Seedlings from Imbolc Part 2

This is a continuation of the ritual from Imbolc and the first update. I will jump right in and discuss some of the magickal properties of the plants that have sprouted.

2015-03-05_11.22.17Parsley, as is often the case with green herbs, can be used to increase prosperity. Further, parsley can be used to purify oneself or end misfortune when added to a bath. For the home, parsley can calm and protect as well as create a general sense of well being. When used in spell work, strength and vitality are increased after an illness. However, some sources consider parsley to be an evil herb and cutting the plant may be also cutting back your luck and/or love! Parsley is masculine, is under the rule of Mercury and the element of air.

Parsley must go to the devil and back nine times before sprouting

– Folk saying (concerning the time it takes to sprout)

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Two types of peppers were planted (Serrano Chili and Jalapeno). Not much about the magickal properties of these specific peppers could be found, however there is some information concerning chili peppers in general. Chili peppers can be used to break a hex as well as in fidelity and love spell work. Dried peppers or seeds can be added to love spells to increase passion in a relationship. Peppers are masculine, ruled by Mars, and (not surprisingly) under the element of fire.

It is better to eat pepper and be happy, than eat honey and be sad – African Proverb

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Marigold is mainly used for love and attraction spell work. It can be used to attract respect, admiration, new love or add life to a current relationship. Marigold can be placed above the bed to cause prophetic dreams, or under the bed for protection. One of the major magickal properties of marigold is related to psychic energies as it can help with prophesy and clairvoyance.

Calendula (marigold) strengthens the heart exceedingly – Culpepper

Hopefully this inspires some to plant some of these magickal herbs for your own spell work.

Blessed be, Luna

Seedlings from Imbolc Part 1

Hello all!

This is an update on how my little seedlings from Imbolc are doing. To give newcomers a little bit of background, these seeds were planted in the days leading 2015-02-14_15.53.49 up to Imbolc. They were then dedicated and blessed in a ritual that was performed on Imbolc. For the full reference there are links to the preparation before and after Imbolc. So far only the sage, thyme, basil, and oregano have sprouted. Since these were the first to sprout and announce to the world that they are here, I will write about each of their magickal properties and when the others sprout I will write about them as well.Sage

Why should a man die who has sage in his garden? – proverb

Sage is masculine in nature and associated with the element of air and the planet Jupiter. Sage is commonly used to smudge and purify the body as well as the home. It is also used in magical workings for immortality, longevity, wisdom, protection and the granting of wishes.

Often thyme can be used to promote restful sleep or in healing rituals. Burning thyme in your bowl or cauldron may help give you courage to face a confrontation, as the ancient Romans were known to bathe in thyme before combat to increase courage and strength. Further, carrying around sprigs of thyme in your pocket can aid in developing psychic powers. Thyme is associated with the feminine, the element of water, and is ruled by Venus.

Never enough thyme – proverb

Basil has a long history, but is commonly used to focus the mind and attract peace2015-02-14_15.51.14 and harmony. You may place basil in different places within your house for protection. Basil is also used in peacemaking rituals after a quarrel. Basil is associated with the masculine, fire, and the planet Mars.

Magic originating from the Mediterranean area consider oregano a protection herb. Planting oregano around your home helps ward off negative energy. It is associated with the feminine, Aphrodite, and the element air.

This just goes to show that white and green magick really go hand in hand. If it were not for the plants, we would have little power. This is true of all life, we cease to exist without the earth and all that flows from it.

A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them. – Liberty Hyde Bailey

2015-02-14_15.52.31Blessed be, Luna

Altar and Ritual for Imbolc

Merry Imbolc!

Imbolc is a time for the waning of winter and the impending arrival of spring. A typical altar around this time will carry symbols of both. However, it is important to note that there is no hard and fast line as to what exactly your symbols have to be, nor is there any rule as to what ritual you choose to perform (though there should be some reference to the upcoming warmth and new growth of spring).

I will share with everyone how I chose to set up my altar for Imbolc and the ritual I chose to perform. Feel free to replicate mine, but it is always better to add something personal to make it your own.

2015-02-03_20.08.46I chose to have four white candles (two small pillars and two tapered). The white of the candle was to symbolize the snow of winter and the flame symbolized the warmth of the sun. I also added my daffodil plant and some of the dried flowers from the plant in a separate silver container. Daffodils are one of the traditional flowers of Imbolc (including snowdrops, crocus, any white or yellow flowers, or first flowers of the year) because it is one of the first flowers to bloom after winter. Also their yellow hue alludes to the sun and its warmth. 2015-02-03_20.07.08

After I set up my altar, but before I lit the candles, I told the candles what their purpose was. I told them that they were to symbolize the sun, whose warmth and light helps life grow. I called upon the God to bless and empower my candles.

After all my candles were lit, I called upon the Goddess to bless and nurture my seeds so that they may begin a life of their own.

I then thanked the Lord and Lady and continued to let the candles burn. Once they had burned down a little, I took toothpicks and dipped them into the hot wax and placed the toothpicks into each pot. I believe this symbolizes the warming of the earth and will help spark new life into these little seeds. 2015-02-03_20.05.31

Many of you may have noticed that I posted this on the 3rd of February, and Imbolc is traditionally reserved for the 2nd of February. I purposely chose not to hold my ritual on the 2nd because there is a full moon on the 3rd. I believe this phase of the moon added some rejuvenating energy to my ritual. I also do not follow the aligning of the Pagan calendar to the Christian one because us Pagans have practiced magick for many many years without it. I think that it is not as important to follow the “day of the Sabbat” as it is to follow what your heart says and what you believe to be true.

I hope this has inspired you to make your own rituals for Imbolc (if you have not already), or to do a ritual now and not worry that you missed the holiday because some calendar says so.

Blessed be, Luna

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Gardening for the White Witch

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Merry (almost) Imbolc!

I wanted to share how someone who does not consider herself/himself a green witch can still connect to the earth especially before a Sabbat.

As spring is coming (maybe not quick enough for some) it is important to connect to the earth in the way our ancestors used to, by planting! The types of seed used is completely up to the witch and the climate. I chose some standard herbs and some peppers that grow really well in my climate (Florida).

Also, it is important to note that beginners and witches like myself should choose seeds that are not difficult to grow. You wouldn’t want to rob the plant’s chance at life because it landed in your less capable hands would you? The reason I included myself in that last statement is because plants have the tendency of not thriving when in my care. If you are in that same category you should stay away from any plants that may not grow well in your zone. For example, growing bulbs is difficult for me because it rarely gets cold enough for them to take root. But aside from planting your own tree, it should be doable.

2015-01-31_14.17.55The rest is rather self explanatory (plus there are instructions on the back of the seed packets!). Fill the pots with some potting soil, add seeds, lightly water, place in the sun and viola!

Many may not consider merely planting some seeds a ritual, but as with any magick the power is within the intention. Planting during the beginning of planting season connects us to our many ancestors from long ago. Man would not have survived without simple mastery of horticulture, and sowing the land was highly revered in ancient times (and this was the work of the women!). One can almost feel the pride of years of ancestors smiling down upon oneself when connecting to the roots, and the laughter of one’s future children enjoying the seeds we have planted and the earth we have helped create.

In everything natural, there is something marvelous

– Aristotle

So even if you live in an apartment, have little money (seeds and soil are free if you collect them outside), or have little time, I urge you to plant something. For when you plant something you become more than just a casual observer of the cycle, you are a part of the cycle.

2015-01-31_14.15.04Blessed be, Luna