Musings of a Village Witch - July by Ness


July 3rd - Its chilly, cloudy and very un-July like here on the South Coast. Nature doesn’t seem to mind although the absence of bees and butterflies is noticeable this morning. Even the birds aren't singing much. The flowers and greenery are swaying in the wind – I'm sure even they would appreciate a bit of warm summer sun.



July 8th - Its warm but cloudy – there is a definite shift in energy...I’m feeling the start of a change in the seasons. An odd thing to perhaps feel in early July but as I look across to the fields and the golden cops that sway in the breeze, it won't be too long before it is harvested and the fields will be bare apart from dry yellow stalks. The Green Man who I work with in these months is starting to tire. He is preparing for his sleep which he knows is on its way. I’ve spotted blackberries – ripe and shiny, and the grasses in the fields are yellowing too. The early cleavers are brown now - their dark seeds clinging to whatever brushes against them.


July 14th - Another day by a fishing lake. The fishing is quiet so I have time to look around, take in my surroundings and maybe meditate for a while. The plants of spring and early summer are waning – the leaves of the alum have given way to berries of reds and orange. Nettles are seeding along the hedgerows and bind weed, although the flowers are beautiful, grab hold of anything in its way and twist and turn around the stems of anything, in order – it seems – to get the best spot. Dock leaves full of holes – food for the hungry caterpillars and other insects.


July 22nd - As the first half of the year draws to a close, I’ve looked through the previous musings and have seen how wonderful nature is. To really take note of my surroundings – all that is on my doorstep literally! I’ve learnt the names of so many new plants, discovered others for the first time and have researched their magical and healing properties and have made notes in my hand written journal. Here are some of the plants I have discovered this month:

Wild Garlic

Meadowsweet

White Bryony

Wormwood

Marjoram

Self Heal

Ragwort

Himalayan Balsam