Five Finger Grass is said to be able to accomplish anything that the hand can! It is employed to draw luck in gambling, money, love and protection from evil, gain favor from others and sweep away curses. Cinquefoil is frequently used for business house blessing. Use in spells to bring protection to a friend or loved one taking a journey. Burn as an incense during divination to bring dreams of one's intended mate. Frequently associated with ritual work involving romance. Wash hands and forehead with an infusion of this herb nine times to wash away hexes and evil spells against you. Fill an empty egg shell and keep it in the home for powerful protection from evil forces. Wrap in red flannel and hang over the bed to ward off dark spirits of the night.
Cinquefoil is usually considered to be a Mercury herb, because it normally lies along the ground and spreads quickly by its thin but tough stalks. And the Mercury association makes sense, given cinquefoil's long association with divination and magick. For instance, Agrippa includes cinquefoil in a recipe for Mercury incense and said that cinquefoil drives away devils and helps one to resist poison. When "fingers" are mentioned in old grimoires, it is usually this magick herb that is meant. Nowadays it is put into a bath to help with prophetic dreaming, burned as an incense for divination, stuffed into dream pillows (see dream pillow recipe below), and is a component in modern-day flying ointment.
However, cinquefoil also has some Venus to it. It contains a lot of tannin and so is astringent, like many Venus herbs, and it is sometimes used in love magick, as in dreaming of one's future mate. Perhaps the Venus association also is due to the fact that this herb is connected to Beltane, Ostara, and especially Midsummer. In the Victorian language of flowers, cinquefoil stands for "beloved daughter," which also fits with Venus. The five points of the leaf indicate the orbit of Venus as seen from Earth, but they also represent love, money, health, power, and wisdom. In Hoodoo, where it is more well known as five-finger grass, it gives protection in court cases. It is also the patron herb of fishermen.
3 cm tall glass vessel of Finger Grass
(1) John the Conqueror root
natural roots vary in size and shape