Metaphysical Properties of Orris Root
Official Name: Iris germanica
Also Known As: Florentine Iris, Queen Elizabeth Root
Deities: Aphrodite, Isis, Osiris, Hera, Iris
Metaphysical Powers: Love, Protection, Divination
Common Magickal Uses and Folklore of Orris Root
- Known as the "Love Drawing Powder," it is used to find and hold love when the root is carried, the powder is sprinkled around the home, on your bedsheets, clothing, or body.
- In Japan, it's used as protection against evil spirits when the leaves and roots were hung from the eaves of the house and added to bathwater.
- Orris Root can also be used as a divination tool, much as you would a pendulum. (NOTE: Please be careful when using divination and make sure you close the session.)
A versatile, unusual, powerful root that should be in any magickal cupboard!
A Moon plant, orris root is used for digging deep into the Moon-ruled subconscious and uprooting what is hidden. It can also be used in divination and dreamwork. The iris is also called the fleur-de-lis. This Moon plant has been associated with dominion and war, which gives it a nice protective aspect. Orris Root is considered a Venus herb, widely used for love magick. In Hoodoo, it is known as Love Drawing Herb (and Queen Elizabeth root). The powder form is blown onto clothes, sheets, and so forth to make sure that the owner returns one's love.
Orris is harvested in Italy and is a traditional fixative for scent since ancient Greece. Great for smoothing out the combined scents when making infused oils. Many consider that its essential oil, which is locked in these roots and which develops its scent over time, smells like violets.