Garden Magic: Ways to Use Garden Energy for Manifestation
The Secret Garden Beckons
There's something otherworldly about an untamed, overgrown garden over the fence, isn't there? Do you have fond memories of your mother or grandmother working in their garden, plucking fresh fruits and vegetables off the vine? Maybe you remember the beautiful flowers your neighbor grew and how they attracted magical bees and butterflies. Gardening is considered a hobby in modern times, though in older times it was a necessity for food, medicine, and spiritual practice.
No matter the size of apartment, condo, or home you own, and no matter if you have a lot of land or a balcony, you can start a garden of your own if you haven't already. The garden is a magical place, pulsing with pure earth energy, melding with the ground beneath and the sky above. When we tend to our garden, we tend to our wellbeing. We tend to our souls. It's time to learn about the magic your garden can bring into your life.
The Magical Herb Garden
One of the most magical things you can do is grow your own herbs. Not only will you have herbs for cooking, but you will have herbs for whatever ails you. You don't need a ton of land, and you don't need any fancy gardening equipment. All you need are a few pots, dirt, and seeds. If you don't have a yard or land, you can put the herb garden in a sunny window or on a balcony or patio. Some herbs can even be grown indoors. If you have a bit of land, you can set up a raised herb bed or start a traditional garden.
Some of the best herbs to grow in your magical herb garden include: basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, chamomile, mint, lemon balm, dill, parsley, cilantro, tarragon, echinacea, sage, and lavender. Rosemary and mint are very easy to grow for beginners. Rosemary is an herb that can be used for nearly any magical intention: love, money, healing, purification, and more! It is an essential for the magical herb garden and even keeps pests away from nearby plants. Mint is easy to grow in sun and shade, but be sure to keep it in a separate pot as it will take off the garden.
Once you have your herb garden established, you can spend time sitting in it. Let the garden's energy soothe your nerves and promote healing in your body and soul. Gardening is an extremely grounding practice and will keep you rooted (pun intended) to our Mother Earth. You will have herbs at the ready for cooking, magical purposes, and medicinal purposes. You can use your herbs in teas, meals, mojo bags, natural house cleaners, smudge bundles, decorative bouquets, sprays, herbal bath mixtures, and more!
Plants for Your Magical Garden
Growing Plants for Intention and Manifestation
To harness the direct energy of a plant, you can set your intentions with the sowing of seeds. As you plant your seeds in the ground or in containers, imbue your intentions into the seeds themselves when you hold them in your hand, cover them with soil, and water them. The best time to try this method of plant magic is on a New Moon. New Moon is great for new ventures, opportunities, and fresh starts. It is also a great time to sow seeds (physically and metaphorically)!
When the seeds sprout, you will take care of them. Water them as needed, give them sunlight, and harden them off before transplanting. Throughout the growing process, each and every time you care for the seedlings, tend to them as though you are caring for your intentions/goals/desires. Aligning your care for the seedlings and care towards your goals is also a smart way to help them come to fruition. For example, if I sowed seeds and am using the seeds/plants magically to help find a new job, every time I watered or cared for my seedlings I would then check up on submitted resumes, update my own resume, or look for more jobs online, etc. You have to put work and care into your intentions in order for them to manifest, just like a plant.
When your plant has gone from a seed, to a seedling, to a full-grown plant, watch your desires and intentions manifest into reality. You've put in the hard work and time, now is the time for fruition and harvest. It is beautiful watching a plant grow alongside of one's goals and then seeing them both manifest.
Fairies in the Garden
One amazing thing about having your own garden is the presence of nature spirits within the garden. Whether you call them fairies or nature spirits, the name doesn't matter. Once you put in the time and care of plants and a natural space for wildlife, the nature spirits will feel comfortable there. They will see your dedication to plant-life and nature, and honor it by helping your plants grow and keeping a balance within the garden of pests and beneficial creatures. They will bless your home with abundance of joy and wealth.
You can add a miniature fairy garden to your own garden, if you choose. There are dozens of fairy garden miniatures for sale at hobby stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael's. You can also add gnome doors to the bases of trees in your yard or garden. Adding high-pitched, light chimes to your garden will be pleasing to the nature spirits. Bells, witch balls, and wind spinners are a fun touch to your fairy garden. By setting up a special place for the fairies, you are inviting them to your garden. You can leave treats for them on special days like the Summer and Winter Solstice. Traditionally, fairies enjoy sweet things like cake, cookies, and cream. They also like beer, mead, and wine.
You might notice the winged creatures visiting your garden - bees, butterflies, dragonflies, moths, ladybugs, and more. You are helping to feed and house wildlife, and this is pleasing to the land spirits. You might even find one of the fairies visit you in the form of a butterfly or dragonfly! You will be able to determine the fairies from insects by the way they fly and their behavior. Fairies are much quicker than dragonflies and butterflies and they tend to bounce around in the air daintily. They are not afraid of your presence, either.
Garden as Sacred Space
Another wonderful benefit of having your own garden is that you can use it as your sacred space. What is sacred space? It is a place where you can ground and center yourself and connect easily with the Divine/God/Universe. If you do rituals for the sabbats and esbats, turn your garden into a place for ritual by adding a natural altar (an old tree trunk or large stone). By adding a green man plaque or goddess statue, you dedicate your garden space to Mother Earth and the gods. Add a firepit closeby and a fountain, pond, or birdbath nearby to bring in the elements of fire and water.
Whenever you need a moment to breathe and relax, go to your garden. It is your sacred space and a place where you can find retreat and sanctuary from the technology and complex trappings of every day life. Meditate in your garden. Sit on the ground and feel the earth's energies permeate your being. If you enjoy working with crystals, add some large (non-soluble) crystals to your garden sacred space. The choices are limitless and totally based on your inspiration and needs. Make your garden your own. Use its magic to aid your own magic. Feel the connection you've forged with Mother Earth like never before.
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