It’s fall and winter is fast approaching. The scent of cloves will be all over the place, from retail stores, to holiday-scented candles, to baking spices.
What’s not to love about the way cloves smell? They (usually) make us feel happy, perhaps nostalgic, and even inspired. And there’s a reason for that. Cloves (Sygizium aromaticum) have long been used in kitchen witchery, hedge witchery, and folk magick because of their powerful properties.
Cloves are aligned with the element Fire, associated with Jupiter and masculine energy.
Cloves Attract Wealth and Financial Success
Perhaps one of their best-known magickal attributes is their association with money-drawing and wealth. And, after the year we’ve had in 2020, who couldn’t use a little (or a lot) extra money help?
A great way to attract money or wealth is to use cloves in kitchen spell. You can boil them all day on your stovetop with some fruit (oranges and apples work well), perhaps some mint leaves for additional wealth-boosting power, and some positive affirmations such as ‘I attract wealth and beneficial financial opportunities’ as you stir the pot throughout the day.
The scent of the cloves cooking with those other plants will permeate your house and raise the vibrations, welcoming in opportunities and drawing to you the wealth you ask for.
You can also add them to a floor wash, either as several drops of essential oil, or use the leftover boiled water from your stovetop pot and put it in a spray bottle. Spritz your floors, particularly those around the entrance to your home and mop lightly. If you have carpet, you can also spray the door frame and threshold.
Cloves Bring Mental Clarity
Tough decisions to make or feeling like you aren’t focused? Cloves can be used to clear your mind and focus better on what is important. You can also use them to help you sort out information to make better decisions.
Rub a drop or two of clove essential oil on your temples (you may want to dilute in a few drops of carrier oil) as you take a moment to clear your head and ask important questions.
You can also keep a few cloves in a charm bag or just in your pocket or purse as you go about your day to keep your thinking clear and unobstructed.
Cloves Ward Off Evil Spirits
Cloves are a purifying plant, which can remove spirits with ill intent from a space, so they are often used in banishing or purification incense or rituals for that reason. They can also be placed in charm bags to place above doorways or windows, or ground and sprinkled on your thresholds to ward off those who would do you harm.
As a purifier, you can add clove essential oil to a spray bottle of spring water and spritz in the corners of rooms, on mirrors, or other areas where energy stagnates or seems to get heavy. Cloves will uplift the energy those spaces and welcome in positive energy.
Cloves Attract Love
They are said to be an aphrodisiac and can be added to food you cook for someone you wish to fall in love with you, or can be used in love or sexuality spells to enhance passion and romance.
The scent of cloves alone may be enough to stimulate some individuals’ senses and promote feelings of love or sensuality, as the spicy nature of the plant naturally promotes passion.
Cloves Are Protective
Because they are shaped like nails, they have been associated with protection by several cultures. Nails are commonly used in protection spells or workings, partly for their iron content, but also because of their ability to bind one thing to another.
The principle of sympathetic magick applies to the protection abilities of cloves, as they are not made of iron, which is the principle reason nails are considered protective, yet they resemble and represent iron nails in nature, therefore can be used as symbols of such in magick.
Carry cloves with you if you need some extra psychic protection, place them above thresholds to protect spaces, or grind them and add them to dressings for candles or other items used in protection spells, especially those for protection from illness or bad health.
So, maybe this fall and winter, as you get lost in all the favorite scents of the season, try to pick out the cloves in all the candles, incenses, body sprays, and potpourri.