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Devas/Plant Spirits

Devas/Plant Spirits

All plants have spirits, and to connect with the magical property of each plant it is my suggestion that you talk to the spirit within it, make a connection. This is easily done, if you don’t mind the neighbours thinking you are slightly mad. 

Every single plant, tree, herb and flower will have its own very individual and unique energy.  That energy can be used for magical or medicinal purposes.    But you can also connect with the plant spirit and use its energies for healing, knowledge or seeking answers to questions. Even if you just want to ask why the plant is poorly, not growing well or whether it has enough water.

If you want to find out what magical property a particular herb or plant you have in front of you has, there is a very simple way…ask it!  Calm and centre yourself, have the plant or herb in front of you and slowly bring your hands up and towards the plant, as you do so ask (out loud or in your mind) if you can connect with the plants energy (its aura if you like). As your hands get closer to the plant you should start to fill a resistance coming from the ‘bubble’ that is the plant’s energy field.  As you connect with this energy ask what magical properties it holds, hopefully your intuition will answer you.

You can connect with plant spirit guides in various ways.  Dreams and meditations are the easiest way to meet your plant ally.  Before you go to sleep put out the intent that you would like to meet a plant spirit guide, in particular YOUR plant spirit guide.  You will often find that in your dream you will see a plant, tree or flower or you might smell the scent of an herb or even just hear the name of a plant mentioned in your dream.  This will often be backed up by seeing that same plant the following day whilst out and about or on the television or in a book.

If you prefer to meditate, set out the intent that you want to meet your plant spirit guide before you make yourself comfortable, close your eyes and focus on your breathing, then see where your mind takes you and what landscape it leads you to.

The word ‘deva’ may have originated in Persia and migrated to Greece and then onto the rest of Europe.  The word ‘deva’ is Sanskrit and means ‘shining one’, this may refer to the aura that is said to shine around the plant that is being working with.  A deva is a plant guardian, but it also has other tasks such as healing plants, helping them grow and protecting and nurturing a whole area of plant life - basically they are nature’s architects.

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Rachel is a witch...has been for a very long time, not the green skinned warty kind obviously...the real sort - but she is also a working wife and mother living in Hampshire, England who has also been lucky enough to write and have published a growing stack of books on the Craft. She loves to learn she loves to study and continues to do so each and every day but has learned the most from actually getting outside and doing it. She regularly gives talks and workshops at pagan events. Rachel is also founder and an Elder at the Kitchen Witch online school of witchcraft. She likes to laugh...and eat cake...


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