Friday, 22 September 2017

A Witch's Garden: Hyssop

A Witch's Garden: Hyssop

(Hyssopus officinalis)

A woody base shrub with dark green leaves producing bunches of pink, blue or occasionally white flowers during the summer.

An excellent herb to use for purification and protection.

Hang a sprig of hyssop above your doorway to keep out negative energy. You can also tie a few hyssop sprigs together to make a besom to sweep out negative energy.

Add a handful of dried hyssop to your floor wash water to cleanse your home or add to your bathwater to heal and purify.

During the Dark Ages this herb was strewn on the floor in houses of those that were suffering from illness, you probably don’t want it all over your carpet but it works well in healing pouches and incense blends.

Hyssop Magical Properties:
Purification, protection, healing
Ruling planet – Jupiter, Moon
Sign - Cancer
Element – Fire
Gender – Masculine

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

In a Witch's Kitchen: The magic of POMEGRANATE


(Punica granatum)

My dad used to buy us a pomegranate each when we were children, he would give us the fruit and a pin to pick out the seeds, I suspect it was purely to keep us quiet for a bit…

The pomegranate always seems like a grand and extravagant fruit to me, maybe it is the colour of all the seeds inside.  It is sacred to Persephone (the pomegranate appears in her stories) and Ceres and represents growth and fertility.

Eat pomegranate seeds whilst visualising your intent and if your will is strong enough your wish will come true.

This fruit is often associated with Samhain and the Underworld (see the story of Persephone and Hades) so I think it works well for death and rebirth workings as well as new beginnings.

Pomegranate Magical Properties:
Growth, fertility, wishes, death, rebirth, new beginnings
Ruling planet – Mercury
Element – Fire, Earth

Gender – Masculine