Blessed Thistle = Cnicus Benedictus Some common names include St. Benedict's Thistle, Holy Thistle, and Spotted Thistle. Blessed Thistle is native to the Mediteranean region, from Portugal north to southern France to east Iran. Known in other parts of the world such as North America. It is a member of the Aster family. Correspondences Gender: Masculine Day of the Week: Tuesday Element: Earth, Fire Holiday Celebration: Yule Planet: Mars Zodiac: Scorpio, Aries Deities: Ares, Freya, Gaia, Mars, Thor, Pan, Minerva, Great Mother. Blessed Thistle is used in a variety of ways. Its is a sacred herb used in charms, and rituals of protection, Anti-Hex, Purification, Uncrossing, Spiritual, Physical and Financial Blessings, Used to communicate with Spirits as well as spiritual healing. Used to summon good spirits, healing spells for energy and excitement. Used with poppets to uncross and break spells. Burn as incense to cleanse and purify room. Carry on your person for strength and protection Medicinal Blessed Thistles was once said to be a cure for the plague. Medicinally it has been known to strengthen liver function, combat hepatitis, aids memory, and purifies the blood stream. Good for easing migraines, nausea, and gallstones. It is also used for breastfeeding to promote lactation as well as issues with menopause and vaginal problems. References and Links Blair, Briana. "Herbal Magic Correspondences Guide, The." Garland, Sarah. "Complete Book of Herbs and Spices, The.: Kynes, Sandra. "Llewellyn's Complete Book of Correspondences: A Comprehensive & Cross-Referenced Resource for Pagans & Wiccans."