It’s that time of year, witches – time to start plotting and potting! Thanks be to green, growing things. If you’re looking to leaf out a bit beyond the common kitchen garden, Judika Illes has some enchanting suggestions in Pure Magic:
The Magic Garden
A magic garden transforms a portion of the Earth into a living altar. Rather than landscaping based solely on superficial appearance or ease of availability (for instance, going to a nursery and seeing what’s on sale) plants are carefully selected based upon the power that they radiate. Everyone’s magic garden is unique because the botanical power is combined with your own. There are no limitations based upon the size of your garde, You may have acres or a tiny space. You may choose to convert your whole backyard or reserve a tiny corner for ritual use. Apartment dwellers can create their own magic gardens in pots, on windowsills, ledges or fire escapes. You can purchase whole plants or receive cuttings from others. However, the single most basic and primal magic exercise is growing plants from seeds. Just as salt and honey are camouflaged as everyday ingredients, so sprouting seeds is too often relegated to a child’s kindergarten project. Historically, cultivation has been an act fraught with magic, ritual and power.
Magic gardens can be created to serve various purposes: to attract money, love or protection, to honor a spirit or animal ally. Plant allies can be gathered around you for any purpose … let your imagination flow freely. Visualize your magic garden as a living altar: add statues, crystals and fragrance however you are inspired.
Every culture, every spiritual school has its own sacred plants. These can be gathered together to create a place of Earthly power and a bower to replenish your own energy.
Druid Herb Garden
- Queen of the Meadow
- Water Mint
These were among the Druids’ most cherished plants. Water mint thrives in a somewhat damp climate. Substitute another mint to suit your climate.
Fragrant Night Garden
If you need encouragement to go outside and moongaze, or if you wish to create an enchanted setting for a little night magic, consider a selection of the following flowers. They may look innocuous enough during the daytime, but at night watch beautiful luminous white flowers emerge. Not that you need to use your eyes; these flowers fill the night with their powerful, seductive fragrance:
- Angel’s Trumpet
- Evening Primrose
- Moon Flower
- Night Jasmine
- Night Scented Stock
- Ornamental Tobacco
- Spider Flower
A Magic Garden of Protection
- St John’s Wort
For real feelings of security, try to include all of these plants. Use garlic to line the borders.
* While very lovely, oleander is also very poisonous. If children and pets will frequent your garden, then consider whether or not this is a safe addition.
- Bay Laurel
For utmost security, arrange the trees in a circle
Aphrodite’s Bower of Love
- Myrtle or Pomegranate Trees
- Scented Geraniums
Aphrodite is Queen of Wild Nature. Decorate the garden with seashells and images from the sea. It would not be inappropriate to place a hot tub in the midst. Place images of her favorite creatures in the garden, too: doves, swans, rabbits, dolphins, deer, turtles, goats and wolves. If bees frequent your garden, you’ll know Aphrodite sends her personal blessings to you. She likes company: put a bench or gazebo in your garden and enjoy.
More plants for a romantic garden…
- Chile peppers
- Lady’s Mantle
- Saint John’s Wort
A Money Garden
These plants growing in your garden or within your home invoke and maintain prosperity:
- Morning Glory
- Oregon grape
Burn alfalfa and scatter the ashes around your property for prosperity. Alternatively, burn alfalfa and carry the herb in a medicine bag to ease financial woes, Buckwheat, cascara sagrada (Rhamnus purshianus)* and nuts, particularly walnuts, added to the bag will enhance the power.
*Native American tree, decimated by white settlers, very endangered, find out how it is obtained before using.
- Horse Chestnut
A Healing Garden
Any plant may have therapeutic properties. The following plants have a metaphysically beneficial effect on health; they behave as guardians. Grow any combination of the following:
- Balm of Gilead
- Melissa (Lemon Balm)
- Saint John’s Wort
Trees of Life and Good Health
For added energy, plant trees in a circle, place a bench, seat, or hot tub in the center and soak in the healing power.
- Bay Laurel
All of the above was excerpted from Pure Magic by Judika Illes!