Popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the "Eclectics" practiced herbal medicine in a time when standard Western practices often included barbaric approaches like blood-letting. Looking at plants and Native American medicine for inspiration, Eclectic physicians approached healing with the perspective of "whatever works" - so long as it did no harm. We … Continue reading The Eclectic Herbalists
By Paris Wolfe
Herbs have power. They change health and beauty. In the past such abilities were considered magic. And, those in the know were often considered witches, witch doctors, wizards and the like. That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. Today we know the science behind herbal powers, and that may mean ancient herbalists were among the earliest scientists.
Regardless, on Halloween it’s entertaining to don an archetypal witch costume and pretend to cast spells on unsuspecting mortals. Year ‘round, nonetheless, real practitioners of Wiccan “religion” use herbs for good.
Practicing witch Ellen Dugan may be considered one of the top Wiccan authors. She has written a number of books combining herbalism and spirituality or “green magick.”
In Garden Witch’s Herbal (Llewellyn, 2015), she defines green magick as “a practical, nature-based system of the Craft that focuses on reverence for the natural world, the individual’s environment and the plants and…
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As we quickly approach Samhain, it is a useful practice to spend some time with rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and build her into your Samhain practices. In this post, we look into some of the magic and medicine of Rosemary, and I share a number of ancestor and Samhain-focused practices that you can use with Rosemary.
An Ancestral Ally of Humans: History, Medicine, Magic
Before we get into what you can make or do with rosemary, let’s spend some time exploring and understanding this ancient herb. Rosemary has been with humanity almost as long as we have written records. Native to the mediterranean region, rosemary was first found referenced on cuineform tablets from Ancient Egypt that are from 5000 BCE–thus, humanity has at least an 8000 year old relationship with this herb (but I suspect it is much longer than our written history!)…
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We are officially in Scorpio Season! The New Moon joins the Sun in the watery sign of Scorpio, and in a few short days… Mercury will be going retrograde in Scorpio as well! This will bring us all a series of events and developments that we didn’t even know we needed to help awaken our … Continue reading New Moon in Scorpio: Crone Moon Energy Update — Spirit de la Lune
If you’re gathering wild rose hips, just about any species will do, but the rugosa roses will be much easier to work with. Their hips are much larger than most of the other species and with something like rose hips, the more usable fruit you can get for your time, the better. Rose hips take a while … Continue reading How to Process Rose Hips for Your Apothecary – Floranella
Everyone imagines that working in a witch shop at Samhain is the ultimate in witchdom. It is, and it can be, and yet, it remains so much more. The excitement builds before October 1st, and as that day arrives, there is that unmistakable aura of deepening shadows, the veil thinning, and the feeling of going … Continue reading A Witch Shop at Samhain | Lisa Wagoner
Note: Astrology forecasts are inevitably generalized because they can’t account for each individual’s birth chart and how it interfaces with the current planetary positions. This post focuses primarily on the new Moon. Each week, Modern Witch creator Devin Hunter writes a magical astrology forecast for the week as a whole that I encourage you to check out! Also, … Continue reading New Moon in Scorpio for 2019 | Durgadas Allon Duriel
As we move further into the Samhain season there is often a strong emphasis on remembering and connecting to our ancestors and dead loved ones. A secondary theme that we find is the idea of a so-called ‘thinning of the veil’ as a way to describe the increased activity by spirits and easier perception of … Continue reading Irish-American Witchcraft: Fairies and Samhain
Memories of those we have loved and lost are always with us. With time, hopefully, we smile instead of cry when a particularly poignant memory is triggered. And sometimes we intentionally evoke memories with special objects that remind us of those who have passed on to the Summerland. This special remembrance potpourri is one such … Continue reading Remembrance Potpourri
Samhain, the season of the witch, is a time for us to honor the powers that underlie our Craft. The hidden powers behinds the scenes, guiding our movements and our inspiration. The Dead guide us; they are present when we weave our magic. Those who have laid the foundations for our Great Arte, fertilizing our … Continue reading Samhain: Honoring Ancestors of Craft and Tradition | Coby Michael Ward