wildharvested

The Mother Africa altar in the roofed area of our garden, where nothing will be knocked over by the wind :). The gorgeous wooden statue was a dumpster diving find, and the rocks are from all over the island, mostly found on ritual/sacred areas, and wildharvesting trips.

Looks neat and minimalistic now because we just cleaned it - but you know well, altars have a life on its own, and I’m sure soon it will be overflowing with offerings and gifts :D. The dragon figurine on the front is a reproduction of the work of artist Antoni Gaudi.

Side Note to my Witch on a Budget Post: Regarding Plants

This is an addendum to my ‘Witch on a Budget’ post 

While I love to wild harvest my magical herbs, it has taken me quite a long time to learn to identify certain species. And I sometimes get it wrong. I want to add this note because it’s important that you DO YOUR RESEARCH if you intend to harvest wild plants. Know what parts of the plants are useable, or edible, and which are poison. Know the best time to harvest them. Know how to get what you need without killing the plant. And above all, DO NOT CONSUME WILD PLANTS UNLESS YOU ARE 100% CERTAIN THEY ARE WHAT YOU THINK THEY ARE, IF AT ALL. I typically do not consume plants I don’t grow, with rare exceptions. I’ll use them solely for magical purposes, as offerings, or charms. 

Also, I DO NOT use Lady Slippers in my craft, but they are a magical herb none-the-less. I am lucky to live in an area where they are abundant. I see them as a sign of the fae more than anything else, cultivating and protecting them. They’re also usually an indicator of the soil quality in the area. I do not recommend picking or using these herbs. Maybe if you lived in an area where they weren’t protected, and could find a way to cultivate them, but otherwise: just wave and say hello.