Plant Magic: A Year of Green Wisdom for Pagans & Wiccans

Plant Magic: A Year of Green Wisdom for Pagans & Wiccans

by Sandra Kynes

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Plant Magic: A Year of Green Wisdom for Pagans & Wiccans by Sandra Kynes

Connect to the natural world in ways you never expected with the many magical uses of ordinary and classically witchy plants. Plant Magic presents a unique approach to working with plants in concert with the cycles of nature. Learn which ones best align with the sabbats on the Wheel of the Year and which are most useful for the time between them.

Sandra Kynes guides you through a year of plant magic, providing significant dates and detailed information on garden, wild, and household plants associated with each month. Discover activities to grow your connection with nature, such as plant-based rituals to celebrate the seasons and incense burning to attract love and prosperity. Explore ways to develop your self-expression in the craft, from placing flowers on your altar to using herbs in your divinatory practices. Featuring lore, recipes, spells, and more, Plant Magic helps you better understand and be inspired by the green world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738750170
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 03/08/2017
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 500,014
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sandra Kynes is a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. Sandra is a yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner and loves connecting with the natural world through gardening, hiking, and ocean kayaking. Her work has been featured in various Llewellyn publications, Utne Reader , The Portal , Circle Magazine , and The Magical Buffet website. Her books include: Star Magic (2015), Llewellyn's Complete Book of Correspondences (2013), Mixing Essential Oils for Magic (2013), andSea Magic (2008).

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction 1
Getting Started 5
Why Scientific Names Are Important 5
Frequently Used Words and Terms to Know 7
Precautions 9
Astrological Influences 9
The Influence of Fixed Stars 11
Lunar Gardening 13
The New Moon 13
The Waxing Moon 14
The Full Moon 15
The Waning Moon 15
Parts of Plants and Their Symbolism 16
Our Relationship with Plants 17

January 19
On the Calendar 19
January 1: New Year’s Day 19
Amaryllis 20
January 6: Twelfth Night or Epiphany 20
Masterwort and Angelica 21
Holly 22
January 21: The Celtic Month of Rowan Begins 23
Rowan 23
In the Garden 24
Witch Hazel 24
In the Wild 25
Eucalyptus 25
In the House 26
House Plant Magic 26
African Violet 26
Aloe 27
Bamboo 27
Cactus 28
Cyclamen 29
Fern 29
Geranium 30
Goosefoot 31
Spider Plant 31
Winter Wellness with Thyme 32
Thyme 32
Thyme to Warm Up Tea 32

February 35
On the Calendar 35
February 2: Imbolc/Midwinter 35
February 14: Valentine’s Day 37
February 18: The Celtic Month of Ash Begins 37
Ash 38
In the Garden 39
Black Hellebore 39
Crocus 40
Cypress 41
Snowdrop 42
In the Wild 43
Coltsfoot 43
Wolfberry 43
In the House 44
Essential Oils for Magic 44
Magical Bath Oils and Salts 46
Freshen the Air with a Little Magic 46
Basic Recipe for Bath Salts 46
Making a Reed Diffuser 47

March 49
On the Calendar 49
March 17: Saint Patrick’s Day 49
White Clover 50
March 18: The Celtic Month of Alder Begins 50
Alder 51
March 20/21: Ostara/Spring Equinox 51
Forsythia 52
In the Garden 52
Bluebell 52
Daffodil 53
Dogwood 54
Pansy 55
Violet 56
In the Wild 57
Adder’s Tongue 57
Bloodroot 58
Dandelion 59
Yucca 60
In the House 61
Candied Violets 61
A Recipe for Candied Violets 61
Get Seeds Started 62

April 65
On the Calendar 65
April 15: The Celtic Month of Willow Begins 65
Willow 66
April 28: Floralia 67
April 30: May Eve/Walpurgis Night 67
April 30: National Arbor Day 68
In the Garden 68
Cherry 68
Crabapple 69
Daisy 70
Iris 71
Primrose 73
Solomon’s Seal 74
Tulip 75
In the Wild 76
Buttercup 76
Plantain 77
In the House 77
Sweet Woodruff78
May Wine 79

May 81
On the Calendar 81
May 1: Beltane/May Day 81
May 4: Veneration of the Thorn 82
Blackthorn 82
May 13: The Celtic Month of Hawthorn Begins 84
Hawthorn 84
In the Garden 85
Columbine 85
Comfrey 86
Lilac 87
Lily of the Valley 88
Rosemary 90
Valerian 91
Yarrow 92
In the Wild 93
Cinquefoil 93
In the House 94
How to Make a May Basket 94
Dreaming of Flowers 95

June 97
On the Calendar 97
June 10: The Celtic Month of Oak Begins 97
Oak 98
June 21/22: Summer Solstice/Litha 99
June 23: Midsummer’s Eve 99
June 24: Midsummer’s Day 99
Saint John’s Wort 100
In the Garden 101
Elder 101
Foxglove 102
Lady’s Mantle 103
Mint 104
Mullein 106
Strawberry 107
In the Wild 108
Belladonna 108
Meadowsweet 109
Vervain 109
In the House 110
Soothing Red Oil 110

July 113
On the Calendar 113
July 3: The Dog Days of Summer 113
Dog Rose 114
July 8: The Celtic Month of Holly Begins 115
Holly 115
In the Garden 116
Cherries 116
Dill 116
Henbane 117
Hyssop 118
Lavender 119
Morning Glory and Moonflower 120
Mugwort 121
Sage 123
In the Wild 124
Datura 124
Elecampane 125
In the House 126
A Rose by Any Other Name 126

August 129
On the Calendar 129
August 1: Lammas/Lughnasadh 129
August 5: The Celtic Month of Hazel Begins 130
Hazel 130
In the Garden 132
Aconite 132
Basil 133
Borage 134
Catnip 135
Chamomile 136
Sunflower 137
In the Wild 138
Agrimony 138
Arnica 139
Honeysuckle 140
In the House 141
Harvesting and Drying Plants 141
September 143
On the Calendar 143

September 2: The Celtic Month of Vine/Bramble Begins 143
Blackberry 144
September 14: Nutting Day 145
Hazelnut 145
Beechnut 146
Acorn 147
September 22/23: Mabon/Autumn Equinox 147
September 30: The Celtic Month of Ivy Begins 148
Ivy 149
In the Garden 150
Apple 150
Bistort 151
Maple 152
Tansy 153
In the Wild 154
Goldenrod 154
Gravel Root/Joe Pye Weed 155
In the House 155
Rosehips 155
Magically Healing Rosehip Tea 156
Elderberries 156
Elderberry Jam 157

October 159
On the Calendar 159
October 28: The Celtic Month of Reed Begins 159
Reed and Cattails 160
October 31: Samhain 161
In the Garden 161
Belladonna Lily 161
Chrysanthemum 162
Haws/Hawthorn Berries 163
Marigold 164
Pumpkin 165
In the Wild 166
Bittersweet 166
Burdock 167
Evening Primrose 169
Locust 170
Queen Anne’s Lace 171
In the House 171
Sloes 171
Sloe Gin 172

November 173
On the Calendar 173
November 1 and 2: Day of the Dead/All Saints Day and All Soul’s Day 173
Gorse 174
November 11: Lunantishees 175
November 25: The Celtic Month of Elder Begins 175
In the Garden 176
Heath and Heather 176
Jasmine 177
Juniper 178
In the Wild 180
Chickweed 180
Yew 181
In the House 182
Focus on Roots 182
Angelica 183
Chicory 184
Snakeroot 185

December 187
On the Calendar 187
December 21/22: Yule/Winter Solstice 187
December 24: The Celtic Month of Birch Begins 188
Birch 188
In the Garden 190
Bay 190
Cedar 191
In the Wild 192
Fir 192
Mistletoe 193
Pine 195
Spruce 196
Is That a Pine, Fir, or Spruce Tree? 198
In the House 198
Poinsettia 198
Pomander Ball/Clove Orange 199
Making a Pomander Ball 199
Clove 200
Seville Orange 200

Summary 203
Appendix A: Plant List and Quick Guide 205
Appendix B: Magical Correspondences 217
Bibliography 223
Index 233

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