Botanical Oracle: Lady’s Mantle, Alchemilla vulgaris
Lady's mantle has always been used as a wound healer. This is a very common herb that you will find in any herbal pharmacy. As is stated in the common name, lady's mantle, this herb also has quite a few uses for females. It helps reduce heavy menstrual bleeding, aids menstrual regularity, and supports premenstrual syndrome. Lady's mantle has also been prescribed for certain female conditions such as uterine fibroids and endometriosis, and has been used in certain digestive teas and tinctures to support gastrointestinal issues.
It is of no surprise then that Siolo Thompson's attaches the property of magic to lady's mantle in their Botanical Oracle card deck. Because this plant is highly attached to all things feminine, it makes sense that magic is also attached. Not to say men can’t be magical, but magic is often linked to the art of creation. Mother nature, creator of new life, being a woman holds a huge place in the realm of magic.
Another word for magic that Thompson describes could possibly be instinct. Women are known to be much more instinctual and work with their gut instincts more than men. Way back in the early days, this could be cause for townsfolk to accuse you of being a witch, which is why many more women were accused than men.
Luckily, we don’t have to worry about being burned at the stake for such things, even if you are a witch! When you follow your instincts, you could possibly achieve the common word of magic. Instinct let us conjure up our desires, our beliefs, and our needs. It's quite commonplace now to be taught that giving gratitude for what we have can help us manifest our dreams. This in turn could mean magic.
Lady's mantle for me is a prized herb. Although I am not aware if it’s considered endangered or not, I still use it carefully. I have always felt that this herb carries a sort of magic to it and carries the power of creation.
This is the herb that I go to when I've had a bad day in one of my relationships. I use this herb to strengthen my female systems. By strengthening my female systems, I feel that I am strengthening my gut instinct which then leads me to better decisions.
The word magic is a big word, and it means something different for everybody. What does it mean for you? Let me know on social media I'm looking forward to seeing the responses.
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