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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House Magic for the New Moon: Sacred Space Cleanse

I haven’t used store-bought cleansers since the year 2004 when a health challenge awakened me to the importance of ridding my environment of any toxins or potentially harmful chemicals. I think it is a very good idea for all of us to consider as our health is precious. I know this made a difference for me and my loved ones. And the smell of a home freshly cleaned with lemons and scentful natural oils feels wonderful.

Gather the following: 

1 quart of white vinegar

 4 lemons

8 drops lavender oil,

3 cinnamon sticks

3 sage leaves

3 mint stems with leaves

1 cup hot water

 a new mop

In a 4-quart glass mixing bowl, pour a cup of hot water, place mint, half cup of lemon juice, 8 drops of lavender oil, 3 sage leaves, and three cinnamon sticks.  Stir and steep for a half hour.

 Take a clean bucket and fill with two gallons of warm water and a quart of white vinegar. Using a kitchen sieve, strain the herbal mix into the bucket and give a star with a wooden spoon. If your floor is a delicate or antique and rare wood, leave out the lemon but otherwise, this is a suitable albeit magical floor wash for any purpose. Take your brand new mop and dip it into the bucket, wring it out and clean the floor very thoroughly.  Speak this spell as you work:

Spirits ill and energy dark, I cast you out!

Sadness, anger, illness and doubt, I cast you out!

Welcome contentment and glee; this home is now happy and free.

So mote it be.


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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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