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Mary Gardens and Saintly Plants

Hello my fellow Catholic witches! So while I was looking through stuff to do for May, I came across Mary Gardens and I thought they sounded like something full of potential witchery.

What is a Mary Garden?

A Mary garden is a garden dedicated to Mary. It is full of plants relating to Mary and her son, Jesus. They also contain a statue of Mary and sometimes have benches and candles for prayer. Some people also add plants relating to other saints. Sometimes they are dedicated to a certain aspect of Mary (such as Our Lady of Sorrows). They can be as big as a park or as small as a flower pot.

Plants for a Mary Garden

Relating to Jesus

Grapes- His blood

Wheat- His Body

Hyssop- Used at the Crucifixion

Begonia- Heart of Jesus

Geranium- Heart of Jesus

St. John’s Wort- Jesus’ Blood

Snapdragons- the Child Jesus’ shoes

Passion flowers- Christ’s Passion (the stamens and pistils look like the nails and the crown of thorns)

Red Roses- Christ’s Passion (as the crown of thorns and the five petals are Christ’s five wounds)

Plants with thorns- the crown of thorns

Dogwood- the Crucifixion

Relating to Mary

All flowers are associated with Mary but here are some that have more specific associations.

Roses- The Marian flower. Said to be found in her tomb, and appear in most of her apparitions. Used during May Crowning. Their colors symbolize her as follows:

White - Mary’s Purity

Red- Mary’s Sorrow

Gold- Mary’s Glory

Lilies- Said to be found in her tomb and given to her by the angel Gabriel at the Annunciation

Forget-Me-Nots- Our Lady’s Eyes

Baby’s Breath- Our Lady’s Veil

Bachelor’s Buttons- Our Lady’s Crown

Bleeding Hearts- Mary’s Heart pierced by swords

Iris- the swords that pierced Mary’s Heart

Marigolds- Mary’s gold

Violets- Our Lady’s Modesty

Lavender- one legend says this plant got its scent when Mary laid Jesus’ clothes out to dry on it

Lily-of-the-Valley- Said to have grown from Mary’s tears as she stood at the foot of the cross

Damask Roses- the roses Our Lady of Guadalupe told St. Juan Diego to gather

English Daisy- Mary’s Love

Maidenhair Fern- Mary’s Hair

Field Bindweed- Our Lady’s Cup (from a German legend that Mary freed a wine seller’s cart after giving her a drink. Because he did not have a cup, Our Lady used the flower of Field Bindweed instead)

Morning Glory- Our Lady’s Cloak

Hawthorn- traditionally used during May Crowning

Honeysuckle- Our Lady’s fingers or Our Lady’s stick

Hydrangea- Ave Maria

Jasmine- Mary

Larkspur- Mary’s tears

Moonflower- Our Lady of the Night

Primrose- Mary’s candlestick

Juniper- Our Lady’s Shelter, said to have hidden the Holy Family during the flight to Egypt

Snowdrops- used at Candlemas

Sweet Alyssum- Blessed by Mary

Tulip- Mary’s Prayer

Water lily- Our Lady of the Lake or Stella Marius

Parsley- Our Lady’s Little Vine

Sage- Mary’s shawl

Thyme- Mary’s humility

Fennel- Our Lady’s Fennel

Spearmint- Mary’s mint

Horehound- Mother-of -God’s tea

Dandelion- Mary’s bitter sorrow

Catnip- Mary’s nettle

Valerien- Our Lady’s Needlework

Chamomile- Maiden’s weed

Other plants

These relate to saints or to God.

Columbine- the Holy Spirit (because they look like doves)

St John’s Wort- Named after one of the many St. Johns

Chicory- the Heavenly way

Coriander- St. John’s head

Dill- Devil away

Tarragon- Named for St. Martha’s dragon

Shamrock- St. Patrick

Lilies- St. Joseph’s staff

Peony- Pentecost Rose

Nasturtium- St. Joseph’s flower

Tritium- the Holy Trinity

Ivy- Where God has Walked

Hollyhock- St. Joseph’s staff

Gladiolus- 12 Apostles

Grape Hyacinth- St. Joseph’s bells

Basil- St. Anthony of Padua

Cosmos- St. Michael’s flower

Aster- Michaelmas daisies

Chrysanthemum- All Saint’s flower

Cherry- used on St. Barbara’s feast day

Pussy willow- used on Ash Wednesday

Palm- used in Palm Sunday

Pansies- the Holy Trinity

Blackberries- last gathered on Michaelmas

What does this have to do with witchcraft?

Well, many of these plants are commonly used in witchcraft. They can be used to call upon a certain saint for help (doing a protection spell, use Cosmos- St. Michael’s flower). Or they can be used based on their association (Maidenhair fern for beauty spells because it’s associated with Mary’s hair).

Hell (Chapter One: Fair Exchange.)

Summary: Y/n Singer decides to sell her soul to save Sam Winchester, not saying anything to Dean and his dad.

Pairing: Dean Winchester x Reader

Word Count: 1755

Warnings: None. For now.

A/N: Here is my first chapter of this new fanfiction! I wrote it a long time ago when I started to see the third season of Supernatural. And I’ve always imagined Bobby having a son, or a daughter (besides Sam and Dean, of course.)
Enjoy it!


It spent half an hour. Thirty minutes, staring at Sam’s body, helpless, lying on the mat in the corner of the cottage where Dean and Bobby carried him. Dean looks like a statue while watching the cold body of his younger brother’s lifeless; if I couldn’t feel his weak breathing, I would think that perhaps he’s also dead. Inside him, that’s how he is probably feeling. My father is at his side, with one hand resting on his shoulder, trying to comfort him. I know that he would say something, but remains silent; the words are useless at this time.
I heard many times Dean to promise to his brother Sam to protect it at any cost; when they started to hunt together again to look for their father, when Sam’s girl died, and even when John died.
Dean was sick for days, but he knows well cover his feelings, and was strong both for him and for Sam. And after discovering that his father John had sold his soul to the same demon to which hunted because he had killed his wife Mary, Dean began to feel guilt, who tried to calm with all the anger he could have.
“I can’t lose him, Bobby. I have no choice.”
“Don’t say shit kid. You can’t make a deal with a demon. He would bring to life Sam, but how long you would remain?”
“I can’t live without my brother.”
I take a deep breath. They don’t know that I’m listening to them. They don’t know that I suffer for Sam’s death, which I considered like a brother. And they don’t even know the other room, leaning against a chair, there is the Dean’s jacket, where until a few minutes ago there were the Impala’s keys.
Dean had such a crazy idea, but he can’t bring back his brother, only to die a few years later. But it doesn’t have to do that he; a crazy idea..

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Make your own Holy Water.

Holy Water, I feel, is important to a Christian Witch as it is to a priest. It can help with cleaning out negative energies or protecting yourself from evil spirits. Here is a step by step that is used in the Church for making Holy Water. **remember!!you don’t have to be a priest to make holy water**

1.Gather and consecrate your salt. You need to create Holy Salt before you can create Holy Water, so consecrate the salt first. And for the record, the salt is mainly used as a preservative. Just because it’s holy doesn’t mean it’ll keep forever! Here’s the benediction of the salt:
“The Blessing of the Father Almighty be upon this Creature of Salt, and let all malignity and hindrance be cast forth hence from, and let all good enter herein, for without Thee man cannot live, wherefore I bless thee and invoke thee, that thou mayest aid me.” – Key of Solomon the King Book II Chapter 5

2. Read aloud Psalm 103. If you don’t have a Bible handy! If you don’t here it is:
“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.”

3. Obtain natural water. If you can, get your water from a nearby lake, stream, or river. Try and stay away from tap water since it may have chlorine and fluoride in it. However, if your water is obtained natural, filter it beforehand – you don’t want dirty holy water! You can also use bottled water that has been collected from a stream.

4. Take your holy salt and sprinkle it into the water. While doing so, repeat the following words from the Key of Solomon the King, Book II, Chapter 5:
“I exorcise thee, O Creature of Water, by Him Who hath created thee and gathered thee together into one place so that the dry land appeared, that thou uncover all the deceits of the Enemy, and that thou cast out from thee all the impurities and uncleanness of the Spirits of the World of Phantasm, so they may harm me not, through the virtue of God Almighty Who liveth and reigneth unto the Ages of the Ages. Amen.”

5. Recite prayers used by priests. Here are two options to choose from:
1. “Prayer #1: Our help is in the name of the Lord. Who made heaven and earth. God’s creature, salt, I cast out the demon from you by the living God, by the true God, by the holy God, by God who ordered you to be thrown into the water-spring by Eliseus to heal it of its barrenness. May you be a purified salt, a means of health for those who believe, a medicine for body and soul for all who make use of you. May all evil fancies of the foul fiend, his malice and cunning, be driven afar from the place where you are sprinkled. And let every unclean spirit be repulsed by Him who is coming to judge both the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen.” (This is my personal favorite)
2. Almighty everlasting God, we humbly appeal to your mercy and goodness to graciously bless this creature, salt, which you have given for mankind’s use. May all who use it find in it a remedy for body and mind. And may everything that it touches or sprinkles be freed from uncleanness and any influence of the evil spirit; through Christ our Lord. Amen. (This one is short and sweet)

6. Exorcise the water. More words! Now, to purify the water and cleanse it of demons and impurities (yes, it is a form of exorcism):
“God’s creature, water, I cast out the demon from you in the name of God the Father almighty, in the name of Jesus Christ, His Son, our Lord, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. May you be a purified water, empowered to drive afar all power of the enemy, in fact, to root out and banish the enemy himself, along with his fallen angels. We ask this through the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is coming to judge both the living and the dead and the world by fire.”

7. Now it is time to conclude the ritual. **While adding the final amounts of salt into the water say**: May this salt and water be mixed together; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Once you’ve combined a few teaspoons of the holy salt into the water and it has dissolved entirely, the ritual is concluded with another prayer. Again, you have options here:
1. “O God, who for man’s welfare established the most wonderful mysteries in the substance of water, hearken to our prayer, and pour forth your blessing on this element now being prepared with various purifying rites. May this creature of yours, when used in your mysteries and endowed with your grace, serve to cast out demons and to banish disease. May everything that this water sprinkles in the homes and gatherings of the faithful be delivered from all that is unclean and hurtful; let no breath of contagion hover there, no taint of corruption; let all the wiles of the lurking enemy come to nothing. By the sprinkling of this water may everything opposed to the safety and peace of the occupants of these homes be banished, so that in calling on your holy name they may know the well-being they desire, and be protected from every peril; through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
2. “God, source of irresistible might and king of an invincible realm, the ever-glorious conqueror; who restrain the force of the adversary, silencing the uproar of his rage, and valiantly subduing his wickedness; in awe and humility we beg you, Lord, to regard with favor this creature thing of salt and water, to let the light of your kindness shine upon it, and to hallow it with the dew of your mercy; so that wherever it is sprinkled and your holy name is invoked, every assault of the unclean spirit may be baffled, and all dread of the serpent’s venom be cast out. To us who entreat your mercy grant that the Holy Spirit may be with us wherever we may be; through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
3. “God, Who for the salvation of the human race has built your greatest mysteries upon this substance, in your kindness hear our prayers and pour down the power of your blessing into this element, prepared by many purifications. May this your creation be a vessel of divine grace to dispel demons and sicknesses, so that everything that it is sprinkled on in the homes and buildings of the faithful will be rid of all unclean and harmful things. Let no pestilent spirit, no corrupting atmosphere, remain in those places: may all the schemes of the hidden enemy be dispelled. Let whatever might trouble the safety and peace of those who live here be put to flight by this water, so that health, gotten by calling Your holy name, may be made secure against all attacks. Through the Lord, Amen.”

**It is better is you use Kosher salt, rather than Sea Salt. Though they both work, it’s just up to preference of the maker.

whimzywildangel  asked:

Also, I'm sorry you had such a hell of a time. I hope you kept back ups of your stories and such. Hopefully things are better.

As for headcanons, no, none of those are backed up.

Stories are backed up on my google drive though! So all is good there!

Things are definitely better than they used to be. Being the age that I am is just rough because like, I’m so close to adulthood and just don’t feel ready. Lotso stress.

But my Mom did get me stuff for anxiety, so that’s sweet.

Meetings of the Imperial Diet:

More like the ultimate salt/shade throwing fest between multiple German Electorates with Holy Rome as the mediator

Featuring topics such as: ‘Catholicism vs. Protestantism’, ‘Can we please elect someone who’s not a fucking Habsburg’, ‘GTFO of my territory who do you think you are’, ‘Why is he allowed to call himself a Kingdom’, ‘Torture or nah’, and everyone’s favourite, ‘European court gossip’

Can Overhaul just die? Like???? Can he just drop dead?????????? Oh my god???????? This is Shou Tucker levels????????? Why???????????????????? Save Eri please just save her please don’t let them fail please just save her please oh god I am so angry holy shit Deku please gather that small child in your arms AND NEVER LET GO oh god oh shit what is up with the abusive dads holy shit

Come here with all of your parts too soft for this world. Surrender your hell hurting, your soul set in wrong hands. I will be careful with it. I will gather your layers into something different, something like heaven and moonlight. I will quiver from loving you whole with all my smallness that even the tides will open up for us. Even the gods will call it holy.
—  astagesetforcatastrophe, gathering soft
Today is the Holi Festival in India, what a colorful a festival!!

Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colours or the festival of

  love.It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with 

 non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other

 communities  outside Asia.

Holi celebrations start with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where  

 people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is a free-for-

all carnival of colours, people go to open streests,open parks,outside 

 temples and builidings,  where they participants play, chase and colour 

 each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water 

 guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight.