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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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.
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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.
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.”
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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
I wrote a post with the various Yule Correspondences I have found over the years. You can check it out at the following link:
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Love this blog post by Tess Whitehurst! It is a nice list of the various foods and spices that may be used as people make their Gratitude Dinner!
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Here is another item on my To Do list today! The nice thing about Fire Cider is you can change it and add things that you feel drawn to do so. This is really good to have on hand as we go into the winter months. It takes a month…from full moon to full moon to make so you may want to get it started now…..
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The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to the following post today…I was just wondering about different ways to smudge besides using sage for those that are allergic to it! Got to love the synchronicity that the Divine shows us!
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The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to this recipe for making a Grounding Massage Oil. I may play around with it to make it with herbs instead of essential oils. A project for another day!
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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.
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May the Cosmic Cookie Trail lead you on your own spiritual journey of discovery.
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