Spring has come at last. Beltane is just around the corner. Time to turn our attention to the herb garden.
Herbs are used in magick for their "vibrations" or "essences". What does this mean? Herbs, like people, have gender, are ruled by a planet, an element, and are often sacred to a God or Goddess. This is known in Wicca as the herbal correspondence, and it is an important element in Wiccan Magick Spells.
Growing and nurturing herbs in your own magickal garden can give you the advantage of having your own energies influence the plant. A plant such as Basil, for instance, can be used in love and prosperity spells, carried to attract wealth, sprinkled over a sleeping lover to insure fidelity or sprinkled on the floor for protection.
In spell work, herbs can be sprinkled or placed around or within boundaries (such as your home, altar, or magick circle) to define a "territory" for your magick to work. Of course, you can always use flavorful herbs in cooking and seasoning your food. There are many healthful benefits, and they taste great!
Always give all plant life respect, where ever you are- remember, the word "weed" is simply a value judgment! Dandelion, for instance, has many, many healing and nutritional qualities which are extremely beneficial not only to the wildlife which feeds on it, but to you, too! Learn to recognize the herbs around you- even in a city, there are many wonderful herbs growing wild, which you can gather and use. Herbs are Nature’s gift- use them with wisdom and joy! – Willows Moon Book of Shadows
Over the centuries the healing properties of plants and herbs has not changed. What was a healing plant or herb five thousand years ago is still a healing plant or herb. Because great confidence was placed in them, Witches and physicians of the ancient world were expected to know their herbs. Plants gave healing powers to those who studied them, worked with them, and respected them. In many lands and in many times, healers spent a good part of their lives in the field and forest gathering green medicines. They remembered and scribed what they learned passing it on… – Rosewicket Wicca Coven
Always be polite to the energies (devas) that inhabit plants. Never pick without asking and always explain the reason for your need. To retain the magickal properties of the plant always place into a container never let the cutting touch the ground. Hang the cuttings in a dark airy place to dry tie in small bunches with red thread to enhance the power of the plant. In about one week the herbs will be ready to use. Work with Love and they will serve you well…- White Witch
Please visit the following websites for more information regarding herbs and their uses:
In the upcoming days and weeks we will feature a special section on herbs, growing them, as well as their uses. We will start the stories on this page with a link to the full story listed under our Herbs page. Please feel free to add your own words of wisdom to our herb pages.