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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Healing Yourself With Herbs and Love

There is an old saying, “if you can’t love yourself, how the heck can you love somebody else?” This admittedly cheeky statement actually hold a lot of truth but the bottom line is everything starts with self love, your health, yourself esteem, your relationships your success and your happiness. Even if you had a less than ideal childhood, it is never too late to esteem yourself and watch as everything makes a turn for the better, And quickly. Making a daily ritual of this will weave this strand of personal empowerment into your life and make sure it is grows sure and strong.

Sanctifying Salve

Your body will recognize when you begin regarding it and treating it like a temple instead of just a vehicle to get from Point A to Point B, Imprint the positive on body and soul with a simple daily ritual you can incorporate into your morning routine. Make a salve you can rub on after your shower or bath.  Not only will refresh your spirit every day but, as a bonus, your skin will actually become smoother and much softer then silk. But, why pay so much for tiny jars full of chemicals when you can whip up a yummy blend of healing herbs and restorative essential oils that is far cheaper, healthier and imbued with your personal magic?  Gather together:

Stainless steel saucepan

Bowl, whisk and thermometer

Small clean jars with lids for storage

1 tablespoon of hardened beeswax

5 tablespoons organic oil (sunflower oil is effective and affordable; apricot, jojoba oil and avocado oil are nice but quite expensive)

½ teaspoon of pure aloe vera gel

20 drops of calendula tincture, 10 drops of chamomile oil; 5 drops of lavender

 Melt the beeswax and vegetable oil in a double boiler (or in a bowl over a saucepan).  When the beeswax is fully melted, remove the bowl or pan from the heat.  Whisk the mixture until it is cooled to around 100◦ F, then stir in the tincture, essential oils you are using, along with the aloe vera. Stir gently, thinking of your intended outcome of health, glowing skin and joy-filled times.  Note as the mixture thickens into a smooth salve. Before it stiffens too much, spoon it into the tins or jars you chose.

Label and store in clean, sealable lidded jars.  These homemade creams will last longest if you keep them refrigerated. Make pretty labels if you are gifting a lucky loved-one this sacred salve.


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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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