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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,
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.
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“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
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
Put bundle together and “swat” at the person setting intention to clear away that which no longer serves.
Herbal Release Massage Oil
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.
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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
CATNIP: Useful in love, beauty, and happiness spells and drawing positive vibrations and good luck to you and to your house.
CEDAR CHIPS: Useful in healing, purification, protection, and
CHAMOMILE: Useful in spells for luck and gambling as well. Also great as a tea to help one sleep. Can combine with a little Lavender for assisting as a sleep tea.
CINNAMON: Used for money and success or to use as a healing charm.
CLOVES: Their magickal properties include banishing evil,
clearing your head, protection, love, and money. Using cloves in your magickal spells is said to ensure that your magickal intention is realized.
COPAL: Is a resin that is great for love and purification.
DRAGONS BLOOD: A resin used for love, protection, exorcism, and potency. Burneas an incense with the windows opens will drive out all negativity. A pinch of this resin in any incense will increase the incenses power. To quiet a noisy housepowder some dragons blood, mix it with sugar and salt, and place in a bottle. Cover this mixture tightly and secur eit within your house somewhere where it will not be disturbed and it is said you will have peace and quiet.
EUCALYPTUS: A herb I use a lot for healing. Also can be used for protection.
FRANKINCENSE TEARS: A rsin I use a lot in my workings both in it’s raw form and as an oil. Used for protection, exorcism, and spirituality. Also used in hoodoo to increase the magic of your candles or other workings by raising their energies that you have charged them with. Add this oil to another oil to increase it’s potency.
LAVENDER FLOWERS: Lavender has been used for protection, chastity, longevity, purification, and happiness. Great in a tea to help bring on sleep. Can be combined with Chamomile for this reason.
MUGWORT: Mugwort can be used as an incense, mixed in equal parts
with Sandalwood, to aid in strengthening Psychic Powers. Another easy recipe for assisting with scrying, especially dealing with spirits, is mixing equal parts of Mugwort and Wormwood together although this version doesn’t smell as well as the Sandalwood. Other uses include strength, protection, prophetic dreams, and healing.
MYRRH: Myrrh is a wonderful herb to use in spells for spirituality, protection, healing, and exorcism.
It is often combined with Frankincense to increase its power.
Burn as an incense to purify an area. Use the smoke from the incense to purify and bless charms, amulets, talismans, magickal jewelry, tools, etc.
PEPPERMINT: Peppermint is use for purification, sleep, love, healing, and psychic powers. Fresh peppermint on the altar calls good spirits to you to assist you in your magic.
ROSE BUDS/PETALS: These are wonderful for use in spells to draw
Love. Use red for passionate love. Use pink or white for romantic or true love. You can also place a single rose in a vase on your altar as a powerful love drawing aid. Rose buds/petals can also be used for psychic powers, especially when used for a tea, and also for healing, protection, and luck.
ROSEMARY: This is a wonderful all-purpose herb that you can’t
afford to be without! Rosemary can be used as a substitute for just about any herb. It’s powers include love, lust, protection, exorcism, purification, healing, longevity, youth, mental powers, and sleep.Rosemary is a wonderful incense. Smoulder a bit of it to emit powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations and to rid negativity in the area in which it is burned. Especially helpful to burn before performing any magic. Place a bit of rosemary under your pillow to ensure a good night’s sleep. Wear rosemary to aid your memory especially when you are studying for an exam. Add an infusion of rosemary to your bathwater to perserve youthfulness and to purify you. Carry a bit of rosemary with you to remain healthy.
Hang a sprig of rosemary above your door posts.
SAGE: Sage is useful for protection, healing, wealth, fulfilling wishes, and spells to increase longevity.
SANDALWOOD: Sandalwood has many magickal uses, including
protection, spirituality, exorcism, healing, and wish fulfillment.Scatter sandalwood powder around your home to clear it of negativity. Write a wish on a sandalwood chip and
burn in your cauldron. As it burns it sets your magick flowing.
Sandalwood mixed with Lavender makes a wonderful incense which is intended to conjure spirits.
VIOLET FLOWERS: These are wonderful for using in amulets for good luck and fortune.
YARROW: A wonderful herb to use in love spells!!! Also works to
draw courage and to purify. Drink as a tea to increase your psychic powers. Wear a sprig of yarrow for protection.
Hold some in your hands when you are afraid and this will stop all fear and give you courage. Carry some with you to draw love and to attract friends.
Herbs can be used in a variety of ways:
In spell work
To make things for you home and/or office
And in many other ways. For more information check out Meadow Walkers website:
Check out Meadow Walker’s website-Mysitcal MAgical Herbs for a lot more on using, preserving and growing herbs.
Imagine a time when there was no deodorant, shampoo, bath soap, laundry detergent, or an array of pine cleaners and disinfectants. Welcome to the Middle Ages.
With no access to exterminators, medieval people made use of strongly scented herbs to discourage vermin and also to mask the scent of unwashed bodies.
Tansy was grown to discourage flies, lavender cotton against moths, the use of pennyroyal against fleas. Mint was very popular and used to repel mice and ants.
In the homes of peasant and royalty alike, the floors were often dirt. Packed solid from years of people walking over them. Household odors from cooking and sweaty bodies was overwhelming. So, the good people of this period in history resorted to mixing strong herbs with rushes or straw and scattering them about on the floors.
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Lemon Balm- Taken in the form of tea-relieves stress and anxiety in social situations. When you’re not stressed and anxious, you feel more confident. Use fresh or dried lemon balm leaves and drink up to 3 cups each day.
Valerian- This supplement also reduces those feelings of low self esteem many of us often have during social interactions. Valerian comes in capsule form and it may take up to 4 weeks to become effective. Valerian calms the nervous system, and when we are less nervous we perform better and appear more confident. Valerian can be purchased at health food stores. Be sure to follow directions on the package.
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