In the House
Barrel Cactus (Echinocactus grusonii)
*Also known as golden ball and golden barrel cactus
Bunny Ears Cactus (Opuntia microdasys)
*Also known as polka-dot cactus
Although there are hundreds of different kinds of cacti, the bunny ears and barrel are two of the most popular. Bunny ears are easy to recognize because of their flat, paddle-shaped stem segments from which new segments form. These new segments tend to form in pairs that give this cactus a rabbit-like silhouette. It is dotted with clumps of spines that grow in a polka-dot pattern on the pads. The barrel cactus was so named for its barrel or globe shape. It has a golden crown of woolly hairs and prominent spines along protruding ribs that run from top to bottom on the plant.
If you live in an area where you can grow cacti outdoors, it is usually recommended to place one at each corner of the property. Alternatively, one planted just outside each exterior door can accomplish the same intent for protection. Similarly, when grown as houseplants, position one near each exterior door or in a window on each side of the house.
The sharp, needle-like spines of a cactus can be used in protection spells. Using tweezers, carefully remove a few from different areas of the plant. The spines can be buried at the corners of your house or wrapped in a small sachet that can be hung inside. Also, the sachet can be taken along when you travel for protection no matter where you go.
Cactus is associated with the element water. Its astrological influence comes from Mars.