Baneful Herbs in Magical Practice | Coby Michael Ward

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Using Baneful Herbs in Magic

With their infamous reputations and prominent place in myth and folklore, the Baneful herbs begin to seem more like mischievous magical creatures appearing throughout history in folktales and first-hand accounts.  They are powerful in their chemistry and in their occult power, but they are still plants.  The deadly nightshade grows in the same soil as the mint and the lavender.  They get light and water from the same sky.  It is important to remember this when incorporating baneful plant spirits into your magical practice.  People often ask how these herbs can benefit one magically, and how to use them.  The answer is, that they all have their own unique powers and applications, and other than ingesting, they can be used magically like any other herb.

In magic, herbs, woods and/or resins are used in pretty much everything.  They can be incorporated into spells in so…

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A Simple Ritual for the Autumn Equinox

Apple Hex Breaker

This Crooked Crown

There are thousands of ways to break a curse. But the other day I was thinking about curse breaking with ordinary items. The humble egg is the most common hex breaking tool in your average kitchen. But what about an apple?

Apples are great for love and healing spells. They’re used in binding spells too. And no one can forget the apple curse that trapped Snow White. But breaking a curse with an apple? Absolutely.

I can think of several ways to make this work, the most obvious being simply using the apple as a poppet – which is actually something of a traditional substitute. But we’re going to go a different way with a hex breaking spell today.

This spell is intended to break a hex or curse that you think has been placed on you. With an ingredient as common as an apple, you can easily do this…

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Witchcraft: Timing

Wolf Of Antimony Occultism

This metaphysical property list shows different times, and the energies that are given at those specific times.

Times of the day:

Morning(6:00AM-11:59AM): Fire, Cleansing, Healing, Love, Friendship, Manifestation, Power, Success, Intelligence, Wisdom, growth, New beginnings, Fertility

Noon(12:00AM5:00AM): Air, Protection, Manifestation, Power, Success, Luck, Wealth, Courage, Strength, Travel

Evening(5:01PM-8:00PM): Water, Cursing, Banishing, Peace, Binding, Protection, Creativity

Night(8:01PM-5:59AM): Earth, Cursing, Binding, Protection, Banishing, Enhanced Psychic Power, Peace,  Dreams, Endings, Death, Rebirth, Regeneration

Days of the week:

Monday: Cleansing, Healing, Enhanced Psychic Power, Manifestation, Power, Peace, Intelligence, Wisdom, New beginnings, Travel, Illusion, Fertility, Dreams, Mystery, Fantasy, Introspection, Intuition, Insightful, Imagination

Tuesday: Protection, Cursing, Binding, Manifestation, Power, Courage, Strength, Victory, Endurance, Passion, Aggression, Revenge, Bad luck, Lust, Rebellious

Wednesday: Luck, Wealth, Intelligence, Wisdom, Creativity, Cunning, Change, Mind, Study, Wisdom, Knowledge, Writing

Thursday: Protection, Success, Wealth, Good Health, Abundance, Leadership, Energetic Growth, Good…

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Magic Wand

Soul Dreamers

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Do you have a wand? How do you use it in your healing path, and what does it mean to you? I made a wand when Harry Potter came out and I used it when I do blessings (very rarely) as I am a folk healer and not a magician or magic practitioner. But… “I didn’t quit before the miracle” and the miracle has appeared now as I enter Elder.

There were never any shortcuts in our spiritual work, and nothing is free, not even free magic. I personally never wanted to take even one shortcut, because I didn’t want my later life to be heavy with burdens of misspent adulthood searching rather than seeking. 

I chose the long, enduring, difficult, hard, painfully honest, purity, humbled, poverty path because I had to in the beginning, but eventually to end the cycle of pain. I…

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Full Moon Ritual – Blog Post Round Up

Protection Against Witch Work

The Witch & Walnut

Protection Against Witch WorkHappy Weekend Everyone!

I know most of Canada has a long weekend, to my fellow Canadians I wish you a restful one.

I get a lot emails regarding protection work from other Witches and the possible work they believe was done against them. How can they relieve the symptoms and protect themselves and ultimately stop the work.

This blend isn’t a catch-all… But it is a very good strong start. Depending on the work done to you and the Witch other elements may be needed and quite honestly may not be able to be undone. But rather subdued.

This blend includes a few herbs and roots. As well as the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit.

Ingredients:

  • Salt (Earth Element) You can see Altar Salt Here and Here
  • Vervain
  • Bay Leaf
  • Blue Cohosh
  • Rosemary
  • Burdock Root
  • Wild Cucumber Pod (dried)
  • Black hair of a dog (Spirit Element)
  • Lightening…

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Sacred Tree Profile: Juniper’s Medicine, Magic, Mythology and Meanings

The Druid's Garden

Here on the East Coast of the USA, we are still in deep winter. Soon, the maples will be flowing.  Soon, the winter snows will melt.  Soon, spring will return.  But until that time, the conifers, particularly offer strength and wisdom.  One of my favorite conifers is Juniper, also known as Eastern Red Cedar.  It is delightful to come across a wild juniper in the winter months, with her sweet and pine-scented berries and her delightful sprigs that offer friendship and hope through the darkest times.  So come with me today as we explore the sacred Juniper tree.

Juniper here on the land Juniper here on the land

This post is part of my Sacred Trees in the Americas series, where I explore sacred trees within a specifically American context, drawing upon folklore, herbalism, magic, and more!  I think it’s particularly important that US druids and those following other nature-based paths in North America understand…

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Autumn Equinox Ritual Doll

The Witch & Walnut

autumn equinox ritual dollHere we are approaching the weekend of the equinox and I have really slowed down and taken time to enjoying the changing seasons.

I have been working on my Autumn ritual doll for a couple weeks now and this weekend she will become part of me and live on my altar until the spring equinox.

These dolls can be made of any material that feels right for you and represents you the best as you head into the last chapter. She is meant to give you comfort and be with you during a time when naturally we start to look inwards and prepare to be more still and take solace in the quiet time.

doll2Think about what the doll means for you? Are you looking to gain something, shed something or maybe you are not sure yet? That is absolutely okay, you can start constructing your doll and add to…

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Say NO to Witch School

There were many times in my youth I thought about ‘witch school’ with people who were supposedly reputable, but something always stopped me. Sometime later it would come out that they weren’t so reputable after all. Maferefun to my ancestors for their protection.

The Witch & Walnut

say no! to witch schoolI hope you all have had a wonderful long weekend Holiday.

I recently received an email from someone asking if they should attend Witch classes. I do hope you see this post, I attempted to email you a response but continued to get a failure message regarding the email address.

So here I am answering your question as it is a rather common question. My standard response to this is No.

I urge you to ask yourself a few questions before depositing your money and time into a Witch class.

  1. Why do you want to take the class/program/course/whatever?
  2. Do you think it will make you a Witch?
  3. What can they teach you, that you cannot learn for yourself?
  4. What are your expectations of this course?
  5. What do you want to achieve from this course?
  6. What qualifies this person/people to teach this course?

There is sooooo much information out there and…

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