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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Holy Smoke: Sacred Wood and Herbs for a Happy Home

I heartily approve of the Danish tradition of hygge which is a lovely form of self-care togetherness. The Scandinavians integrate hearth fires into this custom so we’ll take it one step further by adding sacred herbs on top of the wood for a cleansing, purifying and therapeutic twist to hygge home fires. You can either bundle the herbs together with string or lay them on top of the unlit wood. I do both and speak this spell before lighting the fire in your fireplace or firepot.

 Warmth and love, heart and heat,

Tonight, all good things we shall greet.

These sacred herbs will burn so sweet;

As we gather by this fire and merry meet.

And so it is.

 Now light the fire with your loved ones or your lovely self and enjoy the holy smoke.


 Sacred Wood and Herbs for Home Healing


 Mugwort is also an energy cleanser but also causes refreshing sleep and meaningful dreams

Cedar has been relied upon for centuries to clear out the negative. The smell is very appealing and is widely regarded as a sacred planet in cultures all over the world where it is used to bless homes.

Sage is beloved for smudging and space clearing but it is greatly beneficial for meditation and a quiet mind.

Roses are bring sweetness and peace to any space and are also excellent for contemplation

Sweetgrass, highly prize by Native Americans, brings forth a communal sense and higher mind

Bayberry is considered a lucky and also brings in more pure, positive energies to your home

Lavender relieves insomnia, sadness, low moods and anxiety and brings comforting calm

Juniper was long used as a purifying smoke for temples and is now believe for revitalizing powers

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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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