Macbeth: witches chanting around a cauldron. Something wicked this way comes! I enjoy associating the song with Halloween. But as I go through eye of newt, tongue of dog... I can't help thinking how gruesome they are, especially that I'm an animal lover, particularly dogs, and I hate it when animals are hurt.
There is an article though that I came across which suggests that these bats, worms or lizards are "likely just herbs by other names... the brew was "designed to gross out the masses; to stop them from practicing magic."
Now that I can accept. There are only 12 translations from The Literary Tourist. I did some research for the 13th. As I do not normally see these plants in my part of the world, I was also learning while putting them together. The photos are mostly public domain. The one above is my mother's cauldron but it's only jack fruit inside. A link to the photographers and sites follows.
1. Eye of Newt - Mustard Seed
2. Toe of Frog - Buttercup
3. Wool of Bat - Holly Leaves
4. Tongue of Dog - Houndstongue
5. Adder's Fork - Adder's tongue
The Flower Book
6. Lizard Leg - Ivy
Ivy on house in autumn by Petr Kratochvil
7. Hawk’s Heart - Wormwood
Pino Perino via Luirig
8. Ass’s Foot or Bull’s Foot: Coltsfoot
9. Bear’s Foot: Lady’s Mantle
10. Calf’s Snout: Snapdragon
11. Graveyard Dust: Mullein
12. Sparrow’s Tongue: Knotweed
13. Fillet of a fenney snake - arum
Linking with Thursday 13 and Favorite Things