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Moss-oak is the preserved wood of ancient trees that flourished in Great Britain perhaps some five thousand years ago. Our island nation was at that time a mere adjunct or promontory of the continent, and besides being flooded yearly by the great European rivers was heavily wooded with oak, yew, pine etc. These great trees flourished, fell and in time were preserved in peat bogs, where the general acidity of the soils prevented the natural processes of corruption.

The gentleman with the thistle-down hair chuses to employ a piece of moss-oak from Scotland in his construction of a fetch or waff of Arabella Strange.

Both moss and oak are commonly used in magic of all sorts. Of oak, I will say naught: its fame is legend and its name naturally associated with magic.
But consider, if you will, the most extraordinary little Rose of Jericho (Selaginella Lepidophylla), a species of desert moss that has the astounding ability to "resurrect" itself after bouts of extreme dehydration lasting months or even years. After just a few hours of exposure to moisture the plants burst to life, uncurling from a tight ball of dry leaves to a green flower-like shape.


Rose of Jericho reviving, real-time 3 hours

Another example is Irish (also referred to as Carrageen), a moss with a structure resembling a dry leaf such as that of common seaweed. The plant’s gender is taken as female and closely linked to power planet Saturn and the moon as well as element water. The Irish believe that this moss will help to...

  • Bring luck to gamblers,
  • Attract customers,
  • Attract money in general and
  • Sober up
The moss will also offer cleansing, love, psychic powers and protection for you. Again, and do see this as a disclaimer, this only works if you're Irish...