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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Beyond the Essentials: A to Z Oils for Candle Enchantments Part II

Dill, commonly found in Southwest Asia, gained popularity in eighth century France when Charlemagne ordered its mass cultivation due to its powerful healing properties. This fresh and bright oil calms the body as it quiets nervousness and anxiety.

Eucalyptus oil comes from the leaf of the eucalyptus tree, native to Australia. Fresh and minty, eucalyptus oil carries medicinal, antiseptic, and pharmaceutical benefits. These powerful properties are most often released by adding a few drops of this oil into water. In eucalyptus oil, we have an all- purpose therapeutic for coughs, colds, respiratory ailments, and insect bites. If you start to feel cold symptoms, use five drops of eucalyptus oil in a hot bath or in a bowl prepared with boiling water for a head steam.

Fennel oil is native to Southern European lands and is made from the seeds. It is very stabilizing and will focus your mind and aid in difficult work or challenges. Fennel seed oil has a buoyantly spicy and slightly licorice-like smell that opens the mind and helps with understanding. In a steam or diffuser, this is a helpmate essential oil at work and for space clearing before spells and rituals.

Fir oil, also known as Balm of Gilead, comes from the balsam fir tree. It has been in use since ancient times and is associated with forest spirits and tree magic. Druids claimed it helped with shapeshifting. It is an awakening essential oil and rebalances the heart and mind.

Frankincense oil is an ancient essence that has long been considered precious. This earthy and woody oil is perfect for clearing blocked nasal passageways to promote better breathing. Native to regions of Northern Africa, its benefits can be obtained by inhaling or massaging at pressure points. It is prized for use in magical workings including the highest kinds of spiritual ritual work. It keeps evil away.

Geranium oil is extracted from the South African flowering plant Pelargonium graveolens, and its sweetly floral oil is a true anti-inflammatory. Geranium offers emotional stability and lifts mood as well as immunity.

Ginger is native to Southern China and is a favorite around the world for the taste of its sharp spice. Ginger essential oil is very much a protector and is believed to ward off ghosts and negative spirit energies. It will also spice up your love life and is good for romance rituals. Ginger is a money attractor and will draw wealth toward you.

Hyssop oil is native to the Mediterranean region and is rich in spiritual properties. With a minty smell, this oil can be used to purify and abet the release of grief, sadness, and depression. It is protective oil which can be used for space clearing after an upset or for peace in your home environment.

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    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.  


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