Gathering Spirits: Periwinkle

17310422_10158568937975107_125502494_o An offering rite of Periwinkle flowers

Gathering plants resembles, at times, a rite of seduction, at times, a rite of slaying, at times, a rite of sacrifice, and at times, a rite of grief. In those ceremonies, the wanderer must have a clear aim and adequate attitude towards the Spirits and the goal behind it, and so the rite must be pleasant and fitting towards them.

Today we share with you the story about the harvesting of Periwinkle flowers (Vinca Major), a plant called Viola de Bruixa, ‘Sorcerer’s Violet’, in our mother tongue, also known as ‘Maiden Flower’ or ‘Daphne’s Laurel’ in Spanish, Laurel de Dafne. This plant was widely used in the confection of decorative garlands for celebrations, and their alkaloids have nowadays been discovered to be potentially helpful in the cure of cancer-related maladies.

Periwinkle was also customarily related to rites of protection, love, and lust for a long time. It is…

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