The Magic of Raspberry
Raspberry is the essence of the Feminine. Tantalizing with her sweet taste and evoking crimson flush, she is also potently powerful, with a piquant aftertaste that surprises and delights the most delicate of senses.
A Handmaid Becomes a Legend Through Raspberry
It was the raspberry fruit that took a lowly handmaid and thrust her into the mythos of the very gods themselves. As her blood spilled and gave raspberry its compelling and profound, rosy hue, so did it give her a place in creating one of the earth’s most seductive fruits.
The Feminine Power of Raspberry
The magic of raspberry concerns all things feminine. From maiden to motherhood and beyond, raspberry supplies her power for the ones who provide for and nurture our world. Those whose wombs would prepare for a child, those who are heavy with child, and those whose child relies on them for sustenance will all find willing power in the raspberry fruit and plant.
Like a Mother, Raspberry Protects
The energy of raspberry is kind and patient, careful yet fruitful. But like any mother with love for her beautiful child, the raspberry plant does what she must to protect her progeny, guarding the berry with her many thorns by chance someone might try to pluck her fruit before its time.
How Raspberry Demonstrates The Art of Letting Go
However, when the time is right, and her fruit is ripe, the raspberry plant willingly lets her fruit go, allowing that which she created to grace the world with exuberance and enchanting delight.
Raspberry Magical Correspondences
- Botanical Name: Rubus Idaeus
- Folk Names: European Raspberry, Red Raspberry
- Gender: Feminine
- Planet: Venus
- Element: Water
- Magical Attributes: Protection, Love, Fertility
From Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
Heightening Sensual Feelings with Raspberry
Include raspberries in your love-inducing foods and dishes to heighten feelings of attraction and arousal between you and the one you love. Bathe in raspberry or raspberry leaves to encourage your lover not to stray, and serve it to inspire loving sentiments.
Raspberries Encourage Faithfulness in Marriage
Raspberry’s red color resembles blood and is considered potent in love-inducing magic. Raspberries can be used to strengthen and bring good fortune to marriage, as well as ensure faithfulness. Steeping raspberries in wine and serving the beverage to your lover will strengthen the relationship.
Protection from Wayward Spirits with Raspberry
Raspberries can be used to protect against wayward spirits and souls, and raspberry branches can be hung on doors and windows to reinforce this protection. When someone has died, raspberry branches hung on the door will deter their spirit from returning to the home so they can more easily transition into the next world. Raspberry growing near the home also provides protection.
Raspberries Provide Magical Protection Through Pregnancy
Raspberry fruit and leaves can be dried and made into an herbal amulet to strengthen the reproductive organs and protect the womb during pregnancy. Pregnant women can carry raspberry leaves by their side and allow its magical energy to lessen the aches and pains that come with pregnancy and childbirth.
Understanding Raspberry Symbolism and Meaning
Raspberries are the penultimate symbol of femininity, motherhood, and fertility. The symbolism extends deep into mythology, where the color of raspberries — its profound and beautiful blood red blush — comes from the God of Thunder, Zeus’ handmaid, Ida.
The Intricate Connection Between Raspberries and Women’s Health*
Perhaps conspicuously, raspberries are integral to matters of women’s health. Raspberry leaf tea is said to help regulate the menstrual cycle and flow. Raspberry leaf tea and raspberry fruit help lactating mothers produce milk, and raspberries are used traditionally to lessen the aches, pains, and nausea associated with pregnancy and childbirth.
Raspberry and The Language of Flowers
In the Language of Flowers, Raspberry symbolizes kindness and the heart, but do not be disarmed by this portraiture — Raspberry also represents strength and protection as its thorns suggest.
Raspberry in Mythology
Raspberries have an intricate connection to Greek mythology, evidenced by its Latin name, Rubus Idaeus, which means “bramble bush of Ida.” Various myths explain this name, one being that it is a reference to Zeus’ handmaid, Ida, a nymph who pricked her finger while picking raspberries and bled onto them, turning them from snow white to red.
“The Mountain of the Goddess” and Raspberries
Another tale would have it that the name comes from Mount Ida, “The Mountain of the Goddess,” and the location where the gods happened upon the berries while searching for food.
Zeus Hidden in Mount Ida
It is important to note, however, that there are two Mount Idas — one in Crete and one in western Anatolia, which is modern-day Turkey, both of which are considered sacred. Mount Ida in Crete connects us to Zeus and Greek mythology in that it is fabled to be the mountain where the infant Zeus was hidden from his father Cronus and nursed by his foster mother Amaltheia.
To Dream of Raspberries
Dreaming of raspberries is a beautiful sign, as it usually signifies good fortune, pleasure, and joy — moreso if the raspberries are sweet and ripe. Ripe and sweet raspberries appearing in a dream also portend that you will have big success in future business dealings, and dreaming of raspberry jam hints at merriment, fulfillment of wishes, and the promise of an easy life.
Raspberry Interesting Facts
- Raspberry is a member of the rose family.
- Raspberry seems to have derived its name from either raspise, which is a sweet-rose colored wine, raspoie which is a Germanic word for thicket, or the Old English rasp, meaning “rough berry,” due to its bumpy texture.
- Honeybees and other pollinating insects are fond of the nectar of raspberry flowers.
- While raspberries are typically known for their deep red color, the fruit comes in many other shades, such as golden yellow, black, and purple.
- Russia is responsible for 21% of the world’s raspberry production.
- A single raspberry bush can produce hundreds of raspberries a year.
- Yellow raspberries owe their unique color to a genetic mutation within the fruit.
- It is believed that raspberries originated in Eastern Asia and were brought to North America by prehistoric humans by the Bering Strait.
- Archaeological evidence suggests that cave dwellers ate raspberries in Paleolithic times.
- Raspberry juice was popularly used as a red stain for artwork during the Middle Ages.
- George Washington was known to grow raspberries at Mount Vernon.
- Though most U.S. states grow raspberries commercially, Washington leads the pack by far, producing 70 million tons of raspberries a year.
- Raspberries prefer cooler climates and can even grow in the harsh conditions of the Arctic circle.
The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and do not render medical or psychological advice, opinion, diagnosis, or treatment. The information provided through this website should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a medical or psychological problem, you should consult your appropriate health care provider. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. Links on this website are provided only as an informational resource, and it should not be implied that we recommend, endorse or approve of any of the content at the linked sites, nor are we responsible for their availability, accuracy or content.
More from Elune Blue
Raspberry Bush Care • The Care and Feeding of Raspberry
So you want to grow a raspberry bush. Wonderful! First things first, you will need to decide what kind of raspberry bush you wish to grow as there are two different types of raspberry plants, and each requires specific …
Benefits of Eating Raspberries • Raspberry Healing Power
Raspberries are Nature’s gift to women. Raspberry leaf tea can help regulate the menstrual cycle and balance the flow. For pregnant women, raspberries can help lessen symptoms of nausea and helps with childbirth, and for lactating mothers, raspberry tea or fruit can help with milk production. Raspberries might surprise you with …
The Geisha’s Flower: Cherry Blossom Spiritual Meaning and Magic
Cherry Blossoms are ephemeral and ethereal. They are the gentlest flowers, encouraging us to be inspired by the future and things to come, but also tragedy, as their fleeting beauty is short-lived and transient. Cherry blossom’s energy is shy and delicate, quiet and gentle, and overwhelmingly …
The Bridge Between Worlds: Elder Tree Spiritual Meaning and Magic
Elderberry is a fruit of opposites. It has been used for protection from evil, as well as to summon evil in. An elder tree’s roots are shallow, yet the plant is robust. Elderberry is a potently magical fruit used for healing and blessings, but it also finds itself used for curses, summoning ghosts and evil spirits, and …
7 Replies to “The Handmaid’s Berry: Raspberry Spiritual Meaning, Myth and Magic”
Pheenmonal breakdown of the topic, you should write for me too!
Thank you for the kind words!
Comments are closed.