Middle Earth Magic: Inspired Ideas and Seasonal Spells for Your Enchanted Life

I grew up on a farm in West Virginia and learned much about herbs, trees, animals, gardening, foraging  and so much about nature. I incorporate this wisdom I learned from elders in my family into my spellwork. When I finally left the farm, I majored in Medieval Studies, my attempt to emulate my idol, J.R.R. Tolkien. All these influences led me to my own blended brew which I call "middle earth magic," containing a mix of the modern and the time-tested "old ways." 

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Cerridwen Greenleaf

Cerridwen Greenleaf

    Cerridwen Greenleaf has worked with many of the leading lights of the spirituality world including Starhawk, Z Budapest, John Michael Greer, Christopher Penczak, Raymond Buckland, Luisah Teish, and many more. She gives herbal, crystal and candle magic workshops throughout North America. Greenleaf's graduate work in medieval studies has given her deep knowledge she utilizes in her work, making her work unique in the field. A bestselling author, her books include Moon Spell Magic, The Book of Kitchen Witchery, The Magic of Gems and Crystals and the Witch’s Spell Book series.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  
Witchy Money Magic With Crystals

The stunning, apple-green form of chalcedony gets the bright color from the nickel it contains.  Put this in your money corner for abundance and prosperity. The color and clarity give chrysoprase its power to impart good cheer, good luck, and increased perception. Healthwise, it aids your  eyes and opens your  third eye, powering your perception and awakening dormant talents. Chrysoprase is like a battery; it stores energy. It dispels anxiety by reducing fear and also opening the mind to new patterns. Chrysoprase can be a source of calm for you during times of uncomfortable change. This is a crystal to keep in a dream bag beneath your pillow to help with relaxation, promote restful sleep, and gain new insights. Beneficial for the heart chakra, this money-colored stone will create an atmosphere of encouragement, a wonderful gift to yourself.  Keep a dream journal on your nightstand and write your ideas for business and acquiring wealth as they come to you.

 Gems  and crystals are not only lovely to look upon, they are are powerful tools that can pave the way for a better life for you. Gems, stones, and crystals have long been used as amulets, symbols, charms, and jewelry in magic. These magical  stones can really enrich your life in so many ways. how to charge the stones you already own with supernatural power.

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The Practical Witch’s Herbal Healing Almanac

Plants carry potent energy you can use to amplify your magical workings. Use the signs of the sun, moon and stars to your advantage and, over time, you will come to know which ones are most effective for you. Make sure to use your own astrological chart in working with these herbs.  Here is a guide to the astrological associations of plants you may grow in your kitchen garden or keep dried in your pantry:

 Aries, ruled by Mars: carnation, cedar, clove, cumin, fennel, juniper, peppermint and pine

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Bless This Space Spell: Herbal Protection

Anytime you are about to embark on magical workings, brew up this mix of herbal protection, You can also use this concoction whenever you feel the need to infuse your home and hearth with grace and the energies of energies of protection. This will safeguard you, your spellwork and your loved ones from outside influences that could be negative or disruptive. Set your intention and gather together the following herbs:

 

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Written in Stone: Crystal Messages

Gems and crystals can give us messages and warnings:

 -A fossil or a gem containing a fossil, such as amber, will lengthen your life span.

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Herbal Charms for a Charmed Life

For an optimal outcome to any important meeting-whether business or social,  take an amulet with you. It can be a tiny bag hidden in a pocket or contained in a locket. Fill your amulet with any of the following herbs:

For courage, try borage or mullein

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AstroGemology: Cancerian Soul Stones and Power Crystals

Opal is the soul stone for later-born Cancers. Opals can’t be duplicated artificially due to the complicated nature of their patterning, varying hues, and play of color. The most precious of all opals feature a star, called an asterism. Opals are mysterious, just like Cancers, having much depth beneath their protective shells. The ancients exulted about opals; Pliny the Elder wrote, “For in them you shall see the living fire of ruby, the glorious purple of the amethyst, the sea-green of the emerald, all glittering together in an incredible mixture of light.” Cancer, you will come into your soul’s true purpose by wearing opal jewelry.

 

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Hedgewitch Herbal Healer

In the days of old, the village doctors were elder women, quite a few utilized the knowledge of hedge witches who knew all the plants of field and forest. For an immune system boost, crush a mixture of equal parts (½ cup each) rosemary, lemon peel, lavender, and the petals of red roses. Place the crushed herbs in a sealable colored glass jar filled with almond or sesame oil, ideally 12 ounces.  After seven days on a windowsill, exposed to both the sun and the dark moon, strain and place the infused oil into the jar.  Speak this chant aloud:

In this dark moonlight, I will see

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