Other Names: Common Basil, Sweet Basil, St. Josephwort, St. Joseph's Wort, Tulsi, Tulasi, Krishnamul, Kala Tulasi, Witches' Herb, Alabahaca, American Dittany
Deity Connection: Mars, Krishna, Vishnu, Ares
Basil is used for love, exorcism, wealth, sympathy, and protection,
dispels confusion, fears & weakness, Drives off hostile spirits.
Basil is associated with Candlemas.
carry Basil to move forward in a positive manner despite perilous danger.
Basil strewn on floors to provide protection from evil.
Sprinkle an infusion of Basil outside of the building where you hope to
be employed for luck in a job interview (be careful not to be seen!) or
in your business to attract money and success.
Wear or carry to aid in attracting money and prosperity.
In Mediterranean countries, it is strewn on floors to purify a home. It
also can bring luck to people moving into a new residence - a gift of a
potted basil plant guarantees good fortune. Basil plants are also said
to attract scorpions, and in some cultures it was believed that smelling
the plant would cause a scorpion to grow in the brain.
Magically, basil can be used in love magic and in love divination. Two
basil leaves placed on a live coal will give you an indicator about the
state of your relationship: if they burn to ash quickly, the marriage
will be harmonious, but if they crackle and hiss, your marriage will be
Basil can also be used to guarantee fidelity -- or
detect the lack of it. If you suspect your lover has been stepping out,
place a fresh basil leave on their hand. If it wilts right away,
chances are good they've been spreading the love around. To keep your
spouse or partner faithful, sprinkle powdered basil in the bed while
they sleep -- especially around the heart -- and they will remain true
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