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Botanical Name: Anethum graveolens.

Gender: Hot, Masculine.

Planet: Mercury.

Element: Fire.

Deities: Aphrodite, Hecate, Isis.

Folklore: Ancient Egyptians thought it a soothing medicine. During the Middle Ages it was one of St John's Eve herbs, prized as protection against witchcraft. Commonly infused into wine to enhance passion.

Medicinal uses: Eases swelling and pain, settles stomachs, stops hiccups, disperses trapped wind, promotes appetite and helps nursing mothers produce milk.

Culinary uses: Use in soups, fish dishes, pickles, cakes and bread. Add leaves to salads, cream cheeses, eggs and grilled meats, boil with new potatoes. Use in salt free diets as it is rich in mineral salts.

Magical properties: Protection and love, adding a handful of seeds to bath water will attract women.

Herb of the Month: Dill

Rune of the Month: Raidho

Featured in: Younger Futharc, Elder Futhark

English letter: R

English translation: Wagon, chariot

Gender: Masculine

Deity: Ing, Nerthus

Meaning: Travel, both in physical terms and those of lifestyle direction. A journey, vacation, relocation, evolution, change of place or setting. Seeing a larger perspective. Seeing the right move for you to make and deciding upon it. Personal rhythm. World rhythm, dance of life.

Maturity and attainment. A new business project or aim in life. Unity and opportunities for partnership. A move away from present situations. Financial improvements. Have courage and follow your intuition. Take opportunities. A forceful, successful man may help further your aims. Promotions may be offered.

Image used is from the Fenestra Tarot.

Card of the Month:  2 of Wands