Hello my friends. I write this with a heavy heart. Today has been a terrible day in Japan and other places in the world affected by the 8.9 earthquake and resulting aftershocks and tsunamis. I know that you all join me in sending love, comfort and healing to the victims of this terrible tragedy. Mother Earth is shifting and the effect is very dramatic and devastating. There are earthquakes so often and they always seem to be worse “someplace else”, but we are all here on Earth together and the tragedy does indeed and should affect us All. Many are saying that Mother Earth is angry and wreaking havoc…well that may or may not be true. I prefer to think that She is not doing anything to hurt us or to punish us. That does not sound like the beautiful, loving Goddess I know. I DO believe however that She has a right to be angry with us. We have done Her great harm as a people. Our treatment of Her has not been good for Her or the creatures, plantlife, sealife, air we breathe, water we drink….we have done serious damage to this Earth we love so much. Pagans feel the pain She is going thru as we have such an affinity for our Mother and want to take care of Her, Heal Her, treat Her better! As my heart goes out to the victims of this day..my heart also goes out to our Mother Earth. May this be a reminder to take care of Her the best we can.
“How I do love the earth. I feel it thrill under my feet. I feel somehow as if it were conscious of my love, as if something passed into my dancing blood from it.”
James Russell Lowell
It is almost Spring and every witches heart is turning to thoughts of her garden….the flowers, herbs, and veggies that we will tenderly plant, and watch grow, and harvest and use in mundane and magickal ways. Digging in the dirt, feeling it in my hands and under my feet, the rich smell, is one way to connect with the Earth Mother. There is no way you won’t appreciate what She gives to us after planting a garden. With that in mind, I planted my herb seeds today…to try to connect to the Earth while this terrible day unfolded. I had shopped for my pots, soil, markers and seeds last week and the time is right to plant here in Ohio..and the Sun came out and melted the night’s snow away..put me in the mood for sure.
As you can see..I’m all set to get started. The pots are peat pots that you can plant right in the ground or outdoor pots when your seeds are ready. They just become part of the soil. I bought herbs like rosemary, thyme, sage, basil, lavender, chamomile, dill, organo, cilantro/coriander, parsley, catnip…hum..just realized I didnt’ get mint yet. I also got soapwort flowers…haven’t grown them from seeds before but thought I’d try. The first thing you do is fill each pot with good soil to start seeds. Mine is organic which I find necessary in my book 🙂
As I fill the pots, I visualize the dirt as rich in nutrients and see my herbs growing big and strong because of it. As I filled mine..I got a visitor…my little Harley..who is always by my side..came to help. 🙂
After filling, I water down the pots and soil til the pots are damp. Then comes the fun part. I love to see the seeds, what they look like, do they have a scent?
I just poke my finger in the pot, drop in the seeds, press down the dirt and place a marker with the name of the herb in the pot. Once done, give them a good watering again. That’s it..all done. Now place in a sunny window..water frequently and watch them grow for the next 6 weeks. Transfer to patio pots or the ground once you get past all chance of frost.
All done..easy peasy? Nah….I’m a witch..there is another step. I have to bless my seeds. Spell them to grow as magickal and strong as they can be….for use in future spells, teas, medicinal remedies, loose incense recipes, cooking…I want them to be full strength! I like this seed blessing for its simplicity……I found it on Llewellyn’s spell a day but changed up the words a bit to suit me.
Seed Blessing Ritual
Spread your seed packets on your altar or kitchen table. Burn a green candle dressed with vetivert. Spend some time visualizing the beautiful garden you’ll have this year. Hold your hands over the seeds and say:
Blessed Gaia, mother of us all,
Make these plants grow strong and tall.
Herbs and Flowers sweet and bright,
Blessed by the Sun and pale moonlight
I’ll tend them well as they grow
So magick will abound and flow
By my will and with harm to none
By fire and oil, this spell is done.
Then you will go ahead and plant as I’ve described above. I have been perusing my herbal books and buying new herbal books and am working with a friend on learning more about herbalism..even taking an online class. I have made some herbal remedies here and there but I intend to do so much more in the future. This is another way that I can get closer to the Earth…to plant, grow, harvest, dry, and make herbals is a great way to honor Her. Living off the land so to speak.
I wish you all well with your gardens this year….put all the magick you can muster up into your work and you will be blessed with an abundant garden filled with sweet smelling herbs, colorful flowers and warm from the Sun veggies. Feel blessed in your hard work and know that you are connecting with the Divine Mother.
“He who would have beautiful roses in his garden
must first have beautiful roses in his heart”
Samuel Reynolds Hole
Blessings of Love and Light, Autumn