|Nine Sacred Herbs Charm|
"A worm came creeping, he tore asunder a man.
Then took Woden, nine magic twigs
and he smote the serpent, that he flew into nine bits ..."
[translated excerpt of the NINE HERBS CHARM]
The Nine Herbs Charm is an Old English charm recorded in the 10th century Lacnunga manuscript. The numbers nine and three mentioned frequently within the charm are significant numbers in Germanic paganism and folklore. The poem contains reference to the major Germanic god Woden (Odin) and describes the nine sacred herbs used in preparation of the charm.
1. Artemisia vulgaris (Mugwort)
2. Planatago major (Greater Plantain)
3. Nasturtium officianale (Watercress)
4. Urtica dioica (Stinging Nettle)
5. Malus sp. (Crabapple wood)
6. Anthriscus cerefolium (Chervil)
7. Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel)
8. Matricaria recutita (Chamomile)
9. Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare) *OR* Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) *OR* Cockspur Grass (Echinochloa crus-galla).
The ninth herb, referred to as AtterLoathe in the charm, has been identified with Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare), Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) and Cockspur Grass (Echinochloa crus-galla) by scholars and practitioners of Northern Tradition wortcraft.
The 9 SACRED HERBS CHARM charm comes in a 1.4 oz. recycled glass jar (approximately 2" tall) with cork, sealed with black wax, and adorned with a handpaintedblack and white ceramic skull bead hung on rune red sinew.