The Benefit of Flowers

“Consider that songs are geometrical patterns that convey emotion and vibration in a universally recognized way. In fact, a 2008 study from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences has effectively demonstrated that people are frequently able to identify the emotions in songs from cultures that they are all but completely unfamiliar with. Similarly, each flower posses what might be seen as its own unique, recognizable energetic signature, though everyone’s experience of the flower will naturally be somewhat different based on his or her emotional makeup and current life situation.” – Tess Whitehurst

Right to the point – Having Fresh Flowers can:

  • Increase Creativity
  • Put you in a better mood in the morning
  • Help with Anxiety
  • Relax
  • Bring joy
  • Make people more mindful of their clutter (inspire cleanliness)
  • Enhance productivity

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I’m kind of harsh on a lot of things, overly judgmental for all that I preach an open mind. For my birthday last month I was given a book called The Magic of Flowers: A Guide to Their Metaphysical Uses and Properties by Tess Whitehurst. It was a lovely thought, and directly corresponded to a discussion I had previously had about the personalities of plants and said personalities and representations used in literature (for example, Shakespeare’s Hamlet). However, flower magic for some reason has always seemed..”fluffy” to me – which I will happily point out my fault in reasoning: I hold herbs in the highest of standards. I am a certified herbalist and believe in the magical properties of herbs. See how silly I am?

Any way, I have been putting the book to use, mostly in regards to essential oil recommendations. However, there is a section that has an instruction for a set up of an alter with a desired outcome. It calls for a bouquet of x amount of y flowers to be in the center.

Turns out it’s the wrong season for the flowers it directly called for, so I looked up some of the flowers with similar properties. I ended up with a list of five different flowers, but when I was at the store got three different bouquets  containing five or six of three of the flowers on the list. I made my bouquet, having some of each flower left over. I arranged the remaining flowers nicely and gave them away to my mother, who was thrilled (moms dig flowers, in case you hadn’t heard). I followed through with the instructions for the alter, which is separate of my standard alter. It’s directly across the room from it in fact, hanging out on an old wood stove that hasn’t needed to be put to use yet this year.

I can’t stop staring at my new alter with flowers on it. It could be a response to what the alter represents, but I really do think ti’s the flowers. They bring an element of renewal and regeneration into my little ritual room. I’m quite sad to know that the flowers will wilt and wither, but I look forward to getting my next batch of flowers for the room. I have certainly felt their influence since they’ve entered.

5f7fe-210332245067291068_jyyyiwon_f_largeIn Whitehurst’s “Orientation to Flower Magic” she describes working with flowers as:

“…defined as employing a flower as a focal point for our intention or as a window into our own divine aspect in order to affect a desired positive change. While simply spending time with a flower can provide an infusion of nourishment and spiritual sustenance, flower magic can take many additional forms.”

Emotionally, simply having flowers around can enhance one’s mood. In a Harvard Study on About Flowers, they determined that people that are groggy or grumpy in the morning actually do better when there are fresh flowers around. It also showed that people feel more relaxed and the presence of fresh flowers can quell anxiety some.

“The final study results demonstrate that flowers impact people emotionally at home, causing them to feel less anxious and more compassionate. They even reported a boost of energy that lasted through their day.

‘What I find interesting is that by starting the day in a more positive mood, you are likely to transfer those happier feelings to others – it’s what is called mood contagion,” says Etcoff. “And, the kitchen is the place where families tend to gather in the morning – imagine how big a difference a better morning mood can make.'”

Other studies have been done yielding similar results from Rutgers University and Texas A&M University as well. Other studies have found that hospital patients with flowers in their rooms need less pain medications, were more positive, and had lower heart rates and blood pressure.

Regardless of their ritualistic properties, do yourself a favor and get yourself some flowers in your house. As mentioned in a previous post, looking after your physical and mental well being contributes just as much to your magickal outcomes as the intentions and rituals themselves do. You can look up some magical correspondences to help you in a specific area as you spread your flowers throughout your house, or you can go for something colorful, or something that links with the seasons.

Here are a couple quick lists just to get you started and thinking about what you might want to surround yourself with – compliments of Tess Whitehurst’s above mentioned book (which I do truly love, by the way).

Image borrowed from Selohaar, perfect example of a simple altar with flowers

Balance:

  • Chamomile
  • Dandelion
  • Iris
  • Lavender
  • Rhododendron

Clarity/Focus

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Forget-Me-Not
  • Lavender
  • Morning Glory
  • Oak
  • Pansy
  • Sage
  • Sunflower

Cleansing/Detoxification/Purification

  • Clover
  • Daisy
  • Geranium
  • Holly
  • Iris
  • Lavender
  • Lily
  • Marigold
  • Pansy
  • Peony
  • Rose
  • Sage

Creativity/Imagination

Image borrowed from Fellow Blogger, Aniza Santo. Click on the image to go to this blog

  • Iris
  • Lupine
  • Magnolia
  • Petunia
  • Sunflower

Depression, Healing From

  • Bleeding Heart
  • Lavender
  • Marigold
  • Poppu
  • Primrose
  • Valerian

Energy

  • Narcissus (Daffodils)
  • Oak
  • Poppy
  • Sunflower

Grounding

  • Dandelion
  • Geranium
  • Jasmine
  • Tulip
  • Ylang Ylang

Happiness

  • Chamomile
  • Crocus
  • Dandelion
  • Morning Glory
  • Sunflower

Harmony

  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Lily
  • Morning Glory
  • Orchid

Rose Smudge Sticks

Home, Happy

  • Lavender
  • Marigold
  • Orchid
  • Petunia

Strength

  • Carnation
  • Clover
  • Echinacea
  • Geranium
  • Sunflower

Stress, Relief From

  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Morning Glory
  • Pansy
  • Wisteria

This is an extremely condensed list, and I only listed flowers that I thought would be easiest to find outside or in shops. There are more flowers listed for each aspect, and far more aspects listed in the book.

Go on, go treat yourself to some flowers!

**Jane is a student in Bellingham, Washington of Academics and a self-study pupil of magickal arts. She has spent time over a span of 15 years practicing meditation and attuning to the Universe, though her Will leads her along the path of the Written Word. You can read her other blog, Scribing English or her other articles on her Hubpages account, ThompsonPen 

Protection against and Recovery From Draining

I am able to take a lot on. I pride myself in being busy, and being able to handle a lot of differing things. However, every now and then, I buckle, and I need to recharge my batteries.

However, recently I found myself, without knowing it, pouring my energy out to other people (ok, one person I was directly meaning to do so). I neglected my ability to shield myself, and/or took for granted the strength I may or may not have had. As a result, I woke up one morning without any ability to think or move. My bones felt as though they had been replaced with cement, and my ability to string together a sentence was next to nothing.

I thankfully had friends that were ready to spring into action and help. One made me some bathsalts with rose buds and oil as well as her own white light energy charging it. Another put together a little rejuvenation kit for me at the shop she works at including incense, oils, mists, crystals and a string of lemongrass.

The latter friend with the crystals had me hold each crystal as I read about their properties. My energy was so drained that my fingers were twitching as I held each one because. It’s much like when putting hot water in cold glass and it cracks. That’s how I felt. Eventually the twitching stopped, and my hands stopped shaking as well.

This was an awful feeling, and I plan on doing whatever I can to prevent it from happening again. Three things I need to be mindful of:

  1. Recharging myself – this means taking time to meditate, sit with crystals, disconnect from electronics, etc. This is both on the spiritual plane as well as the physical plane. If I’m not nourishing myself, then I will have nothing to draw from to get me through the day mentally or physically. So eating right is important too. I recently have been living on a diet of chips and cup o’ noodle soups.
  2. Remembering when helping people not to draw on my own reserves. I have a little bit of reiki training, and even from what I’ve gathered outside of it, you can allow yourself to be a medium for Universal energy. When I am sending healing and loving energies, I need to remember to tap into Universal energies instead of my own.
  3. Shield myself. In part, I was allowing people to take my energy, whether I was aware of it or not. I used to constantly reaffirm my shield, though somewhere along the line I think I decided it was strong enough, and gradually stopped. As a result, I think my shield has been next to nothing, with only the silver and pentagram pendant I wear to help protect me. However, when considering protection, it’s not just from intentional, malice forces, but from those around you that you care about and open yourself up to consciously or unconsciously.

Let’s focus on preventatives – shielding and alternative sources of energy pools to draw from.

How do you shield yourself?
There many different ways to go about doing this. Some do it through meditation, some do it through pendants, some do it through regular practice of certain rituals.

  1. Meditation
    When you meditate you strengthen your aura, which also can act as protection. However, there is a meditation I generally like to do before I go to bed. I think I learned it from Modern Magick by Donald Michale Kraig – since it is very similar to the Relaxation Ritual he writes about, though slightly tweaked. But I have been doing this meditation for so long, I can’t remember where it came from.
    This works for strengthening your shield, connecting you with the earth and Universe and thus recharging you as well.
    You can do this sitting in a chair  or laying down. Try not to have any limbs crossed – so no crossed legs or feet, or hands.
    Visualize a sphere of white protective light above your head about at your crown chakra. Move it slowly down your body, so that it wraps you three dimensional blanket of white protective light. The sphere moves down your body, relaxing your muscles as it goes. If there is a part of you that remains tense or returns to a tense state, gently and methodically move the sphere to that area and work on relaxing it. Move the sphere back up your body so that it resumes it’s place at above your head. You are still surrounded by it’s white light.
    Imagine a string of silver or white come down from the Universe. This light is divine, and meets your sphere of light, strengthening its effect with Universal energy and love.
    While still visualizing the Universal Energy coming down, visualize that energy traveling through your chakras, feeding energy to each, all the way through your feet, then continuing down into the earth. It keeps traveling down until it gets to the earth’s core. You have created a channel between the earth and Universe. It is a two way street. Feel the energy of the earth traveling up this chanel and into you, meeting each of your chakras and feeding energy into each.
    Stay like this for as long as you want.
  2. Wearing certain stones, symbols and metals can help enforce your shield, such as silver, quartz, citrine, hematite and a pentagram. However, if you are wearing them, please remember to cleanse them regularly. This can be done by burying them in soil, in sea salt, putting them in a stream, or my favorite – putting them in the light of the sun or the full moon.
  3. White Sage, sandalwood and lemongrass are good incenses or essential oils to burn around you at some point of your day. If you have a bundle of white sage, after lighting, run it along yourself, under your arms, between your legs, under your feet (carefully, of course). The smoke will dispel any negativity and help charge you as well.
  4. Regularly practicing the Lesser Banishing Ritual of a Pentagram as well as the Middle Pillar Ritual will help keep you charged, if done correctly.

What do you do if you’ve made the mistake of draining yourself?

  1. Rest! Go home and rest! Don’t leave the house just rest!
  2. Turn off electronics. Electromagnetic Smog, defined in The Crystal Bible as “A subtle but detectable electromagnetic field that can have an adverse effect on sensitive people. The smog is given off by electrical power lines and items such as computers, cell phones and televisions,” can throw off your energy quite a bit, and drain you trying to fend it off, whether you’re aware that you’re doing it or not. Allowing yourself time without electronics is a good practice any way, but definitely should be done when drained.
  3. Drink lots of water! Again, if you can’t look after yourself physically, the rest of you will suffer too. Never say no to H2O!
  4. Bath with seasalt and rose (the benefits of Rose can be found here). Use candles if possible to light your bathroom, or if you have a window and it’s a fantastically full moon out, just let the light of the full moon stream in. Feel the energy of the rose, the candles, the water, the moon fill you. Drink it in (do not literally drink the bath water). If you can and feel comfortable, dunk your head back and submerge your face in the bath for a moment or two, being as encompassed by the energy of the bath as possible. Stay as long as you’re comfortable in the bath.
    When you’re ready to get out, drain the bath tub, but stay in it, feeling any negativity that might have been dwelling in you melt away down the drain with the water. Breathe in the energy of the elements around you, breathe out negativity.
    My experience with this – I literally saw my own aura brighten, something I have never experienced before. I have never seen auras, and this time I saw it all around me, and even my vision became blocked with my aura as it strengthened and filled me. I stayed in the bath tub after it had drained for several minutes, breathing in the pink and orange energies from the rose and candles (I collected the rose buds before I drained the bath and was holding them in my left hand, my receiving hand). I visualized white, orange and pink going in, and expelled black, which eventually faded to gray, which faded to nothing with each breath.
  5. Spend time with crystals. Again, quarts and citrine are great for rejuvenating energy. Some other crystals which are very beneficial are emerald, sugilite, and malachite. There are a great many more, but these are just a few to get you started.
    Because of this, it is a good idea to ensure that you regularly spend time with crystals any way, charging them when you can. In my case, it had literally been years since I brought them out of their little bag, and as a result, yielded little results for me.
  6. Black candles – these are good for rejuvenating energy as well. Though be sure that when you burn them your intentions are on filling yourself with positive energy. It might be beneficial as well to anoint the candle with rose, white sage, lemongrass or sandalwood oil as well.
  7. Meditate. See instructions above.

So please, don’t do what I did, or didn’t do as the case might be. Look after yourself, shield yourself, protect yourself, and replenish yourself. Just because you love the people you’re around and they love you doesn’t mean you’re safe from accidentally giving your energy away or having it sucked away from you. Both happen without intention, and it truly sucks when it does.

**Jane is a student in Bellingham, Washington of Academics and a self-study pupil of magickal arts. She has spent time over a span of 15 years practicing meditation and attuning to the Universe, though her Will leads her along the path of the Written Word. You can read her other blog, Scribing English or her other articles on her Hubpages account, ThompsonPen 

Rose – Lore, Health and Use in Magick

My Experience

Recently, the rose has been appearing in many ways in my life – gift of the tea have arrived to me, accidental acquiring of said rose incense, and noticing roses around me. I refuse to turn down symbols that appear consistently to me. When working on some of my own personal issues, I came across a glass rose that was gifted to me last year. For the first time I truly looked at it. I studied how the stem was laden with prickles, running my finger over the dulled glass spikes. I observed how a branch of it came off, separated from the stem of the rose and then looped back to the stem with two new leaves attached to it. I followed the stem up to the blossom – the glass depiction of spread layers of red petals that hold within them their secret little chamber. It was in that moment that I realized the message of the rose:

The path is hard, it is full of things that can deter you and even injure you. But if you endure this, the result is beautiful and worth it.  

Correspondences

  • Deities:
    Aphrodite
    Venus
    Cupid
    Bacchus
  • Planet:
    Moon – pink wild rose
    Venus – white wild rose, Rose Demask absolute,
    Mars – white wild rose
  • Stone:
    Emerald – anoint in Rose oil to enhance effects
  • Number Vibration
    4
  • Chakra
    Heart
  • Month
    May
  • Element:
    Water
  • Tarot Card:
    7 of Cups

The Sick Rose by William Blake

Lore of the Rose

The rose has long been the representation of love and passion, a symbolism that even those oblivious to the occult can recognize. The red of the rose was said to be the blood of Aphrodite as she pricked her heal when with Adonis. In Rome, the rose was associated with Venus, Cupid and Bacchus.
Even as times moved beyond the days of Roman and Greek gods, the Roman Catholic church recognized its representation of secrecy due to it’s many petals. The petals were said to be the veils of knowledge that one had to go through to find truth. During hidden meetings, the Rosecrutians would hang a single rose from the ceiling of their meeting spot to ensure secrecy.

Magickal Uses

  • Abundance –
    Roses that were pink, red or yellow were said to be linked to Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, love, prosperity, and good fortune. 
  • Beauty –
    it is said that rubbing the face with fresh pink or white petals will enhance natural beauty, and enhance your aura so that you are better perceived.
    To maintain a youthful appearance, collect the due from a rose blossom at sunrise on your birthday, and rub on your face. Repeat this every year.
  • Clearing and blessing –
    The rose is said to omit nothing but purest and most positive of energies, and thus it can be used for cleansing spaces as well as blessing spaces. Misting yourself with the essence or water will also uplift your spirits and cleanse your aura.
  • Dreams –
    Red petals under your pillow will show you who your true love is and how to draw them to you. 
    White rose petals will prevent nightmares.
  • Emotional healing –
    White, pink or lavender can be incorporated into magickal workings that heal grief or a broken heart
  • Protection –
    Rose water, incense, essence, or absolute or fresh roses for protection. You can carry them with you, surround your house with bushes, or simply have them in your home. 
  • Purification –
    White roses, as mentioned before, can be used for blessing a sacred space or home. They will bring positive and fresh vibrations. 
  • Romantic Love –
    Incorporate roses in any love magick. 
  • Sabbats –
    Roses can be brought to and incorporated in Sabbat Rites due to their protective nature and ability to bless and cleanse. 
    White for Autumn Equinox
    Yellow for Eostra
    Red for Midsummer
    Any color for Beltane
  • Secrecy –
    As mentioned before, the petals of roses represent veils of knowledge in the path for truth. Rituals can be bound with cloth soaked in rose water; one can seal a circle with rose incense, or each keeper of the secret can carry a rose with them to guard their words. 
  • Self-Love –
    Surround yourself with fresh roses to help forgiveness of the self.
    You may also use rose water and mist yourself with it. 
  • Sobriety –
    Bringing roses to a banquette can protect against outlandish drunkenness
  • Spirituality –
    Due to the nature of the petals, they represent the knowledge gained along the spiritual path. 
    Represent aspects of the Goddess. 

A Greek female poet, Sappho, wrote that the rose was the “Queen of the Flowers”. The rose has been dubbed the patron herb of Lesbians.

 

**Jane is a student in Bellingham, Washington of Academics and a self-study pupil of magickal arts. She has spent time over a span of 15 years practicing meditation and attuning to the Universe, though her Will leads her along the path of the Written Word. You can read her other blog, Scribing English or her other articles on her Hubpages account, ThompsonPen