The Magickal Garden

A magick garden transforms a portion of Earth into a living alter. Rather than landscaping based solely on superficial appearance or ease of availability {for instance, going to the nursery and seeing what’s on sale,} plants are carefully selected based upon the power that they radiate. Everyone’s magick garden is unique because the botanical power is combined with your own. There is no limitations base upon the size of your garden. You may have acres or a tiny space. You may choose to convert your whole backyard or reserve a tiny corner for ritual use. Apartment dwellers can create their magick gardens in pots, on windowsills, ledges or fire escapes. You can purchase whole plants or receive cuttings from others. However, the single most basic and primal magick exercise is growing plants from seeds. Just as salt and honey are camouflaged as everyday ingredients, so sprouting seeds is too often relegated to a child’s kindergarten project. Historically, cultivation has been an act fraught with magick, ritual, and power.

Magick gardens can be created to serve various purposes: to attract money, love or protection, to honor a spirit or animal ally. Plant allies can be gathered around you for any purpose, not least being a pleasure. Visualize your magick garden as a living alter: add statues, crystals, and fragrance, however, you are inspired.

Every culture, every spiritual school has its own sacred plants. These can be gathered together to create a place of Earthly power and a bower to replenish your own energy.

Druid Herb Garden

Queen of the Meadow

Primroses

Vervain

Water mint

These were among the Druid’s most cherished plants. Water mint thrives in a somewhat damp climate. Substitute another mint to suit your climate.

A magickal garden is a collaboration between nature and yourself, not merely the imposition of your will. Your garden needs to be tended enough to keep the plants healthy, but not so much that the plants are deprived of their power. Give them some free reign. Chamomile is the plant doctor. Place it near plants that are ailing. If you see chamomile start to creep, watch where it goes. It may be paying a house call. Likewise, round circles of tree seedlings, especially ash seedlings, mark a fairy dance ground. If you let it remain, so will the fairies.

Fragrant Night Garden

If you need encouragement to go outside and moon gaze, or if you wish to create an enchanted setting for a little night magick, consider a selection of the following flowers. They may look innocuous enough during the daytime, but at night watch, beautiful luminous white flowers emerge. Not that you need to use your eyes: these flowers fill the night with their powerful, seductive fragrance.

Angel’s Trumpet, Evening Primrose, Moon Flower, Night Jasmine, Night Scented Stock, Ornamental Tobacco, Spider Flower.

Just as some animals and humans have more magick power than others, so some plants are considered particularly highly charged, especially where enchantments are concerned.

Vervain

Vervain, known as the Enchanter’s Herb, is believed to be the plant most fond and protective of humans. Unlike herbs that thrive best in the wilderness, vervain prefers to grow near people. According to legend, this herb sprang from the tears of Isis. Vervain bears the gifts of romance and protection.

* The Greeks and Romans tied it into bundles and used it to sweep their holy alters and sacred places.

* Vervain is an aphrodisiac, used to entice a lover. It’s a traditional component of love spells from Africa to Europe and is still in heavy rotation in New Orleans and the American South.

* Bathing in vervain-infused waters or even rubbing any part of the plant against any part of you is said to grant prophetic power, cause your deepest wishes to be fulfilled, make your worst enemies become your friends and protect against disease and malicious enchantments.

Yarrow

Yarrow’s Latin name, Achillea millefolium, commemorates the Greek warrior Achilles, son of a sea spirit, invincible but for his heel. He carried yarrow to staunch the blood of his troops. A bandage soaked in an herbal infusion, or one or two drops of essential oil, will halt bleeding as if by magick. Yarrow’s English name is thought to derive from the Greek hieros: sacred. The plant was preserved in Mediterranean temples and used in European love charms.

* The Chinese oracle, the I-Ching, now involves throwing coins for divination. Originally, the system utilized stalks of yarrow.

* Leaves and roots are used as talismans against evil and as conductors of loving, benevolent energy. Create amulets or carry in a medicine pouch.

* Boughs of yarrow hung over the conjugal bed stimulate joy and romance.

* Hung in the house on Midsummer’s Eve, yarrow helps guard the family against illness in the coming year.

Mistletoe

Mistletoe’s poisonous berries look like tiny full moons but with age, they assume a golden hue. Native to a region stretching from Northern Europe to Northwest Africa and east all the way to Japan, mistletoe is considered holy and magickal by virtually every culture that has encountered it. Mistletoe is prized material for magick wands and amulets of all kinds. It is the plant most associated today with Druid Magick.

Mistletoe doesn’t even grow on Earth but is a parasite that attaches itself to trees. To actually see mistletoe plummet to Earth is a warning of ensuing trouble and a spiritual recommendation to seek protection The Druids believed that it was unfortunate for mistletoe to ever touch Earth and created an elaborate system for plucking it from the tree, using a golden sickle, with nets to catch it before it landed. {They harvested vervain, on the other hand, with an iron sickle.}

Mistletoe isn’t only for kissing at Christmas. Mistletoe cab is beneficial all year long and not just for couples, either.

* A sprig hung over the bed brings sweet dreams.

* Hung up over doors, windows or in barns, mistletoe creates a protective shield.

* A piece of mistletoe in a charm bag brings protection from disease and enchantments.

* Fertility amulets are created by setting pearls into carved pieces of mistletoe to wear as a brooch.

** Caution: Mistletoe is poisonous enough to be fatal. Never leave mistletoe where children or animals have access to the leaves or berries. Definitely not for internal consumption.

Whole Plants

Essential oils and flower essences bestow a concentrated dose of plant energy. In many cases, however, you may want to work with the whole plant. You may find that if you wish to work with a particular plant. you’re obligated to grow it yourself. This may be for a variety of reasons.

* Some plants are rare to an area. You may need to nurture some indoors or order from a specialist nursery.

* What you desire may not be marketable, the alchemists treasured fresh morning dew caught upon the leaves of lady’s mantle. They called it “water from heaven” and prized it as an ingredient in many enchanted potions. If you want some {and you very well might; it’s reputed to provide a beautiful complexion!}, you’ll have to grow it and gather it yourself.

* In some cases, it’s best to have your own fresh stock of plants, to save on expense and safety. Your own roses are not only more powerful than the florists, but you’ll save a small fortune and, as you place the petals in your bath, you also have the assurance of knowing no toxic pesticides and preservatives taint them and potentially you.

* In the case of root charms, often the only way to guarantee that you have the genuine article is to actually start with the whole plant. Too many commercial preparations purporting to include items like High John the Conqueror or Adam and Eve Root contain only petroleum products.

* Unfortunately, in growing number of cases, the only way to access a power may be to grow your own, because there isn’t any other source.

The decimation of the animal kingdom is well-known and well publicized, but humans have done no less damage to plants. A 1998 international study conducted by sixteen organizations, including the Smithsonian Institute, indicates that at least one out of every eight known plant species on Earth is now either threatened with extinction or nearly extinct.*

Solomon’s Seal was once a very prominent magickal plant, a favorite of ancient spell books and grimoires. No spells in which it features prominently are included here because there’s no point. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever see it. Beth Root derives from another very endangered plant. Native to North America, aboriginal Americans prized it as a love potion. The root was boiled and then dropped into the desired man’s food; upon consumption, he should have eyes only for his enchantress. Beth Root was heartily adopted into African-American occult traditions, where it went under the name Low John the Conqueror. Only a few decades ago, Low John was a common Hoodoo charm, used for preserving family peace and encouraging economic prosperity. You’ll rarely find it marketed because it can’t be found in the wild anymore. If you want it, you’ll have to grow it. The magick that you perform together can be especially potent because the very existence of your ally indicates to Earth your willingness to provide healing for her as well as to provide for your own desires. The best way to gain an ally is to be an ally.

In the past, wild-crafting, the process of collecting wild plants, has been the preferred method. Common metaphysical wisdom held that wild plants were considered to be at the peak of their powers. With the wilderness under siege and quickly disappearing, this is no longer true. Wild-crafting, with few exceptions, has become the equivalent of poaching. It is unethical to remove wild plants; from a magickal perspective whatever power they possess may backfire on you. The best way to generate your personal power is to replenish Earth and nature, not continue to deplete it. The strongest, most powerful plant allies will be the ones you nourish and nurture. They will become familiar with you, your family, your needs, and desires at the same time that you are providing for theirs. If you are unable to do so, try to find a nursery that will grow them for you.

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