First Fall Wild Harvest ☼ Seeds ☼ Yarrow

While wondering through the woodlands, that I have now come to call my home, I stumbled upon an array of young seed heads, some in the beginning stages of formation, and to my delight some that were already   fully formed. Yarrow {Achillea millefolium} in particular, with it’s beautiful fully formed seed heads and delicate lace like arrangement held me captivated, if only for a few moments time. After a moment of due gratitude given to this humble and soft spoken plant, I began to gather, with gentle hands, from her, seeds, to be planted the following spring. 

☼ Yarrow Folklore 

Gender  Female

Planet ☼ Venus

Element ☼ Water

Powers ☼ Courage, Love, Psychic, Exorcism 

When worn, yarrow protects the wearer, and when held in the hand, it stops all fear and grants courage. A bunch of dried yarrow hung over the bed or yarrow used in wedding decorations ensures a love lasting at lest seven years. Yarrow is also used in love spells. Carrying yarrow not only brings love but it also attracts friends and distant relations you wish to contact. It draws the attention of those you most want to see. Yarrow is also used to exorcise evil and negativity form a person, place, or thing. ~Scott Cunningham 

Also called Achillea, the perennial herb named after Achilles was thought to be the witches herb. ~Jeanne Rose 

The stalks are used when consulting the I Ching, The Chinese Book Of Changes. Sleeping with yarrow under a maiden’s pillow would help bring her future husband to her in a dream. It has also been used to test fertility in England. Old Wise Women’s Trick ~ the women tickles the inside of her lover’s nostril, and if it bleeds, he’s faithful. ~Jeannine Parvati