Fern –Osmunda spp

Sacred to: Laka, Puck

Myth 1: In Russia, throwing fern seeds in the air on Midsummer Eve will direct you to a vein of gold or hidden treasure.

Myth 2: In Bohemia, it was believed your money would never run out if you hid fern seeds among your holdings.

Myth 3: In most of Europe ferns concealed not treasures, but poisonous snakes. Generations of children were warned to keep away from the “Snake Ferns”, which supposedly held such unspeakable creatures no child was brave enough to discover whether the stories were true. They must have been started by a well meaning elder to keep toddlers away from dangerous, boggy areas.

Other Notes: Fern fronds were included in flower arrangements to secure protection. Fern sap, if you can find any, is said to confer eternal youth. The seed is carried for invisibility!

Ferns growing at High Falls in Alabama

Ferns growing at High Falls in Alabama

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