herbal correspondences

Herbs By Correspondences

There’s an awful lot of posts/websites that have lists of herbs by name which is great if you want the correspondences of lavender but not so great if you’re looking for herbs that correspond with health. So here:

ANIMAL MAGICK:

Catnip, Peppermint, Valerian

ASTRAL PROJECTION:

Cinnamon, Jasmine, Mugwort

BEAUTY:

Lavender, Rose, Catnip, Orange

CALMNESS:

Cypress, Vanilla

CONCENTRATION:

Rose, Rosemary, Thistle, Dill, Orchid

CONFIDENCE:

Cedar, Dill, Geranium, St. John’s Wort, 

CLARITY:

Lavender, Cypress, Clover, Rosemary

CLEANSING:

Lemon, Clover, Sage, Lilac, Cedar

DREAMS:

Peppermint

EMOTIONAL HEALING:

Cypress

EMOTIONAL OPENNESS:

Orange, Orange Blossom

FERTILITY:

Sunflower, Olive, Poppy, Daffodil, Oak, Honey

FEMININE ENERGY:

Daisy, Maple, Poppy, Rose, Thyme, Blackberry

FIDELITY:

Nutmeg

FRIENDSHIP:

Lemon, Sweet pea, Passion Flower

GOOD MEMORY:

Rosemary, Clove

GROUNDING:

Coffee

HAPPINESS:

Lavender, Catnip, St John’s Wort, Peppermint, Oregano, Saffron, Honey

HARMONY:

Orange, Orange Blossom

HEALING:

Lemon, Cypress, Allspice, Saffron, Cinnamon, Cedar, Thyme, Violet, Spearmint, Peppermint, Sunflower

HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS:

Vanilla

HOPE:

Chamomile

JUSTICE:

Nutmeg, Violet

LONGEVITY:

Lemon, Cypress, Acorn, Sage

LOVE:

Lavender, Violet, Apple, Chamomile,Saffron, Cinnamon, Clove, Clover, Lemon, Juniper, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Vanilla, Strawberry, Rue, Ginger, Mistletoe, Thyme, Maple, Spearmint, Willow, Orange, Orange Blossom, Sugar Cane

LOYALTY:

Thyme

LUCK:

Vanilla, Chamomile, Nutmeg, Allspice, Violet, Strawberry, Olive, Poppy, Rose, Oak, Orange, Peppermint, Straw, Strawberry

LUST:

Celery, Cinnamon, Mint, Lemongrass, Sugar Cane, Olive, Nettle, Parsley, Dill, Violet, Vanilla, Saffron

MASCULINE ENERGY:

Allspice, Almond, Basil, Garlic, Hazel, Holly, Olive, Mistletoe, Cedar

MOON:

Lemon

MONEY:

Nutmeg, Peppermint, Jasmine

PEACE:

Lavender, Violet, Olive, Chamomile, Coffee, Clover, Passion Flower, Orange, Orange Blossom

PEACE OF MIND:

Coffee

PROSPERITY:

Orange, Orange Blossom, Onion

PROTECTION:

Lavender, Coffee, Oak, Clover, Acorn, Violet, Peppermint, Acacia, Willow, Thistle, Peony, Cypress, Lilac, Mint, Juniper, Ivy, Olive, Raspberry, Sage, Rose, Rosemary, Foxglove, Cranberry

PSYCHIC POWERS:

Celery, Acacia,Saffron, Cinnamon, Yarrow, Peppermint, Bay, Thyme, Mace, Star Anise, Lemongrass, Nutmeg, Bay

PURIFICATION:

Rosemary, Lemon, Saffron, Chamomile, Anise, Thyme, Parsley, Cedar, Turmeric, Peppermint, Lavender, Marjoram, Orange, Orange Blossom, Honey

RELEASE:

Peppermint, Spearmint, Fern, Mugwort

RENEWAL:

Peppermint, Spearmint, Ivy

SLEEP:

Celery,Thyme, Peppermint, Valerian, Chamomile, Passion Flower, Lavender, Rosemary

SPIRIT CALLING:

Sweet grass, Wormwood

SPIRITUALITY:

Arabic Gum, Gardenia, Sandalwood, Cinnamon, Frankincense

STABILITY:

Orange, Orange Blossom, Onion

STRENGTH:

Oregano, Saffron, Thistle

SUCCESS:

Cinnamon,Ginger,  Frankincense, Clover, High John, Strawberry

SUN:

Lemon, Cinnamon, Orange, Orange Blossom

TRANQUILLITY:

Chamomile, Cypress

WILL POWER:

Orchid

WISDOM:

Sunflower, Peach, Sage

WISHES:

Bay, Sunflower, Violet, Spearmint, Sandalwood

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This post is not even close to complete but I intend to continue expanding it as often as possible

Herbal and Plant Listing By Purpose

Balance: basil, chamomile, comfrey, mullein, nettle, woodruff

Blessing: chamomile, dianthus, elder flower, fennel, mint, oats, rosemary, rue. vervain

Cleansing/Purification: avens, Betony, benzoin, burdock, clove, hyssop, lavender, mullein, parsley, pine, rosemary, thyme, vervain, wormwood, yarrow

Consecration: acacia, anise, basil, clover, dragon’s blood, hyssop, lavender, mistletoe, mugwort, nettle, rosemary, rue, sunflower, vervain

Countering Negative Energies: agrimony, avens, fennel, holly, hyssop, motherwort, rowan, rue, vervain

Courage: basil, borage, mullein, rosemary, thyme

Creativity: anise seed, basil, catnip, hawthorn, lavender, St. Johnswort, vervain

Divination: anise seed, basil, bay, cinquefoil, clover, damiana, dittany of Crete, eyebright, honeysuckle, hops, lavender, marigold, moonwort, mugwort, mullein, orange peel, rowan, thyme, vervain, woodruff, wormwood, yarrow

Encourage Change: dragon’s blood, linden, purple heather, woodruff

Energy/Power/Strength: cinquefoil, dragon’s blood, elder flower, fennel, St. Johnswort, vervain, woodruff

Fortune/Justice: bay, bergamot, cinquefoil, lemon balm, orange peel, star anise, vervain, woodruff

Happiness/Peace: fennel, lavender, loosestrife, rosemary, vervain, yarrow

Healing: cinquefoil, confrey, coriander, hops, lavender, lemon balm, mullein, mustard, rosemary, rue, sage, St. Johnswort, tansy, thyme

Love: apple, avens, basil, cardamom, catnip, dill flowers, elm, ginger, lavender, lemonbalm, linden leaves, marigold, marjoram, moonwort, mustard seed, orange peel, red heather, rosemary, vetivert, willow, yarrow

Meditation: acacia, benzoin, chamomile, frankincense, woodruff

Money: basil, bergamot, chamomile, clove, dill seeds, mint, moonwort, nutmeg, oats, vetivert

Protection/Defense: betony, birch, burdock, cumin, dianthus, dill leaves, fennel, fern, marjoram, mint, mugwort, mullein, mustard, parsley, rosemary, rue, sage, vervain, white heather, woodruff, wormwood, yarrow

Psychic Awareness: bay, betony, burdock, cinnamon, elderflower, lavender, mace, marigold, star anise, woodruff

Releasing Negativity: betony, clove, hyssop, mugwort, rosemary, St. Johnswort, thyme, vervain, vetivert, yarrow

Sealing/Sending Positive Energy: angelica, wormwood

Spirit Contact/Blessings: lilac, purple heather, mint, Solomon’s Seal

Strength/Willpower: rosemary, St. Johnswort

Wisdom: elder, sage, willow

Here’s a long list of herbal and plant uses from Ann Moura’s Grimoire for the Green Witch. It’s a very useful resource and I highly recommend it. Some of these herbs are common, some of them I’ve never even heard or seen in real life. As a bit of a spiritual bioregionalist myself, I tend to work with herbs and plants that grow native in my landbase (which a few of these do!), but hopefully this very comprehensive list is helpful to some of you out there.

OK everyone I think I finally got this. I could be totally off. But here it goes. (p.s. @binathewitch I am SO SORRY for spamming your messages with questions about this and I hope I’m not super wrong) 

WITCH’S HERBAL CODE: 

It’s pretty well known that the ingredients used by witches in movies/media (like Shakespeare’s Macbeth “eye of newt, toe of frog, wool of bat, tongue of dog” scene) are actually meant to stand for real herbs under these names. 

It seems that there are three main ways that herbs get these coded names.

1. One way is through straight up code passed down by hereditary witches/ from teachers to students, and the herb and it’s code usually don’t have much in common. There are “codes” for the specific part of a plant as well as for the plant’s name itself. The code for the parts of the plants is somewhat descriptive.  binathewitch lists some examples very well in their post, like some coded parts being- 

eye: the inner blossom 

head: flower 

paw, foot, leg, scale: leaf 

guts: root, stalk 

hair: dried version of the herb 

as well as some coded plant names like 

skin of a man: fern 

rat: valerian

cat: catnip 

weasel: rue 

toad: sage 

and many other example that binathewitch gives in their post here

2. The second way plants get these “coded” names is by description alone. They will ignore everything I wrote for #1, and go ONLY by what the plant looks like. For example, comfrey is called “ear of an ass” and you can see why pretty clearly: 

So, because these two naming systems are different, the same rules don’t apply. Even though “cat” is short for catnip, and “paw” means leaf, “cat’s paw” is not catnip leaf, it’s ground ivy. Which one can also understand, because ground ivy literally looks like a cat’s lil paw:  

One LAST exmaple for this is the famous “eye of newt”. It means mustard seed, instead of following the rule of “eye” meaning the inner blossom of a plant. And that’s because mustard seeds literally look like lil brown newt eyes: 

Through this step I learned that “wort” meant a medicinal/edible herbaceous plant, and I had been thinking it was similar to wart (like a blemish) for YEARS lol so “Dragon’s Wort” is code for bistort, which is great because it literally looks like a little dragon, and “Dragon Scales” as an ingredient just means bistort leaves.  

3. The other weird names are given either colloquially, historically, or by etymology. Something that just became a common name, something that happened historically that gave it it’s “code”, or by translations and linguistic origins. 

Example of Colloquial odd names: 

“Monkeys lice” or “Beggar’s tick” for Bidens alba got those names colloquially because they’re just so annoying when they get all over you, they’re “an irritant befitting a beggar”. 

“Witch’s Candle” for mullein was given that name because you can dip the stalks in oil and burn them like a torch. It is unclear to me whether witches used these or whether people used it to ward off witches. 

Example of Historical odd names: 

“Graveyard dirt” or “graveyard dust” is used to mean mullein or mugwort. Many witches do/did use real graveyard dirt for spirit work, and then occult stores started selling real graveyard dirt to make some money. When tampering with graves became illegal, they sold powdered mullein or powdered mugwort and said it was graveyard dirt/dust. 

Example of odd names from translations: 

“Lion’s Tooth” is one most people know means Dandelion, from medieval latin’s “dens lionis” to the french “dent de lion” (both literally lion’s tooth), to our “dandelion”. 

Another one is “Frog’s Foot” or just “Frog”. It meant buttercup, as the scientific name Ranunculus is late latin for “little frog”, and was given that name because the plant likes to grow in bogs/moist areas. Then “Frog” also meant cinquefoil flower, because it looks very similar to buttercup. In this case, the rule of “foot” meaning leaf doesn’t apply, “frog’s foot” doesn’t mean buttercup leaf, it just a name for the whole plant. 

I didn’t list all of the ones that I have written down because it would be a very long post, but I did want to post about how these “code words” seem to be decided. But again, I could be way off lol 

Herbal Correspondences for Vegan Witches (Or any Witches really)

Activated Charcoal- cleansing, purification, grief, health (banishing serious illness)

Allspice- determination, money, luck, healing

Almond- fertility, Goddess energy, beauty, self-love, prosperity, addiction, abundance

Anise- protection, warding against evil, preventing nightmares, psychic ability, happiness

Basil- money, beauty, protection, love, warding

Bay Leaf- money, motivation, protection, psychic powers, wish fulfillment, success, purification

Black Pepper- banishing, protection, exorcism, healing (from a serious illness/banishing said illness)

Brewer’s Yeast- motherhood, femininity, warding against illness

Cashew- money, creativity

Cardamom- lust/libido, love, fidelity

Cayenne Pepper- catalyst, lust/ libido, confidence

Celery- fertility, psychic powers, healing (especially of the bladder, kidneys, and urinary tract), weight loss

Chamomile- sleep, stress relief, love, beauty, friendship, meditation, luck, libido (mostly women)

Chia Seed- protection, health

Chili Powder- protection, hex breaking, love, fidelity

Chives- protection, weight loss

Chlorella- purification, cleansing, health

Cilantro- money, protection, peace

Cinnamon- catalyst, spirituality, beauty, love, lust, romance, healing, strength, protection, psychic ability

Clove- catalyst, beauty, love, protection (especially for children)

Cocoa Powder- beauty, health, love, self-love, grounding, romance, sex, powder, enhances hot herbs

Coconut- strength, love, beauty, protection

Coffee- grounding, protection, spirituality, energy (if caffeinated), dispelling negativity

Coriander- love, health, protection, easing pain of a broken heart,

Cumin- energy, protection, exorcism, protection from theft, love, fidelity, masculine energy

Dandelion- communicating with the dead, health, weight loss, wish fulfillment, divination, luck

Dill- money, prosperity, luck, lust, protection (especially the home)

Dulse- lust, harmony, sea magick

Fennel- health (especially digestion), protection, money, banishing, strength, vitality, libido

Fenugreek- health (women’s issues), friendship, happiness, calming, feminine energy, libido, money

Flax Seed- fertility, health, protection (especially from sickness), divination, money

Garlic- health, banishing, protection, purification, warding, willpower,

Ginger- catalyst, energy, adventure, health, confidence, lust/libido, prosperity, success, protection

Hemp- fertility, intuition, motivation, peace, harmony, stress relief

Hibiscus- health, love, beauty, heart

Holy Basil- opens heart to love, stress relief, healing, balance, grounding

Jalapeno- energy, catalyst, money, abundance

Kelp- health, money, weight loss, sea magick

Lavender- stress relief, sleep, anti-anxiety, meditation, love, depression, peace, harmony

Lemon- health, beauty, love, lust, cleansing, purification, sun magick, removing negativity,

Lemon grass- psychic cleansing, opening the Third Eye, focus, mental clarity

Licorice- love, lust, fidelity, communicating with the dead, health (digestive system)

Lime- purification, protection, harmony, calmness, tranquility, strengthening love

Maca- fertility, vitality, energy, balance, love

Maple- love, friendship, luck, happiness, wealth

Marjoram- beauty, luck, wealth, grief, cleansing, purification, warding, strengthening love, protection

Mint, Pepper- health, protection, ward off migraines, wealth, bringing about change, love, abundance

Mint, Spear- health, protection, happiness, wealth, communicating with spirits

Miso- health, prosperity, communicating with the dead, friendship

Mustard- courage, faith, endurance, success, luck, happiness

Nettle- grouding, health (especially allergies), banishing negativity, cleansing

Nori- health, harmony

Nutmeg- beauty, prosperity, money, luck, hex breaking, mental acuity

Nutritional Yeast- health, happiness, love, addiction

Oat- fertility, health, earth magick, sacred to Brighid

Onion- protection, health, banishing, warding, bad habits, prosperity

Orange- energy, emotional healing, beauty, health, love, friendship

Oregano- health, beauty, joy, energy, strength

Paprika- catalyst, energy, hexing (I don’t hex, but you do you)

Paprika, smoked- power, see Paprika

Parsley- money, luck, success, health, weight loss

Pecan- employment and career, success, security,

Red Pepper- catalyst, love, lust, confidence

Rice- rain, fertility, money, protection

Rose- beauty, love, honoring the dead, friendship, happiness, healing

Rosemary- mental clarity, focus, memory, health, love, lust, purification

Saffron- happiness, mental health, love, lust, psychic ability, addiction, weight loss

Sage- cleansing, purification, grief, wisdom, spirituality, mental clarity, protection, grounding

Salt- cleansing, purification, grounding, protection, banishing, earth magick

Sesame Seed- money, lust, passion

Soy- spirituality, psychic ability, fertility, intuition, grounding

Spirulina- health, wealth, energy

Sugar- beauty, sweeten attitudes, love, sex, drawing spells

Tamarind- love, health, happiness, family, protection (from illness)

Tea, black- energy, strength, courage, confidence

Tea, green- energy, health, weight loss, beauty, confidence

Tea, white- beauty, harmony, peace, health, tranquility

Thyme- money, protection, luck, grief, honoring the dead, grounding, glamours, confidence, loyalty

Turmeric- health (especially dealing with serious illness), happiness,

Vanilla- beauty, love, friendship, passion

Vinegar- protection, warding, weight loss, hexing, banishing illness

Walnut- connection with the divine, spirituality, mental strength, divination

Watercress- health, sex, lunar magick

💀 Herbs for Hexing 💀

Ague Weed: Confusion
Aloes: Summon and Control demons or spirits
Black Coffee Beans: To expose of one’s flaws
Black Pepper: General Hexing
Bladderwrack: Summon sea spirits to Manipulate target’s Emotions
Bleeding Heart: Destroy a love
Blueberry: Strife/Conflict
Boneset: General Cursing
Knot Weed: Gets rid of an enemy
Mustard Seed: Strife/Conflict
Nettle: Over-hyped sex-drive
Patchouli: Illness
Pistachio: Breaking love
Poppy: Confusion, Memory Loss, lets target be ignored
Saffron: Maneuver your target’s Communication abilities, over-hyped sex-drive
Stinging Nettle: Bad luck
Vervain: Summoning demons/spirits/Lucifer
Vetivert: Causes target to lose voice

Sources: earthwitchery.com, erzulies.com, and my personal experience

  • Use Blessed Thistle to break hexes

anonymous asked:

do you think there are any basic herbs that witches should just have around (common ones used in spells etc)?

Most of the common culinary herbs (fresh or dry) have a variety of uses that can be applied to lots of different spells.  This combined with your own personal associations can give you a multitude of different options.  I have an extensive correspondences list here if you are interested, but here are a few off the top of my head that I consider “common” herbs/spices (this is by no means exhaustive).  This is not so much a list of “must haves” as it is a “look what you can pick from to cover all your spellcasting needs.

(just a quick note: go with whatever association feels right.  If associate basil with sleeping more than you do any of the other listed intents, go with that one)

Basil: Banishing Negativity, Spell Breaking, Clairvoyance, Divination, Protection, Purification, Bless/Consecrate, Luck, Success, Money, Wealth, Prosperity, Wishes, Strength, Love, Romance, Sex, Lust, Fidelity, Fertility, Truth, Honesty, Peace, Harmony, Happiness, Positivity, Balance, Fire, Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas, Samhain

Oregano:  Mental/Psychic Powers/Development/Awareness, Psychic/Prophetic Dreams, Protection, Luck, Growth, Love, Romance, Weddings/Marriage/Handfasting, Heartbreak Relief, Peace/Harmony, Healing/Health, Happiness, Positivity, Air, Animals

Thyme: Banish, Curse Breaking/Protection, Mental/Psychic Powers/Development/Awareness, Clairvoyance, Divination, Sleep, Dreams, Psychic/Prophetic Dreams, Nightmare Protection, Cleansing, Purification, Bless/Consecrate, Luck, Money, Strength, Bravery, Courage, Confidence, Compassion, Love, Romance, Meditation, Healing/Health, Happiness, Positivity, Beltane, Litha, Lammas, Samhain, Water, Legal Issues

Rosemary: Banishing Negativity, Wisdom, Knowledge, Mental/Psychic Powers/Development/Awareness, Sleep, Dreams, Nightmare Protection, Protection, Cleansing, Purification, Bless/Consecrate, Luck, Wish, Inspiration, Strength, Bravery, Courage, Confidence, Memory, Beauty, Love, Romance, Sex, Lust, Fidelity, Honesty, Truth, Peace, Harmony, Meditation, Healing/Health, Alleviate Depression, Mabon, Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas, Samhain, Yule, Air, Legal Issues, Longevity

Bay Leaves: Exorcism, Wisdom, Knowledge, Clairvoyance, Prophecy, Divination, Cause Nightmares, Protection, Purification, Bless/Consecrate, Luck, Money, Wishes, Success, Prestige, Inspiration, Energize, Strength, Memory, Love, Romance, Peace, Harmony, Health/Healing, Imbolc, Yule, Fire 

Sage (not necessarily white sage): Wisdom, Knowledge, Mental/Psychic Powers/Development/Awareness, Clairvoyance, Divination, Protection, Psychic Protection, Purification, Bless/Consecrate, Wealth, Prosperity, Wishes, Inspiration, Love, Romance, Sex, Lust, Weddings/Marriage/Handfasting, Peace, Harmony, Meditation, Healing/Health, Mabon, Litha, Ostara, Samhain, Air, Longevity

Chamomile: Sleep, Dreams, Nightmare Protection, Protection, Purification, Luck, Money, Wealth, Prosperity, Beauty, Love, Romance, Peace, Harmony, Meditation, Relaxation, Healing/Health, Alleviate Depression, Anti-Anxiety, Stress Relief, Mabon, Litha, Lammas, Samhain, Water

Lavender: Mental/Psychic Powers/Development/Awareness, Clairvoyance, Divination, Sleep, Dreams, Protection, Purification, Luck, Money, Concentration, Memory, Love, Romance, Sex, Lust, Chastity, Virility, Fertility, Peace, Harmony, Relaxation, Healing/Health, Alleviate Depression, Anti-Anxiety, Stress Relief, Happiness, Positivity, Balance, Beltane, Litha, Air, Longevity

Mint: Exorcism, Mental/Psychic Powers/Development/Awareness, Clairvoyance, Protection, Purification, Luck, Money, Prosperity, Love, Romance, Sex, Lust, Healing/Health, Anti-Anxiety, Stress Relief, Beltane, Litha, Lammas, Air, Travel

Spearmint: Exorcism, Increase the power of spells,  Mental/Psychic Powers/Development/Awareness, Sleep, Dreams, Lucid Dreaming, Remembering Dreams, Nightmare Protection, Protection, Bless/Consecrate, Luck, Success, Money, Wealth, Prosperity, Wishes, Strength, Love, Romance, Sex, Lust, Healing/Health, Anti-Anxiety, Stress Relief, Happiness, Positivity, Air, Animals, Travel

Peppermint: Mental/Psychic Powers/Development/Awareness, Divination, Sleep, Dreams, Lucid Dreaming, Remembering Dreams, Protection, Purification, Bless/Consecrate, Luck, Money, Wealth, Prosperity, Wishes, Love, Romance, Sex, Lust, Healing/Health, Anti-Anxiety, Stress Relief, Happiness, Positivity, Fire, Animals

Salt: Banish Negativity, Protection, Purification, Cleansing, Bless/Consecrate, Grounding

Pepper: Exorcism, Banishing Negativity, Curses, Increase the Power of Spells, Protection, Gossip, Fire

Cinnamon: Wisdom, Knowledge, Increase the Power of Spells, Clairvoyance, Divination, Protection, Bless/Consecrate, Luck, Success, Money, Wealth, Prosperity, Inspiration, Strength, Love, Romance, Sex, Lust, Peace, Harmony, Healing/Health, Lammas, Yule, Samhain, Fire

Garlic: Exorcism, Spell Breaking, Clairvoyance, Divination, Protection, Bless/Consecrate, Success, Money, Gossip, Strength, Bravery, Courage, Confidence, Sex, Lust, Healing/Health, Lammas, Fire, Longevity, Protection Against Storms

Onion: Exorcism, Spell Breaking, Clairvoyance, Divination, Psychic/Prophetic Dreams, Protection, Bless/Consecrate, Success, Money, Gossip, Sex, Lust, Health, Healing

Ginger: Mental/Psychic Powers/Development/Awareness, Psychic Protection, Success, Money, Strength, Love, Romance, Sex, Lust, Balance, Ostara, Lammas, Fire

Paprika: Banish, Curse

** Note: My source for all of these correspondences come from various posts that I have reblogged in the past that can be found in this tag.  I do not claim authorship for any of it, just the organization of it.**

Luck & Love Bread

The laziest bread, made by the laziest witch, for my fellow lazy witches: 

Ingredients: 
Dairy Free Ice Cream (“Cinnamon Swirl” or Vanilla flavor) 
Self-rising Flour 

That’s really all you need to actually make the bread, and then I added some ground spices for the correspondences (all of them, except salt, include either luck, love, or both) plus it tastes better! 

Allspice -  prosperity, luck, healing 
Cinnamon - success, healing, protection, power, love, luck, strength, prosperity
Nutmeg - prosperity, luck, protection, intellect, removing curses
Ginger - sensuality, sexuality, confidence, prosperity, healing, protection 
Vanilla - happiness, love, lust 
Cloves -  protection, love, prosperity, banishing, friendship, stopping gossip
Pinch of salt - cleansing, purification, banishing, protection 

I don’t have the measurements for any of them though, because again, i’m lazy as fuck. I just kind of threw them in and thought “yea that’s not too much, not too little, it’ll do.” 

Instructions: 
Preheat oven 350°F.
Let the ice cream get soft, but not liquid/melted, and mix it in with the flour. It’s going to get all clumpy, the flour won’t mix in very well, and you’re going to think “I should add some water or something” but DON’T, just keep mixing. Eventually it’ll be more like sticky dough/batter.
Scoop the batter into a greased bread-pan, bake it at 350°F for 40ish minutes (or until you can poke it with a toothpick/knife and have it come out clean). Let it cool and you’re done! 

Apple Correspondences

Originally posted by gliese721

Correspondences:  love, immortality, friendship, healing, symbolizes the soul, fertility, vanity, beauty

Gender Alignment: feminine

Planet: Venus

Element: Water


Common Uses

  • Burned as an offering to appease the dead.
  • Apple cider can be used to replace blood in sanguine rituals or spells.
  • Eat half an apple and throw the other half outside to bless a new house or dwelling.
  • Apples are cut in half width-wise so the core appears as an star and used in harvest rituals.

🌱 Alternatives to Lavender 🍃

Love:
• Roses
• Oranges
• Coriander
• Basil
• Thyme

Fertility:
• Corn
• Sweet Basil
• Alder
• Saffron
• Apples

Visionary:
• Cinnamon
• Cloves
• Sweet Basil
• Ash
• Apples

Protection:
• Ash
• Blackberries
• Birch
• Coriander
• Thyme

Peace:
• Coriander
• Fig
• Purple Loosestrife (or any Loosestrife)
• Marigold
• Olives
• Violets

Crystal Alternatives:
Love: Rose Quartz, Carnelian, Garnet, Lepidolite, Sunstone
Fertility: Carnelian, Amethyst, Milky Quartz, Moonstone, Moss Agate
Visionary: Clear Quartz, Aqua Aura, Amethyst, Fluorite, Tourmaline Quartz
Protection: Tourmaline Quartz, Iron, Silver, Jet, Black Onyx
Peace: Blue Lace Agate, Sugilite, Kunzite, Rose Quartz, Purpurite

🌿Healing salts🌿

Salt is very purifying, cleansing, and healing, combine it with some various healing plants and you’ve got amazing healing salts for baths, cooking, aromatherapy, and spells. It’s also a great way to preserve your herbs!

🌿 Here’s what you need:

-Salt (regular sea salt is fine but Himalayan or Celtic salt correspond more with healing in my opinion)

-fresh healing herbs/plants of your choice (can be dried but I’ve had better results with fresh)

-mortor and pestle

-somewhere to store it

🌿Here’s some recommended healing herbs/plants:

Basil- protection, prosperity, happiness // anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, appetite stimulator

thyme- healing, sleep, soothing // soothes respitory system, antiseptic, decongestant

peppermint- energy, health, vitality // nausea &vomiting, IBS, bloating

garlic- protection, banishment, healing // anti-bacterial, anti-viral, reduces infection

lemon peel- cleansing, purifying, joy // antioxidants, immune boost, kills germs

sage- protection, cleansing, wisdom // cough, antibacterial, soothes inflammation

oregano- luck, health, family // anti-virus, allergy relief, anti-inflammatory

orange peel- optimism, happiness, strength // immune boost, vitamins, antioxidants

lemon balm- healing, psychic abilities, uplifting // anti-anxiety, sleep, indigestion

parsley- calming, protection, passion // energy, circulation, digestion

rosemary- cleansing, divination, love// soothes sore muscles, soothes cough, improves memory

cinnamon- comfort, love, protection // anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, kills germs

🌿How to make it:

-Add a small handful of salt and the herb or herbs of your choice in your mortor and pestle (how much you use depends on the size of your mortor and pestle and how strong you want the salts to be)

-Grind them up until they’re mixed well and infused, the salt will most likely change color.(it’s easier to tell with fresh plants, with dried plants it’ll be more of a powder when it’s done). I like to use this time to focus on the intent!

-Pour it into an airtight container and you’re done, enjoy in a bath, in food, in spells, scrubs etc.

** please do research before consuming any herbs or plants you aren’t familiar with, especially if you’re pregnant or on medication.

Witch Tip Wednesday 4.18.18

Witching When You Need It

Coffee Shops

Originally posted by goaskaliiiice

Not everyone has a witch kit to go, or they’re in the process of making one and need small supplies to add to it! Coffee shops are one of my favorite places to go for portable stuff, or if I left my witch kit at home and really need a boost.

Most coffee shops will have several ingredients you can get for free, or for a nominal price, especially if you regularly go there:

Below are some ingredients and some correspondences. Just some inspiration, but use what works for you.

Coffee

  • Grounds can be used for divination, much like tea leaves
  • Some people read the swirls that appear when pouring in milk.
  • Stores will sometimes give used grounds to use in your garden.
  • Invigoration and/boosting
  • Cleansing
  • Some people use for hex breaking, but caffeine also restrict blood vessels, so could conceivably be used for casing hexes too

Tea

  • A lot of people forget that you don’t just have to drink tea, they’re bundles of herbs, so look at herbal correspondences you may find!
  • Chamomile, green, white, Black, oolong, roobos, citrus, jasmine, Masala Chai (usually has black tea, cinnamon, clove and cardamom, but varies by brand), Earl Grey (bergamot and black tea) all can be used for their herbal correspondences.
  • Divination with tasseography!

Cinnamon

  • Usually in a shaker bottle, so keep that in mind.
  • Associations with sun and fire
  • Psychic boost for divination
  • Spirit communication
  • Blessing and healing
  • Protection
  • Love magic
  • Heating things up

Honey

  • Make a honey jar spell
  • Attraction
  • Glamour magic
  • Achieving goals/manifestation
  • Offerings

Cream

  • Tons of folklore about cream, read up and see if anything fits for you
  • Offerings
  • Divination (see coffee)

Rock sugar/white sugar

  • Love magic
  • Glamour
  • Attraction
  • Prosperity
  • Multiplying
  • Smoothing things over
  • Making other receptive

Now, if the shop also has food, usually they can be depended on to have a few more ingredients

Pepper

  • Banishing
  • Binding
  • Curse work, hexing, jinxing
  • Cleansing
  • Protection
  • Grounding

Salt

  • Cleansing
  • Grounding
  • Protection
  • Water connection if sea salt
  • Preservation

Lemon Wedges

  • Love magic
  • Representative of the Sun
  • Connects to water and lunar energy (idk, they seem to conflict but you get mixed messages)
  • Purification
  • Curse work, hexing and jinxing
  • Natural astringent and antibacterial

So there you go! Some pretty common ingredients you can grab in a pinch, and the benefit is that most of them are served at all major coffee chains, and even a lot of small ones. Good luck out there!

🦇Cheers, Barberwitch


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Herbs & The Major Arcana

There are a number of ways in which the Traditional Herbalist can use herbs to enhance the study of Tarot. Tarot is a much younger art than the science of herbs, but within the last couple hundred years there are a number of herbs which have become associated with particular cards. ~Paul Beyerl 

Originally posted by blood-stained-razorblades

Correspondence List:

The Fool: (Uranus) pepperment 

The Magician: (Mercury) fenugreek, horehound

The High Priestess: (Moon) pennyroyal, peony 

The Empress: (Venus) sandalwood

The Emperor: (Aries) dragon’s blood 

The Hierophant: (Taurus) borage, periwinkle 

The Lovers: (Gemini) cinnamon, wormwood

The Chariot: (Cancer) anise, watercress 

Justice: (Libra) hyacinth 

The Hermit: (Virgo) narcissus

Wheel of Fortune: (Jupiter) horehound

Strength: (Leo) catnip

The Hanged Man: (Neptune) fern, lotus

Death: (Scorpio) basil

Temperance: (Sagittarius) dill, parsley 

The Devil: (Capricorn) asafoetida 

The Tower: (Mars) eyebright 

The Star: (Aquarius) cloves

The Moon: (Pisces) elder, mugwort 

The Sun: (Sun) bay laurel, sunflower

Judgment: (Pluto) chervil 

The World: (Saturn) lovage, mandrake 

The Master Book of Herbalism - 1984 (source)

Foxglove Correspondences

Fun Fact: The origin of the name Foxglove is unclear. Some think it could have been originally called folksglove and thus related back to the fae.


Element: Water

Gender Alignment: Feminine

Planets: Saturn and/or Venus


Correspondences

  • poison
  • fae/faeries
  • protection
  • divination

Common Uses

  • used to increase psychic powers during divination
  • used to break faerie enchantments
  • used in rituals to commune with the fae/attract fae to your garden or home
  • it has also been know to be used in death rituals due to its toxicity

Note: Foxglove is poisonous. Be very careful when dealing with this herb.

Bath Magic Combinations

• Anxiety Relief: Lavender, Chamomile, Coffee, Vanilla, Rose, Clear Quartz, Amethyst

• Perk Up/Reduce Sluggishness: Peppermint, Citrus, Neroli Oil, Carnelian, Citrine

• Increase Focus: Peppermint, Rosemary, Almond, Dill, Spearmint, Fluorite (leave on edge of tub as it can slowly dissolve)

• Divination/Psychic Bath: Star Anise, Orange slices, Sandalwood, Rose, Bay Leaf, Amethyst

• Prosperity: Mint, Bergamot, Basil, Patchouli, Green Aventurine, Citrine

• Healing: Cucumber, Cypress Oil, Eucalyptus, Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Rhodonite (leave on edge of tub)

• Attraction/Glamour Spell: Rose Petal, Rosehip, Ylang Ylang, Vanilla, Rose Quartz, Carnelian

Key Herbs for your Craft

Here are some really basic herbs for your magic workings :

  • Sage - Cleansing (properties : purification, wisdom, immortality)
  • Lavender - Calming (properties : love, healing, sleep, dreams, divination)
  • Rose - Opening (properties : psychic awareness, opening the heart, love)
  • Eucalyptus - Inspiration (properties : healing, protection, purification, invigorating)
  • Bay Leaves - Divination (properties : psychic powers, success, money)
  • Cardamom - Arousal (properties : lust, sexuality, reigniting intimacy)
  • Rosemary - Focus (properties : mental powers, banishing, purification, protection)
  • Bergamot - Increasing (properties : manifestation, wealth, success, prosperity, adds power to magic)
  • Oats - Grounding (properties : wealth, abundance, prosperity)
  • Dandelion - Releasing (properties : divination, wishes, summoning spirits, releasing)
  • Yarrow - Banishing  (properties : banishing, death, courage, psychic powers)
  • Cloves - Luck (properties : driving away negativity, cleansing, prosperity)

Originally posted by virtuous-thing

Tobacco, more than cursing

Unfortunately when you look up tobacco uses it’s pages upon pages of medical warnings for smoking, maybe some smoking blend recipes, and a couple insecticide recipes.

Because the dominant use for tobacco in our society is smoking, and not a medicinal smoking, but a vice over used smoking. Due to our society’s abuse of this long time sacred plant we’ve come to associate it with death, cancer, leaching life away from people and curses. And there isn’t a lot of study into what else it could be used for outside of folklore due to this.

It does have sedative properties, meaning aside from curses it could also be used in workings to bring peace, to mellow out a situation, to bring clarity.

As an insecticide it’s not just used to kill bugs and wreak more death. It’s used to protect plants, to protect harvest and life sustaining foods. This is often a very overlooked quality for tobacco plants, but it makes it very valuable in workings to protect life, to protect what sustains us.

Spirits know how old this plant is. And while we humans have bred and created new strains of this plant for different purposes, spirits recognize these plants and their history. This plant makes a good offering to spirits, more specifically Ancestral spirits. I am of the belief in my practice that it makes a potent offering to Ancestral spirits because of the long history of cultivation this plant has, it’s different uses across the ages and across different cultures. A plant to help welcome them with something familiar.


In growing my own tobacco this year I’ve learned this plant can be finicky, but once it gets started it gets determined to persevere. It has shallow fibrous roots allowing it to bend with the winds during storms and still stand tall later. It puts out seed pods with thousands of seeds inside and is very prolific when you aim to grow it as a reseeding patch.

I just… Feel like it is a great disservice to this plant to simplify it down to a “cursing” or “baneful” plant.

Witch Tip Wednesday 1.31.18

Fighting Fear to Make Your Own Magic

There are so many resources for finding spells and correspondences that we become trapped by it. Not only that, but it can make people feel less than, when their spell they copied word for word, ingredient by ingredient doesn’t manifest.

Witches of old, our spiritual ancestors, knew that magic comes from the land. Before the technology boom, and the spread of witchcraft books, the solitary witch was a power unto themselves, and why is that?

They put in the work.

It’s not a matter of being a hereditary witch from an uninterrupted line of witches since Agrippa rocked socks, it’s a matter of personal experiences and personal knowledge.

A spell you find written by someone else may not work, and not from lack of intent, but spells are skewed to the knowledge and experience of the witch who wrote it. If you have no connection to rosemary, but the book tells you, and you use it..it won’t be as effective if you used an herb or ingredient you associate with the purpose.

So, since witches, at least myself and my in real life witches, have a tendency to hoard things and ingredients they think may come in handy, but have no idea what to do with them, here’s a questionaire to connect with them, and use them.

  1. What is it?
  2. Does it have any history?
  3. Does it have any local significance, history, lore, or uses?
  4. Where is it from/where did you find it?
  5. How does it look?
  6. How does it feel?
  7. Is it edible/how does it taste/smell?
  8. How does it make you feel?
  9. Do you have any memories associated with it?

The native trees, plants, seasons, animals are different all over the planet. You can become a better witch by learning to make magic based on that. If aconite and snow water are called for and you live in Southern California, you’ll have to grow it, order it, or hope a friend can send you some. It’s not efficient, and you may not connect with the ingredient.

Have the courage to deviate from the standards, and make your own. Every person is different, so why shouldn’t their correspondences and magic be?

If you need an example of the questions in use, read on. If not, then no worries and

🦇 Cheers, Barberwitch

  1. A plant. Researched and it has many names: Cuban Oregano, Indian Borage, Mexican Mint, Broad Leaf Thyme.
  2. It has been in use as a cooking ingredient in coastal areas for a couple hundred years.
  3. I live in a predominantly Hispanic area, and I’m sure at least one of my ancestors in Mexico or Spain or Basque has used it. It’s also been used in folk medicine by several different cultures.
  4. Originally from India, it was used in trade to the Spanish who propagated it through more trade and colonization to Africa, the West Indies, Caribbean, Mexico, Philippines etc. it grows in coastal regions well and I grow it in several places in my yard.
  5. It’s a green, round and thick leafed plant with segmented stems. There are small hairs all over the leaves. No spines, sharp edges.
  6. It feels soft, and thick. When I squeeze the leaves, plant juice is released. Slightly cooling.
  7. It is edible and has been used as an herb for cooking for a long while. It tastes slightly like rosemary and thyme, with an almost minty after taste. Not menthol, but it smells almost camphorous.
  8. It feels like anticipation. There’s a confidence in holding it, like you’ve prepared for something that you’re sure you can do, and it’s the day before.
  9. It’s the first plant from the yard I propagated when my partner and I moved in together. It reminds me of beginnings, and every moment is a beginning in the scheme of things.

From this, I know that camphor is in sage which is great for cleansing. It reminds me of home, and rosemary which are both protective. Beginnings and love. I can dry it and burn it as incense to cleanse my home, make a tincture and take baths or use it as floor wash. I’ve used it in a safe return spell, it’s a part of my land, and when I travel, I bring a jar with it in my bag, and leave a piece of jewelry behind so I can return back to my land safely.

This is just an example of how you can work through anything to get a feel for how you connect to it.

Anise Correspondences

Originally posted by emptychairinthebasement

Correspondences:  protection, happiness, meditation, psychic ability

Gender Alignment: masculine

Planet: Mercury, Jupiter

Element: Air


Common Uses

  • Hang an anise seed from your bed to restore youth.
  • Used to ward off nightmares in dream spells.
  • Add to potpourri to protect a room from evil spirits.
  • Add to Holy Water for blessings, anointments, and exorcisms.
  • The scent is said to be an aphrodisiac and is often used in sex and love magick.
  • If it is burned while divining it is said to increase psychic abilities.
  • Add to a ritual bath to increase divining and mental powers.