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Magical tree seeds...

Seeds

The offspring of plants and trees and each one has the potential for new beginnings…

If you are out and about and you find seeds on the ground do collect one or two but leave some for Mother Nature to do her thing.  However if there are plenty then they can be really useful in spell work.

For me all seeds represent new beginnings of all kinds so they can be used in any kind of spell working for new projects, new romance, new ideas, new outlooks…you get the idea.

Some seeds work particularly well for magic:

Acorns: 

Carry an acorn with you to bring luck, prosperity and protection.

Place an acorn on the windowsill under the full moon to bring money to you.

Plant an acorn under the light of a full moon to ensure luck and prosperity.

I have read in several articles that at Samhain witches gave each other acorns as gifts and that during the Burning Times giving someone an acorn was a secret way of letting them know you were a witch – how true these suggestions are I will leave up to you…

Use acorns in magical workings for fertility, strength, power and healing.

Keeping an acorn on your windowsill will apparently protect your home from lightening.

Wearing an acorn as a pendant is said to keep you young looking.

If you want to know whether your relationship is with your true love or not you will need two acorn caps, name one for yourself and one for your partner then float the caps in a bowl of water.  If they float together then the relationship is blessed, if they float apart it might be time to pack your bags.

When collecting acorns remember that not only do you need to leave enough for baby oaks to grow but they are also food for lots of woodland creatures.

Sycamore (Great Maple) seeds:

Helicopter seeds as we used to call them when we were children but I believe they are also called spinning jennies – whatever you call them they come with a heap load of magic.

Sycamore seeds bring harmony, energy, banishing tiredness, patience, prosperity, love, success, abundance and humility.

The seeds are excellent to use in any moon magic workings as they not only carry lunar energy but also a huge feminine energy.

Conkers/Horse Chestnut/buckeye seeds:

We used to play ‘conkers’ in the school playground with a horse chestnut seed hung on a piece of string trying to hit your opponent’s conker, the loser was the one whose conker broke first.   The seeds are the shiny dark brown seeds that are found inside the bright green spiky outer shells. 

Buckeye nuts found in the USA and conkers found in the UK are both nuts from horse chestnut tree and are incredibly similar to look at.  Both trees, the American buckeye and the horse chestnut belong to the same tree genus, Aesculus and each has several different species but they all produce very similar seeds so the conker and the buckeye nut are interchangeable for magical purposes.

The conker/buckeye is brilliant for use in prosperity and money spells.

Often carried in the pocket by gamblers to bring good luck and fortune.

Rub a conker/buckeye to bring good luck.

Wrap a monetary note around your conker/buckeye and put it in a magic pouch to bring prosperity.

To bring fertility a gentleman must carry one in his pocket (it is said to resemble the shape of a testicle…).

Use conkers/buckeyes in magic pouches to bring fertility or to keep away evil.

Keep your conker/buckeye oiled and polished to keep the magic working.

Make a magic/medicine pouch from green fabric and add magical herbs and a conker/buckeye then dress with money drawing oil for prosperity.

Don’t confuse the horse chestnut with sweet chestnut as conkers/buckeyes are very toxic in their raw state.

One folklore story I found states that only half the buckeye is poisonous and that only squirrels know which half is safe in each nut…unless you are a squirrel don’t eat them…

Sweet Chestnuts:

The sweet chestnut tree is Castanea spp from the Fagaceae family and also produces dark brown skinned seeds wrapped in spiky green cases similar to that of the horse chestnut but they are smaller in size and grow in clusters.  They are also edible and rather scrummy roasted. 

Sweet chestnuts can be used in magical workings for fertility much as the horse chestnuts are.

Keep sweet chestnuts in the house and also eat them to increase abundance.

Use sweet chestnuts in magical workings for energy, justice, success, grounding and centring and to increase your intuition.

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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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