Rants Of The Raven/ Witches Cupboard

The Witches Cupboard 1. Sage’s Herbal Magic (salvia officinalis) Qualities: Healing, purification, cleansing, banishing, acquiring wisdom and better understanding of a situation, easing pain from life lessons, longevity Sage leaves and branches along with other plants, can be wrapped up together and left to dry. This creates a nice ready to use incense that when lit can be used in purification, cleansing, banishing and healing practices. Dry sage leaves can be placed on a charcoal disc for the same purpose. A beverage can be made to help us ‘digest’ intense life lessons by adding sage leaves (along with other plants) when the Moon is Waning and enchanting the mixture with a spell showing our intention to learn and assimilate the information. The tea is sipped before going to bed to provide comfort and understanding over a difficult situation. 2. Bay laurel’s Herbal Magic (Laurus nobilis) Qualities: Prophecy and visions, clarity, purification, cleansing, positive energy, Solar energy, success, wishes and love The smoke of burnt bay leaves are used to bring forward prophetic visions and give clarity over a situation. Bay leaves also summon the Creative forces of Sun, thus aiding in making our dreams come true and used in good luck, success and wish spells. 3. Rosemary’s Herbal Magic (Rosmarinus officinalis) Qualities: Love, beauty, protection, purification, rejuvenation, dreams, empowerment and clarity Witches prepare infusions of the herb after it cools down its used to wash the face and cleanse the hair in order to bring forth youth and beauty. Rosemary is used in sachets and spells to promote love and help the witch see clearly who is the right person for her. Rosemary is added in incense mixes to assist with purification and protection and to help the energies refresh as after banishment rituals the void needs to be filled with positivity. 4. Basil’s Herbal Magic (Ocinum basilicum) Qualities: Abundance, money, love, good luck, blessings, protection, purification and clarity Basil leaves (especially the ones from the larger species) are burnt in an incense which smoked bills to help find the funds to pay them. A witch adds fresh basil in her wallet every day (removing the old leaves and collecting them in a bag) during the waxing moon, from the New Moon to the Full Moon, to help bring money her way. The collected leaves are burnt on the Day of the Full Moon while asking the Goddess for abundance in her/his life. A garland is made in late Spring early Summer by passing a thread from Basil leaves asking for love. The garland is left in the house to Dry and burnt in the Fires of August to help the witch find love. 5. Lavender’s Herbal Magic (Lavandula angustifolia) Qualities: Attraction, beauty, love, good luck, against the evil eye, dreams, to summon and banish entities, protection A fresh bunch of lavenders is collected by the witch during late Spring near the Full Moon with the intention to bring love in their lives. The bouquet is brought home and placed near the bed as the scent would help the lover find his/her way. Lavender is added in mixtures for protection, attraction, love and good luck. In addition, lavender as an incense will repel the evil eye. Finally, the fresh flowers are used in rites to summon and banish entities due to its association with Mercury and Hecate. Lavender is one of the main ingredients in dream pillows to assist with sleep and bring prophetic dreams while ensuring a good night’s sleep. 6. Rue’s Herbal Magic (Ruta graveolens) Qualities: Magical empowerment, exorcism, banishment, repellant, protection, grace, healing, justice Favoured among Italian Witches (Strega), rue is excellent for breaking all malevolent magic, banishing unwanted entities and anything that is no longer needed in our lives. Used in sachets for protection along with other herbs acts as a magical shield for any magical work against the witch. 7. Cinnamon’s Herbal Magic (Cinnamonum species) Qualities: Sex, passion, to summon the Forces of Fire, raise Spiritual Vibrations, cleansing, purification, to bring speed in spells, money This blessed spice is indeed a magical catalyst in all spells and rituals and is usually added in incenses and other herbal magic mixes to provide fast results. Cinnamon is considered an aphrodisiac and is being used as a powerful addition in sex and passionate love spells. It is added in rituals that invoke the power of Fire and entities associated with them. The cinnamon barks are an excellent addition to mulled wine an add the fiery element in different potions and grant protection. Best to be avoided for dream magic as it will keep you alert. 8. Vanilla’s Herbal Magic (Vanilla planifolia) Qualities: Love, sensuality, seduction, peace, dreams, luck and good business Vanilla is used in many spells and rituals to promote sensuality and an aura of seductiono. Add Vanilla with sugar an it will bring happiness and blessings to the house, usually stored in a closed glass jar near a window. Vanilla can be spread on a piece of paper where a wish is written and then burnt in a fire to make the wish manifest in the witch’s life. Commonly found as a counterpart of cinnamon in many spells that promote love, sex and good luck it obtains a wide reputation for its use in Hoodoo formulas such as the Fast Luck recipe. 9. Chilli pepper’s Herbal Magic (Capsicum species) Qualities: Protection, magical empowerment, banishing malevolent magic and hex breaking, passionate love A spice used to spice up your magical live however please be careful when handling it as it can be quite unpleasant to mention the least if inhaled or comes to direct contact with eyes. Chilli peppers, mainly used in their dried or grounded form, is an excellent addition to your spells to break any hexes or malevolent magic with its magical fire. It is a good addition, to fire up any protection spell and empower your magic. Mixed with salt and rue and spread at the perimeter of your house will create a fiery magical protective boundary. Also, you can add Chilli peppers in sachets to bring a fiery love to the witch’s life. Quite popular in some oils and tonics for consumption I but it can cause irritation to the skin or your palate. 10. Yarrow’s Herbal Magic (Achillea millefolium) Qualities: Healing, love, marriage, truth, confidence, removal of fears and nightmares Yarrow or Achillea is an excellent plant to promote healing for the body, mind and soul. A puppet filled with yarrow and eucalyptus charged under the Sun and Moon will assist in sending healing energies to the person. Also, you can add flowers in sachets to obtain confidence and remove nightmares and fears. The smell of the flower will bring healing, truth and clarity. The essential oil of yarrow is dark blue so take extra care if you are handling it as it can stain surfaces, clothes, etc. 11. Mugwort’s Herbal Magic (Artemisia vulgaris) Qualities: Prophecy, divination, dreams, astral travel, visions, sex, cleansing and rejuvenation Mugwort is an excellent herb to raise your vibrations and assist in changing your state of awareness especially when used as an incense or brewed. Used in many potions for astral travel and divination it needs to be handled with care. Add Dried mugwort in dream pillows for similar use. Also, you can use the incense of mugwort to cleanse and charge objects used in divination such as tarot cards, crystal balls or pendulums. Its healing properties, a similar species of mugwort (artemisia argyi) named moxais is used extensively in traditional chinese medicine and acupuncture to promote healing. ~RavenwinD~


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