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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The Herbalist’s Astrological Almanac: Planting Magic

Plants carry potent energy you can use to amplify your magical workings. Use the signs of the sun, moon and stars to your advantage and, over time, you will come to know which ones are most effective for you. Make sure to use your own astrological chart in working with these herbs.  Here is a guide to the astrological associations of plants you may grow in your kitchen garden or keep dried in your pantry:

Aries, ruled by Mars: carnation, cedar, clove, cumin, fennel, juniper, peppermint and pine.

Taurus, ruled by Venus: apple, daisy, lilac, magnolia,  orchid, plumeria, rose, thyme, tviolet.

Gemini, ruled by Mercury: bergamot, mint, clover, dill, lavender,  lily and parsley

Cancer, ruled by the Moon: eucalyptus, gardenia, jasmine, lemon, lotus, rose

Leo, ruled by the Sun: acacia, cinnamon, heliotrope, nutmeg, orange and rosemary

Virgo, ruled by Mercury: almond, cypress, bergamot, mint, mace, moss, and thyme 

Libra, ruled by Venus: catnip, marjoram, mugwort, spearmint, sweet pea, thyme and vanilla

Scorpio, ruled by Pluto: allspice, basil, cumin, galangal and ginger

Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter: anise, cedar wood, sassafras, star anise and honeysuckle

Capricorn, ruled by Saturn: lemon thyme, mimosa, vervain and vetiver

Aquarius, ruled by Uranus: gum, citron, cypress, lavender, spearmint and pine

Pisces, ruled by Neptune: clover, orris, neroli, sarsaparilla and sweet pea

 

Seasoned gardeners knows that the best ingredients can be found in your kitchen or your own backyard. Many plants now thought of as weeds have great healing powers and magical properties. Most of the herbs and essential oils in this book have become quite commonplace. With the plethora of aromatherapy products now available, most oil essences and scented candles can be bought commercially. For the more unusual ingredients, try your local health food market, herbalist, or metaphysical store. Grow your own magic!

 

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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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