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(Date Posted:02/13/2009 02:17 AM)
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Herbal Magic ~ Fluid Condensers

How to make a fluid condenser:
One of the most effective and practical ways to of using and storing herbs is with magickally - charged infusions. These infusions are called condensers. Condensers and herbs fall into four categories, Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

This process works for any elemental condenser. For best results, make them during a waxing Moon. Remember to always use an odd number of herbs, like 1 or 3. Place 2 handfuls of the desired herb into a pot. Add just enough cold,pure or spring water to cover the ingredients. Cover and cook over a flame or high heat for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, don't remove the lid,and cool for 13 minutes. Strain the liquid and return it to the pot. Cover and boil again until the liquid has halved in quantity.
 
Repeat the cooling procedure, then add the same amount of spirits (vodka or gin) or fuel alcohol. Shake the mixture well, then strain through four layers of cheese cloth or find linen, one piece for each of the elements,into small dark glass bottles. Label the mixture, including the date and store in a cool, dark place. If you are going to be keeping them for an extended period of time, store them in the refrigerator.

The Universal Fluid Condenser
This is also called a compound fluid condenser. It's kind of an 'all purpose' condenser as it is good for all types of spells and is used to give them and added boost of power. It's a outstanding general anointing liquid for tools, amulets, charms and sachets, and is used, to in purifying baths and washes.

Candles, gemstones and jewelry all benefit for the powers of this condenser if it is applied to them on a regular basis. As always, be creative and use your imagination to find new ways to use it.

Directions:
Herbs to use: Angelica leaves, chamomile flowers, peppermint leave, sage leaves, oak leaves or bark, bay leaves, cucumber skin, violet flowers or leaves, melon seeds.

Take equal parts of each of these, about 2 handfuls and put in your pot.Cover them with spring water and boil slowly for half an hour. Cool, strain and boil until the mixture becomes thick. Then add an equal amount of spirits. Pour into a dark glass bottle. Store in a cool, dry place and remember to label it with all the relevant information including date.

How to use your Condensers
Listed below is an example of how you can use each condenser. They can be used in a variety of different ways, such as anointing the body (soles of feet, hands, back of neck, forehead), candles, stones and mojo bags, sachets and baths. Read what the various condensers are used for and be creative!

The Earth Condenser
Pour a few teaspoons of this fluid into a glazed earthenware bowl. Holding the bowl in your hands, charge the fluid with your intent until it is completely saturated with your thoughts. Then pour it out onto the Earth. As it soaks up the fluid, call out your desire and visualize it. When the
condenser has been completely absorbed by the earth, the spell is complete. Although the most preferable place to do this is in the forest, if you live in the city and circumstances prevent you going there, a pot of soil will do just fine.
Corresponding Herbs
Balm of Gilead, bisort, cedar, cinquefoil, cypress, fern, honeysuckle,horehound, jasmine, mandrake, patchouli, pine, sage, slippery elm.

The Air Condenser
Pour some spring water into a small metal bowl or saucer. Then add three drops of the condenser. Cupping the bowl with both hands, close your eyes and charge it with your desire. Visualize it as though it has already taken place. Place the bowl onto a flame, or hot oven element. As the liquid evaporates and rises out of the bowl, slowly wave your athame or wand through the steam, calling the powers of Air to aid you in making your desire a reality. When all of the liquid has been evaporated the spell is finished.

Corresponding Herbs
Acacia, anise, benzoin, broom, comfrey, elder, eucalyptus, eyebright, hazel,lavender, lemon verbena, marjoram, mastic, mistletoe, mugwort, nutmeg,peppermint, sandalwood, spearmint, thyme, wormwood.

The Fire Condenser
This condenser should never be used on the skin.
Using your athame or by folding and tearing, make a square, four by four inch piece of clean, white paper. Using a red ink pen, write your intent on the paper. Moisten the paper with a few drops of the condenser and allow to dry. Charge the paper with your intent. Burn the paper completely, while
still focused on it's intent. The spell is over. Although a bonfire or furnace are ideal for this, a candle (red) can be used as a substitute.
Corresponding Herbs
Alder, angelica, basil, bay laurel, betony, carnation, celandine, cinnamon,clove, coriander, garlic, heliotrope, holly, hyssop, juniper, marigold,mullein, nettle, oak, pennyroyal, peony, pepper, primrose, rosemary, rowan, rue, saffron, St. John's wort, thistle, vanilla, vervain.

The Water Condenser
Take a clean glass jar to a place with running water, like rivers or streams. Fill the container with water and find a private place nearby. Pour a few drops of the condenser into the water and mix it up. Charge the fluid with you intent. Then pour the water into the stream, calling the forces of
water to aid you in the spell, visualizing the intent as having happened. The spell is over. To add more power to this spell, gather the water from three different sources.

Corresponding Herbs
apple, ash, burdock, chamomile, camphor, catnip, cucumber, cyclamen,elecampane, gardenia, geranium, hawthorn, heather, henbane, hops, hyacinth,ivy, lettuce, lovage, meadowsweet, myrrh, myrtle, sweet orange, orris, pansy, periwinkle, poppy, rose, star anise, violet, willow, yarrow.

Mistletoe Magic

Mistletoe has long been used for protection and for love magic.  Burning mistletoe banishes evil. Take a bottle of rubbing alcohol and drop fresh mistletoe sprigs in it. Let this set for a few hours. The longer it rests, the more potent will be the potion. When ready, pour the alcohol in  your cauldron and light it. If you do not have time to allow the potion to  rest, instead burn some sprigs of mistletoe. As you burn the potion or sprigs,  say:

"Evil may not reside or visit this happy and healthy home not in any form, nor at any time. This home is protected by the Mother Goddess and Father  God. Blessed are those who reside here. So it is from this day forward."
 
You  may also empower a mistletoe wreath for additional protection.
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~Herbs for Every Sign~
 
Herbs can be mixed and combined to produce a "recipe" that's just right for each of us.
Since the Sun sign you were born under has such an amazing influence on your health and
Well-being, using the herbs that correspond with that sign alone can be a tremendous help in
Times of stress or illness. Here's a short list of herbs that seem to be tailor-made for each of the
Signs, due to their associations with both the planetary ruler and the positive qualities of that sign
 
aries.gif image by gemsylb Aries - Mars
Allspice, basil, cayenne, garlic, ginger, mustard, onion, pepper.
It's no secret that Aries is the astrological equivalent of a bullet.
It's a red-hot burst of energy that's capable of overcoming any
Obstacle by charging straight for it. The ruler of Aries is Mars, the "red"
Planet, the ancient god of war who was known for his equally fiery
Temperament. No wonder, then, the herbs that correspond with your sign
Are also a bit "hot" to the taste. Use them in cooking to raise your
Endorphins, the substance Mars loves best.
 
taurus.gif image by gemsylbTaurus - Venus
Apple, apricot, blackberry, cherry, heather, hibiscus, raspberry, rose.
Taurus is the sign that's fondest of the pleasures that life inside
These bodies can provide. Whether it's a blazing sunset, a symphony by
Mozart, or a delicious meal, you folks are experts at enjoying the
Physical delights of the senses. It's no surprise that the herbs you'll
Enjoy most are the sweet ones, since your planet, Venus, is the
Purveyor of sweetness. Use each of them to satisfy that sweet tooth.
 
gemini.gif image by gemsylbGemini - Mercury
Clover, eyebright, fennel, lemongrass, lemon verbena, marjoram, parsley.
Your quick-witted, fleet-footed energy just loves variety - in fact, the
Expression "variety is the spice of life" was written with you in mind.
Each of these herbs provide a different type of taste, and most can be
Combined in a light, aromatic tea you can sip on the run. Use clove or
Slippery elm to protect against gossip and to keep your thoughts and
Actions grounded.
 
cancer.gif image by gemsylb Cancer - Moon
Aloe, lemon balm, chamomile, mimosa, lavender, lilac.
Nurturing is your business, Cancer, and you distribute your soothing
Touch to one and all. There's nothing you like better than a home that
Smells good, too, whether it's because there's something wonderful
Simmering on the stove, a vase of fresh flowers on the dining room
Table, or a warm, fragrant bubble bath waiting for you upstairs. Each
Of the herbs listed above are known for their ability to calm, heal, or
Bring a wonderful aroma to the environment. Use aloe to soothe burns
And scrapes and chamomile for a wonderful bedtime tea.
 
leo.gif image by gemsylbLeo - Sun
Chicory, cinnamon, goldenseal, rosemary, St. John's Wort, sandalwood.
Your planet is the Sun, Leo, the source of life and warmth that keeps
Us all alive and provides us with the energy we need to keep pursuing our
life's quest. It makes perfect sense, then, that the bright, cheerful
Sunflower would be the perfect representation of your equally bright
And happy sign. Herbs like goldenseal and St. John's Wort are tailor-made
For you, too, since their ability to keep the body resistant to illness
And depression are well known. Mix a bit of chicory with your morning
Coffee to help remove any obstacles that come up.
 
virgo.gif image by gemsylb Virgo - Mercury
Caraway, dill, eyebright, horehound, lily of the valley, marjoram, savory.
Your quick-thinking meticulous sign likes nothing better than a mental
Challenge, Virgo, whether it's organizing a pile of papers at the
Office, solving a puzzle, or learning a new skill. The herbs listed
Above are all well known for their subtle abilities to strengthen the
Mind, and many can be mixed together in teas to give you a boost you
Often need at the end of a long day. The lily of the valley seems
Perfect for you, too, with its subtle, "clean" scent and delicate flowers.
 
libra.gif image by gemsylb Libra - Venus
Catnip, passion flower, persimmon, rose, sugar cane, violet.
There's no sign as fond of pleasing others as yours, Libra, whether it's
By saying just the right thing to bring warring factions together, or by
Using your polite charm to draw the object of your desires closer. Of
Course, catnip is famous for its effects on our feline friends, but its
Also traditionally used in conjunction with rose petals to bring loving
Relationships that last forever. Since you're ruled by Venus, you're
Capable of being every bit as sweet as the sugar cane - but if you need
A bit of help to attract a beloved, use this potent plant (sugar cane)
that's long been used to conjure love - sweetly.
 
scorpio.gif image by gemsylb Scorpio - Pluto/Mars
Ginseng, dill, patchouli, pomegranate, saffron, vanilla.
As fond as you are of intensity and intimacy, Scorpio, it's no wonder
the herbs you'll love best are famous for their use in stirring up
passion. Drink ginseng tea (or offer some to your beloved) to induce a
magnetic physical attraction. Wear patchouli to arouse lust and silently
conjure the magic of the Beltane rituals. Present the object of your
desire with a pomegranate, the fruit traditionally associated with
seductive Pluto, your ruling planet.
 
sagittarius.gif image by gemsylb Sagittarius - Jupiter
Anise, clove, fig, hyssop, mugwort, myrtle, nutmeg, rosemary, sage.
There's no sign that hangs on to youth with more fervency and
determination than yours Sagittarius. To keep that youthful appearance
and disposition going as you travel the world in search of yet another
experience, drink a tea made of anise, rosemary, and Vervain. To aid in
making your dreams more prophetic than they already are, use mugwort.
Burn clove incense to attract the wealth you'll need to pay for your travels.
 
capricorn.gif image by gemsylb Capricorn - Saturn
Comfrey, horsetail, mint, poppy, sassafras, woodruff.
You've always been described as a very "focused" sign, Capricorn, intent
on self-sufficiency and material success. The influence of your planet,
Saturn, gives you the ambition and self-discipline to attain  those
goals, and to ensure success and prosperity in business matters, too.
Each of the herbs mentioned above are known for their ability to attract
that success, and most can be mixed together in a tea.
 
aquarius.gif image by gemsylb Aquarius - Uranus/Saturn
Anise, bittersweet, citron, dandelion, lemon verbena, rosemary, sage.
Your sign is a cerebral one, Aquarius, and your ability to turn "odd" or
eccentric ideas into strokes of genius is well known. Since
communication (and mass communication in particular) is your specialty,
the herbs above are all associated with the air principle, which rules
the intellectual side of life. To increase your already powerful
intuition, use citron, clover, or rosemary. Above all else, listen to
that intuition. It will seldom prove to be wrong.
 
pisces.gif image by gemsylb Pisces - Neptune/Jupiter
Aloe, bay, cotton, eucalyptus, lavender, Norfolk Island pine, rue.
As the most sensitive and psychic of all signs, Pisces, yours is the one
that requires help to ward off the adverse thoughts and intentions of
others. Since you have no boundaries to keep you separate from others,
you also need protection against negative influences. To that end, use
rue, a powerful herb known to ward off ills of every kind. To stay
positive and healthy keep a lavender plant growing either outside or inside your home.

Herbs For Astral Projection

Benzoin, Dittany of Crete, Cinnamon, Jasmine, Poplar, Sandalwood

Herbs for Business
 
Hyacinth, Jasmine, Patchouli

Maiden, Mother and Crone Herbs

Ancient cultures including the Celtic peoples viewed the goddess as
having three manifestations -- Maiden, Mother and Crone -- which
symbolized the three phases of a woman's life. Below are herbs and
teas that honor each of these phases. Be careful in their preparation
to avoid using copper or aluminum untensils as they are highly
reactive to the volatile oils contained in the herbs.

Maiden Herbs
For skin trouble, raging hormones or menstrual discomfort try
astralgus, black haw, burdock root, cinnamon bark, dandelion root,
ginger root, licorice root, nettle leaf, seaweed or valerian root.
Moon Maiden Tea is used against menstrual cramps and employs the
mystical, wild, enchanted energy of night. Place black haw, ginger
and cinnamon in a crystal bowl. Cover with fresh cold water and set
outside under the moonlight. Let stand overnight. In the morning,
move the container to a warm, shady spot. Add valerian root and
infuse for thirty minutes. Strain and drink a little every fifteen
minutes.

Moon Maiden Tea
1 tablespoon ginger root
1 tablespoom black haw
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon bark
1 tablespoon valerian root

Moon Maiden Tea is used against menstrual cramps and employs the
mystical, wild, enchanted energy of night. Place black haw, ginger
and cinnamon in a crystal bowl. Cover with fresh cold water and set
outside under the moonlight. Let stand overnight. In the morning,
move the container to a warm, shady spot. Add valerian root and
infuse for thirty minutes. Strain and drink a little every fifteen
minutes.

Mother Herb
sFor general health, menstrual problems, fertility and childbirth try
angelica, black cohosh, chaste berry, comfrey, dong quai, motherwort,
mugwort (powerful -- use sparingly), pau d'arco, raspberry,
sassafrass bark or yarrow.

Mother Sun Power Tea
3 tablespoons sassafrass bark
2 tablespoons dandelion root
1 tablespoon ginger root
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon licorice root
1/4 tablespoon orange peel
1 tablespoon pau d'arco
1/4 tablespoon dong quai root
1 tablespoon chaste berry
1 tablespoon wild yam

Mother Sun Tea attracts the dynamic, vital energy embodied in solar
forces. Mix the herbs together. Place four to six tablespoons of the
mixture into a glass jar and fill with one quart of cold water. Cover
with a tight-fitting lid and set the jar out of doors in strong
sunlight for several hours. Strain. Drink three cups daily.

Crone Herbs
For menopause and beginning a new cycle of life, try blue cohosh,
borage, chamomile, false unicorn root, gingko leaf, ginseng, gotu
kola leaf, horsetail, oat straw, peppermint, sage or sarsparilla.

Crone Root Tea
2 tablespoons wild yam
2 tablespoons licorice
3 tablepoons sarsparilla
1 tablespoon chaste berry
1 tablespoon ginger
1 tablespoon false unicorn root
2 tablespoons sage
1 tablesppon cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon black cohosh

This tea is believed to help with the challenges of menopause.
Empower with either the sun or moon as described above or place six
tablespoons of the herb mix into one quart of water and simmer for
twenty minutes. Strain. Drink two cups daily.



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Magickal Substitutions
 
 
You will find in this section, specific substitutions for several common and unusual herbs. You can consult this section when you lack an ingredient for an herbal mixture, as can the more general lists that follow:
 
Here are some additional guidelines:
 
Rosemary can be safely used for any other herb.
Rose for any flower.
Frankincense or copal for any gum resin.
Tobacco for any poisonous herb.
 
Substitutions:
 
Acacia:                 Gum Arabic
 
Acacia Gum:        Gum Arabic
 
Arabic Gum:         Frankincense, Gum Mastic,
                             Gum Tragacanth(for binding wet
                             ingredients, not for incense use)
 
Ammoniac, Gum:  Asafoetida
 
Asafoetida:            Tobacco, Valerian
 
*****************
 
Balm Gilead:           Rose buds, Gum Mastic
 
Bdellium, Gum:       Copal, Pine resin, Dragon's
                                 Blood
 
Belladonna:              Tobacco
 
Benzoin:                   Gum Arabic, Gum Mastic
Cachana:                 Angelica root
 
Camphor Oil:          Eucalyptus Oil, Lavender Oil
 
Carnation:               Rose petals annointed with a few
                                drops of Clove oil
 
Cassia:                     Cinnamon
 
Castor Bean:            a few drops of Castor Oil
 
Cedar:                      Sandalwood
 
Cinquefoil:               Clover, Trefoil
 
Citron:                      Equal parts of Orange peel and
                                  Lemon peel
 
Clove:                      Mace, Nutmeg
 
Clover:                     Cinquefoil
 
Copal:                      Frankincense, Cedar
 
Cowbane:                Tobacco
 
Cypress:                  Juniper, Pine needles
Deerstongue:                 Tonka bean (not for internal
                                       use),  Woodruff, Vanilla
 
Dittany of Crete:           Gum Mastic
 
Dragon's Blood:            Equal parts of Frankincense
                                      and Red Sandalwood
 
Eucalyptus Oil:             Camphor Oil, Lavender Oil
 
Euphorbium:                 Tobacco
 
Frankincense:                Copal, Pine resin
 
Galangal:                       Ginger root
 
Grains of Paradise:        Black Pepper
Hellebore:                    Tobacco, Nettle
 
Hemlock:                     Tobacco
 
Hemp:                          Nutmeg, Damiana, 
                                     Star Anise, Bay
 
Henbane:                     Tobacco
 
Hyssop:                        Lavender
 
Ivy:                              Cinquefoil
 
Jasmine:                       Rose
 
Juniper:                        Pine            


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RE:Magical herbs
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~A WITCHES GARDEN GRIMOIRE~

~*~WISHING/MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE~*~

Calendula: Sprinkle dried bits of this flower under the bed.
Makes all dreams come true and protects the sleeper from evil.

Dandelion: Sew tightly in a red flannel bag and wear around the neck
to make wishes come true.

Huckleberry Leaves: Burn in the bedroom before going to sleep to make
all dreams come true within seven days.

Job's Tears: As you count out seven seeds, concentrate on a
wish you have in mind. Carry these seven seeds with you at
all times for seven days and your wish should have come true before
the week is gone

Lavender: Place some Lavender under your pillow just before
retiring and think about your wish. If you dream about anything at all
connected with the wish this means that it will come true.

Lotus Root: Mark one side of the root "yes" and the other
side "no" and then make your wish as you toss the root into the air.
You will then know if your wish was meant to be.

Spearmint: Write your wish on a piece of paper and wrap in a
few Spearmint leaves. Place these in a red cloth and sew it
up with red thread. Keep it in a safe and secret place. By the
time the scent is gone your wish should have come true. If not,
this means that it probably won't for a long time to come.

~*~LOVE~*~
Caraway: Protection, Passion. Add to love sachets and charms to
attract a lover (physical sense) Carry the seeds to strengthen memory.
Especially powerful to "Gemini's"

Corn Flowers: Sprinkle in the area where you and your mate
argue the most. It is purported that it will help to alleviate
discord and strife.

Damiana: Let some soak in a glass of wine for three
hours. There after sprinkle a small bit outside your front and back
doors. Do this faithfully each day for 21 days, and it is
said that before long your wandering lover will return to you.

Dill Seed: Add a few grains to bath water before going out
to meet a person of the opposite sex. Said to make one irresistible

Laurel: Worn by brides to guarantee a long and happy union.

Marjoram: To attract a husband, put a little in the corners
of each room in your house. Remove and renew about once a month.

Orris Root: A love root, carried to attract the opposite sex
and to make them love you dearly.

Rosemary: Give a special friend a sachet filled with Rosemary. This is
supposed to induce warm feelings in another.

Skullcap: Supposedly if you place a wee bit in your lover's shoes it
will make that person unaffected by the charms ofothers.

Spikenard: Brew into a tea and wet the picture of a loved
one with the water so they will never leave you.

Sweet Bugle: Crush a handful and place under your mattress to attract
new lovers and possibly marriage prospects.

~*~PROTECTION~*~

Angelica: (root) Protection, Exorcism.Grow in gardens as a protection,
Carry the root with you as an amulet. Burn the dried leaves in
exorcism rituals.

Anise: Protection, Purification. A good, general cleansing bath is
made with a handful of Anise seeds and a few Bay leaves. A pillow of
Anise keeps away nightmares.

Ague Weed: This can be mixed with any incense and burned to break the
power of a hex that has been placed on you.

Basil: Purification, Protection, Love, Money. Add to money incense; put
a pinch of Basil in four corners of your home at the start of each
season to bring prosperity your way. It is said that if you grow Basil
in your garden, yell and scream at it, to make a strong plant.

Bay Leaves: One in the corner of each room of a house is believed to
protect all who dwell there, as well as the house itself. If you carry
it on your person it is reputed to protect against witchcraft.

Bladderwrack: To be carried by the traveler as a protection,
especially when traveling by water.

Blood Root: Place on windows and doorways to protect against curses
and evil spirits from entering.

Cinquefoil: Take an egg and cut a small hole in one end. Drain the
contents and let the shell dry. Then stuff the shell with Cinquefoil
and reseal the hole with tape. As long as this egg is kept in the home
it will be protected from evil forces.

Clover: Soak one tablespoonful in one cup of vinegar for
three days. Then strain and sprinkle the vinegar in each corner of
every room. All alien spirits will leave the premises.

Elm Bark: To eliminate slander against you bury some in a box along
with a piece of paper that contains the name of the individual who is
speaking adversely about you.

Pearl Moss: Sprinkle this across the front doorway of the home to
only allow good spirits to enter (this actually works well in
conjunction with the below Sulphur one).

Sulphur: Burn at midnight near your back door to ward off evil.

~*~GOOD LUCK/EMPLOYMENT/MONEY/COURT~*~
Alfalfa: Kept in the home to protect the owner against poverty.

Basil: Soak a heaping teaspoonful in a pint of water. This water is
then sprinkled in a place of business to attract money and success.
If you have a job interview coming up, you can sprinkle this outside
of the building where you hope to be employed (careful though - if
someone sees you it won't help your job prospects very much!).

Cascara Sagrada: Used to help win court cases when brewed into a
strong tea and sprinkled around the bed the night before a court
appearance.

Chamomile: Brew and use as a hand wash before playing card games or
gambling.

Dragon's Blood Reed: Carry in your purse or pocket for good luck.
Here's a new one on me - supposedly if you place it under your
mattress it aids in curing impotency.

Galangal Root: One of these carried to court is said to make the
judge/jury feel favorably inclined toward you.

Irish Moss: Ah, me friends, 'tis said that if one places
this under the carpets in their home that it will bring vast fortune.

John The Conqueror Root: Just before going out to play a game of
chance, wash your hands in water in which it has been boiled.

Little John: Place one in Holy water to bring good luck to
everything you attempt.

Low John Root: It is said that if one wraps money around this root the
money will multiply threefold.

Silver Leaf: A potent good luck charm when kept in the home.

Tonka Beans: Carry with you in a red flannel bag to attract
good fortune and financial success. Particularly helpful
before a business negotiation or job interview.

Violets: Sprinkle some petals in the corners of your home. It is
said to invite positive entities that can assist with
healing and bringing money and luck unto you.

~*~HEALTH~*~
*Illness should be treated by a medical professional! None
of these are meant to replace the advice, treatment or medication
prescribed by a qualified physician. However, it can't hurt to use
them WITH the proper medical treatment.

African Ginger: Place under the pillow to cure a sore throat.

Ash Tree Leaves: Place one tablespoonful of leaves in a bowl
of water and leave it in the bedroom overnight while sleeping. In the
morning it should be tossed out and then redone each night. Allegedly
this will help to prevent illness.

Betony: Strengthens the body when worn as an amulet.

Caraway Seed: Place some in a small, white bag and sew with white
thread. Hide in the crib or bed of a child (this means tape it UNDER
the bed so there is no possible way a youngster has access to it!) to
keep the child free from illness.

Coriander: Carry the seeds in a small bag to ward off disease and
migraines.

Dill Seed: Tie some in a cloth and smell to help cure hiccups

Dog Grass: Sprinkle around the house to overcome depression. Do this
for seven days and hopefully you will no longer despair.

Eucalyptus: Said to protect against colds if stuffed into
the pillow one sleeps on.

Holy Herb: Use in bath water if you feel your sickness has been caused
by a hex.

Masterwort: When sprinkled in shoes it is supposed to prevent
tiredness and weakness. Mixed with oil and rubbed on the neck should
help alleviate neck pain.

Mustard Seed: Carry with you at all times a few grains in a small bag,
wallet or purse to guard against injury.

Quince Seed: When a few are carried in a red, flannel bag it will
protect the wearer from physical attacks and harm.

Rose Buds: Place around sprains and bad bruises to help them heal
quicker.

Rue: To relieve a headache lay down with some placed on the forehead.
Wear at night next to the heart to regain health from minor illnesses.

Rosemary: Holding some while reading or completing tasks is
said to improve memory.

Thyme: Burn in the home to attract good health to all occupants.

Valerian: This sewn into the pillow is supposed to calm nerves and
bring about peaceful sleep.

Vervain: Worn as an amulet, Vervain is noted for its healing powers in
curing fevers and poisoning.
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Bay Leaves: Protection, clairvoyance, purification, healing. Burn the
leaves to induce visions. Wear as an amulet to ward off negativity.
Burn and scatter on the floor to purify area. Make a dream pillow of
Bay, and put under your bed pillow to induce inspiration and
prophetic. For the best power do this with the full moon in "Scorpio".

Catnip: Chewed by warriors for fierceness in battle. Large dried
leaves are powerful markers in magical books. Give to your "familiar"
(cat)to create a psychic bond with the animal.

Chamomile: Meditation, relaxation Prosperity. Use in prosperity charms
to draw money. Burn as a relaxation incense for meditation. Make a tea
with one tablespoon of Chamomile to 8 oz of water, and drink to relax
or induce sleep

Cinnamon: Prosperity, Passion, Healing. Use in spells for prosperity.
Will stimulate and excite the passions of the male. Mix with Myrrh for
a good general purpose incense. Tie 3 Cinnamon sticks together with a
green ribbon and hang on front door of business to bring customers.

Dragons Blood: Energy, Protection, purification. You will know if you
have the real thing, if it burns pinkish/red smoke Used in the Druidic
ritual "The Pelan Tan" during "Samhain". Put a pinch in with your
magical tools, to keep unwanted eyes away

Elder Flowers: Sacred to the "White Lady" and midsummer solstice. The
Druids used it to both bless and curse. Burn at "Beltane" to comfort
the Fairies.

Frankincense(tears):Burn to raise vibrations, to purify your Magical
working area. Burn during sunrise rituals of all kinds. Mix with Cumin
for a powerful protective incense useful for all general workings.
There is NOTHING that smells like it, soapy, sensual and the smoke is
thick and white.

Hops: Wonderful in healing sachets and incenses. A pillow of the dried
"fruit" like buds, helps bring on sleep. String a bunch of the fresh
buds and hang in bedroom of sick person, for improvement in health

Juniper Berries: Used with Thyme in Druid incense for visions. Juniper
berries strewn at the door discourages thieves. The mature berries can
be strung and hung in the house to attract love. Crush berries in a
mortar to release their "pine filled" aroma.

Lavender Flowers: Love, purification. Used in love sachets and
incense. Put 2 handfuls of "Lavender Flowers" into a square of cheese
cloth and tie with a purple ribbon use this aromatic "washcloth" in
place of your usual one. Lavender was thrown into Midsummer fires by
witches as a sacrifice to the ancient Gods. Also used as an insect
repellent.

Life everlasting flowers: Purify, protection. Use in charm bags to keep
young. Burn at Midsummer to honor the maiden. Bundle flowers with
white ribbons and put under pillow to give sweet dreams.

Mandrake (Mayapple): Place in the home for a powerful protective
charm. The roots are used in image magic, as the American version
(Mayapple) and the European version, resemble the limbs of humans.

Maigold: Magical attributes include prophesy, legal matters, the
psychic, seeing magical creatures, love, clairvoyance, dreams,
business or legal affairs and renewing personal energy. Be sure to
gather your Marigolds for magickal workings at noon. A fresh Marigold
flower can be worn to court for a favorable outcome of a trial. If you
place Marigold in your mattress, you will have prophetic dreams... and
if you place it under your mattress it will make whatever you dream
come true. Since the Marigold embodies the sun, it can make a person
more attractive and confident. Add Marigold to your bath water to make
this happen. A vase of fresh and bright Marigolds in a room brings a
renewed surge of life to those in the room. The leaves can eaten as a
salad and a yellow dye has also been extracted from
the flower, by boiling.

Mistletoe: Protection, love. Wear as a protective amulet. A good
anti-lightning charm. Extinguishes fires. Hang Mistletoe and kiss the
one you want, hence "Kissing under the Mistletoe.

Mugwort: Clairvoyance, Scrying, Protection. Rub this herb on "Magic
Mirrors" and "Crystal balls" to strengthen their powers. Add to
scrying, clairvoyance and divination incenses.
Use 3 tablespoons to 1\2 gallon spring (or rain) water
to cleanse your "Magical mirrors" crystals and stones. It is used in
magic as a love-divining herb. To experience interesting dreams that
are said to reveal one's future, stuff a pillow with about a pound of
this herb and sleep on it. The Indians used a decoction of the leaves
for colds, bronchitis, rheumatism, and fever, and a poultice for
wounds. The fresh juice is used to ease the itch of poison oak. To
cure a headache, stick a leaf up your nose.

Myrrh: Myrrh is used in magick for protection, peace, exorcism,
healing, consecration, blessing, meditation and heightening
spirituality. As an incense Myrrh can be used to help deepen mediation
and to aid contemplation. Myrrh can be used in any ritual to the
Goddess Isis, since Myrrh is a Goddess plant of the moon's sphere and
is sacred to Isis. Myrrh can also be burned so that its smoke can
purify and protect an area, and the smoke can also be used to
consecrate and bless objects like rings, amulets, and ritual
tools.

Passionflower: Passionflower has uses in protection and love magick.
When Passionflower is used, it calms and brings peace to the home. You
can sprinkle dried or fresh Passionflower over the doorsteps of your
house or apartment to keep harm away. If you carry some of the herb in
an amulet bag, you will make friends easier since it will work to
increase your personal charisma making you more attractive and more
likable. Place Passionflower in a dream pillow and it will help you
get a good nights sleep. place it in power bundles and use in love
spells to attract love. You can also burn it as an incense to promote
understanding.

Pennyroyal: Put in the shoes to prevent weariness. Add to summer
incenses and to prevent getting lost in the woods. Tie it to your
bedpost for, not only does it keep mosquitoes away, but it is said to
make one more aware and alert, and increase brain power Brings peace
between husband and wife when kept in a small bowl on a table or a
dresser in the home. Carry Pennyroyal when traveling by water and
never know the pangs of seasickness

Rose: Rose is known as *THE* herb of love. Add Rose bud petals to bath
water to conjure up a lover. Put red Rose petals in a red velvet bag
and pin this under your clothes to attract love - or you can wear
Rosehips as beads to bring love to you. Rose oil and Rose incense are
both used in love spells. If you wash your hands with Rose water
before mixing love potions, the potions will be stronger.

Different color Roses have different meanings so you can use Roses to
give someone a message magicakally. These are what the different Rose
colors mean:

Red: love you
White: I love you not
Yellow: I love another
Moss: I admire you from afar
Pink: My love for you is innocent
Orange: I love you vigorously
Amethyst: I will love you forever
Wild: I love you because you are fair and innocent

Rosemary: Wear a chaplet of Rosemary to aid in the memory. A good
protective sachet for boat and ship passengers. Make a fresh wreath of
rosemary for protection, hang in the home. Burn Rosemary and Juniper
for a recuperation incense. Use for remembrance in Samhain rituals.

Sage:Burn to purify a ritual area or magical tools. Used as a main
ingredient in "Smudgesticks" and "herb bundles". Put in with "Tarot"
cards or "Runes" to protect and keep clean. Sage is used for
fertility, longevity, wishes, wisdom, protection, money attraction,
purification, healing, and health magic. Sage that is being gathered
for magickal use should not be cut with a metal knife or athame. It is
said that if you eat Sage you will become more wise and also immortal.
Sage is often an herb used at handfastings since it will help bring
about a long life and domestic virtue for the happy couple. Sage can
be added to almost any healing spell. A good healing amulet may be
made by putting a clove of Garlic, a bit of Eucalyptus and Cinnamon,
two pinches of Sage and one pinch of Saffron into a small blue bag.
This bag can then be worn or carried to promote healing.

St.Johnswort: Noted for its calming effect, valuable for nervous
disorders such as insomnia, depression and bedwetting. The oil has
remarkable soothing and healing action when rubbed into painful joints
and strained muscles. Celtic traditon held that the druids wore it in
battle for invincibility. Burn to excorcise negative spirits. Make a
tea with 1 tablespoon to 8 oz of water,for a stronge antidote for
depression.

Thistle(Blessed): Thistle has great value in protection spells and
also is used to bring spiritual and financial blessings. If Thistle is
thrown into a fire, it will protect the thrower from being struck by
lightning during summer storms. Thistle can be carried in an amulet
bag for joy, energy, vitality, and protection - in fact men who carry
Thistle become better lovers!. Thistle can be burned as an incense for
protection and also to counteract hexing. Thistle powder can also be
added to ritual baths to give added protection. Thistle can be grown
in the garden to ward of those dreaded vegetable thieves, and a bowl
of fresh Thistle will give off such good strengthening energies that
it is the perfect thing to have in a sickroom. Thistle is a wonderful
material to use to make magick wands for spirit conjuring and magical
walking sticks. In England, the wizards of old were said to select the
tallest thistle and use it as a wand or walking stick.

Valerian:Love, Harmony, Use in love spells and to keep fighting
couples together. Use in a bath sachet for a calming effect. Valerian
has been used to treat nervous tension and panic attacks
Use 1 tablespoon to 8 oz water for a calming tea.

Wormwood: Throw onto fires on "Samhain" to gain protection from the
spirits roaming the night. One of the major ingredients in "Absinthe"
Burn in incense to raise spirits.

Yarrow: Love, Clairvoyance. Used in love sachets and marriage charms,
as it has the power to keep a couple together happily for seven years.
Worn as an amulet it wards of negativity. A tea made of 1 tablespoon
to 8 oz of water will enhance one's powers of perception. Held in the
hand it stops all fear. The beautiful flowers are a welcome addition
to any magical altar. Yarrow is nick named "A witches best friend".

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Herbs For Protection

Ague Weed: This can be mixed with any incense and burned to break
the power of a hex that has been placed on you.

Bay Leaves: One in the corner of each room of a house is believed to
protect all who dwell there, as well as the house itself. If you
carry it on your person it is reputed to protect against witchcraft.

Bladderwrack: To be carried by the traveler as a protection,
especially when traveling by water.

Blood Root: Place on windows and doorways to protect against curses
and evil spirits from entering.

Cinquefoil: Take an egg and cut a small hole in one end. Drain the
contents and let the shell dry. Then stuff the shell with Cinquefoil
and reseal the hole with tape. As long as this egg is kept in the
home it will be protected from evil forces.

Clover: Soak one tablespoonful in one cup of vinegar for three days.
Then strain and sprinkle the vinegar in each corner of every room.
All alien spirits will leave the premises.

Elm Bark: To eliminate slander against you bury some in a box along
with a piece of paper that contains the name of the individual who
is speaking adversely about you.

Pearl Moss: Sprinkle this across the front doorway of the home to
only allow good spirits to enter (this actually works well in
conjunction with the below Sulphur one).

Sulphur: Burn at midnight near your back door to ward off evil. Make
sure the door is open and room well ventilated.

Lunar Gardening



This summary of the principles of lunar gardening includes an outline of what activities to undertake during each lunar quarter and zodiacal sign.  It is important to note that the planting dates are selected according to the Moon's sign before 12 pm.  If the Moon goes Void-of-Course or changes signs after 12 p,m, the date is not selected.  If you live in a time zone more than three hours difference from Eastern Standard Time, you may wish to plant even if the calendar indicates otherwise.  Use your own judgement about weather, season, temperture, and your time zone to schedule your gardening activities.

Another important factor is you own "vibes, " or green thumb.  If you enjoy what you are doing, if you identify with your work, and if you can visualize the results, you are more apt to be as successful in gardening as in other activities.

Many people claim to achieve larger produce by gardening by the Moon.  Also, their fruits and vegetables are more flavorful and nutritious.  We agree.  Moon gardening principles have been practiced for thousand of years all over the world; this alone is enough to recommened their use.



Planting by the Moon

During the increasing light from [New Moon to Full Moon], plant annuals that produce thier yield above the ground.  An annual is a plant that completes its entire life cycle within one growing season and must be seeded each year.

During the decreasing light from [Full Moon to New Moon], plant biennials, perennials, bulb, and root plants.  Biennials include crops planted one growing season to winter over and produce crops the next season, such as winter wheat.  Perennials, bulb, and root plants include plants that grow from the same root year after year.  A simple though less-accurate rule is to plant crops that produce above the ground during the increase of light and to plant crops that produce below ground during the decrease of the Moon.  Thi is the source of the old adage, "Plant potatoes during the Dark of the Moon."

You can furthur increase you accuracy by paying attention to which quarter the Moon is in.  The times of these quarter changes appear on this calendar's date pages.



First Quarter:  Increasing to Half Full

Plant annuals producing above ground, which are generally of the leafy kind that produce their seed outside the fruit; also plant cerals and grains.  Examples are asparagus, cabbage, celery, endive, and spinach.  As an exception to the rule, cumcumber seems to do best in the first quarter rather than in the second, even though the seeds are inside the fruit.

Second Quarter:  Half Full to Full Moon

Plant annuals producing their yield above ground, which are generally of the viny kind that produce their seed inside the fruit.  Examples include beans, peas, peppers, squash, and tomatoes.  Plant cerals and grains, also.  There are not hard and fast divisions.  If you can't plant during the first quarter, you are safe to plant during the second, and vice versa.  Many plants do almost equally well planted in either quarter, such as watermelon, hay, and the cerals and grains.

Third Quarter:  Decreasing to Half Full

Plant biennials, perennials, and bulb and root plants, including crops planted in one season to winter over and produce their crops the next.  Trees, shrubs, berries, onion sets, potatoes, rhubard, winter wheat, and grapes are best planted at this time.

Fourth Quarter:  Half Full to New Moon

Best for cultivating, pulling weeds, and destroying pests of all kinds, and turning sod, especially when the Moon is in one of the barren signs [see below].

Planting by the Moon Signs

You can also use the Moon's signs in gardening and planting.  In the date tables, the Moon's quarter and sign are both considered.  In each of the twelve zodical signs, the Moon reflects the special characteristics associated with the sign.  Coordinate your gardening to benefit from these natural cycles.  Here are some general rules on how to use the Moon's sign in gardening.

Moon in Aries:  Barren, dry, fiery, and masculine; used for destroying noxious growth and pests, and for cultivating, plowing, and tilling.

Moon in Taurus:  Productive, moist, earthy, and feminine.  Used for planting many crops, particularyly potatoes and root crops when hardiness is important.  Also, good for lettuce, cabbage, and other leafy vegetables.

Moon in Gemini:  Barren, dry, airy, and masculine; used for destroying noxious growths, weeds, and pests; and for cultivation.

Moon in Cancer:  Very fruitful, moist, and feminine.  This is the most productive sign; used for planting and irrigation.

Moon in Leo:  Barren, dry, fiery, and masculine.  This barren sign is used only for killing weeds and other noxious growths and cultivation.

Moon in Virgo:  Barren, moist, earthy, and feminine.  Considered good for cultivating and destroying weeds and pests.

Moon in Libra:  Semi-fruitful, moist, airy, and masculine.  Used for planting many crops, producing pulp growth and enhancing root growth.  It is a good sign for flowers and vines.  Also used for seeding hay, corn fodder,  and the other livestock feed.

Moon in Scorpio:  Very fruitful, moist, and feminine.  Nearly as productive as Cancer, but used for the same purposes.  Especially good for vine growth and for sturdiness.

Moon in Sagittarius:  Considered barren and dry, but often used for onions, seeding for hay, etc.  Fiery and masculine, it is also used for cultivation.

Moon in Capricorn:  Productive, but drier than Taurus; earthy and feminine.  Plant potatoes and other root crops.

Moon in Aquarius:  Barren, dry, airy, and masculine.  Used for cultivation and for destroying noxious growths, weeds, and pests.

Moon in Pisces:  Very fruitful, moist, and feminine.  Used along with the other water signs, Cancer, and Scorpio; especially good for root growth.

To Summarize

Use Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces for planting whenever possiable, unless nature of the plants point to another sign.  Taurus and Capricorn are next, especially for root crops; and then Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius, in that order.



Information Source:  Llewellyn's Astrological Calendar.

How To Put the Magick in Your Garden

Once you've chosen your plants, how is your magick garden different
from grandma's mundane garden? Number one, you've chosen your herbs
to match your magickal intent. When grown, they will be blessed and
charged in a magick circle to assist in your spellwork and ritual.
But we can bless and charge our seeds and plants during the growing
process as well, infusing them with magickal energy.

Start with a seed blessing ritual, preferably at Ostara, but it can
be performed whenever you begin to work with the seed (some need to
be in a growing medium well before Ostara). In all gardening matters,
work with the cosmic energies of the Moon. Find a Moon sign and phase
guide and follow it. Here's a quick rule of thumb, although it might
vary from plant to plant:

Always plant during the new or waxing Moon phase, preferably in the
fruitful Moon signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. There are some
exceptions: Plant garlic during a new or waxing moon in the sign of
Scorpio or Taurus. Root crops should be planted during a waxing or
full moon in Taurus. Plant vines and flowers in Libra during a new or
waxing moon. Sage needs to be planted in Pisces, Scorpio, or Cancer
during a full moon. Valerian: Gemini or Virgo during the new or
waxing moon.

Paint or draw magickal runes on your flower pots, on markers, or in
the soil. The rune Berkana is particularly well suited for planting.
Put crystals and stones in the soil to energize plants. Moss agate is
the gardener's stone. Charged and placed in the soil, it will assure
the abundant growth of your garden. Other agates and quartz crystals
work fine as well.

Magickally charge the water used to nourish your plants. This can be
as simple as saying an incantation over the watering can or setting
water out under the full moon to charge. Sprinkle a few fertility
herbs or a moss agate in the water while charging. Again, draw
fertility runes on your watering can and charge it with abundance.

Bless your plants with a mini-ritual every full moon during the
growing season.

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Moon Garden

What could be nicer than sitting on the front step at night, eating almond crescent cookies, sipping jasmine tea, and gazing at night-blooming plants? Plants in this plot would be white like the moon, bloom at night or be fragrant at night, and some of the plants might correspond to Moon goddesses.

White night-flowering plants include:

      • Evening Primrose
      • Moonflowers
      • Nicotiana
      • Datura (Angel's Trumpet)
        Soapwort
      • Phlox -- the Midnight Candy variety

Plants that release fragrance at night include:

      • Night gladiolus (gladiolus tristus)
        Tuberose
      • Evening trumpet flower (Carolina Jessamine)
      • Sweet Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)

Artemis is a moon goddess, and white-ish plants that are sacred to her are wormwood and white mugwort. She loves all artemisias -- Silver Mound and Canescens would be especially beautiful here.

 

Faery Garden

Whatever you do to bring life to your garden will bring faeries as well. First of all, plant plants that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. This will also attract the fae. So put up hummingbird feeders, bird feeders, bird baths, bird houses, even bat houses. Small fountains, ponds, faery statues, or waterfalls are all good. Here's a short list of plants that attract faeries to your garden:

      • Common yarrow, Achillea millefolium
      • New York aster, Aster novi-belgii
      • Shasta daisy, Chrysanthemum maximum
      • Western giant hyssop or horsemint, Agastache occidentalis
      • French lavender, Lavendula dentata
      • Rosemary, Rosemarinus officinalis
      • Thyme, Thymus
      • Fountain butterfly bush, Buddleia alternifolia
      • Orange-eye butterfly bush, summer lilac, Buddleia davidii
      • Shrubby cinquefoil, Potentilla fruitiosa
      • Common garden petunia, Petunia hybrida
      • Verbenas, vervains, Verbena
      • Pincushion flowers, Scabiosa caucasica
      • Cosmos, Cosmos bipinnatus
      • Common zinnia, Zinnia elegans

They also love the following plants and trees:

      • foxglove,
      • primrose,
      • ragwort,
      • cowslips,
      • pansies,
      • bluebells,
      • clover (3-leaf, not 4-leaf),
      • St. John's wort,
      • hazel,
      • rowan,
      • blackthorn,
      • oak,
      • willow,
      • elder,
      • birch,
      • alder,
      • apple,
      • ash,
      • and especially toadstools.

 

Sabbat Garden

Include herbs that correspond to each of the eight sabbats:

  • Samhain: rosemary, mugwort, rue, calendula, pumpkins, turnips, sage, wormwood, tarragon, bay, passionflower, garlic, mandrake.
  • Yule: bayberry, holly, sandalwood, ivy, comfrey, chamomile, sunflower, myrrh, wintergreen.
  • Imbolg: heather, sage, chamomile, garlic, rose hips, sunflower, vervain, violets, wheat, corn, grains, myrrh.
  • Ostara: lily of the valley, tansy, lavender, marjoram, thyme, tarragon, lilac, violets, lemon balm, honeysuckle, crocus, daffodil, jonquil, tulip, broom (Scotch or Iris), meadowsweet, acorn, trefoil (purple clover), vervain.
  • Beltane: all-heal, blessed thistle, broom, daffodil, coriander, fern, fireweed, flax, marjoram, radish, rue, snapdragon, meadowsweet, rose, woodruff, strawberries, tansy.
  • Midsummer: vervain, St. John's Wort, heartsease, lavender, sage, mint, basil, fennel, chive, chervil, tarragon, parsley, rosemary, thyme, hyssop, honeysuckle, red heather, white heather, rue, sunflower, fern, mugwort, vervain, meadowsweet.
  • Lammas: peony, nasturtium, clover, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne's lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, garlic, onion, basil, mint, aloe, acacia, meadowsweet, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold.
  • Mabon: Rue, yarrow, rosemary, marigold, sage, chamomile, passionflower, rose hips, sunflower, wheat.
Pentagram Garden

Element Points


Spirit
Earth
Air
Fire
Water

Items Needed

Stakes
Compost soil
Heavy duty cord or rope
Stone, crystals, or objects of the fey

Find a spot in your yard that is large enough to create this area in and make sure you clear the area, if it is a heavy area I would suggest placing black plastic down till all is gone down to soil level.  If you have a good tiller that will work too.

Set up your stakes at each of the elemental points and with the rope or heavy duty cord make your pentagram formation, forming three to four rows of cord to make sure you plants have plenty of support for growth.  Gather rocks, crystals, stones and such in which you desire to place for the circle.  Make sure to include offerings of pretty stones for the Wildfolk to bless the garden.  On the outside stones add to it Runes or Theban Alphabet for what you desire them to say for protection.

Now, plant in the associated areas the plants connected with each element in which you desire to use both magickally and medicinally.  You would do the flowers on the inside and herbs on the outside.
 
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MOON GODDESS GARDENING TECHNIQUES


.....by Patricia Telesco

The ancients believed that a Witch received power from the moon, which may be why many Pagan calendars stress the lunar cycles so much even today. For the goddess gardener, however, the moon is also a symbol of the Lady herself. In literally hundreds of ancient settings, the moon was characterized as female, and Her names were many. They include Chia (Columbian), Hina (Polynesian), Luna (Roman), and Selene (Greek), to name just a few.

Beyond the potent symbolic value here, our ancestors felt that timing the planting, tending, or harvesting of one's plants could be more effective if we followed moon signs and moon cycles. For example, when the moon was dark, it was time to plant underground vegetables. When the moon was waning it was time to plant peas or other items that vine counterclockwise. According to most really talented gardeners that I know from the old school, this type of reverence toward nature's hints really works.

If you'd like to apply this concept in your own goddess gardens, here's a list that will help you.



GARDENING BY MOONSIGNS

* Moon in Aries: Plant garlic and onions, but nothing that requires really fertile soil.

* Moon in Taurus: Plant potatoes, root crops, leafy vegetables, and bulb-bearing items.

* Moon in Gemini: Weed and cultivate or harvest root crops.

*Moon in Cancer: Graft, sow, transplant, and force budding.

*Moon in Leo: Focus on deterring bugs using natural treatments and companion planting. Harvest items.

*Moon in Virgo: It's best not to do anything new in the garden at this time other than planting morning glory, honeysuckle, tulips, and endive.

*Moon in Libra: Plant above-ground flowers and vegetables.

*Moon in Scorpio: Plant veining greenery, berries, and grains.

*Moon in Sagittarius: Plant onions. Transplant and preserve your harvest.

* Moon in Capricorn: Plant root crops and tubers. Fertilize the soil.

* Moon in Aquarius: Cultivate, weed, and turn the soil.

* Moon in Pisces: Work with plants that require strong root growth, such as asparagus. Plant flowers.

GARDENING BY MOON CYCLES

FIRST QUARTER:
Plant annuals and vegetables that yield their fruit above grounds (such as celery and lettuce). Green vegetables and herbs (such as cabbage and basil) seem to like this phase.

SECOND QUARTER: Plant any "roundish" flora and vegetables (such as tomato and melon) and any flowering vines.

THIRD QUARTER: Plant root crops and bulbs or anything that yields below ground (such as garlic). This Quarter is also good for fruit-bearing plants (such as strawberry and cherry).

FOURTH QUARTER: Let the land rest. Weed your soil, and then turn and fertilize it.

Note that these two systems (gardening by moon sign and gardening by moon phases) can work together nicely. For example, if the moon happens to be in Aquarius at the same time it's in the fourth quarter, this would double the effect of weeding and turning the soil. After the quarter passes, move forward with sowing knowing that the land is rejuvenated!




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Herbs of Solstice
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St. John's wort
Mugwort
Penny royal
Lavender
Wisteria
Chamomile
Roses
Wild Thyme
Geranium
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St John's Wort-
Used both magically and homeopathically for thousands of years. In Britain and other places, the herb is still ritually gathered by people in loose, flowing clothing who ask the plants' permission before harvesting it.

The mere smell of this herb is said to keep evil spirits away.
It is picked on Midsummer and dried over the midsummer fire. It's powers include healing and protection, the Welsh believe it to be the ideal combination of Fire and Water, thus the essential herb of the Solstice.
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"The young maid stole through the cottage door, And blushed as she sought the Plant of pow'r;-- Thou silver glow-worm, O lend me thy light, I must gather the mystic St. John's wort tonight, The wonderful herb, whose leaf will decide
If the coming year shall make me a bride."
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Herbs and Lovers

Midsummer Eve is also known as Herb Evening.
This is the most potent night (and midnight the most potent time) for gathering magical herbs, particularly St John's wort, vervain, mugwort, mistletoe, ivy and fern seed. In some legends, a special plant, which is guarded by demons, flowers only on this one night a year. Successfully picking it gives one magical powers, like being able to understand the language of the trees.

This is also a time for lovers. An old Swedish proverb says
"Midsummer Night is not long but it sets many cradles rocking."
Source: 
MoonsWitchElist Newsletter 6.03.07 Summer Solstice Edition
 
Herbal Correspondences for Sabbats

SABBAT HERBS:
These herbs are some that work well for the corresponding sabbat.

SAMHAIN:
Acorns, Apple, Broom, Dittany of Crete, Fern, Flax, Heather,
Mandrake, Mint, Mullein, Nutmeg, Nightshade, Oak, Patchouli,
Pumpkins, Straw, Woody Sage, Wormwood.

YULE:
Ash, Bay, Bayberry, Blessed Thistle, Cedar, Chamomile, Evergreen,
Frankincense, Holly, Ivy, Juniper, Mistletoe, Moss, Oak, Pine, Pine
Cones, Rosemary, Sage, Sandalwood, Yew.

IMBOLC:
Angelica, Any White or Yellow Flowers, Basil, Bay, Benzoin,
Blackberry, Celandine Cinnamon, Coltsfoot, Frankincense, Mace, Myrrh,
Rosemary, Tansy, Violet.

OSTARA:
Broom, Celandine, Cinquefoil, Crocus, Dogwood, Honeysuckle, Iris,
Jasmine, Lavender, Lily, Peony, Rose, Sage, Strawberry, Tansy,
Vervain, Violet.

BELTANE:
Almond, Angelica, Apple, Ash, Bluebells, Calendula, Cinquefoil,
Clover, Daisy, Frankincense, Hawthorn, Ivy, Lilac, Marigold,
Meadowsweet, Primrose, Rose, Rowan, St. John's Wort, Woodruff.

MIDSUMMER:
Basil, Betony, Chamomile, Cinquefoil, Dogwood, Elder, Fennel, Fern,
Frankincense, Hemp, Larkspur, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Verbena,
Mistletoe, Mugwort, Oak, Pine, Rose, St. John's Wort, Thyme, Vervain,
Wisteria.

MABON:
Acorns, Asters, Balm of Gilead, Benzoin, Calendula, Cypress, Fern,
Marigold, Mugwort, Mums, Myrrh, Oak Leaves, Orris, Passionflower,
Pine, Rose, Sage, Thistle.

LUGHNASSADH:
Acacia, Blackberry, Calendula, Cornstalks, Frankincense, Heather,
Hollyhock, Mistletoe, Myrtle, Oak Leaves, Rose, Sandalwood, Wheat.
 
Herbs of the Sabbats


Candlemas-angelica, basil, bay, benzoin, celandine, heather, myrrh and all yellow flowers.

Spring Equinox-acorn, celadine, cinquefoil, crocus, daffodil, dogwood, Easter lily, honeysuckle,  iris, jasmine, rose, strawberry, tansy and violets.

Beltane-almond, angelica, ash tree, bluebells, cinquefoil, daisy,
frankincense, hawthorne, ivy, lilac, marigold, meadowsweet,
primrose, roses, satyrion root, woodruff and yellow cowslips.

Summer Soltice-chamomile, cinquefoil, elder, fennel, hemp, larkspur,
lavender, male fern, mugwort, pine, roses, St.John Wort, wild thyme,
wisteria and verbena.

Lammas-acacia flowers, aloes, cornstalks, cyclamen,fenugreek,
frankincense, heather, hollyhock, myrtle, oak leaves, sunflower and
wheat.

Autumn Equinox-acorns, asters, benzoin, ferns, honeysuckle,
marigold, milkweed, mums, myrrh, oak leaves, passion flower, pine,
roses, sage, Solomon's Seal and thistle.

Samhain-acorn, apples, broom, deadly nighshade, dittany, ferns,
flax, fumitory, heather, mullein, oak leaves, pumpkins, sage and
straw.

Winter Soltice-bay, bayberry, blessed thistle, cedar, chamomile,
evergreen, frankincense, holly, juniper, mistletoe, moss, oak, pine
cones, rosemary and sage.

Herb Magick

Centuries ago, our ancestors used herbs for more than just seasoning soup. As a matter of fact, herbs were used for healing and Magick long before they were used as seasonings. But the Witches and the Wise Ones all knew the Magickal use of herbs. They used herbs in potions, incenses and amulets to ward off evil, attract prosperity, protect children and women in labor, and to heal illnesses.

When herbs were added to foods, they were primarily included for their Magickal or medicinal properties, rather than for their flavor. Much of this lore was forgotten, but fortunately for our generation, not all of it has been lost, and much that had been lost has now been either relearned through experimentation or rediscovered through research of
ancient books. This is an exciting time to be alive, because the Internet has given people even in remote areas access to books that once would be found only in a few libraries, out of reach of the average Witch.

Because of today's awareness of Earth's fragility, we modern
Witches, Pagans and Wise Ones are once again focusing on the gifts that the Mother has given us.

Just what is Magick? Most of us are familiar with contemporary styles of prestidigitation, sleight-of-hand, illusion, and stage-magic, performed by such greats as Siegfried and Roy, (our personal favorites.) These
performers are wonderfully entertaining, and a true delight to the mind and the eye.

Real Magick, on the other hand, is much more than illusory stage tricks. Magick influences the environment by using the natural energy that surrounds us, focused by the disciplined will of the Mage or Witch. Just as our minds, bodies and spirits work together and influence each other, the physical plane and the psychic or astral planes are linked. The
astral can influence the physical as easily as the physical can the astral. They all come together in beauty, within the Laws of Nature.

There are many earth-oriented, goddess-oriented and pagan religions that practice Magick, however, Magick in and of itself is not necessarily a religious practice. Some traditions believe that Magick should always be a religious rite and there are others that use Magick as a tool for everyday living, with no religious implications at all. We have no desire to get into a debate on the merits of these two approaches.

Unlike some others, we at Wolf Moon Coven do not believe that we have the only true path to "higher truth." However, our tradition holds that Magick should only be worked for good. We believe in the Three-Fold Law that says that whatever we send out, will come back three times over. So if we work Magick for good, good will come back to you three times over! But if our work harms another, then Goddess help us!

And, since not all of us are perfect, to say the least, some of us have had occasion to see this in action, though it is much better to learn from observing the payback to another than to experience it in person!

For example, I know of a High Priestess who became angry with another over a purely business matter, having nothing to do with the Craft. She acted irresponsibly, making numerous false accusations against the other. But none of this triggered the Three-Fold Law.

It was not until she, and several members of her coven, tried to attack the other High Priestess with Magick that the Law kicked in. And trust me when I tell you that the Goddess was swift and terrible to watch as they were taught a lesson in justice, honor and keeping their oaths.

But our purpose here is not to preach, but simply to provide
information. We want to discuss the properties and uses of herbs in Amulets, Ceremonies, Charms, Potions and Rituals.

Supplies Needed for Herbal Magick

Please Note ~ True Magick comes from the inherent properties of the herbs, combined with the intent of the Mage or Witch. If, for example, one is tired and lacking in energy, no matter how talented the Witch, Chamomile and Valerian are poor choices for herbal Magick to enhance alertness and wakefulness.

The traditional choices of ritual tools for herbal Magick would include:

Boline ~ The Witch's "White Handled Knife." This should be a ritually consecrated knife, used only for the practice of Magick. It can be used to harvest the herbs, to chop herbs which you would not want to grind, or for a variety of other Magickal purposes.

Mortar and Pestle ~ Used to grind herbs. The bowl-shaped mortar represents feminine energy, just as the phallic-shaped pestle represents masculine energy. Using the two together imparts a balance of energies, and the energy of the Witch in grinding by hand adds much Magickal energy to the herbs being ground. It goes without saying that the Witch should be concentrating and focusing his or her intent throughout the
grinding process. Grinding the herbs while sitting on the couch watching TV just doesn't add a thing.

Hand Scythe (Sickle) ~ For the purist, this crescent-bladed knife is considered the perfect tool for harvesting herbs. The ancient Druids used Gold Sickles to harvest the holiest and most Magickal herb of their tradition, the Mistletoe.

It might also be nice to keep on hand a special basket to hold herbs while drying them, and a special glass or glazed ceramic container to hold your brews.

Can one practice herbal Magick (or other kinds) without special tools? Of course we can.

The whole purpose of using special tools is similar to the purpose for wearing ritual robes and special jewelry for celebration of Magickal rites. From the moment one begins to prepare to perform Magick, every step brings one closer to the proper state of mind.

We have used plain, ordinary kitchen knives for cutting, slicing and chopping. We've used pottery or wooden bowls and the backs of spoons for grinding. We have even used blenders and food processors.

But there is no question that using special implements, blessed and consecrated, enhances the effectiveness of the work. And it must be remembered, that once a tool is consecrated for any Magickal purpose, it should never be used for anything else!

Harvesting Herbs

If at all possible, you should grow and harvest your own herbs. But realistically, this is simply impossible for many of us. For example, our Coven is located in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area, where it is possible to harvest a number of wild herbs, and to grow many others.

However, there are many herbs which grow only in dry climates, or which require a cold, dormant period.

Spanish Moss and Bay leaves, for example, can be harvested in the wild here. Mistletoe cannot. Many of us live in large cities and sprawling urban areas where there is more asphalt than topsoil.

The saving factor is that today's Witch has access to dried herbs from anywhere in the world. Just be sure that the herbs are either wild-harvested or organic. The last thing you would want is to brew up a wonderful healing potion using herbs that have been laced with pesticides or chemical fertilizers.

Herbs For Protection

The herbs that are most normally used for protection are those that have powers to disperse evil and create a protective barrier when burned, carried on your person, or hung wherever protection is needed. Because these herbs contain positive energy they are able to repel, or bounce back negative vibrations or energy.

Protection spells should be done during a waxing moon, suggested colors are red and white. The following herbs are generally considered protective in nature (this is certainly not a complete list!):

Angelica, Balm of Gilead, Basil, Betony, Dill, Elder berries, Fennel, Garlic (of course), Horehound, Hyssop, Mistletoe, Mugwort, Mullein, Rose Geranium, Rosemary, Rue, St John's Wort, Tarragon and Vervain.

One of the simplest protective spells is to make a charm using three of the above herbs, mix them together and place them in the center of a red or white piece of cloth. (One made of Elderberries, Rosemary and Tarragon has a really delightful fragrance if it is to be used indoors.) Gather up the corners, tie and charge the sachet saying words like:

"By Water, Earth, Fire and Air,
Protect that for which I care!"

Repeat the chant three times, with greater strength and authority each time. Carry the charm with you. To protect the home, place it in the highest point of the house or near the hearth (the kitchen if you don't have a fireplace). To protect you and your car while driving, place the charm under the driver's seat.

Herbs For Purification

Ever felt a sensation that something just wasn't right? Your house didn't seem like home anymore, a visitor left and didn't take their bad energy with them? Maybe purification is in order. There are many herbs with purifying properties: Bay, Mugwort, Yarrow, Rosemary, Sage, Angelica, Basil, and Juniper to name a few.

Powder the herbs you wish to use (use 3, 7 or 9 different herbs, or multiples of these) and make a purification incense. As you charge the herbal mix, visualize a crisp, clean breeze blowing all the negativity out of the house. Then light the incense and carrying it through every room in the house. As you go from room to room, visualize the incense driving away any leftover negativity. This should be done with all the
windows open and pets and other people out of the house.

It is good to purify a new home, before you move in, just to make sure the previous tenant didn't leave any nastiness behind. A favorite is to brew up some rosemary tea (nice and strong) and dip a branch of rosemary, rue or yarrow into the tea and thoroughly asperge (sprinkle) every room in the house. While doing this visualize washing away of all
negative influences. The rosemary is a wonderful odor-chaser as well; it leaves a clean, fresh smelling house to return to.

Many people like to purify by smudging. Sage is a very commonly used smudge. If you can gather and dry your own wild sage for smudging, do so. Just light a sprig of dried sage (You can carry a little tray or saucer under the lit sprig, in case some burning bit drops) and carry it from room to room, visualizing any negativity being replaced by the purifying fragrance of the sage. One can also make a protective sigil at
each window and doorway, thus purifying and protecting in one fell swoop!

Follow up your purification with a new protective charm, and you should be good to go for several months. Many witches and pagans do a purification and protection sequence every full moon, others every quarter and some only when needed.

Charm Bags

Making charms for a variety of purposes is both easy and effective. And what's more, it is even fun! Here are a few simple but powerful charms: (Note: All chants are to be said three times, and after the third, conclude with "So Mote it Be!")

Prosperity

For a prosperity charm, for example, take a small bag of green cloth, place three bay leaves and a small piece of lodestone inside, then anoint the outside of the bag with a drop of sweet almond oil. As you anoint the bag, say:

"Fortune smile on me this day,
May all I need come my way."

Do this after the New Moon, and carry the bag on your person every day until the Full Moon, then bury the bag on your own property. (If this is not possible, then in a park or even in a planter.)

Romance

To attract a romantic lover, begin with a small bag of pink or white cloth. Add a piece of rose quartz and fill the remainder of the bag with lavender and pine needles. Anoint the bag with sweet patchouli oil. As you anoint the bag, say:

"By Air, Earth, Fire and Sea,
Bring my one true love to me."

Do this while the moon is waxing, but do not try it between the Full Moon and the New Moon. Sleep with the bag under your pillow until you get results.

Passion

If you are more interested in a passionate lover than a romantic one, follow the above formula, but add a stick of cinnamon and two whole nutmegs to the bag, along with the lavender, and anoint the bag with cinnamon oil. As you anoint the bag, say:

"Blazing passion, my desire,
Come and set my heart on fire."

But be careful what you wish for. You just might get it! Remaining steps are the same as Romance, above.

Protection

To protect oneself from negative energy, take a small white bag; place a small piece of smoky quartz and one of clear quartz inside. Take five leaves of oleander and add them to the bag, being extremely careful not to get any sap on you. If you do come in contact with the sap, remember that it is highly toxic, so wash up immediately and thoroughly. Handling the leaves with rubber gloves is not a bad idea. Anoint the bag with Frankincense oil, saying:

"Minions of the Dark now quit this place,
For only Light will I embrace."

Do this during the waning phases of the Moon, visualizing your surroundings being filled with a pure, white and golden light, driving out any darkness from every corner. At the New Moon, burn the bag, being careful to be upwind of the smoke. Remember: Oleander is deadly. Be very careful!

Health

To attract good health, use a small blue or purple bag. Add a small piece of amethyst, then fill the bag with lavender, white sage and a little St. John's Wort. Anoint the bag with Amber oil, saying:

"Keep my mind and body strong and fit,
Strengthen both my heart and wit."

Do this during the waxing phase of the moon, and sleep with the bag under your pillow at night. This one can be kept as long as necessary, but if you wish to dispose of it, do so with respect, either burning or burying it.

All these Charm Bags may be used in combination with Candle Magick, as well as other methods.

The Charms, Amulets and Talismans discussed in this class are only enough to scratch the surface. If you feel called to these types of Magick, you will need both study and inspiration. And don't be afraid to experiment. The intent of the user is the primary source of the strength of the spells and rituals used. When you do experiment, however, keep detailed written records of exactly what you did, the time of day (or night), the date, the phase of the moon, and your results.
Over time, you could develop a style of Magick all your own.

For help in choosing the herbs, oils and stones to use in your own charm bags, you can find a lot of help in many of Scott Cunningham's books, including "Earth, Fire, Air and Water," "Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs," and others. Study. Learn. Enjoy.

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Some Litha (Midsummer) Herbal information
 
 Feel free to use the compendium to help you create an entry for the Magickal Midsummer Garden Contest that we're having to celebrate Litha!
 
Herbs collected at dawn on Midsummer have long been thought to be especially charged with magick. Get up early and collect some from your garden to be dried and used throughout the year.  If you don't have an herb garden, trying going to a natural area.  Take a book that identifies wild herbs to help gather some herbs to bring home and dry.  Only do this if you're confident about plant identification, if you have any doubts do not touch the plant.  Also some plants are endangered and should be left untouched in the wild.  Check out the compendium for more info!
 
You may also want to use the time just after Midsummer to plant and bless the still growing autumn vegetable.  This is traditionally done on the first day after the sabbat when the moon begins to wax again.  Winter squash, pumpkins, and Indian corn do well in most regions and can be used as food, seasonal decoration, or in autumn sabbat rituals.
 
The following are herbs associated with Litha:
 
Agrimony, Alfalfa, Apple, Anise, Barley, Basil, Bay, Blackberry, Black cohosh, Bonset, Catnip, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clove, Clover, Comfrey, Dandelion, Damiana, Echinacea, Garlic, Goldenseal, Gorse, Hibiscus, Holly, Honeysuckle, Hyssop, Irish Moss, Lavender, Lilac, Marigold, Mistletoe, Mugwort, Nuts, Oak, Orris, Parsley, Peppermint, Persimmon, Pine, Ragwort, Red Clover, Rosemary, Rue, Sarsaparilla, Thistle, Tobacco, Tomato, Valerian, Vervain, Violet, Wheat, White Oak Bark, Willow Bark, Wintergreen, Yucca

Seven Sacred Herbs of the Celts

Nuts and Cones: Sacred to the Druids; very magical, especially in fertility magic. Small cones or acorns were sometimes used on the tips of wands used by the Celts.

Willow: A Druid sacred tree; one of the seven sacred trees of the Irish. The willow is a Moon tree sacred to the Goddess. Its grooves were considered so magical that priests, priestesses and artisans sat among the trees to gain eloquence, inspiration, skills, and prophecies.

St. John's Worth: A Druid sacred herb. The Celts passed it through the smoke of the summer solstice fire, and then wore it into battle for invincibility. The people of Scotland wore it as a charm against Faery influence.

Mint: A Druid sacred herb. Burning mint cleanses the area.

Juniper: A druid sacred tree. Its berries were used with thyme in incenses.

Thyme: A Druid sacred herb. Repels negativity and depression.

Elder: A Druid sacred tree. Sacred to the Celtic White Lady and the Summer Solstice. The Druids used it both to bless and curse. Elder wands drive out evil and negativity. Standing under and elder tree at Midsummer, like standing in a ring of Faery Mushrooms, will help you see the Little People.


Wishing Herbs
 
CALENDULA -- Bits of these dried flowers under the bed are said to make one's dreams come true.
 
DANDELION -- When you need a special wish granted, write it out in Dove's Blood Ink on parchment, make three folds in the paper and place it in a red flannel bag. Fill the bag with dandelion, sew it closed with red thread, and wear it around the neck for three
Days. This spell is not recommended for acquiring money or property, but is most effective when used in conjunction with situations in which you already have something which may be in danger of being lost or taken from you by outside influences.
 
JOB'S TEARS -- Place seven of these in your pillow and sew it up to make a wish come true within seven days.
 
MUSTARD SEED -- To make a wishing bag of your own for a particular objective, into a drawstring pouch place one rabbit's foot, five new nails, nine mustard seeds, and thirteen pennies. Anoint the bag with Mojo Oil and rub it between the palms when you make the wish.
 
PEONY -- Write your wish on a piece of parchment paper and sprinkle on it a bit of peony. Roll the paper up and seal it with melted red wax from a candle. Secrete the talisman in your home as you repeat these words:
 
'Grant me today a wish,
A large wish, a small wish,
A tiny wish, a huge wish,
Growing here, and growing there,
Growing slowly everywhere.
Grand me my wish so that I may rejoice!'
 
Every third day change the hiding place of your amulet, repeating the incantation given. After your wish has been granted, destroy the token by burning.
 
QUEEN'S ROOT -- If you dare, hold this herb in your fists and say "Sader, Prostas, Solaster" nine times quickly, toss the herb over the opposite shoulder, and within a fortnight an infernal succubus will be transported into your vision by Nubian slaves who will obey your every wish.
 
SANDALWOOD -- To fulfill a secret wish write it on a square of parchment with Dove's Blood Ink (unless it is a wish for the destruction of another's plan or a desire to bring harm to an enemy, in which case Dragon's Blood Ink is used). Place the wish beneath some sandalwood which you burn as incense. As you light it, say: "Adonai, Elohim, Elohim, Adonai."
 
SEA WRACK -- For quick fulfillment of a wish, mix a spoonful of sea wrack with some John the Conqueror Incense and burn it at the same time as you burn a purple candle under which you have placed your wish written on parchment.
 
VERVAIN -- Steep this herb in water and add to your scrub water to make your dreams or wishes come true. The carrying or wearing of this herb places one under the protective influences of the love goddess. It is also considered a protection from enchantments being put upon the possessor.
 
WISH BEANS -- These can be used in a number of ways. Place one in a red bag and rub the bag as you make your wish. Carry the bag until your wish is attained. Or hold the bean in your hand, make your wish, and toss the bean into running water.


Herbal Bouquets
Language Of Herbs
 
The healing powers of herbs have long been known. And, in addition to their medicinal properties herbs, like flowers, speak a silent, symbolic language. While in recent times, flowers have become the more popular way to convey messages of love and caring, in ancient times, and even as recent as the Victorian era, herbal bouquets were exchanged to express that which words could not.

Some herbs have many meanings, even varying in interpretation by different sources. Others have very specific messages, such as Rosemary which symbolizes remembrance says, "Your presence revives me." A considerate nosegay of Chives asks, "Why do you weep?" Verbena's reassuring message is "You have my confidence." Abor Vitae conveys unchanging friendship saying, "Live for me." Mugwort bestows sentiments of happiness and travel, telling its recipient, "Be not weary." Sage speaks of domestic virtues, long life, and good health. Its potent message is, "I will suffer all for you."

Alas, not all herbal messages are loving or even uplifting. Borage speaks of bluntness and says, "Your intentions only embarrass me." Lemon Balm begs, "Don't misuse me," and the spiciness of Savory tells it like it is, "The truth may be bitter." Goldenrod offers a little more encouragement while sending a message of indecision, pleading, "Allow me time to decide."

Still, the language of herbs can be light-hearted and humorous. The common cooking herb Parsley stands for useful knowledge, festivity, joy, and victory while claiming, "The woman of the house is boss." Sweet Marjoram tells a persistent admirer, "Your passion sends blushes to my cheeks."

The following offers the symbolic messages of other herbs:

Balm - sympathy
Basil (sweet) - good or best wishes, love or serious intentions
Bergamot (Monarda, Bee Balm) - compassion, sweet virtues
Betony - surprise, healing
Calendula - sacred affections, joy, remembrance, grief
Catnip - intoxification with love
Chamomile - energy in adversity
Cilantro (Coriander) - hidden worth
Cowslip - pensiveness, happiness
Dill - good spirits
Elder -zealousness
Fennel - worthy of praise or flattery
Geranium - present preference
Gloxinia - a proud spirit
Hop - injustice
Ivy - friendship, matrimony, fidelity, constancy
Lavender - acknowledgment, suspicion, devotion, loyalty
Mint - grief, homeliness, wisdom, eternal refreshment
Marigold - despair, grief, honesty
Nasturtium - optimism, splendor
Pennyroyal - flee away
Peppermint - cordiality
Santolina - protection
Sorrel - affection
Southernwood - bantering jest
Spearmint - warmth of sentiment
Tansy (Tannacetum) - resistance, life everlasting, hostile thoughts
Thyme - thriftiness, happiness, courage

Herbs heal on many levels and offer us a way to convey our sentiments through their beauty and fragrance. Herbs may be combined with other herbs or flowers in a posy or nosegay to convey just the sentiment you wish to express to someone you care about


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RE:Magical herbs
(Date Posted:02/13/2009 02:27 AM)

16 Must-Have Herbs for the Kitchen Witch

I was going to make a list of the Top Ten herbs but as I started going looking through my notes, I just felt I couldn't leave any of the others off the list and so it grew to sixteen. The number isn't significant for any other reason than I couldn't eliminate any of the herbs I've mentioned! There are still many others that I want to grow for myself but I've limited the list to herbs that I have personal experience with growing and harvesting.

Basil

Basil is one herb that does very well indoors or out. I keep a large plant in the kitchen window all year round. It gets plenty of morning light in the warmer months and growth speeds up. In the winter months, with less light, it holds its own but doesn't really grow very much. Plant basil outdoors in full sun and pinch off growing tips (the tiny, new leaves at the tip of each stalk) to encourage a bushy shape otherwise it will get leggy (speaking from experience here)! Harvest leaves often to encourage growth. While its culinary uses are pretty much legendary, little may be known of its magical properties. Basil is a staple in love magic. Keep a potted basil plant in your bedroom to increase intimacy or make sachets to slip under your mattress or pillows. If you want to open yourself up to receive love, then carry a sachet of basil in your pocket or purse. Basil also has a place in money spells. If you have difficult coworkers or a volatile workplace, then keep a pot of basil on your desk for its protective energies.

Just rubbing the leaves to release the aroma will make you feel better and you can always harvest leaves and put them in a baggie to bring home for the dinner pot.

Bay

This is my first season with bay. I have always used the dried leaves in Italian cooking, stews and soups but have never grown it before so this is a trial period for me. It's a tradition in our family that whoever finds the bay leaf that I've forgotten to strain out will have good luck. It is an excellent plant for container gardening. It needs full sun or just partial shade in order to thrive and must be brought inside during the winter months as cold temperatures and strong winds will damage or kill the plant. The Bay Laurel is a most noble plant, as the twigs and leaves were fashioned into wreaths to crown the heads of ancient heroes. It is said that the nymph, Daphne, transformed into the first laurel to escape the passion of Apollo who then adopted it as his sacred tree. The bay also has powers of healing, psychic powers, purification and the ability to confer strength. Bruise a few bay leaves and add them to a cup of boiling water. Allow to steep for a few minutes and then drink the broth to aid in divination. Often, people keep two potted bays on either side of the entrance to their home. Most people think of it as an aesthetic choice but in fact, bay offers protective properties and will guard the entrance of your home.

Catnip

A member of the mint family, catnip is really easy to grow. A word of warning, though! As are all mint varieties, it is incredibly invasive and will takeover a garden very easily so prune ercilessly or keep it in containers or raised beds. Expect the plants to regularly be attacked by any or all neighborhood felines. It isn't only cats who love it because last year, I blamed the cat for eating all the new growth when it was really the dog! I finally caught him at it one night. It didn't seem to have the same effect on him, though. Catnip grows well anywhere in the garden or window sill but prefers full sun. The leaves makes a pleasant, light green, minty tea which can be used to aid in beauty and love spells. Considering the effect it has on cats, it's no wonder that it also has the magical quality of promoting happiness. I've used the tea before to relax the symptoms of PMS and menstrual cramping.

Chamomile

People have been singing the praises of chamomile tea as a sleep aid for years now. It's also used in love and money spells and for purification. When herb gardening is mentioned, chamomile is nearly always included. It grows from seed very well anywhere in the garden. The dried flowers, not the leaves, are the potent part of the plant and, along with lavender, are a staple in dream pillow recipes.

Coriander (Cilantro)

I love this herb! I grew up calling it cilantro but it is known as coriander in the UK. Having made my own salsa from fresh ingredients, I will never again eat the stuff from a jar. And the pungent taste of the fresh chopped cilantro leaves is the main reason. It's also delicious in a number of sauces and Chinese dishes. The seeds are a staple in most herb cabinets although I've never really cooked with them. To be honest, this is not an easy plant to grow. Or maybe I just have bad luck with them. All the books say keep the plants in full sun in well-drained soil. I mention it because it is one of my favorite culinary herbs. Good luck if you decide to try it and please, if you get on well, let me know! The seeds or the leaves can be used in healing spells.

Dill

Yummy! Another favorite. Dill is a pretty, delicate plant. It needs to be planted in full sun but should be protected from heavy rain or strong winds. It's an annual so when you are harvesting, allow some plants to remain and self-seed and you should always have new growth the following Spring. The feathery leaves are delicious sprinkled on top of cucumber sandwiches, potato salads, tuna salad and egg dishes. Two magical uses of dill are in love sachets and protection spells.

Lavender

Who hasn't experienced this beautiful little plant? The scent of lavender has long been associated with feelings of tranquillity and peacefulness. It is the staple ingredient, along with chamomile, in dream pillows. I have an eye mask with lavender sewn into it which I wear when I have migraines or just need a good night's sleep. The leaves and flowers dry beautifully and retain their odor well so they make attractive wreaths and dried flower arrangements. Lavender grows best in full sun and can be grown from seeds.

However, cuttings are the best way to propagate the plant. In the Autumn, clip the plant lightly with garden shears to promote new growth in the Spring. Lavender is used often in love spells. Carry a snippet with you or toss a sachet of lavender into your clothing drawer or hang in your closet to attract love into your life. You can also scent your stationary with a sprig of lavender.

Lemon Balm

I make no secret that lemon balm is my absolute favorite herb (well, it's tied with rosemary as number one). I fell in love with this plant several years ago and since then, have always grown it. I love to walk by it and rub the leaves because of the delicious, lemony scent. It's an instant mood enhancer when you're feeling a bit out of sorts. It grows fast and well from seed, sprouting within a week, and does well in containers. It is an incredibly hardy perennial and almost impossible to kill so it would be a great starter plant for beginners. Last year, I planted a lemon balm seedling in a container but didn't do much gardening due to the birth of my daughter. I thought it had died off from lack of regular watering but lo and behold, this Spring, after I had trimmed away all the dead branches, there was new growth, all bright green and fragrant, popping up from the roots. It's been about a month since I've rescued it and it has already quadrupled in size. It's a good idea to divide the root ball into two plants when it comes time to re-pot it. Lemon balm tea is great for soothing indigestion and stomach upsets and can also be used as a rinse for laundry. Infuse your bath water with it to help relieve a headache or just as a general pick-me-up (just toss a handful of fresh leaves into a lukewarm bath or make it into a tea and pour it into the water).

You can also rub the leaves on an insect bite for relief of itching and stinging. Magically, lemon balm is used in love spells and aphrodisiacs.

Marjoram (Oregano)

This can get confusing as there are several varieties of marjoram and one of them is, in fact, oregano. Sweet marjoram is a tender perennial that needs to be wintered out of frost. Wild marjoram is more commonly known as oregano and is a hardy perennial that is a staple of Italian cooking. Marjoram is carried or placed about the home in sachets for its protective abilities and is also used in money spells.

Mint

The joy and the bane of every gardener, mint grows fast, well and can always be counted on to flourish where you plant it. The problem is, it will also flourish where you don't want it! It is incredibly invasive and will take over any garden, given a free reign. Basic garden mint is not an overly attractive plant but it smells so nice that it's hard to leave it out. My very favorite of the many mint varieties is chocolate peppermint. Not only does it smell like a slice of heaven, it's also a pretty little plant.
Spearmint is also really nice. In the kitchen, mint can be used for any number of sauces and jellies. It can also be chopped, fresh, and added to soups and salads. I love to pick a handful of leaves, gently bruise them and then freeze them in water in ice cube containers. Just pop one of the cubes into your iced tea or better yet, lemon aid, and you have a wonderful summer treat. You can also use this method to preserve mint by emptying the cubes into a freezer bag instead of the traditional drying method. Mint is commonly used in money spells. According to Scott Cunningham, you can keep a few leaves in your wallet to attract money and prosperity. It's also used in healing magic.

Mugwort

This is the one herb on this list that I haven't grown yet. I'm waiting for my seeds in the mail. It just seems right to include it. It's a variety of Artemisia and so related to wormwood and southernwood. Wormwood is an ingredient in absinthe so I'm assuming mugwort, as a close relative, has similar properties. I would not suggest ingesting mugwort at all but you can use a sprig of it under your pillow to induce prophetic dreams. And because of its highly protective properties, keeping some of it in a sachet on your person or in your vehicle will help keep you safe. Just make sure it is not left anywhere that a child or animal could get hold of it. And never handle mugwort in any way if you are pregnant.

Parsley

I think parsley is the most underrated herb in the garden. I'd gotten so used to seeing it as a garnish on a dinner plate that I forgot just how delicious it really is, in the kitchen. According to lore, parsley became known as a garnish for meals because of its protective properties and the belief that it would ward off contamination! Parsley can be tough to grow from seed because it needs to be very moist and very warm as it germinates. Try soaking the seeds in lukewarm water for a few hours before sewing into well-watered soil. I've never tried it but the roots of Hamburg Parsley are supposed to be parsnip-like and edible.

Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal is another member of the mint family. It has a really strong, peppermint smell that may not be agreeable to everyone. It certainly isn't agreeable to insects and is often planted near entrances to homes to keep out ants and other pests that will try to invade your home. Try planting it around your rosebushes to keep pests away. You can also cut some of the stalks and bind them together with twine and leave them in your cupboards to discourage bugs of all sort. I've known people who have made pet collars treated with pennyroyal to discourage fleas but do not use on or around your pets if any of them (or you!) are pregnant. Like lemon balm, it can also be used on insect bites and stings. Magically, pennyroyal is used in peace and
harmony spells.

Rosemary

Along with lemon balm, rosemary is my favorite herb. They are firmly tied for first place in my affections. I've always started with seedlings so I'm not sure how easy it is to germinate the seeds. It's supposed to be fairly easy to propagate by cuttings of the plant, as well. I have two plants at the moment, and they both wintered well out of doors, in their containers. It's fair to say that I harvest off of them much more often any other of my herbs. In a climate where they may not winter well, try bringing them indoors. I'm always snipping bits off to use in recipes. Wrap the branches in cheesecloth before adding to pork or beef dishes so that the meal is flavored by but not overwhelmed with the herb. For potato dishes, strip the leaves from the branch and chop very finely. Keep in mind, when cooking with rosemary that a little goes a long way! This herb is especially relevant at Samhain because it is the traditional herb of remembrance; cook with it, place it on your ancestor altar or wear a sprig of it pinned to your lapel to celebrate the Sabbat. As for its magical properties, rosemary is used as a purification incense. You can dry a bunch of the stalks, bound together with twine (much like a sage smudge) and burn it to purify your space or a sick room.
Wash your hands in a rosemary infusion before doing any healing or spellwork. Keep a bunch of dried rosemary hanging about the house for its protective properties.

Sage

I love sage. Along with rosemary, it's one of the first herbs that I grew. I wanted to make my own smudge sticks but quickly learned that sage has many other wonderful uses, as well. Obviously, it's a well known kitchen herb, working well with poultry, pork and stuffings but did you know that an infusion of sage tea is an effective cough expectorant? Doesn't necessarily taste that great but it does work! Sage is a hardy perennial but doesn't always winter well. It will survive as long as the winter isn't too long or harsh but will look really raggedy throughout the Spring. It will start perking up again in early Summer, though. Prune it well, leaving as much stem as you can and then bind the bunch together with twine and allow to dry to create smudge sticks. Light it and use the smoke to purify your home of negative energies. Sage also promotes wisdom and clear thoughts. Either burn some sage or eat some of it in a meal or a tea when you have a difficult decision to make, exams to take or are wondering which step to take next.

Thyme

“ Thyme grows well indoors or out. Its a pretty, low-growing plant that looks really nice on the kitchen window sill or in containers in the garden. Its delicious when used with meats or potatoes. As with rosemary, I usually bunch the fresh thyme in cheesecloth to toss in a stew or a roast and will finely chop it for use with roasted potatoes. There are many different varieties of thyme but the one most commonly used in the kitchen is called English or garden thyme. I also really love orange-scented thyme, as well.

Because its bushy and low-growing, you could try a variety of thymes in a strawberry pot for an attractive arrangement. If you have the space, consider growing a patch of thyme in lieu of grass on a less traveled path of your garden. The smell is heavenly when it's mowed over or stepped on. Magically, thyme is used to promote good health and is, consequently, a main ingredient in healing spells. According to Scott Cunningham, a cleansing bath of marjoram and thyme in the Springtime will sure that all sorrows and ills of the past are removed from the person. It can also be used to purify sacred space before magical workings.
Suggested reading:

* Cunningham, Scott. Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs. St. Paul, Minnesota: Llewellyn, 1985
* McHoy, Peter and Pamela Westland. The Herb Bible. London, England: Quarto Inc., 1994
* West, Kate. The Real Witches’ Garden. London, England: Element, 2004

Witches Pharmacopoeia
 
This is a small listing of some of the herbs you may encounter in some of the various witchcraft traditions. They are together with the wiccan name, common name, and latin name.. so next time you need a touch of Dragon's Claw...
 
 WICCAN NAME
 COMMON NAME
 LATIN NAME
Adder's Mouth  Stitch Wort
Stellaria media 
Adder's Meat    Microstylis ophioglossiodes
Adder's Tongue Dogstooth Violet Erythronium Americanum 
Ass's Ear Comfrey   Symphytum officinale
 Bear's Ear Auricula  Primula auricula 
Bear's Foot  Stinking Hellbore  Helleborus foetious 
Beehive  Snail Plant  Medicago scuttellata 
Beggar's Tick  Cockhold  Bidens frondosa 
Bird's Eye  False Hellebore  Adonis vernalis 
Bird's Tongue  European Ash  Fraxinus excelsior 
Black Boy Resin   Xanthorrhoea arborea
 Bloody Fingers  Foxglove Digitalis purpurea
Bull's Eyes  Marsh Marigold  Caltha palustris 
Bull's Foot  Coltsfoot  Tussilago farfara 
Calf's Snout  Toadflax  Linaria vulgaris 
Catgut Hoary Pea  Tephrosia virginiana
Cat's Eye Star Scabious  Scabiosa stellata 
Cat's Foot  Canada Snake Root  Asarum canadense 
Cat's Paw  Ground Ivy  Nepeta glechoma 
Cat's Milk  Wartwort  Euphorbia helioscopia
Chicken Toe  Crawley Root  Corallorhiza ordontorhiza 
Cock's Comb  Yellow Rattle  Rhinanthus christagalli 
Cow's Tail  Canada Fleabane  Erigeron canaense
Crow Foot  Cranesbill  Geranium maculatum 
Devil's Milk  Wartwort  Euphorbia helioscopia
 Dog's Tongue   Conoglossum officinale 
Donkey's Eyes Cowage Plant    Mucuna pruriens 
Dove's Foot  Canesbill  Geranium sylvaticum 
Dragon's Claw  Crowley Root  Corallorhiza ordontorhiza 
Dragon's Eye    Nephalium loganum
Duck's Foot  American Mamdrake  Podophyllum peltatum 
Fairy Fingers/Gloves  Foxglove  Digitalis purpurea
Flesh and Blood Tormentil Potentilla tomentilla 
Fox Tail  Club Moss  Lycopodium clavatum
Foal's Foot Coltsfoot  Tussilago farfara  
 Frog's Foot Bulbous Buttercup Ranunculus bulbosus
Goat's Beard  Vegetable Oyster  Tragopogon porrofolius 
Goat's Foot  Ash Weed  Aegopodium podograria 
Hare's Foot  Clover  Trifolium arvense 
Hedgehogs    Medicago intertexta
Horse Tail  Scouring Rush  Equisetum hyemale 
Horse Tongue  Hart's Tongue  Scolopendrium vulgare 
Hound's Tongue  Vanilla Leaf  Liatris odoratissima 
Jew's Ear  Fungus on Elder or Elm  Peziza auricula 
Lamb's Tongue  Ribwort Plantain  Plantago lancelotata 
Lizard's Tail  Breast Weed  Saururus cernuus 
Lizard's Tongue    Sauroglossum 
Mother's Heart  Shepherd's Purse  Capsella bursa pastoris
Mouse Ear  Mouse Blood Wort  Hieracium pilosella 
Snake Milk Blooming Spurge  Euphorbia corollata 
Squirrel Ear  White Plantain  Goodyear repens 
Stag Horn Club Moss Lycopodium clavatum 
Swine Snout Dandelion  Taraxacum dens leonis 
Toad Toadflax  Linaria vulgaris 
Unicorn's Horn False Unicorn  Helogonias dioica 
Wolf's Foot Bulge Weed Lycopus virginicus 

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The Power of the Willow Tree

By Glennie Kindred
 
The Willow is the tree most associated with the moon, water, the Goddess and all that is feminine. It is the tree of dreaming, intuition and deep emotions. Symbolically it belongs to the beginning of spring, when all of life is stirring in the depths and begins to shoot outwards once again. In the ogham alphabet, the willow is Saille which became anglicised to "sally" which means a sudden outburst of emotions, action or _expression (to "sally forth"). The Old French "saille" also means to rush out suddenly and the Latin "salire" means to leap. This is the underlying energy of the willow, and the key to understanding the powerful spirit of this beautiful tree.
The early spring festival of Imbolc, Oimelc or Imolg is one of the two great female fire festivals among the yearly cycle of four. Imbolc is celebrated at the beginning of February and, like the willow, is sacred to Brigit, Brigantia, Bride, being the maiden aspect of the triple Goddess. It celebrates her re-emergence as a young virgin from the mountain fastness of her mother Cailleach - she who is of winter, the burial mounds and dark places. Cailleach, the crone aspect of the triple Goddess, drinks from the well of youth and is transformed into Bride/Brigit who is her other self. This is the Celtic version of the Demeter/Kore story, representing the mysteries of life, death and rebirth. Imbolc is sacred to women and the power of the feminine principles of inspiration, illumination and seership. In Ireland, Bride is the Goddess of healing and smithcraft. The church transformed this festival into Candlemass and kept much of the pagan symbolism. It is a time of initiation and of beginnings and celebrates the renewal of the potency of the Earth Mother and the union with the male principle of the returning light.
The willow has much to teach us in its associations with our feminine aspects. By spending time with willows, or using the wood to make a talisman or wand, by taking it herbally or as a Bach flower remedy, we can deepen this connection. Spending time with willow trees at the full moon can only increase the potency of the insights and understanding to be gained. Working with the willow in the early spring, when the willow energy and the Earth's energy are aligned, is also a particularly potent time to explore its aspects.
The willow has always been known as a tree of dreaming and enchantment, and it was associated in Celtic legend with poets and with spells of fascination and binding. This is the willow moon energy, which puts us in touch with our feelings and deep emotions, and it is the ability of the willow to help us to express these, let them out, own them and charge them in fantastical leaps of inspired eloquence and understanding. Our deep unconscious thoughts speak to us through our dreams. If you have lost touch with your dreams or wish to increase their potency, make yourself a willow wand and sleep with it under your pillow. You will find your dreams will immediately become more vivid and meaningful. Studying your dreams, writing them down, opening your intuition to interpreting them can lead to healing emotional problems and releasing tensions in your life.
This movement on the emotional level, of allowing the emotions to come through to the surface, is the power of the willow's essential energy. Deep emotional pain blocks the energy of the body and can cause many illnesses. The willow will allow the person to move through the many levels of sadness, express the pain though tears and grief, and, by moving through these emotions, facilitate healing. The Bach flower remedy Willow is to be taken by those who have suffered adversity or misfortune in life and remain embittered by it. Willow will help the movement out of this negative state to a greater interest and involvement in the present.
When you are either over-stimulated by your feelings or cut off from them, connecting with a tree with a water attunement will greatly help. If you are attracted to a particular tree, then follow this and reach out to the tree with an openness and a willingness to accept your intuitive responses. Physical contact with a tree will help balance your body's energy, and as you stand or sit with a tree you might receive some insights and inspirational thoughts. If you feel you have made a deep connection with a tree and want to end that communication, move slowly out of it and focus some love-light around the tree. It has been proven that the plant world is greatly enhanced by this. An attitude of thanks and gratitude for nature is also a sure way of opening up the channels of communication with trees and plants.
On a herbal level, willow bark has been used for its pain-relieving qualities for at least 2,000 years. The Salix alba (white willow, withe, withy) contains salicin, which is converted to salicylic acid in the body. Salicylic acid is closely related to aspirin, the synthetic drug that has displaced willow bark from popular use. Willow bark reduces fever and relieves rheumatism, a common ailment in these damp isles. A decoction can be used for gum and tonsil inflammations and as a footbath for sweaty feet. The bark is collected in the spring time, being careful not to ring the tree or it will die. The decoction is made by soaking 3 teaspoons (15ml) of the bark in a cup of cold water for 2 - 5 hours. Then bring to the boil. Strain and take a wineglassful each day, a mouthful at a time. The bark can be dried, powdered and stored in an airtight container.
Black willow (Salix nigra) is the pussy willow and has black bark as opposed to the light greens of the white willow. Its properties are much the same, but herbally it was used in the past as an aphrodisiac and sexual sedative.
Goat willow or sallow willow (Salix caprea) is used in very much the same way as the white willow, but sallow bark tea is recommended for indigestion, whooping cough and catarrh. It can also be used as an antiseptic and disinfectant.
Culpeper says in his Complete Herbal "The moon owns the willow" and it was known as the witches' tree and the tree of enchantment. Robert Graves suggests that witch, wicker and wicked are all derived from willow. Willow rods are certainly used for binding magical and sacred objects and the popular witches' broom is traditionally made with an ash handle and birch twigs bound with willow.
Willow wands are used for any ritual associated with the moon and as a protection on deep journeys into the underworld and the unconscious. The willow will always enhance inspired leaps of the imagination and is recommended to be used when seeking to assimilate the teachings of a wise woman or master, because understanding another person's enlightened place is made easier. Also when seeking to understand ancient ways, so that you can assimilate these past levels of information, and quickly move through the underlying emotions, to appreciate humankind's patterns and utilise this information for change.
By working with the moon and the cycles of the moon, we reconnect to the duality of the light (waxing) and the dark (waning) and the tides, the seas, water and the qualities of water which include flowing, surrender, harmonising and accepting. Moon magic puts us in touch with our emotions and unconscious, which balances out our solar rational conscious views. The moon represents the Goddess and everything which reflects and suggests the power of women.
Willow is used for charms of fascination and binding, and during the spring moon we have the power of the Spring Maiden who fascinates and binds the power of the young King. Aphrodite is associated with the spring and the bright half of the moon, courtship and the union which blesses the land with fertility. British and Irish mythology is also rich with legends of the beguiling, Willowy Spring Maiden who is called Olwen, Niwalen, Gwenhyver, Cordelia, Blodeuwedd and many others, who initiate the young King into a deeply sexual experience.
Tree magic generally falls into the class of sympathetic magic which operates through the doctrine of signatures. This states that a plant will act on that part of the body which it most resembles. This can be sub-divided into homeopathic magic (the Law of Similarity) and contagious magic (the Law of Contact, using a magically charged object).
Homeopathic magic words on the principle that "like begets like", and by using willow wood for a wand or talisman it will be charged with the properties of the willow. The flexibility of the willow's twigs inspires us to move with life, rather than resist what we are feeling, and can also help you to let go of conditioned responses to life's experiences and to move towards a greater acceptance of self and others.
Willow's weeping stance reflects its association with grief. By wearing a piece of willow (as in the popular song "All around my hat I will wear the green willow") a person will be able to access all the levels of grief connected with a loss, and be able to move through all these different levels, expressing the whole deep emotional experience, to gain healing and inner strength.
When one of the willow's branches or twigs becomes disconnected, it will easily grow into a new tree if it finds some soil and water, teaching us that contained within a loss, or a new direction, is the capacity for growth and healing. Willow is one of the best water-divining woods, along with hazel and birch.
Homeopathic magic and contagious magic can be combined in the making of wands, talismans and any other objects made for personal or ritual use. Making a wand from willow means that all the willow's qualities are naturally contained within the wood, although you may want to charge or empower certain aspects for specific use. Willow wands are used whenever there is a need to connect with intuition, dreams, seership, visions, poetic and inspired writing or images, and whenever there is either an emotional numbness or emotional excess, or where there are negative emotional feelings which need to be worked through. Use a piece of fresh willow, cut from the tree with appropriate reverence and ritual, or a newly fallen piece which the tree has recently shed. You may like to take the bark, or some of the bark, off and carve it with magical symbols or anything else you may wish to use to energise your wand. It is easier to carve fresh wood and then let it dry out. Small twigs will dry out quickly without cracking in a house, but it is better to let larger pieces of wood dry slowly in an outhouse or shed, or under a hedge. When it is dry, it may be polished with several layers of beeswax to protect the wood, or left natural.
Talismans may be made in the same way, perhaps using the natural shape of the wood to suggest and inspire a carving. Talismans may be worn round the neck or as a brooch, or carried within a pouch and kept close. They may be magically carved with symbols relevant to their use.
Symbolism is not fixed, there are no correct versions of anything, and the willow particularly stimulates our ability to follow our intuitions and find out own meanings behind the symbols. It is true there are traditional meanings associated with things, but traditions must evolve and include new insights and ways of working. We may evolve a new set of symbols, particularly relevant to ourselves, which others may adopt and integrate into a new system. What was meaningful to people in one part of our evolution or history may no longer apply. Interpretations may no longer speak to the conscious or the unconscious. The patterns which a seer can unfold need to be potent and meaningful to our present spiritual evolution. We have been taught to regard our intuition as unreliable but we know that this isn't true and we must use it more in order to develop our ability to use it to the full. The power of the willow can enhance this resolve

Communicating With Plants

 

            Plants’ experience of being in the world is very different from the experience of us animals.  Because plants cannot move about, they exist in a state of profound acceptance and peace within themselves.  Emotions such as fear, hate, jealousy, possessiveness, etc. are wholly unknown to plants and would serve no useful purpose.  On the other hand, plants are capable of experiencing a wide range of higher emotions the like of which we animals could scarcely conceive.

            At the same time, there are feelings which plants share with us animals, such as love, pain, joy, thirst, etc.    It is the feelings we share with plants which provide the basis of our ability to communicate with them.

            Feeling with plants is not so different from feeling with people.  For example, when we are about to have sex with someone who really turns us on, we feel a palpable surge of sexual energy connecting us to that person.  Similarly, when we walk into a room to face someone who is madder than hell at us, we feel connected to that person by a palpable wave of anger and fear.  When a baby smiles at us, we feel a rush of joy that has us automatically smile back.  However, most of our interactions with other people do not have this feeling of connectedness and emotional immediacy.   Most of the time we don’t even look the people we are addressing in the eye, let alone feel with them.  Because of our social training, we tend to regard sharing feelings with other people as threatening.  We are taught to close up and defend ourselves, and to keep our interactions as sterile and devoid of feeling as possible.

            In order to communicate with plants (or people), you have to be able to regard them as your equals.  If you are afraid (ashamed) to talk with homeless people, beggars, crazy people, etc. then you’ll also find it difficult to talk with plants.  However, it’s actually easier to communicate with plants than it is to communicate with people because plants don’t have defenses and self-importance agendas in place which engage our own defenses and self-importance agendas.  To feel with plants (or people) doesn’t mean to gush all over them; all it means is to recognize them as beings whose feelings are as important to them as your feelings are to you. 

When first learning to communicate with plants, it helps to be in contact with the same individual plants on a daily basis.  Ideally you should go out, preferably alone, to the same tree or meadow for at least a few minutes every day.  If you can’t do this, cultivating garden or house plants will work just as well, although it’s easiest to communicate with large trees.  This is because from a feeling (light fiber) point of view, humans and trees are very much alike – the light fiber (auric glow) configurations of both humans and trees are quite similar, whereas that of insects, for example, is very different from either.  It is easier for humans and trees to communicate with each other than it is for either to communicate with insects.

Now even the least psychic person, going up to a large tree, should be able to pick up something of the personality (mood) of that tree.  How does the tree make you feel – happy, sad, loving, jolly, heavy?  Can you pick up its sex:  sense a male or female presence – or its age:  young and vigorous or old and mellow?

This isn’t all that hard to do – you can call upon your senses to buttress your feelings, as in the exercise of seeing pictures in the clouds, except that you do it by feeling rather than thinking – by relaxing into the process rather than controlling it.  It’s exactly what a rationalist would term “anthropomorphism.”

For example, spiky trees (like palmettos and Joshua trees) have a sassy, masculine energy.  Cedar trees tend to be clowns or wise guys.  Banana trees are joyous and loving.  Weeping trees really do have a doleful air about them.  Tall, erect trees have proud and regal personalities. Trees that seem to be reaching longingly for the heavens are reaching longingly for the heavens.

A good time to learn to connect emotionally with trees is when they’re dying.  The next time you see a tree being felled, pause and quiet down your thoughts and watch it attentively.  You should easily be able to feel the tree’s agony just before it falls, since trees (and all beings) are filled with power at the moment of their deaths and profoundly affect the beings around them.  Loggers triumphantly yell “Timber!” when a tree falls to cover their sense of shame and disconnectedness – to block communication with the tree at the moment of its death.

Another good time to pick up on plants’ feelings is when they are in motion.  Plants are happiest when they are moving – blown by the wind and the rain.  Wave back to them when they wave at you (it’s only polite).  Watch how they dance in the breeze.  See how the trees which overhang roads and walkways cast down blessings on all who pass beneath them.  See how the young growing tips are more alert, vigorous, and naively impetuous than the older and mellower lower leaves.  Be aware of the awareness of plants:  when you walk through a wood or meadow, feel as though you were walking through a crowd of people, all of whom are watching you.

Some people pick up on the feelings of plants by seeing faces in the bark or foliage.  They impose that thought form (of a face with a giggly, dour, saucy, etc. expression) over the feeling of the tree, since that’s how most people are conditioned to interpret feelings – by associating them with facial expressions.

What we’re tying to get at are feelings, which can be apprehended directly, without any need for sensory cues.  However, the senses can provide a useful point of reference and serve as a bridge between imagination and pure feeling, which is how they function in dreams.  When you see with your feelings rather than your mind, your visual attention isn’t focused on any one thing, but rather everything within your field of vision strikes your attention with equal impact (vividness), as it does in dreams.  To see this way you have to have your mind quiet, and you have to be in a joyous and abandoned mood.  If you’re bummed out or grumpy, you won’t be able to see what plants are feeling any more than you’d be able to see a baby smile at you.

Much of our social training entails learning to stifle our senses – to not see what is right before our eyes, to not listen to what our ears are hearing, to be offended by smells, discomfited by touch.  Cutting off our senses leaves us feeling apathetic and disconnected from our world.  Therefore, if we want to renew our feeling of connectedness which we had as infants, we have to start plugging our senses into our feelings again.  And because they are so nonthreatening, feeling with plants is a good place to start.

Not only do different species of plants have different feelings associated with them, but also there is considerable individual variation in personalities between different plants of the same species, between different branches on the same plant, and even between different leaves on the same branch.  By lightly holding a leaf for a moment between your thumb and forefinger, you can feel which leaves want to be picked for medicine or food purposes and which ones want to be left alone.  The leaves that want to be picked have a high, vibrant feel to them, whereas leaves that don’t want to be picked feel dead in your hand.

Even if you can’t seem to tune in to the feelings of plants, you can still telepathically “talk” with them.  Plants can talk to you in thoughts, and these (at first) seem indistinguishable from your own thoughts.  That is, it will seem to you that you are the one who is thinking these thoughts, when in fact it is the plants which are sending you messages.  That’s why it’s important to have your own mind as quiet as possible – to be in a relaxed mood – if you expect plants to talk to you; if your own mind is buzzing, there’s no way the plants can get a word in edgewise.  Any thoughts or feelings you have while sitting under a tree or working with plants are probably messages from the plants.

So how do you know if you are actually communicating with a plant, and not just imagining it?  The answer is:  you don’t.  You just go with your intuition rather than  going with your concepts, what you’ve been taught.  Instead of hypnotizing yourself into believing that the world of concepts is reality, you hypnotize yourself into believing that the world of feelings – of magic – is reality.  The only difference between these two equally valid points of view is that from one of them plants talk to you, and from the other they don’t.

If you feel self-conscious talking to plants, just remember that what you have been programmed to call the “real” world is merely a figment of your imagination also.  And if you start calling something else the real world, then that something else becomes the real world; it becomes as real as this one.

If you’re dubious, just ask the plant over and over,  “Is this you, Mr. or Ms. Plant talking to me, or am I just imagining it?”  And if you keep getting the same answer over and over, “It’s me, the plant!  It’s me, the plant!” – then just assume that it is indeed the plant talking to you, and listen to what it has to say.  You can ask questions and get answers, both questions and answers coming as though you were holding a conversation in your own mind. 

It’s easy to learn to talk with house and garden plants, since these are particularly eager to discuss matters such as fertilization, watering, shade, grafting and transplanting techniques, etc.  But in addition to such mundane affairs, plants (particularly large trees) can give you helpful advice on all sorts of matters.  Take them your problems; ask them what they think you should do.  Some of my best friends and most trusted advisors are trees.

Whether you are consciously aware of it or not, you are already communicating with plants all the time.  The soothing, healing, tranquilizing feeling that comes when you are gardening or are out in nature is in fact your psychic attunement to the joyous vibrations of the plants around you.  To follow this feeling one step further – to its source – is to put yourself into direct communication with the plants.  It’s as easy as smiling at a baby


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Redes - Magickal Proverbs
The following "REDES" are wisdom's passed down over the centuries.  Many I have acquired from individuals while others have been obtained from a variety of sources.  These are fine example of items which you may desire to incorporate on the inner jacket of your shadows.  They're lovely sentiments on wood burning or needlepoint projects.  The possibilities are (as usual) unlimited!
Herbal Redes:
What can kill, can cure. 
 
      Be silent as the sacred oak! 
 
If simple herbs suffice to cure, 
'tis vain to compound drugs endure. 
 



No ear hath heard, no tongue can tell, 
The virtue of the pimpernel. 
 
Snakes will not go where geraniums grow. 
 



More in the garden grows 
Than the Witch knows. 
 
If ye would herbal magick make, 
Besure the spell in rhyme be spake. 
 



Plant your sage and rue together, 
The sage will grow in any weather. 
 
It is a wine of virtuous powers, 
my mother made it of wild flowers. 
***NOTE-COWSLIP IS THE WILD FLOWER IN QUESTION.  THE DRAUGHT IS MADE WITH SUGAR  
AND LEMONS.



Borage and hellbore fill two scenes, 
sovereign plant to purge the veins 
of melancholy, and cheer the heart 
of those black fumes which make it smart; the best medicine the Gods e'er made for this malady, if well assaid. 
 
St. John's wort and cyclamen 
In your bed-chambers keep, 
From evil spells and Witcheries, 
To guard you in your sleep.



Beware the oak, it draws the stroke. 
Avoid the ash, it courts the flash . 
Creep under the thorn, it will save you from harm. 
 
Only the wicked grow parsley.


Sow fennel, sow sorrow. 
 
Where Rosemarie grows the missus is master! 


Eat an apple going to bed, 
Make the doctor beg his bread. 
 
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.


I borage, give courage. 
 
Where the yarrow grows, 
There is one who knows.



Trefoil, vervain, St. John's wort, dill, 
Hinder Witches of their will. 
 
Woe to the lad without a Rowan Tree God!


Plant not a cypress vine, 
Unless it brings death to thine. 
 
Rowan tree and red thread, 
Put the witches to their speed.



He who would live for aye, 
Must eat sage in May. 
 
Headache, catarrh, the violet dispels, 
And falling fits and drunkenness expels. 
Pepper, parsley, garlic, salt and wine, 
Use these, as sauce, lest meats should ill combine. 
 



Trefoil, vervain, John's wort, dill 
hinder ***"witches"*** of their will. 
***NOTE-THE TEXT APPEARS UNCHANGED.  YOU MAY SELECT AN ALTERNATIVE...SAY FOR INSTANCE "goblins". 
 
Prunes cool the body and the bowels move--To all, in many ways, a blessing prove.


The radish, pear, theriac, garlic, rue, 
All potent poisons will at once undo. 
 
Sell your coat for betony.


No mistletoe, no luck. 
 
To enliven the sad with the joy of a joke, 
give them wine with borage put in it to soak.



Angelica, the happy counterbane, sent down from heaven by some celestial scout, as well its name and nature both avow't. 
 
This is every cook's opinion, 
no savoury dish without an onion, 
but lest your kissing should be spoiled, 
your onions must be fully boiled.



One to rot, One to grow. 
One for the pigeon, 
And one for the crow.
The fair maid who, the first of May, 
Goes to the fields at break of day, 
And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree 
Will ever after handsome be.



Happy the age, to which we moderns give the name of `golden', when men chose to live on woodland fruits; and for their medicines took herbs from the field, and simples from the brook. 
 
If simple herbs suffice to cure, 
'tis vain to compound drugs endure.



For want of rest, 
lettuce and cowslip wine-probatum est. 
 
There is a flower that shall be mine, 
'tis the little celandine; 
I will sing as doth behove 
hymns in praise of what I love.



Out nettle; in dock, 
dock shall have a new smock. 
or 
Nettle out; dock in; 
dock remove the nettle sting. 
***NOTE-THE LATER VERSION MAKES CLEARER THE PURPOSE OF THE RHYME.  PERHAPS A SPELL.  I COMBINE THE TWO INTO ONE PERSONALLY. 
 
By eating herb of fennel, for the eyes 
a cure for blindness had the serpent wise; 
man tried the plant; and, trusting that his sight 
might thus be healed, rejoiced to find him right. 
***NOTE-MACER'S CLASSICAL LINES SUGGEST THAT HE BELIEVED MAN RECEiVED THIS HERBS WISDOM THROUGH SERPENTS.



Whose red and purpled mottled flowers 
are cropped by maids in weeding hours, 
to boil in water, milk, or whey, 
for washes on a holiday; 
to make their beauty fair and sleek, 
and scare the tan from summer's cheek. 
***NOTE-THE MOTTLED FLOWERS IN QUESTION ARE 
THOSE OF THE FUMITORY.  WELL KNOW IN DAYS 
OF OLDE AS A COSMETIC WASH. 
 
Faerie-folkes, are in olde oaks


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RE:Magical herbs
(Date Posted:02/13/2009 02:29 AM)

Creed of the Green Witch

I Acknowledge the Unity of the Divine, symbolized by the Divine Androgyne, aspected as female and male, Goddess and God, form and energy, lunar and solar powers, honored during the Wheel of the Year at Esbats, Sabbats, and sacred days.

I Acknowledge the immanence of the Divine, whose Spirit resides in all things and worlds, creating a unity of All in Oneness and kinship through the Goddess and the God.

I Acknowledge that the Elementals Earth, Air, Fire, and Water are extensions of the Goddess and the God, both external and indwelling kith and kin, connecting all through Spirit.

I Acknowledge the immortality of the individual spirit, comforted by the God in Underworld, refreshed by the Goddess in Summerland, choosing incarnation by form, place, and soul purpose.

I Acknowledge that the God lovingly demonstrates the life cycle in His yearly passage through the Sabbats. He is born as the Oak King of the Goddess as Mother at Yule; cleansed and carried by the Crone into the arms of the Mother at Imbolc to be nourished by the milk of Her love. At Ostara, the Goddess transforms as Maiden and joins the God that They may walk as the Lady and the Lord of the Wild Wood to awaken the Earth from the sleep of Herself as Crone of Winter.

The God and Goddess unite at Beltane to bring renewal to the Earth, and at their Litha wedding, the God shows His face of wisdom and age, turning from Oak King to Holly King as He begets Himself of the Goddess. At Lughnassadh, the God enters into the Goddess aspected as Mother Earth, filling Her abundance with the life essence of His solar energy. He enriches the vines and barleycorn with the essence of His Spirit at Mabon. He enters into Underworld, leaving the Goddess alone as Mother-to-be and Crone through Autumn and Winter, while He leads the Wild Hunt as the Horned Hunter, gathering the dead to His realm. He rules Underworld as the Lord of Shadows, where He offers rest, solace, and release of burdens to spirits at the end of each incarnation. At Samhain, the God passes His Spirit through the Goddess, making thin the veil between the worlds by their union of shadow and light, turning the Tomb of the Crone into the Womb of the Mother. At Yule the God as Sage offers His blessing and farewell to the children of the world, then turns His face to join them as the Infant Oak King reborn. Through the Wheel of the Year is the path of perfect love and perfect trust in the Divine demonstrated, that we may walk with the Goddess and the God in the bond of love.

I Acknowledge the three great Mysteries: the Ancient God as Father and Son; the Maiden Goddess as Mother and Crone; and the Union of Tomb and Womb for the eternal cycle of Life Immortal.


Ann Moura
Grimoire for the Green Witch: A Complete Book of Shadows
Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd.
ISBN 0-7387-0287-0

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Herbs for Each Day

Day Planet Herbs
Sunday Sun Cedar, frankincense, neroli, rosemary.
Monday Moon Jasmine, lemon, sandalwood.
Tuesday Mars Basil, coriander, ginger.
Wednesday Mercury Benzoin, clary sage, eucalyptus, lavender.
Thursday Jupiter Clove, lemon balm, oakmoss, star anise.
Friday Venus Cardamom, palmrosa, rose, yarrow.
Saturday Cypress, mimosa, myrrh, patchouli



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RE:Magical herbs
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Herbal Folk Names

This is where much of it started.  Someone overhearing a "Witch" conjuring with her cauldron.  The ingredients? Tongue of Dog, Blood from a Head, Bat's Wings, and a Crow's Foot.  And don't forget the Adder's Tongue too.

Ususally, the Herbal Folk Names are associated with the appearance of the plant (or some part of the plant), or for their medicinal or magickal properties.  This was the best way to indentify the plants without mixing them up since many poeple at the time were uneducated.

Bat Wings??  Well yes...Holly leaves DO look a tad like bat wings, hence their folk name.  And Mandrake (the name which is still used today) has a root that is shaped like a human body.

I love the names!  It is part of our culture, heritage, and conjurs up spooky images to boot.  I hope you enjoy these more common folk names as much as I do!

A Bone of an Ibis:  Buckthorn
Adders Tongue:  Dogstooth Violet
A Titan's Blood:  Wild Lettuce
A Lion's Hairs:  Tongue of a Turnip [leaves of the taproot]
A Man's Bile:  Turnip Sap
A Pig's Tail:  Leopard's Bane
A Hawk's Heart:  Heart of Wormwood
An Eagle:  Wild Garlic
Ass's Foot or Bull's Foot:  Coltsfoot
Blood:  Elder sap or another tree sap
Blood of Hephaistos:  Wormwood
Burning Bush:  White Dittany
Bread and Cheese Tree:  Hawthorne
Blood from a Head:  Lupine
Bird's Eye:  Germander Speedwell
Blood of Ares:  Purslane
Blood of a Goose:  A Mulberry Tree's Milk
Bloodwort:  Yarrow
Blood of Hestia:  Camomile
Blood of an Eye:  Tamarisk Gall
Blood from a Shoulder:  Bear's Breach
Bat's Wings:  Holly
Black Sampson:  Echinacea
Bull's Blood or Seed of Horus:  Horehound
Bear's Foot:  Lady's Mantle
Calf's Snout:  Snapdragon
Cat's Foot:  Canada Snake Root and/or Ground Ivy
Candelmas Maiden:   Snowdrop.
Capon's Tail:  Valerian.
Christ's Ladder:  Centaury
Cheeses: Marsh Mallow
Chocolate Flower:  Wild Geranium
Christ's Eye:  Vervain Sage
Clear-eye:  Clary Sage
Click:  Goosegrass
Cucumber Tree:  Magnolia
Clot:  Great Mullein
Corpse Plant:  Indian Pipe.
Crowdy Kit:  Figwort
Cuddy's Lungs:  Great Mullein
Crow Foot:  Cranesbill
Cuckoo's Bread:  Common Plantain
Clear Eye:  Clary Sage
Crow's Foot:  Wild Geranium
Devils Dung:  Asafoetida
Dragon's Blood:  Calamus
Dog's Mouth:  Snap Dragon
Daphne:  Laurel/Bay
Devil's Plaything:  Yarrow
Dove's Foot:  Wild Geranium
Dew of the Sea:  Rosemary
Dragon Wort:  Bistort
Earth Smoke:  Fumitory
Eye of Christ:  Germander Speedwell
Elf's Wort:  Elecampane
Enchanter's Plant:  Vervain
Englishman's Foot:  Common Plantain
Erba Santa Maria:  Spearmint
Everlasting Friendship:  Goosegrass
Eye of the Day:  Common Daisy
Eye of the Star:  Horehound
Eye Root:  Goldenseal
Eyes:  Aster, Daisy, Eyebright
Frog's Foot:  Bulbous Buttercup
From the Loins:  Camomile
Fat from a Head:  Spurge
Fairy Smoke:  Indian Pipe
Felon Herb:  Mugwort
From the Belly:  Earth-apple
From the Foot:  Houseleek
Five Fingers:  Cinquefoil
Fox's Clote:  Burdock
Graveyard Dust:  Mullein
Goat's Foot:  Ash Weed
God's Hair:  Hart's Tongue Fern
Golden Star:  Avens
Gosling Wing:  Goosegrass
Graveyard Dust:  Mullein
Great Ox-eye:  Ox-eye Daisy
Hairs of a Hamadryas Baboon:  Dill Seed
Hair of Venus:  Maidenhair Fern
Hag's Taper:  Great Mullein
Hagthorn:  Hawthorn
Hare's Beard:  Great Mullein
Herb of Grace:  Vervain
Hind's Tongue:  Hart's Tongue Fern
Holy Herb:  Yerba Santa
Holy Rope:  Hemp Agrimony
Hook and Arn:  Yerba Santa
Horse Tongue:  Hart's Tongue Fern
Horse Hoof:  Coltsfoot
Hundred Eyes:   Periwinkle
Innocense:  Bluets
Jacob's Staff:  Great Mullein
Joy of the Mountain:   Marjoram
Jupiter's Staff:   Great Mullein
King's Crown:   Black Haw
Knight's Milfoil:  Yarrow
Kronos' Blood:  Cedar
Lady's Glove:  Foxglove aka Witches' Gloves
Lion's Tooth:  Dandelion aka Priest's Crown
Lad's Love:  Southernwood
Lamb's Ears:  Betony
Little Dragon:  Tarragon
Love in Idleness:  Pansy
Love Leaves:  Burdock
Love Lies Bleeding:  Amaranth or Anemone
Love Man:   Goosegrass
Love Parsley:  Lovage
Love Root:  Orris Root
Man's Health:  Ginseng
Maiden's Ruin:  Southernwood
Master of the Woods:  Woodruff
May:  Black Haw
May Lily:  Lily of the Valley
May Rose:  Black Haw
Maypops:  Passion Flower
Mistress of the Night:  Tuberose
Mutton Chops:  Goosegrass
Nose Bleed:  Yarrow
Old-Maid's-Nightcap:  Wild Geranium
Old Man's Flannel:   Great Mullein
Old Man's Pepper:  Yarrow
Oliver:  Olive
Password:  Primrose
Pucha-pat:  Patchouli
Peter's Staff:  Great Mullein
Priest's Crown:  Dandelion leaves
Poor Man's Treacle:  Garlic
Queen of the Night:  Vanilla Cactus
Queen of the Meadow:  Meadowsweet
Queen of the Meadow Root:  Gravelroot
Ram's Head:  American Valerian
Red Cockscomb:  Amaranth
Ring-o-bells:  Bluebells
Robin-run-in-the-grass:  Goosegrass
Semen of Helios:  White Hellebore
Semen of Herakles:  Mustard-rocket
Semen of Hermes:  Dill
Semen of Hephaistos:  This is Fleabane
Semen of Ammon:  Houseleek
Semen of Ares:  Clover
Seed of Horus:  Horehound
Sparrow's Tongue:  Knotweed
Soapwort:  Comfrey or Daisy
Shepherd's Heart:  Shepherd's Purse (also known as Mother's Heart)
Swine's Snout: Dandelion leaves
Shameface:  Wild Geranium
See Bright:  Clary Sage
Scaldhead:  Blackberry
Seven Year's Love:  Yarrow
Silver Bells:  Black Haw
Sorcerer's Violet:  Periwinkle
St. John's Herb:  Hemp Agrimony.  (this is not St. John's Wort)
St. John's Plant:  Mugwort
Star Flower:  Borage
Star of the Earth:  Avens
Starweed:  Chickweed
Sweethearts:  Goosegrass
Tarragon:  Mugwort
Tartar Root:  Ginseng
Thousand Weed:  Yarrow
Thunder Plant:  House Leek
Tanner's Bark:  Common Oak
Toad:  Toadflax
Torches:  Great Mullein
Tongue of dog:  Houndstongue
Tears of a Hamadryas Baboon:  Dill Juice
Unicorn Root:  Ague Root
Unicorn's Horn: False Unicorn:  Helonias Dioica
Unicorn Horn:  True Unicorn Root
Wax Dolls:  Fumitory
Weazel Snout:  Yellow Dead Nettles/Yellow Archangel
White:  Ox-eye Daisy
White Wood:  White Cinnamon
Witch's Asprin:  White Willow/Willow Bark
Witch's Brier:  Brier Hips
Weasel Snout:  Yellow Archangel
Wolf Foot:  Bugle Weed
Wolf Claw:  Club Moss
Wolf's Milk:  Euphorbia
Weed:  Ox-Eye Daisy
White Man's Foot: Common Plantain

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RE:Magical herbs
(Date Posted:02/13/2009 05:06 AM)

Magickal Herbs

Alyssum-Has the power to cool  down an angry person if placed in the hand.

Angelica-Place in the bath to remove hexes. American Indians carried the root   in their pocket as a gambling talisman.

Aster-Grow in the garden to attract love, or carry some in your pocket.

Basil-Used to attract customers in a place of business by placing some in the cash register or near the door.

Bay-Gives strength to those engaging in athletic sports if worn durring competitions. Place a leaf in the shoe.

Borage-Carry the fresh blossoms to strengthen your courage. Place a sprig in your buttonhole for protection while walking outdoors.

Camellia-Brings riches and luxury, place in a bowl of water during prayer or ritual.

Caraway-When baked into cookies, cakes or bread they are lust inducing.

Catnip-If you hold catnip in your hand untill it is warm, then hold anyone else's hand, they will be your friend forever. You should keep the catnip you use for this in a safe spot when you are done.

Chamomile-When sprinkled around the property it removes negativity from the area. Gamblers wash their hands with it to ensure winnings. And placed in the bath will help attract love.

Chicory-Is used to remove all obstacles that might crop up in your life. If you anoint your body with the juice, you will obtain favors from great persons.

Cinnamin-Is great to use in sachets to raise spiritual vibrations. Stimulates psycic powers.

Clover-If you have been disapointed in love, wear clover near your heart wrapped in blue silk to help you through.

Cloves-Burned as incense to stop others from gossiping about you. Also brings comfort to the bereaved.

Comfrey-Worn or carried, it protects and ensures safety during travel. Also place some in your suitcase so that they aren't lost or stolen

Coriander-Add powdered seeds to warm wine to make an effective lust potion.

Cowslip-A bit of it placed beneath the front porch will discourage visitors, if you don't wish to have company. A bunch of them in the hand will help find lost or hidden items.

Cumin-The seeds posses the "gift of retention" i.e. it will prevent the theft of any object that retains it. It is also worn by brides to keep any negativity away from the wedding.

Daisy-Sleep with it under your pillow and an absent lover will return to you.

Dandelion-To send a message to a loved one, blow the seed head in his or her direction and visualize your message.

Dill-Placed over the door no one ill-tempered or envious will enter. Smell dill to cure hiccups.

Echinacea- Is used as an offering to the spirits or gods and goddesses to strengthen a spell or ritual.

Eucalyptus-Healing energies come from the leaves. A branch or wreath over the bed of a sick person will help spread the healing energies.

Elecampane-Aids psycic powers while scrying.

Eyebright- Is used to make a simple tea to rub on the eyelids to induce and enhance clairvoyant visions.

Fenugreek-Seeds can be added to the mop water to bring money into the house.

Feverfew-Carry with you to prevent accidents.

Gardenia-Healing, Aphrodisiac -Attracts MEN, The vibration of pure love, brings peace.

Heather- Is carried as a guard against rape and violent crime. In potpourri, it adds protection. When burned with fern, it will bring rain.

Jasmine- Is used to attract spiritual love. A drop of the essential oil in almond oil, massaged into the skin, is said to overcome frigidity. Put jasmine in the bedroom to bring on prophetic dreams.

Lavender- Carrying the herb will enable the carrier to see ghosts. The essential oil will heighten sexual desire in men. Carrying lavendar brings strength and courage.

Lovage- is added to baths to clean the pysychic portion of the mind. Added to baths with rose petals will make you attractive to the opposite sex.

Magnolia-Place magnolia under the bed to maintain a faithful relationship. Is also used for meditation, psychic awareness/spirituality, peace and love.

Marjoram- Should be added to all love charms and sachets. If given to a grieving or depressed person, it will bring them happiness.

Marigold- Fresh marigolds in any room heightens the energy within. Placed under the pillow before bed, it induces clairvoyancy. Add to bath water to win the respect of everyone you meet.

Mugwort-Fresh leaves rubbed on magickal tools will increase their powers. An infusion made of mugwort is used to cleanse crystals and scrying mirrors. Placed beneath your pillow, or in a dream pillow, it will promote astral travel and good dreams.

Mullein-Is worn to give the carrier courage. The leaves are also carried to prevent animal attacks and accidents when in the wilderness. Use as a substitution in old spells for "grave dust".

Oregano-Is used to help forget and let go of a former loved one, such as a former spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.

Patchouli-Powerful occult oil, makes a trouble maker leave peacefully, Aphrodisiac - Attracts WOMEN, used in money and protection spells alike.

Pennyroyal- Placed in a shoe will prevent weariness on long walks and hikes, or journeys. It aids in making favorable business deals.

Periwinkle-Also known as the sorcerers violet. Will increase ones passions when sprinkled under the bed. When gazed upon, it restores lost memories.

Poppy-To find the answer to a question, write it in blue ink on a piece of white paper. Place the paper inside a poppy seed pod and put it beneath your pillow. The answer will come to you in a dream.

Raspberry- Is served as a love-inducing food. The brambles are hung at the entrance to the home to prevent unwanted spirits from entering.

Rose-Rose petals sprinkled around the home will calm personal stress and upheavals in the home.

Rosemary-It is hung on porches and doors to keep thieves out. Rosemary is grown to attract elves.

Rue-Added to baths, breaks all curses that have been cast against you. When sniffed, clears the head in love matters and improves mental processes.

Valerian- Is used to get fighting couples back together, in spells of love, and in purification baths.

Vervain-Hung in the home it offers protection from negative spells, and is used as a pledge of mutual faith when given to a friend.

Violet-Carrying the flowers brings a change in luck, and mixed with lavendar makes a powerful love sachet.

Witch Hazel-The forked twigs of the Witch Hazel are used for divining. It will help heal a broken heart and cool passions when carried.

 As with any magic, the way to work with these herbs is to visualize your intent while preparing them. The more energy involed in your magic, the stronger it will be


General Principles of Herbs
 
Learning to use herbs for yourself and your family's good is a lifelong process.  Learning about herbs is a journey that will keep you int3erested for the rest of your life.  It can be rewarding to be able to treat some of your family's illnesses and to learn a preventive way of living.  Prevention should be the first thing that you look at when learning to keep you or your family healthy.
   Because there are some illnesses that you are not able to prevent, it is good to have a family physician that you can turn to when it becomes necessary.  Herbs are not meant to take the place of your family doctor; they are for simple illnessees that you would be able to treat at home.
   There are also times in our lives when medical care is not available and we have to deal with certain diseases on our own.  By practicing a preventive lifestyle, you will find your family has to cope with less sickness.
   Often we need to learn how to handle an emergency situation when our physician is not available.  Unfortunately, many of uus have also learned to seek a doctor every time we have an upset stomach or a slight cold.  We are placing an unfair burden on the medical doctors and hospitals and pricing ourselves right out of medical insurance.  WE take prescription drugs and keep our systems full of drugs that are totally unnecessary.  WE would be able to respond more readily to emergency treatment if we learned to care for simple illnesses by a more natural method.
   Herbs are a natural way to treat many such illnesses.  Most herbs taken for treatment will pass harmlessly through the system if not needed by the body.  Can you say the same for many prescription drugs?  Many prescribed drugs are stored in the liver or other organs, and eventually our bodies stop responding to certain drugs that may have been life-savers if used for emergency treatment only.
   A healthy, chemical-free diet and lfiestyle helps strengthen your immune system and thus allows the body to heal naturally.  Also by keeping the system full of drugs that are totally unneccessary.  We would be able to respond more readily to emergency treatment if we learned to care for simple illnesses by a more natural method.
   Herbs are a natural way to treat many sch illnesses.  MOst herbs taken for treatment will pass harmlessly through the system if not needed by the body.  Can you say the same for many perscription drugs?  Many prescribed drugs are stored in the liver or other organs, and eventually our bodies stop respinding to certain drugs that may have been life-savers if used for emergency treatment only.
   A healthy, chemical-free diet and lifestyle helps strengthn your immune system and thus allows the body to heal naturally.  Also, by keeping the system chemical-free, your body reacts much more quickly and positively to any emergency treatment that your doctor may deem necessary.  This means the treatment time will probably be shorter.
   Learnigngto prepare your own herbal remedies involves much more than mixing together herbs.  You must become familiar with the properties of the herbs in order to treat an illness successfully.  The easiest way to become familiar with the properties of the herbs is to grow them.  If you ahve decided to use herbal remedies, then you must decide which herbs to grow.
  Long ago, most of the herbalists and shamans concentrated on just a few herbs and learned all there was to know about those few.  This is just about the best advice I can give you.  If you try to learn about too many at once, you will waste much time.  Most herbs serve more than one purpose and are useful for more than one remedy.  Even if you purchase most of your herbs, you still have to get acquainted with the reasons for using one particular herb over another an even substituting one her for another.
 
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The Kitchen Witch's Creed
 
In this pot, I stir to the sun
an' follow the rule of harming none.
 
Banishment of bane when goin' widdershins;
an' with water and salt negativity is cleansed.
 
Household duties are more than chores.
Magick abounds when mopping floors.
 
With this broom, I do sweep
to clean my house and safely keep.
 
Marigold, Basil, Thyme, and Yarrow
my spell is cast for the better tomorrow.
 
Lemons for joy and apples for health
the pow'r within brings great wealth.
 
And, in this kitchen I do pray
To truly walk the Witches' Way

Here are some old time names for herbs:

A Bone of an Ibis: Buckthorn
Adders Tongue: Dogstooth Violet
A Titan's Blood: Wild Lettuce
A Lion's Hairs: Tongue of a Turnip [i.e., the leaves of the taproot]
A Man's Bile: Turnip Sap
A Pig's Tail: Leopard's Bane
A Hawk's Heart: Heart of Wormwood
An Eagle: Wild Garlic
Ass's Foot or Bull's Foot: Coltsfoot
Blood: Elder sap or another tree sap
Blood of Hephaistos: Wormwood
Burning Bush: White Dittany
Bread and Cheese Tree: Hawthorne
Blood from a Head: Lupine
Bird's Eye: Germander Speedwell
Blood of Ares: Purslane
Blood of a Goose: A Mulberry Tree's Milk
Bloodwort: Yarrow
Blood of Hestia: Camomile
Blood of an Eye: Tamarisk Gall
Blood from a Shoulder: Bear's Breach
Bat's Wings: Holly
Black Sampson: Echinacea
Bull's Blood or Seed of Horus: Horehound
Bear's Foot: Lady's Mantle
Calf's Snout: Snapdragon
Cat's Foot: Canada Snake and/or Ground Ivy
Candelmas Maiden: Snowdrop.
Capon's Tail: Valerian.
Christ's Ladder: Centaury
Cheeses: Marsh Mallow
Chocolate Flower: Wild Geranium
Christ's Eye: Vervain Sage
Clear-eye: Clary Sage
Click: Goosegrass
Cucumber Tree: Magnolia
Clot: Great Mullein
Corpse Plant: Indian Pipe.
Crowdy Kit: Figwort
Cuddy's Lungs: Great Mullein
Crow Foot: Cranesbill
Cuckoo's Bread: Common Plantain
Clear Eye: Clary Sage
Crow's Foot: Wild Geranium
Devils Dung: Asafoetida
Dragon's Blood: Calamus
Dog's Mouth: Snap Dragon
Daphne: Laurel/Bay
Devil's Plaything: Yarrow
Dove's Foot: Wild Geranium
Dew of the Sea: Rosemary
Dragon Wort: Bistort
Earth Smoke: Fumitory
Eye of Christ: Germander Speedwell
Elf's Wort: Elecampane
Enchanter's Plant: Vervain
Englishman's Foot: Common Plantain
Erba Santa Maria: Spearmint
Everlasting Friendship: Goosegrass
Eye of the Day: Common Daisy
Eye of the Star: Horehound
Eye Root: Goldenseal
Eyes: Aster, Daisy, Eyebright
Frog's Foot: Bulbous Buttercup
From the Loins: Camomile
Fat from a Head: Spurge
Fairy Smoke: Indian Pipe
Felon Herb: Mugwort
From the Belly: Earth-apple
From the Foot: Houseleek
Five Fingers: Cinquefoil
Fox's Clote: Burdock
Graveyard Dust: Mullein
Goat's Foot: Ash Weed
God's Hair: Hart's Tongue Fern
Golden Star: Avens
Gosling Wing: Goosegrass
Graveyard Dust: Mullein
Great Ox-eye: Ox-eye Daisy
Hairs of a Hamadryas Baboon: Dill Seed
Hair of Venus: Maidenhair Fern
Hag's Taper: Great Mullein
Hagthorn: Hawthorn
Hare's Beard: Great Mullein
Herb of Grace: Vervain
Hind's Tongue: Hart's Tongue Fern
Holy Herb: Yerba Santa
Holy Rope: Hemp Agrimony
Hook and Arn: Yerba Santa
Horse Tongue: Hart's Tongue Fern
Horse Hoof: Coltsfoot
Hundred Eyes: Periwinkle
Innocense: Bluets
Jacob's Staff: Great Mullein
Joy of the Mountain: Marjoram
Jupiter's Staff: Great Mullein
King's Crown: Black Haw
Knight's Milfoil: Yarrow
Kronos' Blood: of Cedar
Lady's Glove: Foxglove aka Witches' Gloves
Lion's Tooth: Dandelion aka Priest's Crown
Lad's Love: Southernwood
Lamb's Ears: Betony
Little Dragon: Tarragon
Love in Idleness: Pansy
Love Leaves: Burdock
Love Lies Bleeding: Amaranth or Anemone
Love Man: Goosegrass
Love Parsley: Lovage
Love Root: Orris Root
Man's Health: Ginseng
Maiden's Ruin: Southernwood
Master of the Woods: Woodruff
May: Black Haw
May Lily: Lily of the Valley
May Rose: Black Haw
Maypops: Passion Flower
Mistress of the Night: Tuberose
Mutton Chops: Goosegrass
Nose Bleed: Yarrow
Old-Maid's-Nightcap: Wild Geranium
Old Man's Flannel: Great Mullein
Old Man's Pepper: Yarrow
Oliver: Olive
Password: Primrose
Pucha-pat: Patchouli
Peter's Staff: Great Mullein
Priest's Crown: Dandelion leaves
Poor Man's Treacle: Garlic
Queen of the Night: Vanilla Cactus
Queen of the Meadow: Meadowsweet
Queen of the Meadow Root: Gravelroot
Ram's Head: American Valerian
Red Cockscomb: Amaranth
Ring-o-bells: Bluebells
Robin-run-in-the-grass: Goosegrass
Semen of Helios: White Hellebore
Semen of Herakles: Mustard-rocket
Semen of Hermes: Dill
Semen of Hephaistos: This is Fleabane
Semen of Ammon: Houseleek
Semen of Ares: Clover
Seed of Horus: Horehound
Sparrow's Tongue: Knotweed
Soapwort: Comfrey or Daisy
Shepherd's Heart: Shepherd's Purse
Swine's Snout: Dandelion leaves
Shameface: Wild Geranium
See Bright: Clary Sage
Scaldhead: Blackberry
Seven Year's Love: Yarrow
Silver Bells: Black Haw
Sorcerer's Violet: Periwinkle
St. John's Herb: Hemp Agrimony.(this is not St. John's Wort)
St. John's Plant: Mugwort
Star Flower: Borage
Star of the Earth: Avens
Starweed: Chickweed
Sweethearts: Goosegrass
Tarragon: Mugwort
Tartar Root: Ginseng
Thousand Weed: Yarrow
Thunder Plant: House Leek
Tanner's Bark: Common Oak
Toad: Toadflax
Torches: Great Mullein
Tongue of dog: houndstongue
Tears of a Hamadryas Baboon: Dill Juice
Unicorn Root: Ague Root
Unicorn's Horn: False Unicorn: Helonias Dioica
Unicorn Horn: True Unicorn Root
Wax Dolls: Fumitory
Weazel Snout: Yellow Dead Nettles/Yellow Archangel
White: Ox-eye Daisy
White Wood: White Cinnamon
Witch's Asprin: White Willow/Willow Bark
Witch's Brier: Brier Hips
Weasel Snout: Yellow Archangel
Wolf Foot: Bugle Weed
Wolf Claw: Club Moss
Wolf's Milk: Euphorbia
Weed: Ox-Eye Daisy
White Man's Foot: Common Plantain
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Herbs With A Holiday History
By Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor University of Vermont

Although any aromatic herb is ideal for holiday decorations, wreaths, and
table centerpieces, four have biblical links with Christmas. Many crafts
shops and florists carry these dried herb plants along with the baskets,
bowls, and other trimmings needed for decorating.

ENGLISH PENNYROYAL-- This perennial herb was said to have been placed in the
manger on the night of the Christ child's birth and burst into bloom the
moment the child was born. English pennyroyal adds a fragrant aroma to
wreaths but can be toxic if ingested, so keep out of reach of pets and
children. It is often used in potpourri and cosmetics and is native to
southern Europe and western Asia.

ROSEMARY--One of the most beautiful and fragrant of the seasoned herbs,
rosemary, according to folklore, will bring happiness for the coming year to
anyone who smells it on Christmas Eve.

During the flight into Egypt, Mary spread her child's garments on a rosemary
plant to dry. The flowers, originally white, turned blue and acquired the
sweet scent they have today. Another legend claims that at midnight on Jan.
5, the "old Christmas Eve," rosemary plants will simultaneously burst into
flower in celebration of Christmas. Rosemary plants add attractiveness and
fragrance to holiday wreaths and are especially suitable for tussle mussies,
which are small bouquets made with dried flowers, doilies, and ribbons for
use at individual place settings on the holiday dinner table.

WILD THYME--This pungent herb, a member of the mint family, was collected
from the fields outside of Bethlehem to make a soft bed for Mary during the
birth of her child. It is thought to have antiseptic properties and was
burned as incense later in history by the Greeks. Today thyme is a popular
culinary seasoning but can be used in dried flower arrangements, bouquets,
and potpourri during the holiday season.

LAVENDER--The Virgin Mary is said to have dried her newborn's swaddling
clothes by spreading them on a bed of wild lavender. This herb, also of the
mint family, grows as a small evergreen shrub. It has grey-green leaves,
light purple flowers, and a sweet floral scent. When dried it can be used
whole for wreaths and centerpieces or crushed to use in sachets for closets
or drawers or to scent a bath

Herbs and Old Wives Tales
~author unknown

Bluebells have both a good and bad magical reputation.  Long
associated as harbingers of death, it is said that if you hear
bluebells ringing someone close to you will die.  Nevertheless,
bluebells are commonly thought to be lucky.  Carrying bluebells
compels you to tell the truth.

Cedar branches hung around your house protects it against lightning
strikes.  Cedar, in your wallet, attracts money.  This spell really
works.  For years, I've had cedar in my wallet.  No matter what the
situation or circumstance, somehow or other, money comes my way.

If you've been cursed, scatter chili pepper {or seeds} around your
house to break the spell.  This also is a great spell for kids who
are afraid of the boogey man.  Put the chili peppers in a child's
room, tell the child about the spell, and watch the nightmares
and "afraid ness" start to disappear.

Growing elder trees near your house will bring you prosperity in
addition to delightful elder flower champagne, elderberry jam, and a
plethora of hungry birds. Elder branches and twigs make perfect
wands.

Garlic is nature's antibiotic and an excellent pest control in the
garden.  It's also a protection against shipwrecks for sailors,
against foul weather and monsters for mountaineers, and against
assaults by bullies. Garlic rubbed into your pots and pans gets rid
of negative vibrations that might ruin your food, and if you eat
garlic, you'll become lusty.



If you're a witch, plant geraniums around your house to foretell
coming visitors.

Grapes have long been considered symbols of fertility and money.  
Wine, which is made from grapes, was often treated as sacred in
ancient cultures.  In Tarot, the Ace of Cups can mean possible
wealth - both money-wise and for new friends.

Gather holly leaves on a Friday night - but beware, make absolutely
no sound when you pick the holly leaves or this spell will not work.
Wrap the leaves in a white cloth, knot the cloth nine times, and
place it under your pillow. Your dreams will come true!

Honesty or money plants {and chili peppers} when scattered about
your house will repel all monsters.

Finding the first white lily of the season will give you strength.
Wearing a fresh lily will break any love spells cast against you,
particularly when the love is unwanted.

Marigold and/or orange flowers added to your bath will make you
respected, admired, and attractive. Hang marigolds on your doorpost
to stop evil from entering your house (and stop those evil pests
from entering your garden)!

Mint is not just any ordinary garden herb used for mint juleps in
summer and relaxing teas in winter. Mint kept in the house protects
you and your loved ones. Putting a few leaves of mint in your wallet
will attract money. And mint leaves rubbed against your temples will
relieve headaches {same as smelling peppermint essential oil}.

If you catch a falling oak leaf, you won't have a cold in the
winter.

Onions protect against venomous beasts and grown in your garden
protects your plants (against those venomous pests!). Quarter an
onion and place the quarters in the four corners of your house,
you'll get rid of any disease. Replace the onion quarters when they
turn black.

Pick pansies or johnny-jump-ups, when the dew is still on them and
it will soon rain.

Eating parsley makes you lusty but wearing parsley on your head
stops you from getting drunk.

Roses and myrtle stand for love.  Red roses mean passion, pink
roses - friendship, and white roses - pure love.

Rowan planted on a grave stops Hauntings and planted around your
house protects you and planted in stone circle makes the protection
stronger. (Too, rowanberries make wicked jam and wine.)  {Ditto for
flint {a crystal} - both rowan and flint were used in ancient
rituals.}

Rue grows best when stolen and then makes your garden grow better.
Toads don't like rue. Romans used to drink rue juice to guard
against werewolves.

Thyme placed beneath a pillow ensures a pleasant night's sleep.
Thyme worn in a woman's hair will make her irresistible, and if you
both carry and smell thyme, you'll gain courage, but if you wear
thyme, then you'll see faeries.

On New Year's Eve, cast one of the shoes you're wearing up into a
willow tree {you have 9 tries}.  If your shoe stays up in the tree,
then you'll be married within the year.  To complete the spell, you
need to climb up into the willow tree and retrieve your shoe.

That horrid witch grass of garden wrecking fame, scattered under
your bed, attracts new lovers.  An infusion  of witch grass
sprinkled around your house repels depression (probably because
you'll have lots of new lovers!).

Washing your head with a yarrow infusion will prevent baldness, and
carrying it, will attract love and friendship.

Yew (poison) will help you raise the dead


HERBAL TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
of the medical action of herbs and herbal medicines

Alterative: Producing a healthful change without perception.
Anodyne: Relieves Pain
Antihelmintic: a medicine that expels woms.
Aperient: Gently laxative without purging.
Aromatic: A stimulant, spicy.
Astringent: Causes contraction and arrests discharges.
Antibilious: Acts on the bile, relieving biliousness.
Antiemetic: Stops vomiting
Antileptic: Relieves fits.
Antiperiodic: Arrests morbid periodic movements.
Antihilic: Prevents the formation of stones in the urinary organs.
Antirheumatic: Relieves or cures rheumatism.
Antiscorbutic: Cures or prevents scurvy.
Antiseptic: A medicine for stopping putrifaction.
Antispasmodic: Relieves or prevents spasms.
Antisyphilitic: Having afffect or curing veneral disease.
Carminative: Expels wind from the bowels.
Cathartic: Evacuating from the bowels.
Cephalic: Remedies used in disease of the head.
Cholagogue: Increases the flow of bile.
Condiment: Improves the flavor of foods.
Demulcent: Soothing, relieves inflammations.
Deobstruent: Removes obstruction.
Depurative: Purifies the blood.
Detergent: Cleansing to boils, ulcers and wounds, etc.
Diaphoretic: Produces perspiration.
Discutient: Dissolves and heals tumours.
Diuretic: Increases the secretion and flow of urine.
Emetic: Produces vomiting.
Emmenagogue: Promotes menstruation.
Emollient: Softens and soothes inflamed parts.
Esculent: Eatable as a food.
Exanthematous: Remedy for skin eruptions & diseases.
Expectorant: Facilitates expectoration.
Febrifuge: Abates and reduces fevers.
Hepatic: A remedy for diseases of the liver.
Herpatic: A remedy for skin diseases of all types.
Laxative: Promotes bowel action.
Lithontryptic: Dissolves calculi in the urinary organs.
Maturating: Ripens or brings boils to a head.
Mucilaginous: Soothing to all inflammations.
Nauseant: Produces vomiting.
Nervine: Acts specifically on the nervous system, stops nervous excitement.
Opthalmicum: A remedy for eye disease
Parturient: Induces and promotes labor in childbirth.
Pectoral: A remedy for chest affections.
Refrigerant: Cooling
Resolvent: Dissolves boils and tumors.
Rubifacient: Increases circulation and produces red skin.
Sedative: A nerve tonic, promotes sleep.
Sialogogue: Increases secretion of saliva.
Stomachic: Strengthens the stomach. Relieves indigestion.
Styptic: Arrests bleeding.
Sudorific: Produces profuse perspiration.
Tonic: A remedy that is invigorating and strengthening.
Vermifuge: Expels Worms from the system

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Herbs And The Moon
By Chandra Beal

Working with herbs is one of my favorite pastimes, along with studying
and working with moon energy. To my delight, I have found that by
combining these two hobbies a personal sense of power and pleasure can
be gained from the results.

Just as the earth and her oceans are influenced by the moon, so are we
affected by its flowing energy. Working with herbs that are
astrologically ruled by the moon can help us learn to flow with the
natural rhythms of our emotions. By assisting us in realizing our
capacity to love and live in harmony with everything around us, we can
be better understood by first understanding ourselves.

Lunar rhythms are deeply connected to our subconscious. Using herbs
affected by those rhythms can assist us in developing our intuition.
They can increase sensitivity and vision, and broaden our imagination
and understanding. These herbs are often feminine in nature and govern
the uterus, ovaries and breasts. Exploring lunar herbs can be a soothing
and nurturing pastime which will enrich our lives and the lives of those
around us.

The following recipes call for the use of lunar herbs either by
themselves or in combination with other types of herbs.

SEA SALT RUB

Try this sea-salt rub after your bath to increase circulation, soften
skin, remove impurities and toxins, and remove dead skin cells. This
treatment will make your skin feel radiant. This bath ritual honors the
moon goddess Aphrodite, whose name means "born of the foam". A seashell
would be an appropriate container for mixing the salt and oil. The Sea
Goddess was also known to the Romans as Marianna, whose name means
"the sea". Honoring the lunar goddess should always be a celebration of
love, sensuality, and the ebb and flow of life. Alignment with the cycles
of the moon can help us feel more balanced, creative, and renewed.

Ingredients:
8 oz. sea salt
few drops wintergreen oil

To prepare your materials, pour the salt into a large seashell or other
container and mix with the wintergreen oil. You may wish to prepare this
mixture ahead of time and keep it in a tightly sealed glass jar. Doing
this ritual in the bathtub or shower allows for easy cleanup. If you
have a loving partner, invite them to rub the salt onto your body while
you relax on clean towels or sheets. Begin with a warm bath or shower to
relax your body and open your pores. While your skin is still wet, rub a
small handful of salt between your palms. Add a little water if
necessary to keep the salt about the consistency of wet sand. Vigorously
rub your entire body with the salt using circular motions. Begin with
your shoulders and work toward your feet. Do not apply the salt to your
face. Your skin will flush and feel warm as your blood rises to the
surface. When you have covered your entire body, relax while the salt
dries. As the salt dries it will begin to fall away from your body like
dry sand. Rinse your body with lukewarm water. You should feel immediate
results. Your skin will feel silky and soft. You may feel like you are
glowing like the moon itself. Use a towel to gently pat your body dry.

Apply your favorite lunar essential oils or moisturizer, such as rose or
jasmine, to your skin. You may want to follow your bath by laying slices
of cucumber on your eyelids to soothe them and reduce puffiness.
Enjoy!!

POTPOURRI SACHETS

Another way to enjoy lunar herbs is to make a sachet of potpourri. These
sachets can be used for many purposes, such as scenting your bureau
drawers and closets. Roses, especially white ones, are distinctly
feminine and represent love. They are most closely associated with the
goddesses Aphrodite and Venus.

Ingredients:
white rose petals, dried
few drops of rose oil
teaspoon orris powder
paper bag
fabric, cut to size
ribbons

Give yourself the gift of some white roses and save the petals. Dry the
petals on a flat surface which allows air to circulate around them. When
the petals are completely dry, place the them in a paper bag. Add a few
drops of rose oil and a teaspoon of orris powder. Shake the bag to coat
the petals. Now place the petals inside a piece of fabric or lace and tie it
closed with pretty ribbons. The sachet can be renewed with herbs to suit your
needs.

SUN AND MOON OIL

I like to make this oil frequently. It makes a great all purpose massage
oil and has also been effective as a treatment for dry and flaky scalps.
The herbs in this recipe are governed by both the sun and the moon. The
combination of both symbolizes balance between those energies. Almonds,
chamomile and juniper impart sun energies, while lavender, rose
geranium and peppermint are ruled by the moon.

Ingredients:
4 oz. almond oil
few drops of rose geranium oil
few drops of peppermint oil (optional)
a few spikes of fresh lavender
pinch of fresh chamomile flowers
a few fresh juniper berries

Crush the juniper berries with a mortar and pestle. Mix the rose
geranium and peppermint oils into the almond oil. Pour the oils into a
sealable container leaving room at the top. Drop the crushed juniper
berries into the container Add the lavender spikes and chamomile
flowers. Seal the container tightly. Leave the container someplace where
it will be in both the sun and moonlight for two weeks. After two weeks,
strain the oil through cheesecloth and remove
the herbs. Rebottle the clear oil and enjoy!

SWEET DREAMS PILLOW

The herbs used in this recipe are said to be beneficial in promoting
sleep. Mugwort can help induce visions while preventing nightmares.
Verbena and lavender will calm the nerves while protecting the dreamer.
Lavender is associated with Hecate, the dark moon goddess, while mugwort
and verbena are sacred to the moon goddess Diana.

Ingredients:
a soft fabric of your choice, such as flannel or cotton
cotton batting to stuff the pillow
needle and thread
cheesecloth
zipper
one teaspoon orris root powder
1 cup rose petals (for women)
1 cup lemon verbena (for men)
1/2 cup lavender flowers
2-3 tablespoons mugwort

Cut the fabric into two squares or rectangular shapes in a size you
like. Cut a square of cheesecloth slightly smaller than the fabric.
Shake all the herbs together in a paper bag to coat them with the orris
root powder. This will help the scent to last longer. Wrap the herbs
tightly in the cheesecloth and tie closed with thread. Sew three sides
of the fabric together to form a seam. While the fabric is turned inside
out, sew the zipper (unzipped) into the fourth side. Turn the fabric
right side out. Stuff some of the batting inside the fabric. Place the
cheesecloth bundle in the middle of the stuffing and cover it with more
batting. When it is stuffed full, close the zipper and enjoy sweet
dreams.

MOONWATER

Drinking moonwater is appropriate before the rituals of The Great Rite,
purification spells, or any ritual involving moon magick. Mandrake is
sacred to Diana and also to Circe, the Greek dark moon goddess.

Ingredients:
one small piece of mandrake root
one quart jar of water

Place the mandrake root in the jar of water. The jar should be left in
the moonlight beginning at twilight and removed just before dawn. Begin
on the night of the new moon and continue each night as it waxes full.
Keep the jar away from sunlight. At the full moon, remove the mandrake
root and drink the moonwater from your ritual chalice.

A SELECTION OF HERBS RULED BY THE MOON

Camphor
Cabbage
Coriander
Cucumbers
Fluer-de-lis
Ginger
Holly
Iris
Jasmine
Lettuce
Lily
Moonwort
Orris Root
Poppy
Pumpkin
Purslane
Rose (White)
Rowan
Seasalt
Sesame Seeds
Star Anise
Watercress
Water Lily
Wintergreen

Apple - The bark of apple trees or the fruits themselves have the
power to transport a true-hearted seeker to the Otherworld. Burn the
bark as an offering to the Good Folk on Midsummer's night. Also used
in faery love spells.

Bluebells - Said to attract faeries to dance in your garden.

Clover - A sacred faery plant, clovers of all kinds will attract
them. Lay seven grains of wheat on a four-leafed clover to see the
Faery.

Elderberry - Used to make Faery wine, these berries can be burned on
a fire to invite the Good Folk to a gathering. Make a homemade brew
of Elderberry Wine and you are sure to have some thirsty visitors.
It is said that if a human drinks the wine, she will be able to see
the Faery. If a human should drink Elderberry wine from the same
goblet as a Faery being, he will be able to see them forever after.

Elecampane - Also known as Elfswort, this root can be scattered
around the home to attract the Sidhe. It can be added to any magick
or spell to invoke Faery blessing.

Foxglove - The source of the modern heart drug Digitalis, Foxglove
can have seriously dangerous results if taken internally. Instead,
plant Foxglove near your front door to invite the Faery in. Put a
dried sprig of Foxglove in a talisman to keep you surrounded in
Faery light.

Heather - Heather is said to ignite faery passions and open portals
between their world and our own.

Lilac - The sweet scent is said to draw Sprites to your garden.

Mistletoe - The most sacred herb of the Druids, Mistletoe is a
magickal activator. In Faery spells, use a dash of Mistletoe taken
on Summer Solstice to empower your workings with Faery magick.

Peony - Peony seeds were once used to protect children from faeries.
A garland of the seeds were placed around the child's neck to keep
them safe from kidnapping. In this day and age, with faery contact
so drastically diminished, I doubt that anyone would want to don
this faery banishing herb unless they were living smack dab in the
middle of a circle of crazed Pillywiggins!

Poppies - Said to invoke the faery into your dreams.

Primrose - When planted in a garden or hung dried on the front door,
primroses will attract the company of Faeries. If you have them
growing under your care, do not let them die! The Faerie will be
deeply offended by your carelessness.

Roses - Roses attract the Faerie to a garden. Their sweet scent will
lure elemental spirits to take up residence close by. Roses can be
used in Faerie love spells. When performing the spell, sprinkle rose
petals under your feet and dance softly upon them while asking the
Faerie for their blessing on your magick.

Thyme - Wearing thyme will increase your ability to see the Sidhe.
Sprinkle it at the base of your door, and on window sills to invite
the Faerie to enter your home

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Charging An Herb For Your Use
Discovery of your interaction with it

Charging is the act of mixing your own energy with that of the thing you are charging. Anything used for magical work should be charged. To
charge an herb is a process of reverence. You must acknowledge the gift of nature, understand that it will benefit your work and be willing to take its own force into you.

Take a small portion of the herb in your dominant hand. Cover it lightly with your other hand. Close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply. Calm all other thoughts in your mind. Breathe in fully and breathe out completely.

Begin to focus in on the herb between your palms. Visualize the energy from it as one color and your own as another. Concentrate and picture the energies or colors slowly mixing, swirling together and becoming one. Feel the pull of the mixed energies enter you and move up your arms. Color visualization is one of the easiest forms. Focus all your thoughts on the colors blended together, moving throughout your body.

This will take some practice so don't be discouraged if the visualization is not strong on the first attempts. Keep practicing and it will get stronger as you progress.

To help with your visualization, take a small pinch of the herb, crush it between your fingertips and release its scent. Take in that aroma.

Your mind will file it as information and you will be able to use the scent to enhance your perception of the herb's vibration energy.

Once the herb is charged (or fully fortified with your energy) it is ready for use

Herbs for the Home

Herbs to lay among Linens:

COSTMARY- lay fresh leaves between layers of linen & bed sheets for a
sweet balsam scent

FEVERFEW- place flowers & leaves in cabinets & drawers to repel
insects.

HYSSOP- lay fresh sprigs between sheets & clothes for a very fresh
scent & antiseptic effect.

LAVENDER-hang flowering spriges upside down in closets & lay sprigs
in drawers to deter moths.

MUGWORT- tie sprigs & hang in closets to deter moths. Place among
woolens for storage.

ROSEMARY- place flowering stalks among clothes & between pages of
books to deter moths and silverfish.

SOUTHERWOOD- hang sprays in closets to deter moths.

SWEET WOODRUFF- lay fresh leaves in drawers & between clothes to
impart a fresh hay-like scent.

TANSY- hang flowering sprigs in doorways to deter flies.

THYME- place fresh sprigs among winter clothes to freshen and in
drawers to overcome musty odors

Lo, there do I see my father.
Lo, there do I see my mother,
and my sisters, and my brothers.
Lo, there do I see the line of my people,
Back to the beginning!
Lo, they do call to me.
They bid me take my place among them,
In the halls of Valhalla!
Where the brave may live Forever!"

Funeral Herbs
Selena Fox


Since ancient times herbs have played a part in funerals. They've been used to scent graves and cremation fires, to fill amulet bags and in making wreaths to decorate burial places.

BASIL: Protection, Love
BAY LAUREL: - Communication with the dead, protection, triumph, used in funeral wreaths.
BIRCH: Rebirth.
CEDAR: Prosperity, Purification.
COMFREY: Healing.
CYPRESS: Endings.
ELDER: Transformation
FRANKINCENSE: Purification, Spiritual Transformation.
GARLIC: Protection.
HOLLY: Renewal, Resurrection.
IVY: Rebirth, Celebration.
LAVENDER: Memories, Peace.
LEMON BALM: - Immortality, happiness; used in a tea for emotional cleansing and uplifting.
LILY: Resurrection.
MINT: Joy, a stewing herb.
MISTLETOE: Protection.
MUGWORT: Inner Sight
MULLEN: Cleansing.
MYRRH: Healing, Purification, Protection, Used in Mummifying.
OAK: Strength.
PARSLEY: - Good luck in here after; decorating tombs.
PERIWINKLE: Immortality, " Flower of the Dead, " Placed on graves.
POMEGRANATE: Rebirth.
POPPY: Restfulness.
ROSEMARY: - Friendship, purification, happiness; thrown into graves " for remembrance, " burned as incense, sprigs carried in funeral processions.
ROSES: Love Purification.
ROWAN WOOD AND BERRIES: Protection.
RUE: Karmic Completion.
SAGE: Wisdom, Purification.
SANDALWOOD: Purification.
THYME: Purification.
WILLOW: Releases, Cleansing.
WORMWOOD: Transformation.
YARROW: Protection, Healing.
YEW: Immortality, endings; once planted in graveyards to protect bodies of the departed

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12th Century Herbal Invocation

O Earth, divine Goddess,
Mother Nature who generates all things and brings forth anew,
The sun which you have given to the nations;
Guardian of sky and sea and of all gods and powers...
Through your power all nature falls silent and then sinks in sleep.
And again you bring back the light and chase away night
And yet again you cover us most securely with your shades.
You do contain chaos infinite, yea and winds and showers and storms;
You send them out when you will and cause the seas to roar;
You chase away the sun and rouse the storm.
Again when you will you send forth the joyous day
And give the nourishment of life with your eternal surety;
And when the soul departs to you we return.
You are indeed duly called Great Mother of the Gods;
You conquer by your divine name.
You are the source of strength of nations and of gods,
Without you nothing can be brought to perfection or be born;
You are Great Queen of the Gods.
Goddess!
I adore thee as divine;
I call upon your name;
Be pleased and grant that which I ask of you,
So shall I give thanks to the, Goddess, with due faith.
Hear, I beseech you, and be favorable to my prayer.
Whatsoever herb your power does produce, give, I pray,
With goodwill to all nations to save them
And grant me this, my medicine.
Come to me with your powers and howsoever I may use them,
May they have good success to whosoever I may give them.
Whatever you grant, may it prosper.
To you all things return.
Those who rightly receive these herbs from me,
Please make them whole.
Goddess, I beseech you,
I pray as a supplicant that by your majesty you grant this to me.
I now make intercession to you and your powers
And herbs and to your majesty,
You whom Earth, parent of all, has produced and given as a medicine
Of health to all nations and has put majesty upon you,
I pray you, the greatest help to the human race.
This I pray and beseech from you, be present here with your virtues,
For She who created you has Herself promised that I may gather you
Into the
Goodwill of him on whom the art of medicine was bestowed,
And grant for health's sake good medicine by grace of your powers.
I pray grant me through your virtues that whatsoever is wrought by me
Through you may in all it's powers have good and speedy effect and good
Success and that I may always be permitted with the favor of your majesty
To gather you into my hands and to glean your fruits.
So shall I give thanks to you in the name of the majesty which
Ordained your birth.

How to Make Herbal Pendulums

The use of pendulums is widespread. A heavy object is attached to string and answers to questions are interpreted by its movements.
 
To make an herbal pendulum take an herb such as an orris root, lump of frankincense, a star anise seed, a chip of sandalwood or a piece of cinnamon bark. Get a natural
fiber thread of a light yellow color and firmly tie this around the herb, making sure that the knot won't slip (you can drill a hole through the herb and pass the thread through it). Now, measure off the thread, the width of your outstretched little finger to thumb and forefinger of your strong hand. Cut it so that this length remains. Hold the end between the thumb and
forefinger of your strong hand, resting the elbow on the table.
 
Now ask a yes-no question, one you need an answer for.
The pendulum will start to move, either in a circular motion or back and forth. The circular motion usually signifies yes, while the back and forth no. If it doesn't move at all, there is no answer, or you are not to know the answer, or you already know the answer, and have no reason to be asking in the first place!

This is one of the many ways to tapping the subconscious mind

Herbal Grimore

= Allspice =

Whole Allspice "berries" hold a wonderful sent of cloves. They look & feel
like wood berries or beads. A very vitalizing spice, they are perfect for
health amulets. Put out a dish of Allspice in a sick person's room to
uplift. Promotes determination and energy.

= Angelica (root)=

Protection, Exorcism. Grow in gardens as a protection, Carry the root with
you as an amulet. Burn the dried leaves in exorcism rituals.

= Anise =

Protection, Purification. A good, general cleansing bath is made with a
handful of Anise seeds and a few Bay leaves. A pillow of Anise keeps away
nightmares.

= Basil =

Purification, Protection, Love, Money. Add to money incense, put a pinch of
Basil in four corners of you home at the start of each season to bring
prosperity your way. It is said that if you grow Basil in your garden, yell
and scream at it, to make a strong plant.

= Bay Leaves =

Protection, clairvoyance, purification, healing. Burn the leaves to induce
visions. Wear as an amulet to ward off negativity. Burn and scatter on the
floor to purify area. Make a dream pillow of Bay, and put under your bed
pillow to induce inspiration and prophetic. For the best power do this with
the full moon in "Scorpio". Write a wish on a "bay leaf" with "dragons blood
ink" for a powerful out come.

= Black Salt =

"Black Salt is used in banishing and binding rituals. Great for bothersome
neighbors. Magically used to remove negative energies from items. Often used
to remove hexes and other harmful or negative energies. Cleanse your magical
implements in a bath of black salt and water... and then wash in a bath of
sea salt to purify the item and allow in only positive energies.

A PERFECT ingredient for filling "Binding Poppets" for a powerful outcome.
Place a black candle in a pile of black salt for Samhain Remembrance
rituals, sprinkle Ouiji Boards with Black Salt before use. "

= Caraway =

Protection, Passion. Add to love sachets and charms to attract a lover
(physical sense) Carry the seeds to strengthen memory. Especially powerful
to "Gemini's". This herb is where Rye bread gets it's smell.

= Catnip =

Chewed by warriors for fierceness in battle. Large dried leaves are powerful
markers in magical books.
Give to your "familar" (cat)to create a psychic bond with the animal. Use in
spells for "courage"

= Chamomile =

Meditation, relaxation Prosperity. Use in prosperity charms to draw money.
Burn as a relaxation incense for meditation. Make a tea with one tablespoon
of Chamomile to 8 oz of water, and drink to relax or induce sleep.

= Cinnamon =

Prosperity, Passion, Healing. Use in spells for prosperity. Will stimulate
and excite the passions of the male. Mix with Myrrh for a good general
propose incense. Tie 3 Cinnamon sticks together with a green ribbon and hang
on front door of business to bring customers.

= Devils Shoestring (root) =

To attain & keep employment, gain control at your work environment. Good
luck for job search. Power in the work place, Employment.

= Dragons Blood (resin) =

Energy, Protection, purification. You will know if you have the real thing,
if it burns pinkesh/red smoke. Used in the Drudic ritual "The Pelan Tan"
during "Samhain". Put a pinch in with your magical tools, to keep unwanted
eyes away. Use in "binding" spells to resemble human blood.

= Elder Flowers =

Sacred to the "White Lady" and midsummer solstice. The Druids used it to
both bless and curse, Burn at "Beltane" to comfort the Fae. These small tiny
yellowish flowers carry a strong pundgunt smell.

= Frankincense(tears, resin)=

Grown in the Middle east. when a "Frankincense tree is cut" the sap makes
'tears", hence the name. Burn to raise vibrations, to purify your Magical
working area. Burn during sunrise rituals of all kinds. Mix with Cumin for a
powerful protective incense useful for all general workings. There is
NOTHING that smells like it, soapy, sensual and the smoke is thick and
white.

= Hawthorn Berries =

Also known as the May tree, the Hawthorn tree is sacred to the Druids. The
small berries are wrinkled and red and perfect for adding to your Beltane
altar for May day offerings. Add to amulets for power & strength of the
ancient Druids.

= Hops =

Wonderful in healing sachets and incenses. A pillow of the dried green to
gold "fruit" like buds, helps bring on sleep. String a bunch of the fresh
buds and hang in bedroom of sick person, for inprovment in health.

= Juniper Berries =

Used with Thyme in Druid incense for visions. Juniper berries strewn at the
door discourages thieves. The mature berries can be strung and hung in the
house to attract love. Crush berries in a mortar to release their "pine
filled" aroma, mix with cedar or pine needles for a wonderful "Winter
Solstice incense" burn on charcoal tabs.

= Lavender Flowers =

Love, purification. Used in love sachets and incense. Put 2 handfuls of
"Lavender Flowers"into a square of cheese cloth and tie with a purple ribbon
use this aromatic "washcloth" in place of your usual one. Lavender was
thrown into Midsummer fires by witches as a sacrifice to the ancient Gods.
Also used as an insect repellent.

= Life everlasting flowers =

Purify, protection. Use in charm bags to keep young. Burn at Midsummer to
honor the maiden. Bundle flowers with white ribbons and put under pillow to
give sweet dreams.

= Mandrake (Mayapple)=

Place in the home for a powerful protective charm. The roots are used in
image magic, as the American version (Mayapple) and the European version,
resemble the limbs of humans. Grind and sprinkle in cupbords & Book of
shadows to keep away prying eyes.

= Marigold =

Magical attributes include prophesy, legal matters, the psychic, seeing
magical creatures, love, clairvoyance, dreams, business or legal affairs and
renewing personal energy. Be sure to gather your Marigolds for magickal
workings at noon. A fresh Marigold flower can be worn to court for a
favorable outcome of a trial. If you place Marigold in your mattress, you
will have prophetic dreams... and if you place it under your mattress it
will make whatever you dream come true. Since the Marigold embodies the sun,
it can make a person more attractive and confident. Add Marigold to your
bath water to make this happen. A vase of fresh and bright Marigolds in a
room brings a renewed surge of life to those in the room. The leaves can
eaten as a salad and a yellow dye has also been extracted from the flower,
by boiling.

= Mistletoe =

Protection, love. Wear as a protective amulet. A good anti-lightning
charm.Extinguishes fires. Hang Mistletoe and kiss the one you want, hence
"Kissing under the Mistletoe.

= Mugwort =

Clairvoyance, Scrying, Protection.
Rub this herb on "Magic Mirrors" and "Crystal balls" to strengthen their
powers. Add to scrying, clairvoyance and divination incenses.
Use 3 tablespoons to 1\2 gallon spring (or rain) water
to cleanse your "Magical mirrors" crystals and stones. It is used in magic
as a love-divining herb. To experience interesting dreams that are said to
reveal one's future, stuff a pillow with about a pound of this herb and
sleep on it. The Indians used a decoction of the leaves for colds,
bronchitis, rheumatism, and fever, and a poultice for wounds. The fresh
juice is used to ease the itch of poison oak. To cure a headache, stick a
leaf up your nose.

= Mullein the "Candlewick Plant" =


A truly magical herb, this plants texture is like wool or cashmere,
extremely soft and fuzzy. I just had to include a pic. Hope you can tell
from the photo (scanned) just how textured it is. In the olden days folks
would use the dried leaves as "Candlewicks", hence the name. The shape of
the leaf resemble a candle flame. They burn similar to cotton. I use these
leaves in "Remembrance Rituals" at Samhain. One is burned for each soul
remembered. They burn quite unusual, as the flame creeps up the maine stem.
" Nick name's Hag's tapers, Feltwort, Candlewick Plant. Carry to keep
animals away from you in the woods. Wear to instill courage. The powdered
leaves are know as "graveyard dust" and are acceptable to use when such is
called for in old recipes". A must for a "witches garden"

= Myrrh (resin) =

Myrrh is used in magick for protection, peace, exorcism, healing,
consecration, blessing, meditation and heightening spirituality. As an
incense Myrrh can be used to help deepen mediation and to aid contemplation.
Myrrh can be used in any ritual to the Goddess Isis, since Myrrh is a
Goddess plant of the moon's sphere and is sacred to Isis. Myrrh can also be
burned so that its smoke can purify and protect an area, and the smoke can
also be used to consecrate and bless objects like rings, amulets, and ritual
tools.

= Passion Flower =

Passion flower is a vine and should be planted where it can climb. uses in
protection and love magick. When Passionflower is used, it calms and brings
peace to the home. You can sprinkle dried or fresh Passionflower over the
doorsteps of your house or apartment to keep harm away. If you carry some of
the herb in an amulet bag, you will make friends easier since it will work
to increase your personal charisma making you more attractive and more
likable. Place Passionflower in a dream pillow and it will help you get a
good nights sleep. place it in power bundles and use in love spells to
attract love. You can also burn it as an incense to promote understanding.

= Pennyroyal =

Put in the shoes to prevent weariness. Add to summer incenses and to prevent
getting lost in the woods. Tie it to your bedpost for, not only does it keep
mosquitos away, but it is said to make one more aware and alert, and
increase brain power Brings peace between husband and wife when kept in a
small bowl on a table or a dresser in the home.
Carry Pennyroyal when traveling by water and never know the pangs of
seasickness

= Rose =

Rose is known as *THE* herb of love. Add Rose bud petals to bath water to
conjure up a lover. Put red Rose petals in a red velvet bag and pin this
under your clothes to attract love - or you can wear Rosehips as beads to
bring love to you. Rose oil and Rose incense are both used in love spells.
If you wash your hands with Rose water before mixing love potions, the
potions will be stronger.

Different color Roses have different meanings so you can use Roses to give
someone a message magickally. These are what the different Rose colors mean:

~ Red ~ I love you
~ White ~ I love you not
~ Yellow ~ I love another
~ Moss ~ I admire you from afar
~ Pink ~ My love for you is innocent
~ Orange ~ I love you vigorously
~ Amethyst ~ I will love you forever
~ Wild ~ I love you because you are fair and innocent

= Rosemary =

Wear a chaplet of Rosemary to aid in the memory. A good protective sachet
for boat and ship passengers. Make a fresh wreath of rosemary for
protection, hang in the home. Burn Rosemary and Juniper for a recuperation
incense. Use for rememberance in Samhain rituals.

= Sage =

Burn to purify a ritual area or magical tools. Used as a main ingredient
in"Smudgesticks"and "herb bundles". Put in with "Tarot" cards or "Runes" to
protect and keep clean. Sage is used for fertility, longevity, wishes,
wisdom, protection, money attraction, purification, healing, and health
magick. Sage that is being gathered for magickal use should not be cut with
a metal knife known as a Boline. It is said that if you eat Sage you will
become more wise and also immortal. Sage is often an herb used at
handfastings since it will help bring about a long life and domestic virtue
for the happy couple. Sage can be added to almost any healing spell. A good
healing amulet may be made by putting a clove of Garlic, a bit of Eucalyptus
and Cinnamon, two pinches of Sage and one pinch of Saffron into a small blue
bag. This bag can then be worn or carried to promote healing. Sage can be
used for attracting money and for wish manifestations.

= St.Johnswort =

Depressed? see St. Johnswort. Now in many herbal remedies. Noted for its
calming effect, valuable for nervous disorders such as insomnia, depression
and bedwetting. The oil has remarkable soothing and healing action when
rubbed into painful joints and strained muscles. Celtic traditon held that
the druids wore it in battle for invincibility. Burn to excorcise negative
spirits. Make a tea with 1 tablespoon to 8 oz of water,for a stronge
antidote for depression.

= Thistle (Blessed) =

Thistle has great value in protection spells and also is used to bring
spiritual and financial blessings. Thistle can be carried in an amulet bag
for joy, energy, vitality, and protection - in fact men who carry Thistle
become better lovers!. Thistle can be burned as an incense for protection
and also to counteract hexing. Thistle powder can also be added to ritual
baths to give added protection. Thistle can be grown in the garden to ward
of those dreaded vegetable thieves, and a bowl of fresh Thistle will give
off such good strengthening energies that it is the perfect thing to have in
a sickroom.
Thistle is a wonderful material to use to make magick wands for spirit
conjuring and magickal walking sticks. In England, the wizards of old were
said to select the tallest thistle and use it as a wand or walking stick.

= Valerian =

Love, Harmony, Use in love spells and to keep fighting couples together. Use
in a bath sachet for a calming effect. Valerian has been used to treat
nervous tension and panic attacks
Use 1 tablespoon to 8 oz water for a calming tea. Wonderful for folks who
suffer from "panic attacks".

= Wormwood =

Throw onto fires on "Samhain" to gain protection from bad spirits roaming
the night. One of the major ingredients in "Absinthe" (see recipe) Burn in
incense to raise spirits.

= Yarrow =

The witches herb. Love, Clairvoyance.
Used in love sachets and marriage charms, as it has the power to keep a
couple together happily for seven years. Worn as an amulet it wards of
negativity. A tea made of1 tablespoon to 8 oz of water will enhance one's
powers of perception. Held in the hand it stops all fear. The beautiful
flowers are a welcome addition to any magical altar. Yarrow is nick named "A
witches best friend".

= Note "Some" of the above herbal information was taken from
Scott Cunningham's "Magical Herbalism", D.J. Conway's "Celtic Magic"
"Earth Magic" by Claire Nahmad and "Victorian Grimoire" by Patricia Telesco
* Additional herbal information and recipes are Orignally Written by ~MOON~
(c) 1998-00


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RE:Magical herbs
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Magickal Herb Substitutions

Acacia - Gum Arabic

Aconite - tobacco

Arabic, Gum: frankincense, gum mastic, gum tragacanth (for binding wet ingredients)

Ammoniac, Gum - asafetida

Asafortida - tobacco, valerian

Balm of Gilead - rose buds, gum mastic

Bdellium, gum - copal, pine resin, dragon's blood

Belladonna - tobacco

Benzoin - gum Arabic, gum mastic

Cachana - angelica root

Camphor Oil - eucalyptus oil, lavender oil

Carnation - rose petals, anointed with a few drops clove oil

Cassia - cinnamon (cinnamon soldin the U.S. is actually the less expensive cassia)

Castor bean - a few drops of castor oil

Cedar - sandalwood

Cinquefoil - clover, trefoil

Citron - equal parts orange peel and lemon peel

Clove - mace, nutmeg

Clover - cinquefoil

Copal - frankincense, cedar

Cowbane - tobacco

Cypress - juniper, pine needles

Deestougue - tonka bean (not for internal use), woodruff, vanilla

Dittany of Crete - gum mastic

Dragon's Blood - Equal parts frankincense, red sandalwood

Eucalyptus Oil - Camphor oil, lavender oil

Euphorbium - tobacco

Frankincense - copal, pine resin

Galangal - ginger root

Grains of Paradise - black pepper

Gum Ammoniac - asafetida

Gum Bdellium - copal, pine resin, dragon's blood

Hellebore - tobacco, nettle

Hemlock - tobacco

Hemp - nutmeg, damiana, start anise, bay

Henbane - tobacco

Hyssop - lavender

Ivy - cinquefoil

Jasmine - rose

Juniper - pine

Lavender - rose

Lemongrass - lemon peel

Lemon Peel - lemongrass

Lemon Verbena - lemongrass, lemon peel

Mace - nutmeg

Mandrake - tobacco

Mastic Gum - gum Arabic, frankincense

Mine (any type) - sage

Mistletoe - mint, sage

Mugwort - wormwood

Neroli Oil - orange oil

Nightshade - tobacco

Nutmeg - mace, cinnamon

Oakmoss - patchouli

Orange - tangerine peel

Orange Flowers - orange peel

Patchouli - oakmoss

Peppermint - spearmint

Pepperwort - rue, grains of paradise, black pepper

Pine - juniper

Pine resin - frankincense, copal

Red Sandalwood - sandalwood mixed with a pinch of dragon's blood

Rose - yarrow

Rose Geranium - rose

Rue - rosemary mixed with a pinch of black pepper

Saffron - orange peel

Sandalwood - cedar

Sarsaparilla - sassafras

Sassafras - sarsaparilla

Spearmint - peppermint

Sulfur - tobacco, club moss, asafetida

Thyme - rosemary

Tobacco - bay

Tonka bean - deerstongue, woodruff, vanilla bean

Trefoil - cinquefoil

Valerian - asafetida

Vanilla - woodruff, deerstongue, tonka bean

Vetivert - calamus

Wolfsbane - tobacco

Wood Aloe - sandalwood sprinkled with ambergris oil

Woodruff - deerstongue, vanilla

Yarrow - rose

Yew - tobacco

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