Grape Vine

(Vitis vinifera) The vine is sometimes used as an emblem of Christ. As such it has had the highest honour in the decoration of churches (Haig), especially when it is growing from the chalice of the Eucharist (Child & Colles). Christ said "I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that dwelleth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit, for without me you can do nothing" (John. 15; 5). In Old Testament writings, the vine stands for the Jewish people as a whole. Dreaming of vines denotes health, prosperity and fertility (Gordon. 1985).

It is said in Iowa that a vine leaf in the hat will prevent sunstroke (Stout), and in Kentucky, they say that rubbing the sap from a grape vine on the hair will make it grow (Thomas & Thomas). Sap collected when growth starts in the spring is used for eczema in some country areas, and drops of it are also used for eye infections (Shauenberg & Paris).

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