Updated: Dec 24, 2022
Lots of people like the idea of correspondence lists. Is this good for love? What herbs do I use for protection? That kind of thing.There's a lot of herbs that are good for darn near everything though, to the point that a correspondence list kind of tells you nothing. I've found though that each herb works a little differently in each case. The way I think about them anymore is that they have personalities. Things they're good FOR, are things they're good AT. I'm not a big believer in needing a bunch of fancy herbs you'll never use otherwise, I've done so much with herbs from the dollar store. Quality is nice when you can get it, but availability is important.
Herbs for love magick: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Dill, Herbs for protection magick: Bay, Black Pepper, Garlic
Herbs for cleansing magick: Basil, Cinnamon,
Herbs for healing magick: Bay, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Garlic
Herbs for money magick: Allspice, Basil, Cinnamon, Dill
Herbs for good luck: Allspice, Cinnamon,
Now let me introduce you to a few of these herbs. These are ones I use most often, and are likely old friends to more folks than just me.
Allspice - Allspice is slick. Warm and friendly, I see him as this charismatic hustler or gambler. As a gambler he's an aggressive player and a risk taker, someone who believes that you make your own luck.
Basil - He's a weird one for me. I'm sure that my feelings about him are colored by my partner being allergic. I still use it, and suggest it in cleansing rituals. Basil is an overly energetic coworker for me. He's great at helping me to shake everything off, and focus on work. He'll help you make money by helping you stay focused on the job.
Bay - Bay leaves are all about 2 things, wisdom and winning. Highly competitive, bay is a pro athlete, but the kind of athlete who really studies the game. Bay helps you with that sharp eye that can allow you to win in everything. Protective enough, because "know your enemy".
Black Pepper - This guy's pretty direct. Here's your bouncer at a club, or a guard somewhere.
Cardamom - Warm and relaxed, cardamom is a sensual lover, on a lazy winter afternoon in bed. She's not exactly sleeping, and there's plenty to do, but she's not going anywhere. There's a luxurious and decadent side to her that reminds us to take it easy.
Cinnamon - Cinnamon is a nice one. He's so versatile, but you really have to understand how he works. Cinnamon falls in this place of spiritual guru for me. Not in that sense of having deep mystical knowledge, but in that sense of a gentle guidance to be your best self. There's nothing he can't help with, but with cinnamon, you've got to be willing to put the work in.
Dill - Dill is that best friends dad that always has good advice. He's going to sit with you and walk you through your plans. You darn well know he cares, because he's doing something about it.
Garlic - Garlic to me is a man on a mission. He'll run a sickness out of you, or an enemy out of town. Almost bounty hunter like in his approach.
Hopefully some of that helps, and I'll pick up the other half of this next, so you guys have it. This is all supposed to be things you can find easily at the grocery store, so that anyone can find this useful. I'll give you all a bit on the couple of things I feel are indispensable at some point.