Yarrow Love Divinations
To experience a dream about the man or woman destined to be your future marriage mate, pluck 10 stalks of yarrow on Beltane Eve (April 30th), or on a night when the moon is new.
Before going to bed, place nine of the stalks beneath your pillow and toss the remaining one over your left shoulder while repeating the following charm:
Good night, good night, fair yarrow, Thrice good night to thee.
I pray before the dawn tomorrow My true love to see.
A similar divinatory method from centuries gone by called for an ounce of yarrow to be sewn up in a piece of flannel or stuffed into a stocking and then placed beneath one’s pillow before going to bed.
The following spoken charm (or one of its many variations) would then be recited three times:
“Thou pretty herb of Venus’ tree, Thy true name it is yarrow.
Now who my future love must be, Pray tell thou me tomorrow.”