Magical Herbs for Spells & Rituals–Part 1 Magical Herbal Correspondences

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Even though it’s the end of February, the unseasonably warm weather in many places has gotten a lot of us thinking about spring a little bit early – and with spring comes gardening! Are you thinking about planting some magical herbs in your garden this year? Even if you don’t have a big yard, you can grow herbs in containers to use in spellwork and rituals later on. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular magical herbs to grow, so you can start planning your plantings!

Herbs have been used for thousands of years, both medicinally and ritually. Every herb has its own unique characteristics, and these properties are what makes the plant special. Subsequently, many Pagans use herbs as part of their regular ritual practice.

Also, be sure to read about herbal correspondences to get a feel for which herbs are useful in what types of…

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Spell of the Day for February 28 – Flagstone Spell

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Spell of the Day for February 28 – Flagstone Spell

February 28th, 2017

Do you have someone you believe is sending you bad vibes or ill will? Then, if so, this is the perfect, simple spell for you. The spell does not require but just a few ingredients, the main thing you have to remember is to do it every 3 months. It is suggested on the Equinoxes, so it is easier to remember to do. This is an old spell and over the years (even though it is so simple), it is has been tried and worked like a charm every time. Enjoy!

Correspondences Every Witch Should Know – Candle Colors

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Candle Colors

A basic white candle is good and covers pretty much every intent. However, if you want to add power to your intent pick a coloured candle that mirrors your objective.

Here is a basic colour guide, but it is your choice – if a colour shouts at you to be used, go with your instinct.

Abundance – green, copper, gold

Astral travel – silver, black, purple, blue

Balance – white, silver, green, rainbow

Banishing negativity – black, white, purple

Binding – red, black

Blessing or consecrating – white, lilac, light blue

Cleansing – white

Changes – dark blue, yellow, white

Closure – black

Communication – yellow, white

Confidence – brown, orange, red, yellow

Creativity – orange, yellow

Defence – black, purple, white, dark blue

Divination – gold, lilac, yellow, black

Dreams – silver, purple, dark blue

Employment – orange, brown

Energy – gold, red

Exorcism – black, purple

Fertility – green, brown

Friendship – gold, pink, brown

Gossip, to stop – black, purple, white

Happiness – yellow, pink

Healing – light blue, yellow, pink, pale green

Love – pink, red, white

Luck – green, orange, gold

Money – green, gold

Meditation – purple, white, silver

Mental clarity – yellow, orange, white

Peace – white, black, pink, light blue

Protection – black, white, blue

Psychic powers – purple, black, white, lilac

Transformation – white, orange

Spirit contact – black, purple, lilac

Strength – red, gold, orange

Success – orange, green, gold

Truth seeking – black

Wisdom – purple, black, white


Pagan Portals – Kitchen Witchcraft: Crafts of a Kitchen Witch

Rachel Patterson

Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days a Year for Feb. 28th – Kalevala Day

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Kalevala Day

The Kalevala is a poetic folk tale of 22,000 verses. It amalgamates gamates folklore with legend, history, and symbolism regarding ing the Finnish people and their land. The poem was memorized and passed down orally by Finnish bards. In 1836 the poem was finally written down, and this day marks the first day it appeared in print. The Finnish celebrate this day by reading the Kalevala, and then partake of a great feast followed lowed by song, dancing, and drink.

Let’s Talk Witch – Salt’s Usages & Superstitions

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Let’s Talk Witch – Salt’s Usages & Superstitions

Since time immemorial, amazing properties and superstitions have been attributed to salt. Salt is a crystalline substance that is produced as if by magic in water… and disappears in water. Salt is a pure product – that is, it does not contain any additional substances – that is white in color, and for this reason is considered to be “sacred.” We must remember that in days of yore, salt was extremely valuable, expensive, and indispensable to human life. Salt was so expensive that in many countries, gathering and mining salt was the monopoly of the king or ruler. Salt has good and bad properties.

The first superstition states that salt protects the person against the devil. This is why, when salt is spilled, it is a sign that the devil is in the vicinity, and the person’s guardian angel caused him to spill the salt. Since the guardian angel is stationed behind the person’s right shoulder, and the devil is behind his left shoulder, he must immediately take a pinch of the salt and throw it over his left shoulder in order to blind the devil! However, spilled salt also foretells an imminent quarrel between the members of a couple, perhaps as a result of the fact that in the past, salt was very expensive. “A quarrel with a husband always starts with spilled salt!”

Spilled salt is not only the sign of a quarrel, but also foretells days of sadness. In North America, it is believed that salt predicts sadness… since many tears are needed to “rinse out” the salt. For this reason, it is customary to pour salt onto fire, or onto a range – in order to “dry up” the tears of sadness. Obviously, the fact that tears are salty is connected to this superstition.

When salt is sprinkled on the threshold of the home, the devil and his henchmen cannot get in. (In fact, when salt or ash is sprinkled on the floor, the devil won’t come because he is afraid of leaving tracks.)

In order to greet an important or beloved guest, he is received with a gift in the form of bread and salt, or by placing a pinch of salt in his right hand.

If a pinch of salt is placed on a baby’s tongue, he will have a long, happy, and healthy life.

Incidentally, salt was used as currency in the past, both in trade, and especially as soldiers’ salaries. In fact, the word “salary” comes from “sal”, the Latin word for “salt.” This in fact means that “he is worth his salt.” There is a belief that salt provides immunity against poisons. This belief stems from the custom of former rulers, who would take a pinch of poison with their food in order to fortify their immunity against genuine poisoning. They mixed the poison with salt. This is the origin of the expression, “A pinch of salt a day prevents a change of ruler.”

The expression, “salt of the earth,” describes the cream of humanity. A Muslim proverb states that “salt was spilled between us,” meaning that a covenant was sworn between people. In the East, salt is still a purifying and sanctifying substance. Salt is sprinkled in the Sumo wrestling ring before every match in order to purify it of the evil eye.

 

Day-by-Day Wicca: A complete guide to Wicca from Beliefs and Rituals to Magic and Witchcraft
Tabatha Jennings

The Perfect Corresponding Spell for the Waxing Moon – Circuit of Protection Blessing

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 Circuit of Protection Blessing

Hold your hands over the computer or peripheral and visualize it working flawlessly. Wait until you feel the energy begin to flow between your hands and the object, then say something like:

I build an aura around you
A circuit of protection, true
By Waxing Moon it grows and thrives
Protecting jumpers, cables, drives
And every part that’s capsulized
Within your body and comprise
The mechanism that you are;
A strong protection that now bars
All mishaps that might come your way
I seal you from this very day
By circuit of my energy
As I will, so mote it be

 

 

Everyday Moon Magic: Spells & Rituals for Abundant Living (Everyday Series)
Dorothy Morrison

About the Waxing Moon

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About the Waxing Moon

Belonging to the Light Maiden, the Waxing phase occurs when the Moon grows in the sky from new to full, and it’s during this period that She gains power. That means it’s a good time to perform any efforts that require an increase of sorts, or necessitate momentum. Good candidates include spells that involve a fresh start, increased productivity or efficiency, the addition of something to your life, a victory or recognition of sorts, or good health and well-being. If you need more of something, Waxing Moon energy can provide it.

 

Just as with the Dark Moon energy, though, things can get a bit sticky here with some practitioners as well. Why? Because they also divide the Waxing Moon phase into two separate portions: First Quarter Moon energy and Gibbous Moon energy. Luckily, this isn’t nearly as magically confusing as the Dark/ New Moon debate. Simply put, they define the First Quarter energy as that which occurs from seven to ten days after the New Moon, and they apply it to any effort that necessitates increase. While they consider Gibbous Moon energy (which occurs, incidentally, from ten to thirteen days after the New Moon) to be of major magical importance, they use it primarily with only one goal in mind: to instill the attribute of personal patience while waiting for an effort to manifest— something that a magical practitioner can never have too much of!

 

 

Everyday Moon Magic: Spells & Rituals for Abundant Living (Everyday Series)
Dorothy Morrison

The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, February 28th

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The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, February 28th

Tuesday (Mars): Passion, sex, courage, aggression, and protection.

Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)

Waxing Moon
The Waxing Moon (from the New Moon to the Full) is the ideal time for magic to draw things toward you.

Moon phase: First Quarter

Moon Sign: Aries
Aries: Good for starting things, but lacks staying power. Things occur rapidly, but quickly pass. People tend to be argumentative and assertive.

Incense: Cinnamon

Color: Black