The Magick of Herbs…

Will it ever be Spring? Perhaps it is time to remember that old saying, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” Thinking about planting an herb garden, whether indoors or out, can help to chase away the end of winter blues and remind us that Spring really is just around the corner.

Wiccans use herbs in their their magical rites 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 Magic Spells.

Growing and nurturing herbs in your own magical 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 magic circle) to define a “territory” for your magic 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!

harvesting Wildcrafting or the gathering of herbs in the wild reminds us that all plant life deserves respect,  remember, the word “weed” is simply a value judgment! Dandelion, considered by many to be a pesky weed attempting to take over lawns and driveway cracks, 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

Unlike over the counter and prescription remedies,  down through 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 today. 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

musterd seed Herbs in more ancient times were frequently given created names such as “Eye of Knewt” is a folk name for Mustard Seed Brassica nigra, while “Toe of Frog” may refer to a type of Buttercup.  ”Tongue of Dog” is Houndstongue Cynoglossum officinale, a plant that has some toxic properties that mainly affect cattle and horses.  ”Adder’s Fork” is a fern more commonly known as Adder’s Tongue Ophioglossum vulgatum and is useful for aiding the healing of wounds and bruises.

Here are links to web pages that can provide more insight into the ancient names of herbs and flowers.

http://www.angelfire.com/journal2/flowers/pcd16.html

http://www.earthlypursuits.com/FlwrsPer/FlwrSent.htm

http://witcheslore.com/bookofshadows/herbology/plant-and-herb-magic-2/1174/

http://www.victorianbazaar.com/meanings.html

movfairy 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 letting 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:

http://willowmoonsbookofshadows.webs.com/herbsandroots.htm

http://www.rosewicketwiccacoven.co.uk/herbs.htm

http://www.darkforce.com/wicca/herbs.htm

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