Magic Monday: Bleeding Hearts Lore and Workings

Photo from my back yard

Lamprocapnos is a gorgeous member of the poppy family known by many names: bleeding heart,  lyre flower, lady-in-a-bath, Venus's car, Lady's locket, Tearing hearts, and Our Lady in a Boat.

The folklore to this plant gives a hint to its magical uses. The story goes: 
Long ago there lived a noble prince who tried in vain to win the heart of a very beautiful princess. The prince had brought the princess wonderful gifts from his travels far and wide. Yet she had taken no notice of him. One day the prince returned from a long journey with very special gifts to surely win the love of the princess. First he presented her with two magical pink bunnies. The princess only sighed and barely looked at the little bunnies. The hopeful prince had one more gift saved for last – he presented a pair of beautiful enchanted earrings. Again, the princess hardly noticed the prince’s gift. Now the poor prince was utterly heartbroken. He could try no more to win the heart of the princess. He rose up, pulled a dagger from his sheath and stabbed himself in the heart. The princess was overcome by the dedication of the dying prince and his unending love for her. She realized too late that she loved him also. “Alas,” she cried out. “I have done wrong, my own heart is broken also. I shall bleed for my prince forever more!” And her heart bleeds to this very day (with thanks to "Folklore for Children" for this story).
Bleeding heart is how I have always known this beauty. She will work with you in matters of love and sorrows of the heart.

One way you can work with her is to take some flowers (with permission) and press them to use in love magic (attraction, potions, etc.)

Another is a bit cruel to the plant, in my opinion, but I'll share it as a divination tool. If you choose to use it this way, please provide an offering to the plant as an energy exchange. To determine if your lover is true, crush the flower- if the blood of the flower flows red, your love is true. If it flows white, his/her love is gone, and it's time to move on.

Folklore says that love needs freedom to grow, therefore, the plant is best grown outdoors. If you choose to grow indoors, place a copper penny in the bottom of the pot as payment for the loss of freedom to the plant.



As always, remember wildly witches, plants are sentient creatures. As you learn to listen to their language, you will see their personalities unfold. This is part of our rewilding. Speak little, listen much.

Until next time!

Sláinte (to your good health)

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