Sky News & Events For The Rest Of 2016

  • July 19Full Moon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 22:57 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Buck Moon because the male buck deer would begin to grow their new antlers at this time of year. This moon has also been known as the Full Thunder Moon and the Full Hay Moon.
  • July 28, 29Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The Delta Aquarids is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. The shower runs annually from July 12 to August 23. It peaks this year on the night of July 28 and morning of July 29. The second quarter moon will block most of the fainter meteors this year but if you are patient you should still be able to catch quite a few good ones. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
  • August 2New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 20:44 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
  • August 11, 12Perseids Meteor Shower. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors. The shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24. It peaks this year on the night of August 11 and the morning of August 12. The waxing gibbous moon will set shortly after midnight, leaving fairly dark skies for should be an excellent early morning show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Perseus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
  • August 16Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 27.4 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.
  • August 18Full Moon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 09:26 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Sturgeon Moon because the large sturgeon fish of the Great Lakes and other major lakes were more easily caught at this time of year. This moon has also been known as the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon.
  • August 27Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. A spectacular conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will be visible in the evening sky. The two bright planets will be extremely close, appearing only 0.06 degrees apart. Look for this impressive pairing in the western sky just after sunset.
  • September 1New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 09:03 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
  • September 1Annular Solar Eclipse. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is too far away from the Earth to completely cover the Sun. This results in a ring of light around the darkened Moon. The Sun’s corona is not visible during an annular eclipse. The path of the eclipse will begin off the eastern coast of central Africa and travel through Gabon, Congo, Tanzania, and Madagascar before ending in the Indian Ocean. A partial eclipse will be visible throughout most of Africa and the Indian Ocean. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information) (NASA Interactive Google Map)
  • September 3Neptune at Opposition. The blue giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view and photograph Neptune. Due to its extreme distance from Earth, it will only appear as a tiny blue dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.
  • September 16Full Moon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 19:05 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Corn Moon because the corn is harvested around this time of year. This moon is also known as the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the September equinox each year.
  • September 16Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow, or penumbra. During this type of eclipse the Moon will darken slightly but not completely. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of eastern Europe, eastern Africa, Asia, and western Australia. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information)
  • September 22September Equinox. The September equinox occurs at 14:21 UTC. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • September 28Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest western elongation of 17.9 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise.
  • October 1New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 00:11 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
  • October 7Draconids Meteor Shower. The Draconids is a minor meteor shower producing only about 10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner, which was first discovered in 1900. The Draconids is an unusual shower in that the best viewing is in the early evening instead of early morning like most other showers. The shower runs annually from October 6-10 and peaks this year on the the night of the 7th. The first quarter moon will block the fainter meteors in the early evening. It will set shortly after midnight leaving darker skies for observing any lingering stragglers. Best viewing will be in the early evening from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Draco, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
  • October 15Uranus at Opposition. The blue-green planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view Uranus. Due to its distance, the planet will only appear as a tiny blue-green dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.
  • October 16Full Moon, Supermoon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 04:23 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Hunters Moon because at this time of year the leaves are falling and the game is fat and ready to hunt. This moon has also been known as the Travel Moon and the Blood Moon. This is also the first of three supermoons for 2016. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.
  • October 20, 21Orionids Meteor Shower. The Orionids is an average shower producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from October 2 to November 7. It peaks this year on the night of October 21 and the morning of October 22. The second quarter moon will block some of the fainter meteors this year, but the Orionids tend to be fairly bright so it could still be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Orion, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
  • October 30New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 17:38 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
  • November 4, 5Taurids Meteor Shower. The Taurids is a long-running minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is unusual in that it consists of two separate streams. The first is produced by dust grains left behind by Asteroid 2004 TG10. The second stream is produced by debris left behind by Comet 2P Encke. The shower runs annually from September 7 to December 10. It peaks this year on the the night of November 4. The first quarter moon will set just after midnight leaving dark skies for viewing. Best viewing will be just after midnight from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Taurus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
  • November 14Full Moon, Supermoon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 13:52 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Beaver Moon because this was the time of year to set the beaver traps before the swamps and rivers froze. It has also been known as the Frosty Moon and the Hunter’s Moon. This is also the second of three supermoons for 2016. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.
  • November 16, 17Leonids Meteor Shower. The Leonids is an average shower, producing up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. That last of these occurred in 2001. The Leonids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1865. The shower runs annually from November 6-30. It peaks this year on the night of the 16th and morning of the 17th. The waning gibbous moon will block many of the fainter meteors this year, but if you are patient you should be able to catch quite a few good ones. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
  • November 29New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 12:18 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
  • December 11Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 20.8 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.
  • December 13, 14Geminids Meteor Shower. The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982. The shower runs annually from December 7-17. It peaks this year on the night of the 13th and morning of the 14th. The nearly full moon will block out many of the fainter meteors this year, but the Geminids are so bright and numerous that it could still be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
  • December 14Full Moon, Supermoon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 00:06 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Cold Moon because this is the time of year when the cold winter air settles in and the nights become long and dark. This moon has also been known as the Full Long Nights Moon and the Moon Before Yule. This is also the last of three supermoons for 2016. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.
  • December 21December Solstice. The December solstice occurs at 10:44 UTC. The South Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its southernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.44 degrees south latitude. This is the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • December 21, 22Ursids Meteor Shower. The Ursids is a minor meteor shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tuttle, which was first discovered in 1790. The shower runs annually from December 17-25. It peaks this year on the the night of the 21st and morning of the 22nd. The second quarter moon will block many of the fainter meteors. But if you are patient, you might still be able to catch a few of the brighter ones. Best viewing will be just after midnight from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Ursa Minor, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
  • December 29New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 06:53 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

Highlights in March!

  • The Moon forms a lovely tight triangle with blue Spica (  is the brightest star in the sky and is part of the constellation Virgo) and orange Mars on the 18th, best seen after 11:00 P.M.
  • The Moon then pays Saturn a very close visit on the 20th; the pair rises just before midnight and get progressively higher through the wee hours.
  • Look for a brilliant conjunction between Venus and the Moon low in the eastern sky on the 27th, 40 minutes before sunrise.

These are just some of the amazing things for March of course the month of March is also best known for Ostara. Where the Moon and Planets are a critical thing for certain spells. The Moon is a constant but in the midst of the perfect triangle of Mars and Spica makes a strong and rare time for spells.

The moon in the triangle with mars and spica is special because is can be for so many different spells, Love, job luck, luck, strength, and so much more! The Moon helps with   Mars is great for sex drives, energy, strength, and so much more. Spica is the brightest star in the sky but it really is a blue giant, great for power! Success spells and prosperity.

Venus and The Moon make a great connection for Love Spells, and Getting rid of unwanted attention. The Moon and Saturn makes a time for to wise up!

There is so much more that this offers any questions just message me ask!

Many Blessings!

-Priestess of Nyx,

Amara

Pure Essential Oil of the Day!

Pure Essential Tangerine Oil

BOTANICAL NAME: citrus reticulata
ORIGIN: Italy
PARTS USED: peel of fruit
EXTRACTION METHOD: cold-pressed
FRAGRANCE: citrus, fresh, light, sweet
BLENDS: basil, bergamot, clary sage, geranium, grapefruit, hyssop, lavender, lemon, lime, neroli, orange, rose, vanilla, verbena
PHYSICAL & AROMATIC BENEFITS: calming, cheering, relaxing, soothing, stress, uplifting, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, cellulite, constipation, dandruff, insomnia, laxative, muscle relaxant, oily skin, sedative.
MAGICAL USES: magical energy, purification.

Tangerine  Information:

Tangerine is extracted by cold compression of its peels and contains alpha pinene, alpha thujone, beta pinene, camphene, citronellal, gamma terpinolene, geraniol, limonene, linalool, myrcene, nerol, sabinene, and terpineol as its chief components.

Definitions:

Antiseptic: a substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of microorganisms.
Antispasmodic: referring to something that suppresses spasms.
Depurative: refers to something that purifies.
Sedative: Calming, soothing, inducing sleep, tranquilizing.
Stomachic: related to the stomach; beneficial to the stomach or digestion.
Tonic: restorative and curative; intended to invigorate.
Other Benefits: It improves circulation of blood, boosts digestion, helps maintain oil and moisture balance in the skin, and shows cicatrizant and emollient properties. It also eases constipation and treats diarrhea, flatulence, rashes, dryness and cracking of skin, hair problems, and dandruff.

Safety Warning: Avoid use in sun. Phototoxic. Never ingest essential oils without a prescription. Use carrier oil when applying to skin

optimism spell

Spell to keep your thoughts positive no matter what is taking place around you. This spell chanted regularly will help you to be more optimistic. Recite the following.

 

Within my mind I feel such power

A fearless mind I do have

Golden light encircles me with mind’s eye I see clearly

Light’s energy I feel within

Serenity mine it is to be

Elves chanting song of light

Witches with wands weaving magic

A fortress golden made for me

Serene mind I do envisage

Safety there will always be

Witches now do bind my spell

They make for me enchanted space

I breathe in golden light for strength

I feel serene within safe space

The light is there for evermore

Haven always there for me

Ability to overcome

Mind still

Thoughts tranquil

Calm place will always be

Ambient and safe space for me

I feel such strength now grow within

I have thoughts wise and true

Golden light encircles me with mind’s eye I see clearly

Light’s energy I feel within

Safety there to be for me

I breathe in golden light for strength

As witches chant and make their magic

I now know that I can overcome

A free and easy spirit mine

The light is there for evermore

Respite there for me always

I have thoughts now wise and true

A certain freedom I do claim

Mind is light my circle strong

Evermore I step within

Light’s energy I do feel

Safety there to be for me

I breathe in golden light for strength

I feel serene while it is there

The light is there for evermore

I thrive in haven always there for me

Light is mine

Light is mine

Light is mine

Sit quietly with your eyes shut and visualize the golden light that is always there for you to go to and allow your mind to rest and clear after which you emerge refreshed and feeling strong.

Simple Stone Divination

Simple Stone Divination

DIVINATION, Black and White:

 

Here is a simple method of divination that can be done anywhere anytime.  All you need to do is spend a few minutes gathering stones. Half should be dark and half of a lighter colour.

Place them on the ground before you. Ask your question or keep it in mind.
Close your eyes and jumble the stones around for a few seconds; then, with your left or receptive hand, remove one of the stones.

If you picked a dark stone, the answer is yes or the prospects favourable. If light, no.

Essential Oils by Property

Essential Oils by Property

Addictions: Frankincense

Aphrodisiac: Amber, Clove (inhaled), Ginger, Lavender, Neroli, Orris Root, Patchouli, Tuberose, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Jasmine

Attract Customers: Citronella, Sweet Pea

Attract Friends: Citronella, Sweet Pea

Awareness: Lavender

Beauty: Rose

Birth:  Birch, Cyclamen, Jasmine

Blessings, Spiritual: Frankincense, Sweetgrass, Cypress

Breaking Curses: Rue, Niaouli

Breaking Habits: Frankincense

Business Success: Peony

Calming: Lavender, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

Change: Peppermint

Clairvoyance: Cinnamon, Heliotrope, Sandalwood, Anise, Lilac, Saffron

Cleansing: Jasmine, Pine, Camphor

Clearing: Sandalwood

Comfort: Cypress

Common Sense: Rosemary

Concentration: Cinnamon

Confidence: Cedar, Musk, Ginger

Courage: Musk, Rose Geranium, Clove, Ginger,

Creativity: Jasmine, Vervain

Customers, Attract: Citronella

Decisions: Lilac

Depressant, Anti: Melilot, Clary Sage, Lavender, Sweet Orange, Tea Tree

Determination: All-Spice

Divination: Anise

Dreams: Clary Sage

Ease Childbirth: Cyclamen, Jasmine

Employment: Ylang Ylang

Endings: Cypress

Energy: Vanilla, All-Spice, Bergamot, Carnation, Lemon, Lime, Nutmeg, Pine

Energy, Restore: Carnation, Vanilla, Patchouli,Vanilla

Evil, Guard Against: Myrrh, Patchouli

Exorcism: Frankincense, Dragon’s Blood

Eyesight: Clove (inhaled)

Fear: Myrrh

Friends, Attract: Citronella

Focus: Cinnamon

Guard Against Evil: Myrrh

Habits, Break: Frankincense

Happiness: Vanilla, Apple Blossom, Lotus, Basil, Neroli, Rose Geranium, Rosemary

Harmony: Orange, Rose, Basil, Cumin Seed, Lilac, Magnolia, Narcissus

Headaches: Lavender

Healing: Birch, Clove, Eucalyptus, Sandalwood, Lavender, Lotus, Mimosa, Rosemary, Violet, Myrrh, Juniper, Pink Grapefruit, Lemon, Niaouli, Pine, Rose Geranium

Health: Cinquefoil, Carnation, Lavender, Rose Geranium

Hex-Breaking: Myrrh

Higher Consciousness: Wisteria

Home Luck: Bayberry

Hope: Sesame

Illumination: Wisteria

Insect Repellant: Citronella

Intuition: Honeysuckle

Invoke Deity:  Anise, Birch, Cedar, Peppermint, Rosemary

Letting Go: Camphor

Luck: Vanilla

Luck to the Home: Bayberry

Love: Apple, Ginger,Jasmine, Rose, Cinquefoil, Coriander, Cyclamen, Gardenia, Lavender, Violet, Carnation, Dragon’s Blood, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang

Longevity:  Rosemary

Magick Ability: Bergamot, Carnation, Dragon’s Blood, Lemon, Nutmeg, Sweet Orange, Peppermint, Pine, Rose Geranium, Vanilla

Marriage: Cyclamen, Orange Blossom, Ylang Ylang

Meditation: Frankincense, Heliotrope, Acacia, Jasmine, Lotus, Magnolia, Nutmeg, Myrrh, Camphor

Memory: Clove, Lilac, Honeysuckle, Rosemary, Sage

Mental Ability: Rosemary, Clove

Money: Bayberry, Cinquefoil, Ginger, Hyssop, Patchouli, Basil, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pine, Sage, Vetivert

Moon: Birch

Negativity-Anti:  Rue, Anise Star, Citronella, Niaouli, Peppermint, Vetivert, Ylang Ylang

Originality: Jasmine

Passion: Musk, Ginger

Peace: Lavender, Myrrh, Rose, Cumin Seed, Lilac, Magnolia, Narcissus, Rose, Tuberose, Basil, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang

Peace of Mind: Apple, Benzoin, Hyacinth, Patchouli

Permanence: Lavender

Power: Orange, Carnation, Cinquefoil

Prophetic Dreams: Mimosa

Prosperity: Honeysuckle, Almond, Bergamot (when oil is worn in palm of each hand), Lotus, Mint (anoint wallet), Peony, Vervain

Protection: Anise, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Clove, Dragon’s Blood, Frankincense, Heliotrope, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Cinquefoil, Cedar, Gardenia, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Rose Geranium, Rosemary, Rue, Juniper, Pink Grapefruit, Niaouli, Pine, Vetivert

Protection from Misery: Cedar

Protection from Misfortune: Cedar

Protective Spirits: Lemon

Prudence: Rosemary

Psychic Ability: Acacia, Camphor, Lemon Grass, Magnolia, Tuberose, Cinnamon, Lemongrass, Nutmeg

Purification: Dragon’s Blood, Frankincense, Benzoin, Eucalyptus, Hyssop, Lavender, Musk, Myrrh, Juniper, Camphor, Citronella, Lemongrass, Lime, Neroli, Sweet Orange, Peppermint, Pine

Quick-Thinking: Honeysuckle, Basil, Citronella

Relaxation: Apple, Lavender, Apple Blossom, Hyacinth, Jasmine, Narcissus, Peppermint

Restore Energy: Carnation, Vanilla

Sacred Space: Anise, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Lemon

Self-Assurance: Musk, Rosemary

Self-Control: Cedar

Sex:  Ginger, Neroli, Patchouli, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang

Sleep: Jasmine, Nutmeg, Lavender

Sorrow: Myrrh

Spirits, Protective: Lemon

Spiritual Blessings: Frankincense, Sweetgrass

Spirituality: Cinnamon, Lilac, Heliotrope, Jasmine, Myrrh, Frankincense,

Stability: Lavender

Strength: Musk, Cinquefoil, Cinnamon, Pink Grapefruit

Stress: Lavender, Frankincense

Success: Apple Blossom, Ginger

Success, Business: Peony

Sympathy: Basil

Tranquility: Rose

Transformation: Sweetgrass, Sweet Orange

Transitions: Cypress

Understanding: Honeysuckle, Myrrh

Vitality: All-Spice, Rosemary, Vanilla

Wisdom: Apple, Cinquefoil, Sage

Money spell that works!

Set a green altar cloth and sprinkle gold sparkles on the cloth or gold tiny beads and then dress the green candle with Money Drawing Oil, Patchouli Oil, Dragons Blood Oil, Red Rose Oil, and These two are optional Tonka bean oil , Vervain oil and Orange blossom oil, I know alot of oils but you can pick just patchouli and dragons blood if thats all you can afford I just see it is more potent with all of these. Cast a Circle and use sweet or white sage to cleanse the circle, then call the elements, Then place the candle in the center of the pentagram and chant this five times in clock wise formation and the last position loking up to yur God and Goddess best done on a Thurs. or Sun. or on the hour of the sun or jupiter. 

Money Energy Spell

Money gold and silver bright
stream towards me in the night
stream towards me in the day
like a river to the bay
Easy, fun and joyous light
money gold and silver bright
I await you, come to me
as I will, so shall it be!

Grow your own herbs! For the cheap witch!

I understand that some of us have apartments and do not have a green thumb but, here are reasons why you should grow them its for the strong cheap witch! It makes your spells stronger because you are connected to the ingredients!
Throughout history, herbs have played a major role in ritual and magick. Our ancestors used herbs in potions, incense, and amulets that were made for protection and to ward off evil and illness. Since most herbs are relatively easy to grow and oftentimes require little space, modern-day Pagans, Witches, and Wiccans can also utilize the fragrant gifts of home-grown herbs in their magickal lives.

Here’s some tips on when, where, and how to make a magickal herb garden as well as the magickal properties of some of the more familiar herbs.

Indoors or Out

Magickal herb gardens can be planted indoors or out and be grown in the ground or in containers and pots. For outdoor herb gardens, Spring, Summer, and early Fall are good times to start one in most locations. In temperate climates, herbs can be planted and grown outside almost year round. For those of us in colder climates, herbs can be started outdoors and then moved inside when colder temperatures prevail. Indoor herb gardens can be started just about any time of year. The main thing to remember is that whether indoors or out, herbs love warm, sunny places and thrive best with at least six hours of sunlight. Southern and western exposures seem to work best.

Don’t have a yard or don’t think you have enough room for a magickal herb garden? Think again! It doesn’t matter if you have a large spread or a tiny apartment, herbs can be grown on window sills, balconies, porches, patios, and decks. Just look around your front and back doors, porch steps, or kitchen window for a location with the most available sunshine.

Containers or In-Ground

Should you decide to grow your magical herbs in containers, you can grow them in multiple pots grouped together on a window sill or plant several herbs together in one large planter on a porch. Aside from the usual nursery or garden section of a home improvement store, thrift stores and yard sales are great places to hunt for containers. You can also use tin coffee cans, metal buckets, or large old roasting pans. Almost any container is suitable as long as it has a few holes on the bottom for drainage. If needed, holes can be pierced in the bottom of most metal containers with a large nail and hammer. Even if you have very little yard space available, you can still probably plant a magickal herb garden in the ground. A fairly good variety of herbs can be planted in a sunny area that is no larger than two feet by three feet. You can also create raised beds for planting out of stacked pieces of landscape blocks, wooden railroad ties, whiskey barrels, or even old metal wash basins.

Whether indoors or out, you can grow your magickal herbs from seeds or from seedlings. Just remember to check and follow the growing directions printed on the packet or pot for the herbs you choose. If planting herbs together in the same pot, be sure to group herbs with similar growing instructions and watering needs together.

Some herbs have a reputation for growing well even in poor soils, but average soil with good drainage will suit just about all species. For herbs grown indoors or in containers, choose a light potting soil with a high sand content to ensure good drainage. Most herbs need their soil to be kept damp, but not WET, so don’t overwater. It’s safest to water in small amounts. For plants grown outdoors in the ground, a layer of mulch around the herbs will curb the growth of weeds, help keep the herbs clean, and protect the soil from the sun baking it around the roots.

Harvesting and Drying

Herbs have two cycles of growth: a leaf-growing cycle and a reproduction cycles when they begin to flower. Most magickal herbs are at their most potent when harvested during the leaf-growing cycle just before they flower. This is because the oils have settled into the leaves and are at their highest level. The best time of day to harvest is in the morning right after any dew has dried. You still can harvest herbs after they begin to flower, but the leaves may become tougher or more bitter to the taste during this stage of growth making them a tad less potent. The exception to this is in harvesting those herbs in which the flowers comprise the main harvest, such as camomile, lavender, and marigold. In this instance, the herbs should be cut when the flowers are in full bloom. Regardless of when you cut your herbs, each time you harvest a sprig, be sure to pinch the stem back to a set of leaves to promote new leaf growth.

Once harvested, your magickal herbs should be air-dried in a relatively cool, dry, and shady location. Air-drying is greatly preferred over oven drying, as artificial heat removes some of the oil inside the leaves. There are two different methods for drying herbs. One calls for hanging up herbs in bundles or bunches to dry. This is done by gathering your cut herbs into bundles or bunches, each about the thickness of what you can grasp in one hand. Tie each bundle or bunch together using twine or string or use a rubberband to gather one end of stems together. Then, hang it upside down for drying. A dry garage or out-of-the-way kitchen shelf are good places to hang your herbs to dry.

The other method for drying herbs is to spread the herbs in a single layer on a wire netting or rack. An old window screen covered with a cheesecloth makes a good drying rack. Place the screen where there is cross ventilation so that air reaches it from above and below. Make sure the screen is stored in a shady, cool, and dry location while the herbs are drying on it.

Do not place the herbs in a plastic bag or sealed container of any kind until thoroughly dry as doing so will keep moisture inside the plant. This promotes the growth of mold and can possibly rot the herbs. How long it takes to completely dry depends on the humidity and temperature of the location you choose as well as the thickness of the stems and the amount of moisture inside the herb’s stems and leaves. It could take anywhere from several days or weeks to even a month or more. Dryness can usually be determined by crushing a leaf. If it’s crisp and breaks into little pieces, it’s dry enough to store. When growing and harvesting plants for magickal work, be sure to allow more than enough time for them to thoroughly dry before you’ll need them for ritual and spell work.

Once the herbs have completely dried, store them in sealed containers, and if possible, keep them in a dark place. Your herbs will retain their color and potency much longer this way. Glass containers are best, but sturdy plastic ones can also be used. Resist storing herbs for any length of time in plastic bags as the scents end up mingling together, and the herbs lose their potency fairly quickly. Be sure to label and date the containers. All herbs meant for ingesting and cooking should be used within six months. It is also recommended that herbs destined for use in ritual and spells also be used within six months for maximum effectiveness. But in any event, all herbs earmarked for ritual and magickal works should be used within a year of harvesting. After a year, their potency is very weak, and their effectiveness is greatly diminished. If you feel bad about throwing out any unused herbs, you can save them for use in crafts, if desired.

Annuals, Perennials, and Biennials

Once you’ve decided to grow a magickal herb garden, how do you know what herbs to select? Here’s a brief explanation of the three basic types of herbs and some magickal properties of a few specific herbs to help you make your selections.

Like all plants, herbs can be classifed as annual, perennial, orbiennial plants. Annual herbs bloom for one season only. They flower during the Summer and Fall, and then die. They need to be sown by seed anew each year. Examples of annual herbs include:

Basil
Chamomile
Cumin
Dill

Once established, perennial herbs come back every year. They survive the Winter to bloom each season. Examples of perennial herbs include:

Mint
Oregano
Rosemary
Sage
Thyme

Biennial herbs live for only two years. They sprout from seeds the first season, but usually don’t flower until the second, after which they die. Biennial herbs are somewhat rare, and include:

Caraway
Parsley

Herbs for Protection

The following herbs all have protective properties good for repelling negative vibrations or energy. They disperse negativity and create a protective barrier when burned, carried on your person, or hung wherever needed. Please note that this list in not all inclusive:

Angelica
Basil
Dill
Fennel
Garlic
Horehound
Hyssop
Mistletoe
Mugwort
Pennyroyal
Rose Geranium
Rosemary
Rue
St. John’s Wort
Tarragon
Vervain
**An example of a simple protective spell is to make an amulet using any three of the above herbs. Mix them together, and place the mixture in the center of a small piece of red or white cloth. Gather up the corners, and tie it closed with a red ribbon. Hold the amulet in your projective hand (the one you write with) and the amulet by chanting the following three times:

“By Water, Earth, Fire and Air
Protect that for which I care!”

Carry the amulet with you in your pocket or purse. To protect you in the car, place it under your seat or in the glovebox. To protect your home, place it near the fireplace or hang it over the front door or over the door to your room.

Herbs for Purification

Sometimes, we can sense the presence of negative energy in our home, work place, or even in the car. Or, perhaps you’re feeling out of sorts or just have a general feeling that something isn’t quite right. In these instances, magickal works pertaining to purification will probably set things straight once again. Purification spells are also done to purify a new home or apartment to remove any energies left by the prior tenants. The following herbs all have purifying properties. This list is not all inclusive:

Basil
Bay
Juniper
Mugwort
Yarrow
Rosemary
Sage

**An example of a house purification spell is to make a powder from three (or multiples of three) purification herbs. Pulverize the powders and make a loose incense for burning over charcoal. As you mix the powdered herbs together, visualize a clean breeze blowing all the negativity out of the house. If possible, open all the windows in the house. Light the incense. Carry the smouldering incense, and slowly walk from room to room. As you do so, visualize the smoke from the incense driving away any remnants of negativity.

**Another purification spell that can be done to remove negativity from a home or workplace is to brew a strong rosemary tea. Then, dip a branch of rosemary or yarrow into the tea, and use it to thoroughly sprinkle drops of the tea in every room. While doing this, visualize all negative influences be washed away.

**Another popular method for purifying is by smudging with sage. Harvest and then dry sage that has been tied into small bundles or bunches with cotton string or twine. When thoroughly dry, light a small sage bundle. Use a heatproof saucer or plate underneath, and carry the smoldering sage from room to room. Visualize all negativity being replaced by the purifying fragrance of the sage.

Charm bags are bags that are made, filled with specific ingredients, and then for a particular purpose. They are then carried or kept close to the person for whom they are meant to help, usually for a specified period of time. The following are some examples of charm bags using magickal herbs.

**Prosperity Charm Bag

On the New Moon, make a small bag out of green fabric or cut a square out of green fabric. Place three bay leaves and a small lodestone inside the bag or in the center of the square. If using a square of fabric, gather up the four corners and tie closed with a gold or green ribbon. If using a bag, tie the bag closed with a gold or green ribbon. Anoint the bag with a drop of almond oil or patchouli while chanting three times:

“Fortune smile on me this day
May all I need come my way”

Carry the bag in your pocket or purse from the New Moon until the Full Moon. At the Full Moon, bury the bag in the ground or in a deep planter or pot of dirt.

**Love Charm Bag

The purpose of this spell is to attract love into your life, NOT to attract a specific person.

Any time after the New Moon, make a small bag out of pink or red cloth. Add a piece of rose quartz inside, and fill the rest of the bag with lavender and pine needles.Tie the bag closed with a pink or white ribbon. Anoint the bag with patchouli or rose oil while chanting three times:

“By Air, Earth, Fire and Sea
Open my heart!
Bring love to me”

Sleep with the charm bag under your pillow until you get results.

This Health Charm Bag is created to attract good health or to maintain good health. During the waxing phase of the Moon, make a small blue or purple bag. Inside the bag, add a small piece of amethyst. Then, fill the bag with lavender, sage, and St. John’s Wort. Tie it closed with a purple ribbon. Anoint the bag with oil of peppermint or spearmint while chanting three times:

“Keep my mind and body strong and fit
Strengthen both my heart and wit”

Sleep with the bag under your pillow at night. Keep this bag as long as necessary. Burn or bury it when no longer needed.

Make a Money attracting Pentacle/spell

Making a Money attracting pentacle/spell

Pentagrams have been used in magic throughout history. The pentagram‘s shape may have derived from the hand. This could account for its continued magical use for protection (hands are used to guard ourselves), as well as money (we earn our living with our hands).

 

The pentagram is an interlaced five-pointed star. Aside from its hand symbolism, it also represents the human body: the top point the head, the left and right middle points the arms, the bottom two the legs. Pentagrams were found among the ruins of Pompeii. It was in use even earlier, for a pot found at Tell Asmar (Jemdet Nasr period, circa 2750 B.C.E.) in Mesopotamia bears a painted pentagram. This figure is so steeped in magic, symbolism, and religion that of necessity these few words will have to suffice. (The pentagram isn’t in any way connected with the Christian summation of evil.)

 

A pentacle (the term stems from ceremonial magic) is any round object decorated with a pentagram. This project utilizes the money-attracting properties of the pentagram.

 

Items needed:

  • Clay
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil or pen
  • Inscribing tool (A toothpick, a whittled stick, or an awl)

 

Break or cut off a tennis ball-sized piece of clay. Knead and roll it between the hands to form a ball. While doing this, visualize money coming into your life. On a piece of waxed paper, flatten the ball into a quarter-inch thick circle. Smooth the surface. Transfer the diagram shown here to a piece of tracing paper. Lay it over the flat clay. If your clay disk is too large, roll it into a ball and flatten it again, adjusting it so that it is the correct width. Using the toothpick or awl, poke a hole into the clay at each of the five outer points of the “star.” Use these as guides when inscribing the pentagram onto the clay.

 

Remove the tracing paper. With your inscribing tool, draw a line across the surface of the clay from point A to point B, saying:

 

Money will come to me.

 

Saying these words each time, repeat from point B to point C, from point C to point D, from point D to point E, and finally from point E back to point A. You’ve just drawn a pentagram. If the pentagram doesn’t seem balanced, smooth over the surface of the clay, use the tracing paper to give you the starting points and try again.

 

When you’re satisfied with the pentagram, let the pentacle dry on the waxed paper undisturbed for three days .

 

After the pentacle has dried, set it on a window sill, near the front door, or some other place in the home where it can remain undisturbed for a long period of time.

 

As you place the pentacle, say these or similar words while visualizing (which should be repeated at regular intervals):

 

Pentalpha, pentangel,

It’s money I need:

Pentacle, pentagram,

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