Herbs & Fruits – Rose of Jericho

This plant is making a big comeback in the magickal world, although it has been hanging out for quite a while. Literally. This plant can last for years, in it’s tumbleweed state, with no water.

Selaginella lepidophylla is what is commonly referred to as the Rose of Jericho in the magickal circle, but did you know that is’t it’s real name? It is a tumbleweed as well as a resurrection plant but is also has many nicknames including: flower of stone, false rose of Jericho, resurrection moss, dinosaur plant, siempre viva, stone flower, and doradilla. The real Rose of Jericho is Anastatica, named by John Gerard in the 16th century found in the Middle East, Africa, Palestine, and Egypt. The plant we are talking about today is found in the Americas, in arid climates discovered by the Spanish missionaries.

Despite its name, Rose of Jericho is not a rose at all. It is a small green plant, usually sold in a dried, compact ball. When it is soaked in water, it opens up its feathery, fern-like leaves and becomes green again. If it dries out, it goes back to its dry state. Since it can seemingly die and be reborn again, it is also called the “resurrection plant.” This ability is also the source of its powerful spiritual and magical properties. It is a must-have plant for practitioners of hoodoo, Santeria, Espiritismo, Brujeria, and other paths. In Santeria and Yoruba traditions, it is sometimes considered sacred to the Orisha Shango.

Awakening Rose of Jericho

After buying the Rose of Jericho plant, it needs to be watered and “woken up” again. If you are planning on using it for spiritual purposes, there is a special way to do this. First, buy a bowl large enough to hold the plant once it opens up. (Glass bowls are best, but make sure whatever bowl you choose is sealed or glazed with non-toxic material.) Next, hold the dried plant in your hands. When you do this, feel the energy of the plant. Meditate, say prayers, chant, picture it filling with golden light, or do whatever other spiritual practices feel right to you. When the plant feels ready, place it in the water. Replace the water with clean water every few days. The dry Rose of Jericho should not be submerged under water. Instead, place your Rose of Jericho in a bowl with water, after half an hour, it will start opening. You can use cold, warm or it is said, even boiling water Water it every day for up to 7 days. Then allow to dehydrate completely (about 2 days), the Jericho will close its branches and curl back into a ball. Then you can re-use it again and again. Many families will carefully keep the plant, passing it from generation to generation as a cherished item.

Rose of Jericho Water for Wealth

The water used to revive Rose of Jericho is often used to increase wealth. It can be sprinkled on counters, tables, or cash registers to bring in more business, or added to floor washes for good fortune. Many hoodoo practitioners keep a Rose of Jericho plant in water by their front door, with a couple of coins added to the water. This water is used to wash the front door, to help keep money flowing into the home.

Rose of Jericho for Protection

Because it is a holy plant, Rose of Jericho can be used to protect, too. Use it to wash protective jewelry, amulets, or medals. Dip your fingers into the water, and draw a cross on the back of your front door to keep evil out. The water can also be used as Holy Water, or as a base for making spiritual waters.

Removing the Evil Eye with Rose of Jericho Water

If you are the subject of envy or the evil eye, Rose of Jericho water can remove it. On a Tuesday or Friday morning, place an Azabache Hand on top of the Rose of Jericho plant, and place a white candle or candle against the evil eye in front of the plant’s bowl. Every day for three days, light the candle and meditate in front of it. On the third day, sprinkle your home, yard, windows, and doors with the water. While you do this, ask your spirit guides and the spirit of the Rose of Jericho plant to remove the evil eye from you.

Rose of Jericho Good Luck Candle Spell

Start this ritual when the moon is waxing (increasing in size). For this, you will need a gold candle, some Rose of Jericho water, and Rose of Jericho oil. Hold the candle in your hands, and imagine it filling with the energy of good luck and prosperity. If you have any specific things you need luck with, carve the word or symbol for them into the wax. Next, wash the candle with the Rose of Jericho water. Allow it to air dry, then dress it with the oil. Set it in a safe place. Once a day, light the candle, sit quietly, and pray or meditate on the good luck coming your way. When you are done, snuff and thank the candle. Repeat every day for seven days leading up to the full moon.

Even without flowers, the Rose of Jericho is a beautiful, special, sacred plant. Its water is a gift, filled with potent spiritual energy. Save the water, and use it on yourself, your belongings, and your home to bring in prosperity, keep away evil and envy, and protect you from misfortune.

There are many magickal properties associated with the Resurrection Plant.

– This is a plant said to be an everlasting plant with magical properties. Place the plant in a saucer or shallow bowl of water and watch it grow. The water is said to have mystical qualities and can be sprinkled about the house to erase negative influences, bring peace, harmony and abundance.

– Carry dry clippings on your person to absorb negative energy. The Rose of Jericho is said to erase negative influences, bring peace, harmony and abundance.

– It is is a rare magickal botanical, sought after for use in Voodoo and Santeria traditions for love and money spells. While another traditional Witchraft use is to use the water to cleanse yourself self before ritual or spell work, wash floors, doorways and anoint candles.

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