Garden Witchery: Magick from the Ground Up by Ellen Dugan

Garden Witchery: Magick from the Ground Up

byEllen Dugan

Paperback | March 8, 2003

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How does your magickal garden grow?... With violets, rosemary, and yarrow to attract faeries; an apple tree for love and health; and a circle of stones in some tucked-away corner? Whether you live in a cottage in the woods, a home in the suburbs, or a city apartment with a small balcony, a powerful and enchanted realm awaits you. Discover the secret language and magickal properties of the trees and flowers, herbs and plants found growing around you, and learn how to create your own witch''s garden.

Written with down-to-earth humor by a master gardener who is also a practicing witch, this creative and encouraging guide will inspire gardeners of all ages and experience levels. It includes a journal section that makes it easy to keep track of your progress, practical gardening advice, personal stories, and garden witchery lore and magick. Inside, you''ll get the dirt on:

  • Flower folklore
  • Moon gardening and astrological timing
  • Faerie magick
  • Beginning to advanced witchcraft
  • Floral and herbal spells
  • Sabbat celebrations
  • Witch crafts (sachets, wreaths, charm bags)
  • Creating sacred space
  • Shade, moonlight, and sun gardens
  • Enchanted houseplant and container gardens
  • Magickal herbal correspondences
  • Garden blessings

2004 COVR Award Winner

Ellen Dugan is the award-winning author of fifteen books, and is known as the "Garden Witch". A psychic-clairvoyant, she has been a practicing Witch for over thirty years. Well known for her candor and humor, she is a Master Gardener, and is the High Priestess of her Coven in the St. Louis area. Ellen teaches classes both online and ac...
Title:Garden Witchery: Magick from the Ground UpFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:304 pages, 7.5 X 7.5 X 0.76 inShipping dimensions:304 pages, 7.5 X 7.5 X 0.76 inPublished:March 8, 2003Publisher:Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0738703184

ISBN - 13:9780738703183

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Book BlurbWho bends a knee where violets growa hundred secret things shall know....... ..... What Is Garden Witchery?For some folks, garden witchery conjures up images of lush, enchanted gardens wherebutterflies dance and children play.Wind chimes sing in the breeze and fountains trickle andsplash. In this magickal place, the witch who lives there strolls about under sunny skies ordappled moonlight, gathering plants for her spellwork and for their fragrance. Fantasy? No.All of those things are possible in a city, suburban, or rural yard.The gardens described for you in the introduction are real. I was describing my gardens.Suburban magickal gardens are a reality. You can do it. All it takes is hard work, determination,and time. Lets add two more very important magickal ingredients to this mixture: youand your imagination.Use yours for a moment to visit me in my magickal gardens. Just come as you are. Letme assure you that I do not waft around the yard in ritual wear. Nor do I expect you to. Howwill you find me? I can usually be found working in the gardens, toting around a five-gallonbucket full of gardening supplies. I am typically crawling around on my hands and knees,attired in sturdy clothes and sunglasses. Its more than likely Ill either be planting, weeding,or dead-heading the gardens. Im probably grubby and having a great time.Sorry for the lack of mystique. There is no big drama here. I am a very down-to-earthtype of witch. I have often been accused by my friends of being a cross between Martha Stewartand Samantha Stevens. You know, I can live with that.Come on around back and sit with me under the shade of one of the old maples in thebackyard. Lets plop down in the grass and chat. I suppose you have lots of questions . . . thatI1great big chartreuse plant? Thats a Sum and Substance hosta. Yeah, he is a monster. You likethe silver gazing globe? Thanks, my kids gave it to me for Mothers Day last year. That fragrance?Ah . . . what does it smell like to you? Sort of an orange-floral? It could be the monarda,or is that scent youre noticing a captivating combination of soil, sunscreen, and bugspray? Why, that would be me.So, youre here because you want to learn about magickal gardening? I have plenty to telland to teach you. But first, Id like you to look me in the eyes. Our eyes meet and hold. I smileand let out a contented sigh, and we both begin to laugh. Now let me see your hands, dontmind any garden soil that is still on mine . . .I grasp your hands and turn over your palms to give them a steely eyed stare. No, Im notlooking for a green thumb. Im looking to see if you have an open and loving heart, determination,and strong hands. Thats what it takes to be a garden witch. The heart, I am sure, isjust fine. As for the hands . . . trust me. If you are seriously determined to get into gardening,you will have those strong, capable hands soon enough.A garden witch is not unlike a kitchen witch in that they both practicea hearth and home type of magick. However, dont let that fool you intocomplacency! A kitchen witch or garden witch on their home turf isan awesome magickal force indeed. Stay with me here, we are stilltalking about an advanced magickal system. Nothing winds meup faster than those who would sneer down at the homebased,family-oriented type of witches.Practicing a down-to-earth, practical style of witchcraftis both enjoyable and fulfilling. There is nothing wrongwith raising your family and quietly living the naturalmagicians life. How do you imagine the wisewomen of2old lived? Its a pretty safe bet that they practiced alone and discreetly. (In the old days, it wassafer that way.)The solitary path is one that many modern witches find themselves walking today, someby choice, others by chance. It can be discouraging working by yourself without the benefit ofa coven for support and advice. It can also be illuminating to go it alone. Use this time toexpand your knowledge and understanding of the earths magicks. Go ahead, get out there inthe yard and plant some herbs. Stir up a little herbal magick in the kitchen, its fun! You donthave to have an entourage along to expand your skills. You simply need yourself. Often themost important and powerful magick performed by a witch is done privately.Some magickal folks hear the words kitchen witch and their brains just shut down. Oh,they might give you a patronizing smile and a pat on the head. Then theyll inform you howtheyve come a long way from their days of kitchen magick. Dont let them intimidate you.Growing your own magickal plants and herbs and using them properly becomes a complexpart of a major magickal working. It is true that working advanced magick requires moretime, study, and effort on your part. That time and effort you put out to elevate your skills iswell spent. It separates the novice from the adept practitioner.Magickal herbalism in itself is considered to be a major magick. Major magicks aredefined as those that require a higher level of knowledge and expertise. It may take monthsbefore your plants are ready to harvest. Magickal herbs have their own energies and correspondencesto be considered as well. It requires discipline, patience, and competence to useplant energies effectively. Think about it.So many witches are in a rush to learn a new spell or a new technique that they oftenoverlook the obvious. Its not about the spells, its about the magick. Your magick. Eachperson is drawn to a specialty in magick, or a favorite type of magick, if you willsomethingthat just clicks for them. For some of us, its herbs and gardening.3If you had to assemble herbs for a healing spell and you wanted a lot of magickal oomph,what do you think would be most likely to deliver it? Some dried...(Continues)