Rosemary is a well-known, aromatic evergreen shrub whose leaves are used as a flavoring in foods such as stuffing, roast lamb, pork, chicken and turkey. According to legend, Rosemary was draped around the Greek goddess Aphrodite when she rose from the sea, born of Zeus’ semen. The Virgin Mary is said to have spread her blue cloak over a white-blossomed rosemary bush when she was resting, and the flowers turned blue. The shrub then became known as the ‘Rose of Mary’
Folklore and Customs
Recognized in many customs across the world, the plant is said to improve the memory.
In the Middle Ages, rosemary was associated with wedding ceremonies. The bride would wear a rosemary headpiece and the groom and wedding guests would all wear a sprig of rosemary, and from this association with weddings, rosemary evolved into a love charm. Newlywed couples would plant a branch of rosemary on their wedding day. If the branch grew, it was a good omen for the union and family. If a young person would tap another with a rosemary sprig and if the sprig contained an open flower, it was said that the couple would fall in love.
Rosemary was used as a divinatory herb. Several herbs were grown in pots and assigned the name of a potential lover. They were left to grow and the plant that grew the strongest and fastest gave the answer. Rosemary was stuffed into poppets (cloth dolls) to attract a lover or attract curative vibrations for illness. It was believed that placing a sprig of rosemary under a pillow before sleep would repel nightmares, and if placed outside the home it would repel witches. Somehow, the use of rosemary in the garden to repel witches turned into signification that the woman ruled the household in homes and gardens where rosemary grew abundantly.
Rosemary and the Third Eye Chakra
Rosemary is highly connected to Ajna, the sixth chaka of the Mind’s Eye.
“He who meditates successfully on this center destroys the karma of all past lives, and becomes a liberated soul. Intuitional knowledge is obtained through this chakra, the seat of primordial power and soul. It is here that yogis consciously put their prana at the time of death. All yogis, particularly jnanis, concentrate on this center and OM.”
- Swami Vishnu-devananda, Meditation and Mantras
A satchel can be created to help aid in the focus of memories and to overcome their bearing on your present self.
Begin by removing the leaves of rosemary from their stems until you have a pile large enough to fill the satchel. Wrap the leaves in a white cloth that has been bathed in Rosemary oil infusion to avoid the leaves stabbing through the satchel.
Sew three sides of two pieces of white cloth together with dark indigo thread. Place the wrapping into the satchel cloth and seal the satchel closed.
Charge the satchel by lighting two white candles and sandlewood incense and repeating:
“Quiet mind, now be still.
Focus now on what I now will.”