Parsley, herb of death. (Better than parsley, anemic dinner plate garnish.) The Greeks created parsley’s association with death, and passed it along to the Romans, who used the pretty plant in death rites. Not a negative thing at all, as death is, in and of itself, innocent. Victorians, on the other hand, ignored Classical thought and believed giving away parsley was akin to giving away love; and that one must steal it back to recapture good fortune, particularly luck in love. So the fate of fresh, pungent parsley is of love and death intertwined. Wear parsley as a token of innocence and love—one that aids us to act without cynicism, and helps us make the most of our short time on earth.

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