Updates! Suprises! Newsletters! Videos!

It’s been so long since we last caught up. I’m working on making my newsletters monthly from now on, of course today I’m full of full moon energy and being productive as all get out so I’ll have to work hard to keep it up.

Did you know I have a newsletter? I’ll be sharing magical and health related herbal tips and snippets there each month. You can subscribe here.

In this month’s newsletter you’ll find a great deal in the store with a surprise bag that only 12 of your can grab! Also I’ll link to some videos I posted to youtube about magical tinctures and some distilling on my beautiful copper still!

The garden is still green and lush, we’ve had an unseasonably warm start to winter which in my sheltered grove means a very late reaction by the fig trees and tropicals. Hopefully it gets cold enough for the peach tree, not that our variety requires a lot of cold temps.

One plant that has loved the winter has been the Gotu Kola. It’s little umbrellas have taken over the garden. I pulled a half a square metre of the runners from the garden last weekend to give the patchouli and vervain some breathing space.  A little transplanting of self heal and yarrow happened as well in an effort to get a larger harvest this year.

The Winter roots harvest was amazing, Burdock, Elecampane and my first Orris root harvest as well! Now to dry it slowly to develop that amazing scent. I divided the Orris root pups and replanted them along the back of the centre garden. Now we wait another two years to harvest again!

I’m going to be posting some videos to youtube again soon. If you haven’t seen my youtube channel please check it out here.

If you have a question about magical herbs please send your questions to me at belladonnaandbones@gmail.com and I will answer your questions in my next video.

The store is open currently but I will be moving to an event/market night based schedule to help me give you all my most creative magics and work around my work travel and personal schedule. If you would like to be notified when those events are announced please subscribe to my newsletter.

I hope your magical garden is blooming wherever you are!

Raheli

Winter Solstice In The Garden

Well the Winter Solstice has come and gone here in my little garden downunder and truthfully it is one of the busiest times of year in my garden. Thanks to our late start to winter this year I’ve been harvesting the last of the Hyssop, Belladonna, Clary Sage, Mugwort, Wormwood, and various varieties of Mint.

After the harvesting come the winter maintenance. Belladonna and Wormwood are divided and repotted, cuttings are taken from the Mugwort and they are all moved into the coldframe. Other plants are also babied a little through the winter; Aloe, Arnica, Valerian, Feverfew, Tansy, Herb Robert, Marshmallow, a new variegated Elder and a variegated Wormwood. All the plants receive winter offerings and precious resins are burned in their honour.

Herbs overwintering in the coldframe
Herbs overwintering in the coldframe

The Mugwort has had a good cutting back, it was nearly as high as my house! I now have some lovely long stems set aside to dry for Besoms. I also have an abundance of dried Mugwort. I have placed a few packets in the shop and wee little sample packs have been sneaking into orders from the store.

My darling Belladonna enjoyed a good dose of lime and already her precious young leaves are poking out to great the coming sun. I also harvested and dried some of the roots this year, Some of the fresh root has already made its way into a very potent oil. The oil in turn has been added to our new Lucus Dark Grove Flying Ointment.

I wasn’t ever planning on selling my herbs but I have become very disenchanted with unscrupulous and uninformed sellers passing off incorrectly labelled herbs. These poor plants are chopped beyond recognition, smell like nothing at all, and are often a depressing uniform brown colour. I will never have a wide variety of herbs available for you, I simply don’t have the space, but when I have extra I will offer it to you.

So far there are two items available; Mugwort Leaf and Mugwort Flowering Tops. The flowering tops are of particular interest to the Alchemist and apprentice as they are preferred for that kind of work. I find them particularly useful in charms and witches bottles.

All my herbs are organically grown, hand harvested & air dried. They receive regular offerings to their plant spirits and all the care and attention that magically intended plants deserve.

Why do these things matter?

You know I’ll be the first to tell you to dive into the kitchen pantry or your local supermarket if that is all you have access to. Even these mechanically processed and heat dried herbs still contain the essential spark of the plant, albeit in a diminished state. In a pinch (sorry 🙂 ) they will work though. Even better though visit your local Middle Eastern, Mediterranean or Indian Grocer, the spices will be cheap, have high turnover and be better quality.

What happens when you grow your own herbs or source them from another magic user is something extraordinary. The spark is there of course, it burns brighter and sharper, the energy of the plant is tangible. The Spirit of the plant is often present, something rarely found in commercially treated herbs. They smell, look and taste as they should. Energetically and magically they will just work better.

Growing your own herbs for magical, medicinal and culinary purposes is a rewarding experience and one I can recommend to any witch who uses plants in their practice.

I’ll be sending out some special offerings in my newsletter including access to our very special new offering – Magica Herbae – a monthly magical herbalism subscription box!  be sure to subscribe to the newsletter to be the first to know when it is released.

Magic making

Greetings fellow magic makers,

It’s been a while hasn’t it?

I’ve been off having new adventures, learning new things, talking to some wonderful, wonderful, customers and making some amazing magic.

Here’s a custom incense blend I mixed up for a customer, I’ll be offering intuitively created custom blended balms and incenses in the store very soon. I greatly enjoyed tuning in with the customer and creating this blend.

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Now you all know I never met a book I didn’t like, or at least invite into my house for a glass of absinthe and a snuggle in my bed. It’s so easy to get lost between the pages, there’s always another book to read, always more to know. Especially now with the world wide web of shiny things to distract us bower birds.

It’s so easy to be distracted that we often neglect doing magic altogether and become armchair scholars. (This is not to detract from the scholars among us, they perform a great service to the community.) I’d like to assume though, that if you are the type of Witch or Wizard who has made their way to my corner of the internet then you consider yourself a magic user, a magic maker, a master of the arte, or at least on your way there. Ask yourself, when did you last do some magic?

I want you to go do some magic. Do it now.

Close your eyes and let the first symbol that slips from your consciousness light up the darkness behind your eyes. It may mean something to you or nothing at all, it’s a symbol of your personal power, just let it strengthen and glow.

Start it spinning, it doesn’t matter which way, just get it moving. Let it become a blur of light. Then draw it into yourself, let it light a fire in your soul that you can direct into any path you so choose. Take a few deep breaths and draw your consciousness back into the now. Then open your eyes.

What you do now is up to you, you may want to make a note of the symbol in your magical journal, you might turn it into your phone background so you can charge it each time you glance at your screen, you may even want to take a pen and draw it onto your skin.

There you’ve done some magic, doesn’t it make you want to do more?