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*Also known as bitter orange and sour orange
It is thought that an orange may have been the so-called golden apple in Greek legend that Gaia presented to Zeus. Oranges have been used as food and medicine for thousands of years. Although we may take them for granted, they were once a highly prized luxury item in cooler climates.
Clove is exceptional at banishing negative energy, and together with the strength of the orange, the pomander ball makes a good amulet for protection. Place one or two in a bowl and set them in an area where you feel a potential threat may come. Oranges are excellent for pre-ritual purification and an aid for divination, dream work, and communication with spirits. The power of cloves amplifies psychic awareness. Because both cloves and oranges help focus the mind and stimulate creativity, hang or place a pomander ball in your workspace. Also, create one to boost the energy of spell work.
Clove is associated with the elements air, earth, and fire. Its astrological influence comes from Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, and the sun. Orange is associated with the elements fire and water. Its astrological influence comes from the sun.
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115 Small, North American Cornucopia, 497.
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123 Coombes, Dictionary of Plant Names, 139.