated Deitites and Traditions

  • Raspberries are associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure.

  • Raspberries are also associated with Hecate, the Greek goddess of witchcraft, magic, and the crossroads.

Uses in Rituals, Spellwork and Magic

Raspberries can be used in a variety of rituals, spellwork, and magic. They can be used to attract love, to strengthen relationships, to heal from heartbreak, to attract money, prosperity, and good luck, and to ward off negative energies and evil spirits.

Examples of Use

  • To attract love, add raspberries to a love spell or wear raspberry jewelry.

  • To strengthen relationships, sprinkle raspberry leaves around your home or carry a raspberry amulet.

  • To heal from heartbreak, meditate with raspberry seed oil or drink raspberry tea.

  • To attract money, prosperity, and good luck, add raspberry to a money spell

  • To ward off negative energies and evil spirits, place raspberry branches around your home or burn raspberry incense.


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