Dis-Spelling Fear

Before we go ahead, I would like to remind you that your intention is the most important thing within the spell. If you cannot find the correct ingredients or do not have the resources, then simply use this as guidance & inspiration for your own spell work.

What will you need?

A crystal – peridot, jade or citrine
A quiet space

Before a job interview, performance or the moment when you ask the boss for a raise, you can turn to a success crystal as your lucky touchstones, such as peridot, jade, or citrine. Sit on the floor, legs crossed, & breathe deeply nine times.

Take the touchstone into your hands & chant:

“That which came from the sky
enters into me
As was the moon full, so am I now.
And so I go, with this light.
Full and bright.
So mote it be.”

Repeat this at least six times, until you feel the energy of the stone passing into you.

Sage

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Each Thursday we take a look at the magical properties of different herbs & how we can use them to enhance our lives. Today we are going to be looking at the magical properties of Sage

Zodiac: Sagittarius

Solar system: Juniper

Element: Air

Gender: Masculine

Powers: Cleansing, Immortality, Longevity, Wisdom, Protection, Wishes.

The name Salvia derives from the Latin word Salveo, “to heal” or “to save” (more like, to salve, as in, apply a salve).

It has long been used in healing. An old proverb says “why should a man die who has sage in his garden?”. It was used in the Middle Ages to treat fevers, liver disease and epilepsy. In England, the tea is drunk as a healthful tonic. It was also believed to strengthen memory. An old English custom states that eating Sage every day in May will grant immortality. It was also said that a woman who ate sage cooked in wine would never be able to conceive and its fresh leaves were said to cure warts.

It is said that where sage grows well in the garden, the wife rules and that sage will flourish or not depending on the success of the business of the household.

During the Middle Ages, sage was used to mask the taste of rancid meat. Perhaps its antibacterial action also protected people from dying of rancid meat…

The Romans regarded sage quite highly and much sacrifice and ceremony were associated with its harvest. They believed it stimulated the brain and memory and used it to clean their teeth.

The Dutch in the 17th century traded Sage for tea with the Chinese.

Propagation of Sage

This lovely perennial enjoys the sun and well-drained soil. Keep fertilizer to a minimum. Most varieties are winter hardy. Sow seeds up to two weeks before the last danger of frost. Plants grown from cuttings do better than those grown from seed.

Russian sage ads an airy cloud of purple to the garden.

Common sage (garden sage, culinary sage) gets woody and bushy and is really neat-looking. Give it its own corner of the garden because it will take over.

White sage grows only in warm, arid regions. It requires low humidity and a great deal of sun and will not survive a winter frost so it must be grown indoors in northern regions, though it is not fond of pots. This herb has been over-collected in the wild, so if you use it and you can grow it; do.

Harvesting & Storage

Harvest sage lightly for the first year to allow the plant to get established. Then large bunches can be harvested and hung to dry. The flavour is better if you freeze sage rather than dry it, though it does retain its flavour well when dried. Store dried in a sealed glass container in a cool, dark area.

Prune garden sage after it flowers and then doesn’t harvest anymore until spring so the plant has a month or two to recover and survive the frost.

Magical uses

Sage is a popular garden herb with a sweet and savoury aroma. Sage grows well in most temperate climates. Its velvety leaves release their fragrance when rubbed.

Sage was used medicinally in Egyptian, Roman, and Greek medicine. It is now best-known as a culinary herb for the dishes of Autumn, from roast turkey to sausage stuffing to pumpkin soup. An Old World herb, Sage was brought to the Americas by colonists for use in their gardens and kitchens.

This article refers to Common Sage or Garden Sage, Salvia officinalis. It is distinct from the White Sage (Salvia apiana) commonly used for smudging. However, both plants have a solid magickal pedigree, and many of their correspondences are similar. For a detailed comparison of smudging herbs, see our article “Sage advice”.In Roman times, Sage was sacred to Jove and was gathered with great ceremony. The genus name Salvia is related to the Latin word salvere, meaning to heal, preserve or redeem. Sage was associated in European traditions with wisdom, long life, and even immortality. An Italian proverb states, “Why should a man die when he has sage in his garden?”

Sage is used in promoting wisdom and bringing in good luck. It builds emotional strength and may help to heal grief. Magickally, the Sage is associated with protection and the granting of wishes. It appears in countless spells of kitchen witchery, especially those stemming from European traditions.

Sage is available in both fresh and dried forms. If you wish to try to grow your own, take heart: Sage prospers in most home gardens (even in pots). However, it is said to be unlucky to plant it for yourself. Get a seedling from a friend or have someone else do the job. Sage is said to love company—it is similarly unlucky to plant the herb in a pot or flowerbed by itself. Sage leaves and bundles retain their shape well when dried and make an attractive addition to sachets and potpourri bowls. When crushed, the dried herb is added to purification incenses. Sage essential oil is readily available. Because Sage naturally repels pests and thrives without much intervention, organic Sage products are neither rare nor expensive.

Correspondences of SageSage’s reputation for wisdom, protection, and good luck cast it squarely into the bounds of Jupiter. Like that most paternal of planets, Sage’s energy brings prosperity and guards over the home. The leaves even contain trace amounts of tin—a Jupiter metal.

However, it should be noted that some writers (including Christopher Penczak) list it with Moon herbs. Sage often has a white or blue-grey cast and is associated with the wisdom of the Crone.

The usual elemental tag for this fresh-smelling herb is Air. However, given Sage’s loyalty to hearth and home and links to manifestation magick, an alternative correspondence could be Earth.

Spells and Formulas with SageWrite a wish on Sage leaf and burn it to release your intention. Alternatively, place the leaf under your pillow at night to dream of how your goal will be achieved.

Carry a Sage leaf in your wallet to attract money.

Burn Sage incense when seeking knowledge or guidance on a difficult decision.

Add Sage oil, incense, or herbs to any spell to temper the results with wisdom.

People who prefer not to use White Sage, either because of allergies or cultural sensitivity, may use Common Sage instead.

If you eat Sage leaves every day in May, you will be granted immortality. (Hint: Not really.)

Precautions Sage is recognized as safe to use as a cooking ingredient. However, Sage contains the chemical compound thujone, which affects the nervous system. Ritual or medicinal use of Sage may intensify the sedative effects of some medications. Avoid during pregnancy.

Excessive or extended consumption of the essential oil or leaves can be toxic. Do not take Sage oil internally, and limit consumption of Sage tea to a reasonable quantity.

Scent Profile: Woody, Herbaceous, Sweet (sometimes Fruity, Nutty, or Lemony)

Correspondences: Jupiter, Air/Earth

Occult properties of herbs are provided for historical interest only, and no outcome is guaranteed. Nothing on this website should be taken as medical or legal advice. Please use herbs responsibly.

You may use the smoke from a sage smudge stick to cleanse your space & magical tools. Especially useful on a day like today with a full moon, ready to put them out for charging.

If you do not have sage, another common household item that you will have is salt! 

Household Use of Sage

Sage makes a nice rinse for dark hair.

Sage’s attractive leaves hold their shape and fragrance well when dried and are an attractive addition to dried arrangements and potpourri.

Store dried sage in the same place as you store your potatoes to help them keep longer.

Healing Attributes

Sage tea has antiseptic qualities and makes a good gargle for sore throats.

Sage may boost insulin action, and therefore, a daily cup of tea may be helpful for those with diabetes. Use one or two teaspoons of dried sage leaves to one cup of boiling water.

Culinary Use for Sage

Only Salvia officianalis is suitable for culinary use

Sage aids in the digestion of fatty foods and is therefore good for seasoning meats, especially pork. It’s also famously useful for stuffing poultry. It is also awesome in various bean and pork dishes, like split pea soup and vegetarian bean dishes.

Sage blossoms are good in salads or floated on top of soups.

Pineapple sage is good in fruit drinks, salads, and ham.

Common sage blends well with the flavours of balsamic vinegar, basilbay laurel, black pepper, cream cheese, garlic, lavender, lemon, mushrooms, onions, oreganorosemarythyme, and red wine.

Additional Notes

The most commonly used sage in spiritual practice, white sage, grows only in the American Southwest and can be very difficult to grow indoors in other areas. Rumours say that it is becoming rare due to overcollection but conflicting information says that it grows like crazy out there. You can get ethically sourced white sage, just ask questions. In my experience, garden sage works just as well and grows quite easily just about anywhere. If you have ethical concerns, it is a great option.

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Thyme

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Each Thursday we take a look at the magical properties of different herbs & how we can use them to enhance our lives. Today we are going to be looking at the magical properties of Thyme.

Zodiac: Taurus & Libra

Solar system: Venus

Element: Water

Gender: Feminine

Powers: Health, Healing, Sleep, Psychic Powers, Love, Purification, Courage

Thyme is a member of the mint family. It is generally a low growing perennial, winter hardy to zone five. Leaves are generally dark, grey-green in colour and the labiate flowers are tiny and generally pink. Blooms in early to midsummer. There are many tiny oval-shaped leaves on each slender, woody stem.

Thyme in History and Folklore

The word Thyme comes from the Greek meaning to “fumigate”. This indicates that it may have been burned in sacred rites. The Greeks thought very highly of Thyme. It was mixed in drinks to enhance intoxicating effects and induce bravery and warriors were massaged with thyme oil to ensure their courage. Women wore thyme in their hair to enhance their attractiveness. The phrase “to smell of thyme” meant that one was stylish, well-groomed, poised, and otherwise attractive.

Thyme is a Mediterranean native spread throughout Europe by the Romans. Their soldiers added it to their bathwater to increase bravery, strength, and vigour. It enjoyed a long association with bravery. In Medieval England, ladies embroidered sprigs of thyme into their knights’ scarves to increase their bravery. In Scotland, highlanders brewed tea to increase courage and keep away nightmares.

Thyme was used as early as 3000 BCE by Sumerians as an antiseptic. It does indeed have impressive antiseptic qualities.

It was used as an embalming herb in ancient Egypt and was burned in other places as offerings to celebrate Rites of Passing. It was placed in coffins throughout Europe to ensure passage into the next world.

Thyme in the Garden

Thyme grows well in zones 4-9. It prefers full sun to part shade and loose, fast-draining soil, preferably sandy. The roots should never be allowed to stay wet. Thyme is winter hardy, but a light mulch will protect it when the ground freezes. It does not need fertilizers. Thyme does best if it is pruned in the spring or summer after its first year.

With the exception of Common Thyme, which is light germinated, so seeds should be scattered on the surface, the seeds are small and slow to germinate, and many varieties are sterile cultivars, so it is best to propagate by division or cuttings or buy a plant at your local nursery.

Thyme and lavender grow well together, perhaps mainly because they enjoy the same conditions. You can also grow thyme amongst cabbages to protect them from cabbage worms, flies, beetles and aphids.

Thyme attracts bees and faeries and makes a good ground cover in sunny areas.

Harvesting and Storing Thyme

Leaves can be harvested as needed throughout the year. Give the plant a year to get established before doing any heavy harvesting. The best flavour is right before flowering.

Thyme dries very well. It should be dried like any other herb on the stem and the leaves stripped off later.

Magical Uses

Thyme is burned to attract good health and is also worn for this purpose. It is also used in healing spells. Placed beneath the pillow, it ensures restful sleep and a pleasant lack of nightmares.

Worn, thyme aids in developing psychic powers, and women who wear a sprig of thyme in their hair make themselves irresistible. Thyme is also a purificatory herb; the Greeks burned it in their temples to purify them and so thyme is often burned prior to magical rituals to cleanse the area.

In spring a magical cleansing bath composed of marjoram and thyme is taken to ensure all the sorrows and ills of the past are removed from the person. Thyme is also carried and smelled to give courage and energy. If you wear it you will be able to see fairies.

Thyme Around the House

The tiny flowers will attract bees to your garden. Honey made from these flowers is highly prized.

Sachets of thyme hung in your closet or folded in with your stored clothes will keep moths out, and smells nicer than mothballs.

A strong infusion of thyme makes a great hair rinse for dark hair and repels head lice. You can add rosemary as well if you have problems with dandruff.

Oil of thyme can be used as a household cleaning agent as it is a good germ killer and drives away pests. Just put a few drops in a spray bottle with 4 parts water to 1 part vinegar.

Thyme for Healing

Thyme has been used as a cough remedy and digestive aid as well as a treatment for internal parasites.

The active constituent, Thymol, has strong antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and a strong scent that helps loosen phlegm and soothes the respiratory system. It is used in many over the counter cold remedies.

It is also used for athletes’ feet and haemorrhoids.

For internal use, steep two teaspoons of fresh herb or one teaspoon of dried herb in one cup of boiling water. Drink no more than twice a day, in the morning and evening, to relieve lung problems and dispel parasites.

A stronger infusion can be used as a mouthwash to treat sore gums, as a foot soak to get rid of athlete’s foot, as a body or hair rinse for lice or dip a rag in it and use as a compress for skin inflammations.

Thyme can also be added to massage oils and bath oils for the treatment of rheumatism and general aches and pains. These oils can also be used for colds and lung complaints.

Use oil of thyme by dropping it into an infuser, or into a pan of boiling water and inhaling the fumes up to four times daily to relieve congestion. Never take essential oils internally.

Culinary Use

Thyme has a long association with cooking and is part of French Bouquet Garni and Herbes de Provence. The most common type of thyme used in cooking is Common Thyme or English Thyme, but there are many varieties that can be used, and all bring their own personality to the table.

It adds a marvellous rich flavour to meat dishes and stews. Adds flavour to veggies too and is especially good on potatoes. Actually, you can put thyme on just about anything. Try it on grilled cheese sandwiches or in scrambled eggs. It combines well with parsley, sage, and rosemary, as the song says.

Thyme is a tough herb and should be added early in cooking as the flavour is slowly released by heat.

The flowers are edible as well as the leaves and make a lovely garnish.

The woody stems can be laid over charcoal when barbecuing to flavour the smoke.

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Prophetic Dreams

example image of I would like to remind you that your intention is the most important thing within the spell. Today we are looking at Prophetic Dreams.

Before we go ahead, I would like to remind you that your intention is the most important thing within the spell. Today we are looking at Prophetic Dreams. If you cannot find the correct ingredients or do not have the resources, then simply use this as guidance & inspiration for your own spell work.

What will you need for Prophetic Dreams?

  • Poppy seedpod
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • A Pisces Moon (Full moon in Pisces on 20th September 2021)

Take a dried poppy seedpod & empty the seeds onto the ground. Take a tiny strip of paper & write down a question about how to attain meaningful & positive rewards in your life.

Sleep with the pod & paper under your pillow. You will experience prophetic dreams that will answer your question.

This is best to be done during a Pisces moon. Keep a dream journal by your bed & write down the dream immediately upon waking. Make this a ritual & you will have a rich resource of inner wisdom to guide you.

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Sunflowers

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Each Thursday we take a look at the magical properties of different herbs & how we can use them to enhance our lives. Today we are going to be looking at the magical properties of Sunflowers.

Zodiac: Leo

Solar system: Sun

Element: Fire

Gender: Masculine

Powers: Luck, Protection, Confidence, Sun magic, Fertility, Wishes, Fairy magic, Joy, Courage, Friendship, Prosperity, Happiness.

History of Sunflowers

Sunflowers, the most common of which is called Helianthus Annuus, are native to North America and belong to the Asteraceae family. There is evidence that sunflowers were being cultivated by American Indians, in what is now known as Arizona and New Mexico, as early as 3000BC. They were a common crop and are thought to have been domesticated before corn.

American Indian tribes used the seeds to make flour for bread and cakes. They also added this flour to other vegetables like beans, corn and squash. The seeds were commonly eaten as a snack and were also pressed to make oil. The oil was used to treat skin and hair and other parts of the plant were used to make dyes for textiles and body painting. The stalks of the sunflowers were dried and used as building materials.

It’s believed that Native American tribes cultivated the sunflower plant into the single-stemmed plant we commonly see today. In its original form, it was a much bushier plant with multiple flower heads.

In the 1500s, Spanish explorers brought sunflower seeds back to Europe. The flowers were cultivated widely but were mainly ornamental. By 1716, a patent was granted in England for a technique to extract the oil from the seeds.

Russia is credited with spreading the popularity of sunflowers, and much of this is down to Peter the Great who appears to have loved the plant. Texts from 1769 mention that sunflowers had moved from purely ornamental plants to being used to make oil. By the 1830s sunflower oil was being produced on a commercial scale. Part of the rise in popularity of sunflower oil was due to the Russian Orthodox Church. The Church forbid the consumption of most oils during lent, however, sunflower oil wasn’t on this list which meant that it rose immensely in popularity.

By the early 1800s, over 2 million acres of sunflowers had been planted by Russian farmers. There were two different types of sunflowers being planted, with one type being used for oil production and the other being used to produce sunflower seeds for consumption.

By the late 1800s, Russian sunflower seeds found their way back to the US. Most likely, this came from Russian immigrants bringing seeds with them. The first commercial sunflower crops in the US were used as silage feed for poultry. The first commercial sunflower oil was produced in 1926 by the Missouri Sunflower Growers’ Association.

The Canadian Government started an official breeding program during the 1930s where they used seeds brought into Canada by Russian Immigrants. Canadians appreciated the oil so much that an increasing number of acres were planted with sunflower crops. By 1946 a small oil plant was built by Canadian farmers.

In 1964 the Government licensed a seed called “Peredovik” which had a high oil and seed yield. Throughout this time production in Canada and the US increased and by the 70s hybridized seeds had been produced which increased oil and seed production and the plant’s resistance to diseases.

During the late 1970s, increased demand for sunflower oil from Europe meant that crop acreage in the US exploded. Europeans had been using more and more sunflower oil as they learned that animal fats could negatively impact cholesterol. The Russian supplies of oil weren’t able to cope with the demand and Europeans started importing sunflower seeds from the US in order to crush them in local mills. This has changed today, with Europe producing most of its own sunflower seeds and the imports from the US being relatively minimal.

Today, the main producers of sunflower products in the world are again Russia and Ukraine. Combined they produce around ½ of the world’s sunflower seeds.

Fun Facts about Sunflowers

  • In Greek mythology, sunflowers came about because a young girl was madly in love with Apollo and followed his path through the sky every day. He eventually got sick of her constant pining and turned her into a sunflower by piercing her with one of his sun arrows. Other versions of this story suggest that another god felt sorry for her and turned her into a sunflower so as to stop her obsession. The myth suggests that because of this young girl, sunflowers still follow the path of the sun throughout the day facing east in the morning and west in the evening.
  • There is an award, known as The Pustovoit Award. It’s a prestigious award given for research into sunflowers.
  • One type of sunflower seed, Mammoth Russian, was sold in seed catalogues for more than 100 years in the US.
  • Sunflower crops are a huge market, ranking as the 4th most common crop in the world after palm, soybeans and rapeseed.
  • Aztec priestesses who worshipped the sun gods were crowned with sunflowers.
  • The tallest sunflower was 9.17m tall and the largest flower was 82cm across.
  • The Incas used sunflowers as part of their religious practices in Peru.
  • In Chinese medicine, sunflowers aren’t used at all.
  • A single sunflower can contain up to 2,000 seeds.

Propagation

Sunflowers grow best in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. They like a bit of mulch. They should be planted directly in the ground after the last frost and need protection from squirrels and birds. A floating row cover is a good idea for the first few weeks until the plants are established. They will continue to grow all summer and bloom in late summer.

Harvesting & Storage

In late September, the petals will fall off of the sunflower head and the head will start to curl. When you peak into the head you will find that the seeds are visible and turning black. When this happens, cut the stem far enough from the head that you have a good handle. Then hang the head upside down in a well-ventilated area out of the sun until it is thoroughly dried out then shake and rub the seeds out into a bag.

Alternatively, put a mesh bag over the sunflower as it starts to ripen to protect it from the birds and let it ripen on the stem.

The seeds will keep longer in their shells. They will store up to a year in the freezer but will start to go bad after about 2 months. The oils begin to go rancid. Exposure to sunlight and heat will speed up the process so store them in a cool, dark spot to get the most out of them. You can roast them like pumpkin seeds in the oven, sprinkled with a little salt, or not.

Magical Uses


Embolden your courage.


The head of a sunflower bears a striking resemblance to a lion’s mane. Pull the strength card from a deck of tarot cards and place it at the base of a vase of sunflowers to renew your courage, dispel shyness or empower you to take bold steps towards uncertainty.

Bless a friendship.


Sunflowers symbolize longevity in friendship. Throw a piece of rose quartz in the bottom of a tall vase, fill it with sunflowers and give it to a friend with whom you hope to keep lifelong ties.

Brighten the sick room.


Chase out negative energy from a sick room with a large bouquet of sunflowers. With their richly solar vibes, they make a great spiritual “disinfectant” for someone worn weary by illness.

Evoke the God aspect.


The sun typically symbolizes the male aspect of the dual god/goddess archetype in neopaganism. Use sunflowers on the altar to represent the divine masculine in ritual.

Adorn a summer handfasting.


Sunflowers are associated with loyalty and lifelong relationships. If you’re planning a handfasting during the months of July or August, consider making the sunflower prominent in flower arrangements or wear one in your hair to bless your handfasting for strength and stability.

Healing


Sunflower oil makes a great massage oil for skin-to-skin healing rituals and treatments, especially with respect to grief and sadness. Gently warm on the stove and massage warm (not hot!) sunflower oil into the skin to ease the spiritual imbalances associated with loss, rejection or disappointment.

Use in fertility rites.


The abundance of the sunflower’s seed production makes it a premium ingredient in fertility rites. Include the seeds in mojo bags for fertility or keep a jar near the marital bed when trying to conceive.

Include them on your harvest table.


With Lammas, the first harvest festival on the Wheel of the Year, generally falling within the season of the sunflower, this gorgeous, showy flower makes a classic addition to the harvest table as a magical symbol of sun, abundance and familial warmth.

Make sunflowers into a flower crown.


The Aztec priestesses of sun temples made flower crowns from sunflower blooms and wore them during sacred rites. Makes a lovely crown for the high priestess of a Lammas ritual.

Anoint your heart centre.


Use sunflower oil to anoint your heart chakra to fill your heart with light and gladness. A perfect pick-me-up on a rainy day or to help you stay present during joyful occasions through personal distractions.

Household Use

Sunflower oil can be used to make homemade soap (though coconut oil is best)

Sunflowers can be used to extract toxins from the soil including lead, arsenic, and uranium. Simply plant them in the tainted area and don’t eat their seeds!

Healing Attributes

Sunflower oil can be used as a carrier oil for healing oils used in massages and ointments.

Culinary Use

Sunflower seeds make a great snack out of hand and are also delicious tossed on salads and baked into bread.

Sun butter can be used as a dip for carrots, celery, apples and bananas, as a spread and in anything you’d use peanut butter for.

Sunflower oil can be used in frying or as salad oil.

Use sun butter in place of peanut butter and you will soon find you prefer it. It’s also safe to eat in the presence of nut-allergic kids!

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Self Blessing

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Before we go ahead, I would like to remind you that your intention is the most important thing within the spell. Today we are looking at Self Blessing. If you cannot find the correct ingredients or do not have the resources, then simply use this as guidance & inspiration for your own spell work.

The time you take to restore yourself is precious.

Perform a self-blessing every day.

Take dried sage and aromatic lavender and tie them up in a muslin sack.

Breathe in the aroma deeply three times.

Beginning at the top of your head, the crown chakra, pass the pouch down to your feet, gently touching your other sacred chakras: throat, solar plexus, stomach, and pelvis.

Then, holding the bag of herbs over your heart, speak aloud:

“Gone are the sorrows, illness, and woe,
Here wisdom and health begin to flow.
My heart is whole, joy fills my soul.
Blessed be me.”

Cannabis

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Each Thursday we take a look at the magical properties of different herbs & how we can use them to enhance our lives. Today we are going to be looking at the magical properties of Cannabis.

Zodiac: Capricorn, Gemini, Aquarius

Solar system: Juniper, Saturn, Venus, Neptune

Element: Earth & Water 

Gender: Feminine 

Gods: Asar/Osiris, Pan, Dionysus/Bacchus, Priapus, Shiva, Fimbul/Fimbulltyr, Vaithgantas, Rupintojelis/Vaizgamtas

Goddesses: Aset/Isis, Bast/Bastet, Vesta/Hestia, Venus, Freyja, Indra, Mati-Syra-Zemlya, Amaterasu, Hani-Yasu-No-Kami 

Powers: Has all the qualities of quartz crystal, including magnification or amplification of any magical work, manifestation, “programming” with positive energy, removing negative influence, healing, love, protection, psychic vision, peace, meditation, beauty, harm-none binding, the possibilities are endless! 🪄🔮

Magical Properties

Cannabis is indeed a miracle plant, providing us with fibre, food, fuel, fun, and medicine. For thousands of years, people around the world have found benefits in using marijuana medicinally, recreationally, spiritually, and even magically. Marijuana has been used to honour the divine, communicate with the dead, increase psychic abilities, facilitate dream magic, and more. The magical properties of cannabis touted by humankind are numerous, and there is an infinite variety of marijuana spells, cannabis divination methods, and other types of weed magic that have been invented over the ages. Here are just a few of the many magical uses of marijuana.

Marijuana Love Spells

One of the magical properties of marijuana is that it has a very loving vibration. Marijuana is an aphrodisiac, so simply consuming it can be a love spell in and of itself, with the right intention. If you want to get a little taste of what marijuana sex magic can be like, try enjoying some marijuana with your lover while you imagine a loving energy flooding through your body. Touch one another as you blaze some buds or dab some concentrates, letting your energies mingle and unite. As the passion builds, the ecstatic energy is projected into the wider universe as a mutual goal is envisioned. Marijuana magic can also be used to attract a new love interest into your life. Try carrying a marijuana leaf or a bud in your pocket to help clear the way for romance and make all eyes turn to you. One old folk tradition is to take a handful of hemp seeds into a dark field on Halloween night, then throw the seeds into the wind while uttering an incantation: “Hemp seed, I sow thee; come after me and show me!” Then the seeker would turn around quickly to induce a vision of their future lover.

Marijuana and the Magic of Dreams

Another of the magical properties of marijuana is that it is very useful for dream magic. One way to use marijuana for dream magic is to utilize the plant’s ability to help with problem-solving and gaining new perspectives. Smoke a bowl before you go to sleep, and write down your problem on a piece of paper that you place under your pillow along with a piece of bud. When you wake, try to recount your dreams. Think of your problem and see if you have gained any new insights into a solution. Marijuana is also believed to help facilitate meetings with your loved ones in your dreams. A photo of the person that you wish to dream about is chosen, and marijuana smoke is blown over the photo as a means of invitation to come to visit in the dream world. The photo is then placed beside the bed or beneath the pillow.

Marijuana for Psychic Abilities

Increasing psychic abilities is another of the often mentioned magical properties of marijuana. Some seers believe that consuming marijuana before performing psychic work helps to open the third eye, increasing one’s ability to see into the future. Communing with the living cannabis plant itself is also believed to enhance E.S.P. It’s believed that by working with the plant–either growing it or simply observing it and absorbing its energies–that one’s vibrations are brought more in tune with the astral plane. There are also marijuana talismans that can be used to increase one’s psychic powers. A piece of bud wrapped in a willow leaf and bound together with a purple thread may be carried as a charm to improve one’s sensitivity to energetic vibrations and encourage psychic visions.

More Magical Uses for Marijuana

This is just a small sampling of the many magical properties of marijuana that still thrive in modern pop culture. The energies of the marijuana plant are said to be not only in tune with the realms of dreams, love, and psychic abilities, but also healing, hope, cooperation, happiness, inspiration, lust, and a host of other good qualities. There are people using edibles for offerings and evocations, people drawing symbolic glyphs on transdermal THC patches, and people using cannabis concentrate oils to enhance sex magic. There are conjurers blowing smoke to the winds to invoke the spirits of the dead, and there are witches burning bowls under the moonlight in honour of an ancient goddess. Cannabis magic is limitless, a frontier that is being explored by modern practitioners of the magical arts in imaginative and daring ways. With the variety of strains and products available, not to mention the amazing weed deals you can get these days, the array of possibilities is definitely intriguing. Whether or not you believe in magic in general, the magic of marijuana is a power we all know and love!

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Tranquility Incantation

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Before we go ahead, I would like to remind you that your intention is the most important thing within the spell. Today we are looking at Tranquility Incantation. If you cannot find the correct ingredients or do not have the resources, then simply use this as guidance & inspiration for your own spell work.

For inner peace using Tranquility Incantation, take a walk in the woods and bring a stick, seven leaves from an ash or oak tree, several stones, and matches.

With the stick, draw a circle on the ground and mark four directions: north, east, south, and west.

Arrange the stones and leaves at the centre of the circle. Say:

“Good luck rises for me in the east;
My music rises in the south;
My wishes rise in the west;
From the north, peace and calm
will come to me,
My dreams will come true.
And so it is.”

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Vervain

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Each Thursday we take a look at the magical properties of different herbs & how we can use them to enhance our lives. Today we are going to be looking at the magical properties of Vervain.

Zodiac: Gemini

Solar system: Venus

Element: Water

Gender: Feminine

Powers: Bring help& protection

Vervain or Verbena is a herbaceous, sometimes woody perennial with opposite, narrow, oval-shaped, toothed leaves and small, five-petaled flowers that are usually blue to purple in colour but may be pink or white. These flowers appear in dense spikes from late spring to summer. Various varieties of vervain grow wild throughout the United States and Europe. Vervain has no fragrance.

Verbena officinalis – Native to Europe. Also known as Verbena, Herba Sacre, Herba Veneris, herb of the cross
Verbena hastata – Native to North America. Also known as American vervain, False vervain, Indian hyssop, Purvain, Simpler’s Joy, Traveler’s joy, Blue Vervain, Wild hyssop

History and Folklore for Vervain

It is said the vervain was used to staunch the wounds of Christ on the cross at cavalry and this is where its healing powers come from.

The word vervain comes from the Celtic term ferfaen meaning “to drive away stones” as it was believed to be a helpful treatment for kidney stones.

Propagation

This is a good plant for a wildlife garden because both bees and butterflies find it attractive.

Vervain likes a sunny spot and is not picky about soil provided it does not allow standing water. Plant the seeds in the spring with a very light covering. They may take a few weeks to germinate but will come back year after year.

Harvesting & Storage

The magic of vervain is said to be the strongest when it is gathered after sunset or before dawn on the dark of the moon. A libation of milk or honey should be left after gathering the plant. Leaves should be harvested before the flowers are open. The root may be dug up after the plant dies back in the fall.

The herb is best used fresh but may be hung to dry in a dark, well-ventilated place.

Magical Attributes of Vervain

Vervain resonates with the energy of Gemini, the planet Venus and the element Water. It is considered feminine in nature. Vervain is associated with Cerridwen, Isis, Thor, and Jupiter. It can also be used in Midsummer celebrations.

The vervain plant may be bruised and worn about the neck for protection from both headaches and snakebites. This charm is also said to bring help to you when you need it, no matter how dire your situation. A fresh sprig carried on your person helps protect you from baneful magick spells cast against you.

When combined with any other herbs in magical work is believed by some to enhance the action of these herbs.

Vervain may be planted or placed around your property to protect it from damage by bad weather.

It may be used in rituals to Thor or Jupiter. It may be burned as an offering or infused into water and sprinkled on the altar for purification. In Hellenic rituals, the plants may be bundled and used to sweep the alter or ritual area or dipped into sacred water to asperge the altar or ritual area.

It can also be used in a wash to rid an area or person of negative energies and may be combined with dill for this purpose.

The plant may be used in love spells to rekindle a dying love. It may also be woven into bridal wreaths or carried in bridal bouquets to ensure love for the couple.

Drinking a tea made of vervain is said to ward off vampires.

A vervain plant buried in the garden will bring abundant crops.

The leaves may be burned to attract wealth.

Healing Attributes

Verbena hastata is recommended for healing. Vervain tea is bitter but relaxing. It is a good nerve tonic and may help with mild insomnia. It is also useful for people suffering from work-related stress. Women who are experiencing problems with menstruation due to stress may also find some relief from taking the tea. This tea may also help with bladder problems and acts as a diuretic. It can help with gall bladder issues and stimulates the liver.

Excessive use of vervain tea may lead to nausea.

Culinary Use

The flowers may be placed in a dish with salt for several days to flavour the salt and add its unique energy to foods seasoned with the salt. Strain out the verbena flowers before using the salt.

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