Life As The Witch – Using The Plant Kingdom & Sacred Space
Many witches include plants in their sacred space, often to mark the four elemental quarters. By choosing a plant with the appropriate elemental association and putting it in the corresponding quarter, you honor the Watchtowers (the elemental guardians of the four quarters that “watch” over the sacred space) and support the energy of the sacred space. The following list contains some common plants and their elemental associations:
Earth (north): Alfalfa sprouts, beets, corn, fern, honeysuckle, magnolia, moss, peas, potatoes, turnips, vervain
Air (east): Anise, clover, dandelions, goldenrod, lavender, lily of the valley, marjoram, mint, parsley, pine
Fire (south): Basil, bay, cactus, chrysan chrysanthemum, daylilies, dill, garlic, holly, juniper, marigolds, onions, rosemary, sunflowers
Water (west): Aster, blackberries, catnip, cucumbers, daffodils, gardenias, geranium, iris, lettuce, lotus, roses, water lily, willow
Also consider the time of the year when selecting plants for your sacred space. Certain plants are linked with each zodiac sign.
Aries: Holly, snapdragon, cactus, jonquil
Taurus: Daffodil, clover, lilac, columbine, daisy
Gemini: Azalea, honeysuckle, lily of the valley, heather
Cancer: Iris, jasmine, water lily, white rose, gardenia Leo:
Red rose, poppy, marigold, sunflower, dahlia
Virgo: Lavender, myrtle, aster, fern, heather, day lily
Libra: Cosmos, gardenia, pink rose, violet, hibiscus
Scorpio: Orchid, violet, eucalyptus, foxglove, pinks, wolfsbane
Sagittarius: Paperwhite narcissus, Christmas cactus, red clover, dandelion
Capricorn: Holly, carnation, mistletoe, pansy
Aquarius: Carnation, wild rose, lady slipper
Pisces: Lotus, passion flower, violet, narcissus, wisteria
You can align yourself with cosmic energies by including plants whose energies correspond to the sign in which the sun is positioned at any given month.
Some witches choose plants to honor the gods and goddesses (as discussed earlier). If, for instance, a witch is working with Hera, a bowl of apples and a vase of irises would be suitable—and visually appealing. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with surrounding yourself with plants you particularly enjoy, for their fragrance, color, or shape. From the green witch’s viewpoint, all plants are sacred and all come from the Goddess.
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