Sage Meaning, Healing, and Magical Uses
Welcome to the Masters’ Grimoire of Magical Herbs page for Sage. Here you will learn everything you've ever wanted to know about this herb including Sage's magical uses, Sage physical healing, and emotional healing properties, plus its use in meditation, Sage lore and legends, and much more!
Introduction to Sage
Some sources list over 700 varieties of sage, others over 1000. Some are used in culinary purposes by local cultures, some are used for medicinal purposes. The most common is Salvia officinalis. We will call it Common Sage and this article will limit itself to this variety. (The use of White Sage, the Salvia apiana is considered a sacred sage by the Indigenous people of North America and its uses are considered by many to be cultural appropriation.)
Salvia officinalis is a perennial with blue to purple flowers. It grows in many locals around the world. The sacred number of common sage is 190. Its name is derived from the Latin word salvare, which translates to heal and to be healthy. During its blooming season, bees gather the nectar and genuine Sage honey commands high price, owing to its flavor.
Sage Magical Uses and Purposes
Common sage is an excellent herb to use when culture and rituals have to be observed. When it is important to follow the rules, obey tradition, and “fit in” to local cultures in your work or travel, use common sage to honor the ways of others.
Some cultures believe Sage can see evil spirits away. Today many pagan believers use sage brooms to sweep away negativity and evil spirits.
Sage is also a symbol of wisdom. In Celtic lore, it is believed to improve memory and and help one grow in wisdom. The very word sage means a wise man. Current research seems to support this belief in Sage's help with memory.
It is possible to use dried garden sage branches into garlands and herbal wreaths for keeping evil away from a dwelling.
Sage in conjure magic is used for uncrossing, mental clarity and removing the evil eye.
Healing with Sage
Sage Physical Health Benefits
Sage is a culinary herb with a lot of benefits. It is high in Vitamin K, loaded with antioxidants, and has antimicrobial effects good for dental health. The leaves of common sage have been used traditionally as a remedy against diabetes and research shows it may reduce blood sugar levels, In healthy adults, sage was shown to improve memory in low doses. All in all quite an excellent herb.
Spiritual Healing with Sage
The primary spiritual heal with sage is done with the White Sage used for smudging by native American peoples. Common sage is used to calm the heart, the brain and the ego, particularly in a tea.
Emotional Healing with Sage
Sage is a wonderful emotional healer. Since it connects to you and is said to help attune the soul, it is really efficient at helping us work through old emotional wounds. It brings a soothing sense of peace to the mind and entire emotional body.
With the versatility of sage, it is also easy to achieve. You can use it in sachets, rituals, and meditations. You can dry it, carry it, or add it to food to gain its healing effects.
Sage for Chakra Healing
Sage is used to clear blockages from and balance the Crown Chakra.
The 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 Sage
Sage brings the spirit energy of Violet to us. Violet energy takes on the darker hue of winter’s majesty, the time just after the winter solstice. It inspires awe, and invites a feeling of mystery and magic, nobility and luxury. It is one of the most powerful rays in nature, helping us interpret our dreams and inspiring us to great deeds and accomplishments. It brings passion and imagination, emotion and logic. It brings the deep vision needed to see the future. It gives us powerful insight and enhances our perception of the potential effects of our decisions.
Notes from the Masters
Outside of metaphysical uses, I love to use rubbed sage in my pasta sauce. It's packed with antioxidants and health benefits. Pasta sauce has a very bold flavor and sage can stand up to it in a pleasant way.
Spiritually, I use white sage censing sticks or essential oils for cleansing my home office space when I notice I'm creatively blocked. Be sure to open a window when you partake in this benefit so the negative energy leaves your home.
Angels Associated with Sage
Sage s associated with three different angels;
Gabamiah, Protector and Ruler of the dates March 6-10; Pisces, Lauviah Protector and Ruler of the dates May 11-15; Taurus. and Sitael Protector and Ruler of the dates March 31- April 4; Aries.
"Guardian angel Sitael is a male angel of responsibility and power. He helps you be brave in adversity and helps us develop protection from weapons being used against us. Use Sage in your rituals to ask his aid in times of adversity.
Sage and the Goddess
Sage is associated with the Goddess Hestia, the goddess of the hearth and the protector of the Mansion of the Heart, the second Mansion of the Moon. Use your Sage to honor her, your hearth and the family meals and gatherings you have.
Notes from the Masters
I used to grow sage in my garden solely for the beauty of its flowers. The bees seemed to really like it.
Sage Birth Herb
Sage is the birth herb for those born onJan 15, Apr 21, May 7, Jun 20, Jul 10, Aug 8, Sep 9, and Nov 6.
If you were born on one of these dates, you might find that you have a particular attraction to sage. You may feel drawn to it. Those with the birth herb of sage will likely find it more powerful and intuitive to work with.
Sage I Ching Hexagram
Sage is governed by Hexagram 62 Dealing with Traditions and reminds us that Sage is an excellent herb for adapting to the environment and “fitting in” when it is needed.
Sage Astrological Sign
The zodiac sign associated with Sage is Taurus, the earthy bull. This grounded sign likely finds itself attracted to this grounded herb. Sage can help Taureans feel more stable and balanced. Sage is also associated with the 4th Mansion of the Moon, the Mansion of the Herbalist.
Uses of Sage in Feng Shui
Sage brings Metal Energy and Wood Energy to Feng Shui practices.
Metal energy is the energy of intelligence, contraction, healing, and creativity. It is the energy of togetherness and crystallization – of ideas, concepts, and groups. It is hard, sharp, and often destructive, yet an essential element in all lives. We have to be sharp, unyielding, and hard at times to find our way without being a victim of others. The metal element brings the power of concentration and determination to our lives and our dwellings.
Metal energy is traditionally associated with the northwest and west areas of a home or room. It is associated with the Helpful People and Blessings, and Travel area of your life and dwelling, and with the Creativity and Children area.
The stalks and stems of Sage bring us wood energy. Wood element energy is the creative energy of motivation, personal growth, and renewal. Like the time of the new moon and the Winter solstice - wood energy is new beginnings, hope, and rebirth Use Sage when you need the energy of the Wood element.
Uses of Sage in Talismans and Amulets
Sage can be used to make talismans and amulets for a variety of needs including Balance, Deal with Cravings, Ward off Curses,reverse hexes, gain wisdom, getting more Education, Protection from Evil, Grounding, Growth, Banish Ill Wishes, Long Life, Material Things, Maturity, Deal with Physical Pain, Potency, Practicality, Revitalization, Skill, Vitality, Wholesomeness, Wild Life Energy, Bountiful, Physical Growth, Creation, and enjoyment of Mother Nature’s bounty.
Notes from the Masters
If you are using the Hamsa talisman to ward of the evil eye, keep it in a small jar of Sage to add to its powers.
Using Sage in Divination
Use Sage in divinations for seeking insights to Past Lives.
Meditation with Sage
Sage Tea can be a perfect companion in your meditations for many issues, but it excels in supporting your efforts to just become calm and accepting of your situation.
Lore and Legends of Sage
Sage goes back to the ancient Egyptians who used it as a fertility herb. It was then brought to Ancient Rome where its medicinal properties were developed. It was a popular treatment for sore throats and to treat wounds It is still useful for these purposes today. The upper classes of Rome had a special ceremony and robes for harvesting Sage.
In 812 AD, sage was one of the plants deemed so important that Emperor Charlemagne ordered it planted on German Imperial farms. In later times it was eaten to avoid the evil eye. Root workers in the South carry it in a blue bag to aid in discerning wisdom in making decisions. Burning sage leaves is believed to help with making good decisions. It is usually a key ingredient in any spell to reverse a hex.
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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