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#21 Onyx

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Posted 17 August 2019 - 05:24 PM

I have a Rose Wand called "The Wand of Retribution" I found it at a friends giant bonfire, I was attracted by its straight shape and thorns, I kept it at it's original length of 25 inches long.
It has been used in one spell casting only, to receive a fair settlement in a Will.

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#22 SwampHag

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 01:31 AM

Ive had lovely experiences with Broadleaf Plantains. I find them to be very outgoing plants, even flirty sometimes with people they deal with. Very hippie vibes, pleasant.
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#23 woodwitchofthewest

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 02:57 AM

I keep an extremely large (16 inches across) African Violet on my desk at work.   Mostly because I love them, but also because they are supposed to be "protective."

 

https://imgur.com/a/mjqWwHn

 

I also use my plants - cultivated and wild - for food, medicine, and treats.  I have some apothecary's roses, for example that I infused into fractionated coconut oil for fragrance and moisturizing (will be using for lotions, hair pomade, and candle annointing later), rose liquor, rose honey, dried rose petals, rose bath salts, rose jam, and rose wine.  


Edited by woodwitchofthewest, 10 October 2019 - 03:51 AM.

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#24 SabinaLea

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 11:38 PM

Grow them, kill them, weep for them. Grow them again.

Eat them, drink them, smoke them, wear them.

Tincture them and distill their oils.

 

Capture their Alchemal essence in a spagaric preparation.

 

Grind their body, blood and bones to make your incense.

Carve them to make the tools of your craft.

 

Plant them to guard you home and boundaries.

 

Visit them and leave offerings of yourself to help connect with their spirits.

 

Sleep with them, meditate with them, lay with them and put down your roots.

 

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That was beautiful!  I am "stealing it" as a note for myself.  <3


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#25 Onyx

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 05:23 PM

The neighbour gave me a big Italian Flat Leafed Parsley, after I cut all the leaves off, I was left with the roots and crown of the plant. I decided to try and save the roots in a glass, and yes, it is thriving by the window and looks like a little Harry Potter Mandrake plant.
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Posted 17 October 2019 - 11:00 PM

I potted up a new batch of succulents from my Daughter in Law's garden, I gave her some of mine. My Christmas Cactus is blooming like crazy, I just brought it in from outside. I guess it is saying "Thanks Mom".
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#27 Michele

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Posted 16 December 2019 - 12:54 AM

I have a garden, and there is a corner of it where I grow specific plants - some I work with and some that have very deep roots. My ancestor altar (one of them, anyway) is also there. The Earth is a graveyard. Everything that has ever died is in the Earth.

 

I go there most days and talk to the plants there, tell them how work went, what I'm worried about, what I'm happy about. I take some flowers for tea, I leave them water. I touch them. They're used to me. When I need specific help, I go there and call to my ancestors. I ask the plants questions, I watch for the wind in them to see the answers.


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Posted 19 December 2019 - 08:51 AM

All my house plants are out in the garden for the Summer, but when Fall comes they are right back in the house. Plants seem to love me, I have the touch I guess.I think the trick is to not pamper them, you can kill them with kindness. talk to them, touch them, tell them they are doing a great job.


So this was something that was a thing for me lol. I love plants but used to think I had a black thumb. When I'd "take care" of them they died, but when I "ignored" them they thrived. Then i started to pay attention and treat them like I would when working with wildlife. I "listened" to them and let them tell me what they want and need.

Since I used to have pets and plants weren't really safe to have in the home i hadn't really gotten much practice and experience with houseplants. Now caring for wild plants, that's a different story.

Now that I can't have pets, plants have started to take that place lol. The neat part is the three I have came to be in my possession not dissimilar to how ppl end up with stray animal pets. I have an air plant, a hibiscus, and a pothos that were all "rescues". The hibiscus was being thrown out at my job (it looked dead but something told me to take it home anyway)... It went from a 6in pot a few months ago and now it's nearly as tall as me... And still blooming like crazy....I had no idea it can grow that fast or come back that strongly lol. The relationship I now have with it is via ritual rather than magical. But hopefully this post still qualifies on this thread. So far it's taken place if my usual oboo. (It's a type of shrine found in Mongolia) - my version is a bit adapted since people around me probably wouldn't understand lol. The hibiscus is on my porch, but when I do my daily ritual I prefer doing it outside and so it has become my point of connection with the spirits I honor. My little rituals I do are very simple and adapted to just appear like I'm just caring for my plant etc.

I'm sad though as I'm going to be moving in a month and can't take it with me. It'll be adopted by someone I know and may therefore get an opportunity to get a cutting later (I missed my window of opportunity earlier).

Speaking of which I have a question I'll ask in a sep post as soon as I get a chance!!

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 06:18 PM

I planted a pot of Narcissus bulbs a while ago, they are up and blooming already, they smell so delicious.
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#30 Michele

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Posted 20 December 2019 - 08:24 PM

So this was something that was a thing for me lol. I love plants but used to think I had a black thumb. When I'd "take care" of them they died, but when I "ignored" them they thrived. Then i started to pay attention and treat them like I would when working with wildlife. I "listened" to them and let them tell me what they want and need.

Since I used to have pets and plants weren't really safe to have in the home i hadn't really gotten much practice and experience with houseplants. Now caring for wild plants, that's a different story.

Now that I can't have pets, plants have started to take that place lol. The neat part is the three I have came to be in my possession not dissimilar to how ppl end up with stray animal pets. I have an air plant, a hibiscus, and a pothos that were all "rescues". The hibiscus was being thrown out at my job (it looked dead but something told me to take it home anyway)... It went from a 6in pot a few months ago and now it's nearly as tall as me... And still blooming like crazy....I had no idea it can grow that fast or come back that strongly lol. The relationship I now have with it is via ritual rather than magical. But hopefully this post still qualifies on this thread. So far it's taken place if my usual oboo. (It's a type of shrine found in Mongolia) - my version is a bit adapted since people around me probably wouldn't understand lol. The hibiscus is on my porch, but when I do my daily ritual I prefer doing it outside and so it has become my point of connection with the spirits I honor. My little rituals I do are very simple and adapted to just appear like I'm just caring for my plant etc.

I'm sad though as I'm going to be moving in a month and can't take it with me. It'll be adopted by someone I know and may therefore get an opportunity to get a cutting later (I missed my window of opportunity earlier).

Speaking of which I have a question I'll ask in a sep post as soon as I get a chance!!

 

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How cool! So this plant knows you, and is familiar with how your work. You have a relationship with it and it knows what you need when you work with it. I love hibiscus - in some religions they are used as offerings to divinities. Beautiful plants! They line the walkway (well, what is going to become the walkway lol) leading up to my front door.


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Posted 04 January 2020 - 11:28 PM

I compose hymns of praise to them, lauding their talents and gifts. Then I'll speak or sing fragments of what I remember of the hymn when harvesting or using the harvested herbs. I tend to do this in a sort of breathy energised way as I move and invoke the presence of the spirit of the plant, seeing its colours and shapes form in my minds eye. I don't want to call it shamanic or ecstatic, those terms are over worked, but it's edging towards trance-y I guess.

 

I make herb bundles for incensing in various ways. I use the fresh herb and bind them together speaking my purpose and, again, praising the qualities of the herbs being used.

 

I'll sit with them and watch through half closed eyes, trying to catch a glimpse of the fey presences (I don't have "the sight" but sometimes get an awareness). I pay attention to the behaviour, how it moves in the breeze, the scent it gives, the way it catches the light. Just observing in a mindful way, and this colours my perception of the presence therein. Then I might have an inner-conversation on a relevant topic, listening for impressions. 

 

I routinely make a point of thanking my soldier tree (one of those seaside palmy type plants), which always 'bristles to attention' in the breeze when I pass. I also thank the bay at the front gate and the rosemary, plus anything else thorny for keeping out unwanted visitors. A heartfelt touch and a whisper is enough I feel, though yes I DO hug trees, especially my "woolly bush" (a golden conifer) out the back who grounds me nicely after a working.

 

Tisanes, ground candle coatings, packets to burn, salt bath blends, and good old pain relief or sedation. 


Edited by WitchVillage, 04 January 2020 - 11:34 PM.

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