The Witches Magick for the 4th Day of the Barley Moon – Marigold and Sunflower Faery Magick

MARIGOLD AND SUNFLOWER FAERY MAGIC

 

This is the time when flowers are in bloom and the energy of faeries is everywhere. In this spell you are creating a faery circle as a way of bringing this fluorescent energy into your life.

You will need a pot of marigolds and thirteen sunflower seeds.

Place the pot of marigolds in a sunny location. Call to Mari, Queen of the Faeries, to protect and give life to the flowers:

Queen Mari, give life to this flower

That bears your name and glows

with your divine fluorescence.

Place the thirteen sunflower seeds in a circle around the marigolds. As you do so, call out to the faeries:

Marigolds and sunflowers,

Spread the magic of faery powers.

Care for the flowers during the month of the barley moon, making sure to give them the care and attention they need to thrive.

 

 

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The Mystery of Flowers and Plants (Part 2 C – D)

Cactus – (endurance – burning love – maternal love – strength)

Cacti are unique, distinctive plants, adapted to extremely arid and hot climates and have water conserving features. Their stems have green succulent structures containing the chlorophyll necessary for growth and life, the leaves have become the spines for which cacti are so well known. The cactus is a hardy and resilient plant.

Calendula – (despair – grief – sorrow)

Calendula blossoms are used to ease indigestion, and calendula petals are used in ointments to heal skin irritations, jaundice, sore eyes and toothaches.

Calla Lily – (magnificent beauty)

The calla lily is native to southern Africa and is visible in many works of art.

Camellia – (perfection – gratitude – reasoning – admiration – good luck)

Each colour has a symbolic meaning including innate worth, adoration, perfection and loveliness (white) innate worth, adoration, perfection, loveliness, (pink) longing, longing for love, (red) excellence, heart flame. The English name is derived from the Latin name camellia, named after the Czech-born missionary and botanist George Josef Kamel, whose name was originally derived from the word kamel, meaning “camel.”

Carnation – (impulsiveness – joy – devotion – love – fascination – capriciousness) white carnation meaning (disdain – refusal)

Carnations were used in Greek ceremonial crowns. The name carnation may come from the Greek carnis (flesh) and refer to the incarnation of God made flesh. The English name derived from the flower name, from French carnation, meaning “complexion,” from Italian carnagione, meaning “flesh-colored.” The carnation is also known as “the poor man’s rose.”

Cattail – (prosperity – peace)

Cattails or bulrushes, are wetland plants with spongy, strap-like leaves and creeping stems, the thick root can be ground to make a flour substitute. The spread of cattails assists the process of open water bodies being converted to vegetated marshland and eventually to dry land.

Chamomile (action – movement – energy)

The extract of German chamomile is taken as a strong tea and is used in herbal medicine as a digestive aid, it has anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile tea is used to calm the nerves and chamomile makes an excellent mouthwash against mouth and gum infections. It is used in ointments and lotions and is very soothing.

Cherry Blossom (learning – education)

In China the cherry blossom is a symbol of feminine beauty, it represents the feminine principle and love. Falling blossoms symbolise fallen warriors who died in battle, and symbolise the samurai. Cherry blossoms in Japan are symbolise the transience of life because of their short blooming times.

Christmas Rose

The Christmas rose is purported to have flowered on Christmas Day, thus associated with the infant Jesus. It is a member of the genus Helleborus and is not related to the rose bush. The Christmas Rose (sometimes known as the Lenten Rose) of Mary Gardens, bears pure white or pink flowers.

Chrysanthemum – (wealth – optimism – cheerfulness – abundance)

The name is derived from the feminine form of Greek (Chrysanthos), meaning “golden flower.” Chrysanthemums are associated with death in Italy. Colour meanings (white) truth, hope, rest and friendship, (red) love, (yellow) slighted love. The Japanese put a single chrysanthemum petal on the bottom of a wine glass to sustain a long and healthy life, and Japanese emperors sat on their Chrysanthemum throne. The name is derived from the feminine form of Greek Chrysanthos, meaning “golden flower.

Crocus – (joy – happiness – cheerfulness)

The genus crocus is in the iris family, the plants grow from corm, are mainly perennials and found in woodland and meadows, crocuses are native to central and southern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and China.

Cyclamen – (goodbye – resignation)

Cyclamen grow in dry forest or scrub areas, have white, bright pink, red or purple flowers, and are native to Africa and the Mediterranean. They are part of the primrose family, although bare no resemblance.

Daffodil – (regard – chivalry – respect – unrequited love – sunshine – happiness)

In Greek mythology the daffodil is described as a pale yellow deathless kind of lily flower, that overspreads the plains of Hades, and is the favourite food of the dead. The traditional daffodil has a yellow to golden-yellow color all over, and due to breeding the daffodil may be variously colored. Breeders have developed some daffodils with double, triple, or ambiguously multiple rows of petals, and several wild species have double variants. The English name is derived from the flower name, from Latin asphodelus, from Greek asphodelos, meaning “asphodel flower.”

Dandelion (nature’s oracle)

In Medieval times the dandelion was called lion’s teeth, because its leaves had jagged tooth like edges. The dandelion has for centuries been consulted as an oracle, the time can be told by the number of blows to get rid of the seeds. For a prophecy about how long it is until your wedding day, count the number of seeds left after you have blown on them once, the number of seeds left tells you how many years it will be.

Dahlia – (forever – dignity – elegance – forever thine)

The dahlia was used as a food source in the 1940’s by the Europeans, when the French potato crop was destroyed by disease. The dahlia is named after Anders Dahl, the 18th century Swedish botanist. The English name is derived from the flower name, taken from the surname of Anders Dahl, meaning “valley,” from this “dahlia flower” or “valley flower. The Aztecs used dahlias to treat epilepsy.

Daisy – (feelings shared – innocence – purity – beauty – simplicity – loyalty – love) also known as (“flowery mead”)

The English name is derived from the flower name, from Old English daegeseage, “day’s eye. “Hairpins decorated with daisies were found during the excavation of the Minoan Palace on the Island of Crete, and daisies are believed to be several thousand years old. Egyptian ceramics were decorated with daisies. Maidens grabbed a bunch of daises with their eyes closed, then counted them to find out how many years until they were to marry. Originally known as ‘bruisword’, and used to heal bruises. It is considered good luck to step on the first daisy of the year

Dandelion – (affection requited – sympathy – happiness – love’s oracle – faithfulness – desire)

The dandelion is native to Europe and Asia, in northern areas and places where the dandelion is not native, it has become a weed.

Day Lily – (forgetting worries) in China (symbolic of devotion to mother)

The flower means “Suited for A Boy,” it was used as a lucky talisman by expectant mothers who wished for a baby boy. “In China when the day lily has a cheerful position, the flower is called “Wong Yu.”

Delphinium – (levity – ardent attachment – fun – light of heart – joyous)

Delphinium derived from the French form of the Latin, Delphinia, meaning “woman from Delphi.” The flower resembles nose of the dolphin, and delphiums were thought to repel scorpions. The Native Americans used delphiniums to make blue dye, and the Europeans made ink.

FROM: http://witcheslore.com/bookofshadows/herbology/the-mystery-of-flowers-and-plants/3649/

Flower Petal Spell Paper

Its time to break out the fun stuff guys! Magick User’s University is all about interesting crafts that can be useful during your travel through the world of Magick. Today, we’re going to focus on a project of making Flower Petal Spell Paper today in Spellcraft 101.
+ So what is Flower Petal Spell Paper?
Well, its a fancy name for paper with flower petals in it. There are a lot of great things you can use it for besides spellcraft, such as scrapbooking, making bookmarks, and other crafts. It all depends on how many flower petals you put in it, and exactly what purpose this paper is for.
+ Flower Petal Spell Paper +
The Flower Petal Spell Paper is great for spellcraft and writing, as well as looking generally beautiful for any papercraft you have in mind.
+ Materials +
Flower Petals (in any color!)
Any kind of paper (construction, newspaper, etc)
Scissors
Duct tape
Window screen (or anything like that)
Towels
Bowls
Blender
The Flower Petal Spell Paper will be used for a particular endeavor in particular: making earth spells. For these particular spells, you write out an endeavor, wish, or project that you would like to see come true or flourish, and then you bury the small spell paper in the ground in efforts to promote your desires! Its a great gift for someone, or just to keep for yourself. Below I’ll have a few suggestions written out in case you would like to present them as gifts.
+ One: Time for the hunt! Even as witches, most people are more likely to spend their time indoors (I know I do). So, time to go out and take a walk! Collect as many flower petals as you can! In efforts to help with my enthusiasm, I took a few plastic cups with me (along with my darling Lore), and we set out on the journey of collecting flowers.
 Beautiful red flowers! I fell in love with the the moment I saw them!
The mighty Lore Sagemaker, forced to pick cute yellow flowers. ♥
+ Two: After collecting your bounty, head back. Cut out a square of screen, and fold the duct tape around the edges to form a stable frame. If you want, you can use something like popsicle sticks to make a frame and tape around that.
+ Three: Once you’ve made your screen, tear up some paper and stick it in the blender. Cover it with enough water to saturate the paper. And then! Whirl away, until its a nice, thin porridge/oatmeal like substance.
As for me, I actually don’t own a blender, so I got to watch Lore use one of her top-notch cooking utensils and beat away. She did a good job.
You’ll actually want it a bit more thin than the end result here… but this was as good as we were getting without a blender. Anyway, it will work just fine, but the paper won’t be as fine and thin (though I was surprised at how nice it turned out regardless). At this point, mix in the flower petals with the soupy substance and get it nice and mixed in there. If you have anything else, like seeds, this is the time to do it as well! You can also add a hint of cinnamon in order to make it smell nice!
+ Four: Using a spoon, spoon some of the mixture onto the frame. Smooth it out, using the back of the spoon to press out some of the water through the screen. Make sure to push any of the mixture off the frame and onto the screen.
+ Five: After getting the mix onto the screen, very, very carefully tip the screen over onto a towel (mixture down). Put another towel over and and press down on it to get rid of the excess water. Hold it for at least thirty seconds, continually dabbing. Once you’ve cone that, very slowly peel the screen away, until on the towel you have this!
Pretty neat, huh? Continue this process until you’ve finished with all of the paper.
+ Six: Once you’ve finished, transfer them carefully to a cookie sheet and leave them to dry outside. And you’re done! Now you have it! Gorgeous flower petal spell paper!
So what do you do with it afterwards?
If you’re planning on giving it as a small little gift to a friend, something general and heartfelt is always a great way to go. You can even write them instructions on a separate sheet of paper, telling them what to do with the spell paper. Tear the sheets into thin strips. On the paper itself, in ink, you can write either a notion, or a spell! Listed below are a few ideas. Think about what the person you are giving it to might need and attempt to cater it to them!
Good Luck
Sweet Dreams
Fortune
Good Health
Make a Wish
“Bring _____ (their name) fortune and prosperity, By this spell so mote it be.”
“Buried deep into the earth, Grow the seeds of wishes true.”
You can present it to them anyway you’d like afterwards. The project is a bit of work, but when you see the end results and how beautiful it looks, it will be worth it! ♥
FROM: http://universitywitch.blogspot.com/2011/05/spellcraft-101-flower-petal-spell-paper.html

THE MYSTERY OF FLOWERS AND PLANTS [Part 1 A-B]

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Witches and apothecaries have been aware of the mysterious and magical properties of plants and flowers for centuries, using them for healing and magic spells. Plants have a personality and individuality, they go through phases and moods just like people, sometimes they are active, other times inactive. It is thought that before a tree is chopped down it actually experiences fear, some plants and flowers are more sensitive than others and react to people’s energy and words.
Flowers and plants feel the energy of love and all plants thrive in a calm and happy environment, they especially enjoy music and have varied tastes depending on what species they are, the emotion they release is dictated by their surroundings. They have auras and react to people’s moods, becoming tense if around loud or erratic energies, they have an awareness and feel empathy. Tests were conducted in the 70’s, the discovery was that when plants were subjected to undue stress they fainted, and remained non responsive for a time.

In October 1970 an article was published in Russia proclaiming that plants talk, they not only talk they scream, they stoically bare pain and accept misfortune. It was written in the article, that a barley sprout attached to very sensitive electronic equipment, cried out when its roots were plunged into hot water. This sound was registered by the electronic instrument attached to the barley sprout, also revealed was a “bottomless vale of tears.” on a broad paper band. The recording pen zigzagged crazily out on the white track documenting the agonizing death throws of the barley sprout. Some kind of brain cells within were telling those conducting the experiment what was happening.

Professor Ivan Isidogovich Gunar, was head of a Plant Physiology Department, and along with his staff conducted hundreds of experiments on plants, these confirmed the presence of electrical impulses in plants similar to the nerve impulses in man. Professor Gunar talked about plants and their distinguishing habits, characteristics and proclivities. He seemed to have the ability to converse with them. A former engineer, Leonid A. Panishkin, became Gunar’s chief assistant. When asked why he gave up technology to work on plants alongside Gunar in his laboratory, he said. “Well there I used to be involved with metallurgy, here there is life.” It seems that plants also have short term memory.

In Bengal India, off the Acharya Prafullachandra Road, north of Calcutta University there are some buildings made of gray and purple sandstone. The main one is the Indian Temple of Science. Inside this temple there are glass cases which contain instruments that were devised more than fifty years ago, to measure the growth and behavior of plants by magnification processes up to 100 million times. Sir Jagadis Chandra Bose who built the Institute of research and its gardens, his would could not be accurately evaluated before he was so far in advance of his time.

Bose travelled to Europe in 1914, his fourth scientific journey, in England Bose conducted an experiment using his highly sensitive instruments, the specimens he tested were Mimosa pudica and Desmodium gyrons. In his demonstrations at Cambridge and Oxford, the audience was shown how a plant that was touched on one side would shiver and react on the other.

Rudolf Jakob Damerarius, a German professor of medicine and director of the botanical gardens at Tubingen, published a book in 1694, he was the first botanist to reveal that flowering plants have sex and that pollen is necessary for fertilization and seed formation. He stated that plants have female organs in the form of vulva, vagina, uterus and ovaries, serving the same functions as they do in women, as well as male organs in the form of penis, and testes, designed to sprinkle the air with billions of spermatozoa. And like animals and women, flowers exude a powerful and seductive odor when ready for mating, triggering bees, birds and butterflies to join in these rites. Flowers that are not fertilized will emit a strong fragrance for up to eight days, or until the plant withers, once the flower is impregnated the powerful fragrance ceases.

In the mid 1900’s Gustav Theodor Fechner came to a profound understanding that plants possessed a soul and had undreamed of sensitivity, he believed that all things in different ways express a cosmic soul. He thought it was just a likely that “plant people”, rooted to the spot and living their serene lives, might be wondering why humans were rushing around all the time. Just as there are souls running and leaping and screeching, there are likely to be souls which bloom in calm and stillness, exhaling fragrance satisfying their thirst with dew. All this while communicating with each other by the perfume they exude, and becoming aware of each other through their senses, just as people recognize each other by voice, flowers recognize each other by scent.

In the twentieth century, Semyon Davidovich Kirlian, an electrician and amateur photographer, and his wife, Valentina, built a laboratory in the corner of their small apartment. One evening they made the discovery that allowed them to photographically reproduce (with neither lense nor camera), an otherworldly luminescence which emanated from all living things, but could not be detected by the naked eye. A plant specialist from Moscow sought the couple out, appearing as a stranger at their apartment and asking them if they could make photographs of the strange energy, which he had heard only they could make visible on film. The man then handed them what appeared to be two identical leaves and they began their work immediately he left that evening, staying up until the early hours of the morning working. They were disappointed to find that only one leaf produced viable energy flares from its leaves, from the other a barely discernable energy.

They showed what they assumed was a poor result to the scientist, he was ecstatic with the results shouting “but you’ve found it, you’ve proven it photographically!” The scientist then explained to the couple that although the leaves looked identical, one had been plucked from a diseased plant, and the other from a healthy specimen. The pictures taken by the couple clearly differentiated between the two specimens, illness actually manifest in a plant’s energy field before its physical body showed symptoms.

For centuries philosophers and seers alleged that plants, animals and human beings, have fields of photoplasmic energy which permeate the solid physical bodies of molecules and atoms. In ancient iconography, the “aura” depicted around the bodies of saints, with golden halos around the head, has been claimed by those with the psychic gift since historical documentation began. The Kirlians discovered how to photograph an aura, by placing film in contact with an object they wished to photograph. They then passed through the object an electric current from a high frequency spark generator, which put out 75,000 to 200,000 electrical pulses per second.

When leaves were placed with film between the electrodes of their device, a micro-universe of tiny starry points of light were revealed. Emanating out of what looked to be channels in the leaves were white, blue, red and yellow flares. These force fields around a leaf became distorted if the leaf was damaged, diminishing and disappearing as the leaf died. The Kirlians found that rays of energy and swirling fireball of light shot out of plants into space.

It was some years before Russia showed interest in the astounding work of the Kirlians. In 1968 a scientific paper was written, based on the work of the Kirlians, by Professor Vladimir Inyushin, while working with several of his colleagues in Russia. Inyushin went a step further than Kirlian, who believed the strange energy in his pictures was caused by “changing the non-electrical properties of bodies into electrical properties which are transferred to film.” Professor Inyushin and his collaborators declared that the bioluminescence visible in Kirlian pictures was not caused by the electrical state of the organism, but by “biological plasma body,” a new word for the “astral” or “etheric” body of the ancients.

During six years researching Kirlian photography, Professor Inyushin discovered that specific areas of the human body revealed characteristic colours which may prove significant in the diagnosis of illness. The clearest photographs were taken at four o’clock in the afternoon, the worst photographs at midnight. Inyushin believed that his “bioplasma” body, was the “aura” or the “astral” body.

The research of Viktor Adamenko and other Soviet scientist determined that the “bioplasma” undergoes a drastic shift when placed in a magnetic field. And that it is concentrated at hundreds of points in the human body, which correspond to the ancient Chinese system of acupuncture points. These points were mapped as paths by the Chinese thousands of years ago, they discovered seven hundred points on the human skin, where a life force exists and circulates. The Chinese insert needles at these points to cure disease and correct imbalances in the energy flow. The Kirlian light was the most brilliant in the spots on the human body that correlated with the acupuncture points the Chinese had mapped. Kirlian photography continues to be used, particularly by those involved in occult practices.

The well-known Austrian natural scientist and clairvoyant Rudolf Steiner believed that cosmic etheric forces must exist if only by the fact that some plants will only germinate in the spring, no matter what amounts of heat and water are given to them during other times of the year.

Flowers can be a symbol of happiness and sadness, flowers and death are synonymous, with a history of use on graves and in funerals. They also celebrate the birth of a new soul, a small baby coming into the world about to embark on a journey of discovery. The scent of a flower can take you back to a time of sadness or happiness. We use flowers as a part of many rituals, the sight and smell of flowers in the home always evokes a feeling of wellbeing. In our day to day life flowers are used naturally and they are seen as a symbol of life, they are beautiful and they are fragile. There are many myths and superstitions about flowers, if you plant flowers on the evening of a new Moon it is lucky and the ancient Egyptians believed that giving flowers would bring them good luck. If a flower is removed from the site of a grave and thrown away, the place where the flower lands will be haunted ever after. Always give red flowers to someone who is ill as red represents life and healthy red blood cells, under no circumstances give white flowers to a sick person it is back luck. Giving a flower to someone you care about is a loving gesture and there is an art to choosing the right flower for that person.

During Victorian times flower giving was particularly symbolic, due to strict social guidelines emotions and thoughts could not readily be expressed between men and women. They relied on communication using elaborately created symbolism in the form of flowers. A language that all men and women, courting or otherwise, understood. Succint messages, conveyed as eloquently as the spoken word were sent via flowers. Thoughts, feelings and emotions were understood by the recipient depending on what type of flower was sent, whether there was a bunch of flowers or a single flower. Everything that could be adorned with flowers during the Victorian era, was, the home, wallpaper, jewellery, stationary, crockery, hair, clothing.

Adding to the elaborate language of flowers was the significance of their scent, instead of a gift of flowers, a scented handkerchief could be sent. For a woman to drop a scented handkerchief purposely in close proximity to a man was considered quite seductive. The first book written on flower symbolism in modern times was in 1819, it was titled Le Language des Fleurs, and it was by Madame Charlotte de la Tour.

In modern times flowers are still sent to those who are ill, or recovering from an accident or ailment. To welcome the birth of a baby or celebrate a marriage, to mourn a death or offer congratulations. They are given for birthdays, anniversaries, housewarming, to celebrate holidays and as a simple gesture of friendship. The modern world takes less notice of the symbolism of flowers than they did in times gone by. In contrast the tradition of girls being named after flowers is as popular these days as it ever was, and has existed in many cultures throughout time. Some of the names used are Fern, Primrose, Violet, Jasmine, Poppy, Lily, Rose, Holly, Heather, Lavender, Ivy, Iris, Fleur, Daisy and Willow named after the willow tree, many of which are found in Devon, in the South of England.

Magical Meaning of Flowers;

Aster (daintiness) (love, from the Greek word for “star”)

Apothecaries, witches and healers, believed Asters to have healing properties. Asters were laid on the graves of French soldiers to symbolise peace.

Azalea (temperance – passion – womanhood – fragility)

Azaleas grow as shrubs and small trees with large an abundant flower display. The English name derived from the Greek word azaleos, meaning “dry.”

Baby’s Breath (innocence)

Baby’s breath symbolises purity of heart, the breath of the Holy Spirit and tenderness. Baby’s breath is a dense cluster of delicate flowers, a favourite of brides symbolising peace, love and unity.

Bachelor Button (celibacy – single – blessedness – delicacy)

Bachelor button symbolises hope in love, and is also known as the cornflower, basket flower and boutonniere flower. Young men wore a bachelor button flower signifying their love for a young woman, the flower faded quickly if the love was unrequited. This beautiful blue cornflower is Poland’s national flower. Bachelor buttons have been prized historically for their pigment.

Bamboo (balance – flexibility – immortality – youth)

Bamboo is a symbol for long life and is the most popular plant in China, it is considered a gentleman with perfect virtues and has the balance of Yin and the Yang. When a storm comes the bamboo bends with the wind. When the storm ceases, it resumes its upright position. It has the ability to overcome adversity and stand firmly

Bauhinia – (harmony)

The bauhinia has orchid-like flowers that are purple-red and surrounded by thick, heart shaped leaves, the flowers bloom from November to March. The Bauhinia flower features on the flag of Hong Kong.

Begonia – (beware – fanciful nature)

Begonias grow in subtropical and tropical moist climates, in South and Central America, Africa and southern Asia. Begonias have showy flowers of white, pink, scarlet, yellow, and attractively marked leaves.

Bird of Paradise – (faithfulness – freedom – perspective)

The bird of paradise flower is named because of a resemblance to the actual bird of paradise. In South Africa it is commonly known as a “crane” flower.

Bluebell – (constancy – humility – gratitude) sometimes (“wild hyacinths”)

Bluebells are considered, not only beautiful but magical, they are closely linked to the realm of fairies and are sometimes referred to as “fairy thimbles.”  In order to call fairies to a convention the bluebells would be rung, and children who picked them sometimes disappeared. Because of her connection with war and death, the bluebell keeps her head bowed, as bowmen in the Middle Ages glued feathers onto arrows using bluebell sap. Bluebells are known as Deadmen’s Bells.

Buttercup – (neatness – humility – childishness)

The buttercup is sometimes called “Coyote’s Eyes,” from the American legend of the coyote tossing his eyes up in air and catching them again, when an eagle swooped down and snatched the eyes. Not able to see, the coyotemade eyes from the buttercup. Buttercups are part of a large genus of 400 species.

Flower Magic: The Secret Language Of The Flowers

There are many things that were known only about a hundred years ago that have become lost, and the secret language of the flowers is one of them. In days gone by it was held an important part of women’s education to know home remedies, about the qualities of plants and this had a large metaphysical component.

Just knowing that there is a secret language of flowers changes many things; and of course has many applications in practical as well as esoteric magic and energy magic.

Right up to Victorian times, the meaning of flowers was common knowledge amongst people and was used to transmit messages and information.

In this painting which looks so harmless to a modern Westerner and merely decorative, there is story told in flowers about the person who painted it, and the person for whom they painted it. That’s a second layer of information, invisible to those who are not in the know; because of this it is called the secret language of flowers.

If you look for it, you will find flowers everywhere – they appear seemingly harmlessly and randomly in portraits, in the background of stained glass windows in a church; they are carved in stone in palaces and temples; and often you will see a depiction of saints and important historical figures who are holding a flower, or are pointing to one.

On a visit to an old graveyard, you can tell the plants that were chosen to be on a person’s grave, using the secret language of flowers – and the vast majority of people walk right by and have no idea that all of that is going on.

Importantly, flowers were used to express emotions, especially in romantic relationships. Gentlemen would bring posies to the ladies; and the ladies would wear very specific flowers on their hats, or choose or make fabrics that would bear particular flower motives.

Any fabric pre-dating the Second World War has this language of flowers, this additional meaning and information, interwoven into its very structure; this is practical magic where intention is added to a natural existence and used intelligently in order to bring about a change in reality.Flower language magic sleep cushion

For example, if you put on a cushion a design that says in the language of flowers, “If you put your head on this cushion to rest, you will have sweet dreams of love, independence, freedom and joy,” that’s a pure piece of human magic or witchcraft at work. For people who actively practice the art of bringing intention into daily life and shaping their own destiny that way, the language of flowers, that secret layer of intention, energy and information, provides a dictionary of symbols that can be practically evoked in spells and rituals, in magic potions by adding the physical components of that particular flower to the spell.

If you learn the secret language of the flowers, you have a magical alphabet to make your own spells; this is how most of magic works, you don’t learn a bunch of spells and ingredients by heart, but instead, you learn what the ingredients do and so you can mix and match for every occasion.

Flower language in a portrait - a picture that says more ...For example, one of the only surviving flower language symbols is that of the red rose for romantic love. People might nowadays have absolutely no idea what a bluebell was meant to mean only a hundred years ago, or even what a Valerian flower looks like, never mind where you could find one or what its flower language message is, but it is still known that a red rose means love.

Knowing that, you can add the petals of a red rose to any love potion that has a physical/sexual strand to it; and also to any other type of potion where a physical/sexual strand would add a bit of va va voom to the spell in question.

As always, knowing even a little bit about magic opens your eyes, ears and your other senses to the simple fact that there is more to life than the dour ones would have us believe.

Wondering what was said about this lady in the portrait here by the flowers makes meeting with this image in a whole new way. Modern science will have us believe that our ancestors were all a bunch of idiots who believed in superstitious nonsense and that there is no such thing as the invisible worlds of energy and information.

I’m afraid they are the fools; and it’s a shame because the world becomes a much more interesting place when you pay attention and find out about such things as the secret language of the flowers, and how this has been used throughout the ages of mankind to tell us things most people now will never understand.

And if you make the secret language of the flowers your own, you can do many interesting, inspiring and wonderful things with that – even if it’s just choosing a wallpaper that has the right flowers for your purposes on it, and smiling every day when you see it again.

Below is a very short version of the secret language of flowers; for a much more comprehensive flower language dictionary from A-Z with a search function and a reverse list so you can decide the quality/meaning you need and then look up the right flower or plant, go here:

See the complete “Secret Language Of The Flowers” here.

Wishing you much joy with The Secret Language Of The Flowers,

SFX

Spring 2011

Flower Language: The Secret Language Of Flowers
See the complete “Secret Language Of The Flowers” here.

Amaranthus Immortal
Amaryllis Beautiful, but timid
Aster, double Variety
Aster, single Afterthought
Arbutus Thee only do I love
Acacia Friendship
Apple Blossom Preference
Asphodel Remembered after death
Arbor Vitæ (Tree of Life) Unchanging friendship
Alyssum Worth beyond beauty
Anemone Your love changes
Azalea Pleasant recollections
Argeratum Worth beyond beauty
Balsam Impatience
Blue Bell Constancy
Balm Pleasantry
Bay I change but in death
Bachelor’s Button Hope
Begonia Deformed
Buttercup Memories of childhood
Brier, Sweet Envy
Calla Feminine Modesty
Carnation Pride
Clematis Mental Excellence
Cypress Disappointment, Despair
Crocus Happiness
Columbine I cannot give thee up
Cresses Always cheerful
Canterbury Bell Constancy
Cereus, Night-blooming Transient beauty
Candytuft Indifference
Chrysanthemum Heart left desolate
Clover, White I promise
Clover, Four-leaved Be mine
Crown Imperial Authority
Camellia Spotless purity
Cissus Changeable
Centaurea Your looks deceive me
Cineraria Singleness of heart
Daisy, Field I will think of it
Dahlia Dignity
Daffodil Unrequited love
Dandelion Coquetry
Everlasting Always remembered
Everlasting Pea Wilt thou go with me
Ebony Blackness
Fuchsia Humble love
Foxglove Insincerity
Fern Sincerity
Fennel Strength
Forget-me-not For ever remembered
Fraxinella Fire
Geranium, Ivy Fond of dancing
Geranium, Oak A melancholy mind
Geranium, Rose I prefer you
Geranium, Scarlet Stillness
Gladiolus Ready armed
Golden Rod Encouragement
Gillyflower Promptness
Hyacinth Benevolence
Honeysuckle Devoted love
House Leek Domestic economy
Heliotrope I adore you
Hibiscus Delicate beauty
Hollyhock Ambition
Hydrangea Vain glory
Ice Plant Your looks freeze me
Ivy Friendship
Iris A message for thee
Jonquil Affection returned
Larkspur Fickleness
Lantana Rigor
Laurel Words may deceive
Lavender Mistrust
Lemon Blossom Discretion
Lady Slipper Capricious beauty
Lily of the Valley Return of happiness
Lily Passion
May Flower Welcome
Marigold Sacred affection
Marigold and Cypress Despair
Mandrake Rarity
Mignonette Your qualities surpass your charms
Morning Glory Coquetry, Affectation
Myrtle Love in absence
Mistletoe Insurmountable
Narcissus Egotism
Nasturtium Patriotism
Oxalis Reverie
Orange Blossom Purity
Olive Peace
Oleander Beware
Primrose Modest worth
Pink, White Pure love
Pink, Red Devoted love
Phlox Our hearts are united
Periwinkle Sweet memories
Pæony Ostentation
Pansy You occupy my thoughts
Poppy Oblivion
Rhododendron Agitation
Rose, Bud White Maiden love
Rose, Leaf I never trouble
Rose Moss Superior merit
Rose, Red I love you
Rose, Yellow Infidelity
Rosemary Remembrance
Sensitive Plant Modesty
Snowdrop Consolation
Sumach Pride and poverty
Sweet William Gallantry
Sunflower Lofty thought
Tuberose Purity of mind
Thyme Activity
Tulip Declaration of love
Verbena Sensibility
Violet, Blue Faithfulness
Wall Flower Fidelity in misfortune
Wisteria Close friendship
Yucca Your looks pierce me
Yew Sadness
Zinnia I mourn your absence
 

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“Secret Language Of The Flowers”

Meaning of Some Types of Flowers

Flowers have always been a big feature at weddings, too. As an example, look to the royal flower bouquet in the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, to Kate Middleton (now Catherine, Ducchess of Cambridge). Her flowers had very special meaning.

The groom, too, wears a flower that appears in the bridal bouquet in his button-hole. This stems from the Medieval tradition of wearing his Lady’s colors, as a declaration of his love.

One fun idea is to have a garden gathering and have each person bring a flower that has meaning to them. Or, paint tiles on a kitchen island with a flower that represents each of your loved ones.

There is a language, little known,
Lovers claim it as their own.
Its symbols smile upon the land,
Wrought by nature’s wondrous hand;
And in their silent beauty speak,
Of life and joy, to those who seek
For Love Divine and sunny hours
In the language of the flowers.

–The Language of Flowers, London, 1875

Please tell us which flowers have meaning to you! If we are missing one of your favorites, please tell us which one and its meaning.

Wish to grow a flower that has meaning to you or a loved one? Click on the linked plant names for free planting and growing guides.

Symbolic Meanings of Herbs, Flowers and Trees
Aloe Healing, protection, affection
Angelica Inspiration
Arborvitae Unchanging friendship
Bachelor’s button Single blessedness
Basil Good wishes
Bay Glory
Black-eyed Susan Justice
Carnation Alas for my poor heart
Chamomile Patience
Chives Usefulness
Chrysanthemum Cheerfulness
Clover, white Think of me
Coriander Hidden worth
Crocus, spring Youthful gladness
Cumin Fidelity
Daffodil Regard
Daisy Innocence, hope
Dill Powerful against evil
Edelweiss Courage, devotion
Fennel Flattery
Fern Sincerity
Forget-me-not Forget-me-not
Geranium, oak-leaved True friendship
Goldenrod Encouragement
Heliotrope Eternal love
Holly Hope
Hollyhock Ambition
Honeysuckle Bonds of love
Horehound Health
Hyacinth Constancy of love, fertility
Hyssop Sacrifice, cleanliness
Iris A message
Ivy Friendship, continuity
Jasmine, white Sweet love
Lady’s-mantle Comforting
Lavender Devotion, virtue
Lemon balm Sympathy
Lilac Joy of youth
Lily-of-the-valley Sweetness
Marjoram Joy and happiness
Mint Virtue
Morning glory Affection
Myrtle The emblem of marriage, true love
Nasturtium Patriotism
Oak Strength
Oregano Substance
Pansy Thoughts
Parsley Festivity
Pine Humility
Poppy, red Consolation
Rose, red Love, desire
Rosemary Remembrance
Rue Grace, clear vision
Sage Wisdom, immortality
Salvia, blue I think of you
Salvia, red Forever mine
Savory Spice, interest
Sorrel Affection
Southernwood Constancy, jest
Sweet pea Pleasures
Sweet William Gallantry
Sweet woodruff Humility
Tansy Hostile thoughts
Tarragon Lasting interest
Thyme Courage, strength
Tulip, red Declaration of love
Valerian Readiness
Violet Loyalty, devotion, faithfulness
Willow Sadness
Yarrow Everlasting love
Zinnia Thoughts of absent friends

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Bach Flower Remedies

Bach Flower Remedies

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Definition: A brand name of flower essences created by an English physician and homeopath named Edward Bach in the 1930s.

Bach was said to have believed that negative emotions could worsen or lead to physical illness and that flowers had the potential to reduce emotional stress. Bach created 38 individual remedies, each associated with a negative emotional state, and a “rescue remedy,” which is recommended for panic, shock and emergencies.

Bach flower remedies are made by placing the flowers in a bowl of spring water and then leaving them to infuse in natural sunlight or boiling them in spring water. The flowers are then discarded and the liquid is preserved with brandy, diluted and then sold in small vials.

Bach flower remedies are found in many health food stores. They are typically taken by adding two drops of each desired remedy into a glass of water, which is then sipped.

Pronunciation: Bok
Also Known As: Bach flower essences

Quiz of the Day: What is Your Spirit Flower?

Your Spirit Flower: Quiz

Our favorite flower may hold secrets about the ways we connect to our spirituality. In this time of blooming, take a walk through our beautiful garden to find out what your favorite flower says about your spirit, then read our suggestions for practices you might like to try.

You can share this with friends and find out what flowers they prefer: all of our spirits together make such a lovely bouquet! Take the quiz here:

Which of the following flowers is your favorite? If yours isn’t on the list, pick the one that comes closest.

Daisy: This sunny, optimistic type loves to connect with her spirit through service, especially in nature. Take nature walks, or participate in clean-ups in parks or other places you treasure. You will probably prefer the unpretentious simplicity of meeting up with friends to anything elaborate.

Gardenia: Exotic, sensual, and mysterious, this type is often attracted to esoteric Asian practices. Try reading a book on Tantric sexuality, or create a sanctuary for your spirit with brocaded hangings, mirrored cushions, lush flowers, and incense.

Iris: The iris is often the favorite flower of many body-workers and other healers. Explore deep meditation, sound healing, or the power of serene images of nature. You may also enjoy expressing your spirit with chanting or yoga.

Calla Lily: This flower embodies grace, dignity, and a Goddess-like presence. You may be drawn to the power and beauty of ritual, and to practices inspired by the ancient Goddesses.

Poppy: This unconventional type may love ecstatic trance dance as an expression of her vibrant spirit. Poppy types are often conduits for spirit when they perform or create, so you might want to explore venues for your creative gifts. Sign up for a workshop!

Rose: Rose-lovers express their spirits through acts of love and friendship for others. They may be drawn to the comfort of traditional services, and the beauty and grace of old hymns or other devotional music.

Violet: The violet type is deeply sensitive and empathic. She will show her devotion in private and uniquely personal practices. A violet person might want to try a daily reading of inspirational quotes, or may find herself attracted to the writings of the mystics. She may want to express her own spiritual insights in poems or other written pieces, as well.

Ostara Ritual

Ostara Ritual

Flowers should be laid on the altar, placed around the circle and spread on the ground. The cauldron  can be filled with spring water and flowers, buds and blossoms may be worn as well. Arrange the altar, light the candle and incense, and cast the Circle. Say:

“Great goddess, you have freed yourself
From the icy prison of winter.
Now is the greening, when the fragrance of
Flowers drifts on the breeze.
This is the beginning. Life renews itself
By Your magic, Earth Goddess.
The God stretches and rises,
Tiger in His youth, and bursting with
The promise of summer.”

“I walk the earth in friendship, not in dominance.
Mother Goddess and Father god, instil within me
Thorough this plant a warmth for all living things.
Teach me to revere the Earth and all its treasures.
May I never forget.”

Straight from

Raven and Crow

Ostara Lore

OSTARA  LORE

A traditional Vernal Equinox pastime: go to a field and randomly collect wildflowers [Thank  the flowers for their sacrifice before picking them, using a collection formula such as can be found in “An Herbal Grimoire”].  Or buy some from a florist, taking one or two of those that appeal to you. Then bring them home and divine their magickal meanings by the use of books, your own intuition, a pendulum or by other  means. The flowers you’ve chosen reveal your inner thoughts and emotions.

It is important at this time of renewed life to plan a walk (or a ride) through gardens, a  park, woodlands, forest and other green places. This is not simply exercise, and you should be on no other mission. It isn’t even just an appreciation of nature. Make your walk celebratory, a ritual for nature itself.

Other traditional activities include planting seeds, working on magickal gardens and  practicing all forms of herb work – magickal, medicinal, cosmetic, culinary and artistic.

Foods in tune with this day (linking your meals with the seasons is a fine way of attuning  with nature) include those made of seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds, as well as pine nuts.

Sprouts are equally appropriate, as are leafy, green vegetables. Flower dishes such as stuffed nasturtiums or carnation cupcakes also find their place here. [Find a book of flower cooking or simply make spice cupcakes. Ice with pink frosting and place a fresh carnation  petal on each cupcake.  Stuff nasturtium blossoms with a mixture made with cream cheese, chopped nuts, chives and watercress.]

Correspondences for Spring Equinox

Oestre – Spring Equinox – March 20 

Theme: balance – energy breaking out – spring-cleaning

Colours: mauve, pink, pale green & yellow, pastels

Oils: lily of the valley, violet, honeysuckle

Philtre: fumitory, horehound, lavender, lovage, lemon balm, celandine, orris root

Candles: mauve, pink, pale green, blue & yellow, pastels

Flowers: daffodil, jonquil, violet, dogwood, spring bulbs

Incense: lavender

Stones: bloodstone

Food & Drink: rose wine, eggs, lamb & barley stew, Brussels sprouts, hot crossed buns