Catnip is commonly used in sleeping potions. The easiest and most pleasant way I can think of to use catnip for this purpose is to make a delicious pot of tea. Catnip is one of the herbs that I grow in my own gardens, so all I have to do when I want to brew a pot of catnip tea is to step outside and snatch a handful of the fresh herb. I usually use both the flowers and the leaves. How much you use is going to depend upon how strong you like your tea and the size of your pot. You can sweeten it with honey or sugar. Since catnip is a member of the mint family, I’m guessing that if you like mint in your tea, you’ll like catnip, though to me it is more pungent.
Catnip has an absolutely intoxicating effect on cats, and it was actually hard getting the catnip started in my garden because my cats wouldn’t leave it alone. I’d plant a nice lush bunch of catnip and the next morning I’d go out to find nothing but bare stems and a garden full of chewed leaves. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve looked out the kitchen windows to watch one of our cats, or a stray cat, rolling around our garden in drunken bliss.
I harvest our catnip not only for use as a tea, but as a treat for my cats and for magickal uses. To make a magickal talisman for your cat, one that he will absolutely love, you can sew two small pieces of flannel together, and just before you sew it shut add a nice bunch of fresh catnip leaves. Consecrate this talisman for your kitty to pass on the magick of good health mojo and protection.
Catnip is sacred to all pagan gods/goddesses who manifest as a cat or feline creature, including: Sekhmet, Bast, Mau, Tefnut, Mafdet, and Freya.
Correspondences for Catnip:
Energy: Feminine (Receptive) Planet: Venus Element: Water Magick: cat magick, love, beauty, well-being
It’s believed that a gift of catnip from you to your cat will create a magickal and psychic bond between the two of you. Since I’ve experienced this myself, I have to say that it truly works in beautiful ways. If you make a catnip talisman for your kitty, keep this in mind. Remember that concentrating on your intentions when crafting magickal items imbues that piece with the magick. Catnip is also used in love spells, often as an ingredient in mojo bags or candle magick. Just as the cat finds this herb intoxicating and irresistible, so will the one you target in love magick, using catnip to draw them to you. Hang a bunch of dried catnip over the threshold of your home to draw good spirits and good luck, as well as to draw the blessings of cat goddesses. Catnip is also used in beauty spells, either as a tincture you can use to bathe your face, or with candle magic. It’s believed that this herb will mesmerize those targeted in such spells to see you as youthful and beautiful. This type of enchantment is considered a glamoury.
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This innocent box we refer to as the computer is a gateway for all kinds of energy– and individuals– to come through. Most of the time this energy is positive and the visitors welcome, but occasionally this may not be so. You can use your magickal advantage to keep this gateway clear of unwanted energies and strangers.
I keep a mojo bag taped to the side of my computer. It’s the easiest type of magick imaginable and it is impressively effective.
Use a yellow bag, harnessing the energy of the element of Air– highlighting communication, mental endeavors, and creativity. To this bag add slippery elm– to halt a nasty tongue, or in this case, fingertips; sage and rosemary– for purification; cloves– for exorcism and protection from unwanted or negative energy or people; a stone of jet or obsidian for protection, blue lace agate to open your throat chakra and improve your ability to communicate, clear quartz crystal to increase all positive energy, and blue lapis to enhance your intuition– allowing you greater insight into whom you can and cannot trust.
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Romantic, highly sexual, insipid, quiet, lazy, hedonistic, intuitive, stubborn, sensitive, unambitious, complacent…these are just a few of the words that will describe this tarot king. The King of Cups is the least ver…bal of the kings. Whether you’re waiting for a soliloquy of undying love and devotion, or a clear explanation for his actions, you are not going to receive it from this character. The one ironic twist to this king is that although he doesn’t have the skills or the desire to express himself, his lack of expression does not mean that he doesn’t have the capacity for feeling deeply.
At his best he’s romantic and chivalrous, as long as this means that he doesn’t have to stand up for anything; and he’s gentle. At his worst he’s lazy and passive aggressive, which generally tends to come off as childishness, and he tends to be promiscuous. He’s also exceedingly stubborn and often has a skewered perception of any given situation. This King indulges his appetites, whatever they may be, with unabashed abandon, and of course, no explanation or apologies.
The King of Cups, though quiet and mostly passive, will become stubborn and sullen when confronted with opposition. He also tends to retreat from contact with those who annoy him, or with anyone who has pushed him past his limit– and this king does have a limit to how much he will tolerate, though you will never know, until it’s too late, that you’ve reached this limit, because he will never speak up.
The King of Cups is closely associated with the element of Water; the herb palmetto; and the zodiac sign of Scorpio.
This bird is the epitome of peace, and it’s this energy which can be used to heal rifts; to bring enemies together; to end feuds; to bring a sense of well-being to people, or a space. On a white shee…t of paper, write the names of those involved in the dispute; but write them not in a single row, or on opposite ends of the paper– write the names one on top of the other. Lay the Dove’s feather on one edge of this paper and roll it up, tying it with white ribbon, creating a scroll. Either keep this token in a secret place and let the magick bubble and brew and build over a period of time, or unleash its energy in one furious burst by throwing it into the flames of a roaring bonfire.
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Sparrow/ambition: be cautious with the energy of this bird, for ambition, once released, can feed upon itself and devour the one who dared to wake it. Temper ambition with common sense; sensitivity to those around you; an…d a sense of balance above all else. The energy of the Sparrow is frenzied, highly concentrated, and too strong for some; but it may just be the push that’s needed to ignite motivation.
A little Kitchen Witchery…
You can carry a leaf of mint in your wallet, where your money lay, allowing it to soak up the energy for prosperity. I carry a mojo bag in my purse containing mint, patchouli, a stone– aventurine, and a gold coin. Ginger You can add a pinch of ginger to whatever spell you are doing in order to speed the magick up. Think of it as the fast forward button of magickal herbs.
Sage is such a standard herb in the practice of witchcraft. Use it for cleansing and purification by smudging with it. The cleansing smoke of sage will clear the air of negative energy, unwanted entities, and any other spiritual/emotional/psychological ‘grime’.
You can write your wish on a whole bay leaf, wrap it in a small white cloth, and keep it carefully tucked away until your wish comes true…then burn it in the flame of a candle and scatter the ashes to the wind.
Rosemary is a cleansing herb, almost as popular as sage, but in a different way. Where sage is mysterious and ancient and conjures up pictures of shamans and rituals, rosemary is the practical old washerwoman, down on her knees with her chapped red hands, scrubbing away the dirt. And you will take advantage of this aspect of rosemary by adding a pinch of this herb to your wash water when mopping the floor. You’ll be washing away much more than the physical dirt.
I think that one of the most popular uses for cloves is to shut the big fat mouth of an obnoxious gossip. If it were me– and it may have been smile*– I’d make a poppet of this offensive creature, as much to the likeness as possible, and I’d stuff it’s mouth *full of cloves.
This herb wreaks of Love Energy, and you can sprinkle it, ever so subtly, into a cup of tea to serve to the one that you desire. Before you hand this cup to the target, take a sip of tea yourself.
Use this herb for the smudging properties of the smoke. Oregano will keep your in-laws away. All you have to do is smudge their photo along with every single entrance into your home. It works– believe me.
Robin/domestic bliss: heal the wounds of domestic strife, or enhance the energy of a happy home with a feather from the Robin. The magick of this bird is centered around hearth and home, family and familial connections. I…f the energy here is tainted, every other aspect of life will fall into the great abyss. Like the center of a wheel, the energy of the home supports and connects all those who touch it. Sweet Robin, bring with your energy the Mother’s great blessing upon our hearth and the loved ones seated ‘round it.
Roses: The gender is feminine (receptive), the planets are Venus and the Moon, the element is Water. Roses are most strongly connected with love spells. Use the energies of the various colors for different types …of love– red/passionate affairs with lusty sex, or soul mate connections; pink/for strong bonds of loyalty, friendship, and fidelity; yellow/for peaceful partings, to say good-by; white/to honor a love who has passed, or to honor a relationship that has come to a natural conclusion. The white blossoms of a rose can also be used in spells and magick to contact a deceased partner.
Oh, be gone, the ways of the fool…bring with the feather of the Owl wisdom, the ability to judge truthfully, insight that reaches beyond what we can see or feel, and the means to keep in check all those things in life which can so easily unseat us. The spirit of this bird encompasses wisdom from the universe, the past as well as the present; it wreaks of ancient energy, the ancestors. Guard its magick well…there are those who would not wish wisdom upon you, for with wisdom comes discernment.
(Note: only use feathers gifted to you by Mother Nature, or otherwise procured, with no harm done to the creatures who are, after all, the original owners of said feathers.)
Blue Jay/protective magick:
You know when you’re not safe, when you’re vulnerable and unprotected. Sometimes it starts as an uneasy feeling, or dreams in the night that stay with you during the day. You know. The Blue Jay’s raucous, obnoxious, aggressive behavior will cast a spell of protection around you; the bad boy of the bird world, like a strutting gutsy gun-toting bad boy on the streets. With the energy of this bird, your enemies will keep their distance, think twice about attack, think twice about crossing you. The candle is black, the herbs and incense pungent, stinging, obnoxious, even poisonous…cloves, allspice, cayenne pepper, belladonna, hemlock, black cohash, thistle. You will make a mojo bag to keep with you at all times, a bag that will contain at least three of these herbs, the Blue Jay’s feather, and a stone of black onyx.
Being connected to your spirituality, no matter what path you take, is reassuring in the idea that there is more to ‘the big picture’. There’s something larger than ourselves, there is a higher power, there is a rhyme and reason to the Universe and how it works; and thus, there is a rhyme and reason for existence within this realm.
Witchcraft is a very unique spiritual path, in that the power to create change, the power to shape our lives, the power to overcome obstacles, all lay within us. Divinity is part of us, not some intangible stereotype hovering in the heavens above watching as we screw up and drop to our knees. I embrace the Goddess– I am the Goddess– and the Goddess is me. All of life’s infinite possibilities lay in the knowledge of my own being and within the energies and entities that I have aligned my life with.
If you approach your spirituality in this way, everyday is a celebration of the miraculous.
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