Botanēarsis (Plant-Picking Incantation)

This translation is taken from an eBook from Sartrix Translations: Ɔ. Martiana, On Herbs. An Anonymous Greek Poem. This ritual text is part of the so-called ‘Greek Magical Papyri’ (PGM IV.286–295).

Note on application: In place of ‘whatever plant’ and ‘I, whoever’, insert the plant’s and your own name. Instead of ‘for whatever purpose’, specify your intention, so that the plant is empowered for the right action. This does not mean, however, that any plant can be used for any purpose: the incantation merely prevents the plant from becoming inert.

Plant-picking incantation. Use it facing the Sun. The words to be said: “I pick you, whatever plant, with my five-fingered hand, I, whoever, and I take it with me, so that you be efficacious for me for whatever purpose. I adjure you by the undefiled name of the god! If you do not hear me, the earth which bore you shall never receive rain in your spot again in your life, if I fail in this operation. MOUTHABAR, NAKH BARNAKHŌKHA, BRAEŌ MENDALAUBRAASSE, PHASPHA BENDEŌ! Perfect the perfect incantation!”