The Practice of Esoteric Herbalism

When many people begin exploring the world of magic, myth and legend one of the first places they turn to is plant magic.  There are hundreds of resources on plant based practices, herbalism, and the creation of botanical preparations for both healing and ritual.  Some people are interested in the chemical components of plants, others look to their astrological and elemental correspondences or the large body of plant folklore.  There are numerous authors that write on the many different facets of plant based practices, and there are still many that are yet to be explored.  New ways of working with ancient plants are being revealed and practitioners are finding that there are new plants waiting to be discovered and worked with.  The practice and process of esoteric herbalism is about exploring the subtle nature of plants and how they can be worked with in a ritual setting.  Plants can open us up to new insights about ourselves and the world around us, and act as magical catalysts that enhance our own working through their unique combination of energies.

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Lunar Herb: Evening Primrose

Plants of the Moon

Lunar herbs help us connect with the energy of the Moon, bringing its influence into magic and rituals.  The moon plays a prominent role in the spiritual practices of Pagans and Witches alike.  It is described as being feminine in nature due to its connections to water and the subconscious, as well as its correlation to the twenty-eight day cycle of the menstrual period.  The moon has a major influence over men and women here on Earth, its waxing and waning tides directly influencing how we feel, the way we express our emotions, and how we relate to others.  The moon also represents mystery, occultism, the sub-conscious and the dream world.  Mythologically it is associated with a number of goddesses both dark and light.  The moon also has this dual nature, during its waxing cycle its energy is building making it a powerful time to manifest our desires and reflect our light back out into the world around us.

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Most Saturdays Offer 2 Different Places for Open Chats at Different Times so No Over Lapping and Have to Choose Which Chatroom to Go Too

Lady Abyss and Lady Beltane have both noticed in their respective chatrooms that quite a few people come into either chatroom and do not participate in the chat. If the topic being discussed does not interest you no problem, send a message in the chatroom feed suggesting a topic you want to know more about or have knowledge to share about it, or if you have a question you would like someone to try and answer again post it on the chatroom message board. We want to hear from everyone who comes into the chatrooms. If you do not want to participate why bother coming at all to “visit” with other witches/pagans? Both chat rooms are open to anyone joining in as long as they follow Witches of The Craft and Coven Life’s guidelines.

The open chat in WOTC’s chatroom is every Saturday starting at 10:00 AM CT to 1:00 PM CT. Here is the link to get into Lady A’s chatroom: WOTC Chatroom Since you enter the chatroom through the WOTC store Magickal Necessities come to the chatroom a little early and “window shop” in Magickal Necessities. There is a pretty large selection just start clicking on the items listed in the Menu.

The open chat in Coven Life’s chatroom CL’s Chatroom take place on the second Saturday of every month from 3:00 to 6:00 PM CT and on the fourth Saturday of every month from 6:00 to 9:00 PM CT. Also, Lady Beltane will meet you in CL’s chatroom one on one if you feel the need to talk to a High Priestess/pagan minister about lessons if you are a student or something you are going through that you could use an ear to listen and arms for a virtual hug

Lady Abyss and Lady Beltane both look forward to seeing you soon at one open chat. You are welcome to come to as many open chats as you would like to as you want to come to. The best thing for the CL open chat is it is unlike an Esbat, Sabbat, or special gathering is you can come and go from the chats as often as you want to. But please remember if you come to one of the chats you really should participate not just sit in the background like a stalker or something. Also, bookmark the chat rooms so when you want to chat all you have to do is click on the bookmark for both chat rooms and jump right into the room with a BIG HELLO or however you want to greet the others in the chatroom.

If no one is in the chatroom when you first pop in go check out the WOTC’s store MAgically Necessities. If you are trying to figure out what you may need for a spell or ritual please ask one of us and we will find it in Magickal Necessities and then send you the link to look at it yourself and then purchase it if is what you were looking. If you do not find what you want in the store just click on “Contact” in the menu or ask Lady Abyss about it in the chatroom. Yes, I know I put either item direct links into a post or the link for the store itself but I figure someone read this or another post with links it might not be aware of the fantastic Witch/Pagan supply store so close at hand and it does help WOTC cover the monthly running expenses. Support your, local merchant, just like you would in the town. you live in.

Here’s is the link for Magickal necessities Homepage: Magickal Necessities Store

Smokeless Way to Smudging with White Sage and Sweet Grass

I know there are people for one reason or another that can not burn the White Sage and Sweetgrass to cleanse their self or home because of the smoke. So I tried this alternate way yesterday and got the same results as burning them. White Sage takes away the negative energy in your home and Sweet Grass brings in the positive energy.

Crush the White Sage into a powder and tear the Sweetgrass into very tiny pieces and combine them in a bowl or on a plate used only for this purpose. Than walk each room in your home counter-clockwise starting at the door people use the most to enter and exit your home. As you are walking ask the Mother Goddess and the Father God or whatever deity you have as your patrons to take away all negativity, anger, resentment, etc from your home and replace it with love, positive energy, and harmony while you asking for this energy exchange sprinkle the White Sage and Sweet Grass mixture on the floor in the center of the room in the shape of a pentagram and put some in each corner of the room. The pentagram does not have to be perfect or even completely solid. Leave the pentagram in place until you feel it is time to sweep it up, do not vacuum it up.  Leave the mixture you put in the corner of each room there this helps to keep your home environment a more positive space. Take the mixture you have swept up and dump it in your yard to be reclaimed by Mother Earth.

You can use these links to Magical Necessities to buy lose White Sage, not the bundles and a rope of Sweet Grass

White Sage 1 oz. White Sage

Sweetgrass Braid24 Inch Sweetgrass

Now for using White Sage to cleanse yourself Magical Necessities carries a soap made with White Sage. Use it when taking a shower again asking for all negativity to be removed from you and for positive, loving energy to replace it. All your negativity will just disappear down the drain. This soap can also be used before you do a ritual to cleanse yourself for it.

Here is the link from Magical Necessities to order the soap

White Sage Soap

 

Herbalism in Magic

Herbs

Herbs have enormous magical power, as they hold the earth’s energy within them. Each herb has unique properties that can enhance one’s magical goals. Herbs also may have medicinal properties. The magical practitioner can draw upon either aspect when performing a spell.

Following are three key herbs I use in my work, and the magical properties associated with each (I will discuss additional herbs in the Forum):

  • Rosemary has many uses in magic. Rosemary from one’s garden can be used in magic, but it is also found as incense and an essential oil. The primary 

For the rest of this article please click on this link: Herbs

NINE SACRED HERBS

Magickal and healing herbs for every occasion.

Mother nature sure is beautiful. She has gifted her healing to the whole of humanity as seen in the doctrine of signatures that dates to Discorides and Galen.

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctrine_of_signatures

To read some of their magickal, healing and shamanic uses please click on the link below.

http://www.northernshamanism.org/the-nine-sacred-herbs.html

 

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…

For the rest of this article please click on this link or copy and paste this link into your browser: Magickal Herb Usage

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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http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Willow.htm