Arrowroot Meaning, Healing, and Magical Uses


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

Introduction to Arrowroot

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Noblevmy at ml.wikipedia, CC BY 2.5 , via Wikimedia Commons

Arrowroot may be a simple ingredient to you - a powder for thickening things like gravy.  Well, it is certainly useful in the kitchen, and we will get to that.  Arrowroot is also a herb  well known to  magicians.   It has an extensive use as a base for most magical powders from Hot Foot Powder to Fast Money powder and most others.  And there are both practical reasons and magical ones.

The practical ones are that Arrowroot powder  is an all natural substitute for Talc, being a elegant white very absorbent, non-toxic, skin friendly, gentle and pure powder.  That makes it useful for a wide variety of cosmetic and magical uses.  

It’s magical powers are not so well known.  Yes it was originally used to counteract the poison of some poisoned arrows, and in Hoodoo it is used as one of many lucky powders, but its real magic has been unknown to most practitioners.  

Arrowroot is a unifying force of considerable value.  We all seek to bring a family together, play on a sports team that “clicks”. We want to have a good neighborhood, a collegial environment at work.   We want the ability to use our influence to further the teamwork and camaraderie of our family and friends, and social groups.  These needs are well met using the magical properties of Arrowroot. 

To be clear the term Arrowroot is used in the trade for several plants

The West Indian  Arrowroot plant the Maranta arundinacea,

The Florida Arrowroot, the Zamia integrifolia, 

Th Tapioca from the Manihot exculenta, and

The Polynesian arrowroot the Tacca leontopetaloides, and the 

Japanese Arrowroot, the Pueraria lobata.

In this article we will focus on the Maranta arundinacea but most arrowroot share similar magical uses.  

The sacred number of Arrowroot is 72.


Arrowroot Magical Uses and Purposes

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Key uses:  Arrowroot is a herb of unification - of leading efforts to bring people, groups, or even disparate herbs and crystals together into a cohesive mix.  This attribute means we can use it by itself as an ingredient in a magical potion or powder to bring groups together, like a family.  It works well as a powder applied to a gathering place. It works well when mixed into culinary items designed to bring friends, families and groups together over a meal.

As an element in other magical items it is the perfect herb to bring the energies of other herbs and oils together in a magical mixture such as a Lucky powder, or a love sachet.  It is a bonding agent in this manner of use.  This property is one of the key reasons it is so useful to magicians in making all manners of magical items.  


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Healing with Arrowroot

Arrowroot Physical Health Benefits

Notes from the Masters

Arrowroot powder is a great substitute for individuals with corn allergies when making recipes that require cornstarch or for those looking for a healthier option. When mixed with almond or coconut flour, it is perfect for making gluten-free bread or cake recipes as well!
~ Master Nicole

Forest & Kim Starr, CC BY 3.0 US <>, via Wikimedia Commons
Forest & Kim Starr, CC BY 3.0 US , via Wikimedia Commons

Arrowroot has a long history of uses in physical healing.  It is purported to improve digestion, heal wounds, help heal rashes and skin sores, as well as supporting a healthy metabolism. 

It is a nutrient rich food and used to feed babies, and those hospitalized.  It is a common food additive, and one that is considered to be beneficial for almost everyone.

Arrowroot Powder is also used in many products for creating a sooting protective body powder.   

Spiritual Healing with Arrowroot

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Arrowroot brings the energy of “letting go” and letting others lead particularly family members.  Your spiritual health needs a healthy dose of self respect.  But sometime too much is too much.  If you see that you are becoming overbearing or “bossy” perhaps it is time to calm down your ego, and let others have some sway over events.  

Emotional Healing with Arrowroot

Forest & Kim Starr, CC BY 3.0 US <>, via Wikimedia Commons
Forest & Kim Starr, CC BY 3.0 US , via Wikimedia Commons

Feeling inadequate or ignored  in a family or group?    Arrowroot powder can be a help.  It has the energy of unification and that energy can also help heal emotional wounds caused by being neglected or abused.  

Arrowroot for Chakra Healing

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Arrowroot is used to clear blockages from and balance the Crown Chakra.

he crown chakra is our gateway to the expanded universe beyond our bodies. It controls how we think, and how we respond to the world around us. It is the fountainhead of our beliefs. It is the source of our spirituality. It connects us to the higher planes of existence. It extends our energy beyond our body. It is the source of higher sources of information and universal energy and truth.

It is the source of our coordination – the relationship of movement between the parts of our bodies and the relationship of our movement through life.

When it in balance we are in balance. We are coordinated. We fit together. Our energies are in balance. We know our place in the universe. We are flexible, and we understand the ebb and flow of life. We see things as they are, and are unruffled by setbacks, knowing they are an essential part of life. We do not cling to outdated ideas or attitudes, but rather keep ourselves within the flow of life.


Color Energy of Arrowroot


The color energy of a plant comes from the flower, and while we use the root, the color energy of Arrowroot is white.   The flowers of Arrowroot are a beautiful, pure, and delicate white.

White is the color of the feminine gender, manifested as the Goddess in many cultures, and, as such, the color of the world of birth, and regeneration. It is the color of the full moon reflected on a snow-covered field. It is cold, but a sleeping cold that is inconspicuously reflecting great heat. White is the color of freedom and the color of hope.

White is often the color used for the spiritual world; one that is sensed but not seen. It offers illumination, innocence, purity, and unity. This color is one said to bring Moon energy and the ability to release you of burdensome inhibitions.


Angels Associated with Arrowroot

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Arrowroot is associated with three different angels, Ieiazel, Phanuel, and Reiel.

Ieiazel  Protector and Ruler of the dates October 9-13; Libra.

Phanuel  Angel of Hope

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We particularly draw your attention to the relationship with Phanuel, the Angel of Hope.  You may well find that using Arrowroot to seek the intercession and blessings of Phanuel can add a lot to your life.


Arrowroot and the Goddess

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Arrowroot is associated with the White Goddess.

The White Goddess is shrouded in mystery.  Was she the queen of the Druids as the poet Robert Graves reports in his 1948 White Goddess?  Was she a Celtic goddess of the trees and some believe?  We do believe you can bring the blessings of the White Goddess to your life and magic with Arrowroot.  Explore and perhaps discover some magic for yourself here.


Arrowroot Birth Herb


Arrowroot is one of the birth herb for those born on

Feb 15, Mar 21, Aug 1  Aug 14, Sep 8, Nov 7, Nov 18, and  Dec 19.

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


Arrowroot I Ching Hexagram


Arrowroot  is associated with the I Ching Hexagram 6 Resolving Conflict  This hexagram brings us the wisdom of leading when our leadership is needed, and following, when that of others is more helpful.


Arrowroot Astrological Sign

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The zodiac sign associated with Arrowroot is Gemini.  In Moon Astrology Arrowroot is associated with the 27 Mansion of the Moon, the Mansion of the Bridge.

When the Moon is transiting the 27th Mansion it is a time to find ways to bridge differences with your family and friends. There are obstacles in all relationships but bridging them is what keeps families and friends together.   You will Arrowroot particularly helpful in overcoming obstacles in relationships.  


Uses of Arrowroot in Feng Shui

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Arrowroot bring us Earth Energy. Earth energy is the the Yin energy of home, roots, family, security, grounding, permanence, and tradition. Use Arrowroot for security, family, and maintaining traditional values. 


Uses of Arrowroot in Talismans and Amulets


Arrowroot can be used to make talismans and amulets for a variety of needs including, Apology, Class, Cohesiveness, Completeness, Girl friend, Mercy, Stop Quarreling, Deal with Racism, Remorse, Repentance, Deal with Resentment, Generosity, Brotherhood, Congeniality, Courtesy, Grace, Cooperation, Culture, Pride, Avoid Fight, and Sympathy.


Using Arrowroot in Divination

Seeing Arrowroot in a divination is a sign of hope and dreams fulfilled. 


Meditation with Arrowroot

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The fact that the sky and sea are permanently divided but bridged by the horizon teaches us that conflict is natural, but there are solutions that bring peace.  


Lore and Legends of Arrowroot

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Arrowroot gets its name from the legends it was used to treat poisoned arrow wounds by the Aruac Indians of the Caribbean Islands. However, it is most probable that the name comes from their word for it which translates to “meal of meal” but hey…. Legends are just that…legends.


Hank Mason

Hank Mason is the founder and chief author of Crystal Vaults. He is a retired USAF rescue helicopter pilot and a GIA Graduate Gemologist. Hank is also the author of The Seven Secrets of Crystal Talismans and Crystal Grids, How to Combine and Focus Crystal Energies to Enhance Your Life.

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