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Gardens of the Witches

Already starting to plan this years garden so I thought I should do a post on Witch Gardens


Moonlight Garden

A garden that blooms in the moonlight, a great place to perform night time rituals, meditations, or to just take a midnight stroll. A garden that is full of magick even after the sun sets. 

Plants to add in your moonlight garden:

  • Moonflower: (Ipomoea alba) A nocturnal relative of the morning glory. Has fragrant flowers that open at dusk and close by dawn.    
  • Evening Primrose: (Oenothera biennis) Has beautiful, scented flowers that bloom only at dusk. 
  • Night Flox: (Zaluzianskya capensis) A sweetly fragranced flower that only unfurls its pinwheeled shaped flowers after dusk. 
  • Four O’Clock: (Mirabilis jalapa) Its scented flowers bloom at around 4:00pm (hence its name) and do not close up until morning. 
  • Queen of the Night: (Epiphyllum oxypetalum) A species of cactus whose flowers only open at night. Attracts moths and bats!!!
  • Night Blooming Jessamine: (Cestrum nocturnum) Strong, sweet scented star shaped flowers that only bloom at night. Attracts moths and bats!!! All parts are toxic, do not ingest!
  • Angel’s Trumpet: (Brugmansia) Produces a strong scent on warm summer evenings. All parts are toxic, do not ingest!
  • Evening Stock: (Matthiola longipetala) Produces lots of small blossoms that produce a perfume described as a mix of vanilla, rose, spice, and cloves only after the sun sets.
  • Ever-Flowering Gladiolus: (Gladiolus tristis) Release a strong almond fragrance after dusk.  
  • Lilac: (Syringa vulgaris) Although has a perfume during the day, it is said to be a lot stronger after dark. 
  • Flowering Tobacco: (Nicotiana) Open in the late afternoon and have a fragrance that smells of jasmine. All parts are toxic if ingested!
  • Summer Snapdragon: (Angelonia angustifolia) Preferably in white, to reflect the moonlight. Has a scent apple-scented foliage. 
  • Silvermound: (Artemisia schmidtiana) Has thick foliage that will shimmer under the moonlight.
  • Jack Frost: (Brunnera macrophylla) Hdeart shaped leaves of silver and green, perfect to add more highlights of silver to your moon lit garden. 

Any plant that blooms after dark or has white, lavender, pale pink, pale yellow on it is a perfect addition to your moonlight garden. 

Things to add:

  • Stepping stones that have the phases of the moon.
  • Fairy lights
  • A place to sit
  • Candles
  • A small fountain to sing along with the insects and birds of the night
  • String charms and bells on tree branches for a soft jingling every time a gentle breeze passes. 

Herb Garden

For witches who need a more practical garden for uses of healing, tea crafting, drying, and growing plants used in their practices.

Plants to add to your herb garden:

  • Anise: Helps to ward of the evil eye, find happiness, and stimulates psychic abilities. 
  • Basil: Use for anything pertaining with love, exorcism, wealth, sympathy, and protection. Dispels confusion, fears & weakness. Drives off hostile spirits.
  • Bergamont: Corresponds with money and prosperity. Provides with protection from evil and illness, improves memory, stops interference, and promotes restful sleep.
  • Borage: Corresponds with courage and psychic powers. 
  • Cat Nip: Is sacred to the Goddess Bast. Brings forth beauty, happiness, good luck, and good spirits.
  • Chamomile: Corresponds with love, healing, and sleep. Is known to reduce stress.
  • Chervil: Brings a sense of the higher self, placing you in touch with your divine, immortal spirit.
  • Coriander: Corresponds with love, health, immortality, and protection.
  • Dill: Corresponds with money, protection, luck and lust. 
  • Lemon Balm: Corresponds with love, success, healing, and psychic/spiritual development. 
  • Marjoram: Used to cleanse, purify, and to dispel negative energy.  
  • Mint: Promotes energy, communication and vitality.
  • Oregano: Corresponds with joy, strength, vitality, and added energy 
  • Parsley: Calms and protects the home.
  • Rosemary: Protects, cleanses, purifies, and aids memory. 
  • Sage: Used for self purification and dealing with grief and loss.
  • Thyme: Attracts loyalty, affection, and the good opinion of others.

Things to add:

  • A place to dry herbs
  • A place to compost any herb scraps
  • Rocks
  • A place to leave offerings before you harvest

Bee Garden

Make yourself a sanctuary to watch bees frolic and thrive

Plants to add to your bee garden:

  • Bee balm
  • Lavender
  • Crocus
  • Snow Drop
  • Wildflowers/Any native species
  • Catmint
  • Borage
  • Anise hyssop
  • Heliotrope
  • Sunflower
  • Oregano
  • Yarrow
  • Coneflower
  • Black eyed susan
  • Asters
  • Goldenrod
  • Foxglove
  • Marigold
  • Pansies
  • Sweet peas
  • Nasturtiums

Things to add:

  • Bee houses
  • Bee waterers/bee baths
  • Bee feeders
  • A place for offerings to the bees

Some other ideas for your garden:

  • Hummingbird garden
  • Medicinal garden
  • A garden whose plants and decorations represent/correspond with your practice.
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Faerie Garden 

The options are endless! I hope this gives you some ideas for this years garden.

Happy planting!

==Moonlight Academy==

Types of Witches & Witchcraft

What is a Witch? A witch can never be truly defined. It is a broad term used to describe a variety of people each of which follow their own paths with no two truly alike. 


Types of Witches

Kitchen Witch: (Cottage witch, Hearth witch) Works mainly within the home. Cares for the house and the family inside it. Prepares the meals and adds there own special magick to it. Provides the home with protection and keeps the house clean. 

Green Witch: Works with nature. Includes working with plants, nature deities, herbal remedies, earth, crystals, and faeries. Incorporates nature deities in their craft such as Pan, Demeter, Epona, Gaia etc.  

Eclectic Witch: Creates their own practice based on information and traditions borrowed from different practices and religions in. In order to create a path that works best for them. (Make sure you are not stealing from closed religions!)

Elemental Witch: A witch that works with the elements (water, earth, fire, air) in their day to day practices.   

Hereditary Witch: A witch that is born into a family of practitioners. They create and continue their families rituals and ceremonies. They commonly have a family grimoire or book of shadows that they pass down through generations. 

Sea Witch: A witch that uses the sea and its materials in their practice. Gets their power from the seas energy. Incorporates shells, salt, saltwater, driftwood, etc into their practices. Works with deities such as Poseidon, Njörðr, Neptune, etc. 

Solitary Witch: A witch who prefers to practice on their own.     

Faerie Witch: Someone who works in peace and harmony with the Fae. They take great care of their garden, place offerings out for the Faerie, and make them feel welcome and at peace.

Cosmic Witch: One who works with the stars, moon, sun, etc.  

Urban Witch: A witch that lives in the city and uses the objects they find for their practice. They come up with creative ways to garden on there small patio and store things in the little space they have. 

Pop Culture Witch: A witch who incorporates characters and ideas from movies, TV shows, and books into their practice. 

Science Witch:  Science witches are basically witches who incorporate the scientific method and ideology into their craft. In my experience no science witch is alike since each individual has their specific idea of how the relationship between science and magic works. A large part of being a science witch seems to be the belief in the placebo effect in relationship between the spellcaster and the spell. Science witchcraft is kind of a blurred line between the laws of science and the known universe and the realm of magic and the laws we can’t see. We believe in the possibility of a crossover between the two and embrace it and use it to our advantage in our craft. Taking into consideration the effect science has on the magic we are using and sometimes crediting the spell result partially to magic and partially to science - sometimes even considering the same thing. -This definition is from @drinkthemoonlight, Very appreciated, Thank you so much! - 

Druidism: A Celtic, nature based religion that works with Mother Earth. 

Wiccan: A  religion that follows it’s own set of rules and guidelines.  Such as the three fold law and “hurt none and do what ye will.”

Pagan: A religion that works closely with nature and it’s deities.


This list barely covers the different types of witches but it is all I can think of for the moment. I will be updating soon. 

May the moon light your path!

==Moonlight Academy==

🌾September Magic Tips🌾

🥔Produce In Season🥔
apples, apricots, bilberries, butternut squash, blackberries, beetroot, blueberries, cabbage, clams, cod, crab, chicory, cob nut, cucumbers, figs, fennel, flounder, greengages, garlic, gray mullet, kohlrabi, leeks, lobster, new potatoes, onions, potatoes, plums, pumpkin, pears, oysters, salmon, swiss chard, sweet corn, spinach, turnips, tomatoes, watercress

🍄Wild Foods In Season🍄
 beech nuts, bilberry, black mustard, blackberry, crab apples, cherry plums, comfrey, dandelion roots, damsons, elderberries, grouse, hare, hawthorn berries, hawthorn, hazelnut, hops, horseradish, jack-by-the-hedge, juniper, mallard, poppy, rowan berries, rosehips, marsh samphire, sea beet, sea blight, teal, truffles, venison, wild rabbit, wild mushrooms, wild mint, wild plums, wild strawberry

🌰September Correspondences🌰

  • Mabon is September 22 and is the second harvest, symbols include corn dolly, bread, cornucopia, nuts, acorns, and leaves.
  • The Full Moon is September 6th and is known as the Harvest Moon but also goes by the Corn Moon and Singing Moon.
  • Sycamore and Chestnut are the symbolic trees, marigold, dahlias, and loosestrife are the flowers, chamomile and oregano are the herbs.
  • Colors for September are orange, deep red, and brown.

🔮Witchy Ways To Celebrate September🔮

  • This is a good time for protection spells, bringing security and balance in all things; returning to the Earth.
  • Decorate your home and altar with seed heads, berries, and fallen autumn leaves. Burn cinnamon and sage incenses and use orange and red flowers in your decoration. A set of scales or weights can also be used to signify the time of balance.
  • Work with trees in September(all the time). Collection acorns and make simple garlands to hang in the trees as offerings.
  • Cook with autumn berries or fruits that I listed previously! Start to make simple soups to celebrate autumn bounty and the change in season. I’ll personally be posting more recipes soon!
  • Leave offerings for the spirits of the hedgegrow or your harvest gods to thank them for their bounty.
Basics of Kitchen and Cottage Witchcraft

Kitchen witches believe that the kitchen is a sacred place where all of the magick happens. They focus on the use of edible ingredients and kitchen tools.  A cottage witch is a witch that brings magick into the house and are protectors of the hearth and home. They bring cheer and warmth to every room they enter. Their focuses are on the family, home, and daily needs. Both the cottage and Kitchen witch believe that by honoring the home it honors the Gods and Goddesses. They bring magick into everyday life and daily chores.

Ways a Kitchen and Cottage witch can bring magick into a home:

  • Create a kitchen altar
  • Stock your shelves with herbs and spices
  • Bring maximum feng-shui to your home
  • Keep the home physically and spiritually clean
  • Paint the house walls in colours that bring happiness, warmth, and coziness
  • When making a sandwich put mustard or mayo sigils on it
  • When making meals add herbs that correspond to your magickal needs
  • Decorate the home according to the sabbats
  • Brew some special teas
  • Make your own candles, salves, and tinctures.
  • Make offerings to Gods and Goddesses of hearth and home.  
  • Ask your deities to keep your house safe and healthy.
  • Create your own recipes and add your own touch of magick to them
  • Put intent into everything you cook and clean
  • Make an incantation or short song to sing while you stir.
  • Inscribe your wooden spoons with sigils  
  • Carve your wooden shelves with sigils - carve them at the bottom of the cupboard to remain discreet
  • Craft oils, incense, soaps, potions, and salves.
  • Make herbal remedies
  • Chant while cleaning or preparing a meal
  • Use numerology in their practices by the number of times they stir or the number of times they knead dough.
  • During the mead moon, brew mead with magickal intent.
  • Decorate the home with your own art or art done by your children, poems, knits, woodcraft’s, paintings, quilts, diy’s, or tapestries.
  • Enchant your crafts.
  • Use weather magick, candle magick, ribbon charms, and anything else used to add magick to your home.
  • Honour the ancestors.
  • Bless the home.
  • Start a garden and will it with organic and in season fruits and vegetables.
  • Charge herbal oils by moonlight or candlelight to heal, bless the home or to clean and protect the woodwork she polishes with it.
  • Scatter charm bags, witches ladders, chimes, and bells around the home.
  • Grow an indoor jungle
  • Learn herbal remedies to treat MINOR injuries
  • If you work with meat make sure to thank and honour the animal it came from.
  • Sing or play music to raise good vibrations
  • Bake and cut cookies in shapes to match your intentions
  • Provide someone in need with a free meal
  • Volunteer at a local soup kitchen to bring magick into it

What their altar may display:

  • Candles
  • Tools used for sacred use
  • Four elements
  • Statues of the honoured deities
  • A doll weaved of corn
  • A kitchen witch’s altar is often displayed in the corner of the kitchen and is not permanent
  • Food made by the witch left as an offering

Some beliefs followed:

  • Magick is not used to inflict pain on others or block anyone’s free will
  • Believe in living simple lives
  • Believe in using organic items, products that aren’t animal tested, recycling, and composting.
  • Creativity is a form of devotion
  • Keep peace in the household
  • May the home always contain good food, good talk, and good company
  • Welcome guests into the home with open arms

Cottage and Kitchen witch superstitions/wives tales:

  • Stir clockwise to bring good luck
  • Never stir with a knife as it is considered bad luck
  • Place a piece of amethyst near the stove top to make the food cooked there tastes better
  • If an apple bursts in the oven while baking it means good luck is on its way for the cook
  • Eggs that are cracked while they boil is a sign that visitors are on their way
  • Dropping silverware means that company is coming
  • Spilling water on the table cloth means that rain is on its way
  • Seeing a spider in the house is good luck, killing it is bad luck
  • Wild animal tracks in the snow encircling your house is a sign of good luck and protection
  • When your cupboard doors are left opens it means that people are gossiping about you
  • If a broom drops across the doorway it means that you will soon head off on a journey
  • If you spill salt throw it over your left shoulder to undo any bad luck
  • To keep evil spirits away chop an onion in half and place it on the window sill

Chosen tools:

  • Wooden spoons
  • Knife
  • Bowls
  • Cooking pot or cauldron
  • A ritual knife used to only cut spiritual ties
  • A Fire place
  • Broom
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Kettle
  • Jars and bottles
  • Sewing kit
  • Cook books

Spells are cast to bring:

  • Healing
  • Prosperity
  • Protection
  • Abundance
  • Happiness
  • Fertility
  • Harmony
  • Peace

Deities worked with:

  • Hestia
  • Frigga
  • Brighid
  • Demeter

May your house stay warm and full of magick!

==Moonlight Academy==

🍒🌰July Magic Tips🌰🍒

🍄Produce In Season 🍄 
Artichokes, aubergines, apricots, broccoli, beetroot, blueberries, cherries, cucumbers, coley, fennel, garlic, green beans, kohlrabi, loganberries, nectarines, onion, radishes, plums, potatoes, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, watercress. 

🐟Seafood In Season🐟
Cod, crab, clams, dover sole, gray mullet, halibut, herring, lemon sole, monkfish, mackerel, plaice, squid, scallops, sea bass, sardines, salmon, whelks.

🍒Wild Foods In Season🍒
Crab apples, cep, chaterelles, fairy ring champignon, giant puffball, gorse flower, green walnuts, rabbit, sea purslane, wild blackberries, wild mint, wild rose flower, wild strawberry, wood pigeon.

🌿July Correspondences🌿

  • The full moon is July 9th and known as the Buck moon because this is when buck deer start growing velvety hair-covered antlers.
  • Elm is the symbolic tree. Lavender, feverfew, mint, marjoram, jasmine, honeysuckle, crane’s bill, and meadow sweet are the herbs and flowers.
  • Colors associate are deep violet, dark blue, and green.

🔮Witchy Ways To Celebrate July🔮

  • Decorate your home and altar with beautiful stalks of lavender, honeysuckle, jasmine, or mint. Light beeswax candles to honor the honey bees!
  • Eat seasonal foods outside. Have a picnic, leave some food behind(that’s safe for animals) as an offering to the earth.
  • Don something new with you magic! Work with different elements, spell ingredients, or cook a new recipe. Explore your path and yourself.
  • Do a spell for the prosperity of other countries, send healing and blessings out to the world. Alternatively, do a spell for the LGBTQA+ and POC lives in the US to help them through this troubling time. Or curse Trump.
  • Spend time outside barefoot on the earth. Make a map of what’s around you and what they can be used for magically. Learn more about your town and it’s history!
Quick and Simple Spells

Maybe we have not the energy or psychic resources to complete something complex. Maybe we cannot wait for the full moon. Maybe we need something in the moment. Simple spells can give us a boost or help us through trying moments.

Ease Anxiety
With a small object in your hand (exempli gratia: a pen, a small stone, a charm, an eraser). Run your thumb lightly over the surface of the object either away from you or in a diurnal (anti-clockwise) motion. Repeat slowly in your mind calma anois síos (now calm down).


Confidence Boost
Using your compact or standing in front of the mirror say the following three times: Tá mé neart (I am strength).


Beauty Charm
Hold a necklace, ring, earrings, or bracelet you can comfortably wear in your left hand and place your right hand over them. Repeat three times: áilleacht agus cairde (beauty and grace). Move through your day with confidence.


Notes
If you have trouble pronouncing the Irish, the English will work just as well.