The Magickal Crape Myrtle Tree

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @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


RHS Encyclopaedia of Garden Plants

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

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

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.


my favourite pic of Stonehenge

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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Summer Solstice Blessings… and… Mercury in Retrograde, Oh My!

by Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Astro-Mercury-RetrogradeI apologise for the delay. Usually I’m a bit more on top of things. I try to be. Today was kind of a fail on that end of things.  But it wasn’t a fail altogether so that’s alright.  It’s just my way of starting Mercury in Retrograde with my usual cloddish behaviour.  I’ll be like this until it’s over, be forewarned 🙂 But all I really wanted to say is “Summer Solstice Blessings” to everyone whom this way wanders. I very much hope you were able to have a bit of fun today despite lockdown restrictions… in some places still. And, I wish everyone a not disasterous Retrograde.  For me, it is the time to stay away from sharp objects and opinions. I reaallly need to stay away from opinions.  And, hiding away in my room is also one way to cope well. Maybe venture out for a bite of food and a cup of tea now once in a while… or maybe I should just bring the tea kettle to my room. Ah, but then my cat needs feeding so I shall have to go out now and then. If only I had an en suite bath I could hole up in here for the foreseeable! I do have walnuts, however.  I can live a few days on those… but I like real food so…

summer solstice stonehenge telegraphDid I mention Summer Solstice? Good.  I think it’s time for me to crawl back into my hidey hole before I get any more boring :O

Oh! there will be a new blog Monday morning 🙂  I hope it is more sensible than this rambling.  Many thanks for sticking by me.  You are all true friends and I hope the rest of your weekend is fabulous x

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Crystal of the Week – Labradorite

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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I could hardly believe it has been two years since I have done a Crystal of the Week! My apologies. I won’t promise that I can come out with a new crystals blog every week or even every month again as I’ve been very busy making for our shop.  But I can promise I will try to do better at least.

So, I have chose the lovely and magickal Labradorite for this blog. Hard to imagine I have not done this one yet!


My Labradorite ~ photo by i.macy

Labradorite is one of my favourites and not just because it is one of the most beautiful crystals in the world with its kaleidoscope of various colours, but we’ll get to that later.  They are not only full of hues of blues and greens, purples and yellows but can sometimes be orange, yellow, brown, and reddish. There are some which have a decidedly black look to them in places as well which are Black Labradorite, a dark gemstone famous for its grey base, black specks & high luminescence. It is a crystalline variety of plagioclase feldspars which is mainly formed from a combination of sodium feldspar (albite) and potassium feldspar (microcline or orthoclase) at low to medium crystallisation temperature.  It is also called Larkivite by some, however, there are differences.

Labradorite got its name because the first place it was discovered was in Labrador, Newfoundland, Canada.  It can also be found in many places, including in Finland, Greenland, Scandinavia, Russia, Italy, Madagascar, Mexico, and the US.  The Finnish variety is called Spectrolite and is slightly different as it exhibits the full range of colours. Shall we get on to the magick now?


Firstly, Labradorite protects ones’ aura. This means it creates a force field throughout the aura, protecting and strengthening the energies within and preventing others from ‘tapping in’ to your personal energy and draining you.  Can you guess whom this would most benefit? Any Empath would benefit highly.  But just as much it can protect the non-empath from the psychic vampires out there just waiting to get in and suck your happiness dry.

If you are practising your psychic knowing, psychometry, clairaudience, clairvoyance, or clairsentience skills, Labradorite is one of the best crystals to have with you.  It can help you to develop your gifts as you make better connections with Spirit.  Labradorite is a Stone of Magic, a crystal of shamans, diviners, healers, and all who travel and embrace the universe seeking knowledge and guidance. For self-discovery, it is excellent for awakening one’s own awareness of inner spirit, intuition, and psychic abilities.

Wearing or carrying Labradorite allows one’s innate magical powers to surface. It enhances the mental and intuitive abilities of clairvoyance, telepathy, prophecy, and coincidence control, and assists in communication with higher guides and spirits in accessing Akashic records, psychic readings, and past-life recall. It provides an ease in moving between the worlds and permits a safe and grounded return to the present.

Labradorite tempers the negative side of our personality, the traits and actions that rob our energy and may produce depression or shame. It assists in reducing anti-social, reckless, or impulsive behaviour in children, teenagers and adults who are easily led into trouble by others, and may aid in detoxifying the effects of tobacco, alcohol, and to a lesser degree, hard drugs.


Labradorite is beneficial to the lungs, and may assist with respiratory problems, bronchitis, and colds. It assists in digestion, regulation, and metabolism.  It has been used in treatment for the eyes and brain disorders, to stimulate mental acuity, and to reduce stress and anxiety. It may also be soothing during menstruation, for PMT symptoms, and for pain relief.

When used for physical healing purposes, one should hold or carry as a touchstone, or wear as jewellery. When the healing process is complete, the stone should be cleansed under running water. If by chance its surface becomes cloudy, place it in a glass with mineral water and set in a spot where it will have sun and moon light for a few days so it may be recharged, regenerated, and refreshed.


Gender:  Masculine

Planetary:  Earth

Zodiac:  Aquarius, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Leo

Element:  Water

Powers:  Protection, Psychic Healing, Psychic Powers, Psychic Protection, Strengthening

* Chakras:  All [particularly the Throat]

Deity:  Isis, Arianrhod

* I have had a recent experience where Labradorite was very helpful to me by placing it over my heart chakra. I had had a particularly hard day and was quite upset. This helped me to feel as though all the aggravation simply flowed away. 

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



The Crystal Bible, by Judy Hall

The Illustrated Directory of Crystal Healing, by Cassandra Eason, 2003

Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic, by Scott Cunningham, 2002

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George Floyd

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

A few days ago, I had a lot to say to you.  I had my blog written in my head as I sat carving wood and pyrographing runes… it is when I do my best thinking.  But right now, on the day George Floyd is lying in state in Houston, Texas, US I have nothing remarkable clicking round in my head.  Isn’t that just the way of it?


Really there are no words, is there?

Why are people so flaming mean?

When did police officers become judge and jury?

Why in hell did we still have a statue of Edward Colston, murdering slave trader from the 1700’s still up in public view in Bristol – until the “thugs and criminals”, i.e., protestors [!], per Priti Patel, Secretary of State for the Home Department – tore it down and chucked it into the River Avon? Good on them, I say.


Why are people in the US still waving Confederate flags?

Why, after two centuries of anti-slavery, do we still need to fight for anti-racism?  Because.

Because when slavery was abolished it did not abolish the way white people thought of black people [or any people that were different from themselves].  Outwardly it made us look so respectable and kind to black people; after all, we just stopped the trading, slaving, whipping, and annihilating the self-respect and hope for a respectable future of a race of people.  How very good of us, our ancestors must have said.  Meanwhile, what did we do for those poor souls we had treated so abhorrently for decades and decades?  Nothing. Former slave owners received formal compensation for their losses from the British government, with the slaves receiving no reparations.

It makes me sick.

And, so it has been ever since.  And men like Edward Colston got statues erected in their honour.  Not that they had any honour.  It is said he used his ill-gotten wealth to fund schools, hospitals, and churches in Bristol.  And white people and their children benefitted from the benevolent gesture of a white man’s money gained by the malevolent taking, stripping, trading, and oftentimes murdering, of black people.  Horses and dogs were treated better by far. Not that they should not be treated well, but…


Black people are human beings.  Black people want and deserve love, respect, kindness, smiles, cuddles, equal pay in jobs, friends, happiness, hope for the future for themselves and their children’s futures – all of those things which make white people happy and get easily enough. Because they are white. White privilege.   Black people want to  enjoy these things as well. Some do, but even the most affluent or happy or well-loved black person has had to work all the harder for where they are today than did most white people.  And, it still does not prevent them from being monkey-called or told to go back to where they came from [99% of the time they come from the same country the racist heckler comes from] nor does a handful of black people who made it in this old world mean that everything is ticketyboo for all  black people.

If you know you are racist, please just try to learn about the people you deplore so.  Get to know them.  Embrace the fact that it is alright that we are all different.  What would be the joy in everyone being the same anyway?  Had Hitler gotten his way we would all be blond haired and blue eyed.  We would eventually evolve into everyone looking just alike.  Listen, I have been into neighbourhoods where you drive down the street and all the terrace houses look exactly the same.  How do you know which one is yours when you come rolling in at 2 am, drunk as a lord? Exactly my point.  Do we really want a world where everyone is a clone of another? I think it could cause many more problems than it’s worth!  Especially when you go to kiss someone else’s missus because you think she’s your missus!  I rest the defence.

John Lennon wasn’t wrong when he sang “All You Need is Love”.  Let’s try having more love and far less hate.  Be the difference.  If you dare.

Say his name – George Floyd. And never forget.

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

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How is a Witches Stang Used and Why?

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

If you have visited our Etsy shop, you have probably seen a stang or two being sold there.  Perhaps you wonder a bit about what they are and why they are used.  That is normal because not every witch walks the hedge path – which, by the way, is translated in many different ways I’ve seen from my online travels and many are not correct.


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Firstly, a Hedge witch is usually a necromancer, or at least one who practises astral travel for his or her personal reasons.  As explained in a past blog Necromancy – It Isn’t a Dirty Word Anymore, necromancy has nothing to do with literally raising the dead [as in re-animating dead bodies] as it did in the past.  It may have done centuries or so ago, but today’s necromancer is generally happy to only reconnect with his or her ancestors.  I say “reconnect” because the blood of our ancestors runs deep in our veins whether we are hedge witches or not.  If at any time in your life you have felt a burning desire to visit a particular country or feel compelled by a certain culture, or even feel a propensity to live in a different century altogether, you very probably are being asked to do so by a long-ago ancestor of yours.  Some of us are much more sensitive to this than others… why, I do not know.  All I know is, my ancestors have run me through a gamut of interests in my life that often-made little sense – until I started visiting them and listening.  Then, about fifteen years ago I began genealogy.  The going was rather slow in the beginning and I could only get to about five generations deep into my past.  Since then, I am now back to 30 AD in one line [the one where I discovered I’m the 28th great-granddaughter of King Henry I and Queen Matilda of Scotland – but then, most every one of you are probably related to them and all!  – and there are still lines where I can’t get much deeper than the 14th great-grandparents.  But there is a point to be made here.  Without going over the top explaining, there were many things I inherently knew without being told.  I always felt them since a very early age.  My parents or grandparents did not tell me these things, I just knew. Still, I had no way of understanding how I knew until I focussed my path into necromancy and hedge witchery and genealogy, which gave me my proof.

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upper part of Elm stang ~ photo by i.macy

Now, how do we use a stang and why?  Perhaps more why to start… A stang, is, unlike a wand [although it can be used as a wand] is forked in representation of the Horned God [like, say, Cernunnos or Baphomet].  Many times, a stang is more like a staff, longer than the ones we create for sale and you will often see depictions of them with a candle between the forks or tines.  That is because Hecate assisted Demeter in her search for Persephone, guiding her through the night with flaming torches. Any wood can be used for a stang… many prefer Ash because Yggdrasill was/is Ash.  But I feel for the shorter stangs used for necromancy/Hedge witchery, woods can be chosen to the personal tastes of the witch.  And, because Hecate is the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts, and necromancy I try to use a wood which also matches the occasion and resonates with Hecate.  Our newest stang is made from Elm wood which is more than perfect for this reason.  “Because Elm’s and Yew’s mythology are twinly bound to Death and the Underworld” is what I wrote in my blog called The Magick of Elm.  Yew would also be a very good wood to create a stang from.  You may also find  that we sell a Magnolia stang.  Sounds a bit lightweight for such a heavy journey, I’m sure you’re thinking. Yes, there is certainly a method to my madness here.  Magnolia is profoundly efficient for spiritual opening.  And, you must be spiritually open to allow yourself to cross over during a hedge walk.  Magnolia is also a stress and fear reliever which can come in handy during a hedge walk.  I added thirteen Howlite skulls because focussing on a piece of Howlite can assist in journeying outside the body and gaining insight from past lives. Then there are four small silver-plated keys as a nod to Hecate and her keys to the four Crossroads.  So, as you can see, your stang is  a tool of protection and help throughout your hedge walks and for various other instances of your necromantic life.

How do you use it?  That is largely up to you and how you feel it best benefits you.  I personally always hold it in my power hand or lay it across my lap if I’m feeling more at ease.  I’ve read that some use it as a director of energy through their soul flight and others place it beneath their knees as they sit.  I’m sure there may be many other ways of using a stang during a hedge walk and if you care to leave yours in comments, we would all love to read them.

Many thanks to all whom wander this way.  Many happy astral travels to all  and warmest blessings x



Necromancy –  It Isn’t a Bad Word Anymore, by Isabella

The Magick of Elm, by Isabella

Crystal of the Week – Howlite, by Isabella

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Happy Beltane 2020

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Beltane at the Tor by The Telegraph

Beltane at Glastonbury Tor ~ The Telegraph

Good Beltane to all. I am sorry this won’t be a very magickal Beltane offering today as, to be honest, I only just remembered for one and for another, I have been very busy.  During this kind of lull in sales and special orders we have been working extra hard to make certain that things for our shop have been restocked and coming up with some new magickal things to offer our lovely customers.  And, it is difficult enough to do during normal times with the usual household duties needing doing as well but usual household duties have taken on a new meaning with Covid 19… it means one must clean better and more often, doesn’t it?  Not that I have been much of a cleaner in my older years… not at least as fervent as I was when younger and I could still get on my knees to scrub the entire kitchen floor, anyway!

Still, I’m not complaining because we have been blessed.  Beltane for me will be a time of thanksgiving.  We have been on lockdown for a long time and still speaking civilly to one another so far.  We have food.  We have a roof over our heads.  Our cats have food and are completely and happily ignorant of what is going on in the world.  We even have toilet roll and hand sanitiser now!  But best of all, we still have our health.  And, that is the biggest and best blessing of all.

Do you remember when you were a child and you complained about not having something? Maybe a toy like your friend’s or a car like the neighbour’s or some incidental thing that was of huge import to you but really not the end of the world?  Your mum might say, “At least you have your health”.  Yes, I got that one-line zinger more than a few times in my youth.  And now, I fully realise the great importance it has.  Nothing else in this world is as important as our health.  Without it, all the money, cars, etc are useless.  Money can’t buy you love.  And money certainly can’t buy you good health in many cases.

There are many things to be grateful for.  The weather has been, for the most part, gorgeous.  The Ozone hole over the Arctic has completely healed.  Without busses, cars, lorries, etc out on the roads so much the air is cleaner.  Most of us are probably able to order shopping in or go to supermarket and find very nearly everything they need… apart from flour, apparently.  A lot of home British Bake Off’s going on, I think! Many countries seem to be getting a handle on Covid 19 and hopefully we will learn how from them.  There is certainly nothing wrong with learning from countries who are getting it right!

There are so many heroic people in this world, I can’t possibly speak of them all.  The doctors and nurses, hospital porters, emergency services, care home carers, fire brigades, soldiers, the very people who are ill but fighting the good fight, people who stay home so as not to spread the disease and make life harder for others, most notably the hospital workers.  All of us are doing our bit to help.  It’s by doing our bit that supports the ones in the trenches.  It may seem only a little thing to stay at home and wash our hands, but it is a huge help.  If it keeps one more person from needing brave NHS Hero doctors like my friend, Angela’s son Matthew – who did contract Covid 19 and was ill but has since recuperated and  back on the front lines again, brave lad! – then isn’t it a very big thing to do after all?  Pat yourself on the back, as social distancing prevents me from doing it for you, and say to yourself, “Well done me!”

Have yourselves a lovely Beltane.  I hope you’re able to celebrate it joyfully and in good health.  Spare a kind thought for yourself, no matter your situation.  And please give thanks to all who are working so hard to make this sacrifice worthwhile.  That includes you.  Warmest blessings upon all whom this way wander x

PS, don’t forget to #ClapfortheNHS! And no matter where you live, clap for your health carers.  We could not do without them!

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The Magickal Buckthorn Tree

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

One of the first questions which pop up under ‘People also ask’ if you Google Buckthorn Tree is “Is Buckthorn good for anything?” .  Really? I felt quite indignant! Aren’t all trees good for something, if not multiple things? Maybe having a Druid father makes me feel indignant over that question, however, should you be one of those who might ask this, let me very patiently explain just what the Buckthorn tree is good for… and hopefully the people who do ask that question routinely will find satisfying answers here 😊

Buckthorn Flowers

Buckthorn flowers ~

The Buckthorn [Rhamnus cathartica] tree is native to countries from the central British Isles south to Morocco, and east to Kyrgyzstan.  It is also native to Europe, northwest Africa and western Asia.  Mature trees can grow to a height of 10m, with grey-brown bark and spiny branches. The leaf buds are conical and black brown in colour, and form on long stalks. Buckthorn is dioecious, meaning male and female flowers are found on different trees. Flowers are yellow green with four petals and are pollinated by insects.  It is similar to alder buckthorn [Frangula alnus] but purging Buckthorn has opposite leaves and Alder Buckthorn has alternate leaves.

Purging Buckthorn is the main food plant of the brimstone butterfly whose caterpillars eat the leaves. Its flowers provide a source of pollen and nectar for bees and other insects, while its dense growth makes it a valuable nesting site for birds. So, yes, it is good for something, our Buckthorn!

Buckthorn Berrys

Buckthorn berries ~

However, in many places it seems to take over wherever it lives.  Not only in the UK but mostly in the US where the common Buckthorn lives [brought over by the English back during the Great Pilgrim Migration]  is a bit of a nuisance.  Whilst birds [and sometimes mice] do eat Buckthorn berries, it’s often because it’s the only available seed source. But Buckthorn berries are not a good food source for small birds. They’re low in protein and high in carbohydrates and produce a severe laxative effect in some animals. For smaller birds, the laxative effect can even be strong enough to result in death. Adding insult to injury, the excreting birds also end up distributing the Buckthorn seeds over long distances. And, that means more Buckthorn.

Now you might see why it is called “purging Buckthorn” sometimes…

Let us talk about magickal uses now!


Tess Whitehurst, in her book The Magic of Trees, calls the Buckthorn “a Taurus with an Aries rising” because it is a tree which is stubborn enough to see anything through.  Sometimes, in magick, we really need that kind of tenacity!

Buckthorn Seedlings

Buckthorn seedling ~ 

It is said that if you wish to de-hoard your home but can’t get the energy up to do so, place a 50p coin [or a 50 cent piece in the US or anywhere else which uses 50 cent coins] at the base of a Buckthorn tree.  Then, ask permission of the Buckthorn tree to snip a branch from it, doing so with love.  Use this branch to purify the air in your home before starting the task of decluttering, moving through each room using an anti-clockwise sweeping motion. When finished, give the branch back to the earth by laying it on the ground.  Start small… clear out one small space, such as a cupboard.  Continue choosing one small space to clear as you feel more up to it until you have de-hoarded every place in your home. And, if it works as well as I think it should, you might well be motivated to clear your home much sooner than you first imagine!

Buckthorn is likewise a good ally in beginning any kind of endeavour, whether a new business, new job, or anything in which you feel you need extra “sticktoitness”.  I would suggest doing the same ritual as above, only “sweeping” yourself with the branch.  I would also snip off a small piece of the Buckthorn branch and use it as a talisman to help you keep motivated but still leave the largest piece of the branch to the earth outdoors as described above.

If beginning any kind of new project, whether for work or school, visit a Buckthorn tree at noon.  Empower a crystal [one which has powers of success is best, such as Citrine] with your intention, holding it in bright sunlight if possible.  Imagine yourself feeling joyful and successful in embarking upon this project, working faithfully until complete.  Imagine your success and the honours it might bestow, and your satisfaction of a job well done.  Empower the crystal with all the confident feelings you have and when you feel this is complete, bury the crystal at the base of the Buckthorn, then pour an entire bottle of red wine around the tree’s roots.  Yes, you can use a cheap bottle 😊

According to Dioscorides, placing branches of Buckthorn around doors and windows drives away all evil sorceries committed toward you.

According to Scott Cunningham, it is wise to carry a piece of Buckthorn with you to all  court and legal matters and as a general good luck generator.


Planetary:  Saturn [Mars, according to Whitehurst]

Zodiac:  Sagittarius

Gender:  Feminine [Masculine, according to Whitehurst]

Element[s]:  Water [Earth, according to Whitehurst]

Powers:  Protection, Exorcism, Wishes, Success, Legal Matters, Strength, Tenacity

Deity:  Ran,  of the Vanir

Other Names: Purging Buckthorn, Common Buckthorn


Sadly, my go-to for all things herbal/tree/spice related information, Nicholas Culpeper, has no writings of Buckthorn so no words of wisdom from him.  However, I think you may have gotten the idea above that Buckthorn is an effective laxative.

Word of Caution: If you suffer from a bleeding disorder, Buckthorn berry can be dangerous, as it slows down blood clotting. Also, if you already are taking blood pressure medication or suffer from hypotension, this berry might not be a great choice. As always, you should speak with a medical professional before making any major changes to your diet.

That said, the berries of the Buckthorn are thought to be a preventative to many diseases and problems such as aging, anti-cancer, cholesterol, circulation, diabetes control, heart health, stomach problems, vision health and a vitamin C boost.

But please, do not just pluck the berries off from a tree and start eating them.  In a case like this, once you have a thumb’s up from your GP, order a proper supplement from a reputable vitamins and supplements dealer.

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


Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs, by Scott Cunningham

The Magic of Trees, by Tess Whitehurst

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From the Wortcunner’s Cabinet – Turmeric

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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How-To-Grow-Turmeric-4 balcony gardens

Growing Turmeric ~ photo from Balcony Gardens

For health benefits I pair a half-teaspoonful of Turmeric powder and a dash of black pepper with Ginger root tea.  Perhaps one reason they work so well together is that Turmeric is a member of the Ginger family.  Turmeric [Curcuma longa] is a flowering plant and of course, both Turmeric and Ginger are used for cooking, particularly in the Middle Eastern countries, but Turmeric is also quite magickal.  It has  been long used in Ayurvedic medicine, where it is also known as haridra.  Oh, yes! It can be used as a dye, as well.  In fact, it was originally used as a dye, then found to be a flavoursome food additive, and then was found to be quite medicinal as well.  Always be certain the Turmeric you buy is orange/yellow, not orange/red.  Orange/red could mean impurities were added such as heavy metals, etc.

During the Vedic period in India, Turmeric was known as the ‘’golden spice’’ or the ‘‘spice of life’’ as it was associated with the sun. Significance was attributed to the bright yellow and saffron spice as the sun and sun Gods were a focal point of worship and ritual at the time. The main indigenous uses of Turmeric were rites and rituals intended to produce fertility and spiritual purification.


Turmeric has been used in many cultures for increasing fertility in both humans and animals.  Some swear by wearing Turmeric in a charm for good health and protection.  For protective purposes in a ritual circle, Turmeric is sometimes sprinkled within its boundaries.  In Hawaii, Turmeric is mixed with salt and water, then sprinkled in the area wanting purification such as a sick room or even a ritual circle.

Because Turmeric implies a symbol of purity, fertility and prosperity among the Hindus. It is used in  rites and rituals. Turmeric powder along with sandal powder is used in preparing Kalabha to be poured on the presiding deities in temples.

The dried Turmeric roots in Betel leaves called Kumkum are given to the women during the ceremonies as they are considered as a fertility enhancer and bring good luck. Married Hindu women apply this on their forehead longitudinally along the hair partition path to indicate the marital status or smear Turmeric paste on either side of the cheek.  Turmeric paste is applied to the skin of the bride and groom before marriage in some parts of India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, where it is believed to make the skin glow and keep harmful bacteria away from the body.

In southern India, the dried rhizome is often worn in an amulet as protection against evil and to bring about healing or good luck.


Planetary: Sun

Gender:  Masculine

Zodiac:  Leo

Element: Fire

Chakra:  Solar Plexus

Powers:  Fertility, Health, Purification, Protection

Deity:  Kaali, Naaga, Vishnu, Durga,  Lord Krishna, Ganesh, Kali [Hindu]

Other Names: Olena [Hawaiian]


Turmeric root by Julie Daniluk

Turmeric root ~ photo by Julie Daniluk

Unfortunately, my go-to for all things herbal and spice, Nicholas Culpeper, has no words of wisdom for Turmeric. Then again, he mainly wrote of what he knew from all over England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.  There is a good chance he had never tried the spice as it was either not being imported to Great Britain at the time or, if it was, he simply had not the chance to use it.  So, a lot of what you read now will be from my own use Turmeric and the findings I have.

In Ayurveda, the Hindu medicinal system, Turmeric is utilised extensively for its healing and health producing qualities. Spiritually it is used to balance the energies of the body while medicinally it is well known as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic, digestive, antioxidant and diuretic agent. It is taken internally in the form of juice, tea and powder or applied topically in the form of lotions, ointments and pastes. Milk boiled with Turmeric and sugar is used in India as a cold remedy and the juice of the Turmeric root is often applied to help heal wounds.

My personal recipe to help keep my immune system up, as I had written about in my last blog, From the Wortcunner’s Cabinet – Ginger Root:

1-ounce grated Ginger root , steep covered for ten minutes.  I put my Ginger root in a tea diffuser/basket, but you can also just toss it into the hot water if you don’t mind Ginger bits floating round in your drink.  When ten minutes are up, lift out tea basket and add the following:

½ teaspoon powdered Turmeric

A dash or pinch of black Pepper

Stir very well and keep your spoon for you will need to stir it constantly as all of the Turmeric fails to dissolve in the water but if you stir again after each sip you won’t end up with a quarter teaspoon of Turmeric in the bottom of your cup.  It may sound like a bit of work, but the health benefits are very much worth it. 

So far, so good is all I know… its added health benefit is that because both the Ginger root and the Turmeric are both so very anti-inflammatory, my arthritis pain is all but a dream now.  Hand on heart, drinking two cups of this concoction a day is doing more for my pain than when I was having to take heavy prescription painkillers.

Turmeric is also said to be effective for ailments of the liver, such as jaundice.  Clinical trials have shown it to successfully reduce cholesterol levels.  Studies have shown it is also effective against H. pylori the cause of gastric ulcers.  It has also been found effective in some cancers.  Curcumin, the workhorse in Turmeric, can reduce LDL – or bad cholesterol – which will then prevent blood clotting, while removing arterial plaque build-up.

Turmeric contains phytochemicals and nutrients with several beneficial effects such as protecting body organs from damage, reducing cholesterol levels, improving blood-vessel health, controlling inflammation, combating infection, and more.  So, what isn’t there to love about Turmeric?

Stay healthy.

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings upon all whom this way wander.  Please stay safe x


The Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs, by Scott Cunningham


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