Scientific Name: Cosmos bipinnatus
Folk or Common Names: Mexican Aster
Numbers: 2 and 8
Parts Commonly Used: The flowers
Magickal Qualities: Harmony; Order; Balance; Simplicity; Confidence
The name Cosmos comes from the Greek kosmos, meaning order, harmony, or the world. The cosmos flower was said to have been named by Spanish mission priests in Mexico who grew them in their mission gardens. The priests felt that because of their symmetrically aligned petals these flowers should be named after the Greek word for “ordered universe.” However, when one closely observes the plant, it not only expresses order and harmony in the blossom’s symmetry, grace, and simplicity, but also in the symmetrically balanced, regularly-doubled production of leaf and blossom stems.
The “cup” of the Cosmos in full bloom is exactly the shape of a dish antenna, and is even “aimed,” at the sky at much the same angle as these wave receivers. The fully-open Cosmos blossom often turns this “dish antenna” somewhat towards the sun. When the wind blows, the blossoms turn their undersides to the direction of the wind so that the inner, fertile disc is sheltered behind a round “parasol” of ray florets.
The gestural shape of the blossom, a broadly opened cup turned towards the sun and the heavens indicates a character of openness and receptivity to messages from outside of the earthly realm.
Because the name Cosmos comes from the Greek word for harmony and order, and the cosmos flower is generally thought to be the symbol of order, harmony, peace and modesty.
- A gift of cosmos flowers will bring good luck.
- When given as a gift to a romantic partner, these flowers are commonly meant to represent the notion of walking together hand in hand, or to express the joys that love and life can bring.
- Plant them in your garden to attract fairies.
- Spend time in meditation with the flowering plants in the garden, and to attune your mind to messages from beyond.
It is said that Cosmos flowers will attract fairies, particularly if grown in a “wild” or uncultivated corner of the garden. This is also the environment where Cosmos is most at home, roadsides and waste places being the natural habitat of this freedom loving flower. It is interesting to reflect that “roadsides and waste places” are recognized in traditional cultures worldwide, as sites for spiritual epiphanies, encounters with spiritual beings in disguise, vision quests, walkabouts, and other metaphysical and transformative experiences of the . . . Cosmos.
The Cosmos has a form and gesture that is graceful, airy, and mobile. It is responsive to every breath of wind or touch by another living thing. It opens outwards in a generous gesture, expanding, trusting, and risking.
At the same time, it is protective of its innermost, female reproductive parts until they are fully ripe and ready to be released. It has an expansive signature in its bounty of blossoms and multitude of seeds that emerge from each blossom.
The blossom’s color signature shows a yellow center, symbolizing a strong solar plexus chakra, with a radiating aura of mauve or magenta, which seems to symbolize the sacralizing of the will by spiritual awareness. This suggests aid to those who feel afraid to assert their will in the world, because they are never quite sure whether their motives are informed enough by the highest possible consciousness.
Along with their harmonious symbolism, cosmos are also representative of October births and 2nd wedding anniversaries, and are frequently given as simple tokens of affection on these particular events. In 1999 the World Kindness Movement in Tokyo adopted the cosmos bipinnatus as the emblem for the organization.
Medicinal and Herbal Uses:
Some botanical sources state that cosmos has “no known uses” (or hazards) as food or medicine, others catagorize it as a weed. It seems extremely benign. Being both highly attractive to insects, and not causing any kind of allergies or skin irritation in humans, it is clearly lacking in irritants. Similarly, being scentless, it seems to lack any significant volatiles.
Eucalyptus is bound to the Moon and Water. It is used magically for protection, purification, and health. The clear bright scent of this plant lends itself perfectly to the cleansing of temples, homes, and the human aura.
- Use leaves stuffed in sachets, pillows, and charms and carry or put in your bed to maintain good health, or anoint a sachet with Eucalyptus oil.
- Place leaves in a mesh bag and hang under the faucet for purification rituals.
- Place leaves around the house for health and protection from illness and unwanted energies.
- Ring a blue or green candle with leaves or flowers for healing energies.
- Cut a branch off a Eucalyptus tree and hang in a sickroom for the healing energy.
- Eucalyptus fragrance is very soothing to highly charged emotional states.
- Use leaves or oils to clean and balance a place or a person.
Note: This post was compiled by Shirley Twofeathers for Magical Ingredients, you may repost and share without karmic repercussions, but only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Blessed be.
What it celebrates:
- Second Harvest, The Mysteries, Equality and Balance
- Day and night are equal and the God prepares to leave His physical body and begin the great adventure into the unseen.
Symbols of Mabon:
- Acorns; Apples; Autumn flowers; Corn; Cornucopia; Dried seeds; Gourds; Grains; Harvested crops; Horns of plenty; Leaves; Marigolds; Nuts; Oak sprigs; Pine and cypress cones; Pomegranates; Red poppies; Wine, Wreaths.
Any of the symbols of Mabon, including acorns, autumn leaves, pine cones, pomegranate, statue of the Triple Goddess in her Mother phase.
Activities of Mabon:
Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over.
Spellworkings of Mabon:
- Protection, prosperity, security, and self-confidence.
- Also those of harmony and balance.
- Acorns; Apples; Beans; Berries; Bread; Corn; Cornbread; Dried fruits; Goat; Grains; Grapes; Hops; Horn of plenty; Indian corn; Nuts; Pomegranates; Roast goose or mutton; Root crops (onions, carrots, potatoes, etc); Seeds; Squash; Sunflower seeds; Wheat bread and wheat products.
- Wine, Ale, and Cider.
- Red, Deep Gold, Orange, Brown, Maroon, Violet, Russet, Yellow, and Indigo.
- Dogs, Wolves, Stag, Birds of Prey (especially the Blackbird, Owl, and Eagle), Salmon, and Goat.
- Mythical Creatures: Gnomes, Sphinx, Minotaurs, Cyclops, Andamans, and Gulons.
- The World
- During Mabon, stones ruled by the Sun will help bring the Sun’s energy to you.
- Clear quartz, Amber, Peridot, Diamond, Gold, Citrine, Cat’s-eye, Aventurine. Yellow Topaz, Carnelian, Sapphire, Yellow Agate, Lapis Lazuli, and Amethyst.
- Also, river or stream stones which have been submerged for the Summer may be used.
- Vines, Garlands (made of these various plants), Gourds, Pine Cones, ferns, Acorns, Wheat, grains, Dried Leaves, Corn, Pomegranate, Ivy, Hazel, Hops, Cedar, Marigold, Milkweed, Thistle, and Tobacco, Walnut leaves and husks, Bittersweet, Rose hips, Oak leaves, Dried apple or apple seeds, Sunflowers.
- Myrrh, Thistles, Tobacco, Oak Leaves, Hazel, Mums, Hops, Acorns, Marigold, Roses, Sage, Milkweed, honeysuckle, Solomon’s Seal, sage, Asters, Ferns, Honeysuckle, Benzoin, Passionflower, Pine, and Cedar, Rue, Yarrow, Rosemary, Saffron, Chamomile, Rose hips, Sunflowers.
- Aloes Wood, Oak moss, Cinnamon, Cloves, Benzoin, Jasmine, Frankincense, Myrrh, and Sage, Black pepper; Patchouly.
- All wine Deities (especially Dionysus and Bacchus)
- Mother aspect of the Triple Goddess, Persephone, Demeter, Ceres, Bona Dea,
- Thor, Modron, Morgan, Snake Woman, Epona, Pamona, Muses, Mabon, Thoth, Thor, Hermes, Thoth, Hotei, Sky Father,
- John Barleycorn, The Green Man, the Wicker-Man, the Corn Man, Harvest Deities, and Aging Deities.
- Burial Cairns, Rattles, and Sun Wheels
It was considered unlucky to cut down the very last of the Harvest, and so was also left to stand in the field by some traditions.
This post was compiled from various sources by Shirley Twofeathers, you may repost and share it only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Blessed be.
- Nature Spirits: Trooping faeries
- Herbs: Copal, Fennel, Rye, Wheat, Valerian, Skullcap
- Colors: Brown, Yellow-Green, Yellow
- Flowers: Narcissus, Lily
- Scents: Storax, Mastic, Gardenia, Bergamot
- Stones: Peridot, Olivine, Chrysolite, Citrine
- Trees: Hazel, Larch, Bay
- Animals: Snake, Jackal
- Birds: Ibis, Sparrow
- Deities: Demeter, Ceres, Isis, Nephthys, Freyja, Ch’ang-O, Thoth
Rest after labor; Balance of Light and Dark. Organize. Clean and straighten up physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual clutter.
- Nature Spirits: Dryads
- Herbs: Chamomile, St. Johns wort, bay angelica, fennel, rue, orange
- Colors: Yellow, gold
- Flowers: Sunflower, marigold
- Scents: Frankincense, heliotrope
- Stones: Cat’s eye, carnelian, jasper, fire agate
- Trees: Hazel, alder, cedar
- Animals: Lion, phoenix, sphinx, dragon
- Birds: Crane, falcon, eagle
- Deities: Ganesha, Thoth, Hathor, Diana, Hecate, Nemesis
Energy into harvesting; gathering, appreciating. Vitality, health. Friendships.
- Nature Spirits: hobgoblins (small grotesque but friendly brownie-type creatures), faeries of harvested crops.
- Herbs: honeysuckle, agrimony, lemon balm, hyssop
- Colors: silver, blue-gray
- Flowers: lotus, water lily, jasmine
- Scents: orris, frankincense
- Stones: pearl, moonstone, white agate
- Trees: oak, acacia ash
- Animals: crab, turtle, dolphin, whale
- Birds: starling, ibis, swallow
- Deities: Khepera, Athene, Juno, Hel, Holda, Cerridwen, Nephtys, Venus
Relaxed energy; preparing, succeeding. Dream work; divination and meditation on goals and plans, especially spiritual ones.
- Nature Spirits: sylphs, zephyrs
- Herbs: skullcap, meadowsweet, vervain, tansy, dog grass, parsley, mosses
- Colors: orange, golden-green
- Flowers: lavender, orchid, yarrow
- Scents: lily of the valley, lavender
- Stones: topaz, agate, alexandrite, flourite
- Trees: oak
- Animals: monkey, butterfly, frog, toad
- Birds: wren, peacock
- Deities: Aine of Knockaine, Isis, Neith, Green Man, Cerridwen, Bendis, Ishtar
Full but restful energy; protect, strengthen, and prevent. A time of Light; Earth tides are turning. Decision-making, taking responsibility for present happenings. Work on personal inconsistencies. Strengthen and reward yourself for your positive traits.
- Nature Spirits: Faeries, Elves
- Herbs: Dittany of Crete, Elder, Mint, Rose, Mugwort, Thyme, Yarrow
- Colors: Green, Brown, Pink
- Flowers: Lily of the Valley, Foxglove, Rose, Broom
- Scents: Rose, Sandalwood
- Stones: Emerald, Malachite, Amber, Carnelian
- Trees: Hawthorn
- Animals: Cats, Lynx, Leopard
- Birds: Swallow, Dove, Swan
- Deities: Bast, Venus, Aphrodite, Maia, Diana, Artemis, Pan, Horned God, Bona Dea
Full creating energy; Propagation; Intuition – contact with faeries and other supernatural beings. Strengthen connection with supernatural protectors and beings around you. Power flowing from the Greenwood Gods and trees.