Dealing with plant spirits:
So I’m a spirit worker, and though I’ve only been practicing a little bit over a year, I’ve worked with many different spirits with most of them being plants. This just comes from my own personal experience, so you don’t have to take this as law.
Different kinds of plants have different personalities (obviously). And as each plant has their own unique personality, generally they tend to be similar to other plants of the same type: cacti, succulents, vines, herbs, flowers, even going down to specific types such as lavender, pine trees, orchids, etc. And then, how they react to communication depends on what stage they are in: seedling, middle, adult, etc.
In general, plants tend to be fairly slow with communication. And they generally don’t use words. The plants i have worked with preferred sending general feelings and images of what they were trying to communicate. So be patient with yourself while working towards that communication. Whenever you try communication, start by giving a small offering. It can be elaborate, it can be watering it, spreading fertilizer (eggshells are good, a bit of sugar, stuff like that) around it, weeding around the roots, and small stuff like that. Introduce yourself, and just start talking. Explain what your day was like and what you did. You can sing to the plant, they tend to love that. Seedlings are more likely to talk very quickly to you, while old plants tend to take longer. The time frame can be from a couple of hours to a couple weeks depending on the spirit. If you want to create a relationship with the spirit, you’re going to have to communicate with the spirit regularly. This process will take a while as it would trying to improve any friendship.
After you’ve introduced yourself to the spirit, it’s time to create a friendship! Giving them small gifts/offerings is a great step. Spending time with them will also help with that. It doesn’t all have to be communication, you can read books aloud to them, watch movies with them, or anything else of that sort. Find out their name! Each spirit will have their own name, much like we do. Some of them are really hard to spell and/or pronounce so I won’t be giving any examples here. After building that friendship, you can do most anything you want! You can have them assist you with spells, amplify your energy, and other such things. Keep in mind that the amount of energy that the spirit will have depends on their vessel, the plant. The larger the life force, the larger the amount of energy that you can borrow is.
Dealing with death:
Now, most of the plants I have worked with have been seedlings, and because I’m not perfect in the slightest many of them have died. For me, dealing with the dead plant is a ritual to honor the spirit as it passes into a place where I haven’t been able to communicate with it yet. I give it back to the earth (bury it if I can, or just leave it in a place where it can give back to the earth. It gets a small funeral service, stating what they did for me, what I loved about them, that they will be missed, etc. Before you leave them there give them a small offering to help it’s passage, water, fertilizer, eggshell, etc. This isn’t necessary, but it is respectful and a good way for the spirit not to be mad.
- fresh mulch
- cleaning up forests
- making bee feeders
- talking to them
- meditating with them
- biodegradable food
- weeding around them
- eggshell powder
- cold tea
Now, treat your plants well and get to know them!