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The magic of: Bay

The magic of: Bay

(Laurus nobilis)

The bay grows as a tree - the laurel, but it does grow slowly so it does very well in pots if you have a small garden.  You can pick the bay leaves all year round.

Bay probably gets its association with psychic powers from being used in incense at the Delphic oracle.

Add bay to any spell work to give it a bit of a power boost.

Used dried bay leaves in incense blends to purify, cleanse, protect and bless your home and also to increase your spiritual and magical connections when in ritual.

Bay can also be used in pouches and powders to help increase your creativity and inspiration.  Place a bay leaf under your pillow to bring insightful dreams.  Write a wish on a bay leaf and bury it, burn it or send it off into the wind for it to come true.

Hang a bundle of bay leaves (or if you are feeling creative make a bay wreath) above your door to bring protection to your home.  Also carry a bay leaf with you for personal protection and strength.

Bay Charm for strength

Add bay leaves and marigold petals to a pouch and carry it with you to bring strength and energy, you could also use a yellow or orange pouch to add a bit of colour magic to it.

Bay Incense for Cleansing

Equal amounts of:

Bay leaf

Cinnamon stick

Rose petals

Pop in a small amount of myrrh or frankincense resin

Bay Magical Properties:

Protection, purification, strength, power, healing, creativity, spirituality, psychic powers

Ruling planet – Sun

Sign – Aries, Leo

Element – Fire

Gender – Masculine

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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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