Yarrow's Latin name is Achillea millefolium which might be translated as "thousand-leaved plant of Achilles". This comes from the legend that Achillies used it to stop the bleeding and heal the wounds of his soldiers. Yarrow's medicinal uses are too many and varied to go into here, but it's quite an amazing list. Yarrow grows in many parts of the world, and wherever it appears the people embrace it as something of a cure-all. It has even been found in a Neanderthal "flower burial" in the middle east. Where I live in SE Colorado, it's called plumajillo because the leaves look like little feathers.
I find it interesting that something very similar is suggested in this old Gaelic charm.
I will pluck the yarrow fair
That more brave shall be my hand
That more warm shall be my lips
That more swift shall be my foot
May I an island be at sea
May I a rock be on land
That I can afflict any man
No man can afflict me
~ from The Carmina Gadelica
The other aspect of this card is inspired by the beautiful blue colour of Yarrow oil. Who would have guessed that this weedy looking plant with small white flowers would contain such a treasure? This speaks of the transformation of an individual or a situation. A transformation probably enabled by the healing of a wound or the removal of some debilitating irritation. When someone is happier, when a situation or relationship is healthier, then its essence can be revealed and the true treasure it has contained all along can shine through.
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