Taken from the lesson homework by Eva Rose...
Although I have seen pineapple weed since childhood, I never really knew anything about it, other than it grows in dry areas and dusty roadsides.
Before I did any research on it I wanted to reach out and see what I sensed. Hoo boy! This thing has energy. Immediately: Masculine, Mars, Fire, Air, Passion, Direction, Motivation, Drive. I needed some serious grounding after focusing on it. My third eye chakra immediately started to pound and feel like I was going to pop out of my skull.
Diving into the research about it, it is part of the Aster family and has a history of medicinal uses, such as treatment of sores, postpartum anemia, fever relief and aid for gastrointestinal upset. It is entirely edible, and can be used to make teas as well as flavor cream dishes (panna cotta, anyone?).
However, as I generally only see it growing in disturbed areas with lots of foot- (and paw-) traffic, I’ll take a pass on consuming it.
As for magical symbolism, I couldn’t find any info specifically about pineapple weed, but as it is part of the aster family, I looked up the symbolism there. Interestingly, everything that I felt for the pineapple weed was the exact opposite of the correspondences for Aster: feminine, Venus, love, calm, water, earth. But even knowing that, having it sit next to me as I write this, I still am sticking with my first impressions.
But yet again...peace and calm is somehow popping up again...
Pineapple Weed Spell
I decided to work with the pineapple weed that I found. As mentioned above, Asters are for peace, but that is not the vibe I’m getting from the weed.
But peace is what I need. And so I will harness that. As I am not good at just letting go and tending to my own needs to find peace, and wanted to create a spell that drives me toward it (sounds awkward, but it works). My goal is to have the motivation and focus to get the stuff that is blocking me done and over with so I am left with time for myself and can find peace.
A spell for clearing the way
(Best done on a waning moon)
You will need:
Sprig of pineapple weed
Crossroads (either perform it there or use a mini one)
Paper and pen/pencil
Ground, center, and do what you need to do to work magic (I meditate and
enter my Inner Sacred Grove).
Anoint candle with oil, moving from center to the ends, as for banishing.
Keeper of the Keys
Guardian of the Gate
She who lights the way
Goddess of the crossroads
I ask for your blessing on this working
I light this candle in your honor
Light candle and place at the center for the crossroads.
Take the paper and write down things that you are procrastinating doing.
The little things that need to get done in order for you to relax. Things that
you need to stop doing.
For me, it is some simple things this week: cleaning the bathrooms, folding
laundry (the worst chore ever), going to bed too late, spending too much time
These are the things that are blocking my way
Trivialities that hold me back.
Blockages to Peace
Hold the weed in both hands and connect with its energies.
Plant spirit, I ask of you
Your fiery energies
Place the weed in the center of the paper, and fold it way from you 3 times.
Hold the folded package up:
I ask for this spell to unlock the gate
I ask for you to open the way
May my path to healing and self care be clear
Place the parcel in front of the candle and meditate on your goals for a few
Thank the Goddess in your own words, and extinguish the candle or let it
If you wish, when the moon is dark, burn the paper and pineapple weed,
releasing the energy to the Universe.
Instead of a normal spell candle, I used a red birthday candle since I had
made a set of candle holders a while back, each with a planetary symbol
carved on it and a place for offerings. Since Mars was calling to me strongly
when I touched the pineapple weed, I used the corresponding holder. This
was my setup: