Guest Author - Amelia Tucker
This final article in the Spellwork series is dedicated to all things green. There are many of us who feel a special or spiritual connection to green plants and herbs. For some, it is these very things that call when we are thinking of creating our spells and rituals. Smelling the earth itself can clarify our thoughts. The clean scent of a brushed LemonBalm leaf or the sharp clear zing of a Mint leaf can evoke a reaction or remind us of what our spell's purpose is.
Here are some of the common herbs that grow in our gardens. Is there one here that is particularly special to you? If so, learn as much as you can about that plant's meaning. It may be that you have a connection to it for a deeper reason than simple attraction to beauty.
Anise-spicy and sweet, this licorice scented herb is for purification and protection. Also aids in creative endeavors.
Rosemary-crisp and clarifying, the scent of Rosemary is instantly recognized by almost anyone with basic knowledge of cooking and herbs. Rosemary is used for protection courage, strength and cleansing.
Thyme-This herb has an unassuming appearance and yet if crushed, the heady perfume of its leaves is surprising. It is true that the best things often come in small packages as very often Thyme is found along walkways and considered a foil or groundcover in a flowerbed. It can be grown amongst the rocks and accidentally brushed or stepped on to release its powerful scent. Thyme is used in magic for warding off negativity, healing and psychic power.
Sage-There are many different types of Sage, some more fragrant when burned than others but all can be used in this fashion. White sage is most often used in smudgesticks and specifically for its scent but common garden Sage is not to be overlooked for its unusual smell either. For magical purposes, Sage is used for immortality, wisdom as well as its best known: purification.
Nettle- This herb is so often overlooked in a gardener's idea of welcome plants and herbs. It is too bad as not only does Nettle offer a delicious food source, it is also found on most any field or backyard that has a bit of overgrowth. Nettles is used not surprisingly, for protection, repelling bad influences, deflection and the like.
Dill- Here is a common herb. Spicy and pungent, Dill offers more than just a pickle's companionship. Dill is magically used for money, love and protection spells.
Garlic-This herb should be used wisely. You can use too much and it ruins the best of dishes. This applies magically as well as Garlic is for power spells and we all know what too much power ruins anyone.
When writing this article, choosing the herbs was easy for me. I wrote the first few that came to mind and only stopped when I had to actually take a mental breathe to start again. Greenwitchery is my special place. It is what comes naturally for me when choosing my spellwork and finding my center.
There are so many herbs and plants that call to me. If you have a particular herb you would like to know the magical meaning of, email me or visit our forum for more information.
As you garden, think of what spell you are planning and gather those herbs that seem to fit to place on the altar. You will visualize your spell's purpose as well as smell, touch and admire its beauty. Magic is all around us from the tiniest Thyme leaf to the largest Nettle patch. We only have to look and really see it.