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I love to give houseplants to people! There are many different plants that are magical, meaningful and protective. I am a big fan of a potted rosemary. If their zone is appropriate they can always plant the rosemary outside if they like, but it does well in a pot in a sunny window too. Rosemary stimulates the mind and the memory, cleans the air and smells refreshing.

Another item you may choose is a crystal prism that hangs from the ceiling. These cause delightful dancing rainbows and breaks up stagnant and negative energy in the house.

by morningbirdmorningbird, 09 May 2019 16:47

This is yet another example of what makes Witchipedia such an important part of my daily life! There are so many new things I’ve learned here that I’d never even heard of before. This information is truly invaluable. Thank you!

I love this! by MistressOfChaosMistressOfChaos, 07 May 2019 01:36

I am not allergic i drink sage tea sometimes i don't think it's smoke thing to because i occasionally smoke cigarettes i burn other herbs to only when i burn sage i get a headache

by black baccarablack baccara, 06 May 2019 20:34

You might be allergic to sage or have a sensitivity to smoke. Are you using good ventilation? Have you tried burning something different?

by morningbirdmorningbird, 06 May 2019 10:22

Um. Witches are human.
Contacting your ancestors is sort of a gray area between magick and religion and the answers are usually going to be based on some sort of faith. I honor my ancestors, and when I contact them it's usually to give thanks and sometimes to ask for advice, but not favors. The thing about ancestors (according to my religious belief) is that they generally want to help out their descendants anyway. Evolution, after all. Most of my ancestors were Christian, but I"m not sure the dead are religious. After all, religion is all about faith and belief in the unknown, but the dead have already gone and have it sorted.

As for asking any spirits for help with spells. The whole point of a spell is to overcome the material part of ourselves that interfere with the direct connection to the energy of the Universe. Spirits, including the dead, are made of energy. They don't need witchcraft.

by morningbirdmorningbird, 30 Apr 2019 21:25

As a farmer for just the past five years, I have learned the hard way that the best thing you can do for a pregnant animal is to leave it alone and let nature take its course. That being said, your question seems to require a two-part answer. One for the pregnancy and one for the pet.

For the general protection of a pet, many people use a charm on their collar. Both pentagrams and St Francis medals are popular.

As for the pregnancy, moonstone is a wonderful stone to use for pregnancy and onyx eases pain and panic and gives strength during childbirth and bloodstone encourages healing afterward. Nutritional support is also very important. I am usually dealing with veggi-eaters, so oat straw and nettles are my go-tos, but for an obligate carnivore, I am thinking oily fish and a bit of liver now and again, though cats tend to be picky.

by morningbirdmorningbird, 16 Apr 2019 18:02

Rosemary is my go-to herb for focus, concentration, and clear-headedness. There are others, like skullcap and damiana that can improve focus in a ritual setting, but they also tend to have consciousness-altering effects- which is okay in ritual, but maybe not in everyday life. Herbs containing caffeine and nicotine are also used to improve focus and concentration, but these are addictive and you have to be careful not to overdo them as they can put a strain on your circulatory system. Rosemary does not make you sleepy or give you a caffeine buzz or contain anything addictive so can be used in mundane settings as well as ritual settings. I like to dab a bit of intentionally-created rosemary-based fragrance oil on my pulse points before beginning a project that requires focus and concentration, like sketching out plans and doing material and cost estimates, doing research, and back in the day, studying for or taking a test. Drinking a tea also works and I find it especially useful for "brain fog" and is lovely for head colds too. In a ritual setting, it makes a lovely incense. If you take too much, it will make you nauseated. It causes acid reflux in me if I overdo it, but everything is bad if you take too much. The essential oil should be diluted in alcohol or a carrier oil and should never be taken internally. The tea should only be made of the whole herb, dried or fresh.

by morningbirdmorningbird, 14 Apr 2019 13:50

I agree with Robin. A simple way (especially for the beginner) to create such a talisman would actually be to create an amulet (the difference being that an amulet is a natural object made wearable, whilst a talisman is entirely man made, such as metal). Crystal would be a great choice as you can rather easily charge it with your intent, in this case to attract positive energy, and attach it to a necklace. Worry about the functionality before the appearance, especially as this is your first try. Good luck!

by ConnorC28ConnorC28, 12 Apr 2019 22:12

Many thanks Dawn for your speedy reply (as always) and the detailed answer which I have found incredibly useful, in fact I may even print it for my book of Shadows binder! (and if I remember then add a version to my more formal, artistic and “witchy” leather bound Grimoire. Thanks again,

Connor

Thank you! by ConnorC28ConnorC28, 12 Apr 2019 22:01
Re: Species?
morningbirdmorningbird 12 Apr 2019 16:24
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » Alder

Most alder species have similar magical properties.

Re: Species? by morningbirdmorningbird, 12 Apr 2019 16:24
Re: Species?
morningbirdmorningbird 12 Apr 2019 16:21
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » Yew

Only Taxus baccata has the ancient history of the yew. Other species may have similar physical properties, but only English yew has centuries of lore behind it and this, even more than its physical properties is what gives it its magical qualities.

Re: Species? by morningbirdmorningbird, 12 Apr 2019 16:21

Blood magick is just magick using blood as part of the spell or ritual. It can be used in a number of ways. As a taglock of course, and some believe it to be an extremely powerful taglock, perhaps even resulting in an unbreakable spell. It is particularly useful in binding spells, especially to bind objects to you or to bind one's word to an oath (sometimes used in handfastings and initiations). In cases of spells involving invocation or evocation, it may be used as an offering. Apparently, some beings consider it a very high-value offering, but others might find it offensive and there's always the risk that someone might get the wrong idea. (Blood sacrifice, using animal blood as an offering to the dead or to Gods, I think is religion rather than magick, so I'm not going to get into that.) Many witches who grow their own herbs like to use blood as an offering to the plant ally spirits of their gardens to bind the plants to their own energies to make their magick more effective. And, of course, the plants also like nitrogen.- Though I'm not sure that counts as blood magick perse. Many witches also use their blood to consecrate their tools and bind them to themselves. Blood is also useful for manifesting servitors. Blood, as a symbol of your very essence, can be used as a carrier of your Will during spells of manifestation of all sorts. It comes, pre-charged, if you like. Another possibility is the use of bloodletting as a means to raise energy- in fact, if you're using your blood as a tool of manifestation it will work best if you acquire the blood this way rather than just scraping up an incidental drop and finding a use for it. And, of course, you could do it with someone else, all consenting adults taking all advisable precautions against blood born pathogens.

Black magick is generally defined as magick that causes harm, either by its effects or via the methods and materials used. Blood magick would only meet this definition if it was used to harm someone or if the blood was taken from an unwilling donor. Most blood magick applications require your own blood, but not all. Anyone else's you use should know what you're up to and be fully on board.

With regard to dangers; You'll want to take the usual precautions against infection, of course. Bloodletting itself can be addictive and that can cause problems as well. Also, when using blood to feed a spirit or spell object, well, there's the theoretical risk that you'll end up needing to feed more than is good for you or that the spirit can use the blood to gain power over you. Likewise, if you are doing blood magick with another person you could be allowing them control over you by giving them access to your most powerful taglock.

by morningbirdmorningbird, 11 Apr 2019 21:23

Of course. You can always combine methods in whatever way feels best for you. Many people might use one method to get a general answer and turn to another for clarification, using Tarot or tassology to get a general picture and then turn to something like a pendulum for specific yes or no questions relating to the reading. In the example of combining necromancy with a pendulum, you might simply request the spirit channel its answers through the pendulum. Necromancy often involves the use of an additional object or method of delivery for the information rather than direct conversation.

by morningbirdmorningbird, 10 Apr 2019 11:59

Then I would say you can use any species of alder in that spell.
And, while I love Cunningham, his books aren't perfect. Yes, many closely related species have the same rulers and powers, but certainly not all of them. I personally grow white clover and red clover for different purposes. Both are protective, but red is better relationships and mommas and babies and has a more feminine quality while white is for general luck, property and money. They are really quite different plants in energy and form. While others might disagree with me, I would say that red clover is Venusian and white Mercurian. That being said, I still think a skilled magic-user can make do with whatever.

Re: Q by morningbirdmorningbird, 26 Mar 2019 19:16

Replied in second comment sorry.

Re: Sometimes by Whyjustwhy0Whyjustwhy0, 25 Mar 2019 11:28

I asked the author of the summoning oil recipe what species of alder should I use. All he said was that the herb needs to be powdered and dried before being put into the oil and also that (alder is alder), I guess that means I can use any species right?

Wait. I thought all species within a same family and genus had the same magickal planetary/elemental rulers. That's how Scott Cunningham's magickal herbs book explained it. He list white clover and read clover (2 different species) all under (Trifolium spp.) with the same magickal rulers and powers?

Q by Whyjustwhy0Whyjustwhy0, 25 Mar 2019 11:27

Herb species absolutely always matter in culinary and medicinal applications. However, in magick, it's not always so specific. To use a fictional example from the Discworld Witches by the late Sir Terry Pratchett: Granny knows that the type of plant isn't that important, that's one reason she's a better witch than Magrat. Magrat thinks the specific type of plant is important, that's why she's a better doctor than Granny.

It can often be difficult to know exactly what species of herb a spell calls for as the person writing it down is probably just using what grows nearby and unless you know where they live, you can't always know what that is. So, you must make do with what you have and perhaps experiment a little. But magic-users do not classify plants the same way botanists do. Botanists describe plants according to their reproductive strategies- the shape of their flowers, fruits, etc. but magic-users describe plants according to their energies, and describe these by way of planetary and elemental correspondences. If you can discern what the purpose of the plant is in a spell and attune yourself to that energy, you may be able to find a replacement plant that nearly matches that energy and it may be a closely related species, or it might not. You can begin your search by determining the planetary energy of the plant and looking among other plants with similar energies. Of course, there's always the possibility that there is simply no substitute.

So, the answer to your question is this. Sometimes it matters. Sometimes it doesn't. If the different species have similar histories, qualities, growing habits, toxicities, fragrance, then you should have no trouble using the readily available species over the harder to get one. If you have no idea which species is required, you have to figure out the purpose of the plant in the spell and go from there.

The example of yew; the common yew has an incredibly rich and detailed history. It has thousands of years of Western tradition behind it and that makes it more suited to European-based magic associated with the dead than the Pacific yew. It may be that the Pacific yew also has thousands of years of tradition behind it, but it would be different Native American tradition and I would want to know more about it before I used it. The common yew is also more toxic and long-lived, which further associates it with death and rebirth. You could probably use the Pacific yew for some things, especially considering it is a safer, less toxic (but not non-toxic) alternative, but I am not sure I'd trust it to trap a soul. However, if you decide it's going to work, it's going to work better than it would if you're not sure.

Regarding birch- For wood, I would say most species of birch can be used for most purposes. They are, for the most part, quick-growing pioneer species that form colonies. Paper birch is often called upon for its bark, but other birches bark has similar properties with darker color, so you just have to use an ink that'll show up. However, I must point out that removing the bark damages the tree though bark that has fallen away naturally can be found. When burning for incense or creating oils, some species (subspecies Betulenta) are preferred due to their higher concentration of fragrant resins. (I am personally not a fan of the scent, but each their own.)

Alder is an interesting one because the common name alder is sort of all over the place. Can these other common-named alders that aren't actually Alnus spp be used in place of alder? I don't know. I would have to get to know the plants involved and I do not. As for the various species within Alnus/, I am sure some of them can. I wouldn't use a shrub in place of a tree or an upland species in place of a water-loving species, but all other things being equal, I'd go for it.

Sometimes by morningbirdmorningbird, 24 Mar 2019 15:07
Species?
Whyjustwhy0Whyjustwhy0 23 Mar 2019 03:10
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » Alder

Do all species of alder have the same powers or only black alder is magickal?

Species? by Whyjustwhy0Whyjustwhy0, 23 Mar 2019 03:10
Species?
Whyjustwhy0Whyjustwhy0 22 Mar 2019 09:38
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » Yew

Do all yew species have the same powers/attributes or only the English yew does?

Species? by Whyjustwhy0Whyjustwhy0, 22 Mar 2019 09:38

Yes, it's possible. There are a great many pages in this site with advice for getting rid of curses and negative energies.

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