The Intoxicating Spice: Nutmeg Spiritual Meaning and Magic

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The Magic of Nutmeg

Nutmeg’s story isn’t peaceful. Although it is considered a lucky spice now, it has been quite the unlucky spice for some in the past, and as such, its history is filled with blood. What began as a crop exclusive to the Banda Islands quickly became an excuse to enslave and kill many islanders native to the region. Nutmeg’s lesson is quite clear — don’t go overboard.

With Nutmeg, a Little Bit Goes a Long Way

Nutmeg’s allure is intoxicating, and as is the case with almost all other uses of nutmeg, a little bit goes a long way. In cooking, if you use too much nutmeg, you will spoil the meal. Nutmeg is a toxic hallucinogen when over-consumed, so don’t overeat it. When using nutmeg in magical practice, don’t overdo it — Its power is quite potent.

The Luck of Nutmeg

Nutmeg is associated with good luck, so be sure to carry a nutmeg seed before getting involved in games of chances to swing the odds in your favor. Drilling a hole in a nutmeg seed, then filling it with mercury, or wrapping the seed with a green cloth can potentiate this effect. Carry nutmeg while traveling for a little extra good luck.

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Attracting Wealth and Prosperity with Nutmeg

Nutmeg oil can be used to draw money, anoint green candles, and magical tools to draw wealth to the household. Nutmeg powder can be used to draw prosperity. Sprinkle it over candles and other objects or add it to candle wax and use it when casting a money drawing spell.

Divination and Nutmeg

Nutmeg has strong divinatory properties and, when added to a beverage and consumed before meditation, can heighten the meditative experience and encourage visions and clairvoyance.  A nutmeg massage oil or nutmeg butter can also help towards this aim.

Encouraging Faithfulness with Nutmeg

Nutmeg is associated with fidelity and can be used in spells to help ensure your lover’s fidelity and ward off temptation. Share a beverage that contains nutmeg with the one you love, and that will help in having those feelings returned.

Nutmeg and the Holidays

Nutmeg is a perfect holiday spice in that it can help lessen tensions and conflict that can arise during the winter months due to lack of sunlight.

Nutmeg for Legal Matters

Carry nutmeg as a charm and wrap it in purple cloth before dealing with legal matters to strengthen the likelihood that your legal situation will end favorably. Diffuse nutmeg essential oil to revitalize the body and strengthen the flow of energy throughout the body and soul.

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Nutmeg Magical Correspondences

  • Botanical Name: Myristica fragrans
  • Folk Names: Qoust, Sadhika, Wohpala, Bicuiba Acu
  • Gender: Masculine
  • Planet: Jupiter
  • Element: Fire
  • Attributes: Luck, Money, Health, Fidelity, Legal Matters, Divination, Love, Prosperity, Travel, Psychic Ability, Clairvoyance

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