So, I’m doing some research for a podcast episode I’ll be recording soon and thought I would share part of my take on a common way correspondences are created.
The term correspondence refers to a meaning given to an item, color, scent, etc. There are a lot of different schools of thought on how correspondences are created or found, but a common one I find is especially useful with herbs.
Many times, the magickal correspondence of an herb directly correlates to its medicinal properties. Now, this isn’t always the case, but it is interesting to look at if you look up certain herbs and spices.
Let’s take lavender, for example.
According to WebMD…
Lavender contains an oil that seems to have sedating effects and might relax certain muscles. It also seems to have antibacterial and antifungal effects. (1)
What do we use lavender for in magick? Anxiety relief, depression relief, and a general calming effect! That directly correlates to the first possible effect of lavender - sedating effects and relaxing of certain muscles.
I’d like to challenge you to look up a favorite - or random - herb on WebMD and see what it says. Does it correlate to your magickal correspondence of that herb?