Nuts and Cones
by Fire_Opal Basic Powers:
All nuts are steeped in magic. while the acorn, hazel and walnut are described
in detail elsewhere here, a few general words on nuts and cones are appropriate.
Most nuts are used to increase fertility, to help conceive. While under
population is hardly a problem today, herbal magic is sometimes called
upon to provide help where the medical profession can supply none.
Nuts have a wide variety of magical uses: buckeyes are carried to prevent
rheumatism, almonds are eaten to prevent intoxication and to gain wisdom,
and the brazil nut is carried to find love.
Cones of the evergreen trees are also useful in fertility magic. The hemlock
cones are collected and dried in the autumn, dipped in green wax, and then
strung into necklaces. The circular shape of the necklace itself is a fertility
symbol. These necklaces are worn by women who wish to become pregnant.
This ritual is performed in secret.