DANDELION

TARAXACUM OFFICINALE

FOLK NAMES: Blowball, Cankerwort, Lion’s Tooth, Piss-a-Bed, Priest’s Crown, Puffball, Swine Snout, White Endive, Wild Endive



POWERS ASSOCIATE: Divination, Wishes, Calling Spirits

-If one wishes to know how long he or she will live, the seeds are blown off the head of the dandelion. The remaining number of seeds left on the head, tell how many years of life remain.

-To tell time: Blow three times at the seed head, the number of seeds left is the hour.

-The root when dried, roasted, and ground like coffee, is used to make a tea that will promote psychic powers. If the tea is left steaming near a bedside it will call spirits.

-To send a message to a loved one, blow the seeds in their direction and visualize the message.

-A dandelion buried in the northwest corner of the house brings favorable winds.

-If a woman blows hard on a dandelion seed head and all the seeds come off, her lover is loyal to her. If one seed remains he is not loyal.

-If one sees seeds falling off the seed head when no wind is blowing, then rain is coming.

-It is believed that if a child picks a dandelion flower off the plant he or she will wet the bed that night.

-Some believe to predict wealth; a dandelion can be placed under the chin. The degree of the glow on the chin will be the degree of financial success.

-It is said that if one rubs dandelion flowers all over his or her self they will be welcomed where ever they go, and their wishes will be granted.

© Christine Novelli Harding 2020 All Rights Reserved

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