In the Garden
*Also known as lady’s seals, sealwort, sealroot, and sow’s teats
This plant’s single arching stem has lance-shaped leaves with prominent veins. The flowers grow in little drooping clusters that dangle beneath the stem under the leaves. They are tubular in shape, a creamy or waxy white, and topped with yellowish-green.
The genus name Polygonatum is Greek meaning “many jointed,” referring to the angled joints of the root.35 Although the species name biflorum refers to the flowers, which hang in pairs, there are sometimes more than two together.
The Israelite King Solomon was said to have great wisdom, and to possess a special signet/seal ring that aided him in his magic work. According to herbal lore, he was said to have placed his seal upon this plant when he realized its value. The circular scars on the rootstock, which are said to be his seal, are actually left by the stems that die back after the growing season.
Solomon’s seal is effective in repelling negative energy. Plant it in an area of your property where you feel the need for protection for your home and family. Burn a few dried leaves to consecrate ritual space. The dried root can be burned as an incense offering to deities or to bind an oath. Meditating with the root aids in developing inner wisdom.
You can buy Solomon’s seal oil or make your own. Make an infusion of the root by cutting it into small pieces, placing them in a jar, and then pouring in enough olive oil to cover the pieces. Put the lid on the jar and gently swirl the contents. Place the jar where it will stay at room temperature for four weeks. If most of the oil gets absorbed during this time, add more. Strain the oil into a dark glass bottle for storage. Use it to anoint candles and to consecrate ritual or divination tools.
Solomon’s seal is associated with the element water, and its astrological influence comes from Saturn.