blackberry bramble

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Here is another member of the genus, Rubus that provides delicious berries to pick. While this plant produces tasty berries and has lovely blooms for the pollinators, it is a ruthless invader from India that has overtaken many native plant communities across the Pacific Northwest. Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus Discolor) is a widespread invasive species that creates dense thickets of thorny brambles along roadsides and in clearings. I have observed this plant out-competing countless native species including other berry-producing brambles such as blackcap raspberry.

Under Cover of Night

A Charm for Safe Travel at Night

By Rainy-Day-Witchcraft

Originally posted by heartsnmagic

Materials: 

  • Small bottle or bag 
  • Basil 
  • Blackberry 
  • Thorns or brambles 
  • Blue Goldstone 
  • Sea salt 

Charm Construction 

✰ Step 1. The night before spell preparation, leave the blue goldstone outside or in a window; somewhere it will be in moonlight. This both charges the stone and fills it with the properties to cover and protect you during the night. 

✰ Step 2. The next day, fill a small bag or bottle with basil, blackberry leaves and/or seeds, any type of thorns or bits of bramble branch (be sure these are small enough to fit in the container), sea salt, and the charged blue goldstone ~ which looks like the night sky (adding to the spell theme!) and possesses protective properties. 

✰ Step 3. Once everything is in the container, seal it however you see fit ~ If it’s a bottle you can drop wax onto the top, glue it shut, etc. If you used a small bag, you can tie it with a string or ribbon with a color that matches your intent (black would work well), or make it a drawstring bag if you’d like the option to open and close. As you seal your charm, recite the following (or write your own chant in it’s place) as you visualize your intent: 

“Under cover of night 

Stars light guiding my plight, 

I am protected Against danger, 

Against negativity or ill-will, 

Against all harm 

As with me, 

I possess this charm 

Protecting me physically and magickally, 

I will arrive safe at my destination" 


Any time you feel it needs re-charging or if you’d like to give the charm another boost of energy to work with, say this (or your own) chant each night you carry the charm while you travel home while holding it tightly in hand. Let me know if you have any questions or comments!

~ Rainy

Ideas for the Use of Thorns/Prickles

- Use them as components in spell jars or charm satchels for protection and prosperity.

- Hang a blackberry bramble over a door way (or multiple) in your house to prevent all manners of afflictions*

- Use in banishing spells to prevent the return of the person or entity you’re banishing

- Use rose thorns in your counter love spells, or your banishing spells for past lovers

- Enchant with protection/peace/prosperity/growth charms and bury them at the borders of your garden or property

- Incorporate thorns in your workings against liars, gossipers, or disguises. 

*This is a modified form of old English lore that states that passing under a bramble archway will accomplish these results. 


Feel free to add your own! After all, each path is different :)

Bramble

Ingredienti:

  • 4cl Gin
  • 1,5cl Succo di Limone
  • 1cl Sciroppo di Zucchero
  • 1,5cl Liquore alle More

Preparazione:

Riempire un bicchiere old fashioned di ghiaccio frantumato. Versare il gin, il succo di limone e lo sciroppo di zucchero, mescolare. Versare infine il liquore alle more. Guarnire con una fetta di lime e delle more.


Ingredients:

  • 4 cl Gin
  • 1.5 cl Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 cl Sugar syrup
  • 1.5 cl Blackberry liqueur

Build over crushed ice, in a rock glass.
Stir, then pour the blackberry liqueur over the top of the drink in a circular fashion.
Garnish with a lemon slice, and some blackberries.

BLACKBERRY BLUE NECTAR BRAMBLE

This is a rather balanced cocktail that has plenty of depth with oak and citrus notes to balance out the sweet. It’s great for kicking back on a warm summer evening, with all that crushed ice to keep you chilled.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Blue Nectar Reposado
  • ¾ ounce lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • ½ ounce blackberry liqueur
  • 3-5 blackberries as garnish
  • Crushed ice

Preparation:

Fill a tumbler with crushed ice. Pour in all ingredients and stir well. Garnish with blackberries.

2011 Matello Hommage Pinot Noir

I like drinking Pinot Noir for Thanksgiving and I like drinking wines from the US of A on Turkey Day, so this met my needs! Only 200 cases produced of this stuff! It’s fab. Fruit really leaps out of the glass on the nose. Cherry, cola, small blackberries, bramble, barn, and cinnamon/sweet spice. Fresher on the palate with tart red and black berries, black cherries, cola, and sweet spice. Happy Thanksgiving, hoofriends and furfriends! 

4/5 bones

$$

Pinot Noir

13.4% abv

Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA