the oak of the witches

🔥☀️ Litha for Lazy Witches ☀️🔥

Litha, also known as the Summer Solstice and Midsummer, marks the official start of summer. It’s also the longest day of the year, meaning the most amount of daylight. The sun is central in summer solstice celebrations.

Crystals: 

  • Fire opal.
  • Carnelian. 
  • Citrine. 
  • Pyrite. 
  • Sunstone. 
  • All green stones (esp. jade and emerald). 
  • Diamond. 
  • Quartz.
  • Fluorite.
  • Tiger’s eye. 
  • Pearl.

Activities: 

  • Light a candle, incense, or start a bonfire. 
  • Take a bath with gold/yellow bath bombs or corresponding herbs and flowers. 
  • Sunbathe.
  • Watch the sunrise or sunset. 
  • Meditate. 
  • Leave offerings for the Fae. 
  • Try divination using fire scrying. 
  • Create a flower crown.

Herbs/Flowers/Scents: 

  • Daisies. 
  • Marigolds. 
  • Carnations. 
  • Roses. 
  • Sunflowers. 
  • Chamomile. 
  • Parsley. 
  • Frankincense. 
  • Lemon. 
  • Lily. 
  • Hydrangea. 
  • Orchids. 
  • Sandalwood. 
  • Thyme. 
  • Sage. 
  • Peonies.
  • Mint.
  • Myrrh.

Colors: 

  • Gold.
  • Yellow.
  • Orange.
  • Red.
  • Green.
  • Blue.

Trees: 

  • Oak.

Decorations: 

  • Candles.
  • Sea shells.
  • Herbs.
  • Flowers.
  • Crystals.
  • Feathers.
  • Oak leaves.
  • Symbols of the sun.
⭐️🌿Sacred herbs of the Goddesses🌿⭐️

Originally posted by appalachianjamwich

Aphrodite:  Olive, cinnamon ,daisy ,cypress ,quince ,orris (iris), apple, myrtle.

Aradia: Rue, vervain

Artemis: Silver fir, amaranth, cypress, cedar, hazel, myrtle, willow, daisy, mugwort, date palm

Astarte: Alder, pine, cypress, myrtle, juniper

Athena: Olive, apple

Bast: Catnip, vervain

Bellona: Belladonna

Brigid: Blackberry

Cailleach: Wheat

Cardea: Hawthorn, bean, arbutus

Ceres: Willow, wheat, bay, pomegranate, poppy, leek, narcissus

Cybele: Oak, myrrh, pine

Demeter: Wheat, barley, pennyroyal, myrrh, rose, pomegranate, bean, poppy, all cultivated crops

Diana: Birch, willow, acacia, wormwood, dittany, hazel, beech, fir, apple, mugwort, plane, mulberry, rue

Druantia: Fir

Freya: Cowslip, daisy, primrose, maidenhair, myrrh, strawberry, mistletoe

Hathor: Myrtle, sycamore, grape, mandrake, coriander, rose

Hecate: Willow, henbane, aconite, yew, mandrake, cyclamen, mint, cypress, date palm, sesame, dandelion, garlic, oak, onion

Hekat: Cypress

Hera: Apple, willow, iris, pomegranate, myrrh

Hina: Bamboo

Hulda: Flax, rose, hellebore, elder

Irene: Olive

Iris: Wormwood, iris

Ishtar: Acacia, juniper, all grains

Isis: Fig, heather, wheat, wormwood, barley, myrrh, rose, palm, lotus, per sea, onion, iris, vervain

Juno: Lily, crocus, asphodel, quince, pomegranate, vervain, iris, lettuce, fig, mint

Kerridwen: Vervain, acorns

Minerva: Olive, mulberry, thistle

Nefer-tum: Lotus

Nepthys: Myrrh, lily

Nuit: Sycamore

Olwen: Apple

Persephone: Parsley, narcissus, willow, pomegranate

Rhea: Myrrh, oak

Rowen: Clover, rowen

Venus: Cinnamon, daisy, elder, heather, anemone, apple, poppy, violet, marjoram, maidenhair fern, carnation, aster, vervain, myrtle, orchid, cedar, lily, mistletoe, pine, quince

Vesta: Oak 

Normally when you go into a 'magic' shop 80% of the stuff they're selling is bullshit

Maybe they sell crystals, dried herbs (which are way past their expiration date and have been stored incorrectly), and some figurines of gods/goddesses.

But most of the time they’re full of ‘love spell books’, 'fairy friends’, 'angel guide books’ and some figurines of fairies and dragons.

Most of this stuff is bullshit and completely useless to a practicing witch but I still live in hope of being able to purchase my supplies locally.

However, purely by chance (i was looking for some jewelry) I came across an etsy shop called wildwizardcrafts. Browsing through their products, I was amazed.  This is the first online 'store’ I’ve ever come across which instead of trying to sell me bottled 'spells’ and 'potions’ actually sells ingredients for everything and they all look pretty fresh since I think he gets them locally.

let me give you an example:

  1. Mistletoe 

  2. Yew 

  3. Juniper berries, wood and leaves 

  4. Blackthorn witch pins 

  5. Oak/Rowan/Willow/Birch/Apple/etc. wood products
  6. Bones/Skulls (Raven, Crow, Deer, Wolf, Bison, Bobcat etc.) 

     

  7. As well as Fur, Teeth, Claws, Feathers, Feet and Antlers of various animals.
  8. Need a Rabbit Foot to make a Luck Charm/Curse?

  9. How about Crossroad and/or Graveyard Dirt?

  10. Rowan Tree Bark? Rock Salt? Sage? for that extra protection - Yep to all three

  11. Dandelion and Fern Roots? Moss? Mushrooms? Berries? - So much!
  12. Railroad Spike? Horseshoe? Iron Nails?

This is close to the perfect 'shop’ for any magic practitioner. Now I personally wouldn’t have any use for some of these ingredients because I know what kind of spells they’re used for… but damn, this place has pretty much everything! 

🏮🌿Sacred herbs of the Gods🌿🏮

Originally posted by zapatrax-blog

Adonis: myrrh, corn, rose, fennel, lettuce, white heather

Aesculapius: bay, mustard

Ajax: delphinium

Anu: tamarisk

Apollo: leek, hyacinth, heliotrope, cornel, bay,frankincense, date palm, cypress

Attis: pine, almond

Ares: buttercup

Bacchus: grape, ivy, fig, beech, tamarisk

Baldur: St.John’s wort, daisy

Bran: alder, all grains

Cupid: cypress, sugar, white violet, red rose

Dagda: oak

Dianus: fig

Dionysus: fig, apple, ivy, grape, pine, corn, pomegranate, toadstools, mushrooms, fennel, all wild and cultivated trees

Dis: cypress

Ea: cedar

Eros: red rose

Gwydion: ash

Helios: sun flower, heliotrope 

Herne: oak

Horus: horehound, lotus, per sea

Hypnos: poppy

Jove: pine, cassia, houseleek, carnation, cypress

Jupiter: aloe, agrimony, sage, oak, mullein, acorn, beech, cypress, houseleek, date palm, violet, gorse, ox-eye daisy, vervain

Kernunnos: heliotrope, bay, sunflower, oak, orange

Kanaloa: banana

Mars: ash, aloe, dogwood, buttercup, witch grass, vervain

Mercury: cinnamon, mulberry, hazel, willow

Mithras: cypress, violet

Neptune: ash, bladderwrack, all seaweeds

Odin: mistletoe, elm

Osiris: arcaica, grape, ivy, tamarisk, cedar, clover, date palm, all grains

Pan: fig, pine, reed, oak, fern, all meadow flowers

Pluto: cypress, mint, pomegranate

Poseidon: pine, ash, fig, bladderwrack, all seaweeds

Prometheus: fennel

Ra: arcaica, frankincense, myrrh, olive

Saturn: fig, blackberry

Sylvanus: pine

Tammuz: wheat, pomegranate, all grains

Thoth: almond

Thor: thistle, houseleek, vervain, hazel, ash, birch, rowan, oak, pomegranate, burdock, beech

Uranus: ash

Woden: ash

Zeus: oak, olive, pine, aloe, parsley, sage, wheat, fig

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~Sonnet of Summer~

Come, sweet scent of summer love
And fill me to the brim with warmth
Strip away my melancholy
As the earth is now reborn

Chase away my emptiness
Of winter blues and autumn greys
Send your chorus through the meadows
Saturate my hollow days

With thy emerald pearls of wisdom
Whisper to the earth your songs
Banish every ounce of darkness
Grow my days from short to long

Clouds so white they look like feathers
Fields so green they mesmerise
As the child of Imbolc wanders
Beltane’s king and queen arrive

Set alight the fires of May Day
Bang the drums and fill the skies
Drench the year with celebration
Let no tears adorn thine eyes

Strip our souls of painful sorrows
Fill our hearts with happiness
As the earth is full of living
Make this year our very best

~ © 2016 Amelia Dashwood, All rights reserved.

currently-imagining  asked:

Hi Faye! I just found out that when I focus on one of my friends energy, he appears as a white oak. I've tested this several times and the image doesn't waver. So I was wondering if, as a botanist and Witch Mom Supreme, you had any mundane and/or magical info about white oak trees? Thanks! And I hope your day is without any inconveniences at all!😘

My sweet girl, we both know I do. I’m wishing you both the best!💚

  • Oak trees can grow to a height of 20 - 30 meters and tend to reach their final height, within the first 100 years of their lifetime. Oaks can grow extremely ancient provided they are allowed to mature; there are some trees alive today that are said to be over 1000 years old. Most oaks don’t produce flowers or acorns until they reach 50 years of age.
  • Different types of Oak will lend slightly different properties to magical workings. Traditionally though oak is used for safety, courage, strength, stability, health, healing, potency and good luck.
    • Red Oak is fiery, White Oak is for solidity and strength, Brown Oak is earthy and is used for grounding (brown oak is English white oak that has been stained by a fungal infection.)
    • Oak trees are also associated with the gods Thor and Jupiter.
  • Oaks were rarely planted close to the farm, as their character belonged to the wild, untamed aspect of nature. They were considered far too sacred to be domesticated, single standing old oaks and oak woods were used as temples for ceremonies and as oracular places.
  • You can harvest oak in May and the autumn. Use the bark of young branches and twigs but remove only in patches - if the whole circumference is removed the tree is likely to suffer severely or may even die if it’s young enough. The leaves may be collected from May - July and should be dried in the shade.
  • You can make flour out of acorns! Although it’s a long and tedious task.
ACORN:

Etymology: Oak, Corn.
Protection, wisdom, luck and personal power. A dried acorn is an excellent natural talisman for maintaining a youthful appearance and one can be worn around your neck for good luck. Gather acorns during the day and place fertiliser, crystals / pour water or wine on the roots of the oak to thank it for its sacrifice. Acorns can be placed on a windowsill to ward off evil and fire and lightning during storms. When hung from the windowsill they bring luck and prosperity to the home and protect against negative spirits. Acorns can treat constipation, bad breath and alcoholism. They can also ease pain. A charm made of three acorns, the caster’s hair, bound and tied, blessed under every New and Full Moon for a year will provide lifelong beauty, youthfulness and success when carried. Plant an acorn during the waxing moon to draw gold to you or plant one under any moon phase to bring financial prosperity. Carrying an acorn will bring luck and fertility to your projects, prevent illness and provide protection from storms, evil intent and getting lost. As seeds, acorns are symbols of growth and unlimited potential. They can also be used in magic ensuring fertility. The goddesses Diana and Artemis wear necklaces of acorns. Acorns are protected by Cybele. Can be used to attract the opposite gender, for divination, drawing money and abundance and to increase income and prosperity. Associated with Samhain. Acorns have strong links to druidism, as ‘druid’ literally translates to ‘oak knowledge.’ If two lovers place two acorns (symbolic of themselves) in a bowl of water and they float to each other, they will marry.

- Keep in mind that these are basic properties and NEVER should you use plants, crystals etc in the place of proper medical attention. Stay safe, witchy fam.

- Taken from my grimoire.

I am the Forest, and the Forest is me.

I am the trees that grow old and true, and the trees are me.

I am the moss that carpets the ground, and the moss is me.

I am the stones that age beneath our feet, and the stones are me.

I am the leaves that change with the seasons, and the leaves are me.

I am the creatures that live on this land, and the creatures are me.

I am the sunlight that peeks through the treetops, and the sunlight is me.

I am the moonlight that makes the Forest glow, and the moonlight is me.

I am the rivers that gurgle and flow, and the rivers are me.

I am the wind that makes the trees tremble, and the wind is me.

I am the rain that waters this earth, and the rain is me.

I am the soil from which all things grow, and the soil is me.

I am the soul of the Forest that keeps it alive, and it’s soul is in me.

I am the Forest, and the Forest is me!

— 

Susurrus

A poetic ramble really, there aren’t quite words to express how a Forest feels ^^ that’s one of the blessings of being a forest child, the trees don’t speak with words.

Sabbat Incenses & Herbs

This is a guide for preparing magical events in conjunction with the Sabbats. Although spell work is not normally conducted at this time, the home or surroundings may be aligned with the Sabbat energies with scented candles, incense, and decorations.

Yule: burn bay, bayberry, chamomile, frankincense, rosemary, sage; decorate with holly, juniper, mistletoe, oak, pine cones, cedar, evergreen, blessed thistle.

Imbolc: burn basil, bay, benzoin, celandine; decorate with angelica, myrrh, yellow, white, or light blue flowers.

Ostara: burn celandine, cinquefoil, fasime, rose, tansy, violets; decorate with acorn, corcus, daffodil, dogwood, honeysuckle, iris, lily, strawberry.

Beltane: burn almond, ash, cinquefoil, frankincense, marigold, meadowsweet, woodruff; decorate with angelica, bluebells, daisy, hawthorn, ivy, lilac, rose, primrose, wildflowers.

Litha: burn chamomile, cinquefoil, elder flower, fennel, lavender, mugwort, thyme, vervain; decorate with hemp, larkspur, pine, rose, St. Johnswort, wisteria.

Lughnassadh: burn cornstalks, heather, frankincense, wheat; decorate with acacia flowers, corn ears, hollyhock, myrtle, oak leaves, wheat.

Mabon: burn benzoin, marigold, myrrh, sage, thistles; decorate with acorns, asters, ferns, honeysuckle, milkweed, mums, oak leaves, pine, rose.

Samhain: burn heather, mullein, patchouli; decorate with acorns, apples, pumpkins, oak leaves, straw, broom, dittany, ferns, flax.

From Ann Moura’s “Grimoire for the Green Witch”

Find the book here.

Please research all herbs before use.

Slytherin Traits Analysis

Resourcefulness:

As far as I’m concerned, this is the most unsung value of Slytherin house, and easily the hardest to demonize. After all, what is more admirable than someone who has very little to work with and yet clenches their jaw, makes due with what they have, and finds a way to get through their problems? It is the value behind most underdog stories! Although there is an association made sometimes between Slytherin and wealth (mostly thanks to the Malfoys), we see plenty of evidence of poor Slytherins too (see Severus Snape and Tom Riddle), and in many cases we see Slytherins use their talents, strengths, and advantages to find a way to get ahead. Riddle uses his magical talent, gift for Parseltongue, and natural charm. Snape uses his talents in dueling, Potions, and Occlumency. Slughorn uses his amiability and talent in Potions. Lucius uses his money and influence. Draco uses his father’s influence and his own charisma. Narcissa uses her wits and convincing air. Regulus uses his brain and sneakiness. Sometimes these examples are not always positive, but it certainly makes it clear that from a tiny acorn of resourcefulness can sprout a perfect oak tree of a witch or wizard.

Determination:

For a snake, determination is what makes everything work. It’s taking care of your two-year-old child when you’ve just had a baby as a single mother and have no money for a nanny or sitter. It’s working for your mean boss who threatens to fire you every hour to prove them wrong – to show them that you can’t be scared so easily. Determination is very important to achieve our ambitions; it’s where we get our confidence, what gets us up in the morning each day. Without drive, there can be no passion, and without passion, there is almost no possible chance of success.

Self-Preservation:

How many times have we heard people argue that all Slytherins are cowards? Too many times, honestly…and it’s not deserved. Slytherins can be very brave – look at Severus Snape, or Regulus or Andromeda Black. Heck, even villains like Voldemort, Bellatrix, and Umbridge wouldn’t likely be characterized as explicitly “cowardly” either. Slytherins are also not the only characters who are ever considered cowardly – we’ve seen Ravenclaws like Lockhart and Quirrel and Gryffindors like Pettigrew be cowards too, not to mention characters like Fudge who we don’t know the house of but I’m going to go out on a limb and guess wasn’t a Slytherin. So yes, first, to get this out of the way, self-preservation =/= cowardice. Self-preservation means…just that! Looking out for oneself. And that is a very undervalued thing. Selflessness is generally considered eternally virtuous, but if one looks at it carefully, it can also cause a lot of harm. Never taking care of yourself can destroy your health as well as your emotional state, and if someone truly loves you, they should want you to be happy and healthy…thus it would be in your best interest to look after yourself. And if that person doesn’t want that, then that could mean you’re pouring your heart and energy into someone who doesn’t deserve it.

Self-preservation is not selfishness. Self-preservation is not cowardice. It is recognizing your own value and knowing you only have one life to live, and therefore choosing not to throw away your shot.

A Disregard for the Rules:

Most Slytherins tend to have a blatant disregard for rules, mostly because rules only hold them back. Say no one is allowed to use potion ingredients but certain professors, but they gotta figure out who stole their homework last night. You think something like that’s gonna hold them back? Nope. Another example would be Voldemort himself. Wanna live forever? No way in hell is anyone gonna stop him, whether it’s some Gryffindor he tried to kill as a baby, Dumbledore, or the entire Ministry of Magic. 

I think that’s a big reason why Slytherin is known as the ‘evil’ house. We have our own rules, our own boundaries for ourselves. Other rules we deem unimportant, though we’re still aware of them. It doesn’t matter if we break some rules that another person made up, but if we break our own? No, that’s not okay. Someone could be perfectly okay with stealing something, but if you have to hurt a person to do so and they’re not okay with that? It’s not happening. The code of honor is different for each Slytherin – sometimes it can even be just as principled as the rules already in place. The important thing is that the code of honor comes from us, not an outside source. If we believe in it with all our hearts, we will fight to protect it.

Cleverness:

This value is what makes some mistakenly label people as Ravenclaw instead of Slytherin. The main difference is where the intelligence comes from. Ravenclaws tend to rely on academic, logical knowledge – the sorts you find in books that can be measured and catalogued. Slytherins rely on emotional knowledge, or common sense – the kind you can only get by working a job first-hand, or the kind you acquire from knowing somebody intimately. Slytherins are usually very insightful people and they can often read others without much difficulty. They are the sorts to make connections from their own experiences to make conclusions about something outside themselves. For example, Voldemort is able to predict Harry’s behavior a few times in the books simply due to how intimate his knowledge is of the boy thanks to their Horcrux connection, and Severus Snape is able to predict (correctly) that Quirrel isn’t to be trusted because he himself is a master of deception and espionage. Even Regulus is sharp enough to know it would be more prudent (and it would also twist the knife into Voldemort more) to quietly leave a note with the fake Horcrux in the Horcrux’s hiding place for the Dark Lord to find instead of openly confronting him. Cleverness is not as easily measured in tests as book smarts, but its value is truly incalculable.

Ambition:

Slytherins are known for being ambitious, and most of us are, but just to get something straight, ambition is not something to be solely demonized. People say that we Slytherins would do anything for power, but if you look at house members like Narcissa Malfoy, Horace Slughorn, Regulus Black, etc., their ambition was not power. It was protecting their family and freedom. Ambition is really just recognizing what you could achieve and growing towards it. An ambitious attitude, they say, can accomplish anything, no matter what life throws at you. Slytherins realize this, and that’s how they may achieve greatness. Merlin himself was in the house from fen, and to this day people say his name for regular things (e.g. “Merlin’s Pants!”). The good thing about ambition is it is all about scale, and whether you want to become a powerful politician or just a beloved member of your community, you can achieve greatness at any level and in many ways.