The magickal use of thistle

Magickal Uses of Blessed Thistle

Zodiac: Aries

Gender: Male

Planet: Mars

Element: Fire

Deities: Pan

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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Magickal Uses of Milk Thistle

Gender: Maculine

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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Magical Herb Correspondences

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. Whether it’s for money and prosperity, protection, healing and wellness, love and lust, there is almost always an herb associated with your purposes.

So, now you’ve decided you’re ready to do a magical working… but you’re not sure which herbs are the best ones to use. Use this list as a reference point to determine which herbs, plants and flowers are the best choices for your magical intent.

Money, Prosperity and Jobs…

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The Witches library

 

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Witch medicine is wild medicine. It does more than make one healthy, it creates lust and knowledge, ecstasy and mythological insight. In Witchcraft Medicine the authors take the reader on a journey that examines the women who mix the potions and become the healers; the legacy of Hecate; the demonization of nature’s healing powers and sensuousness; the sorceress as shaman; and the plants associated with witches and devils. They explore important seasonal festivals and the plants associated with them, such as wolf’s claw and calendula as herbs of the solstice and alder as an herb of the time of the dead–Samhain or Halloween. They also look at the history of forbidden medicine from the Inquisition to current drug laws, with an eye toward how the sacred plants of our forebears can be used once again.

Really loved this book and would recommend it anyone, from novice to long time established practitioners. Happy reading and blessings.

Willow ~ a tree witch

Willow

Willows which by water stand
Ease us to the Summerland.

 

Salix alba

Tree of Enchantment, Tree of Witcheries

Fifth month of the Celtic Tree calendar, 

April 15th – May 12th

 

Fifth consonant of the Ogham alphabet – Saille


Saille Ogham

Planet: Moon

Element: Water

Symbolism: Resonance and Harmony

Stone: Moonstone

Birds: Hawk, Snowy Owl

Color: Silver

Deity: Persephone, Hecate, Cerridwen, 

Artemis, Selene, Luna, Diana, Brigit

Sabbat: Beltane

Folk names: Osier, Pussy Willow, Saille, Salicyn Willow, Saugh Tree, White Willow, 

Witches Aspirin, Withe, Withy

 

Medicinal properties

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.

 

Magickal properties

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” ”

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Herbs and Their Witchy Names

One of the things you might notice when working with spells is they call for some different ingredients. For example, eye of newt, wool of bat, toe of frog. To some who happen across these spells it can help lend to some of the fear surrounding witches. However, none of these ingredients are literal. For example, if you see eye of newt in a spell, you are not going go out and get an actual eye from a newt. It actually refers to mustard seed. The reason we have these names, stems from ancient times when it was not safe to keep spells about. So to protect the craft these names would be used instead. Some of them are just Old English, and some even date back to ancient China. A lot of times it will be based on what the herb resembles. Many witches still use these names to this day. So I wanted to provide you with a basic list that you can use to work with. As you find more you can add more to it. :))

http://jasmeinemoonsong.com/herbs-and-their-witchy-names/

Astrological Herbs

The process of using herbs based on astrology is an ancient system that has proven that many physical ailments correspond to our astrological signs. My fascination with this started quite some time ago and I’ve been collecting information on this in my Book of Shadows over the years. This list is a collection of herbs that I have found in my travels in a variety of books and articles.

I am not familiar with all of the herbs listed, so before using them please be sure to research the herb and become familiar with it to find the best way to incorporate it into your life. You may find that some herbs are great for seasonings or teas, while others may make amazing salves. Some you will find make amazing incense and others you may find you just want to display in your home to have their energy surrounding you. Please also check for personal allergies. As always if you are pregnant, nursing, or trying to become pregnant or have any chronic illnesses please check with a doctor before using any herbs.

http://jasmeinemoonsong.com/astrological-herbs/

Readings to inspire the Witch within.

How to make an anointing herbal magical oil yourself

Merry Meet

I will give you some ideas about the herbs and oils and how you can work with them and use them in your Art.

When one plants the herbs herself/himself, grows them , harvest them herself/himself and make the oils and uses them herself/himself, then she/he is a lucky one ( smile ). But even collected in nature and in wild areas the blossoms are perfect for use, some witches prefer harvesting wild blossoms only.

Oils I make myself are mostly flower oils, I use the blossoms.

First you need to do some research about what you need. Herbal kingdom is VAST and there is always a lot to be learned and explored. When you know what blossoms you need, then go find them. When you find them , put them in a glass jar, fill the jar with base oil like olive oil , sunflower oil, almond or linseed oil. Add a thin/a milimeter/ layer of pure alcohol on top/this tip about adding the alcohol is from a dear sister of the craft / and close/cover the top of the jar well and tight. Write on a small sheet of paper on the top of the jar the date when the oil will be ready for use/count 40 days onwards , use a calendar /. Then put the jar into the sunshine and leave it there for 40 days. The Sun rays will penetrate through the glass and work with the blossoms and oil. The Moonlight  will shine on the jar  during the nights and charge it with her energies. You can notice how the colour of the oil changes and how some blossoms fade giving their power to the oil. The oil and blossoms will mix and after 40 days you can filter the blossoms and pour the oil in dark glass bottles and store it. If you do not have gark glass bottles, then you can keep the oil in dark and cool place . The oil is ready for use. Do not forget to consecrete it in a sacred circle before using it for magical tasks. Use it for anointing candles, yourself or your magical items.

Now I will mention the qualities of some herbs :

Dandelion – courage, bravery ; Fire, Mars

Clover – fairies, wishes, magic, devas, natural spirits

Lobelia – fairies, love, separation, madness. Be careful when you work with Lobelia, it is always so uncontrollable.

Rose – love, friendship, defence

Chicory – invisibility, obstacles removment

Marigold – Divinity, Wholeness, Sun and Moon, protection

Wild violets – love, wishes, dreams, protection, natural spirits; Friday

Black blossoms – hex breaking, breaking curses, protection

Lily of the valley – stops aggression, protection, promotes psychic visions, devas ; Monday, Moon

Lavender – peace of mind, healing, blessing

Mint – money, good luck, good health; Friday

Until we merry meet again

Blessed Be with inspiration and Light

Mistress of the mountains

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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…

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