10 Ways to Use Dandelions in Witchcraft

While you’re weeding your spring lawn, pull these little beauties up and throw together some magick.

10 ways to use dandelions in witchcraft

Use them in sun magick.  A bright, yellow, full-sun flower makes a cheerful addition to any solar or daylight ritual.

Include in creativity and inspiration spells.   Dandelions begin to come up just as the winter fades completely, symbolizing hope and and new beginnings.  Include dandelions in spells to jump start projects or break a creative block.  

Press them in your Book of Shadows.  Dandelions wilt quickly, but they press well!   Press between the pages of your Book of Shadows or journal to infuse it with positive solar energy.

Add them to little wildflower bouquets for woodland spirits.  Planning an outdoor ritual this spring?  Gather dandelions and other wildflowers as an offering to the woodland spirits.

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Use them in spells for bravery and courage.  The word “Dandelion” comes from the french word dent-de-lion, meaning “tooth of lion.”  Use them in mojo bags for confidence, bravery or courage.

Include in wishing spells.    In many regions of the United States, people remember as children finding dandelions after they’ve gone to seed and blowing on them whilst making a wish.  Adapt this charming tradition to a wishing spell for a nostalgic ritual.   Makes a lovely feature in children’s spells and rituals as well.

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Make a divination tea.  Boil dandelion leaves and roots into tea and drink it before reading tarot or other divination practices for keen insight and clarity.

Pile them on your Beltane altar.  Dandelions brighten any springtime altar, but especially Beltane!  Put them in a vase with fresh rainwater

Drive out dark energy or spirits.  Bring bouquets of dandelion into the home to dispel dark thoughts and negative spiritual energy.

Ring spell candles with them.  Arrange dandelions around the base of an altar or spell candle to welcome happiness and playful joy into your circle.

 
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[Guest Post By My Wild Way] Old Wives Tales: A Little Bit of Magic

Hollie from My Wild Way agreed to share with us a little magic in the form of folklore  She lives in the south of England and first began learning about magic from her aunt when she was young. She has always felt drawn to the wild way of life and now shares her pagan journey on her blog.

Old wives tales have been part of my life for as long as I can remember.  They are very common in Britain and are part of our heritage. I wanted to share with you some of the tales I have grown up with, and still guide my life today.

There are some that seem to be just a way to scare children into behaving appropriately, such as “If the wind changes while you are pulling a face, it will stay that way”.  To me, this just sounds like someone trying to stop you making rude faces.

The sayings I want to share with you the ones that seem to have a little bit of magic behind them. Those that when you hear them, you know they are rooted in history and folklore. They bring a sense of wonder to the everyday and are a gift from the wild people who came before us.

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If the cows are lying down it is going to rain– one of my favourites! If you live in a rural area I hope you would have heard of this one. It is quite self-explanatory, if the cows are lying down then we are to expect rain. Now, I know what you’re thinking, I live in England so it does rain a lot. But I have to include it as I was brought up hearing it, I can’t vouch for its legitimacy but if I see a group of cows lying down then I do always expect the sky too soon pour.

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This next one takes on the form of a rhyme, I am aware that there are several different variations of this but here follows the one I grew up with;

“Red sky at night, Shepherds delight,
“Red sky in the morning, Sailors warning”

This means that if the sky is a beautiful red hue in the evening then we are to expect a lovely weather the following day. If it’s a red in the morning, then we are to expect bad weather throughout the day (a warning to sailors that there will be a storm). I still live by this one and to my knowledge, it has always been correct!

If you purchase a purse/wallet as a gift for someone, you must always place in it a piece of silver. Now that our money is no longer made of silver, we use the equivalent of a 10p or 20p piece. This is to bring good fortune to the receiver while they use their gift and to this day, I have never been given a purse which doesn’t have a silver coin inside.

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When I was younger, I learned this one; my parents took my brother and I to view a house they were interested in buying. The house was lovely, but there were spiders and cobwebs everywhere. My dad is scared of spiders and needless to say they did not end up buying it but I did learn this little gem from the owner. The lady went on to explain that it is unlucky to remove spiders and their cobwebs from your home during the month of September and October. I had never heard of that one before or since visiting the house, but I love that this knowledge has been passed down throughout the generations in her family and that she still lives by it. Therefore spiders are safe in my home during September and October.

If your ears are burning then someone is talking about you. I would place money on this that if you were to walk into a room of people (in England) and state that your ears are hot and red, someone would tell you that you are being talked about. This is just taken as fact in my neck of the woods.

I hope you have enjoyed the few that I have shared. I find them so interesting because they are Folklore, they have absolutely nothing to do with science and are based on reading the signs that nature gives you. As the name suggests they are the sayings of the women of the village, the ones who were most likely witches.

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The Role of Fire in Witchcraft

Inspired by the success of my post, The Role of Water in Witchcraft last summer, I decided to continue it as a series for each element.

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One of my earliest memories takes the form of my mother allowing me into the kitchen to watch her make dinner.   Sternly, she instructed me “Not to touch that stove, little one.”

Naturally, the moment she turned, I place my hand unflinchingly on the hot surface, giving myself a ripe little burn and a lifelong lesson about fire:

You really shouldn’t touch it.

Like all the elements, fire bears both creative and destructive force.   Simultaneously dangerous and beautiful, our respect for fire usually begins the first time it burns us!

And yes, I got a nasty burn that day.  But my mother used it to create a hot meal for us.

Same flame, same day.

I chose fire for this season because I strongly associate it with winter.  In the darkest, coldest months, fire provides warmth and light.

Let’s go over different kinds of fire and some creative ways to use it in spell craft.

Candle flame.  Easily the most convenient, common fire tool in ritual, candles are an ideal, all-purpose source of fire perfect for altars.

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Bonfires encourage groups to gather around it, making it an extremely effective focal point for group rituals and coven meetings.  Ideal for “going big” in rituals evoke empowerment or for burning spell elements in banishing rituals.

Hearth fires warm the home and create a cozy, holiday feel.  Perfect for enjoying a winter Sabbat like Imbolc or Yule.  Or, get creative and charge it with passion herbs for a date night at home.

Sparklers.  Remember how magical it was to hold one in your hands as a child, making streaks of light across the summer night.  Use sparklers to bring that same feeling to a moon ritual or night spell.

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Torches (as in the sticks with fire on the end of them, not flashlights) look a feel very ceremonial.  These are ideal for rite-of-passage type ceremonies, particularly involving the transition to manhood, or the ascension to a clergy position.

Lanterns work nicely for spring and midsummer festivals, anything involving faeries or woodland spirits, and garden blessings.

Flash paper is available at theatrical supply stores.  It’s usually used for stage magic, but it’s also great fun in spell casting!  Write spells or symbols on them and up it goes–in a flash!

Hope some of these ideas inspire you to use fire in more creative and fun ways during your rituals.  Blessed be!

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Sea Witch: Harnessing The Power of the Ocean

I love the Atlantic coast during the swing season.

The crowds dispersed weeks ago, the water vibrates with warmth from the Gulf Stream, and on the southern beaches, summer weather prevails even in October (provided there isn’t a Category 5 hurricane on the way . . . oops).

For the sea witch, the off seasons make for a lovely, low key time to go work the water.

If you live year-round near an ocean, or you want to make an early off-season trip, here’s some inspiration to make it memorable.

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Cleanse.   Make your swim mindful.  Think of it as a rebirth.  At any point in our lives, we may allow ourselves to be reborn, and made into something new.  Now is not the time to go dipping your toes.  Fully immerse yourself.  I like this idea especially in cooler (but not freezing!) weather.  The shock of willing yourself into colder water has a powerful effect.  Expect to emerge with a renewed sense of energy and faith in your strength.

Make a mini altar or mandala.  Go for a walk on the beach and collect natural items.  Bits of driftwood, sea shells, gull feathers.  Add hurricane candles and take a moment to reflect.

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Banish.  Write something on the inside of a sea shell that you want out of your life.  It can be a person, a habit or a physical thing.   Feel the weight of the shell.  Allow all the negative effects of this person, habit or thing wash over you.  Recognize the impact on your life.  Honor your strength to commit to the expulsion.  Then, when you are ready, throw the shell in the ocean as hard as you can.  Even if it doesn’t go further than the surf, congratulate yourself for taking the first step.  Walk away, and don’t look back.

Heal. 
A nurse practitioner once told me, “The ocean heals everything.”  It’s true.  Let salt water wash over your wounds—and not just the physical ones.  If you bear a recent emotional trauma, carry the weight of it into the water.  Feel the power and the majesty of the currents as they unleash your inner strength.

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Meditate.  Maybe you long ago loaded your MP3 player full of “sounds of the ocean.”  Now you find yourself sitting in front of the real deal.  Use it!  Nothing takes you away like the deep, rhythmic white noise of the ocean.  Close your eyes and just . . . listen.  Try synchronizing your breath to the waves.

Bless a talisman.  Particularly if you have one that represents the ocean—a bracelet of shells, a necklace with a mermaid pendant, or even just a “watery” stone.  Either wearing, or with a tight grip on it, plunge into the wild water, say a blessing, and carry the power of the ocean with you when you leave.

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10 Ways to Use Clear Quartz in Wicca

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If you’re into stones, clear quartz was probably one of your first, and if you’ve never been into them, clear quartz is a good place to start.  This versatile, basic gem has a million and one uses.   Here’s a few ideas to make the most of it.

Leave it in the full moonlight to charge.  An easy way to make use of a full moon this month!

Bury it in the garden to bless herbs.  Then challenge the kids to find it in the spring—it’s a great way to get your garden turned over with free labor!

Store one with your tarot cards.  Try this classic method for keeping your deck cleared.

Place one near or on the resting place of a departed loved one.
 Instead of flowers, honor your loved one’s grave site with this simple, spiritual treasure.

Add it to your travel altar.  A pinch of herbs, a simple white tea candle and a tiny piece of natural quartz will turn the smallest space into an instant altar for travel.

Supercharge a mojo bag or spell box.  Include a small piece in any spell “container” for extra punch.

Place next to your bed to “collect your dreams.”  Clear quartz is believed to be a neutral crystal that “stores” thoughts.  Put it next to your bed or on top of a dream journal to help you remember your dreams.

Hang it from your review mirror.  Help to calm your nerves and sharpen your focus during this often stressful part of the day.

Attach one to your pet’s collar.  Send good vibes to your familiar.

Hold it during meditation.  This classic meditation aid soothes and focuses wandering minds.

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10 Magical Uses for Lavender

It’s everyone’s favorite herb.  It smells heavenly, it burns beautifully and it looks lovely.  And you probably have a ton of it just waiting to be used.  Here’s some ideas for putting it to work.

10 Magical Uses for Lavender

1.  Sew it into a sleep sachet to enhance dream work and promote relaxation.

2.  Use it in beauty and glamour spells to symbolize the divine feminine.

3.  Burn it during meditation on a charcoal disk for heightened psychic awareness and insight.

4.  Better yet, make smudge sticks out of it.  Rolling smudge sticks with 100% dried lavender stems makes for gorgeous smoking wands that smell amazing.

5.  Add to your ritual bath to induce a calm, otherworldly feeling before you enter the circle.

6.  Use it spells to calm a conflict.  Lavender promotes peace between “at war” individuals.

7.  Make flower crowns for festivals.  Best done with fresh lavender, this flower can be made into flower crowns and it dries really well.

8.  Boil it water during a house blessing to drive out negative energy and forces of turmoil.

9.  Use it in a kitchen witch spell.  Lavender is edible.  It makes a lovely cake topping, or is sometimes used in cookies.  Bake a batch for someone you aren’t on great terms with and bless them for peace and cooperation.

10.  Simmer it in coconut oil and use it as a dream salve.  Nice to rub on children who suffer from nightmares as a protection balm.

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10 Magikcal Uses for Peppermint

10 Ways to Use Peppermint

1.  Put it in a sleep sachet to encourage prophetic dreams.  Peppermint is known for its ability to enhance “third eye” awareness and peaceful sleep.  Pairs nicely with chamomile or lavender in this us.

2.  Dry it and keep it near your work space.  Its association with prosperity and financial success make it an ideal herb for raising the vibrations wherever you do what you do to earn a living.

3.  Put it in the cloth or bag you keep your tarot cards or runes in.  Its cleansing properties keep the energy clear and fresh.

4.  Hang over a sick bed.  Peppermint speeds healing and drives off the negative vibes sickness can bring into the home.

5.  Burn during funerary rites or at a grave site to help with grieving.  Peppermint eases raw emotion.

6.  Rub on temples to promote mental clarity.  Whether you are facing a tough decision or you just need to clear your head after life’s little upheavals, the scent of peppermint helps cut through the noisy mental chaos.

7.  Plant near the front door to protect the homestead.  But I recommend planting it in a pot!  Mint is invasive, and will quickly take over an herb garden.  The good news is, it’s super easy to grow, even if you don’t have a green thumb.

8.  Brew into a tea for divination.  Makes a nice divination tea for tarot reading.

9.  Or, use the dried leaves as you would for tea leaf reading.  Ask a question, drop them into a cup of water, and see what the leaves have to say!

10.  Place on the altar after ritual to clear the energy and promote a fresh perspective.

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