people are accustomed to the concept of the Witches’ familiar spirit.
Most people think of this in terms of an animal or spirit companion. In
this article I will present an older form of the familiar, that which
dwells as the spirit within a plant. Since ancient times, the belief in
a "mana" or "numen" spirit has been widespread. It is this indwelling
consciousness that gives a plant its occult powers and properties.
purpose of the following technique is to raise or grow a plant as a
"familiar spirit" or a magical plant for spellworking. In ancient
times, a circle of small stones was set around the chosen plant to
"bind" the numen spirit there. Then a hole was dug toward the roots
(being careful not to damage them) and a chosen power stone was set in
place to "charge" the plant with the intent of one’s magic.
the passing of the centuries the method has evolved somewhat. Today it
is a bit different, but equally as effective. You can begin with a seed
or young sprout/plant. Prepare the soil for planting in a secluded
area, one that is appropriate for the needs of the plant. Take the
stone or crystal that you have selected to fit your purposes, and place
it three inches deep in the soil.
in the soil over the crystal and plant the seed (or plant_ as is
appropriate. Lay a circle of eight marking stones around the plant
site. At each of the four quarters (of the stone circle) place a
crystal or stone of the same type you buried in the soil. The other
four stones may be of the same type, or may be assorted. If you have
selected stones or crystals possessing occult powers make sure that
they are harmonious in nature to one another. The spacing for the
stones is determined by the physical needs of the plant, so allow for
the growth of the plant.
you planted a seed, wait seven days after the sprout appears to proceed
with the following. If you used a young plant, wait seven days after
planting. Remove the stones between the quarter stones and plant a seed
at each point. Next bury the quarter stones where they lay, at least an
inch deep. The seeds may be of the same type as the plant within the
circle, or an assortment of plants.
day, for seven days, place both palms on the ground within the circle,
forming a triangle with your fingertips (index fingers and thumbs
touching). The stem of the plant, or the buried seed, will be in the
open center of the triangle. Using your imagination and visualization,
sense your power flowing out through your arms and into the soil. The
"source" of the power can begin from one (or more) of your personal
power centers, or you may employ personal techniques for
is important to talk to the plant and send it visual images.
Communicate your needs and desires to the plant through mental
pictures. This is the foundation stage, and it is vital that you
"inform" the indwelling spirit with the intent of your magical charge.
This will align the entity and create a rapport between you and the
plant. It is in this stage that both you and the plant become familiar
to one another.
the plant grows, you must take good care of it. This is essential to
the relationship you are forming. Learn as much as possible about the
needs of the plant. Water and fertilize it as is suited to its natural
environment. Check it daily for insects and protect it from damage of
any kind. For a deeply intimate connection with the plant during its
a magical level, what you have accomplished through these techniques is
as follows. First you’ve amplified the power level of the spirit numen
or mana through placement of the stones or crystals. Secondly, you have
extended its power and influence to the other plants around it. This is
because the seeds within the ring became alive under the emanating
influence of the center crystal/stone and the plant. They were bathed
in the cross-quarter current of energy, controlled from the center
entities, through the quarter crystals you placed.
you need to use the leaves, flowers, or roots of the plant for spells
or potions, use only the circle plants (never the center plant). The
center plant is the familiar. The other plants are simply extensions of
its power. This is the principle for contagion magic. Whatever is in
close proximity with another thing, or mixed with something else, takes
on some of the neighboring power. This is also one of the reasons for
employing stones or crystals in creating a plant familiar.
final step in creating this plant familiar is to establish your link
and strengthen your rapport. To do this you must sit comfortably in
front of the plant at the north quarter facing south. In the Old
Religion, north is the place of divine power and the south is the realm
of the astral forces. Sitting in this position makes you the bridge
between these worlds, from which you can direct the flow of energy.
comfortably at the plant and then allow your vision to slightly blur.
In this state observe the general shape of the plant. Do not force or
rush the process. Try to leave your mind blank and receptive.
Eventually the plant will transmit an image to you mentally as you gaze
at it. You will receive this "formed through" as a physical distortion
of the plant. Its shape will shift and transform so that it begins to
resemble something else. It may appear as an animal, insect, or some
shape is revealed to you will be the familiar spirit, the magical bond
between you and the consciousness of the plant. The familiar will five
you extra power in any magical work whenever you summon it. House
plants can become protective entities for your home through this
technique. Plants given as gifts can be very useful for magical
purposes as well. You can harvest the leaves and flowers of the circle
plants and make magical sachets for friends and loved ones.
summon your familiar, simply imagine your plant n its setting and
visualize it becoming the transmitted image of the spirit familiar
originally revealed to you. Mentally draw it to you and allow it to
merge within your thoughts. Do this by picturing it moving to you in
the way the creature would animate itself in nature. Choose a "word of
calling" or a "beckoning gesture" to accompany the summoning
visualization. Then mentally receive the creature into you r body and
spirit through your forehead. Experience the entity form, imagining
that you are that creature. See yourself as the entity form, be the
form, and act like the form. This is how it becomes a familiar spirit.
Once you can perform this successfully, then you truly possess a
Written by Raven Grimassi