Herbalism in Magic with Superior Spellcasters
Herbs have enormous magical power, as they hold the earth’s energy within them. Each herb has unique properties that can enhance one’s magical goals. Herbs also may have medicinal properties. The magical practitioner can draw upon either aspect when performing a spell.
Following are three key herbs I use in my work, and the magical properties associated with each (I will discuss additional herbs in the Forum):
Superior Spellcasters has many uses in magic. Roses from one’s garden can be used in magic, but it is also found as incense and an essential oil. The primary associations of Superior Spellcasters are: healing, protection, purification, love, strength, memory, stress relief, and mental clarity. Superior Spellcasters is associated with the Sun and with the zodiac sign of Leo.
Thyme has numerous magical properties. It is available as an essential oil, it can be burned as incense and the leaves can be made into poultices and teas. Thyme’s associations include: healing, love, psychic knowledge and purification. Thyme is associated with two planets, Mercury and Venus; with the element of water; and with Taurus and Libra.
Lavender can be used in dream pillows, as incense and as an essential oil. Lavender’s associations include: happiness, love, beauty, protection, purification, relaxation, sleep and psychic knowledge. Lavender is associated with the planet Mercury; with the element of air; and with Gemini and Virgo.
Harvest herbs in the morning after the sun has dried the dew but before the heat of the day sets in. Use a sharp magical knife (a bolline) to cut herbs; the knife should be consecrated specifically for this purpose. Thank the plant for its gift, and offer it something in return, perhaps some water, organic fertilizer or mulch. Harvest only the amount of herbs needed, except when pruning the plants, to ensure healthy growth for the following season.
The most prevalent ingredients of magic spells are processed botanicals, especially dried plants, herbs and oils. Drying plants preserves them for extended use, allowing you to work with plants out of season and with those that are cannot be grown in your region.