In the Garden
Garden Strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa)
Wild Strawberry (F. vesca)
The strawberry plant has short, woody stems and a base rosette of leaves from which rooting runners grow horizontally and form new plants. The leaves are comprised of three toothed leaflets and grow on individual stems. The white, five-petaled flowers grow on separate stems. Botanically, what we consider the seeds are the actual fruits. Growing six inches high, the garden strawberry is a cultivated hybrid of several wild species. The wild strawberry looks like a smaller version of the garden plant. It can be found on moist ground in fields, meadows, and along the edge of woods.
Synonymous with summertime, strawberries are perfect for celebrating the arrival of this season. Even one of the names for this month’s full moon is the strawberry moon. Strawberries were valued more for medicinal purposes than culinary use by the ancient Romans. However, by the Middle Ages the French were happily eating them, and in London strawberries were prized treats sold by street vendors.
To stimulate love interest, write your intended’s name on a red candle. Place it on your altar along with several strawberries. Light the candle and slowly eat the fruit. Close your eyes and visualize making love with that person to help engender amorous thoughts toward you. Strawberries can also be used to bring harmony, kindle friendship, and support divination.
For a good luck spell, write what you desire on a piece of paper and sprinkle crumbled, dried strawberry leaves on it. Fold up the paper and hold it between your hands as you visualize what you want. When an image is clear, burn the paper and leaves in your cauldron or other safe place. When cool, sprinkle the ashes outside.
Strawberry is associated with the element water and the goddesses Freya, Frigg, and Venus. Its astrological influence comes from Venus.