Middle Earth Magic: Inspired Ideas and Seasonal Spells for Your Enchanted Life

I grew up on a farm in West Virginia and learned much about herbs, trees, animals, gardening, foraging  and so much about nature. I incorporate this wisdom I learned from elders in my family into my spellwork. When I finally left the farm, I majored in Medieval Studies, my attempt to emulate my idol, J.R.R. Tolkien. All these influences led me to my own blended brew which I call "middle earth magic," containing a mix of the modern and the time-tested "old ways." 

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Brew of the Beloved

Here’s a quick recipe to create exactly the right mood for a romantic evening.

Stir together in a clockwise motion:

  • 1 ounce dried hibiscus flowers

  • 1 ounce dried and pulverized rose hips

  • 1⁄2 ounce dried lemon balm

  • 1⁄2 ounce dried mint (ideally peppermint)

  • 1⁄2 ounce meadowsweet

Store this herbal concoction in a dark, lidded jar or tin. (It will keep for one year, after which you can recycle the herbs as a blessing for the hearth fire.)

When you are ready to brew the tea, pick your most sacred teapot and pour boiling water over the herbs; use two teaspoons for each cup of water. Say the following spell aloud during the five minutes it takes for the tea to steep, and visualize your heart’s desire:


Herbal brew of love’s emotion,

with my wish I fortify.

When two people share this potion,

their love shall intensify 

as in the Olde Garden of Love.

Sweeten to taste with honey and share this luscious libation with the one you love.

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    Cerridwen Greenleaf has worked with many of the leading lights of the spirituality world including Starhawk, Z Budapest, John Michael Greer, Christopher Penczak, Raymond Buckland, Luisah Teish, and many more. She gives herbal, crystal and candle magic workshops throughout North America. Greenleaf's graduate work in medieval studies has given her deep knowledge she utilizes in her work, making her work unique in the field. A bestselling author, her books include Moon Spell Magic, The Book of Kitchen Witchery, The Magic of Gems and Crystals and the Witch’s Spell Book series.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

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