Plant Magic: Wisdom from the Green World

Whether you live in a city or the countryside, the magic of plants can be found everywhere and sometimes where you least expect it. Be open and explore the magic that surrounds you.

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Magic in the Leaves

From the time they burst forth in the spring until they are whisked away by the wind in the autumn, leaves enfold the world with aerial enchantment. Personifying energy and growth, leaves give magic and personal endeavors an encouraging boost. In autumn, leaves embody the turning cycle of the wheel of the year. In the autumn, gather the most colorful fallen leaves and allow them to dry. They will curl into various shapes. Pressing autumn leaves preserves their original shape. Place a few between two layers of paper towels on a table, and then put a large book or two on top to keep them flat. It will only take a couple of days.

A method called rubbing can be used to save the image of a leaf, which can be incorporated into a journal or book of shadows. This can be done with fresh or dried leaves, although you will need to be especially careful with dried ones. Position the leaf underneath the page where you want its image, and then carefully rub with the side of a colored pencil over the paper. The details of the leaf will be captured.

Using dried leaves is an easy way to incorporate the energy of trees into spells and rituals. Also place dried leaves or leaf rubbings on your altar as a reminder of transition and change as the earth prepares for a winter’s rest and we prepare for our journey through the dark of the year.


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The author of over a dozen books, Sandra is an explorer of history, myth, and magic. Her writing has been featured in SageWoman, The Magical Times, The Portal, and Circle magazines, Utne Reader and Magical Buffet websites, and various Llewellyn almanacs. Although she is a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, she travels a solitary Goddess-centered path through the Druidic woods. She has lived in New York City, Europe, England, and now Maine where she lives in an 1850s farmhouse surrounded by meadows and woods.  


  • Sandra Kynes
    Sandra Kynes Sunday, 08 November 2020

    Unfortunately I couldn't upload a photo of autumn leaves so you will need to use your visualization skills.

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