Planetary Association: Venus
Element Association: Water
Deity Association: Flora, Feronia and Venus.
FolklorePassion Flower (Passiflora Incarnata, also called Maypop, Apricot Vine, Maracuja, Passion Vine, and Purple Passionflower) is called “Passion-flower” because the early Spanish explorers thought there was some resemblance in the structure of the blossom to the implements of the crucifixion.
Its genus, Passiflora, is the only genus of its family in the United States. The fruit is an edible leathery berry (the “May-pop”). It is the size and shape of a very large hen egg; green at first and turning yellowish as it ripens. When stomped, it makes a loud pop!! The kids in the South love this little pastime. What we in the South consider a pretty weed has become a growing commodity as of late.
Passion Flower juice is a hot seller, and the fruits of the yellow variety are being sold as produce. There is a chemical compound in Passiflora that is hypnotic-sedative, and it has been making the rounds on the health food circuit as a sleeping aid.
In ChristianityThe Passion Flower has a rich symbolism in Christianity and it is said that represents the martyrdom of Christ such as His flagellation, the Ten Apostles (excluding St. Peter and Judas) and the Holy Grail and it is also seen as a symbol of Purity. The “Passion” part of the name refers to the holy Passion of Christ in Christian theology. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Spanish missionaries used the unique physical appearance of this plant as symbols of the last days of Jesus and his crucifixion -
The pointed tips of the leaves represent the Holy Lance.
The tendrils represent the whips used in the flagellation of Christ.
The ten petals and sepals represent the ten faithful apostles (less St. Peter the denier and Judas Iscariot the betrayer).
The flower’s many radial filaments represent the crown of thorns.
The chalice-shaped ovary receptacle represents a hammer or the Holy Grail.
The three stigmata represent the three nails.
The five anthers represent the five wounds.
The blue and white colours of many variety’s flowers represent Heaven and Purity.
Magickal usesinclude attracting friendship and prosperity and heightening libido. Carried to bring great popularity & attract new friends. Placed in house to calm trouble & arguments and bring peace. Used as a wash to diminish disagreements & stress. Placed beneath pillow to promote sleep.
Bathe in an infusion of passion flower for 5 days to attract the opposite sex. Passion Flower is ruled by Venus. Passion Flower brings calm, and it may be used Magickally to promote calmness which is the result of personal transformation. It may be used as an incense to change the energy of a meeting place or as a wash for the floors or furniture if there is the potential for disagreements or stress.
Passion Flower is sometimes added to ritual incense when celebrating the Autumn Equinox.
It can be sprinkled at thresholds to protect the home from disruptions, and in a dream pillow, it will help give quiet dreams.
Perhaps because of its Venus rulership, some believe that carrying passionflower in a charm bag will encourage friendship from others. If you carry some of the herb in an amulet bag, you will make friends easier since it will work to increase your personal charisma making you more attractive and more likable. Place it in power bundles and use in love spells to attract love. You can also burn it as an incense to promote understanding. The plant is used both to attract a passionate lover and instill with passion the Witch him/herself. It can also be used to bring passion in a current relationship and raise long forgotten feelings like a Phoenix from its ashes.
In HoodooPASSION FLOWER LEAVES or ROOT are carried in a red flannel bag dressed with Love Me Oil. Mexicans add to such a bag a charm to the Divine Hummingbird, or Chuparrosa. In the old days this would have been a dried Hummingbird heart, but it is illegal to kill Hummingbirds now — and with good reason, as the birds are rare. A metal charm of a Hummingbird will do just as well.
Passion Flower Relationship spellConsider a relationship that is in conflict. Today, brew yourself a tea of passion flower and vervain. Just before drinking, hold the cup in both hands and ask for spirit guidance. Hold it before your heart and say:
My heart is open to a path of healing and friendship.
Hold it up to your forehead and say:
Wise ones, help me to see how I can bring heal-ing to this relationship.
As you drink the tea, consider how you contribute to the conflict and how you might change your responses. When you expect to be with this person, be sure to carry a small amount of dried vervain in your pocket or purse.