I haven’t posted here since February of this year. That was during the time that I was so very sad due to my aunt’s passing. Time and tending the earth heals so many wounds, and I’ve had so much joy listening to my aunt Joyce’s voice from the spirit realm.
Fast forward to now. I listened to my aunt and she told me to continue on a garden. “Plant something” she said, “and don’t worry about what you need for it to grow. Just put it in the soil and listen to me.” So that’s exactly what I’ve done. Through this healing process of gardening, I know understand how and why she gardened. It kept her sane, removed depression, and I imagine that there were many days that my aunt cried-it-all-out on the leaves of her tomato plants.
I’m proud to say that my garden is flourishing…the tomatoes haven’t grown in and the eggplant hasn’t shown up but the magical herbs have taken on a life of their own. I’ve also gotten a new apprentice! Yay. We’ve been working together for two weeks and the following is her first blog post. I’m exited, she’s excited, we are both ECSTATIC!
“Her Garden is Where She Begins Her Magic Making”
Our session started with the watering of the garden. Standing at the front of the porch, Lakeesha asked me to identify all that could be used for healing and magic. Shielding my face from the sun, I looked out into the yard…I saw dandelion weeds, plantain leaves and flowers…perhaps essences could be made under bright moons.
Lakeesha affirmed that these where all-important, but also asked that I notice the pine tree that grew close to the house. She informed of pine needles being used in ritual to offer protection and that the growing of the tree so near the home was for good omen. Lakeesha also pointed to a black dirt mound, nestled in the middle of the yard, occupied by big black fire ants busy at work. She informed that the dirt from the mound could also be used for protection, but to always ask before taking.
We made our way to the garden, protected by three big red bricks. As Lakeesha watered her garden, she informed that the garden is all in energetic harmony; all is growing, living and creating. From the witches garden one can grow food to feed the body, nourish the body and aid in mental and spiritual health and well being.
In our first meeting we talked mostly about herbs and both their medicinal and spiritual functionality. I was introduced to new herbs, such as Devil’s claw, Papaya leaf and Black Walnut Hulls; while being re introduced to herbs such as Lemon Verbena, Mugwort and Usnia. I was immediately drawn to Mugwort and Usnia, for their feminine energies and want to work more with these herbs in the next coming months. We talked to the crafting of tinctures, oils and topical from plants and herbs.
Our session ended with the dressing of candles and the importance of using a variety of herbs, oils and affirmation in evoking the energies and calling the spirits.
I was reminded that to cast spells…is to speak out loud…to communicate something. So often I forget the power of my word. The energy my voice and tongue carry in creating and manifesting.
Over the week after our meeting, when walking through Chicago, I looked for pine…I took notice to the plants around me and meditated on their functionality for magic and healing. I realized the importance of using what grows around you, what is readily available; as it is part of ones environment. As I prepare to start my own garden, I will be using the herbs that spoke to me the most. Lemon Verbena is on the top of my list, as its medicinal purposes are plenty. Another herb I am choosing to work with is pineapple sage.
I feel affirmed to start to need my garden in the shadows of the Cancer new moon, as it pertains to home and securing home fronts. In the shadows of the new moon I take all that I have learned this week from Lakeesha and begin to lay foundations in my home as a space in which to nourish my magic. – Jenise