Rue (Ruta graveolens), also known as Herb of Grace or Common Rue, has been captivating my attention lately. It has many magical uses and it is an excellent addition to mojo bags and spells of protection. I have often used Rue water and leaves for just such things, but lately I find myself wanting to explore this herb more deeply.
For instance, Rue can also be used to bring weath. In Helping Yourself with Selected Prayers, there is a wonderful prayer to be used along with rue tea which is then sprinkled over your threshold and around the house. I couldn’t wait to try this and must say it proved very successful.
As often as I have grabbed Rue for this or that, I must admit to never really bonding with it before. I always encourage people to get to know the plants they use. Cultivate the plant and the relationship with the plant to fully utilize its potential. My recent fascination with Rue is a great reminder to myself to not forget this, especially with the herbs I don’t use often or can take for granted. Happy magic making!