For those of us blessed with land attached to our homes, a mystic garden is an excellent addition to the magical household. A garden brings beauty and ensures a steady supply of fresh and dried herbs. It also spreads an aura of protection around your home, shielding it from the outside world. When people approach, even before they’ve stepped over the threshold, they will have been enchanted by the garden’s subtle powers.
Not everyone has the space to plant a garden, but even apartment dwellers can grow herbs and flowers on window sills or porches in pots and planters. Indeed, a garden can be maintained indoors with house plants.
Still, an outdoor garden is worth creating if you have the time, space and inclination. In fact, it is an ideal setting in which to perform magic. Spells cast in gardens are more powerful than those done indoors, for the forces of nature resident in the plants around you and the solid earth beneath your bare feet align with your own powers to produce the needed results.
A magic garden need not advertise its powers. It can be your secret with the Earth. Since no one seems to think twice about herbs or fruit trees growing in a garden, on the stairs or in window boxes, why not pick plants that will bring wealth, protection and love to your home?
Your garden can also be a source of help in fulfilling your personal magical goals. If you wish to improve your psychic powers, for instance, plant a bay tree, common celery,honeysuckle, marigolds, roses or thyme. While thriving in the garden, the plants will help attune your home to psychic vibrations. Plus, their flowers, leaves and seeds can be used in magic rites to further accentuate their effects.
Those desiring a loving household may wish to include such common plants and flowers as the gardenia, primrose, spearmint, tomato, pansy, jasmine and catnip, and (if space is no problem) a few trees, such as cherry, apple, orange, maple and willow.
To ensure happiness in a home, you might wish to fill a window box or ranks of flowerpots with hyacinth, lavender, marjoram, catnip and morning glory (careful-it creeps everywhere).
If money is a problem, you could choose mint, onion, snapdragon, camellia, chamomile, clover, dill, basil and perhaps even a small section of wheat. Pine, oak, ash and apple trees planted near the house also help direct prosperity your way, as will a banana plant.
To ward off thefts in your home, plant a “fence” of ti (ki) around its perimeter, or be sure to include garlic, cumin, uetiuert, a clump of thistles, an aspen, cactus or a juniper tree.
Bamboo and hydrangea near the home offer it general luck, as does a sunflower, which is sometimes considered a prerequisite for a garden in Mexico. Myrtle-filled window boxes, if planted by a woman, are lucky too. A bay or palm tree in the garden protects it and your home against inclement weather.
The Magical Household: Spells & Rituals for the Home
By Scott Cunningham