Gardening By the Zodiac



Gardening by the Zodiac can be a joy

Fruitful Signs

Cancer – best for planting all leafy crops bearing fruit above ground. Prune to encourage growth in Cancer.

Scorpio – Second only to Cancer. A Scorpion Moon promises good germination and quick growth. In Scorpio, prune for bud development.

Pisces – Planting in the last of the Watery Triad is especially effective for root growth.

Taurus – The best time to plant root crops.

Capricorn – promotes the growth of rhizomes, bulbs, roots, tubers, and stalks. Prune now to strengthen branches.

Libra – Libra may be the least beneficial of the Fruitful Signs, but is excellent for planting flowers and vines.

Barren Signs

Leo – Foremost of the barren signs. Leo is the best time to effectively destroy weeds and pests. Cultivate and till the soil.
Gemini – gather herbs and roots. Reap when the Moon is in the sign of Air or Fire to assure best storage.
Virgo – Plow, cultivate, and control weeds and pests when the moon is in Virgo.
Sagittarius – plant and cultivate the soil or harvest under the Archer Moon. Prune now to discourage growth.
Aquarius – perfect for ground cultivation, reaping crops, gathering roots and herbs. It is a good time to destroy weeds and pests.
Aries – Cultivate, weed, and prune to lessen growth. Gather herbs and roots for storage.

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Elemental Cauldrons

Elemental Cauldrons

Elemental Cauldrons

Elemental Cauldrons is a must for your book of shadows

Using a cauldron, symbol of inspiration and rebirth, has brought new dimensions to both group and solitary work.

A cauldron decorates the centre of the Circle during Lesser Sabbats.

An air cauldron at a spring rite creates a misty, magical quality for the ceremony. In summer, the cauldron will flash and spark. A blue flame burns mysteriously within the Water cauldron during the autumn festival. Throughout Yule, the Earth cauldron burns steadfast and constant. 

During moon rites, when magic is done, we write the purpose of our working on flash papers and toss them into the burning cauldron while chanting. A working cauldron should be of cast iron, with a tight-fitting lid, three sturdy legs, and a strong handle.

Season your cauldron before using it for the first time.

Pour in a generous helping of salt and lighter fluid, slosh it up to the rim and wipe dry. For indoor use it must have a fireproof base or your workings will summon up yellow-coated salamander spirits from the fire department.

Earth Cauldron

Layer salt, wax shavings, three powered or ground herbs, fighter fluid and ivy leaves in the cauldron while focusing and chanting. Use a candle to light it. When the smoke starts to roll, extinguish the cauldron by putting the lid on.

Air Cauldron

Using tongs put a chunk of dry ice in a small glass or ceramic bowl and place the bowl on a cloth in the bottom of the cauldron. Allow the cauldron to smoke as long as the ice lasts. The mists create excellent images for scrying.

Fire Cauldron

Cover the inside bottom with dirt or sand to dissipate. Light incense charcoal and add either saltpetre for flame and spark or flash powder for a different but spectacular effect. To assist in releasing or firing off peak energy, try using flash “bombs”. Make a small pocket in a piece of flash paper, fill with flash powder and tie with thread. The “bomb” should be about the size of your smallest fingernail. The results are spectacularly bright, so use the powder sparingly. Don’t look directly at the flash as you drop the “bomb” in the cauldron.

Water Cauldron.

At least seven days before the ritual, place equal quantities of three appropriate herbs in a pint glass jar. Fill the rest of the jar with Ever clear (200 proof alcohol), cap tightly, and shake gently while concentrating on the purpose of the ritual. Add a chant if its feels right. Let the jar rest in a dark, warm spot and shake twice daily, charging with purpose. Before the ritual, place a fireproof ceramic or glass bowl in the cauldron. Pour in the herb mixture, being careful none spills into the cauldron. Light with a candle to produce a beautiful blue flame.

The cauldron, as the fifth elemental spirit, symbolizes inspiration, rebirth, illumination and rejuvenation.

Use a Fire cauldron with saltpetre to cast a Circle. Use the mists of an Air cauldron for an initiation. Burn away hate, prejudice and negative self-images, with a Water cauldron. The Earth cauldron is ideal for indoor Beltane rites. Remember to place a burning cauldron on a fireproof surface. Practice safety when using any volatile materials and you will enjoy your cauldron for many rites. 


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Substitutions for herbs used in rituals



Substitutions for herbs used in rituals can be very useful

This alphabetical list of substitutions was obtained originally from a mailing list and has been added to by myself and several others. I am told that Scott Cunningham is the author of most of these.

This is listed here so that you are not running all over trying to find specific “ingredients” for spell work or spending a fortune to have everything “just in case”. In all honesty-if it feels right to you then just use it. No one can tell you what is or isn’t right for you or any workings that you decide to do.

Here are four of the most commonly used substitutions.

Rosemary can be used in place of any other herb.

Rose can be used in place of any flower.

Frankincense or Copal can be used in place of any Gum Resin.

Sage can substitute for any mint.

Tobacco can be used in place of any poisonous herb.

ACACIA – Gum Arabic.

ACACIA GUM – Gum Arabic.

ACONITE – Tobacco.

ARABIC, GUM – Frankincense; Gum Mastic; Gum Tragacanth (for binding wet ingredients, not for incense use).

AMBERGRIS – Artificial Ambergris, Cypress Oil with a few drops of Pachouli Oil.

AMMONIAC, GUM – Asafoetida.

ASAFOETIDA -Tobacco; Valerian.

BALM OF GILEAD – Rose buds; Gum Mastic.

BDELLIUM GUM – Copal, Pine Resin, Dragon’s Blood.


BENZOIN – Gum Arabic; Gum Mastic.

CACHANA – Angelica root.

CAMPHOR OIL – Eucalyptus oil; Lavender oil.

CARNATION – Rose petals anointed with a few drops Clove oil.

CASSIA – Cinnamon (Cinnamon sold in the U.S. is actually less expensive cassua)

CASTOR BEAN – A few drops Castor oil.

CEDAR – Sandalwood.

CINQUEFOIL – Clover; Trefoil.

CINTRON – Equal parts Orange peel and Lemon peel.

CLOVE – Mace; Nutmeg.

CLOVER – Cinquefoil.

COPAL – Frankincense; Cedar.

COWBANE – Tobacco.

CYPRESS – Juniper; Pine needles.


DRAGON’S BLOOD – Equal parts Frankincense and Red Sandalwood.

EUCALYPTUS OIL – Camphor oil; Lavender oil.


FRANKINCENSE – Copal, Pine Resin.

GALANGAL – Ginger Root.


GUM ACACIA – Gum Arabic.

GUM AMMONIAC – Asafoetida.

GUM ARABIC – Frankincense, Gum Mastic.

GUM BDELLUM – Copal, Pine Resin, Dragon’s Blood.

HELLBORE – Tobacco, Nettle.

HEMLOCK – Tobacco.

HEMP – Nutmeg, Damiana, Star Anise, Bay.

HENBANE – Tobacco.

HYSSOP – Lavender.

IVY – Cinquefoil.




LEMONGRASS – Lemon Peel.

LEMON PEEL – Lemongrass.

LEMON VERBENA – Lemongrass, Lemon Peel.

LODESTONE – A magnet or hematite.

MACE – Nutmeg.

MANDRAKE – Tobacco.

MASTIC GUM – Gum Arabic, Frankincense.

MISTLETOE – Mint, Sage.

MUGWORT – Wormwood.

NEROLI OIL – Orange Oil.


NUTMEG – Mace, Cinnamon.

OAKMOSS – Patchouli.

ORANGE – Tangerine Peel.


PATCHOULI – Oakmoss.

PEPPERWORT – Rue, Grains Of Paradise, Black Pepper.

PINE – Juniper.

PINE RESIN – Frankincense, Copal.

RED SANDALWOOD – Sandalwood with a pinch of Dragon’s Blood.

ROSE – Yarrow.


RUE – Rosemary with a pinch of Black Pepper.

SAFFRON – Orange Peel.



SASSAFRASS – Sarsaparilla.

SPEARMINT – Peppermint.

SULFUR – Tobacco, Club Moss, Asafoetida.

THYME – Rosemary.

TOBACCO – Bay.rituals

TONKA BEAN – Deerstongue, Woodruff, Vanila Bean.

VALERIAN – Asafoetida.

VANILLA – Woodruff, Deerstongue, Tonka Bea.

WOLFSBANE – Tobacco.

WOOD ALOE – Sandalwood sprinkled with Ambergris Oil.

WOODRUFF – Deerstongue, Vanilla.

WORMWOOD – Mugwort.

YARROW – Rose.

YEW – Tobacco.

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Witch Willows Health Page 5

Witch Willows Health Page 5

Witch Willows Health Page 5

As a woman it is important to keep in shape both mentally and physically

I have now compiled a few helpful health tips that may well help you. Throughout my pages I bring to you healthy foods, oils and potions that will enrich your life as they do mine.

Grow Your Own Herbs for Herbal Tea

As more and more people become concerned about the negative effects of coffee and other highly caffeinated beverages, herbal teas are gaining a larger and larger share of the market, especially when it comes to how easy it is to grow your own herbs. The various kinds of herbal teas can help with a variety of ailments including stress, menstrual pain, common colds, congestion and more. The various herbs for herbal tea can be bought pre-packaged in most markets but if you want to truly enjoy the flavour and health benefits of herbal teas, you should grow the ingredients yourself.

Herbal teas can be made from many plants but some are much more common than others. Here are some of the favourites if you want to grow your own herbs to provide a ready supply for delicious teas.

Mint is an extremely popular herbal tea ingredient that comes in many varieties. Orange mint and pineapple mint are often used in teas, but the most popular for beverages is peppermint. Teas made from this herb are generally considered stimulants.

Lemon balm is an herb that is closely related to mint and produces a refreshing minty flavour in tea. Lemon balm grows well in the shade making it a great herb to grow indoors.

Chamomile is a very popular herbal tea ingredient. It is known for its calming effect. It makes a great stress reducer and also has a variety of health benefits. This herb requires sun and plenty of water to grow and does well in most gardens. The flowers are the part used to make the tea.

Lavender is an herb that is often used for its pleasant smell, but its buds also makes a perfect tea. Lavender also reduces stress like chamomile and is frequently used to treat headaches caused by tension. You should grow lavender in a sunny place and make sure the soil is well drained.

Coriander is an herb that is most often used in cooking but can also be used to as an ingredient in tea. Use coriander’s leaves to produce a spicy tea with undertones of citrus. Coriander will grow well in most conditions, indoors or out.

Violets can also be used to make herbal tea though they are slightly more difficult to grow than the normal herbs. Teas made with violets are rich in Vitamin a and C. You can use the dried flowers and leaves of violets to make tea. Violets require shady areas to grow and do well indoors.

Thyme, another popular cooking herb, can also make a pleasant tea. Thyme has a gentle, somewhat spicy flavour and can grow well indoors.

It is easy to grow your own herbs. Many of these herbs do well indoors in containers as long as they get adequate sunlight.

Herbs are among the easiest plants to grow and almost all of them can be grown on a small scale indoors. For a bigger operation, a small garden to grow your own herbs is perfect.

Growing Herbs Indoors Thyme

If you want to learn about growing herbs indoors then Thyme could be a great choice for you. People have grown Thyme for centuries both as a decorative plant and also as an herb to use in cooking. It grows easily in a variety of conditions and can add beauty to a garden or home landscaping. Some of the most popular uses of Thyme in cooking are in meats, soups and stews.

Growing herbs indoors, and Thyme specifically, is the method if you plan to use it in your cooking. Thyme gives off a wonderful smell that will attract bees, an added benefit to gardeners. To use Thyme in cooking, the leaves should be picked right about the time it begins to flower. Once it is picked, store it in a plastic bag or right in your refrigerator’s crisper. By leaving a piece of stem and placing the cut Thyme in a glass of water, you can keep it fresh for quite some time.

Even if you place the Thyme in water, it won’t likely last much longer than a week and fresh Thyme should be used quickly after harvest. If you want to keep the Thyme for a longer period, you must dry it. This is done by simply hanging the herb in a warm dry place for a week or two. After it is dried, it can be broken into small pieces and container that can be tightly closed. Be sure to remove as much of the stems as possible since they have a somewhat unpleasant taste.

Growing herbs indoors is also useful for medicinal purposes.

Many people believe in Thyme’s medicinal properties as well and it is used frequently in that capacity. Thyme is reported to aid in the digestion of fatty meats such as pork, lamb and duck and is often added to dishes using these meats. Thyme can also be made into a tea and used as an antiseptic, expectorant, and to ease sore throat pain. Recently, scientific studies have confirmed that Thyme does indeed have some medicinal properties.

Other products are made from Thyme’s oils. Once the oils are rendered and distilled, they can be used to make such products as toothpaste, deodorant, hair conditioners, mouthwash and insect repellent. Thyme is also a popular scent used in potpourri and other aromatic products.

Thyme is very easy to cook with since its flavour is so mild. It’s nearly impossible to over flavour with Thyme. If by chance you run out of Thyme, Oregano can be used as a decent substitute. But there really is no substitute for this versatile herb and all serious cooks need a good supply on hand at all times. So, if you wanted to get started with growing herbs indoors, why not get started with Thyme?

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Poppet Magick Explained

Poppet Magick Explained

Poppet Magick Explained

Poppet Magick Explained. A Poppet is a small handmade (usually) figurines that can be used as a talisman or in spellwork

Poppets in the popular press tend to be linked with “bad” Witchcraft the Voodoo doll for instance.

And of course there are undoubtedly some who will ignore the Rede’s instructions to “harm none, do what ye will”. But poppets are extremely useful to all Witches and the good aspects far outweigh the bad. No Witch should be without one!

Poppets come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. As always, there is no one right way or wrong way to make a poppet. Nowadays most common poppets are filled with herbs and incense. But pure Witchcraft practitioners will still use the practice of urine, blood, fingernails and hair.

CLAY: The clay should be moulded into poppet shape making sure there is a hollow in which to place hair, herbs, nails etc. before being sealed. Features or symbols can be added at this stage by carving with a sharp object. There is nothing wrong with painting instead if you so wish.

CLOTH: Make a suitable template and use this to cut out two pieces of cloth. Stitch the two pieces together until almost sealed and then stuff with herbs or whatever is required for the spell or talisman. Again the poppet can be adorned with symbols or the name of the recipient.

PAPER: Undoubtedly the quickest way of making a poppet! Simply cut the paper into a figure shape and decorate as you desire. A photograph of the intended recipient can be stuck on if desired. Obviously being made of paper it will not be very hardy and will need to be handles carefully.

ROOT: Several roots such as potato, ginseng, carrot (or almost any suitable vegetable) can be carved into the required shape. This is obviously a poppet that is only suitable for short term use as it will rot quite quickly. Once finished it can be used as required but do not do any additional carving or work on it once you have started to use it.

WAX: wax can be carved into shape but it is probably easier (and certainly less messy) to soften it first and mould it into shape in the same way as clay. Do make sure it’s not too hot to handle first though. Again, leave a hollow for some personal token before adorning.
soften candles and shape them into poppet figurine. Rub lavender oil, or similar onto your hands first for ease, and ensure the wax is not too hot. Use small pieces of coal or gems to adorn the poppet. For a more powerful effect use hair, fingernails, or some token or possession of the recipient.

WOOD: Makes for a very durable poppet. Simply carve the wood into a figure shape and glue on something from the recipient. Woodcarving is not as difficult as it sounds provided you take it slow and be careful. The poppet can be adorned as you see fit using paint, pens, crayons etc.


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A creative individual develops spiritually because his conscious self is open to the influence of and fed by an endless number of unconscious phenomena.


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