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:
Candle Spell for Calm and Harmony
The madness of recent months is calming down a little. We here in the UK are slowly adjusting our lives to a new normal. Not easy for some, so I felt a spell for calm and harmony was called for.
I put the following on my spell plate:
Blue Kyanite – remove blockages in energy field
Snow Quartz – calm and peace
Orange Calcite – promote happiness
Meadowsweet – balance and harmony
Marjoram – Joy!
Chamomile herbs – rolled up in candle – calm and balancing
Blue Candle for calm
I lit the candle, focused on the flame and said the following:
“As I light this candle blue
And visualise calm and peace
As the flame burns slowly down
May stress and angst be released
So mote it be!”
Let the candle burn down if you can.. Watch as the candle extinguishes and see any stress and feelings of angst be carried away on the smoke that follows
I love the scent of this plant and just felt I had to make something with it this month. It has wonderful properties of calm and harmony to name a couple, so thought it would make a wonderful salve to apply on the wrists to promote those feelings. It can also be applied prior to any spell work for calm, balance, harmony etc.
A large handful of heads of meadowsweet
100ml carrier oil. I used olive oil but you can use any oil that you feel drawn to
15g pure beeswax
I placed the meadowsweet and the oil in a saucepan and warmed it gently for about 45 mins then turned off the heat and let it steep for another hour. This allows the plant to infuse.
When cool, strain through a muslin cloth, squeezing the cloth to extract all the oil. Put the oil back into the saucepan and over a low heat, add the beeswax. Once it has melted, take it off the heat, let cool slightly before pouring it into a clean and sterilised jar. Once fully cooled, pop on the lid. This should keep for 6 months in the fridge.