Category Archives: Wicca Practical Magic – Patti Wigington

TIGER’S EYE

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The tiger’s eye stone gets its name from its brownish-tan or gold colors with black banding. Tiger’s eye can be used to enhance overall energy and general physical health, as well as in rituals related to self-confidence, courage, and inner strength. If you need to see something clearly before making a decision, incorporate tiger’s eye.

Associated Element: Fire
Magical Uses: Clarity, healing, self-confidence, strength
Rituals and Celebrations: Litha
Often Used With: Amethyst, catnip, cinnamon, feverfew, hematite, peppermint, yarrow
Associated Colors: Brown, gold, yellow
Applications: Wear a tiger’s eye pendant to help boost your courage and confidence when you’re walking into new, unfamiliar situations. Carry a piece in your pocket along with amethyst and hematite to filter out the negative energy of those who might try to sabotage your success. To give your tiger’s eye a bit of additional power, place it outside in the afternoon sun for a few hours, but bring it in before dusk.

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LEMON BALM

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Melissa officinalis

As part of the mint family, lemon balm is an easy herb to grow and can be used to make a light and refreshing summer tea. However, it also has a number of magical purposes, including love charms and spells, healing rituals, and development of your psychic abilities. If you choose to grow your own, keep it in a pot—lemon balm will run wild if left to its own devices.

Parts Used: Leaves
Associated Element: Water
Magical Uses: Love, healing, psychic development
Rituals and Celebrations: Healing rituals, Litha/summer solstice celebrations
Blends Well With: Hyssop or lavender for healing, mugwort for psychic development
Substitutions: Mint, verbena
Often Used With: Clear quartz, garnet, hematite
Precautions: Lemon balm may occasionally cause drowsiness when ingested by people taking certain medications such as sedatives or insulin; check with your healthcare professional before taking lemon balm internally.
Applications: For use in healing magic, dress a yellow candle in oil and roll it in dried and powdered lemon balm leaves to tap into the power of the sun for an energy boost, or use it with a blue candle for rituals related to mental health issues. Place the leaves under the pillow of someone who is sick to fend off illness.

 

LILAC

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Syringa vulgaris

Lilacs bloom for just a few short weeks in the spring, and their rich, heavy scent is bound to attract your attention. If you have a chance to harvest the flowers yourself, do so, and dry them for magical use later. Lilac is associated with love and romance, particularly new, flirtatious relationships. It is also used in banishing rituals, both to eliminate negative energy and to get rid of pesky, malevolent spirits. Use the dried flowers or fresh flowers for magical workings.

Parts Used: Branches, flowers
Associated Element: Water
Magical Uses: Banishing negativity, love, new romance, playful flirtation
Rituals and Celebrations: Banishing rituals, Ostara celebrations
Blends Well With: Pennyroyal or rue for banishing, sunflower or valerian for love
Substitutions: Daffodil, forsythia
Often Used With: Emerald, obsidian, onyx, rose quartz
Precautions: No known precautions.
Applications: Harvest a lilac branch to use as a wand in rituals related to love magic, or blend fresh blossoms into a base oil and anoint your wrists to bring romance into your life. Grow a few lilac bushes on your property to keep away anyone who might do you harm, or cut a few fresh blossoms to keep indoors as a way of preventing malevolent spirits from hanging around your home.

 

YARROW

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Achillea millefolium

In the Middle Ages, yarrow was referred to as woundwort or knight’s milfoil, because it was used in treatment of battle injuries and fever. It can also be incorporated into magical workings related to healing, love, and courage.

Parts Used: Leaves
Associated Element: Water
Magical Uses: Courage, healing, passionate love, psychic development
Rituals and Celebrations: Healing rituals, Litha/summer solstice celebrations
Blends Well With: Mistletoe, peppermint, or thistle for healing; apple blossom, lavender, or lilac for love
Substitutions: Geranium, rose, rue
Often Used With: Emerald, rose quartz, tiger’s eye
Precautions: Yarrow is highly toxic to dogs, cats, and horses, and can cause hyperventilation, vomiting, and diarrhea. If your pet ingests yarrow, call a vet immediately.
Applications: Carry yarrow in your pocket to boost your self-esteem or stop fear. Leaves strewn into a warm bath can help increase your psychic abilities, and yarrow can also be used to exorcise negative energies from a place or person. If you’re working on a healing ritual for someone who is ill, burn dried yarrow as incense, or place it under the pillow to bring about restful, restorative sleep. A sprig hanging in the bedroom guarantees years of passionate love.

SELENITE

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Selenite gets its name from Selene, the moon goddess, and is associated with angel magic, enlightenment, emotion, and inspiration and creativity. It is a stone of truth and honesty, and can be used to help with decision making and with opening your mind to new opinions and ideas. Because selenite is a type of gypsum, it is easily scratched or damaged. Use care when working with it. Don’t use salt or water for cleansing because either one will ruin the stone.

Associated Element: Water
Magical Uses: Angels, creativity, decision making, enlightenment, inspiration
Rituals and Celebrations: Moon rituals, Yule
Often Used With: Moonstone, sage, sunflower, sweetgrass
Associated Colors: White
Applications: Keep selenite rods or towers in your meditation area to facilitate communication between you and the Divine, as well as to purify the energy of the space. Carry a piece in your pocket or wear it as jewelry if you’re worried about losing inspiration or your creative muse. If you believe in angels, try sleeping with selenite under your pillow to receive angelic messages in your dreams. Include selenite in a spell to attract someone who is enlightened and spiritually aware.