In the Wild
Mojave Yucca (Yucca Schidigera)
*Also known as Spanish dagger
Adam’s Needle (Y. filamentosa)
*Also known as Spanish bayonet
These are two of the many species of yucca that grow in the wild in dry, desert areas. They are also used in landscaping, and small ones are kept as houseplants. Mojave yucca is an evergreen shrub with a few upright branches that become tree-like over time. Adam’s Needle remains low to the ground. Both of these plants have sword-like leaves that measure two to four feet long and spires of cream-colored, bell-shaped flowers.
In South America, yucca plants are associated with earth goddesses. Collect a few flowers to place on your altar to honor Gaia. Yucca is also associated with increasing spiritual awareness, transformation, and protection. Scott Cunningham suggested braiding several yucca fibers into a hoop to wear as a crown for shape shifting.27 Also do this for astral travel or working with the fairy realm. Make a larger hoop of fibers to hang on your front door as a wreath, and decorate it with other plants associated with protection. Instead of a wreath, dry and then hang two leaves like crossed swords as a protective talisman.
Yucca is a cleansing plant that aids in removing hexes, jinxes, or any negativity. Make an infusion by chopping a piece of root into small bits. Simmer it in water for twenty to thirty minutes. Let it cool and then strain. Sprinkle the liquid around your home and property, or on yourself as you visualize all things negative melting away.
Yucca is associated with the element earth and earth goddesses. Its astrological influence comes from Mars and Pluto.