Introduction to the Magical Use of House Plants
As well as being aesthetically pleasing, house plants have many beneficial properties and are a positive addition to any household whether magical or not. Plants can help to clean and purify the air in our homes as well as bring positive energy to even the smallest spaces. In addition the leaves, flower, seeds and even roots of many plants can be used in magical work such as spell casting, incense blending, herbal remedies and healing and for practical applications such as protection or to attract or dispel certain energies or associations.
Plant magic is a tradition that dates back to ancient times and has been used for many purposes including healing, self-empowerment, love spells and purification. Each plant has its own beneficial properties and some are better suited to any given use than others or in some cases one plant may be preferable over another due to care requirements or dangers such as toxins or allergies. Because plants are living entities they possess their own energy which be harnessed to add strength to spells and other magical working. This along with the vast number of applications makes plant magic one of the most effective types of magic for users of all abilities.
Plant magic can be used in many ways including simply sprinkling dried herbs into the flame of a candle during spell casting, carrying a herb bag or small poppet stuffed with herbs or brewing your own herbal medicines and lotions. Every plant type has its own personal vibration which interacts with the vibrations of the environment and people around them. This ability can be utilised to correct any imbalance that is present: for example to heal illness or remove negative energy from a building. Although there are likely to be several plants that are suitable for the intended purpose in many cases people find that certain plants work well for them or it may be the case that others seem less affective or cannot be used due to allergies or other sensitivities. It is important to use your own intuition when working with plant magic rather than simply following information that is found in books and online. As you work more with plants in a magical sense and become familiar with their individual energies this will become easier and you may wish to begin creating your own spells and remedies.
House Plant Care and Safety
Houseplants are an ideal way to start out with plant magic and can be kept by anyone, no matter how little space they have available there are plants that will suit not only the space that can be dedicated to them but also other environmental factors such as humidity, lighting and temperature. House plants can be bought relatively easily from DIY or gardening centres and even ordered online. The vast majority of commercially purchased plants will come supplied with care information, normally in the form of a label inserted into the plants soil. This label will contain information on each plants needs regarding light, watering, feeding and any special requirements such if the plant needs a particular type of soil to thrive. Plant care labels may also contain information on the plants toxicity, which should be considered carefully especially if children or animals will have access to the plant.
Some Popular Choices of House Plant for Magical Uses
African violet – This pretty purple-blue flowered plant is used in faery charms and spells as well being able to protect against faery mischief and can be used to help stimulate spirituality. African violets have a feminine energy and are aligned with the planet Venus and element of water.
Aloe – Aloe vera is highly useful in treating minor burns and so is a practical addition to the kitchen in any home. As well as burns, the sap from the leaves can be used to soothe insect bites and sunburn. Aloe helps to repel negativity and to prevent accidents in the home. Although considered as having a low toxicity, aloe vera may cause as skin rash if used on very sensitive skin and can have a laxative effect when eaten. Aloe is bound to the moon and water. In Africa leaves are traditionally hung in doorways as they are believed to attract good luck and protect the home from negative energy. Placing an aloe vera plant in the kitchen is believed to protect against accidents that involve fire.
Cacti – These plants are ruled by Mars and are used in protection spells. Cacti require lots of sun and warm temperatures away from drafts. Many are covered in tiny sharp spines that can cause skin irritation when touched so care should be taken when handling these plants. Cacti spines can be carried in small bottles or lockets for protection. They grow best when potted in nutrient rich soil and need little watering and feeding.
Cyclamen – This plant is often used in fertility, happiness and love spells and can be placed in the bedroom to encourage passion and fertility. Cyclamen is sacred to Hecate and is associated with the element of water and planet Mars. This is an ideal plant for spells that are designed to increase joy, happiness and affection in relationships. It is a suitable house plant for placing in the bedroom to increase libido and fertility as well as keep away nightmares.
Fern – Fern fronds are protective and are believed to be a particular favourite with faeries. If cut and arranged with other flowers in a display fern will boost the magical properties of the other flowers and plants present. Ferns grow well as house plants or on sunny porches and patios. Some varieties of fern are edible but given that there are so many types of fern it is important to be certain of the one you have before consuming any. The best way to do this is to use the correct botanical name for the plants when identifying.
Orchids – Orchids are associated with the planet Venus and are used in love charms and sachets. Orchids are known for being highly decorative but difficult to care for in a home environment. They require bright light to grown well.
Spider plant – These easy to grow house plants bring protection to the home. Spider plants are able to tolerate low light but grow best medium light. They will grow well indoors or out and are often grown in hanging baskets or in pots hung in plant hangers to allow the dangling shoots plenty of space to grow.
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