Hi! I've looked all over your blog and noticed you keep mentioning bay leaf as one of your Big Five, but I can't find a solid defintion on what it does/means. Protection, I've discerned that much, but is there anything more specific?
Bay Leaf is actually a favorite of mine because it’s so versatile. There are several kitchen herbs - in particular Basil, Bay, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme - that have so many uses in magic that they’re practically all-purpose. In fact, in some literature, Rosemary is named as a substitute for any herb that you may not have to hand, the same way white candles can be substituted for any ROYGBIV candle color you lack for a spell.
In my opinion, this is all for the better. That versatility makes it much easier for a witch on a budget to work spells with simple and largely inexpensive ingredients. (Being able to get your witchy herbs in the spice aisle as compared to having to pay by the ounce for rarer substances from a specialty store.)
Protection is definitely one of the primary uses of Bay in magic, but I’ve found it associated with the following as well:
- Blessing (Home and Busines)
- Warding (against Evil Spirits, Lightning, & Magical Harm)
Hope this helps! :)