One of the fantastic things about living in Texas is the abundance of wild growing green things that flourish year round. Spring is the best time of all, however, because gorgeous Texas wildflowers come zooming up through the soil in abundance at the first sign of warmth—it isn't even April and the highways are already awash with bluebonnets!
I went home this past weekend and picked a small bouquet of wildflowers to bring home to my mother, who always loves small gestures like that. After placing the bouquet on her windowsill, it inspired me to think about using some of these flowers for magic big and small. After all, the flowers are extremely abundant this time of year, and free!
To be a good citizen to nature, make sure you don't pull the flowers up by their roots. Clip the stems so that the plant can regrow and provide new flowers in the future. Also, don't wipe out all the flowers in one area—just take one or two flowers from a patch, branch, or bush. I try to pick up fallen flowers as often as possible, and I never pull up rarer or protected flowers, like bluebonnets!
Since most wildflowers don't have a strong scent, or can be hard to identify, I tend to rely on color magic based on their petals. Some flowers, like Indian Paintbrush, have historical and mythic meaning to them, and you can usually identify the more common flowers to your state with a quick google search: "(flower description) + (your state)."
You can use your flowers fresh or dried! If you want to burn them, you should dry them thoroughly for a week or two first, because flowers with a lot of moisture in them will not burn well and will smoke a LOT. You can also press your flowers in heavy books and use them in the pages of your grimoire, or add them to hand drawn sigils promoting health and wealth, or love. If you're budget conscious like me, you can scatter dried flowers in a bowl with a candle in the center rather than burning the flowers directly, because then you can scoop them up and reuse them (if appropriate).
1. Altar Offering for Health and Wealth
- Calendula (I bought a GIANT bag of dried calendula in Pittsburgh for two dollars) or other yellow fragrant flower
- Rose hips or dried rose petals (wild roses grow all over the country this time of year)
- Dried sage leaf or powder
- Green candle (for prosperity)
- Paper and pen
- A flat bowl or plate
Since I still don't have an altar in my new apartment, I used the windowsill in my bedroom. Scatter the dried flowers and herbs in the bowl, and position the candle in the center. I like to sprinkle some rose hips on tops of the candle so that they melt into the wax and permeate a pleasant smell through the room. Write an intention for the offering: I chose "For health and wealth and a prosperous spring." Either create a sigil for the intention or put the intention itself in the rim of the bowl. Light the candle, and let burn completely (or for seven hours, if you can't let it burn all the way down). Spend some time thinking about the things you would like to accomplish with the renewed energy of spring, and allow the energy of new growth and change fill you up on your quest to better manage your finances, find a job, finish a project, etc.
2. Wildflower Smoke Cleansing Ritual
- A heat proof bowl (ceramic or a sauce pan will work)
- Dried flowers
- A small shovel or trowel
Fill the bottom of a heat proof bowl with dried wildflowers and grasses. Write down all of the words you can think of that spark fear, anger, or resentment in you. Tear the paper into several small pieces and arrange around the edges of the bowl so that the strips are half under the dried flowers. Use a lighter to light the pieces of paper on fire, which will in turn catch the dried flowers on fire. Concentrate the smoke in the corners of your home, at the windows, and door. Once the flowers and paper are fully burned, bury the ash in your garden, by a tree, or somewhere else outside, away from your home.
3. Crystal Garden Growth Spell
This one takes more time and patience, but is oh so worth it! It's so gratifying to grow things that you can then use in your magic!
- A pot (size will depend on size of plant)
- A plant or herb (I suggest sage or basil because they are so widely used in magic and grow well in most conditions)
- Clear quartz, citrine, rose quartz, or any of your crystals used for positive magic
Fill your pot 2/3 of the way with soil. Take your plant or herb out of its container, being careful not to tear the roots. Gently, crumble and loosen the root ball so that the soil is not packed tightly around the roots. Position the plant in the soil, and, while holding the plant steady with one hand, spoon more soil into the pot, gently packing down around the roots. Once the roots are covered and the plant is steady, bury your crystals in evenly spaced distances around the rim of the pot, being careful not to bury them too deep or disturb the roots. Water your plant according to directions, and each time you water the plant, recite the following mantra: "I am green, I am growing, I am giving life through water and earth." After you repeat this mantra for the third time (usually about three weeks after planting) remove the crystals. Gently wash the crystals and then use the water to water your plant. Your crystals will be fully charged and bursting with life energy!