Happy Valentine’s Day 2019

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

Image courtesy of Google Images

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my lovely readers.  I hope today will be the day you become engaged to the love of your life… or the day you meet the love of your life… or the day when you renew your commitment to the love of your life you have been with for many years… or maybe you are alone and that’s alright with you.  Even if you are a confirmed loner, like myself [don’t worry, I have had love.  I just prefer my cat’s company these days.  Less trouble 🙂 ] go on and treat yourself today.  Open a bottle of Prosecco, order in something fabulous for supper, buy yourself a little prezzie…do something nice for yourself.

Nothing really magickal or sage to say about the day, except “enjoy it”.  Alone or together, you are worth it!  For those of you who do want to read something magickal, please visit my earlier Valentine’s Day blog – Love Spells.  It could change your mind about how you go about getting that special one to take notice.  If you do read it, I hope you find something in it that speaks to you…and helps.

So, enjoy the day and celebrate the love!  Happy Valentine’s Day x

 

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From the Wortcunner’s Cabinet – Sunflower

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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UKS BIGGEST SUNFLOWER

Arif Khan and his very tall Sunflowers ~ dailymail.co.uk

Vine House Farm is only one of a few sunflower growers in the UK, and the largest in the UK. Due to the specific growth requirements mean that Lincolnshire is the furthest north Sunflowers can be commercially grown.  And Arif Khan grew the giant plants at his home in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex and incredibly the flower has shown real staying power by standing tall well into October of 2018.  Still, any further north of Lincolnshire you will have to settle for a pretty bouquet from a florist’s and they will most likely hail from Vine House Farm.

Unless Climate Change/Global Warming continues creating sunny, hot summers such as the one in 2018 for the UK, chances are the country north of Lincolnshire will never be prolific growers of the lovely flowers as is America, from where they hail.  And, I imagine soil would play into the growing of them as well…although it is easier to get the kind of soil mix you need than it is to command the perfect Spring and Summer sunshine and warmth needed for the stately Sunflower.

We shall have to be content with what we have…and there will be no wild-gathering for you lovers of finding your herbs and such from the lay-bys and forests and open fields…although, if you fancy your chances, go ahead and give it a try this Spring on growing them.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained I always say.

I could bang on about the various place in the UK where Sunflowers have been grown and flower shows and such, but I’ll stop here and get on with the magick.

Magickal

Sunflowers harrisseeds dot com

Sunflowers ~ courtesy of Google Images

Many traditions see Sunflowers as good luck and it is thought that if you pick a Sunflower at sunset and wear it pinned to yourself it will bring the wearer good luck the next day.

To find the truth about something, sleep with a Sunflower under your pillow and the next day the truth of the matter will be revealed to you.

Why is the Sunflower a symbol of loyalty? Because each day the face of the Sunflower follows the sun throughout each hour it shines.  Would you like someone to be loyal to you?  Feed them Sunflower seeds.

For Litha brew a tea of dried Sunflower petals and sprinkle about like holy water in your sacred space for Litha rituals, around your Litha-decorated altar, and sun related spell work and ritual.

Because of Sunflower’s fertility effects it is believed that women of child-bearing years should eat the seeds to help bring a pregnancy if they have been having trouble conceiving.

Add the petals of a Sunflower to your bath to attract happiness.

For attracting wealth and abundance use Sunflower in a variety of ways.  The petals can be put into witch bottles, sachets, and poppets to draw wealth.  You can also make potpourri with Sunflower and add other flower petals and whole spices which attract wealth to set about in your home or business.  Eating the seeds can also help draw wealth… only be sure you’re also wanting to conceive if you are a woman 😊.  Bad joke, I know!

Sunflowers dried

My dried Sunflower ~ photo by i.macy

Sunday is the best time to do a spell for drawing wealth to your business, if you are a business owner, and the best time of the day is during the planetary hour of the sun.  A good way to help manifest your business wealth is to also use Sunflowers on your altar or dried Sunflower as an offering.

Sunflower is a friendship flower according to the Victorian Flower Meanings.

And, Sunflowers are known to promote courage in some cultures.

 

Healing

Sunflowers were originally cultivated by Native Americans and used for food and medicine. Medicinal uses included using the juice from the stems to treat wounds and infusing the plant in water to treat kidneys and chest pains.

Sunflowers aren’t used in medicine anymore apart from possibly in Native American tribes, however, the seeds are always good for one’s health.  The Sunflower oil you purchase in your supermarket is not only better to cook with than many other oils for your health, but did you know it is a wonderful massage oil? Excellent for your skin.

Correspondences

Planetary:  Sun, duh…😊

Gender:  Masculine

Zodiac:  Leo

Element[s}:  Fire, Air

Powers: wealth, fertility, luck, loyalty, and honesty/truth

Deity:  Baba Yaga, Ra, Apollo, Helios

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Sources

Dailymail.co.uk

 

 

 

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The Magickal Poplar Tree

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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POPULUS ALBA woodlandtrust org uk

Populus alba ~ woodlandtrust.org.uk

Poplar trees, or Populus – the genus, has about twenty-five to thirty-five species, and is native to much of the Northern Hemisphere. The name Populus refers to the fact that the trees were often planted around public meeting places in Roman times. They grow rather tall, 15 to 50 metres [49 to 164 ft] and have trunk diameters of up to 2.5 metres or 8 feet 2 inches.  Different species have names other than Poplar, such as Aspen  or Cottonwood.  It all depends upon where you live, I suppose. According to Wikipedia, in the September 2006 issue of Science Magazine, the Joint Genome Institute announced that the western balsam poplar [P. trichocarpa] was the first tree whose full DNA code had been determined by DNA sequencing.  Pretty impressive, that.

 

 

POPULUS NIGRA woodlandtrust org uk

Populus nigra ~ woodlandtrust.org.uk

Loosely speaking, the Poplar is divided into three groups, as mentioned above – Balsam Poplar, Aspen, and Cottonwood, in the United States. As far as I can understand, the only “like” or comparable Poplars which are found in both the US and the UK are the Aspen, Black Poplar, and White Poplar.  Of course, I have already written about the Aspen.  I did find some pretty impressive information concerning a trial which took place in the 1990’s where new hybrids of Poplar were being experimentally planted in the lowlands of England to see if they would be viable as trees to investigate the interaction on profitability….to test whether growing these hybrids would be worth the doing.  I imagine this investigation is on-going as the first seven years will be their baseline for all future events from this experiment…and I have found no ending conclusion of it in my research.

 

So, as we have nothing quite the same in the UK as all the species of Poplar which reside in the US… apart from the Aspen, which you can read about here, and White Poplar and Black Poplar, I shall write about the White Poplar and the Black Poplar, which both grow in both the US and in the UK, their respective genus’s and species being Populus Alba and Populas Nigra. The White and Black Poplar’s are both naturalised to the UK, having been brought from the US in times past.

Magickal

Being of Saturn and the zodiac of Capricorn, any part of Poplar is best used on Saturdays during the planetary hour of Saturn. The best spell work is achieved during this time for  anything to do with safety, power, success, intellect, travelling, communication [especially into other realms]; spells to help you get through difficult times, as well as when you just need a boost in a specific area of your life.

For change and success, the Poplar wood is best ground fine and used as one of the ingredients of your loose incense created for just these purposes.  You may also use it in talismans which you create for these purposes at your altar during ritual.

For creating a protection charm/amulet, you will do well to create your amulet in ritual as in a witch bottle, sachet, or poppet of yourself or the person you’re wanting protection for.

Creating a talisman featuring Poplar wood is also found to attract money and wealth; again, may be used in poppets, sachets, and witch bottles. And, of course, in your ritual loose incense for this purpose.

The leaves of the Poplar are particularly good for use in ‘flying ointments’ for those involved in astral travel and/or hedge witchery, and necromancy – to help walk the hedge and to contact ancestors. The Spirit of the Poplar is a guide during divinations. A perfect divination pendulum can be fashioned from Poplar wood which we will be selling soon in our shop.

POPULUS ogham EadIn the Celtic Birth Tree ‘astrology’ [which really needs another designation as it has nothing to do with astrology apart from the lunar months], Poplar is a tree of growth, strength, and visualisation. Its Ogham alphabet is Ead [pronounced hadh] for the English alphabetic equation of the letter E.

 

Healing

POPULUS ALBA catkins woodlandtrust org uk

White Poplar catkins ~ woodlandtrust.co.uk

I must turn to Nicholas Culpeper for he so kindly wrote about both the White Poplar and the Black Poplar.  You can be assured that much of what he writes is still in practise today.

White Poplar:  ‘White Poplar, saith Galen, is of a cleansing property: The weight is of an ounce in power, of the bark, thereof, being drank, saith Dioscorides, is a remedy for those that are troubled with the sciatica or the stranguary,  The juice of the leaves dropped warm into the ears, eases the pains in them,  The young clammy buds, or eyes, before they break out into leaves, bruised, and a little honey put to them, is a good medicine for a dull sight.’

POPULUS NIGRA catkins woodlandtrust org uk

Black Poplar catkins ~ woodlandtrust.org.uk

Black Poplar:  ‘The Black Poplar is held to be more cooling than the White, and therefore the leaves bruised with vinegar and applied, help the gout. The seed drank in vinegar is held good against the falling-sickness.  The water that drops from the hollow places of this tree takes away warts, pushes, wheals, and other like breakings-out of the body.  The young Black Poplar buds, saith Matthiolus, are much used by women to beautify their hair, bruising them with fresh butter, straining them after they have been kept for some time in the sun.  The ointment call Populneon, which is made of this Poplar, is singularly good for all heat and inflammations in any part of the body, and tempers the heat of wounds,  it is much used to dry up the milk of women’s breasts when they have weaned their children.’

POPULUS NIGRA buds woodlandtrust org uk

Black Poplar buds ~ woodlandtrust.org.uk

Black Poplar is a good remedy for urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and cystitis. It has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and diuretic properties well suited to alleviating pain and infection. The Poplar’s buds have all the help you need!  Add two teaspoons of the dried bud from the Black Poplar to one litre of water and infuse for 10 minutes.  You can drink two to three cups of the tea per day to stave off stones and to treat your urinary tract infection or cystitis.  For rheumatism, use Black Poplar bark in a decoction of half a teaspoon of dry bark to a cup of water, infused for 10 minutes.  Drink two cups per day to alleviate pain and inflammation.  Poplar has gallic acid, and salicin, both painkillers.  You may use the recipe above with Poplar buds instead if preferred. This recipe also is good for the gout and bronchitis and is very helpful with the common cold.

Correspondences

Planetary:  Saturn

Gender:  White Poplar, Masculine; Black Poplar, Feminine

Zodiac:  Capricorn

Element[s]:  Air

Powers:  Hope, Rebirth, Divination, Astral Projection, Courage, Ancestry, Protection, Healing

Deity:  Hecate, Morrigan, Tyr, Apollo, Zeus

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Sources

The Complete Herbal and English Physician, by Nicholas Culpeper

Whispers from the Woods, by Sandra Kynes

What’s Your Birth Tree is the New What’s Your Star Sign, by Isabella

Wikipedia

Druidry.org

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From the Wortcunner’s Cabinet – Juniper Berries

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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Juniper ~ ornamental-trees.co.uk

Of the Juniper bush, Nicholas Culpeper wrote in his famous The Complete Herbal and English Physician, “They [Juniper bushes] grow plentifully in divers woods in Kent, Warney common near Brentwood in Essex upon Finchley Common without Highgate; hard by the Newfound Wells near Dulwich, upon a Common between Mitcham and Croydon, in the Highgate near Amersham in Buckinghamshire, and many other places.” Of course, Mr Culpeper would not have known they also were growing in Europe, Southwest Asia, and North America.  He wrote about what was on hand mainly in England in the 1700’s and how each herb, spice, flower, and tree could lend itself to healing in the medicine of the times.  His information was good for his time and is still as useful today.

We can not speak of the berries, which many of us use for different purposes in magick and healing without first speaking of the bush/tree, of course.  And now that we have done, Mr Culpeper has more information regarding the Juniper, “The berries are not ripe the first year, but continue green two Summers and one Winter before they are ripe; at which time they are all of a black colour, and therefore you shall always find upon the bush green berries; the berries are ripe about the fall of the leaf.”

The Juniper bush can grow up to 25 feet tall…I would say that is quite a large bush, indeed! And any lover of a good G and T [gin and tonic] knows the primary ingredient in gin is Juniper berries. But we shall now ponder the magickal and healing ways of the berries.

Magickal

Juniper berries, if added to sachets and carried with, will protect the wearer from accidents and theft, as well as from attacks from wild animals and snakes.

The berries are also said to increase male potency.

If Juniper is grown by or hung dry by any entry door of your home, it is said that the home will be protected against evil forces and persons.

Juniper Berries are good for increasing psychic powers and other popular uses including incense mixtures for exorcism and breaking hexes.  It is also used in love spells.

Juniper has been said to be the guardian of the veil – the veil between the worlds.

For any magickal undertaking, the berries can be dried and crushed to be used in incenses for your purpose.  They can also be added to poppets and sachets for the reasons you wish to use their magickal properties and drinking Juniper berry tea is helpful when seeking out the other side as in hedgewitchery and necromancy. Do not drink the tea or work with Juniper berries if you are pregnant. 

Healing

Juniper berries are known for having health properties that improve memory and mental clarity.

Juniper berries act as a parasiticide (parasite destroyer) and antiseptic. Nicholas Culpeper writes, “The berries stay all fluxes, help the haemorrhoids or piles, and kill worms in children.”

Apparently, a great ridder of ‘wind’ [after all the rich foods partaken of back in the day, no doubt!] for Mr Culpeper also states, “…strengthens the stomach exceedingly, and expels the wind.  Indeed, there is scarce a better remedy for wind in any part of the body, or the cholic than the chymical oil drawn from the berries.”

Juniper 600 apr 2012 cma dot org dot uk

Juniper berries ~ cma.org.uk

Juniper berries are excellent to use in a tea for its detoxifying properties and can aid in the treatment of gout and rheumatoid arthritis.  This is confirmed by Culpeper as he writes, “…[Juniper berries] are excellently good in all sorts of agues; help the gout and sciatica and strengthen the limbs of the body.”  The berries are also known as an excellent diuretic and is proved again by Culpeper, “they provoke urine exceedingly, and are therefore very available to all dysuries and stranguaries.”

Culpeper also says Juniper berries are “a most admirable counter-poison, and as great a register of the pestilence as any growing; they are excellent good against the bitings of venomous beasts.”  I have no doubt this is true.

Correspondences

Planetary:  Sun

Gender:  Masculine

Element:  Fire

Zodiac:  Leo

Powers: Protection, Mental Health, Love, Male Potency, Increasing Psychic Powers, and Breaking Hexes

Deity:  Bridghid/Bridget, Dhatara, Frey, Helios/Sol, Lucifer, Mithra, Ra, Savitar, Apollo, Inanna/Ishtar

Folk Names:  enebro, gemeiner wachholder, geneva, gin berry, ginepro and gin plant

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Sources

The Complete Herbal and English Physician, by Nicholas Culpeper c 1702

The Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs, by Scott Cunningham

 

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Happy Imbolc 2019!

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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Today is Imbolc, a prelude to Spring, a day when the Celtic people celebrate their favourite Goddess, Bridghid/Bridget/Briget, and is a kind of festival of light because the days are growing longer. Spring proper, of course, begins on the 20th of March. Many marks the occasion by celebrating two days, overriding into the Christian celebration, Candlemas, which likewise celebrates Bridget, but as a Saint, not a Goddess, and commemorates the presentation of Jesus at the Temple when he was a baby.

Imbolc is significant to the Pagan people because the winter has been long and dark… everyone is expectant of happy, warm days ahead.  It is like a pregnancy in the first trimester, all smugly, warmly awaiting to burst forth. Depending upon where you live, you may even spy newly budding trees and some early blooming flowers peeking out here and there.  For the most part, however, most things still appear dormant and grey…but don’t think for a second everything is dead. No, rebirth is on the way, never doubt that at all.

goddess bridghid

Bridghid ~ by Emily Balivet, Etsy

Let us speak of the Goddess, Bridghid [or Bridget, if you prefer] for a moment.  She is, after all, central to all things new and fresh and of warmth.  Her element is Fire. Her planet is the Sun. And her most notable “power” is Healing. She is the harbinger of all we hope for in the onset of Spring. We’re all very tired of the winter cold, the grey days…and of course, this is the time of year where people start making good on their New Year’s resolutions to get healthy…We want to start as we mean to go on. I think therefore over the last couple of weeks I have been writing blogs about how to get healthy.  Perhaps I feel if I at least speak of it, I’ll do it? Ah, that would have been me a year or two ago, but I am really doing what I blogged about this year!

To get back on track about Bridghid, during Imbolc she is her Maiden aspect of the Triple Goddess.  This is the time for fresh ideas, Spring cleaning, clearing away the old to make way for the new. How can we honour Bridghid in this Neo-Pagan world? Easily.  One way my grown children and I plan to is by digging out every last thing we know we have no use for any longer and give it to charity.  This way we can help less fortunate people and to also make more space in every room of the house.  Not to be refilled with more unnecessary things, mind, but to  live in a cleaner, less cluttered home environment.

We are also planning a new herb garden this year, after the freezing and cold gives way to some appreciable warmth.  The old one has been neglected for a few years, considering the worsening of my arthritic back and hip, but I now have hope that these will be feeling better soon.

Then, one of our most ambitious plans is how to help clean up the environment and do more for climate change.  Of course, we have always recycled and re-used as much as possible, however, I have been reading about how to recycle more properly, like those horrid supermarket carrier bags.  Mind, we do have a dozen canvas bags but there is the odd time here and there where they are forgotten.  And the plastic carrier bags end up in the house again.  Of course, supermarkets often have collection points where you can bring back your carrier bags, however, leave it to me to forget and leave them at home half the time!  So, we have drawn up our very own Climate Change Agreement and everything is detailed on what we plan to do and how to go about doing each thing in the most effective way possible. These details all aspects of daily life in which we see a need to make changes and how they can help us save money and at the same time, do our bit to help save Mother Earth.

Some ways which may sound too small to bother with can mean a lot if everyone does it.  Some of the ways are:

  1. Turn down the thermostat one degree [minimum]. As Mum always said, put on a cardi!
  2. Make a list of all recyclables and find out where each must go to be recycled properly.
  3. As often as possible, walk or use public transportation. The less vehicles on the road that run on fossil fuels, the better. If you already own an electric car, I love you!
  4. Grow whatever you can to help reduce shopping costs and to have fresh produce right outside your kitchen door. You may not think you have green fingers, but I’m betting if you give it a proper go, you’ll be able to grow something besides weeds.
  5. Per my last blog, give up fizzy drinks and sugar. You’ll help to reduce the number of plastic bottles in the world as well as become healthier.
  6. Re-use everything you can. Make dusting cloths out of old tea towels, use newspaper for cleaning windows and mirrors,  make cat or dog toys from old denim jeans that are too tatty to wear any longer [never thought I would be saying too tatty about jeans!]; I think you catch my drift.
  7. Try zero-waste living. [Zero-waste living for the beginner, UK]
  8. Start saving for an electric car.
  9. It may not be “your job” but go round picking up litter in your neighbourhood or a neighbourhood park. Take care to separate the recyclables from land-fill rubbish and dispose of all properly.  You can take pride in knowing that unlike everyone else, you have properly recycled everything you collected.
  10. Whenever possible, buy products that are not in plastic. This means produce, dry foods, and toiletries.  You will rarely, if ever, find much of anything packaged in glass these days, perhaps apart from jams and preserves, but try to at least buy loose produce and food in boxes which can be recycled [no, I’m not talking about ready meals!]

A little can go a long way.  Imagine if everyone did all the above and more? It would make a significant dent in climate change.  Of course, there are those who baulk at climate change being a thing.  If you know of a politician where you live whom is against doing anything constructive for climate change, write letters.  We can work some seriously good magick for Mother Earth if we try.

And Bridghid will be proud of us all.   Happy Imbolc!

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Fizz Free February

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Blogs such as these may not make me terribly popular to those of you wishing to find out about trees, crystals, and herbs.  Still, I do hope you will give it a read and a go.  It may save your life or the life of someone you love.  At the very least, but not least, it could help you to be healthier.

fizz free feb

From Google Images

What is Fizz Free February? Most Britons will know already, however, for those in other countries it is, simply put – no sugary, fizzy drinks all through February.  Like Pepsi, Coke, Fanta, et al.

This is going to be difficult for me for I am a great fan of Pepsi.  I nearly always have one near and apart from supper when I like a glass of wine instead, it is my second favourite thing to drink apart from tea.  But I am going to participate in Fizz Free February because 1.  I am not that young anymore and my health needs attention and 2.  I’m increasingly afraid I could be headed for diabetes because the symptoms are accumulating.  So, no matter where you are in the world, would you join me next month in kicking the fizz?

Fizzy drinks are the largest single source of sugar for children aged 11-18, and they provide an average of 29% of daily sugar intake.  Sugar is, simply put, empty useless calories which only adds weight to your body and does nothing more for you than overtax your liver and cause a myriad of health complications.  If it affects adults  like it does, imagine how much worse it can be on the 11-18-year olds! A 70% rise of diabetes in teenagers over the last four years is proof of that.  And this is only in the UK.   Teens are still growing and forming…their organs may be young, but they are being overtaxed with sugar from such an early age it can only end in tears – tooth decay, obesity, diabetes, hyperglycaemia, cancer, heart problems, and more.

I will list a few problems people encounter when one indulges in too much sugar for too long.  If you can identify with three or more, maybe it is time to ditch the white stuff!

  1. Difficulty concentrating
  2. Dry mouth
  3. Increased hunger
  4. Confusion
  5. Shortness of breath
  6. Abdominal pain
  7. Frequent urination
  8. Blurred vision
  9. Fatigue
  10. Afternoon brain fog and sleepiness

These are all symptoms of both diabetes and hyperglycaemia.  However, they are also a huge wakeup call prior to falling seriously ill with either of these diseases.  If you are experiencing any of them, it is time to go to your GP immediately after you have chucked all the sugar out.  Of course, there are medications you could be prescribed, insulin for one, however, who wants to be stuck all their lives needing to administer insulin to themselves every day?  I don’t.  Mind, there are people who will always need to, but Type 2 Diabetes is certainly preventable.  Let’s not let ourselves go down that road.  We are the lucky ones.  We have a choice!

It can get worse.  Long-term effects of high levels of sugar include depression, anxiety, eczema/psoriasis, insomnia, infertility, and again – Type 2 Diabetes. No thanks.

I won’t promise you it will be easy.  The first one to two weeks you may be moody, irritable, tired, and achy, and possibly have flu-like symptoms.  But hang in there!  After only one week off the poisonous sugar people whom have participated in sugar detox in studies find their energy levels are more balanced, their thinking is clearer, and they are not eating as much because they feel satisfied with smaller meals. A plus side, if you need more, is that eliminating sugar from their diet often helps people identify some food allergies or sensitivities they may not realise they have.

It is said if you can kick a habit for twenty-one days, you can kick it for life.  Let’s all give it a go, shall we? Here’s to our good health!

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*Some information from Southwark Council, creators of Fizz Free February

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The Magickal Jasmine Tree

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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jasmine tree italy, brolo di nonio

Jasmine tree, Italy, Brolo di Nonio

According to ancient flower vocabulary, Jasmine means “amiability”. So, it is no wonder that the Moo-le-hua, a fragrant Jasmine, is employed in China and other Eastern countries in forming wreaths for the decoration of ladies’ hair.

In Thomas Moore’s ‘The Light of the Haram,’ the Enchantress Namouna, who was acquainted with all spells and talismans, instructs Nourmahall to gather at midnight—“the hour that scatters spells on herb and flower”—certain blossoms that, when twined into a wreath, should act as a spell to recall her Selim’s love. The flowers gathered, the Enchantress proceeds to weave the magic chaplet, singing the while—

“The image of love, that nightly flies

To visit the bashful maid;

Steals from the Jasmine flower, that sighs

Its soul, like her, in the shade.

The dream of a future happier hour,

That alights on misery’s brow,

Springs out of the silvery Almond flower

That blooms on a leafless bough.”

Jasmine is considered a birth tree according to a Druidry website.  When given this tree sign, one can almost always show an interest in politics or some form of public relations and communications or social interests. They enjoy getting their thoughts across.

Magickal

Jasmine flowers are believed to attract emotional love and are associated with beauty, kindness and romance. Jasmine is also believed to bring prophetic dreams and enhance psychic abilities.

In some places, the following mode of floral divination is resorted to. The lover, male or female, who wishes to ascertain the character of the beloved one, draws by lot one of the following flowers, the symbolical meaning attached to which will give the information desired.  There is a quite large table of flowers and their meanings, if drawn.  However, in a bunch of various kinds of flowers, if the woman or man chooses the Jasmine flower it means their intended will be cheerful. Likewise, for all the other flowers on the table, each has its own one-word correspondence.

yellow jasmine-nudiflorum_grande

yellow Jasmine ~ mailordertrees.co.uk

Yellow Jasmine is the flower of the Epiphany. To dream of this beautiful flower foretells good luck; to lovers it is a sure sign they will be speedily married.

Burn some dried jasmine in your bedroom as you sleep to help with divinatory dreams.  It is also useful to burn in loose incense when performing any kind of divinatory work such as pendulum dowsing, tarot readings, runes casting, and ogham readings.  Burning Jasmine is also very useful in lucid dreaming, astral travel / riding the hedge, and contacting the Divine and Guides in dreams and dreaming [including prophetic dreaming].

Jasmine also attracts money.  It is useful for  connecting with others emotionally, for wisdom, as well as creativity, particularly in the creation of something that will touch other’s emotions. Use the Jasmine flower or even use finely ground Jasmine wood in your loose incense for money  or love spells.  Personally, I would use the Jasmine wood in the money incense and the flower in the love incense.  You can also use the Jasmine flower in poppets for money or love.

Jasmine can be used for wands and I look forward to finding some to create them from!

Health

A native of the West Indies and Central America, night-blooming Jasmine is now cultivated in India, where the Malasar people use its juice for cataracts.

Helvetius [real name: John Fredrick Schweitzer, alchemist, 1625-1709] has left a list of classified herbs and plants which in his time were considered by experts in herb craft to exhibit peculiar marks and signatures by which they could be identified with the several parts and members of the human body. This may be said to have formed the basis of the system embraced in the Doctrine of Plant Signatures, and as it epitomises the results of the protracted and labourious researches of the old herbalists, who may fairly be said to have laid the foundations of our present system of Botany, it has been thought worthwhile to give an abbreviation of it. From this table we find that Jasmine is good for the kidneys.

Apart from that, I can’t find much else which Jasmine can be used for in healing. However, it can be brewed into a tea which may be how it helps kidneys.

Correspondences

Planetary:  Moon, Venus

Gender:  Female

Zodiac:  Virgo, Cancer

Element[s]:  Air, Water

Powers: Love, Psychism, Abundance, Joy, Divination, Creativity

Chakra:  Heart

Deity:  Venus, Aphrodite, Áine, Bastet, Eostre, Ishtar

“With Hyacinth and Jasmine her perfumed hair was bound,

A posy of sweet Violets her clustering ringlets seemed;

Her eyes with love intoxicate, in witching sleep half drowned,

Her locks, to Indian Spikenard like, with love’s enchantments beamed.”

“Moonlight of the Grove” By Anvár-i-Suhailî

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Sources

The Light of the Haram, by Thomas Moore

Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics. Embracing the Myths, Traditions, Superstitions, and Folk-Lore of the Plant Kingdom; Volume and Lyrics, by Richard Folkard, 1884

Druidry.org

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