by Patti Wigington
Herbal magic is an ancient art and an important element of most Wiccan practice. Each herb has a different purpose and power. It’s easy to create magical herb bundles: simply gather some of your favorite herbs from the garden (or go wildcrafting) and tie them together with some ribbon. Hang them on the door or near windows for a variety of magical purposes. It’s just fine to hang multiple bundles in different locations around your home.
Sage has long been burned to purify and cleanse a space. The ancients burned dried sprigs of sage in temples and during religious rituals. The Greeks and Romans wrote that the smoke imparted wisdom and mental acuity. In the tenth century, Arab physicians said that sage brought about immortality, or at the very least, a long and healthy life. In England, seventeenth-century servants of the royal family scattered a blend of sage and lavender on the floors at court to help disguise the aroma of day to day life.
Hang apple branches and blossoms from your walls or windows for love magic. In Celtic myth, an apple branch bearing grown fruit, flowers, and unopened bud was a magical key to the land of the Underworld. It’s also a symbol of the harvest, and is frequently found on altars during Mabon celebrations.
Chamomile is known as an herb of purification and protection and can be used in the bedroom to bring about restful sleep and meditation. Hang it on your door to ward against psychic or magical attack. If you’re a gambler, use chamomile to ensure good luck at the gaming tables. In a number of
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