🌿 Magickal Botanical Leek (Allium ampeloprasum)

Leek journal

So while my lovely Leeks are still out there in the garden waiting to pop up, I’m indoors in this cold rainy day studying them and adding to my Garden Journal. They will bring you strength, good health, protection and even love! Biting into one will even help break spells cast against you.

Start seeds indoors about two months before the last frost. They prefer a sunny to semi shade spot and a rich nitrogen slightly acidic soil (6.0 to about 7.0) ready to harvest in just over three months, cut and leave a few cms for regrowth instead of pulling up.
Journal entry: Lamy inks and pens, Prismacolor premier pencils over old watercolours and various mediums (I just fill up my journals with left overs from my pallets as I create so I avoid waste)


🌿🌻🌳🐝 FOUR new (garden genre) publishing contracts!

Contracts

A huge thank you to my publishers Rockpool Publishing for their amazing support of my work! Signing four contracts for titles coming your way over the next year! That will mean I have had published 19 Botanical titles in 6 years once these are on the shelves. That’s a lot of Flower and plant love!

So how did that happen? Well I started writing and creating botanical focused work when I was in my early 20s, so that is over 30 years of research, development of style, voice and vision and I never ever gave up, even though I was rejected more times than I can even remember. I was always told that no one was interested in ethnobotany, plant metaphysics or plant lore. It was there is older texts if someone wanted to look for it and it just wasn't of public interest. BUT I NEVER EVER GAVE UP. I wasn't writing to get published, to be famous, to be an expert, I was simply wanting to my work to be published so that others could benefit from it. There a huge difference between wanting to be a published author and wanting to share your work.

So...I kept writing, I kept gardening, I kept exploring and I kept teaching what I was learning in various ways and I kept creating art devoted to my passion for plants. Then one day it did happen, I was published and I had (and still have!) dozens and dozens and dozens of manuscripts, journals and artworks ready to share with the wider world.
I kept my focus, I kept my passion and I never gave up. You should too! 

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🌿 Cumin in the Magickal Botanical Garden

Cumin

In goes Cumin in my Magickal Botanical Garden this morning (Cuminum cyminum) found at the Toukley Markets yesterday! I adore this in my bread and it’s probably because in German folklore it is said to protect it from being stolen, particularly by forests spirits and beings. Cumin will also generally help protect anything from theft and it helpful when carried during study so that you retain knowledge. It can be used in fidelity, protection and love magick.
In the garden it will need a dry area that receives lots of sun and it likes a very fertile soil. you can harvest the seeds after the blooming of flowers. It wait until they are a nice brown colour. Dry and store in a cool, dry place.


🐝 Today in the Magickal Botanical Garden ~ 14th September

Garden today

In The Magickal Botanical Garden this morning - in go Cos Lettuce (for love, friendship and calm); all the Parsleys are doing great! (for protection, love and passion) Elderflowers soon! ( protection, healing, prosperity) oh and that’s my little outdoor office sometimes. Still looking for some lovely old outdoor chairs.


🌸 Flower of the Day ~ Jasmine (Jasminum spp.)

Found - The Flower of the Day
Jasmin

Jasmine (Jasminum spp.) will assist you in succeeding. Perhaps one of the best flowers in fact to align with if you are finding sticking with goals, promises, commitments or staying on course at all challenging. Very supportive of those who feel they have lost hope with something. Jasmine naturally attracts financial gain as well so is really good to have around if you need a boost. The flower is a powerful aphrodisiac and assists to attract love.


Magickal Botanical Moon Gardening & Energy Guide 31st August ~ 6th September 2019

Hello Blossoms! 
Hope you are having a lot of fun with the change of season ‘busy time’ whether you are getting ready for Spring or Autumn. Things are a little difficult as I have not been well of late, (THE Flu followed by pneumonia and a couple of broken ribs from coughing). I create my gardens and maintain them completely on my own, so if I can’t do them, they don’t get done. Oh but I do still get a lot completed as gardening is my first love and I'd crawl on my belly if I had to! ;) 
Peas, radish, bok choy and potato are delicious right now and I’m delighting in early lettuce, jasmine and daisies.
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Hope you have a wonderful gardening week, wherever you are and here are my general interpretations for Australia, USA and the UK for those of us who enjoy gardening by the energy of the Moon phases. For each day I have given you he subheadings: 
Gardening: These are suggested activities broadly based on your country.
Magick: Use these notes to create spells, magickal troops, blessings, alter and so on as well as flower and plant essences and botanicals with the energies listed.  


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from my gardening journal. I keep notes about gardening, energies and natural observances. 

AUSTRALIA
Saturday 31st August 

Gardening: The Waxing Moon is in Virgo vegetable crops should be doing very well. Do not preserve fruits during this time, but you will find that transplanting, repotting, along with sowing and planting out garden beds will result in stronger and healthier plants.
Magick: Increase of finances, success and creativity. 

Sunday 1st September & Monday 2nd September
Gardening: Waxing Moon moving into moves in Libra and this means you should refrain from watering. Planting and sowing flowering herbs and plants iOS best done on these days. Still good period for the development of flowers until Tuesday as well. 
Magick: Balance, harmony and finding a way to bring these into being.

Tuesday 3rd September & Wednesday 4th September
Gardening: Waxing Moon making its way into Scorpio, now will be the best time to mow lawns as well as trim plants that require it. Watering of all plants, including those indoor, that need it is favourable on these days. Now is a good time for the sowing and planting of leafy vegetables and plants as well.
Magick: increasing efforts to get rid of negative energies and to work on transformation for the better.

Thursday 5th & Friday 6th September 
Gardening: The Waxing Moon is moving into Sagittarius and you will find that leafy vegetables and plants should be doing well as are fruiting crops. Now is a good time to preserve fruit crops and for planting them. 
Magick:
work involving increasing higher understandings, working on spirituality and rising above.

USA 
Saturday 31st August 
Gardening: The Waxing Moon is in Virgo vegetable crops should be doing very well. Do not preserve fruits during this time, but you will find that transplanting, repotting, along with sowing and planting out garden beds will result in stronger and healthier plants.
Magick: Increase of finances, success and creativity. 

Sunday 1st September & 
Monday 2nd September
Gardening: The Moon moving into moves in Libra and this means you should refrain from watering. Planting and sowing flowering herbs and plants iOS best done on these days. Still good period for the development of flowers until Tuesday as well. 
Magick: Balance, harmony and finding a way to bring these into being.

Tuesday 3rd September &
Wednesday 4th September
Gardening: The Waxing Moon is making its way into Scorpio, now will be the best time to mow lawns as well as trim plants that require it. Watering of all plants, including those indoor, that need it is favourable on these days. Now is a good time for the sowing and planting of leafy vegetables and plants as well.
Magick: increasing efforts to get rid of negative energies and to work on transformation for the better.

Thursday 5th & Friday 6th September 

Gardening: The Waxing Moon is moving into Sagittarius and you will find that fruiting crops are developing well under this influence. Now is a good time to preserve fruit crops and for planting them.
Magick: work involving increasing higher understandings, working on spirituality and rising above.

UK
Saturday 31st August 
Gardening: The Waxing Moon is in Virgo vegetable crops should be doing very well. Do not preserve fruits during this time, but you will find that transplanting, repotting, along with sowing and planting out garden beds will result in stronger and healthier plants.
Magick: Increase of finances, success and creativity. 

Sunday 1st September & 
Monday 2nd September
Gardening: Waxing Moon moving into moves in Libra and this means you should refrain from watering. Planting and sowing flowering herbs and plants iOS best done on these days. Still good period for the development of flowers until Tuesday as well. 
Magick: Balance, harmony and finding a way to bring these into being.

Tuesday 3rd September &
Wednesday 4th September
Gardening: Waxing Moon making its way into Scorpio, now will be the best time to mow lawns as well as trim plants that require it. Watering of all plants, including those indoor, that need it is favourable on these days. Now is a good time for the sowing and planting of leafy vegetables and plants as well.
Magick: increasing efforts to get rid of negative energies and to work on transformation for the better.

Thursday 5th & Friday 6th September 

Gardening: The Waxing Moon is moving into Sagittarius and you will find that fruiting crops are developing well under this influence. Now is a good time to preserve fruit crops and for planting them with Thursday still a good day for planting leafy crops and plants.
Magick: work involving increasing higher understandings, working on spirituality and rising above.

The interpretations of the Luna Calendar for Gardening and Magick are written by Cheralyn Darcey. 
Sharing is permitted in original form. 


🌸 Flower of the Day ~ Chrysanthemum

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For longevity, optimism, joy, longevity and cheerfulness
the glorious Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum spp.) 
They are the national flower of Japan, the birth flower of the zodiac sign Scorpio, the flower of the month of October in Japan and China and in Western culture, November.
Chrysanthemum are the 13th Wedding Anniversary flower and their powers are strongest non Saturdays and Sundays and during the full moon.

The shorter days of Autumn will signal to the Chrysanthemum that it is time to flower and these beautiful long-lasting blossoms with brighten dull days and lift spirits anywhere.
Where grown in a pot of garden, They need a sunny spot with at least 5 to 6 house of direct sunlight a day.
Remove flowers as they are spent and at the end of winter, cut back all dead flowers and leaves and feed well with a liquid fertiliser.

Colours will add additional layers of energies ~
Bronze: friendship
Red: love, passion, invitation, proposition
White: truth, trust, promise, sweetness, innocence
Yellow: refusal,boundary protection

bunches of blessings,
Cheralyn xx 🌻
PS: This Chrysanthemum was part of a gorgeous bunch my daughter Maddison gave me on my birthday last week

 

Magickal Botanical ~ Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)

A little magickal botanical energy for you! All my books and decks are written by hand first in my journals.
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This from my latest deck
Magickal Botanical 
Uses
clairvoyance, exorcism, divination, healing, lust, psychic powers, protection

Oracle Meanings
Step back and observe because you are being giving the opportunity to find pathways to the freedom you desire. Meditation, divination and visionary practices will help you find and explore major themes right now. You are being reminded to take heed of an intuitive experience or message that you may of either ignored or not really understood. Now, today, is the time to trust what you feel inside, what you know to be your personal truth and take the road to freedoms it will offer. Remember, what is right for others will not necessarily be right for you. Listen to your own heart.

Botanical Description
Native to Africa, Europe and parts of Asia, this is a tall perennial shrub that can grow up to 1.5m (5ft) in height. Leaves are a dark green with a smooth upper side and an underside covered in fine matted white hairs. Flowers are tiny and red-brown or yellow-green.

Traditional Use
Mugwort is used for digestive disorders and is said to be very good with the treatment of parasitic infections of the digestive system and skin. It has also been used to regulate menstruation and in the treatment of respiratory problems as well fungal and bacterial complaints.

Magickal Use
Mugwort is mostly used in visionary work and can be used to enhance psychic abilities and to enhance dreams and visions. Hung over doorways, it will repel evil and negativity. Mugwort can be made into a very effective wash to smudge magical divination tools such as crystal balls, pendulums and scrying mirrors. The smoke can also be used to empower oracle and tarot decks.

Magickal Correspondences
Deities: Aphrodite, Venus, Artemis, Diana, Hecate, Persephone, Sif, Audhumla
Planet: Venus
Signs: Libra, Taurus
Elements: Earth

card from ~ 
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may Nature always bless you and may always be a blessing to Nature, 
Cheralyn 🌻


🌕🌿 🌸 Magickal Moon Gardening ~ Saturday 6th July to Friday 12th July

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Australian Magickal Moon Gardening this Week
Saturday
 6th and Sunday 7th July
The Waxing Moon is in Virgo will mean that fruit and root crops should be doing very well. Do not preserve fruits during this time, but you will find that transplanting, repotting, along with sowing and planting out garden beds will result in stronger and healthier plants.

Monday 8th July
The Moon gardening information continues on the same for today from Saturday and Sunday, but you should see that flowering plants are at their best today.

Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th July
The moon moves in Libra and this means you should refrain from watering. Planting and sowing flowering herbs and plants iOS best done on these days. Still good period until Thursday for the development of flowers. 

Thursday 11th  and Friday 12th July
Green leafy plants, especially vegetables will be doing well from today into next week. With the still Waxing Moon making its way into Scorpio, now will be the best time to mow lawns as well as trim plants that require it. Watering of all plants, including those indoor, that need it is favourable on these days.

 

USA Magickal Moon Gardening this Week
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July
The Waxing Moon is in Virgo and root crops should be doing very well. Do not harvest or preserve fruits during this time, but you will find that transplanting, repotting, along with sowing and planting out garden beds will result in stronger and healthier plants. Flowers will be developing well on Sunday. 

Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th July
Over these days refrain from watering unless sowing and planting. Flowers do very well being sown and planted at this time as the Moon moves through Libra. Most other plants and seeds will also benefit by being planted now if it is appropriate for their type.

Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th July
On Wednesday you should find that flowers are at their best and both days, leafy plants are enjoying very favourable conditions for growth. The Waning Moon is In Scorpio and this will mean that watering can be done freely and it's a very good time to sow, transplant and plant leafy plants, especially vegetables. 

Friday 12th July
Green leafy plants, especially vegetables will be doing well from today into next week. With the still Waxing Moon still in  Scorpio, now will be  also be the best time to mow lawns as well as trim plants that require it. Watering of all plants, including those indoor, that need it is favourable on these days.


UK Magickal Moon Gardening this Week
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July
The Waxing Moon is in Virgo and root crops should be doing very well. Do not harvest or preserve fruits during this time, but you will find that transplanting, repotting, along with sowing and planting out garden beds will result in stronger and healthier plants. Flowers will be developing well on Sunday. 

Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th July
Over these days refrain from watering unless sowing and planting. Flowers do very well being sown and planted at this time as the Moon moves through Libra. Most other plants and seeds will also benefit by being planted now if it is appropriate for their type.

Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July
On Wednesday you should find that flowers are at their best and both days, leafy plants are enjoying very favourable conditions for growth. The Waning Moon is In Scorpio and this will mean that watering can be done freely, including indoor plants and it's a very good time to sow, transplant and plant leafy plants, especially vegetables as well as mowing lawns. 

The interpretations of the Luna Calendar and Gardening are written by Cheralyn Darcey. 
Sharing is permitted in original form. 


🌿 Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)

My desirable and magickal Devil’s Ivy peeking through the kitchen window.
Plant of the Day - Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum) will bring prosperity, expansion, and will bring what it is you desire closer.
Don’t grow in the garden as it can become invasive.
A native of the Solomon Islands, it does incredibly well indoors and is a hard working natural air purifier.

Devil's Ivy Webcard