September 30 – October 27
A drachm of the flowers which has been decocted in wine is said to keep dysentery in check.
The yellow berries are said to be good for those who spit up blood, as well as against jaundice.
According to Culpepper, ivy for nerves and sinews should be used externally, never internally.
The tender twigs used to make a salve will aid in healing sunburn.
Dionysus, Kissos, Zeus, Jupiter, Sun, blue, yellow serpentine, resurrection, positive strength of the ego, sacred to Osiris and Saturn.
It is carried by women (especially brides) for good luck. It’s also used in charms for fidelity and love.
Wherever you grow it, or wherever it grows naturally, it guards and protects the area from negativity and disaster. However, if the ivy should die and fall off (be especially wary if it is your house), it is said that misfortune is sure to come your way.
Because ivy naturally spirals as it grows longer, it is connected with cycles, resurrection, rebirth. It also seeks light and food sources through many obstacles, associating it with strength.
It has many magical uses such as the general protection, healing, exorcism, and cooperation.
On New Year’s Eve, if you place a leaf in water, and it is still fresh on Twelfth Night (January 5th), the coming year would unfold favourably for you. For the Yuletide season, holly and ivy together make for traditional and beautiful decorations.
Crowns made of holly and ivy are worn by a couple who are handfasting. A crown of just ivy was worn by poets as it is thought that ivy brings divine inspiration. The Greeks in Corinth would also make victory crowns of ivy for those who won at the games held in the city.