The Month of The Vine

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Celtic Name: Muin

Latin Name: Vitis (along with another name depending on the variety)

Dates: September 2-29

Parts Used: Grapes, leaves, wood, juice, seeds.

Medicinal Qualities:
Grape sugar is different from other sugars chemically; it doesn’t need the saliva to enter circulation within the body. This means that there is a fattening and warming action that aids with restoring energy and repair after the effects of fevers have taken hold, however, this action is not suitable for gout or inflammation.
Grapes in the diet also aid in anemia when eaten daily.

The leaves and seeds are an astringent. The leaves were used previously to stop bleeding andΒ hemorrhaging. The leaves are used today dried and powdered and used on cattle to cure dysentery.

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Magickal Qualities:
As the month the vine presides over (September) is a time of harvest, it makes sense that the vine is worked with in magic for harvesting, whether it is physical or spiritual. It has both masculine and feminine qualities.Β You can work with the vine for magics of joy, faerie workings, excitement, spiritual initiations, sacred knowledge, rebirth.
It increases fertility: placing a wreath above your bed aids in becoming pregnant, and on your child’s first birthday, hanging vines around the house ensures a long, fruitful life.
It is a wonderful tree to work with for all sorts of fertility, abundance, prosperity, money, happiness, and a sense of ease in life.
We musn’t forget that grapes are turned into wonderful, delicious wine. Wine is used to aid in connecting to the Otherworld, breaking down the barriers our minds put up around us. Though, each person reacts differently to different mind-altering substances, so it may work well for one, but not another. Wine is used to celebrate, to lose ourselves to revelry and our more primal selves concerned with our own happiness and pleasure.

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5 thoughts on “The Month of The Vine

  1. Great post. We will be moving soon to a new house that has a grape trellis. Not sure if they are edible or not…but I’ll be sure to keep some on hand for magickal purposes. Interesting bit about grape juice aiding with fevers. Thanks!!

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    • I can’t wait to have my own land to work on and grow all the things I ever wanted to! Let me know if they are edible! Could be more of a wine grape than one you’d eat casually. And yes, it is quite interesting about the grape juice. This is why I love doing bits of research on plants/herbs/fruits & veggies, you never know how helpful they can really be just by themselves, because now all our medicine is in bottles with long, unpronounceable names derived from these plants in the first place πŸ™‚

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