In the Garden
*Also known as bee bread, bugloss, burrage, and star flower
The hallmark of borage is its intensely blue, star-shaped flowers that grow in drooping clusters. Its gray-green, oval leaves are pointed and have prominent veins. The hollow, upright stems have many leafy branches. Both the stems and leaves are covered with tiny hairs. Borage grows one to three feet tall. Sprawling and drooping branches give the plant a rounded shape.
In addition to a range of medicinal purposes, the Greeks used borage to flavor wine. Roman naturalist and philosopher Pliny the Elder called the plant Euphrosinum because it was said to bring happiness.81 This plant was used for courage and strength by both Roman and Celtic warriors. The name borage comes from the Celtic word borrach, meaning “a person of courage.” 82 In Wales it was called llawenlys, “herb of gladness.” 83 Whether or not it provides courage, medicinally borage helps deal with stress.
Borage flowers are edible and make a nice addition to summer drinks and salads. Eat a few to energetically aid in expanding awareness for clairvoyance and general psychic work. During divination sessions, place fresh flowers on your table or altar to enhance abilities. Call on the power of borage to help initiate changes in your life by floating several flowers in a bowl of water on your altar while you visualize what you want to manifest. Afterward, let the flowers dry, burn them in your cauldron, and then scatter the ashes outdoors as you repeat the visualization.
Borage is associated with the elements air and fire. It astrological influence comes from Jupiter.