November 16, 2016

Herbal Grimoire ~ Cloves

Money Pentacle, Pagan by Design
Cloves have been used in Witchcraft for protection, prosperity, love and purification for many generations.  They are associated with the element of Fire, the planet Jupiter, and are considered masculine in nature.  Cloves have been used in exorcism and are also believed to provide very good protection for children.  They are known, also, to strengthen friendships and ward off malicious gossip.

Medicinally, it is known that Cloves contain Eugenol, a pleasantly-aromatic antiseptic ingredient which is toxic to harmful organisms, fungus, and bacteria.  Perhaps for these reasons, Cloves are a natural choice for driving away negative energies, and drawing in positive attention, purity, and prosperity.

Ideas for using Cloves in Magic:

  • Burn as an incense alone or as a candle dressing (candle color correspondence to match intent) 
  • Carry, or wear (in a perfume or pouch) to attract love or abundance 
  • Place 3 drops of Clove oil on a wet washcloth and add to the clothes dryer when drying your child's clothing to help protect them from harm or bullying, boost their confidence in new situations, and attract positive friends 
  • Infuse into wine or cider as an aphrodisiac 
  • Make into prosperity Pentacles and carry for luck and drawing wealth 
  • Mix with tobacco for smoking 
  • Use in making potpourri, pomanders or sachets to place around the home 
  • Give gifts containing Cloves (such as Potpourri) to solidify friendships, honesty, and trust 
  • Blend them into tisanes or food recipes for inner purification, protection from illness and good health
The photo at the top of this post is one of my own "Money Pentacles".  It is nearly the same recipe as the one shown on McCormick's website, but I usually use white glue with mine to help bind the cinnamon together, and then let them air dry instead of warming in the oven.  When finished, you might place one in your change purse and carry it with you to attract money, and also help you spend wisely.

Here is one potpourri recipe from Crafts for the Kid in All of Us called Soul Soother:  Be sure to wear rubber gloves when preparing.

2 ounces Rose Petals
1 ounce each of Chamomile Flowers, Meadowsweet and Agrimony
1/2 ounce each of Hibiscus Flowers and Lemon Balm
8 crushed Bay Leaves
1 tablespoon crushed Cinnamon Sticks
1 tablespoon crushed Vanilla Pod
2 teaspoons crushed Cloves
2 teaspoons crushed Allspice
3 tablespoons Orris Root
3 drops Carnation Oil
2 drops Violet Oil

While wearing rubber gloves, mix all ingredients in a glass bowl EXCEPT the oils. When mixture is well blended, add oils and continue to mix with your hands. 

Cloves in herbal remedies:

Cloves are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber.  They contain 36 active ingredients which contribute to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  Cloves are an excellent source of manganese, Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin K, and Vitamin C.  They also contain significant amounts of phosphorous, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Clove oil is probably best known for numbing the pain of toothache and oral ulcers.  It also contains ingredients which help stabilize blood circulation and regulate body temperature.  Applied externally, it has stimulating effects on the skin, producing heat and redness.

For Coughs:  Three to five drops of Clove oil mixed with honey and a clove of Garlic may alleviate spasmodic cough of tuberculosis, asthma and bronchitis when taken once before going to bed.

Muscle Cramps:  May be relieved when oil of Clove is applied as a poultice near the affected muscle.  As a massage oil, Cloves can relieve arthritis and rheumatism. 

Cloves are used also in Aromatherapy to reduce stress.

Precautions:  This post is for informational purposes only and is NOT advice.  This content is NOT intended to replace the professional medical advice of a licensed Physician.  The use of Cloves, especially in excess, including inhaling warm vapors from the oils, can have severe or deadly side effects!  Cloves may interfere with blood clotting and may also lower blood sugar.  Cloves may interfere with blood thinning medications.
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Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA.  She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.

November 3, 2016

Winter Craze

Braving frigid wind she'll trek
out to the shed where they are kept
Icy fingers fumble for
a grasp upon the wooden door...

Inside it's dark, and lonely too.
Soon she spots the crates of blue,
and twisting past the boxes stacked
she grips the handles now, at last...

Dragging them across the floor -
are they heavier than before?
The grating sounds on cold cement
brings a smile she can't prevent...

Out in the wind and snow once more
she drags her bounty toward the door
It seems so far away, her home,
yet weak and winded, she moves on...

At last, the steps to her abode
and up she drags her burdened load.
Now safe inside as wind whirls wild
At 46 she's like a child...

She drops her crates upon the floor
winter gear ripped off once more...
and as she cracks the sealed lids
a frantic scream escapes her lips!

The boxes lying on the floor
are not the ones she'd ventured for...
instead of lights, and Yule-time fluff
they're filled with ghosts and Samhain stuff!

LOL, ha, this will be me in a few minutes! Digging out the decorations from the shed.


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Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA.  She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.

March 6, 2016

Silent Sunday ~ March 6, 2016

http://www.paganbydesign.com/2016/01/silent-sunday-january-31-2016.html
If you're not yet familiar with how Silent Sunday works, please refer to the Introductory Post linked in the name or graphic above.   

The reveal for Silent Sunday, February 28, 2016


I'm sorry my photo is a bit blurry.  The cards were, from left to right, The Heirophant, The Hanging Man and The Fool.  Were you able to distinguish any of the cards, their symbolism or meanings?  For example, if your thoughts gravitated toward phrases like "revealing sacred knowledge", "thinking before you speak", or "Taurus or the bull in astrology" then you may have been picking up on The Heirophant.  Perhaps you felt the ropes from which The Hanging Man is suspended, or even the number of his card, which is 12.  If you're unsure of your findings, you may go to any of several places online to discover detailed information for each card.  One such resource is Biddy Tarot.  How did it go for you?  Please share in the comments or on Pagan by Design Facebook Page.
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Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA.  She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.
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