Latin name: Thymus vulgaris
Associations: Venus, Feminine, Water
Powers: Healing, Health, Sleep, Love, Psychic Powers & Purification
Main magical uses: clairvoyance, cleansing, consecration, courage, divination, dreams, exorcism, faeries, happiness, healing, love, money, prevents nightmares, protection, psychic development, purification
Other magical uses: compassion, confidence, contacting other planes, grieving, magic, meditation, Midsummer, passion, release, renewal, rituals for the dead, Summer rituals, wishing
Lore: Thyme has strong ties to faery lore. Paul Beyerl pairs it with pearls.
The name Thyme, in its Greek form, was first given to the plant by the Greeks as a derivative of a word which meant ‘to fumigate,’ either because they used it as incense, for its balsamic odor, or because it was taken as a type of sweet-smelling herb. Others derive the name from the Greek word thumus, signifying courage, the plant being held in ancient and mediaeval days to be a great source of invigoration, its cordial qualities inspiring courage. Lady Northcote (in The Herb Garden this link will take you to what I THINK is the book referenced…) says that among the Greeks, Thyme denoted graceful elegance; ‘to smell of Thyme’ was an expression of praise, applied to those whose style was admirable. It was an emblem of activity, bravery and energy, and in the days of chivalry it was the custom for ladies to embroider a bee hovering over a sprig of Thyme on the scarves they presented to their knights. In the south of France, Wild Thyme is a symbol of extreme Republicanism, tufts of it being sent with the summons to a Republican meeting.
Magickal Uses: Thyme is burned to attract good health and is also worn for this purpose. It is also used in healing spells. Placed beneath the pillow, Thyme ensures restful sleep and a pleasant lack of nightmares. Worn, Thyme aids in developing psychic powers, and women who wear a sprig of Thyme in their hair make themselves irresistible. Thyme is also a purifactory herb; the Greeks burned it in their temples to purify them and so Thyme is often burned prior to magical rituals to cleanse the area. In spring a magical cleansing bath composed of marjoram and Thyme is taken to ensure all the sorrows and ills of the past are removed from the person. Thyme can also be carried and smelled to give courage and energy.
Thyme is associated with fairies and wearing a sprig of Wild Thyme, or essential oil of Thyme, is said to help one to see fairies. To see the fey, pick flowers from a patch of Wild Thyme where the little folk live and place the flowers on your eyes. If you place sprigs of Thyme on your closed eyes and sleep upon a fairy mound, this will also supposedly guarantee your seeing fairies. Dried, powdered Thyme, sprinkled on doorsteps and windowsills, is an invitation to the fae into your home. Wild Thyme, gathered from the side of a fairy mound, is especially potent for use in fairy magic.
Thyme incense or herb is appropriate for burning in love spells. Thyme is believed to be lucky in two different ways, for protection and cleansing and to bring about an increase in money. We are told that when using thyme as a protective curio to stop nightmares, folks burn it on charcoal and breathe the smoke, but the best known use of thyme is in money drawing spells. Thyme is an ingredient in Three Jacks and King Oil, used by Gamblers to draw money-luck. Some people plant thyme in their gardens, saying that as it grows, their money will increase. Others take a dollar bill, fold it around thyme leaves fold it again to make a packet, tie it up with green thread, and bury the packet in the middle of a Crossroads on the night of the Full Moon. Add it to the magical-cleansing bath of springtime, along with marjoram, to remove all sorrows and ills of winter. Add a thyme infusion to the bath regularly to ensure a constant flow of money.
When worn it will help psychic powers develop, and if worn be a woman in her hair, it will make her irresistible. Thyme can be a valuable incense to protect against dangerous creatures, insects and reptiles. Thyme carries with it the magic of light and is an excellent choice for those who take themselves too seriously. Practitioners can work with Thyme to increase their courage, giving them the power to meet that which confronts them. It can also be used to keep a light heart when working hard to achieve one’s goals. Gather Thyme with marigolds, marjoram and wormwood for love divination on Saint Luke’s Day. Attracts loyalty, affection, and the good opinion of others. Wear a sprig to ward off unbearable grief or provide strength and courage when needed. Burn or hang in the home for banishing, purification, and to attract good health for all occupants. Use in cleansing baths prior to working candle magic. Use in dream pillows to ward off nightmares and ensure restful sleep. Place in a jar and keep in the home or at work for good luck. A place where wild thyme grows will be a particularly powerful energy center on earth.
When attending a funeral, wear a sprig of thyme to repel the negativity of the mourners. It is worn or added to the ritual cup to aid in communicating with the deceased. (It also helps one see Otherworldly entities.) Essence of Thyme is used for cosmetics and rice powder. It is also used for embalming corpses. Wild Thyme collected on Midsummer Day in Bohemia was used to fumigate trees on Solstice as a fertility charm, to make them grow well. Burn Thyme and the other eight sacred Midsummer herbs (betony wood (or basil), chamomile, fennel (or lavender), lemon balm (or dianthus), mullein, rue, St. John’s wort, and Vervain) in the midsummer fire or in a cauldron on your altar to have your Litha spells have extra punch. When you add the Thyme, be sure to say:
"I give Thyme to the fires of rebirth for activity and energy"
The antiseptic properties of Thyme were fully recognized in classic times, there being a reference in Virgil’s Georgics to its use as a fumigator, and Pliny tells us that, when burnt, it puts to flight all venomous creatures. In modern times, thyme is used for sore throat and diarrhea. It is also used to stimulate the appetite. and help soothe stomach and intestinal ailments . Thyme tea will arrest gastric fermentation. It is useful in cases of wind spasms and colic, and will assist in promoting perspiration at the commencement of a cold, and in fever and febrile complaints generally.
The dried flowers have been often used in the same way as lavender, to preserve linen from insects.
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