26. Ecstatic

I have used the word ecstatic to denote plants believed to promote trance-like states, bliss, or rapture. Soporific and ecstatic plants can be psychotropic but I can assure you a vast majority of them are not. Sadly, psychotropic plants are now referred to as “sacred plants”, implying that all those that are not are somehow less sacred. Such an idea couldn’t be more incorrect. By far the plants most frequently referred to as sacred by tribal societies are first foods, famine foods, abundant foods and those species that provide shelter, clothing, and biological medicine. Don’t be deceived by the assertions that only mind-altering plants are sacred.

Name: Juniperus communis

Toxicity: considered toxic

Common Name: Juniper

Continent: North Temperate Zone

Habitat: IV

Applicable Plant Components: herb, fruit, root, bark, wood, twig

Sanctificational: herb, bark, wood
Invitatory: herb, fruit
Convocational: herb, fruit, wood, bark
Fortificational: herb
Intensificational: wood
Psychical: wood, herb
Desistant: herb
Harmonical: bark, herb
Pacificatory: herb, root, fruit
Reconciliatory: herb, root, fruit
Reversional: fruit
Theurgical: twig
Prolongational: root, herb, bark
Amoristic: wood
Protectant: twig, herb
Tutelary: herb
Preserval: herb
Vulnerary: herb, root, fruit
Sanguinary: wood
Providential: herb
Plenitudinal: root, herb, bark
Plenarial: fruit
Ensurant: herb
Ecstatic: wood
Divinatory: herb
Affixal: twig, bark, fruit
Affirmational: herb
Resurgent: herb, fruit, wood
Anecdotal: Juniperus can be rendered into flutes, drums, fire drills, shafts, prayer sticks, tinder, bowls, ladles, mats and baskets. The wood goes to extremely hot ritual fires. It is the medicine of many animals. Juniperus affords inordinate protection against thunder, lightning and fog, as well as malevolent spirits of every type imaginable. It is widely entreated for exorcismal purposes. Lightning struck wood is particularly treasured for ritual applications. As smudge or steam Juniperus both repels illness, and if illness is present, empowers one to fight off the spirit of it. Juniperus placates fear and strengthens reserves against distress, troubling dreams or the despair of having lost a loved one. It addresses spiritual pain that impairs self-expression. Juniperus is a formidable incarnant for resolving endopsychic wounds, particularly when they relate to matters of the heart. As significant women’s medicine it promotes rebirth into new lives no matter how challenging. Juniperus is good luck medicine associated with empowering hunts, clearing away impediments, securing visions, and restoring strength and clarity.

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