10 magickal ways to use dandelion

If you think dandelions are just a weed, think again! These hardy, bold little flowers are not only completely edible, but contain a whole host of herbal, medicinal, and magickal properties.

You Can Eat Every Part of the Dandelion Plant

This is one of the coolest things about the dandelion. Many flowering plants are partially edible, particularly the petals or perhaps the leaves, too, but the dandelion is completely edible. You can eat the flowering part, the leaves/stem, and the roots!

The flower heads have a mild sweet flavor and make a great tea which can have diuretic effects, as well as can be used to make wine.

Dandelion leaves are commonly eaten on salads or sandwiches, and the roots can be used to make tea, support healthy liver function, and bile production.

*none of the information on this website is meant to be used as health or medical advice and should not be used to treat or cure medical problems. Consult a qualified healthcare provider before consuming any plants or medicines.

You Can Make Wishes With Dandelions

I don’t know if I know anyone who hasn’t picked up a dandelion that has turned from yellow to its fluffy white cloud of seeds and blown them into the wind. But did you know that you can make a wish (which is kind of a spell, right?) while you do that?

This is a great spur of the moment and budget spell that virtually all of us can do if we happen upon a seeded dandelion while outdoors.

Picture your intended outcome, blow the seeds into the wind and picture them carrying your wish out into the universe.

You Can Enhance Your Psychic Ability

Dried dandelion flowers, leaves, and roots can be made into a tea to open up our receptivity to information downloads from spirit or universal consciousness.

You can also keep the dried flowers or herb in a sachet under your pillow to enhance psychic dreams.

Drink a dandelion tea before reading cards, bones, working with the pendulum, or other forms of divination.

You Can Use Dandelion to Communicate With Spirits

The dried flower placed on your altar or workspace will aid in calling spirits. The dandelion tea mentioned above can also enhance your ability to communicate with spirits.

If you keep dandelions with you or near you, you may be more likely to invite spirits to visit with you.

You Can Use Dandelion to Let Go of Thoughts and Habits

Just like the wish, you can visualize a particular bad habit or negative thought process flowing from you into the dandelion, and, as you blow the fluffy cloud of seeds away, blowing away what you want to let go of.

This can help you to offload negativity, limiting thoughts or behaviors, or other things that hold you back.

You Can Use Dandelion to Become Stronger

If you find yourself with a lack of boldness, courage, or assertiveness, incorporate dandelion into spells or meditations that are geared toward increasing your ability to stand your ground, stand up for yourself, and get what you want in life, relationships, and careers.

If you think about how dandelions are often viewed as an invasive weed, and are difficult to eradicate once they show up, you can draw from that strength and assertiveness of the plant to call those qualities to yourself.

You Can Connect to Hecate Better With Dandelion

Dandelions have historically been associated with a number of goddesses, but very closely to Hecate, especially in her triple goddess form.

The dandelion can help you connect to your three selves (higher self, shadow self, and mundane self).

You can make offerings of dandelion wreaths, teas, or other creative crafts to give to the goddess.

Use Dandelions on Your Altar in a Spring Beltane Bouquet

These colorful blooms make an excellent addition to bouquets of freshly picked flowers to place on your Beltane altar, or around your home on Beltane.

Dandelions do wilt quickly, so you may only have these bright blossoms for a day or two, and its best to gather them the day you want to display them.

Use Dandelions to Bring Sun Year-Round

Dandelion has solar energy, so is most associated with spring and summer rituals, but you can also use it to bring a little sun to the rest of your year when things get darker and colder.

If you gather a bunch of them during the warmer months, you can press them between the pages of old books so that they will dry out and remain preserved for when you need to add some sun to your magick or just to your life later in the year.

Use Dandelions to Welcome Helpful Spirits

Because of their aforementioned connection to spirits and spirit communication, placing dandelions in bouquets in your home or creating wreaths or art with dried dandelions can aid in creating a welcoming environment for beneficial spirits, such as ancestors and spirit guides.

Because of their cheerful disposition and bright color, these are also good for making yourself feel welcome and comfortable in your space.

how to open your crown chakra

The crown chakra is your 7th chakra and is located just above your head (about an inch). It is associated with the color white, but can also be associated with the rainbow spectrum (as white is made up of all the other color wavelengths).

The crown chakra is your connection to the universal or collective consciousness and when it is open and working correctly, it functions as a direct line to information downloads, particularly our psychic senses.

When it is blocked, you may feel as if your higher consciousness is blocked, you may experience endocrine imbalances (imbalances in your hormones), and you may also experience low mood or trouble feeling energetically connected. You may also feel pessimistic or cynical, or spending too much time in your own head and obsessing over the past.

When it is open, you are more easily able to perceive universal source, information, enlightenment, higher self, higher levels of consciousness, set aside ego, and be present in each moment. You can also experience spiritual growth more effectively.

Here are some tips for promoting an open and balanced crown chakra:

  1. Reduce your material possessions. You can do this by cleaning out and getting rid of excess stuff around your home, closet, and storage that you do not need or use. Donate things to charities for those who need goods. Keep your space and life tidy and uncluttered. Detach from the sense of needing to have material possessions as status or symbols.
  2. Visualize connecting to celestial energy through your crown chakra. Picture it glowing white or violet and radiating branches, rays, or other extension upwards. Visualize it connecting with the universal energy and sending/receiving love and peace. The more you work on this visualization, the stronger this connection will be.
  3. Essential oils like frankincense and sandalwood can be applied to the top of the head to stimulate the crown chakra before or during meditation or visualization practices.
  4. Crystals like clear quartz, amethyst, kyanite, or moonstone can be used to meditate with. A tip I learned from someone working in energy healing is to place a crystal on top of your head (where your crown chakra is) and to hold a pendulum over the the crystal and chakra. The pendulum will begin to cleanse the blockage from the chakra. You may need to repeat this several times to fully clear a stagnant or blocked chakra. This also works for other blocked chakras, by the way.

Once you begin to feel the crown chakra is open or less blocked, regular meditation and visualization can keep it balanced. Cleansing your chakras on a regular basis is usually a good practice, especially if you are sensitive to energies, do energy work of any kind, or engage in regular spiritual practice.

how to make a facewash spell

A facewash spell is probably one of the easiest spells you can do anytime you want and with very little witchy experience and/or supplies.

If you’re a witch on a budget, its pretty useful because you already wash your face anyway, and you may be able to do this with nothing more than common kitchen herbs or plants you wild forage (respectfully and responsibly). You can even use this as a replacement for ritual bathing in many instances.

What is a Facewash Spell?

Don’t overthink this. As you are washing your face, a usually common, mundane task, you are infusing this mundane act with your magickal intent to obtain an outcome you want.

And, any facewash can usually be done as a hairwash, or you can combine the two for more magickal power.

I also really like facewash and hairwash spells for those who do not have the ability to take baths regularly. Bath magick can be fun, but it can be replicated in other ways.

I used to only really ever hear of facewash spells in terms of glamour magick, and they certainly do work for that, but there are so many many more uses for this kind of magick.

Any spell you want to perform could theoretically be done via a facewash/hairwash spell, with the one exception being baneful magick. I would just not recommend doing a baneful spell in the form of anything you’re applying to your face and/or hair, as the potential for backfire can really wreck your life (and your appearance).

How Do You Make a Facewash Spell?

Ok, here’s where you can get creative in a number of ways. I’ll give you a few basic approaches, neither is right or wrong, they’re just different approaches and you can choose what feels most right for your purposes.

Option 1: Make a Rinse Solution

This is one of the simplest methods and is easy on both your skin and hair, as well as can be (and usually is) left in your hair to let it dry, or air dry on your skin.

  1. In a pot on your stovetop, bring several cups of water to a boil and add herbs, essential oils, plants, flowers, etc of your choice. Let simmer for ~20 min. Remove from the heat, then strain through a fine wire mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove all solid pieces.
  2. Let it cool enough to be able to apply to skin or hair. PLEASE DO NOT EVER PUT SCALDING WATER ON YOURSELF.
  3. Using clean hands or a cotton round, apply to your face or gently pour over your hair. Depending on the type of spell, you may want to say a few words or a mantra of your choice. Whatever you decide, while you are applying the wash, picture strongly what your outcome should be. Your intent is the most critical piece of this.
  4. Also depending on the type of spell, you may decide to leave it to air dry, or rinse it out with clean water. Here are some general guidelines, but your own unique situation may dictate something different. Use your intuition.
  • Leave it to dry if you are drawing something to you or hoping to gain something (most constructive magick fits into this category); love, money, luck, success, opportunities, protection, strength, courage, etc
  • Rinse it off if you want to remove, cleanse, banish, or otherwise get rid of something; breaking a habit, ending a toxic connection, cord cutting, uncrossing, cleansing, purification, etc

Now, some exceptions exist. You could make the argument that in a purification wash, letting it dry instead of rinsing off, allows your aura to fully absorb the purifying herbs or essential oils, and, therefore, you want to leave it on. This is where intuition can guide you better for your circumstances.

Option 2: Make a Soap-Based Wash

I would lean more toward this option for all destructive magick (getting rid of, letting go, banishing, cleansing, etc), but you could absolutely use it for constructive purposes if your intent is restated in such a manner that the rinsing off of the solution indicates you ridding yourself of whatever is preventing the good or beneficial outcome you’re looking for.

Example: let’s say you want to do well in an important presentation at work and you need to feel confident. You could change up your spell to banish self-doubt or negative self-talk/thoughts so that you feel confident, beautiful, smart, or whatever you’re trying to achieve.

  1. Get a mild and gentle (ideally all natural or organic) soap base that is safe to use on your skin or hair. A really good option here that should work for almost anyone is organic unscented baby shampoo. This can be used on virtually all skin types, as well as most hair, if you’re choosing to apply to your hair.
  2. An alternative to baby shampoo is castille soap. Its usually gentle for skin. You may or may not want to apply to your hair, depending on how dry or oily your scalp is. You can mix a little castille soap with a little coconut oil for a bit more moisturizing base. It already contains some oil, but play around with adding an extra 1 Tbsp oil per 1/4 cup soap.
  3. Pour out about 1/4 cup soap base into a glass mixing cup and stir in a couple drops of any essential oils or add flower petals of your choice corresponding to your intended outcome.
  4. If you’re only making enough solution to use once, then it would be okay to add solids like minced, ground, or mashed plant matter, but these can spoil rapidly or create a medium in which mold can grow over time, so if it will be a multi-use solution, its best not to include physical plant matter.
  5. Pour into a clean empty cosmetic bottle with a lid of your choice. Label it. It should keep for at least a few months.
  6. Wash your face and/or hair with your solution, say any words or mantras you wish, and leave in/on for however long you feel is appropriate. Rinse off.
  7. It’s a good idea to test a small area of skin before applying any new products or substances, to ensure you are not allergic or otherwise sensitive to anything in the product.

Option 3: Combine a Rinse and a Soap

You can simply create your water-based rinse solution and, once cooled, add it to your soap base in a ratio of 2:1 soap base to water-base. Mix and then let it settle (this can take a few hours up to possibly a day).

This is a good method for when you want to work with a soap base but don’t want to be limited to just essential oils, and want the flexibility of more plants/flowers.

I can’t say enough how the most important element of this spell is being clear about your intent. Use strong mental visualization whenever possible and really feel this intent pouring into your mixture as you’re making it and applying it.

magickal benefits of milk baths

If you’re newish to witchcraft or folk magick, you may have heard of milk baths, but what exactly are they are when should you do them? They are a type of ritual bath, but can be just as varied as any other type of ritual bathing practice.

What is a Milk Bath?

It’s exactly what it sounds like. But, it can be as simple as literally just adding milk to a bath, or it can be as complex as warming milk with essential oils, plants, honey, flowers, and more for specific purposes.

Milk added to your bath softens your skin and just feels good, so you can take a milk for no other reason than you deserve some self-care time. However, milk baths have also been used in many folk magick practices across the world for things like:

  • healing
  • fertility
  • uncrossing
  • honoring a specific deity
  • love spells
  • cleansing/purification
  • prosperity
  • luck

How to Take a Milk Bath

First, this is simply a general guide, but, if you’ve been reading my posts for a bit, you know I’m an intuitive eclectic witch and if something feels right or you want to make changes based on your own intuitive practice, please don’t think that’s wrong!

At a minimum, you’ll need at least a cup of milk and a hot bath. What kind of milk is up to you, though. If you are vegan, I cannot personally speak to whether plant-based milks have the same magickal or spiritual properties as animal-based milks, so I don’t feel like I’m the right person to give you guidance on that.

If you are a vegan and take milk baths often with plant-based milks and would like to chime in, please let me know, I’m happy to share your personal experiences here.

Some people heat the milk first, but if your bathwater is hot enough, a cup of cold or room temp milk will not be a big deal.

Besides cow milk, I have known people to use other milks based on cultural or specific magickal practices, to include (but not limited to): goat milk, sheep milk, camel milk, donkey milk, and even human breast milk.

After adding the milk, you’ll want to completely submerge at least once, so all surfaces of your body are covered. Soak for as long as you want.

Things You Can Add to a Milk Bath

This is not exhaustive, but just some ideas to get you thinking of ways to level up your milk bath:

  • warm the milk with honey and add rose petals for a sweet love spell
  • warm the milk and add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for things like money-drawing, happiness, luck, and so on
  • milk baths or ‘white baths’ are commonly used in some Afro-Caribbean practices to honor or make requests of Obatala; usually these are done over the course of 8 days
  • goat milk is associated with the goat’s fertility, tenacity, and many Pagan deities
  • sheep milk may be a better symbolic option if you’re seeking an outcome that deals with peace, calm, and blessings
  • cows have many spiritual associations across the globe, so if you follow a particular path or symbolism is important to your path, consider how cows are viewed in that practice and what specific benefit they may bring
  • add oatmeal to your milk bath soothe and calm irritated skin
  • fresh flowers, based on associations for your intended outcome (love, money, career, happiness, healing, banishing, protection, etc)

Above all, use your imagination. Your intent and will is far more powerful than anything else you can use. As long as your chosen milk bath has meaning to you, its effective!

magickal symbolism of the thistle

Thistle is a flowering plant that you don’t see a lot of in magickal workings, maybe because its not as flashy as the rose, or as straightforward as some of the well-known herbs.

But, if you think about it, the thistle is the perfect element for protection, love, and strength spells.

This prickly flower, its leaves and stalk covered in biting spines, is topped with a beautiful bloom beloved by bees and butterflies, as well as Aphrodite herself, and even attributed to the love of the Virgin Mary.

In some earlier Christian mythology of Europe, the thistle was seen as a ‘gift of the devil’ due to its thorns and its general recognition as a weed by many farmers. Despite its difficulty in removing from crop or pasture-land, thistle is also the national flower of Scotland.

However, its symbolism is as a flower that is barbed or prickly, but underneath all that has a soft, kind heart. I don’t know about you, but that speaks to me. What it says really is ‘If you can withstand my outer armor, you can experience my inner warmth and love.’ That’s the most Cancer thing I’ve ever heard lol.

Thistles are also considered protective and cleansing, so consider using them in your spells or workings that involve those, as well.

Here is a summary of thistle’s correspondences:

  • Element: Fire
  • Zodiac: Sagittarius (I would, however, argue that it has many properties of Cancer, and you would not be wrong in using it in this way if you intuitively sense this)
  • protection, love, cleansing, banishing, passion, romance, strength
  • healing ancestral trauma or working with ancestors, particularly the roots
  • plant them in a bee/butterfly garden (just beware, they can quickly take it over and are difficult to control as well as painful to try to remove)

planetary correspondences 101

Alright, so this is another topic on which there are entire volumes of work that have been written, so I will not attempt to replicate those many books into a blog post.

However, this should be a great primer on which you can start to build your familiarity with the planets and how they correspond to concepts, days, times, colors, and Zodiac signs. In astrological planetary correspondence, the sun and moon are considered planets for the sake of continuity of terminology, even though they are a star and a moon, respectively, in astronomical terms.

Let’s get started:

The Sun

Characteristics: creative, inspirational, masculine, courageous, abundance, warmth, star, noble, stimulating, lion, tiger, hawk, Sphinx, yellow flowers, saffron, gold (metal), Apollo, Ra, Helios, Sol, Vishnu, Bastet, Hathor, Baal, Freyr, Isis, Kali Ma, Shakti, Eos, Amun, Sekhmet, Surya, Aine

Colors: yellow, gold

Zodiac: Leo

Elements: Air

Days/Times: Sunday; the 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd hours of the day, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

The Moon:

Characteristics: intuitive, passionate, changing/cyclical, beauty, glamour, dreams, prophecies, tides, oceans, cleansing, releasing, dark, illuminating, cats, bats, owls, ravens, purple flowers, jasmine, silver (metal), moonstone, fertility, birth, feminine, manifesting, imagination, Artemis, Selene, Luna, Hekate, Diana, Shiva, Bastet, Astarte, Cerridwen, Hathor, Ishtar, Lilith, the Morrigan, Yemaya, Chang’e, Thoth, Mani, Hina

Colors: silver, blue, lavender, black,

Zodiac: Cancer

Elements: Air

Days/Times: Monday; hours 4, 11, and 18 of the day, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Mercury:

Characteristics: communication, travel, masculine, intelligence, thought, education, learning, intellectual, Sphynx, pigeons, sandalwood, lavender, mercury/quicksilver (metal), carnelian, messages, messengers, wings, Hermes, Anubis, Ganesha, Thoth (Djehuti), Seshat, Maat, Odin, business, commerce, coin purse, winged sandals

Colors: yellow, orange

Zodiac: Gemini and Virgo

Elements: Water

Days/Times: Wednesday; Hours 3, 10, 17, and 24, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Venus:

Characteristics: luck, love, relationships, money, affection, friendships, beauty, art, music, dance, sensuality, sexuality, growth, passion, cats, bees, Elder tree/flowers, copper (metal), green gemstones, green crystals, creativity, inspiration, Venus, Aphrodite, Ishtar, Isis, Astarte, Lakshmi, Hathor, Bastet, Freya, Asherah, Branwen, Brigid, Corn Maiden, Cupid, Hestia

Colors: Green, some greenish-blues, turquoise

Zodiac: Taurus, Libra

Elements: Fire

Days/Times: Friday; Hours 2, 9, 16, and 23, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Mars:

Characteristics: energetic, enthusiastic, hot, courage, war, strength, protection, power, masculine, engineering, metalworking, blacksmith, iron, free speech, shield, sword, spear, helmet, ram, wolf, serpent, dragons blood (incense), spices (those with capsaicin, especially), iron (metal), rubies, red agate, red jasper, warriors, soldiers, Aries, Mars, Vulcan, Durga, Horus, Sekhmet, Maris, Badb, Medb, Thor, Tyr,

Colors: Red, orange

Zodiac: Aries

Elements: Fire

Days/Times: Tuesday; Hours 7, 14, and 21, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Saturn:

Characteristics: serious, lofty, rules, authority, brooding, transformation, renewing, mystical, bats, nightshade, myrrh, lead (metal), Hera, Kronos, Juno, Saturn, Ishtar, Parvati, Kali, Shiva, Brahma, Net, Ptah, Osiris, Set, Aegir, Saturnalia/Yule

Colors: gray, reddish gray, reddish brown

Zodiac: Capricorn

Elements: Earth

Days/Times: Saturday; Hours 5, 12, and 19, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Jupiter:

Characteristics: expansive, growth, acquisition, optimism, leadership, prosperity, good will, humor, health, power, personal development, spontaneity, oak, crown, trident, the sea/ocean, thunderbolt, 4, majestic, bull, centaur, eagle, cedar, olive tree, cloves, tin (metal), blue gemstones and crystals, Zeus, Athena, Poseidon, Jupiter,Marduk, Minerva, Indra, Sarasvati, Maat, Hapi, Amun-Ra, Enlil, Thor, the Winter King,

Colors: blue, royal blue, light blue, white

Zodiac: Sagittarius

Elements: Water

Days/Times: Thursday; Hours 6, 13, and 20, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Uranus:

Characteristics: rebellion, revolution, outside-the-box, eccentric, unusual, surprises, science, invention, upheaval, breakthroughs, genius, quirky, innovative, generational culture, wake-up calls, beneficial disruption, speak up/speak out, Uranus, Caelus, Pan, Varuna, titanium (metal), quartz, cloves, nutmeg

Colors: Magenta

Zodiac: Aquarius

Elements: Water

Days/Times: Wednesday; Hour 22, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Neptune:

Characteristics: dreams, dreaming, intuition, imagination, psychic, mystic, spirituality, mercy, kindness, compassion, sensitivity, empathy, Njord, Poseidon, Neptune, seaweed, kelp, shells, abalone, seahorse, horse, bulls

Colors: Sea green, aquamarine, turquoise

Zodiac: Pisces

Elements: Water

Days/Times: Friday; Hour 11, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Pluto:

Characteristics: transformation, reinvention, death, rebirth, afterlife, underworld, truth-seeking, Ereshkigal, Thanatos, Janos, the Morrigan, Nepthys, Hades, Hel, Osiris, Persephone, pyrite (metal/mineral), black opal, black crystals, black flowers, poisonous plants

Colors: black

Zodiac: Scorpio

Elements:

Days/Times: Monday; Saturday; Pluto is associated with the number zero. This can be interpreted as either 00:00 on the clock (as in, the exact time of midnight), or as 00:00 relative to the sunrise, meaning the exact moment of sunrise as the beginning of the 24 hours of that calendar day

goddess spotlight: Hel

Hel (sometimes also spelled Hela, or proto-Germanic Halja) is the Norse goddess of the underworld and death that comes to those who do not die in battle.

Her dominion is called Helheim, but the underworld she rules over was once called Hel, but that name was later bestowed upon the goddess who would become its queen.

Hel is the daughter of Loki, the trickster god of the Norse pantheon. She was also said to be the sister of Fenrir, the huge wolf who was prophesied to kill Odin, and Jormungandr, the great serpent which fought Thor and will eventually kill him during Ragnarok. She was given the realm of Hel(heim) to rule over when Fenrir and Jormungandr were cast below by Odin.

Hel is associated with another large, dark hound-like beast, Garmr, the hellhound.

Hel is depicted as a duality of either a half live/half dead woman, half blue/half flesh-colored woman, or a half white/half black being. There is an extreme lack of mythology that clarifies the role she played in veneration or worship of the Norse deities, and how she may have been honored or worked with by Norse pagans.

There is some information that points to her being a patroness of Norse shamans, as she was responsible for thinning the veil between the world of the living and the dead, and would act as that guide into the other realms.

Those that work with Hel in modern times may choose to work with her in the aspect of their shadow work or to explore and accept their own inner darkness, or may also approach her similar to working with the Hindu goddess Kali, to whom she later had some synchratization after the Viking era had ended and more significant trade was occurring between European cultures and those of the Asia.

Correspondences of Hel

Colors: black, gray, red, blue,

Animals: wolf, hound, crows

Rune: Hagalaz

Other associations: an all-seeing eye of truth, ice, death, judgment, aging, darkness, illness, crones, shamans, spirits/the spirit world, Earth element

magick you can do on Mondays

Another in my series of when magickal timing matters: Monday. What types of magick are best to perform on a Monday, regardless of moon phase or time of year?

Planetary Correspondence to Mondays

The moon is the planet associated or corresponding to Monday on the calendar. The moon’s energy is calm, beautiful, passionate, and ever-changing.

Monday is also most closely associated with the element Air, which relates to thought, intellect, and memory. The moon is also associated with dreams and psychic abilities, so these can be combined to do powerful workings involving the mind and intuition.

It is the 1st day of the week (in the traditional calendar format which began the week on Monday), so is associated with the number 1 numerology.

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Deities Associated with Mondays

This list will not include every single deity associated with the Moon, but if there are deities you work with which are not on this list, but that are associated with the moon, Monday would also be a fine day to honor them.

Deities with associations or correspondences to Monday include:

  • Artemis (Greek)
  • Diana (Roman)
  • Hecate (Greek)
  • Selene (Greek)
  • Luna (Roman)
  • Tivs (Etruscan)
  • Sin (Babylonian)
  • Varuna (Hindu)
  • Shiva (Hindu)
  • Mani (Norse)
  • Taueret (Egyptian)

Other Magickal Associations with Monday

  • Colors: Blue, White, Silver, Gray
  • Zodiac: Cancer
  • Good for fertility spells
  • Health spells related to the menstrual cycle or women’s health problems
  • Spells for emotions of any kind, particularly letting go of negative emotions and trauma, and emotional healing
  • Spells or work for compassion
  • All things psychic, medium, and divination-related, as these are powered by the moon and intuition
  • Spells for purification, peace, and clarity
  • Jasmine and sandalwood
  • Moonstone
  • Opal
  • Selenite

a candle spell for courage

This is an easy candle spell (most candle spells are) for courage in any situation.

Whether you want to ask for a promotion, go skydiving for the first time, or move across the country to a totally new place, courage is something that we sometimes struggle with, because of self-doubt, and our inner voice that talks us out of things we truly want.

What You Will Need:

  • At least one, but up to 3 of these dried herbs, about 1-2 Tbsp worth: fennel, borage, thyme, rosemary, st johns wort, nettle
  • Olive oil, about 1/2 tsp
  • a red candle and something to light it with

What You Will Do:

  1. Start out by cleansing yourself and your space however works best for you.
  2. Gather all your items into one location and cast a circle if you wish.
  3. Holding the candle in both hands, center and ground yourself, then meditate as long as you need to visualize what kind of courage, when and how you will need it and use it, and what you need the outcome of the courageous actions to produce.
  4. Transfer all of that visual intent and will to the candle energetically. Once it feels ‘full’, rub the outside of it in the olive oil.
  5. Roll the candle in the herbs to coat the outside of it as thoroughly as possible.
  6. Place it in a stable base or candle holder and light it. As you light it, remember your intent and why you need this courage. Say out loud:

Brave is my heart

Brave is my mind

I have the courage to act

and the courage to win

by this flame I call my courage up

as my will be done

7. Let the candle burn down all the way. If you have to leave and cannot monitor it, snuff it out, then re-light when you return and ensure it burns safely.

a quick guide to drying herbs and flowers

It’s getting to be about that time of year to start harvesting and cutting the plants from your garden, or perhaps you’re wild foraging things to take home and use.

First things first, always use either a plant identification manual or get trained in plant identification before harvesting plants that you will be consuming in any way. There are some plants out there which are poisonous to people and/or animals.

Drying Flowers

When we cut flowers for the purposes of drying them, we usually want them to retain their color, aroma, and botanical/medicinal/magickal properties.

Cut the stems to no shorter than 6 inches in length. Tie the flowers in a bunch or hang them individually. They should hang upside down. Don’t dry them where they will be exposed to sunlight. A dark, dry room is the best, such as a basement or interior windowless room.

Flowers usually need to dry for about 3 weeks.

Drying Herbs

Herbs may require some additional work on your part. Depending on the moisture content, you may be able to air dry them, but if they have a higher moisture content like those in the mint family (including basil, spearmint, and lemon balm, as well as garlic or chives), you will do best to dry in an oven or dehydrator.

Herbs are best cut in the early morning, as that is when their essential oils are most potent in their leaves.

To air dry, bundle a few stems worth together and tie with string, floss, or twine. Hang them upside down in a dry area away from light. Herbs with lower moisture content will dry faster than flowers, and can take just a week, but possibly two, to fully dry out. Some sources recommend placing a paper bag over them as they dry. I find this is optional.

To oven dry or dehydrate, set your oven for low heat (~150F) and leave the door open. The herbs can be placed on a cookie sheet and you’ll let them sit in the open oven for a few hours (usually not more than 4). Dehydrators work much more quickly and you may only need 1-2 hrs on a medium heat setting. Check them about every 30 min to see how much the leaves crumble. If they crumble very easily, they are done.

Drying Other Plants

This is kind of the catchall category for other stuff you might harvest or forage that you want to dry and use. It might include tree leaves, weeds of various kinds, or shrubs (the non-fruit parts).

Depending on whether you want them to retain their vibrant hues of greens or other colors, either place them in sunlight (this will dry them faster, but fade the color) or away from sunlight (they won’t fade as much).

If you want your leaves flat for whatever reason, press them in between pages of a book. This method will take a week or more. You may need to check on them from time to time to make sure they are drying out appropriately.

You can also dry these through the same methods as flowers or herbs, mentioned above, but due to the wide variety of plant types and moisture content, plan to check on them semi-often to ensure they are drying out.

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