Angelica Meaning, Healing, and Magical Uses

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Welcome to the Masters’ Grimoire of Magical Herbs page for Angelica. Here you will learn everything you've ever wanted to know about this herb including Angelica's magical uses, Angelica physical healing, and emotional healing properties, plus its use in meditation, Angelica lore and legends, and much more!

Introduction to Angelica

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Angelica is a tall perennial herb of the genus Apiaceae. It is native to temperate and subarctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere, reaching as far as Iceland, Lapland, and Greenland. Typically, they grow 1-3 meters tall and have large bipinnate leaves and large compound umbrellas of white and greenish-white flowers. They are mainly found in China with their use being mostly medicinal. 

Their large, sparkling, starburst flowers are pollinated by many different species of insects and the floral scents are species-specific. The active ingredients of Angelica are found in the roots and rhizomes and they contain furocoumarins in their tissue which make skin sensitive to light. 

Some species of Angelica are grown as flavoring agents or for their medicinal properties. The most notable of these species is the Garden Angelica. This herb is commonly known as simply Angelica. Lapland Natives use the roots as food and the stalks as medicine. Crystalized strips of young Angelica stems and midribs are green and are sold as decorative and flavorful cake decorations and material. They may also be enjoyed on their own as a natural treat. The roots and seeds are used for flavoring gin. Its flavor can be noted in many liqueurs, such as Chartreuse. 

The Sacred Number for Angelica is 21.

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Angelica Magical Uses and Purposes

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Angelica is known for its positive energy and power to attract it. It is said to also banish negative energy and is a good tool to use for magical altars and sacred spaces. 

Angelica is associated with Angels and divinity. This could be due to the fact that it tends to bloom around the same time as the feast day of Michael, the Archangel. It is frequently used to keep away evil spirits and protect against curses, evil spells, and enchantments.

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Healing with Angelica

Angelica Physical Health Benefits

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Angelica is often used in traditional medicine, mostly in Asian countries. The roots of many species are used to make herbal medicines. These medicines treat hormonal balance, digestive support, and liver detoxification. In European countries, it is also used for digestive problems but also circulation issues, and anxiety. There is little scientific evidence to support its use for any of these issues. 

Spiritual Healing with Angelica

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Angelica can be used when seeking spiritual guidance. It can provide protection from spiritual beings or guidance, especially at threshold experiences such as birth, death, and other life passages. It is best used for spiritual healing when one is feeling cut off or bereft. 

Emotional Healing with Angelica

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Angelica can be an uplifting presence when seeking healing from the loss of a loved one. It provides a connection to the divine realm of the angels. This can help when seeking connection and guidance to heal a broken heart. 

Angelica for Chakra Healing

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Angelica is associated with the Heart Chakra. 

The heart chakra is located near the center of the breastbone. It regulates our interaction with the external world. It controls what we embrace and what we resist. It gives us the balancing ability to keep neither too aloof nor too involved in the world around us. It

balances our inner being – our "self" with our environment.

When it is in balance we are relaxed accepting and interacting easily with others and with the demands of the world. We also know when our needs are being compromised and we easily find a balance between external and internal needs. We can deal with the ebbs and flows of emotional relationships, understand their cyclic nature, and accept the changes.

When the heart chakra is in balance we can understand our own needs and emotions clearly. We are able to sustain balanced relationships as a result: healthy, happy, and mutually nurturing.

When the heart chakra is out of balance you may find you are tense in your upper torso. You will find yourself sitting with folded arms a lot. You will not enjoy handshakes or hugs from others. When your heart chakra is out of balance you may feel either controlling or controlled in a relationship. You may become critical of the little foibles of others. You may well find yourself having inappropriately strong emotional responses to everyday external stimuli

 

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Notes from the Masters

I like to add angelica to my herbal salves. It provides a unique musky scent, and its healing properties work wonders for maintaining soft, healthy skin!
~ Master Nicole

Color Energy of Angelica

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Angelica is associated with Green color energy. 

The green color ray is one of growth, beginnings, life, and renewal. It is also connected with good fortune, wealth, profit, safety, and survival. 

As spring continues to warm the earth’s crust, a frenzy of growth converts barren landscapes into lush glades, and the leaves of plants and trees emerge in a thousand shades of green.

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Angels Associated with Angelica

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Angelica is associated with three different angels, Raguel, Sitael, and Tahariel.

Raguel is the angel known to help with healing relationships. 

Sitael is the Protector and Rule of the dates March 31 - April 4th; Aries.

Tahariel is the Angel of Purity. 

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Angelica and the Goddess

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Angelica is associated with the Goddess Tara - Tara is the Hindu Goddess of peace and unity. Her powers give you strength and protection during difficult times but also promotes friendship.

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Angelica Birth Herb

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Angelica is the birth herb for those born on June 7, July 21, October 18, October 19, November 22, December 8, and December 24

If you were born on one of these dates, you might find that you have a particular attraction to Angelica. You may feel drawn to it. Those with the birth herb of Angelica will likely find it more powerful and intuitive to work with.

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Angelica I Ching Hexagram

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Angelica is associated with the 21st hexagram of the IChing. This hexagram is about enforcing the rules. 

This hexagram teaches us that upon encountering a stubborn obstacle or a heated disagreement, we should consult the regulations governing the situation and present a fair-minded solution. 

The keywords for this hexagram are: enforcement, conformity, equity, judgment, fairness, trial, jurisdiction, rights, justification, righteousness, legality, and appropriateness. 

It encourages us in calling for meditation, going to a counselor, taking legal action, making an effort to be fair and objective, consulting the rules, accepting the verdict of a judge or referee, dispensing fair and objective justice, and making compromises. 

It warns us against mindlessly adhering to arbitrary rules, allowing bias to influence a decision, remaining silent when injustice is being done, stubbornly insisting on a verdict that is solely to our advantage, administering punishment that doesn’t fit the crime. 

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Angelica Astrological Sign

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Angelica is associated with the zodiac sign Leo. 

People born under the sign of Leo are natural born leaders. Their strengths are creativity, passion, generosity, warm-heartedness, cheerfulness, and have a keen sense of humor. Their weaknesses include being stubborn, arrogant, self-centered, lazy, and inflexible. 

In Moon Astrology, Angelica is associated with the Mansion of the Mountains.

As the Moon transits the Mansion of the Mountain it is the time of spiritual strength, but the earth energy strength of solid physical support to the needs of the Spirit. The spirit of giving requires real time and treasure to be expended. The spirit of love requires the same. The nearness to heaven of the physical mountain top reminds us that we must seek heaven here on earth in the physical world, not just aspire to it in a disconnect spiritual way.

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Uses of Angelica in Feng Shui

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Angelica has Earth Energy in Feng shui as it is the roots that are used. 

The roots of Angelica brings us earth energy. Earth energy is the Yin energy of the home, roots, family, security, grounding, permanence, and tradition. Use the roots of Angelica for security, family, and maintaining traditional values. 

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Uses of Angelica in Talismans and Amulets

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Angelica can be used to make talismans and amulets for a variety of needs including Agreeability, Bliss, Closeness, Destiny, Dignity, Deal with Disorientation, Excellence, Foresight, Goal Setting, Immortality, Deal with Feelings of Inferiority, Deal with Feelings of Mediocrity, Mindfulness, Mystical, Openness, Paradise, Peace of Mind, Presence, Prestige, Purpose, Rapture, Recovery, Reverence, Self Discipline and Control, Self Knowledge, Strength of Character, Universal Love, Virtue, Wisdom, and Devotion

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Using Angelica in Divination

For divination purposes, smoking the leaves can increase clairvoyance and encourage visions. It can also be a protective influence against negative energies. 

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Meditation with Angelica

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Angelica when used as an essential oil can be helpful in finding balance and connection within the spiritual realm. This can be useful for meditation and allow you to more deeply focus while meditating. 

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Lore and Legends of Angelica

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The Sami people of Lapland use Angelica to make a traditional instrument called the fadno.

Seacoast Angelica has been eaten or used as a wild version of celery. In some parts of Japan, especially the Izu Islands in Spring, the shoots and leaves are eaten as tempura.

Some species of Angelica are eaten by the larvae of some butterfly species.

Some species of Angelica were used by many First Nations in North America for ritual purposes.

Angelica is found in North America from Newfoundland all the way west to Wisconsin and in the south all the way to Maryland. It was smoked by Missouri tribes for colds and respiratory ailments. In Alaska, the Aleut people would boil the roots of Angelica to apply internally and externally to wounds to speed healing. 

This species is similar in appearance to poisonous Water Hemlock. This herb is also known by the Chinese Name “bai chi” and the Latin name “radix angelicae dahurica” and is used medicinally in traditional Chinese medicine. 

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by Theresa Peters

Theresa Peters is an (almost) life-long Alaskan. She is a writer and artist for the Crystal Inner Circle and has been studying crystals and their metaphysical and magical properties since she was a teen. Living in Alaska she has grown to appreciate the magical qualities of nature and the way the effect it has on all living things.

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Additional author: Eithne Peters

Eithne is a life-long Alaskan and loves to go camping with her family! Her favorite herb is chocolate chips.

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References

I Ching for Beginners: A Modern Interpretation of the Ancient Oracle by Mark McElroy (2005) via Amazon

History of Angelica via Our Herb Garden

Angelica Root: Benefits, Uses, and Side Effects by SaVanna Shoemaker (2020) via Healthline

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