st. johns eve

Tonight is the Eve of St. Agnes 🌸
 VI.
 They told her how, upon St. Agnes’ Eve,
 Young virgins might have visions of delight,
 And soft adorings from their loves receive
 Upon the honey’d middle of the night,
 If ceremonies due they did aright;
 As, supperless to bed they must retire,
 And couch supine their beauties, lily white;
 Nor look behind, nor sideways, but require
Of Heaven with upward eyes for all that they desire.
- John Keats

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Celebrating Midsummer with the Bard!

From our stacks: Pictured above, illustrations from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, taken from The Plays Of Shakespeare.  Edited and annotated by Charles and Mary Cowden Clarke. Vol. 1 - Comedies. Illustrated by H.C. Selous. Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, London, 1866.

The Green Witch’s Ally ~ A Magical Herb Series

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Dandelion

Latin: Taraxacum officinale

Folk Names: Blowball, Cankerwort, Lion’s Tooth, Piss-a-bed, Priest’s Crown, Puffball, Swine Snout, White Endive, Wild Endive

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Jupiter

Element: Air

Powers: Divination, Wishes, Calling Spirits

Dandelion is said to be used to call upon air spirits. Blowing dandelion seeds into the wind is said to carry a message to a lover. The root is use for ritual involving Hecate. Gathering the yellow flowers of dandelion on St John’s Eve (June 23) was seen as a charm against hostile magic. It can also be used in spells for protection & vision work. Dandelion wine is a great additional to magical meals.

Ah. The humble little dandelion. Beloved by herbalists, hated by gardeners. Whatever your opinion is, everyone knows who dandelion is. The spirit of dandelion came to me, at the liminal hour of dawn (this is the time I often meet and commune with plant spirits), He appeared as a little lion, no biggest then a kitten. His body was made up of leaves and his face & mane the bright yellow flower, and he is that proudest little guy you ever did meet. Up front, feet apart, chest out and head high.He was very eager to share his lesson, if fact he kept me awake for hours, pestering me to go and write it! So Dante Leon (he proudly told me his name) I’m finally write this post in light of the events of today. The lesson of dandelion is. Be bold. Be proud. Be you. Dandelions say “Be who you are! Shine shine shine! That why you’re here. To be you!”. How you seen a dandelion, they grow and thrive where ever they pop up and they don’t give a shit what anyone else think about it! They open they’re little faces and say “Look at me! I am a little sun. See how I shine!” and dandelion encourages us to do they same.