What Do I Need To Have and Do to Be a Witch? – Introduction to Series

This is an introduction to help explain the title question. Today’s post is just going to answer frequently ask questions I have gotten over the years. Some of the other topics for this series will include but not limited to magickal tools, herbs, essential oils, crystals, precious and semi-precious gems, stones, your Book of Shadows, your altar and what you want to put on it, spells, rituals, etcetera. Most of the topics have other posts about them on Coven Life and Witches of The Craft. I also might add viedo links and/or a link for a general search on that day’s topic.

If you have questions about things in any of the post please ask them in the Comment box located below each post. This way if other people have the same question I only have to answer once.

If at anytime you want to share a picture of how you do something for that days topic please email it to LadyBeltane@aol.com subject line should have “For Sharing” please include your first name only or you pagan name and a short description about the picture. At the end of each days post the top I for tomorrow will be there. If you get pictures to me by 8:00 PM CDT for the next days topic I will include them in them post.

Any questions please ask them in the Comment section and I will reply to them by 8:00 PM CDT.

Tomorrow’s topic will be “Magickal Tool.” I look forward to learning different ways of doing things for every topic with you.

 

Herbs: A – Z List (The Medicinal, Spiritual and Magical Uses of…)

Herbs

The following information is for reference only. Herb-lore is an art which must be respected, and several herbs can be as equally dangerous as beneficial if not used correctly.

  • Aloes:

General: Aloes are indigenous to East and South Africa, but have been introduced into the West Indies (where they are extensively cultivated) and into tropical countries, and will even flourish in the countries bordering on the Mediterranean. The drug Aloes consists of the liquid exuded from the transversely-cut bases of the leaves.

Medicinal Use: The drug Aloes is one of the safest and best warm and stimulating purgatives to persons of sedentary habits and phlegmatic constitutions. An ordinary small dose takes from 15 to 18 hours to produce an effect. Its action is exerted mainly on the large intestine, for which reason, also it is useful as a vermifuge. Its use, however, is said to induce Piles. From the Chemist and Druggist (July 22, 1922):

‘Aloes, strychnine and belladonna in pill form was criticized by Dr. Bernard Fautus in a paper read before the Chicago branch of the American Pharmaceutical Society. He pointed out that when given at the same time they cannot possibly act together because of the different speed and duration of the three agents. Aloin is slow in action, requiring from 10 to 12 hours. Strychnine and Atropine, on the other hand, are rapidly absorbed, and have but a brief duration of action.’

Aloes was employed by the ancients and was known to the Greeks as a production of the island of Socotra as early as the fourth century B.C. The drug was used by Dioscorides, Celsus and Pliny, as well as by the later Greek and Arabian physicians, though it is not mentioned either by Hippocrates or Theophrastus.

Spiritual Use: The word Aloes, in Latin Lignum Aloes, is used in the Bible and in many ancient writings to designate a substance totally distinct from the modern Aloes, namely the resinous wood of Aquilaria agallocha, a large tree growing in the Malayan Peninsula. Its wood constituted a drug which was, down to the beginning of the present century, generally valued for use as incense, but now is esteemed only in the East. The Mahometans, especially those in Egypt, regard the Aloe as a religious symbol, and the Mussulman who has made a pilgrimage to the shrine of the Prophet is entitled to hang the Aloe over his doorway. The Mahometans also believe that this holy symbol protects a householder from any malign influence. In Cairo, the Jews also adopt the practice of hanging up the Aloe. In the neighbourhood of Mecca, at the extremity of every grave, on a spot facing the epitaph, Burckhardt found planted a low shrubby species of Aloe whose Arabic name, saber, signifies patience. This plant is evergreen and requires very little water. Its name refers to the waiting-time between the burial and the resurrection morning.

  • Arnica:

Please click the link HERBS above for the rest of the list.

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

Dallying With Plants – A Warning

As I grow older I have become more and more fascinated with plant life. There are so many that it would take more then one lifetime for me to memorize them all. To start my magickal cupboard I want to make sure I know everything about each part of the plant so I’m studying the leaf, stalk, root and the buds or flower petals of each. This started because that beautiful flower growing around my property could possibly kill me.

As you see in the picture, I have a magickal Fairy Hat – Foxglove growing naturally back behind my property. It’s sacred to the Fae and should be No problem, right? Wrong! After viewing a video about this beautiful plant, I found out that everything about this plant is poisonous, from the root to the to the stalk, leaves and petals. Even the residue from the leaf can kill you.

I’m not saying all of this to scare anyone away from using herbs and flowers in their magickal workings, I actually encourage it. The energy and intent of processing and using the spirit of the plant makes your spells that much more powerful. Just take the time to do research on any herb, flower or wood you plan on using. Don’t take someone’s word that it’s fine, unless you absolutely trust them to give you sound advice.  Is the leaf poisonous, but the root is not? Is the root poisonous, but the petal is safe? A little Botany and Herbology research on each plant will also give you grater confidence and will add your own magickal energy mixed with the plant’s spiritual energy, to make your Ritual or spell more powerful.

Brightest Blessings and Safe Exploring Sisters and Brothers,

SunRay Sorceress

Crystals, Candles, Incense, Herbs and Metals A concise guide to magickal attributes

This article Copyright 1992 by T. Sheil and A. Sheil  All Rights Reserved

Crystals

The powers of crystals were attributed to them by ancient esotericists and magicians. This can easily be misunderstood as a claim that the minerals do have special energies. Actually, the magicians found that certain stones and metals were harmonious with certain categories of magickal force. The best example is Astrological. Astrologers place different attributes under the headings of the various planets and Zodiacal signs. Astrological symbolism serves as a means of categorizing the nature of things based on their appearance and inherent capacities.

Technically, these are tables of correspondences.

Certain materials were found to be good vehicles for containing magickal force. Quartz is one such mineral. Consider that quartz crystals were used in radios and the manufacture of watches and similar devices. They transform radio waves. Certain crystals worked with particular types of magickal force better than others. Minerals have an inherent tendency which makes them harmonious with some energies, and discordant with others. For example, copper is a superb conductor of electricity, while lead is not. Lead provides an impassable barrier to radioactivity, yet itself is more vulnerable to heat than copper. Forces yet undiscovered by conventional science can also be affected by minerals.

To read the wealth of information in this article click on this link: http://www.thortrains.com/UncleThors/zcrystal1.html

0Beltane – Flashback 2006

“Got the urge to grow your very own Witch’s garden? Beltane is a great time of the year to start your herbal magic off with a real kick. Gather your plants, seeds, and gardening supplies, and bless the plants for luxuriant growth, gorgeous blooms, and healthy foliage.

This charm will work for any size or style of garden. Sit or stand within the garden, or next to the new flowers and plants. Then hold your hands out, palms turned up, and repeat the charm. Call on the Lord and the LAdy to assit you. At this time of year their passionate energy will flow into all living things.

If you plant your herbs and flowers at the start of May,

Then whisper this Graden Witch’s charm on Beltane Day,

“I enachant these green plants for power, and magic true,

Lord and LAdy bless my herb craft, and all that I do.”

After the charm is complete, turn your hands over and visualize all that magic flowing from your hands and into the garden plants. Happy magical gardening!”

Copyright Ellen Dugan Llewellyn’s Witches” Datebook 2006 Page 65

Smudging Bundle and Oil

I have been attending a free online class called Curanderismo Part 2: Traditional Healing of the Spirit/Energy and this week’s class we were shown a video on Healing Fright and Shock (Susto).  They used a Smudging Herb bundle and made an oil to use to help clear the person.

Herb Smudging Bundle

Rosemary

Rue

Basil

Lavender

Put bundle together and “swat” at the person setting intention to clear away that which no longer serves.

Herbal Release Massage Oil

Rosemary

Rue

Feverfew

Flower petals

Put all in a glass jar and cover with rubbing alcohol.  Label jar and oil will be ready in 2 weeks.  Can then be put in glass bottle with spray nozzle or used to make an herbal salve.

Copyright Wolf Woman Ways 2015

Mugwort Magic

 This magical herb has a long connection to Samhain,

use for Clairvoyance, Scrying, Protection.
Rub this herb on “Magic Mirrors” and “Crystal balls”
to strengthen their powers.
Add to Scrying, clairvoyance and divination incenses.
Sprinkle about table top during Tarot readings.
Rub fresh Mugwort leaves on the blade of your ritual sword
or athame, and then let it soak up the light of the Full moon.
Use 3 tablespoons to 1\2 gallon spring (or rain) water to
cleanse your “Magical mirrors” crystals and stones.

~ Barbara Morris