Green Herb...Herb of Consecration...Herb of Love...Herb of
Grieve has recorded for us two different aspects of folk customs involving
caraway. In her entry, she write that "caraway-seed cake" was formerly a
standing institution at the feasts given by farmers to their laborers at the
of the "wheat-sowing" which should provide modern practitioners with insight
into caraways's role in agricultural cycles and customs.
Even more fascinating is what Mrs. Grieve's writes about caraway's retention
A curious superstition was held in olden times about the caraway. It was
deemed to confer the gift of retention, preventing the theft of any objects
which contained it, and holding the thief in custody within the invaded house.
like manner it was thought to keep lovers from proving fickle (forming an
ingredient in love potions), and also to prevent fowls and pigeons from
straying. It is a undoubted fact that tame pigeons, who are particularly fond
seeds, will never stray if they are given a piece of baked caraway dough in
Caraway has many uses beyond being included in recipes as a Green Herb.
Baking is but one way to bring the virtue of longevity to a relationship and
fidelity to the partners. It is as much fun to strew upon a couple as rice, and
should later sprout from seed, a good addition to the local flora of the
The quality of retention is an outstanding magickal property. Caraway may be
used in any consecration of a ritual tool. It not only enhances the innate
magick but will help the tool avoid from straying from your home. In working
to protect your possessions, avoid doing so out of a too-strong attachment to
the mundane for this herb will invoke the powers of the astral and could ask
the gods to show you true wisdom.
Cakes or cookies made with caraway seed would be ideal for the ritual feast
at either Lammas or the Autumn Equinox in celebration of the Harvest Festival.