Friday, 7 July 2017

A Witch's Garden: Geranium/Pelargonium

Rachel Patterson kitchen witch
Pelargonium in my garden
(Pelargonium maculatum/P.odoratissimum/Hortorum)

And before I have all the horticulturists on at me – geranium is a common name we use for the bedding plants we are familiar with, but they are actually officially pelargoniums, geraniums are a huge variety of plants commonly known as cranesbills – confused? Yep, that’s why I am using the more common name of geranium here – it’s the ones you buy in the garden centre during the summer in pots for your patio. However you can also use the cranesbill varieties as well – same magical properties.

Traditionally a witch would grow red geraniums in the garden to ward off negative energies and warn when visitors were coming. I have the vision in my head of the flowers in Alice in Wonderland, all turning and shouting to the witch that ‘visitors are on the way’.

Keep geraniums indoors to make guests feel welcome.

Pink geraniums are good for love spells and white ones for fertility. Adding white geranium petals to incense blends for fertility works very well.

Use geranium petals in spells to help you feel more confident about socialising or to bring more social events your way.

You can also get scented pelargoniums which combine scents such as lemon, peppermint and even chocolate – these can be used very well in spell work.

Use geranium oil to cleanse your aura.


Geranium Magical Properties:
Protection, fertility, love, socialise, aura cleansing
Ruling planet – Venus
Sign - Pisces
Element – Water
Gender – Feminine

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