Daisy - In the Garden - April

Plant Magic: A Year of Green Wisdom for Pagans & Wiccans - Sandra Kynes 2017

In the Garden

Common Daisy (Bellis perennis)

*Also known as bairnwort, day’s eye, English daisy, and wild daisy

Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare syn. Chrysanthemum leucanthemum)

*Also known as marguerite

While daisies are garden favorites that come in every color of the rainbow, these two have the classic white petals. They are the daisies most often used in magic and can be found in the wild. The common daisy has a small flower with a yellow central disc from which white petals radiate. The flowers are only about an inch wide and grow on stems that are one to four inches tall. Its small, spoon-shaped leaves grow in flat rosettes. This flower can be found in lawns and meadows.

Also sporting a yellow, central disc and radiating white petals, the ox-eye daisy holds its flowers aloft on stems that are one to three feet tall. Long, lance-shaped leaves grow from the base of the plant while small, toothed leaves grow along the flower stems. The ox-eye was originally imported as an ornamental plant, but it is now naturalized in meadows, along roadways, and in marginal areas.

The common name daisy comes from their name day’s eye, which was derived from the Anglo-Saxon dæges eage.31 They were called day’s eye because they open during the day and close at night. Used to bless babies in Scotland, daisies were called bairnwort. In Scotland, bairn, refers to a child.32 In addition, it was believed that putting a daisy chain around a child’s neck would prevent him or her from being carried off by fairies.

The Victorians considered the daisy a child’s flower to pick, make chains with, and play games. The daisy was also regarded as a symbol of fidelity and was of value in the divination of one’s love affairs by performing the familiar one-by-one plucking of petals.

The traditional way to make a daisy chain is to slit the lower part of a flower stem with your thumbnail, and then thread another stem through it. Make a small daisy chain and hang it over your child’s bed as a protective amulet. Or, put it over your own bed if you want to attract love.

Because daisies are associated with the goddess Freya, weave a daisy chain and place it on your altar to honor her. The ox-eye daisy is associated with Artemis and the moon. Place a few of these flowers under your pillow to enhance dreams and to aid in interpreting messages received during sleep. Dreaming of daisies in the spring is said to bring good luck. Grow daisies in your garden to invite the blessing of fairies and to communicate with them.

Daisy is associated with the element water. Its astrological influence comes from the sun and Venus. The ox-eye daisy is influenced by the moon. Daisies are associated with fairies and the following deities: Aphrodite, Freya, Thor, Venus, and Zeus. The ox-eye daisy is also associated with Artemis.