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WOTC Extra – Use The Herb Eyebright to Develop Clairvoyance

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Use The Herb Eyebright to Develop Clairvoyance

 

One of the magickal uses of eyebright is to help to develop clairvoyance (clear-seeing). For this, you can make an eye wash:

You will need:

Boiling water

Two handfuls of eyebright herb

Heatproof bowl

Bottle

Method:

Put the herbs in a bowl. Pour sufficient water over the herbs to cover them. Stir and leave to infuse for about 10 minutes. If you wish, invoke your particular deity or nature spirit. Let the liquid cool to room temperature.

Strain and bottle for future use.

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Flowers To Plant To Attract Butterflies

Flowers To Plant To Attract Butterflies


Aster
Black-Eyed Susan
Butterfly weed
Coreopsis
Daylillies
Goldenrod
Hibiscus
Lavender
Lilac
Marigold
Orange-eye Butterfly bush
Oxeye Daisies
Phlox
Pink Azalea
Purple Cornflower
Rosebud
Rosemary
Verbena

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Attracting Specific Butterflies To Your Garden

Attracting Specific Butterflies To Your Garden

Buckeye Butterfly

  • Larval food plant: snapdragon
  • Nectar: aster, milkweed, chickory, and coreopsis.
Comma Butterflyard

  • Larval food plant: nettle, elm
  • Nectar: rotting fruit & sap, butterfly bush, and dandelion.
Great Swallowtail

  • Larval food plant: citrus trees, prickly ash
  • Nectar: lantana, Japanese honeysuckle, milkweed, lilac, goldenrod, and azalea.
Great Spangled Fritillary

  • Larval food plant: violet
  • Nectar: ironweed, milkweed, black-eyed susan, and verbena.
Monarch Butterfly

  • Larval food plant: milkweed
  • Nectar: milkweed, butterfly bush, goldenrod, thistle, ironweed, and mints.
Mourning Cloak

  • Larval food plant: willow, elm, poplar, aspen, birch, hackberry
  • Nectar: rotting fuit & sap, butterfly bush, milkweed, and shasta daisy.
Painted Lady

  • Larval food plant: daisy, hollyhock
  • Nectar: goldenrod, aster, zinnia, butterfly bush, and milkweed.
Red Admiral

  • Larval food plant: nettle
  • Nectar: rotting fruit and sap, daisy, aster, goldenrod, butterfly bush, and milkweed.
Tiger Swallowtail

  • Larval food plant: cherry, ash, birch, tulip tree, lilac
  • Nectar: butterfly bush, milkweed, Japanese honeysuckle, phlox, lilac, ironweed
Viceroy

  • Larval food plant: willow, poplar, apple
  • Nectar: rotting fruit, sap, aster, goldenrod, milkweed
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Bee and Butterfly Gardening

Bee and Butterfly
Gardening
by Amber S.

Bees are a gardener’s best friend. Bees do much more than just pollinate. Some bees eat harmful insects and hives of bees create honey. It is not very hard to get your own beehive started. If you are not up to the task of keeping bees, however, there are some simple things that you can do to help these little pollinators. You could keep a small dish of water such as a ceramic plate for potted plants out for the bees so that they will have water available, especially in the summer months when it is hot and dry. You could also make a bee house for those bees which choose to live alone such as bumble bees and carpenter bees. You will need: block of wood 6x6x6 inches, a drilll with a 3/16 inch bit, an eye screw, some heavy string.

Drill about 12 holes in random places on one side of the block 5 inches deep. These will be the individual bee houses. Be sure that the holes are drilled at just a slight upward angle to prevent the rain from coming in. Screw the eye screw into the very center of the top of the bee house and tie a piece of short heavy string to it. Hang your bee house in a tree where you think the bees would be safe from the elements. As the wood ages it will turn a nice gray color and blend in with the surroundings. Your bees will return again and again to visit your house and stay around to pollinate your gardens.

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Creating Fairy Places in Your Garden

Creating Fairy Places in Your Garden


You can also create tiny places for fairies in your garden. A birdbath or a fountain is a perfect place for fairies to bathe. You can make tiny caves using rocks. Hide them under rose bushes and beneath ivy. Tables and chairs can be made from stone. Make a table using a flat piece of rock such as slate. Use four smaller stones at each corner for table legs. You can set stones around the table to serve as chairs. If the stones fall over, you can glue them with hot glue or super glue to the bottom of the table. Line your fountains with small stones and place stones in the water on which fairies can sit.

Set aside a place where you will honor your guests. Welcome them by leaving honeycakes and other goodies for them to eat. Fairies are fond of sweets. Leave a place on a flat stone where you can leave a plate of treats for your visitors. Just remember to change them often. The fairies may or may not take the actual food. Remember that they live on the spiritual plane and can take the essence of the food and leave the empty shell behind.

Fairies will appreciate if you leave one small area of your garden unkempt. Placing a statue there will help it look more decorative and can even make the area look older and more wild. If you cannot afford a statue, you can make rings of nine stones or tiny replicas of Stonehenge. Tiny temples can be built with just a little imagination.

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Making Fairy Houses for Your New Fairy Friends

Making Fairy Houses for Your New Fairy Friends


Fairy houses are easy to construct and don’t cost a lot of money. You can use making fairy houses as a rainy day project. Begin by buying small, unfinished bird houses from a craft store. Make sure that they do not have many holes in the sides that will allow water in. Remove the roof from the fairy house. If it is nailed or glued, you can knock it off with a hammer and glue it back later. Paint the inside of the house any way that you wish. It can have pictures on the walls or mirrors. Dollhouse furniture can be useful for your fairy house project. Sprinkle glitter on the inside walls of the house. Make little pillows out of lovely silk or satin cloth. You can decorate the cushions with beads, sequins or glitter. Place tiny gifts inside the house such as iridescent marbles or little glass pieces. Fairies love anything shiny. On the outside of the house you can use tempera paints to paint it any way you want. You can paint it to look like bricks or stone or paint ivy growing up the sides. Paint the roof to look thatched or shingled. After the house is painted, coat it with at least four layers of shellac to keep it from fading and to keep the rain out. Buy a piece of round flat wood to use as a door. It should be slightly larger than the opening in the fairy house. You should also buy a small hinge and a tiny latch to close the door. These can also be purchased from craft stores. Placing a door on the house will keep rain, insects, spiders, and birds out so that the fairies will be able to use it. Paint the door and shellac it. Attach the door with the hinge so that it opens and closes. Then fit the latch on the outside so that the door can be closed and locked. You might also wish to place the roof on with hinges so that it can be opened and cleaned once a year. Place the houses in your garden where you feel they will be slightly hidden.

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Fairy Gardening

Fairy Gardening
by Amber S.

Fairies are easily attracted to gardens. They enjoy both wild areas and well-manicured areas of gardens. Alongside your other plants, you should have a small area of your garden that is left unkempt. Placing statues or small fountains in these wilder areas will serve both as a gift to the fairy folk and add a lovely touch to what might otherwise seem only an unkempt area. Fairy houses can be built to welcome the little people. Certain plants are especially favored by fairies and will help attract them to your garden. Below is a list of the little people’s favorite plants.

Alder
Protected by water spirits.
Apple
To ensure good harvests, leave the last apple of your crop for the Apple-Tree-Man.
Ash
Druids wands were made of ash twigs. It also has healing properties. Weak-limbed children were passed through split ash trees which were then bound up. If the tree grew straight, the child would as well. Also may be used as a substitute for Rowan.
Birch
If the spirit of the birch tree (The One With the White Hand) touches a head it leaves a white mark and the person turns insane. If it touches a heart, the person will die.
Blackthorn
Guarded by the Lunantishee
Bluebell
One who hears a bluebell ring will soon die. A field of bluebells is especially dangerous, as it is intricately interwoven with faerie enchantments. Said to attract faeries to dance in your garden. On Beltane eve, make an ankle bracelet of “Bluebells” and “jingle” bells to attract helpful fae folk to you.
Clover
A four-leafed one may be used to break a faerie spell. A sacred faery plant, clovers of all kinds will attract them. Lay seven grains of wheat on a four-leafed clover to see the Faery.
Cowslips
These are loved and protected by the faeries. They help one to find hidden faerie gold.
Elder
Sometimes is a witch disguised as a tree. Never lay a baby in an elder wood cradle or the faeries will pinch them so they bruise. Burning elder wood is dangerous since it invites the Devil.
Elderberries
Used to make Faery wine, these berries can be burned on a fire to invite the Good Folk to a gathering. Make a homemade brew of Elderberry Wine and you are sure to have some thirsty visitors. It is said that if a human drinks the wine, she will be able to see the Faery. If a human should drink elderberry wine from the same goblet as a Faery being, he will be able to see them forever after.
Elecampane
Also known as Elfswort. This root can be scattered around the home to attract the Sidhe. It can be added to any magick or spell to invoke Faery blessing.
Fairy Ring Mushroom
Marks the boundaries of faerie rings.
Foxglove
Florets are worn by faeries as hats and gloves. The source of the modern heart drug Digitalis, Foxglove can have seriously dangerous results if taken internally. DO NOT INGEST!! Instead, plant Foxglove near your front door to invite the Faery in. Put a dried sprig of Foxglove in a talisman to keep you surrounded in Faery light.
Hazel
Celtic legend says it is the receptacle of knowledge; the hazelnut is a symbol of fertility in England.
Heather
Heather is said to ignite faery passions and open portals between their world and our own. Make an offering of Heather on “Beltane” eve to attract good fae to your garden
Lilac
The sweet scent is said to draw Fae spirits to your garden. Lilac and primroses for midsummer’s eve, will please the Fae.
Milkweed
Both Monarch butterflies and fairies like milkweed. If Milkweed is planted in a Witches garden, the fey will always be in the area. The silky tassels of the Milkweed pods can be added to a dream pillow to not only make it softer but also to make you dream of fairies. In the Autumn when the pods are bursting and the fluffy seeds are flying across the fields, a wish is granted for each seed that can be caught and then released again.
Mistletoe
The most sacred herb of the Druids. Mistletoe is a magical activator. In Faery spells, use a dash of Mistletoe taken on Summer Solstice to empower your workings with Faery magick.
Oak
Oakmen are created when a felled oak stump sends up shoots. One should never take food offered by them since it is poisonous.
Pansies
the flower that was used as a love potion by Oberon, a faerie king thought to have been invented by Shakespeare.
Peony
Peony seeds were once used to protect children from faeries. A garland of the seeds were placed around the child’s neck to keep them safe from kidnapping.
Poppies
Said to invoke the faery into your dreams. Make a dream pillow of fresh poppies to entice the fae to your dreams.
Primroses
Make the invisible visible. Eating them lets you see faeries. If one touches a faerie rock with the correct number of primroses in a posy, the way to faerie land and faerie gifts is made clear. The wrong number means certain doom. When planted in a garden or hung dried on the front door, primroses will attract the company of Faeries. If you have them growing under your care, do not let them die! The Faery will be deeply offended by your carelessness. Primroses are great in container gardens.
Ragwort
Used as makeshift horses by the faerie.
Roses
Roses attract the Faery to a garden. Their sweet scent will lure elemental spirits to take up residence close by. Roses can be used in Faery love spells. When performing the spell, sprinkle rose petals under your feet and dance softly upon them while asking the Faery for their blessing on your magick. Roses are loved by the fey so you can plant Roses in your garden to attract fairies. Wild Roses are best for this purpose
Rowan
Protects against bad spirits. Used in butter churns so that the butter would not be overlooked by faeries. Bewitched horses may be controlled by a rowan whip. Druids used rowan wood for fires with which they called up spirits whom could be forced to answer questions when rowanberries were spread over the flayed hides of bulls.
Thyme
Part of a recipe for a brew to make one see the faeries. The tops of the Wild Thyme must be gathered near the side of a faerie hill. Wearing thyme will increase your ability to see the Sidhe. Sprinkle it at the base of your door, and on window sills to invite the Faery to enter your home.
Toadstools
Some have poisonous hallucinogenic properties. The Vikings ate it and gain their reputations as berserkers. In Celtic lore, they are among the food of the gods, as with many red plants. Some toadstools associated with the faerie are Fly Agaric, Yellow Fairy Club, Slender Elf Cap, Dune Pixie-Hood, and Dryad’s Saddle.
Willow
At night they uproot themselves and stalk travelers, muttering at them.

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Gardening By the Zodiac

Gardening By the Zodiac

Fruitful Signs:

Cancer – best for planting all leafy crops bearing fruit above ground. Prune to encourage growth in Cancer.

Scorpio – Second only to Cancer. A Scorpion Moon promises good germination and quick growth. In Scorpio, prune for bud development.

Pisces – Planting in the last of the Watery Triad is especially effective for root growth.

Taurus – The best time to plant root crops

Capricorn – promotes the growth of rhizomes, bulbs, roots, tubers, and stalks. Prune now to strengthen branches.

Libra – Libra may be the least beneficial of the Fruitful Signs, but is excellent for planting flowers and vines.

 

Barren Signs:

Leo – Foremost of the barren signs. Leo is the best time to effectively destroy weeds and pests. Cultivate and till the soil.

Gemini – gather herbs and roots. Reap when the Moon is in the sign of Air or Fire to assure best storage.

Virgo – Plow, cultivate, and control weeds and pests when the moon is in Virgo.

Sagittarius – plant and cultivate the soil or harvest under the Archer Moon. Prune now to discourage growth

Aquarius – perfect for ground cultivation, reaping crops, gathering roots and herbs. It is a good time to destroy weeds and pests.

Aries – Cultivate, weed, and prune to lessen growth. Gather herbs and roots for storage.

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