Written for Coven Life
By priestess Hypatia
Tisanes are herbal tea that traditionally included barley.
Lammas is the first harvest celebration, marking the transition from summer to fall and celebrating the bounty and abundance of the garden.
Spell crafting Herbal teas is a personal favorite of mine, especially herbs personally selected to reflect your intentions and the turning of the seasons. Such teas are a wonderful way to honor the seasons during your ceremony.
First harvest Tea Blend for Lammas
- 1/2 cup dried calendula blossoms
- 1/4 cup dried lavender buds
- 1/4 cup dried meadow sweet
- 1/4 cup oolong tea leaves
- Optional: 1 tablespoon dried grated ginger
- Combine all ingredients in a tea strainer or bag.
- Pour hot water over the strainer and steep 3-5 minutes
Calendula– a beautiful bright beam of sunshine their bright orange and yellow petals are a beautiful representation of seasonal transitions.
Lavender– Often associated with Lammas, this beautiful plan ally will help you begin the descent into the waning and restful portion of the year.
Meadow sweet– All heal of the ancients. Acting as a natural pain killer because of its salicylic acid content, the same ingredient that makes aspirin. Wonderful for third eye activation, divination and honing of your skill.
Oolong– Adding a layer or complexity to this otherwise airy tea. Its earthiness encourages wisdom through reflection.
Ginger– Only a small amount is needed to reach its maximum benefit. Its distinct spicy notes encourages success, money and love.
Esbat- June Full Moon 2019
If you are unable to access the link on the ‘Esbat Full Moon 2019’ post, I have decided to re-post it separately. Hope it helps. This also makes a wonderful reference.
Creativity: Crimson red
Romance: Flame orange
Socializing: Sunshine yellow
Well-being/health/healing: Leaf green
|Relaxation: Jungle green
Creativity: Sunflower yellow
Vitality: Electric tangerine
Romance: Royal purple
|relaxation: Pale peach
Creativity: Vibrant violet
Vitality: Lime green
Romance: Neon pink
Productivity: Turquoise blue
Well-being/health/healing: Olive green
|TAURUS||Relaxation: Teak wood
Creativity: Emerald green
Productivity: Sage green
|VIRGO||Relaxation: Buttercream yellow
Creativity: Cornflower blue
Vitality: Spring green
Romance: Peony pink
Productivity: Gunmetal grey
Well-being/health/healing: Porcelain white
Romance: Pumpkin orange
Productivity: Charcoal grey
Well-being/health/healing: Forest green
Creativity: Shibori blue
Vitality: Pale amethyst
Romance: Vibrant violet
Productivity: Coffee bean
|Relaxation: Chocolate brown
Vitality: Fire orange
Romance: Petal pink
Productivity: Rose gold
|AQUARIUS||Relaxation: Gunmetal gray
Creativity: Cobalt blue
Romance: Neon yellow
Socializing: Mint green
Well-being/health/healing: Pale pink
Vitality: Caribbean aquamarine
Romance: Pearl white
Socializing: Tea-rose pink
Productivity: Dark teal
Well-being/health/healing: Light sky
|SCORPIO||Relaxation: Midnight blue
Creativity: Hot pink
Socializing: Ruby red
Well-being/health/healing: Pearl white
Vitality: Dark amethyst
Romance: Ballet-slipper pink
Socializing: Sky blue
Productivity: Steel gray
Well-being/health/healing: Sea green
Following exercises are not meant for the beginners. It is because they work as an amplifier. Untrained person can amplify negative things and cause damage instead of improvement! You need to estimate things properly, train proper things and also to focus thoughts on positive results. Previous meditation training is to great advantage.
Every magician needs to awaken all five elements and to work with them. Magician also needs to have in balance inner energy system: channels and chakras. For this purpose, practicing vocal exercises is essential, because they support with their frequency desired element. Fire: A, Water: E, Air: I, Earth: U, Spirit-Ether: O.
Basic Powers: Protection
Magickal Uses: An herb of protection and vitality. A bowlful placed in a room strengthens the spirits and renews vitality. One may be carried for added strength and energy. They offer protection when grown in the garden or carried in the pocket. Throwing them into a fire will deflect lightning away from your home. Wearing a garment made from thistle will break any spell. Poppets are also stuffed with thistle to break spells.
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Planet: Mars (in Aries)
Deities: Thor, Minerva
Powers: Strenth, Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Hex Breaking
Folklore: Milk-thistle is a strikingly beautiful member of its family – with its sharply serrated, white veined leaves they cannot be overlooked. The name ‘Milk-thistle’ refers to a legend according to which 3 drops of holy milk from the Virgin’s breast is said to have dropped on to the leaf, forever marking it as an herb of our Lady (formerly known as the Great Goddess).
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Willows which by water stand
Ease us to the Summerland.
Tree of Enchantment, Tree of Witcheries
Fifth month of the Celtic Tree calendar,
April 15th – May 12th
Fifth consonant of the Ogham alphabet – Saille
Symbolism: Resonance and Harmony
Birds: Hawk, Snowy Owl
Deity: Persephone, Hecate, Cerridwen,
Artemis, Selene, Luna, Diana, Brigit
Folk names: Osier, Pussy Willow, Saille, Salicyn Willow, Saugh Tree, White Willow,
Witches Aspirin, Withe, Withy
Willow bark contains salicin, or Salicylic acid, used to make aspirin.
Infusions from the bark have long been used as a remedy for cholls, rheumatism, and fevers.
Willow sap applied to the skin can remedy acne, and a strong decoction of boiling
the bark and leaves in water can be rubbed into the scalp for dandruff.
New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing.
Also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to
re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground.
A wand made from Willow wood has many uses:
sleep with it and have more vivid dreams, use it to draw down the moon,
protection for underworld journeying
Magickal Brooms, witch’s brooms are traditionally bound with a willow’s branch.
There once was a Willow, and he was very old,
And all his leaves fell off from him, and left him in the cold;
But ere the rude winter could buffet him with snow,
There grew upon his hoary head a crop of mistletoe.
All wrinkled and furrowed was this old Willow’s skin,
His taper finger trembled, and his arms were very thin;
Two round eyes and hollow, that stared but did not see;
And sprawling feet that never walked, had this most ancient tree.
~Julianna Horatia Ewing, “The Willow Man” ”
Around the world, people tend to garden in different ways. Someone living on a large family farm plants their crops differently than someone on a half-acre lot in the suburbs. A resident of a big city in an advanced nation will grow things in a different fashion than a family living in an impoverished, third world country. While one person might use a large tractor and motorized equipment, another may use a simple shovel.
Still another might only use a pointed stick to make a hole in the ground. Since time began, the human race has managed to find ways to make things grow where before there was nothing.
In the early spring, many of us who follow earth-based spiritual paths begin planning our gardens for the coming season. The very act of planting, of beginning new life from seed, is a ritual and a magical act in itself. To cultivate something in the black soil, see it sprout and then bloom, is to watch a magical working unfold before our very eyes. The plant cycle is intrinsically tied to so many earth-based belief systems that it should come as no surprise that the magic of the garden is one well worth looking into.
Let’s look at some of the folklore and traditions that surround gardening and planting magic.
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Animals: Most animals from forests and woods and animals that are active at night. Wolves, bears, etc. Colors: Olive, black, citrine, russet Court cards: Pages Function: Reliability, stability, greedy, boring, materialistic. Leprechauns: A type of Irish fairy sacred to Earth, sometimes known as the ‘wee folk’. These aren’t the cute sort- they’re capable of great evil just as we are, and tend to be tricksters, lustful, and mean. Leprechauns are said to drink heavily and are shoemakers. If you can find a leprechaun and catch him, you can take his gold… unless you get tricked out of letting him go. Yes, leprechauns are usually said to be males, and loners at that. Long ago, shoemakers were traditionally male, so for the culture it makes sense. Qualities: Cold, dry, excessively heavy. Unyielding, stubborn, passive, malleable, patient and ignorant. Obscurity, excessive solidity, and rest or stillness. Sense: Touch Stones: Quartz, rock salt. Tarot trump: The Devil, The Empress, The Emperor, The World. Tibetan failing: Pride.
Tibetan wisdom: The wisdom of equality. Time of day: Midnight. Trolls: Quite the fearsome creatures, trolls. Though in the modern day most trolls are nothing more than an online pest, this race from Norse mythology is related to “trolleri”, the Swedish name for a kind of magic intended to do harm. They aren’t intelligent, but it’s clear one doesn’t need to be intelligent to cause harm. They have tough skin and regeneration powers, and will eat anything including metal and bone. The only way to stop them is to burn them, and their eating habits lead them to a disgusting sort of attack: vomiting on their target. Types of magic: Grounding, prosperity, ancestor worship, fertility, plant magic. Zodiac: Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo
James, Viivi. Harnessing Earth Magic (A Witch’s Guide to Elemental Magic) (Kindle Locations 77-86). Midnight Climax. Kindle Edition.
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