Welcome to Herb and Flower Week at Moody Moons!
Now that the longer daylight hours begin to turn our focus away from the home and into the outdoors, I’m going to spend the next few posts talking about how to take advantage of the weather to expand your magical practice.
We will pay special attention in the coming week to flowers and herbs, their uses and how to seize the season to its full advantage.
First things first. If you haven’t yet, go flower picking! And take the dog. The dog really, really wants to go with you. Lets explore:
We are lucky to live near some beautiful natural scenery, so I packed my dog, my flower picking basket, a pair of scissors and a camera, and off we went.
I tried to pick fairly common wildflowers that you shouldn’t have any trouble finding and are not generally protected as rare or endangered. In fact, for farmers and gardeners, these flowers are mostly pests—ask first, but people are usually pretty happy to let you take as much as you want. These flowers are in season all over the US right now, so get out there and get some for yourself.
Here’s what we found.
If any of these are misidentified, speak up, but I think this is all pretty accurate.
Field Thistle, or Common Thistle. This lovely purple bloom is beautiful but poisonous, so handle with care! You can use it in reversing spells, spell breaking, for protection or grow it in the garden to drive away dark spirits from the home. It’s super spiky, so wear gloves if you’re going to pick it. It’s easy to find in wastelands, along highways and in open fields.
Viper’s Bugloss, or Devil’s Weed. Also sometimes called snakeflower, this pretty (but prickly!) wildflower can be used to work with serpent energies, the Kundalini, or snake rituals. Incorporated into sun festivals or placed in mojo bags for protection. For the (experienced!) herbalist, this flower can be made into an alcohol tincture to treat bug bites topically.
Black Eyed Susan. Incorporate into court case spells, use to loosen emotional blockages, work with gentle spirits, place on the altar as a symbol of solar energy, and to lift depression. The roots and the juice from the roots are used for medicinal purposes, including for the treatment of earaches, cold and sinus infections, and to boost the immune system.
Queen Anne’s Lace. With such a regal name, one might expect an equally elegant set of uses. I like to call this one Lady Night. Adorn your moon altar with these to encourage “brightened” lunar energy, work into fertility spells, lust spells and passion magic.
Daisies. If you’re planning a Midsummer ritual, gather some of these on the morning of. They make beautiful flower crowns and altar decorations, as a goddess offering, in love spells and in hand fasting ceremonies to bless marriage.
And whatever else you find on your journeys, here’s a handy link for identifying wildflower species. It has served me well:
Wildflower Identification Tool
A note on bees: This is an easy way to celebrate Litha, and everyone should go wildflower picking at least once. Your only excuse not to is severe allergies. Particularly if you allergic to bee stings, this may not be the best activity. But if you’re not, or you’re comfortable being near them with an epi pen, here’s a tip: Wear muted clothing. Bright colors look like flowers and attract bees. And let the bees be! Even if one lands on you, it probably won’t sting you unless you freak out and start flailing your arms and legs about like a crazed maniac. Chill out. Don’t panic. Most bees have no more interest in you than you do them. Look! I got this close to one with a wide angle lens, and he sooooo didn’t care.