magickal symbolism of the thistle

Thistle is a flowering plant that you don’t see a lot of in magickal workings, maybe because its not as flashy as the rose, or as straightforward as some of the well-known herbs.

But, if you think about it, the thistle is the perfect element for protection, love, and strength spells.

This prickly flower, its leaves and stalk covered in biting spines, is topped with a beautiful bloom beloved by bees and butterflies, as well as Aphrodite herself, and even attributed to the love of the Virgin Mary.

In some earlier Christian mythology of Europe, the thistle was seen as a ‘gift of the devil’ due to its thorns and its general recognition as a weed by many farmers. Despite its difficulty in removing from crop or pasture-land, thistle is also the national flower of Scotland.

However, its symbolism is as a flower that is barbed or prickly, but underneath all that has a soft, kind heart. I don’t know about you, but that speaks to me. What it says really is ‘If you can withstand my outer armor, you can experience my inner warmth and love.’ That’s the most Cancer thing I’ve ever heard lol.

Thistles are also considered protective and cleansing, so consider using them in your spells or workings that involve those, as well.

Here is a summary of thistle’s correspondences:

  • Element: Fire
  • Zodiac: Sagittarius (I would, however, argue that it has many properties of Cancer, and you would not be wrong in using it in this way if you intuitively sense this)
  • protection, love, cleansing, banishing, passion, romance, strength
  • healing ancestral trauma or working with ancestors, particularly the roots
  • plant them in a bee/butterfly garden (just beware, they can quickly take it over and are difficult to control as well as painful to try to remove)

symbolism of the bat

I decided to put this together for those, like me, who are drawn to bats but are a bit frustrated that not much information exists as far as their magickal or spiritual symbolism.

History of bats in magick or spiritualism

Bats are the only mammal that truly flies. There are other mammals that can glide, but bats actually can sustain flight. This alone renders them symbolic of existing in two worlds, or being able to cross barriers or divides.

In Chinese culture, bats were seen as symbols of longevity and blessings. In Asian cultures in general, the bat is revered as the maternal aspect of the goddess, or divine feminine.

In most Western cultures, they were associated with the underground, the underworld, and the nocturnal, which often characterized them as bad, evil, or dark omens.

They also have associations with the shadow self of the human psyche, as they reside and emerge from the dark caverns of the world, much like the dark and hidden recesses of the mind.

They are associated with both the new moon and full moon, and, therefore, were long ago associated with witchcraft and spirits.

In cultures where fruit bats, such as the flying fox, are prevalent, they are associated with fertility, due to their role in pollination of fruit trees and night-blooming vegetation.

The lore surrounding the tiny vampire bats of Central and South America has certainly also fed the fear factor of bats, even leading to the connection with the human vampire stories, despite no real records of vampire bats biting or feeding on humans.

Moreover, bats also consume insect pests like mosquitos, providing a critical element of ecological control in their food chain.

Symbolically, bats are the unconventional, the misunderstood, the mysterious, and the non-conformists. I think that is why I see the bat as an ally animal, as it resonates so deeply for me in many phases and transitional periods of my life.

Associations and Correspondences of the Bat

Planets: the Moon

Deities: the only strongly defined bat deity is Camazotz, the bat deity of the Mayans. He was associated with night and death. The only other deity I have been able to find information on said to be associated with bats is Hekate. There may be others, but not that I have been able to identify and confirm with a reliable source.

  • intuition and enhanced perception
  • initiation
  • night
  • shadow
  • caves
  • hidden
  • transitions
  • transformations
  • in between, liminal
  • dreams
  • luck
  • blessings
  • feminine
  • fertility
  • underworld
  • inner journeys
  • witches
  • spirit guides
  • mysterious

magick you can do on Thursdays

Magickal timing matters sometimes, but not always. But, since its Thursday, what types of magick are best to perform on a Thursday, regardless of moon phase or time of year?

Planetary Correspondence to Thursdays

Jupiter is the planet associated or corresponding to the Thursday on the calendar. Jupiter’s energy is expansive and brings us growth.

Thursday is also most closely associated with the element Earth, which relates to material gains and money or wealth.

It is the 4th day of the week (in the traditional calendar format which began the week on Monday). So is associated with the number 4 numerology.

Deities Associated with Thursdays

The most well-known deity for whom Thursday is associated is arguably the Norse god Thor, for whom the day is actually named.

Other deities with associations or correspondences to Thursday include:

  • Oya
  • Jupiter
  • Enlil
  • Lord Vishnu
  • Lord Brihaspati
  • Amon
  • Poseidon
  • The Winter King

Other Magickal Associations with Thursdays

  • Colors: Blue, purple
  • Zodiac: Pisces and Sagittarius
  • Good for money and wealth spells
  • Spells for growth of any kind, particularly personal growth, but can be career, family, health
  • Spells for success and prosperity
  • Spells for legal matters
  • Spells for courage, strength, and resolve
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