Friday, 19 December 2014

On the tenth day of Yule...Frankincense


A resin from the Boswellia tree, a deciduous tree that grows on rocky outcrops.

As with all resins when burnt on charcoal it makes a lot of smoke but I have to say I think this is my favourite resin scent and again as with most resins it works well for cleansing and purifying.

A good resin to burn for spirituality and your spiritual connection, also for cleansing the chakras and promoting a general feeling of relaxation.

Frankincense can also bring about focus and clarity.

Carry with you for abundance and to attract love.

Frankincense Magical Properties:

Purification, spirituality, relaxation, focus, love, abundance
Ruling planet – Sun
Sign – Aries, Leo, Aquarius
Element – Fire
Gender – Masculine

Thursday, 18 December 2014

On the nineth day of Yule...Oak

(Quercus alba, Quercus robur, Quercus petraea)

The Oak; ancient, wise and strong.

Oak trees were used as meeting places where laws were passed and declarations read out to the public. Oak is sacred to druids.

It was considered lucky to be married under an oak tree.

The oak leaf symbol is one of strength and used to appear on coins in England (before the lion took over). The fruit from the oak, the acorn is a symbol of strength, power and vitality.

Holly rules the first half of the year up until mid summer then he is replaced by the Oak who rules the second half of the year until the winter solstice.

It is said that King Arthur’s round table was made from one solid piece of oak.

If you dream about sitting under an oak tree it means a long life and prosperity.

Burn oak wood in your home to clear out any illness.

Carry an acorn with you to bring good health, youthfulness, fertility and vitality.

Carry oak or an acorn with you to bring good luck.

Oak and acorns are an incredibly useful ingredient in magical workings – use them for healing and health pouches; protection, prosperity, fertility and luck amulets and any workings to bring you strength, power and vitality.

Oak hung in your home is said to provide protection from lightening.

Oak Magical Properties:

Healing, health, protection, money, fertility, luck, strength, vitality, power
Ruling planet – Sun, Jupiter, Mars
Sign – Sagittarius
Element – Fire, Water
Gender – Masculine

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

On the eighth day of Yule...Bay

(Laurus nobilis)

Bay probably gets its association with psychic powers from being used in incense at the Delphic oracle.

Add bay to any spell work to give it a bit of a power boost.

Used dried bay leaves in incense blends to purify, cleanse, protect and bless your home and also to increase your spiritual and magical connections when in ritual.

Bay can also be used in pouches and powders to help increase your creativity and inspiration. Place a bay leaf under your pillow to bring insightful dreams. Write a wish on a bay leaf and bury it, burn it or send it off into the wind for it to come true.

Hang a bundle of bay leaves (or if you are feeling creative make a bay wreath) above your door to bring protection to your home. Also carry a bay leaf with you for personal protection and strength.

Bay Magical Properties:

Protection, purification, strength, power, healing, creativity, spirituality, psychic powers
Ruling planet – Sun
Sign – Aries, Leo
Element – Fire
Gender – Masculine

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

On the seventh day of Yule...Myrrh

(Commiphora myrrha)

A natural gum tree resin from a thorny tree that has a long history of perfume and incense use.

As with all resins it makes lots of smoke when burnt on charcoal so it works well to protect and purify.

This one also helps you to heal spiritually and emotionally and brings a huge boost of courage with it too.

It has a strong Crone energy and therefore also good for Underworld workings.

Myrrh Magical Properties:

Protection, purification, healing, Crone, Underworld, courage
Ruling planet – Mars, Sun
Sign – Aries, Aquarius
Element – Water
Gender – Feminine

Monday, 15 December 2014

On the sixth day of Yule...Clove

(Eugenia carophyllus, Syzygium aromaticum, Caryophyllus aromaticus)

One of my favourite scents and flavours, cloves are gown on a small evergreen tree, they are the beginnings of the seeds that form just after the flowers.

Add cloves to incense to clear negative energy and increase the spiritual energy in your home.

Use clove oil as a love blessing or add a couple of drops to cider, mead or wine and share with friends to bring your friendship closer. If you want to keep harmony amongst a group of people charge a number of cloves with peace and friendship and then give one to each person to keep with them. If you want to attract a lover cloves can be carried on you for that purpose too.

Keep a clove in your purse or wallet to attract abundance. I think the idea of cloves being for prosperity came about when they were an extremely expensive spice.

Hang a pouch of cloves above your door to stop gossip and bring about protection to those within your home.

Smelling the scent of cloves will ease tension and anxiety.

Clove Magical Properties:

Love, money, exorcism, clarity, protection, abundance, repels negativity, prevents gossip, stress relief, truth
Ruling planet – Jupiter
Sign - Aries
Element – Fire
Gender – Masculine

Source -  A Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Plants & Herbs by Rachel Patterson