(Nepeta cataria) P
Folk Names: Cat, Catmint, Catnep, Catrup,
Cat’s Wort, Field Balm, Nepeta, Nip
Gender: Feminine
Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Deities: Bast
Powers: Cat Magic, Love, Beauty, Happiness
Magical Uses: Given to your cat, catnip creates
a psychic bond between the two of
you. It is also intoxicating to the cat.
Catnip is used in love sachets, usually in
conjunction with rose petals. If you hold
catnip in your hand until it is warm, then
hold anyone else’s hand; they will forever be
your friend, as long as you keep the catnip
you used for the spell in some safe place.
Grown near the home or hung over the
door, catnip attracts good spirits and great
luck. Catnip is also used in spells designed
to enhance beauty and happiness.
Large catnip leaves are pressed and used
as bookmarks in magical texts.