Blessed Mabon 2020

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Today we begin Mabon and celebrate in many ways. Let us not forget why we celebrate.  Which leads me to “Can we celebrate”?  Of course, I needed to find out.

One of the first shocking headlines in my quest was from The Guardian – UK facing worst wheat harvest since 1980s, says farmers’ unionNFU [National Farmer’s Union] predicts yields could be down by a third as extreme weather hits crops.  And this being down to consecutive seasons of tumultuous weather conditions, most likely – very likely, brought on by Climate Change. We have had storms, high temperatures, too much rain, not enough rain… oh, nothing new, I assure you.  It has been progressively getting worse since I can remember a summer in  1990 where I felt overly warm all the time and put it down to being peri menopausal.  It was not that at all, it was Climate Change which caused the hottest summer since 1911.  I somehow could not get my head around it at the time for to be fair, seasons and temperatures, for the most part,  were about as average as they seemed when I was a child until that year. Of course, I had to blame the change in how I felt on myself.  And for the record, it really was not the menopause creeping up. 

I don’t pretend it is the worst the UK has been through.  And I have been looking around at other countries and I see worse going on within their borders. No way can there be viable crops this year if you are a farmer in Northern California, Oregon, or Washington in the US.  Nor in some parts of the states of Louisiana or Texas. I have seen bits in the news about the mid-western farmers having a hard go of things as well.  Hurricanes and storms are everywhere.  If you want to venture down into South America, people can barely raise enough food to sustain their families in many cases, let alone raise enough to sell. I don’t like pointing fingers, but a certain President cut off their agricultural aid some time ago and now wonders why everyone is trying to get into North America… they are hungry is why!

I could bang on about every country in the world, but I will not.  Let me just say I know everybody is having a very hard go of things and of course the Pandemic does not help.  All I wish to do is to point out that we are all in this together and together we should act.  We must do all we can not only for ourselves, families, and friends  but our neighbours, both near and abroad as well.  If we can just all begin trying to see each other’s side of things it would be a fabulous start. To be kinder to everyone. Not to bully others. Learn about other people’s race, cultures, religions before tarring them all with the same brush.  Fear makes people hate.  When 3,000 plus people lost their lives during 9/11 in New York City, there became a hatred of Muslim people all over the world like I would never have imagined.  And although since it has been proven these were not your average Muslims [obviously!] but terrorists doing things in Allah’s name that in no way did Allah approve, many people are still wrong-headed about them.  Because they have cultivated this fear within themselves.  Many Conservatives in many countries have also fomented this fear and hatred against black people [and Jewish people, the Chinese, and others].  It is because they don’t understand, nor do they want to understand.  How can it be right that we privileged whites could bring a race of people to our countries just to enslave them to do our bidding and never try to understand? Worse still, to now blame them for everything wrong?  I do not speak to all white people on this for many are happy to learn about their black brothers and sisters… for we all are brothers and sisters… to learn about their cultures, their struggles, what makes them unique.  But sadly, there seems to be too many who do not care.

How did bringing in the harvest amount to all of this, you ask?  This is how my brain works.  Sorry if it makes no sense to you.  But my point is – we must all pull together and work together. We must learn about each other and care about each other.  We must begin to love each other and help each other.  And this is on all points of things that are  on the minds of everyone in this way we live now.  Whether it is Climate Change, racism, the pandemic, we must all work together and make things right. Because I promise you this, the Universe does not help those who do not try to work toward the kindest end.  You can believe all you want that things will improve just by your wishing and willing  for it to happen.  But it is not going to happen unless all of us put in the work for it to happen.  That is the magick we need.

If you stayed to the end, many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wanders. I truly hope everyone has much to be thankful for this Mabon and may your harvest of large or small be just what you need. x

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The Magick of Foxgloves

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Foxgloves can both ‘raise the dead and kill the living’. The Digitalis purpurea is, as you may suspect from the name, a common heart medication ingredient.  I can remember when many the elder folk in my family spoke of someone on “the digitalis”.  I did not know at the time that the beautiful Foxgloves my Nana raised right outside from where I was sat were the plants responsible for so many lives saved.  Not her personal plants, obviously, but you know…

Still, at the same time, I was cautioned never to touch the stunning flowers, do not pick them. Just “do not”.  For some children that would have been a dare but for me, it was enough.  Not that I was any sainted child, far from it!  But finding that they could kill me in the blink of an eye was quite enough to keep me from doing any more than observing as bumblebees from far and wide came buzzing round and enjoying the nectar.  That was my Nana’s predominant reasoning with me for not messing about with her Foxgloves… the bees!  She knew that despite having been stung once in a tender place – between my little toe and the next – that I loved bees as much as she did.  So, that was a good enough reason for me to leave the Foxgloves alone.

photo from

Foxglove is a well-known plant across the UK, which produces a spike of purple-pink flowers between June and September. It can grow up to 2m tall and is found in heathland, woodland edges, and gardens. Because of its height, I nearly called this a “magickal tree” but then decided it may be closer to wortcunning… then again, we do not ingest this flower in any way [without doctor’s orders]– upon pain of death, literally – so it is simply this… it is Foxglove, purely a treat for the eyes.

Not to be confused with common Comfrey [Symphytum officinale]. Comfrey could be mistaken for Foxglove when not in flower, as the leaves are similar. However, Comfrey leaves are untoothed, meaning they have smooth edges, and Foxglove leaves are toothed. Great Mullein [Verbascum Thapsus] is another plant Foxglove might be confused with when no flowers are present. However, Great Mullein leaves are untoothed and are hairier than those of foxglove.

Foxgloves can be grown in partial shade, shade, and full sun. I have read where those grown in partial shade do not have Digitalis, or at least to a much lesser degree, but the ones raised in full sun are exceedingly poisonous.  I would always wear gloves either way.


Plant Foxglove to lure Faeries into your garden.  Dew collected from the blossoms is used in spells for communicating with fairies, though gloves must be worn when handling the plant as Digitalis can be toxic.  Foxglove grown in a garden around your home offers protection to you and your family.  Do not worry about planting Foxglove if you have animals.  They won’t eat it.


Planetary:  Venus

Zodiac:  Taurus

Gender:  Feminine

Element[s]:  Earth, Water

Powers:  Attracting Fae, Death, Healing, Life, Protection

Deity:  Juno, Flora

Other Names:  goblin gloves [Wales], witches’ gloves, dead men’s bells [Scotland], great herb [Ireland], folk’s gloves, foxesglew/fox’s music [Anglo-Saxon]


We have not read the words of Dr Nicholas Culpeper in some time. As we do not endorse using Foxglove medicinally [unless prescribed by your doctor] due to its deadly nature, I shall still give you Culpeper’s take on the medicinal purposes for Foxglove of which he waxes glowingly… only do keep in mind these remedies were written without proper testing back in the 1650’s and earlier. Culpeper’s book was published in 1653.  Read only for amusement, please.

[Government and virtues] The plant is under dominion of Venus, being of a gentle, cleansing nature, and withal, very friendly to nature.  The herb is familiarly and frequently by the Italians to heal any fresh or green wound, the leaves being but bruised and bound thereon; and the juice thereof is also used on old sores, to cleanse, dry, and heal them.  The decoction hereof made up with some sugar or honey, is available to cleanse and purge the body, both upwards and downwards, sometimes of tough phlegm and clammy humours, and to open obstructions of the liver and spleen.  It has been found by experience to be available for the king’s evil [1], the herb bruised and applied or an ointment made with the juice thereof, and so used; and a decoction of two handfuls thereof, with four ounces of Polipody [2], in ale, has been found by late experience to cure divers, of the falling sickness that have been troubled with it above twenty years.  I am confident that an ointment of it is one of the best remedies for a scabby head that is.

I find it quite odd that he never mentions Foxglove as an aid to heart problems. Still, it was still early doors in medicine those days.

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x


[1]  King’s Evil, scrofula

[2] Likely referring to the Polypody fern

Cunningham’s Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs, by Scott Cunningham

The Complete Herbal and English Physician, by Nicholas Culpeper

Some little experience

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A Few Home Truths

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram: @thewandcarver

Let’s forget about the numbers.  The numbers of infected around the world; the numbers of the dead.  They are just numbers.  Numbers do not affect the psyche of people.  It is a moot point.

What will it take, if not numbers? It will take compassion.  It will take empathy… and a whole lot of love. But again… this only seems to apply to some whilst others run amok and do what they please, never caring about themselves or their partner or child or parents or friends. Freedom they say.  Freedom from mask wearing. Freedom from social distancing. Freedom from having to work at home or lockdowns.  At what price, freedom? A costly, horrible price is their so-called freedom.

One does not help but hear news from around the world these days. Have you ever before seen such a proliferation of news from all countries?  This gives anybody who thinks beyond the tip of their noses the idea that we are all in this together, does it not?  But do we act like we are in this together? Hardly. 

One of the worst hit countries on the planet now, as of this writing, [keep in mind these numbers will have gone up by the time you read this] has 6,287,362 cases.  188,688 deaths.  282,919 new cases in the last seven days [1].  Did you also know that as of two hours ago a study came out called The Contagion Externality of a Superspreading Event: The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and COVID-19 [2].  It says nearly 267,000 new coronavirus cases in America between Aug. 2 and Sept. 2 can be traced to one “super-spreader” event –  Sturgis [3].  If you have not done the maths yet, here you go: 282, 919 minus 267,000 equals 15,919.  That is still a lot of new cases. But think how much less of a burden on the healthcare system it would have been compared to the new 267,000 case in addition? And why?  Freedom, apparently.

AP Photo/Stephen Groves

It is easy for me to sit here and hypothesise, theorise, and generally judge all people’s actions comparing them to my own or to others. But it is not only down to ‘my’ feelings.  I read entirely too many news articles; I am sure.  And I watch both BBC local and World News entirely too much.  For the most part I don’t feel overtly sad or anxious over any of what is happening because I know in my heart eventually, God and Goddess willing, we will get a proper handle on Covid and we may not go back to the life we once knew, but hopefully a more caring, generous, and helpful life than we once lived.


In the meantime, I am appalled at the number of astonishingly STUPID things people are doing in the name of freedom.  How is going to a massively huge motorcycle rally ‘freedom’ in the middle of a pandemic? Especially when you can end up going home to share the wealth of illness with friends, co-workers, family, and people you don’t even know?  What about THEIR freedom?  Do you stop to think that maybe they would rather not end up in an Intensive Care ward hooked up to a respirator?  That maybe they wanted, when they died, to have family with them, and not an ICU nurse? Do you stop to think that the ICU nurse would rather be able to cuddle her children when she goes home at night rather than sleeping in a converted garage apartment so that she doesn’t risk infecting her family should she somehow have contracted the disease but is asymptomatic? Do you stop to think how many people could die because of your stupid decisions? Ah, your freedom has a price.  You probably will not pay for it, but someone else surely did. 

Am I being too harsh? I don’t think I am being harsh enough.  I don’t think people know how to govern themselves in ways that are conducive to everyone’s freedom, not just their own.  And of course, I know that not everyone is selfish to the core.  Thank the Universe for that, at least.

I am weary and sad from reading about people dying alone from this disease… from hearing stories from the frontline doctors and nurses, which, if they do not make you cry, you have a heart of stone; from worrying relentlessly about my family, far away and near, as well as for friends and acquaintances.  Now I know what my Nan meant when she said, “pray without ceasing”.  And one thing that goes round in my head most is, ‘dear Universe, please help us all learn to love one another and help one another’.  Because whether you believe in Wicca, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Sikh, or whatever you believe or do not… loving each other enough to be kind and help each other is not a bad thing.  It is the only way we have out of this mess.

Covid does not kill by itself. Let us not be accomplices. – Peruvian TV awareness advert

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander. By the way, I love you. #StaySafe





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The Magickal Dragon Blood Tree

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

The Dragon Blood tree is a very other-worldly looking tree, kind of like the Baobab tree or the Bodhi tree which all remind me of the kind of trees you might find back during the time dinosaurs roamed the earth. And so, they probably did.  This is a tree I adore for the fact that it produces, what many of us use in our practises, the wonderfully scented Dragon’s Blood resin. It is one of my favourites. 

Photo by Ken’s Nursery

Dracaena cinnabari, the Socotra Dragon tree or Dragon Blood tree, is a Dragon tree native to the Socotra archipelago, part of Yemen, located in the Arabian Sea.  There is a similar tree, the  Dracaena draco, which is found in the Canary Islands and found in nearby islands as well as  western Morocco.  It also produces the Dragon’s Blood resin but in early years was never  the main producer of the resin we all know and love until the cinnabari became threatened.  However, this has changed, as well. As of some time, both are endangered, sadly.

Both Dracaena cinnabari and Dracaena draco trees are quite slow growers.  It can take over 10 years for the former to reach one metre in height whilst the latter is not much faster.  They are now both called threatened species, meaning no more “real” Dragon’s Blood resin. It does not help that we have Global Heating [Climate Change] increasing arid environments and is predicted to cause a 45 percent reduction in the available habitat for Dracaena cinnabari  by the year 2080. What we are buying these days is most likely  from the Daemonorops draco.  You are not likely to find much in the way of real resin from this plant, however, the incenses produced from it are quite heavenly.  But I’m not fussed.  This plant is helping to stem the virtual demise of the Dracaena cinnabari and draco trees.  As they are endangered I would certainly rather “make do” with something else than to know both trees are no longer in this world.

So, purists as we may be with what we use, please, be happy with what we can have. And that is Daemonoprops draco for which our magickal correspondences will be given for.


Dragon’s Blood, as we shall refer to it as from herein, is used with incredibly good results in protection magick.  Make a sachet with a clove of garlic and Dragon’s Blood and carry it with you, especially if your travels cause worry about your personal safety. Burning the incense regularly builds a protection aura in your home and I always like to burn it after a good cleansing incense of Frankincense – to get all the mucky puppies out first. 

Dragon’s Blood is also well-suited to love spell work. Mind, you musn’t do any kind of spell which will infringe upon anybody’s free will.

Bring back an estranged partner by burning Dragon’s Blood incense. Be sure to only do this with the intention that it is asked for by their true will.

It can also be used for clearing, cleansing, and hex breaking.  Use Dragon’s Blood incense for cleaning the ritual circle before a spell. Use the smoke of the incense to pass over yourself or someone else to break a hex.

And, if you can buy yourself any of the Dracaena’s to keep in your home or on your property, you will be well protected, indeed!


Planet:  Mars

Gender:  Male [Tess Whitehurst says Female, but the consensus of most is Male]

Zodiac:  Aries, Sagittarius

Element:  Spirit

Powers:  Manifestation, Intention, Protection, Love Drawing, Money Attraction, Healing Rituals, Emotional Strength, Heightening Ritual Energy, Banishing, Love, Protection, Healing, Increased Potency, Honouring the Gods, Goddesses, Spirits or Ancestors

Deity:  Ra, Sekhmet, Wadjet, Bridgid, Grannus, Aed, Hephaestus, Helios, Apollo, Agni, Mātariśvan, Ilā,

Sabbat[s]:  Imbolc and Beltane

Other Names:  Demon Cane [Daemonoprops draco]


Dragon’s Blood has been used over time as an anti-diarrhoeal, anti-inflammatory, and for ulcers – the topical kind such as bed sores, not the internal kind as in your stomach.  Some suggest it is useful in preventing cancer as well as fending off viruses and bacteria in the body.  I would not know, if I’m honest.  I have never tried Dragon’s Blood for any health reasons.

The problem here is, the only studies I have found as of now are from 2011 and 2013.  Much of that information by now, over seven years later, are most likely proved or disproved but I would not know.  Therefore, please do more research before giving any of it a go. 

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander. X



The Magic of Trees, by Tess Whitehurst


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I’m still here!

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram: @thewandcarver

First of all… I’m not sure I can abide by the new WordPress publisher… it’s as good of a time as any for a learning experience, however, as this is just an off the cuff writing and not terribly important… apart from my apologies to all you lovely readers who come by looking for a new blog to read. I’m sorry for not writing sooner. How many times have us older folk written – on paper letters – to our family and friends that old line? I know I have on many the occasion. Still, I am truly sorry for not writing sooner. I have just been busy making as hard as I can go.

We have several new things in our shop thanks to all that busy-ness. If you don’t frequent our shop, let me tempt you with some new offerings!

I just hope I can figure out how to insert pictures in this new-fangled editor!

Witches Altar Besom, Corset Lacing, Pre-Ordering Available – cute, yes?
Dark Mother Rosary
Anubis Prayer Beads
Morrigan Invocation Incense
Cuchulainn Celtic dreamcatcher
Sea Witch Broom
Grandmother’s Witch Ladder
Athame Ritual Dagger, Ash Wood

This is not all, by any means… there is more. If you would like to visit and see all the new and old things we have to offer, just visit us on our Etsy shop. If you don’t see what you want, just send us a convo and we’ll do our best to make that special item just for you. It is pleasure to bring you the best in handmade wiccan and witchcraft supplies.

We’re also making a load of new [and past favourites] Yule decorations so keep eyes open for these as we shall be adding them soon.

Thank you for allowing me to toot our horn, so to speak. I do have magickal writings in the works for you and hopefully I can begin getting those out soon. I just hope this new blog editor won’t give me any gip! Not best pleased that the Preview button doesn’t seem to work… guess I’ll know when I post this blog if my photos are where I want them or not. Warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

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Crystal of the Week – Black Phantom Lodolite Master Crystal

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

black phantom quartz garden

My Black Phantom with little “garden” lower left side ~ photo by i.macy

Of all the crystals I have, this is probably the most precious.  It is a Black Phantom Quartz crystal with literally everything going on within it.  It can be called a “Garden Quartz” or Lodolite Quartz because it has a small “garden” growing within it… just a small one, mind, and my phone camera doesn’t pick it up well, therefore, you must take my word for it.  But the thing that gives me the chills every time I look at it are the inclusions!  There are [which I’ve tried in vain to capture] two nearly fully grown Quartz point twins within it and a third one on the opposite side.  They are smoky with clear crystals about them and they are partitioned from each other by what is perceived to be a thin black slab… these would be phantom inclusions of carbon or manganese, often echoing within the body of the crystal showing the form of a termination point from an earlier stage of the crystal’s growth.  It’s stunning and I only wish I had a really good camera to show you.

black phantom quartz inclusions

You may be able to see the Quartz point leaning left inside the Phantom. There is another beside it to the right ~ Photo by i.macy

Phantom Quartz crystals show the clear delineation of another completed crystal inside the main crystal. Many times, you will notice several completed crystals inside one another. In geological terms, the first Quartz crystal stopped growing due to lack of a “mother”, or SiO2 feed. During this rest time, cave dust settled upon the original crystalline structure [i.e. Quartz crystal].  When the “mother” solution was reintroduced into the cave, rather than a new and separate crystal forming [the most common process], the mother solution reformed over the original crystal, trapping and enclosing the cave dust or dirt and giving the crystal a ghostly look, thus the name phantom.

black phantom quartz slab

The “divide” or slab in between ~ Photo by i.macy

Otherworldly and rare, phantom crystals can be composed of a wide variety of materials including sand, clay, chlorite, actinolite and mica or iron materials such as Goethite and Haematite. ​ Phantom Quartz crystals are considered as Master Crystals because of their unique ability to represent the separate and unique lifetimes of the one Quartz crystal and its regressive properties and the ability of life after death.


black phantom quartz 1

She’s a keeper! ~ Photo by i.macy

As a business owner I have found that the magick of this crystal is strong toward helping me to push forward with ideas and the hard graft to realise those ideas as made objects for selling. If I’m stuck with no clear plan, this crystal helps me to focus and make a plan which will utilise ideas I may have had in the distant past but never “got around to”. The Black Phantom brings out my potential better than any other crystal in my crystals arsenal. All it need do is sit on my desk near me and I am remembering things I have thought of previously not to mention remembering things my grandparents made in their practise.  Black Phantom Quartz can enrich your life in many ways, both in learning from experience and in wealth.  It will not hurt to write what you wish for in terms of growth – spiritual, physical, or financial – and place the paper underneath the Black Phantom.

This may belong under “Healing”, but the Black Phantom allows you to rest and it also helps you to reboot from feelings of fatigue.  It can heal you in mind, body, and soul.

black phantom quartz point

To the point! ~ Photo by i.macy

For anyone who has experienced a broken past in any way, it will help heal you from your experiences like nothing else.  For those who are interested in their family genealogy, it helps to reconcile the differences and make peace with some things you may learn which causes you dismay.  If you are suffering because of a past life issue, please use the Black Phantom.  It will help you release your self-judgement.  Its emotional healing powers are unsurpassed in my books.   And it is all you need for grounding.

After using your Black Phantom, you can cleanse it by laying it in a dish of Quartz crystal pieces or passing it through the smoke of white Sage.  It is strengthened by either sunlight, moonlight, or both.


Planetary:  Pluto

Zodiac:  Capricorn

Gender: Neutral

Element[s]:  Storm

Powers:  Accessing Akashic Records, Business, Grounding, Mental Focus, Memory, Protection, Rejuvenation, Wealth

Deity:  The Divine God and Goddess

Other Names: None


The Black Phantom Quartz is excellent for strengthening the muscular and skeletal systems. It can be used to counter osteoporosis, fragile bones and weakened muscles. This stone can assist in strengthening the heart and lungs and supports the nervous system and myelin neural sheaths. Black Phantom Quartz are powerful stones for grounding etheric energy into the body for the healing of physical disease. It helps strengthen the nervous system and the cardiopulmonary system.

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x



The Book of Stones, by Robert Simmons


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The Magickal Dogwood Tree

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Dogwood cornus-florida-flowers-treesonline dot co dot uk

Cornus Florida ~

Yes! We do have Dogwood trees in the UK! But many of you probably know this already.  When I was quite young and my parents upped sticks and moved away from the big city life into the “country” – which isn’t so much “country” anymore – they bought a detached house on a good sized plot of land and my father, ever the Druid at heart, planted at least one, sometimes three or four, of every tree he could.  And he certainly did plant Dogwood trees.  As far as I can surmise, he planted Cornus Florida [from North America] based on the colour and size of the trees that I remember.  But is another which lives happily

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Cornus Kousa ~

in UK weather called Cornus Kousa [from China] and it has pointier flowers. However, there is also a Dogwood [Cornus sanguinea]  shrub which you mustn’t confuse with the American or Chinese tree  because they are ornamentally placed around homes and businesses and the

Dogwood Cornus Sanguinea flowers woodlandtrust

Cornus sanguinea   ~

Cornus sanguinea is typically found growing along woodland edges and in hedgerows of southern England. Mature trees can grow to 10 metres.

The Dogwood tree is said to live about 80 years under optimal circumstances.  I don’t know if Dad’s trees still exist as he moved away from this house a few years after my Mum died.  Truth be told, I haven’t been able to bring myself to go there again as I’m sure the changes may not please me.  But if they please the current owners that is all that matters, I suppose.  I’m not one to hang on to the past.


The writer Tess Whitehurst, in her book The Magic of Trees, likens the Dogwood to – well, a dog! She says the Dogwood gives you protection from what you wish to exclude and, like a dog, helps you determine whom and what should be excluded from your life.  Rather than growling at someone or something as would a dog, the Dogwood wood gives you the feeling you should step away from the person or situation if you carry it as an amulet.  It is said that a Dogwood tree is excellent protection if planted around your home.  This is exactly what my father did… as a defence in front of our new home he planted three Dogwood trees… he clearly knew the power of three as we never had a time so bad we could not pull through it.

The origin of the name comes from the smooth, straight twigs [daggerwood] which were used to make butchers’ skewers. Skewers used to be called ‘dags’ or ‘dogs’, so the name means ‘skewer wood’.  Tess Whitehurst in her book kind of got the meaning wrong way round as she says the name came from using the wood for knife handles.  But the point is [see what I did there?] is that the Dogwood is thought to be as loyal as a dog and is said to help humans communicate with them.  It is also believed that using pieces of Dogwood bark and its flowers in the kennel of a convalescing dog will ensure its health will mend rapidly.  In the Victorian language of flowers, the Dogwood flower means endurance.  Another good reason to plant one the lovely species of tree in your garden.

The tree’s name “Dogwood” also carries associations with the Celtic Irish hero Cuchulainn, whose name meant “the dog of Cuchulainn” referring to his loyalty.  Uncertain about this as I have no way of knowing if the Dogwood existed in the early Pagan Celtic Ireland.

Sitting under a Dogwood, particularly if you’re feeling melancholy and having a good cry is thought to be very cathartic. It is believed that the Dogwood helps you to get your grief out more thoroughly.

Place the sap of the Dogwood onto a handkerchief on Midsummer Eve. This will grant any wish you have if you carry it faithfully. Dogwood leaves or wood can be placed in protective amulets.


Planet:  Saturn

Gender:  Masculine

Zodiac:  Capricorn

Element[s]:  Spirit

Powers:  Empathy, Love, Loyalty, Miracles, Protection, Secrets, Sympathy, Wishes

Deity:  Saturn, Jesus, Venus, Hecate

Other Names:  Dagwood, Bitter Redberry, Box Tree, Boxwood, Budwood, Cornejo Florido, Cornel, Cornelian Tree, Cornouiller Américain, Cornouiller d’Amérique, Cornouiller à Fleurs, Cornouiller à Fleurs d’Amérique, Cornouiller de Floride, Cornus, Cornus florida, Dog-Tree, Dogwood, False Box, Green Ozier, Osier, Rose Willow, Sanguiñuelo Florido, Silky Cornel, Swamp Dogwood.


Historically, American Dogwood was sometimes used for treating malaria instead of the drug quinine. American Dogwood is still used today as medicine, but not very often. People use American Dogwood for headaches, fatigue, fever, and ongoing diarrhoea. It is also used to increase strength, to stimulate appetite, and as a tonic.  Some people apply American Dogwood directly to the skin for boils and wounds.

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x



The Magic of Trees, by Tess Whitehurst


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The Magickal Crape Myrtle Tree

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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Pair of Crape Myrtles ~

The Crape Myrtle [Lagerstroemia indica] tree is native to China and grows well in sandy, chalky, or loamy soil as it must be well-drained. And it likes sun.  In frost-prone areas, grow against a warm, sunny wall, or overwinter in a cool or temperate greenhouse. In warmer climates, grow as specimens, in group plantings, or as a hedge or screen.  I am lucky to live in a so-called warmer climate in the south; therefore, I have at one time had one of these beauties growing on a corner of my rented maisonette some years ago.  Pruned correctly they are magnificently stunning.  The RHS Encyclopaedia of Garden Plants gives it a rating of 2 stars for hardiness meaning it can withstand temperature drops of down to -5 Celsius. If you want to grow one in the north, I imagine it would be best to grow it in a conservatory/green house.  And not that I’m a bit thankful for climate change, but it has contributed to the fact that the gorgeous Crape Myrtle tree is growing better than ever in the UK.

But this fragile-looking tree has staying power.  It has a longevity of up to 50 years if cared for properly and is magickally attributed to good health and longevity of humans in the realms of business, partnerships, and love relationships. There is even a charm for life longevity.


As noted above, there is a charm for longevity. Aptly titled the Crape Myrtle Longevity Charm:

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Crape Myrtle flowers ~

Lovingly gather a Crape Myrtle blossom.  Tie it in a scrap of muslin along with a Haematite, nine Evergreen needles, and a cat’s naturally shed whisker.  Anoint it with oil of Tea Tree.  Hold it in your right palm and bathe it in sunlight as you say,

For timeless ages, I [they/this will] will joyfully stay

Nine times nine, forever and a day,

Happy, healthy, wealthy, strong,

My [our/this] life’s span is vast and long.

Place your left hand over the charm and cup it in both hands.  Bury it near or under a threshold you regularly cross.  ~ by Tess Whitehurst, The Magic of Trees

For love, plant a Crape Myrtle near your home to ensure your committed relationship stays strong.  This only works if the relationship is to your truest good, otherwise it will speed its dissolution.

A nice, hardy wood which would make a most excellent wand.


Planet:  Saturn [according to Whitehurst, many cite Venus]

Gender:  Feminine

Zodiac:  Capricorn

Element:  Water

Powers:  Business, Love, Longevity, Strength, Stability

Deity:  Venus, Artemis, Aphrodite, Hathor, Astarte, Ashtoreth, Marian

Other Names:  Crepe Myrtle [North America]


Not much can be found.  The stem bark is febrifuge, stimulant, and styptic. The bark, flowers and leaves are hydragog and a drastic purgative. A paste of the flowers is applied externally to cuts and wounds. The root is astringent, detoxicant and diuretic. A decoction of the flowers is used in the treatment of colds.  I have never tried any of this in my practise so use carefully if you do.

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings on all whom this way wander x


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The Magic of Trees, by Tess Whitehurst


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The Magickal Chaste Tree

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

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Chaste tree ~

Here is one you don’t think about every day.  The Vitex agnus-castus, or Chaste Tree, is a small shrubby tree from the Mediterranean with distinctive aromatic palmate foliage and elongated inflorescences of fragrant lavender-coloured flowers. It is one of only two species of the genus – the other being Vitex negundo – that can be grown successfully in cool temperate climates, the others all being tropical or subtropical trees.  The Vitex agnus-castus has also been grown in the US since about 1670 after the Great Pilgrim Migration. It seems many tree genus’s which were taken to America in times past have eventually been given new genus names, but the Chaste tree apparently has not been renamed.  The Chaste tree also grows in New Zealand, but its genus is Vitex lucens,

Today we will explore both the magickal and health-related connections of the Chaste tree for our purposes.


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Chaste flowers

The flowers of the Chaste tree attract bees! If you wish to help Mother Nature replenish our quickly diminishing precious resource, the honeybee, feel free to plant all the Chaste trees you like. No, it isn’t magick, but it is good for environment.

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Chaste berries ~

Apparently, the reason the Chaste tree got her peculiar name is from the story of the festival of Thesmorphia, in honour of the Goddess Demeter, during ancient times.  During this festival sex was forbidden, therefore Athenian women placed Chaste leaves and branches on their beds to dissuade men from making advances upon them.  Similarly, maidens yet without partners wore the flowers to stay chaste.  Curiously though in today’s times, herbal healers employ the use of the Chaste berries to increase fertility and sex drive!  Funnily enough, the anecdotal findings of the use of the herb supports one in balancing one’s sexuality. So, it would seem it may increase where needed as well as slow down when needed… win, win, I suppose!

The berries can be dried and ground into powder for use in loose incenses for fertility magick and sex magick.


Planet: Pluto

Element: Water

Gender:  Feminine

Powers:  Fertility Magick, Goddess Energy, Protection, Sex Magick

Deity: Ceres, Demeter, Persephone

Sabbat: Mabon and Beltane

Folk Names:  Monk’s Pepper, Chaste Berry, Mu Jing, Cloister Pepper


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Chaste tree contains iridoids, flavonoids, progestins, and essential oils. This combination may help control menstrual cycles and ease menstrual pain. It may treat some endocrine problems.

Chaste tree has been used to treat menstrual cycle problems and pain, premenstrual syndrome, and menopause. Chaste tree berries may help stimulate progesterone. This is a female hormone that rises 2 weeks before menstruation. It may help normalise oestrogen and progesterone.

Chaste tree is claimed to help treat painful breasts [mastodynia]. In European herbalism and medicine, vitex extracts are used for uterine fibroid cysts. They help boost breast milk supply in new mothers. The herb has a long history in balancing hormones. It may help lower the sex drive in people who wish to stay chaste.

Side effects, toxicity, and interactions

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Chaste tree has no serious side effects. Mild side effects can include nausea, stomach issues, diarrhoea, and itchy rash.

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use chaste tree. It isn’t known if chaste tree is safe for children.

This supplement should not be taken by people with hormone-sensitive cancer.

Don’t use chaste tree if you take any medicines, herbs, or other supplements. Check with your healthcare provider or pharmacist first.

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x


The Magic of Trees, by Tess Whitehurst


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Happy Litha 2020!

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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The longest day of the year has just rolled around again – well, not today but Saturday last.  I hope it was not miserably hot for you, wherever you are in the Northern Hemisphere. But it is now nearly Litha for us and we have a few warm months ahead, even if we are not allowed to go many places. And a Happy Yule to our lovely witches Down Under where it is Yuletide. We hope you are enjoying yourselves safely.  For us northerners, we must decide how to spend Litha on lockdown.


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I am, for myself, keeping to lockdown rules as best I can, being a woman of a certain age. So, I’m not going out in search of a festival, although I would certainly enjoy one!  This is the time of year in the past where, if we could get the time off work or just wanted an overnight “day trip”, off to Wiltshire we would go to see the sunrise at Stonehenge and feeling special because of all the generations of some of my ancestors whom lived there for centuries probably saw the same event at some point in time or another.  I do know of some whom planned to go regardless, and you could times that by 100 and it would probably be too many for proper social distancing. Yes, I know… it is outside.  But I also know what people are like and whilst they have a limit on how close you can literally get to Stonehenge proper; people will budge up as close as they can… and possibly get ill. I certainly hope not.

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Avebury Stone Circle, Wiltshire

There are generally thousands who go each year.  I feel that may probably be closer to hundreds this year, but I might be wrong.  Of course, there is also Avebury circle, another henge, which is also located in Wiltshire, but both Stonehenge and Avebury are being mostly excluded from visitors as the modern-day custodians of the two sites are asking people to stay away… owing of course to Covid-19. And, a livestream was being used for people to watch the sunrise -if unlike me – who missed it – you could watch.

Still, I don’t expect that stopped the Druids.  😊

How ever you enjoyed your Summer Solstice, I do hope it was fun. And when we celebrate the beginning of Litha on the 24th, I hope you have enjoyable plans for then as well.  At least we can “bubble” with some others, depending upon where you live.  So, stay safe and stay healthy and Happy Litha!

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

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