Magical Gardening Around the World

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.

For the rest of this interesting article by Patti Wiggington please click on this link: https://www.thoughtco.com/magical-gardening-around-the-world-2562458?utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_content=20170404&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_term=list_paganwiccan

Dangerous Herbs

Toxic and Poisonous Herbs

If you’re using herbs in your magical practice, as many of us do, it’s important to keep in mind that they may not all be safe to handle or ingest. Many herbs are fine for people, but toxic to household pets. Still other herbs can be used by anyone but pregnant women. Let’s look at some of the different herbs you may be using in magical practice, and how they can be dangerous if you’re not careful.

Do keep in mind that this is not – and is not intended to be – a list of every toxic or harmful herb. It is a list of some commonly used herbs that can be dangerous to pregnant women or household pets. If you’re using a particular plant and you’re not sure if it’s toxic or not, then do your homework and make sure it’s safe to use before you do anything with it.

HERBS DANGEROUS TO PREGNANT WOMEN

If you’re pregnant, attempting to become pregnant, or nursing, you’ll need to exercise extra caution when working with herbs. Many can cause miscarriage if ingested. Before taking any herbs internally – or, for that matter, handling them with bare hands – be sure to check with your healthcare professional to make sure they’re safe.

The following are just a few of the many herbs out there that can be harmful to pregnant women.

For the rest of this article by Patti Wiggins please click on this link: https://www.thoughtco.com/toxic-and-poisonous-herbs-2562022?utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_content=20170228&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_term=list_paganwiccan

Magical Aromatherapy

Ask any Pagan or Wiccan what they love most about working with herbs, and chances are good they’ll tell you how much they love the smell. Herbs contain small glands that hold their essential oils, and when these oils are extracted they release scent molecules. The science of aromatherapy takes advantage of this natural phenomenon and expands it just a bit — because olfactory sensation stimulates parts of the brain connected to memory and emotion.

ROMATHERAPY HISTORY

Although aromatherapy is a fairly new practice in the United States, herbal essential oils have been used for thousands of years in other parts of the world. The Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Chinese have all used essential oils in cosmetics, for ritual oils, and even in cosmetics.

In the modern era, lavender oil and its healing properties was one of the first essential oils to be looked at from a medical perspective. A French chemist named René-Maurice Gattefossé experienced an explosion in his laboratory, during which he sustained a burn to the skin of his hand. He applied lavender oil, and discovered that its healing properties could be used in a number of ways; specifically, he studied its efficacy on war wounds such as gangrene and chemical burns.

It should be noted that not everyone sees aromatherapy as a true scientific discipline; many believe there is simply a placebo effect.

A 2008 study done at The Ohio State University found that “an investigation on how aromatherapy affects health failed to show any improvement in immune status, wound healing, or pain control among people exposed to two scents. But results of the randomized controlled trial… did show that lemon (considered to be a stimulant) appeared to enhance mood, while lavender (thought to be a relaxant) had no effect on mood.”

For the rest of this article by Patti Wiggins please click on this link: https://www.thoughtco.com/magical-aromatherapy-overview-2562017?utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_content=20170228&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_term=list_paganwiccan

Magical Herbal Correspondences

Even though it’s the end of February, the unseasonably warm weather in many places has gotten a lot of us thinking about spring a little bit early – and with spring comes gardening! Are you thinking about planting some magical herbs in your garden this year? Even if you don’t have a big yard, you can grow herbs in containers to use in spellwork and rituals later on. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular magical herbs to grow, so you can start planning your plantings!

 

Herbs have been used for thousands of years, both medicinally and ritually. Every herb has its own unique characteristics, and these properties are what makes the plant special. Subsequently, many Pagans use herbs as part of their regular ritual practice.

Also, be sure to read about herbal correspondences to get a feel for which herbs are useful in what types of workings: Magical Herb Use.

This first part is 29 different “pages” long. To read the other 28 information articles and see the pictures of each herb please click on this link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/herbalism/ss/Magical-Herbs.htm?utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_content=20170228&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_term=list_paganwiccan

 

Plant List

The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to the following site.  They have a nice list of plants and the various correspondences for them.  For example: they list the Deity, Element, and Spiritual uses of the plant.

You can read the list at the following link:

http://tribeofthesun.com/plants/plant-list/

May the Cosmic Cookie Trail lead you on your own spiritual journey of discovery.

©08072016 Wolf Woman Ways

Mortar and Pestle, My Dilemma

Tonight I want to share a thought or two with you about a tool we use as Witches and simply take for granted.

I’ve recently dried my home grown herbs and am going to use these to get my Witch Cupboard started. I have also ordered quite a few herbs from an organic company, some are safe and some are toxic. I prefer to use herbs over oils because the oil scent is to strong for me and they give me a headache which makes it difficult to focus. I also like to experiment with ideas for making poppets, herbal bags, burning incense and such. To do this I need to crush herbal ingredients together, choosing the correct herb to resonate with the spell is important, for example, I don’t want any herbal residue from a previous use to counteract what I’m trying to do now. That train of thought brought to mind the possibility of becoming possibly poisoned, because I burnt a lovely rose petal  incense but some toxic herb was left in the bowl. (No this has not happened, but my paranoia runs away from me.) Immediately I researched How To Clean A Mortar and Pestle. I searched and couldn’t find anything about it. I ended up emailing the company I purchased the herbs from and the only thing they could suggest to me was to make sure I have 3 mortar and pestles, one for resin, one for toxic herbs and one for non toxic herbs. Their reasoning was because many bowls are made of porous materials which will collect in the stone. As I am a Witch on a budget I didn’t want to hear that for an answer, but I completely understand where thy are coming from.  My concern is this Sisters and Brothers In The Craft, I do not want any of you getting poisoned because of rushing into something without thinking every possible outcome through.

In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust,

SunRay Sorceress 

Beltane

Beltane plate

 

Beltane plate

Beltane Altar 2015

Beltane Altar

Beltane Anointing Oil

Put a Peridot for prosperity and abundance in the bottle

Put a Garnet for ushering in passion in the bottle

3 drops of Jasmine

2 drops of Juniper

3 drops of Fennel

3 drops of Lemon

2 T Jojoba oil

Put the bottle in the center of the Flower of Life grid with a Quartz cluster in the center with it and 3 garnets around the perimeter to form a triangle.  Intent was to bring in prosperity and abundance with the passion of starting new things for Beltane.

Beltane Altar in a cup 2015

Beltane Altar in a Cup

Beltane Altar in a cup with Forget Me Not, Fern, Rose, Sweet Woodruff and Salt. Forget Me Not gives comfort through dreams by opening up contact with beings in another dimension and comforts because we realize the spiritual nature of these contacts. Fern is for mental clarity, cleansing, purification, and dispelling negativity and is a powerful auric protection. Rose includes attracting love, beauty, clairvoyance, domestic peace, happiness, and promoting the joy of giving. Sweet Woodruff is associated with healing, victory, protection, and money. The main metaphysical properties of salt are: Abundance, manifestation, and anchoring spiritual energies. Connecting to the ocean, the Moon and its cycles, and grounding spiritual energies into the material plane. Devotion, spiritual development, and an alchemical return to wholeness. Hospitality, house warming, and domestic harmony. Purification, spiritual protection, and releasing unwanted influences. Insights on life, death, and spiritual rebirth. Intuition, balancing the emotions and altered states like dreaming. Traditionally used for physical well-being, vitality, and longevity.

Beltane fire 5-1-15

Beltane Fire

Often you will read about the nine sacred woods used in kindling the balefire. Obviously, the trees should all have strong connections to magick, but substitutions can be made depending on where you live.
Oak would be the first choice, the backbone of the fire, so to speak. To that add eight other types of wood. Any and all of these are acceptable: apple, Hawthorne, birch, elder, ash, thorn (blackthorn), grape vine, rowan (mountain ash), holly, willow, cedar, yew and hemlock. Article found at: http://whisperingworlds.com/wiccan/beltane.php

©04272016 Wolf Woman Ways

Magical Meaning of Flowers

I decided to go check out my gardens today and what did I find?  The Forget Me Not was starting to bloom!

That got me to thinking…what is their magical meaning?  I found a neat site online that gives the meaning for many flowers.  You can check it out at the following link:

http://magic-spells-and-potions.com/files/flower-language-dictionary.htm

There are other sites you can use…find the one that resonates with you!

© 03232016 Wolf Woman Ways

Herbs and Chakras

I found some herbal correspondences for the Chakras at the following link.  http://mysticalmagicalherbs.com/2015/12/07/balancing-the-chakras/

It goes into greater detail but here are the herbs they list:

“Some herbs associated with the chakras.

First chakra – dandelion root

Second chakra – calendula

Third chakra – marshmallow root

Fourth chakra – Hawthorne berries

Fifth chakra – red clover blossoms

Sixth chakra – eyebright

Seventh chakra – lavender”

I found the article interesting and was thinking it would be powerful to create a Chakra Mojo Bag using the herbs listed.

© 2015 Wolf Woman Ways