For me, it’s important to integrate magic into my mundane activities.
That’s the essence of Faerie kitchen witchery, in some ways.
For me, it's important to integrate magic into my mundane activities. That's the essence of Faerie kitchen witchery, in some ways. Such integration often requires fast, easy spells. They allow me to do magic all day. Here are three formulas that provide fast access to the magic of herbs, whether you're brewing them for medicinal purposes or purely as beverages. With these three formulas, you can do magic for just about anything. Formula #1 The benefits an herb has on the mundane plane often translate into otherworldly benefits, if given a chance. So here's what I do: When preparing tea, I might take a moment to remember one benefit that particular tea gives my body. Examples: Chamomile is calming. Dandelions root builds my liver. Echinacea strengthens my immune system to fight illness. I believe whatever specific empowerment an herb gives to my body, it also gives to my spirit. Based on that, I made up a phrase I can adapt for many teas, as an enchantment. While pouring hot water over the herb, I say, “May this tea fill in the blank my spirit.” I fill in the blank with one of the herb's physical benefits. To continue the previous examples: For chamomile I say, “May this tea calm my spirit.” For dandelion root: “May this tea strengthen my spirit.” Or I might need to adapt the sentence. For echinacea: “May this tea give me fortitude during my current crisis.” If I'm ill, that might be a crisis. Also, I could recite this if there is a non-health crisis in my life. If preparing an herbal blend, you can recite the words focusing on just one herb. It can take mere seconds to remember one single physical benefit of an herb. Then the recitation takes about 10 seconds. Such a brief process easily fits magic into my day. Plus, having a phrase I can adapt over and over is useful because I often don't have the energy or time to think up an entirely new phrase in the middle of kitchen activities.
Sometimes I brew an herbal tea and don't need one of its medicinal benefits applied to my spirit. (I guess you could say I'd always need it, but that's not relevant to what I'm trying to convey here). At those times, knowing herbs' other psychic properties lets me quickly draw on those assets in my kitchen life.
Here's a formula for those times: while pouring hot water over the herb, I say, “May this tea bring me fill in the blank.”
The following examples are herbs commonly drunk as medicines, but the formula applies to herbs drunk purely as beverages.
The psychic properties of all the herbs used as examples actually do have physical counterparts. But I wanted a formula that went straight to the psychic traits, instead of figuring them out roundabout through their physical traits.
Anise confers psychic abilities. As I pour hot water over the anise, I say, “May this tea bring me psychic abilities.” (This is good at any stage in your psychic development. Even if you have good psychic abilities, you might want them sharpened for a particular occasion.)
Anise, being tasty, is often included in herbal blends drunk simply as beverages. If you purchase an herbal blend, you might want to check its ingredients. It might include herbs with magical properties perfect for you!
I might adapt the formula slightly, as the next two examples illustrate.
Calendula cleanses away negative energy. “May this tea purify my spirit.”
Ginger wakes your spirit. “May this tea wake my spirit.” (This has a lot of applications, e.g., when you lack confidence, do not feel the motivation you need, or feel blah about life.) Like anise, ginger is often included in herbal blends just for its taste.
If you research through text or online about the magical correspondences of other herbs you commonly brew, you can apply this magical formula to them!
This formula is for enchanting my circumstances (rather than doing spells on myself or other people). Please do not use this formula to do magic on other people. That requires information beyond the limits of this lesson. Doing spells on someone other than yourself often backfires, hurting both the you and the person bespelled.
If you need to do magic on someone other than yourself, talk with a skilled, compassionate, wise elder first. Doing spells on someone other than yourself can require technical expertise and certain mental states. One of those mental states is common sense, which tends to vanish as soon as the idea of doing a spell on someone other than oneself arises, yet the spellcaster doesn't realize common sense has left them until they talk with someone insightful. Without common sense, spellcrafting can be a disaster.
There are exceptions to the cautions I'm giving, but they too are beyond the limits of this lesson … and most people think their situation is the exception.
So this formula is for circumstances—your environment: “May this tea bring me fill in the blank.”
In the examples below, the chant next to each herb makes the herb's magical benefit obvious.
An herb has more than one magical benefit, but these three formulas focus on one benefit at a time. Feel free to adapt them to include more benefits, but sometimes less is more. This lesson focuses on spellcrafting during mundane activities; one benefit at a time makes it easy to quickly apply these formulas during the day; the time required for research to find more benefits or for deciding which of the many benefits to focus on can make it hard to actually fit these formulas in. If you're integrating magic into your life regularly, you get around to all the benefits pretty soon, anyway. Cool!
Alfalfa leaf: “May this tea bring me prosperity.”
Garlic: “May this tea bring me protection.”
Hawthorn: “May this tea bring me magic.” If the benefits of magic coming to you are not obvious: using Hawthorn would be good if you need more power for a spell you're about to do or if you just want to draw magic to enjoy its Fey beauty.
Here is the magical principal underlying these three formulas, giving them power. Herbs have psychic properties regardless of whether we say any of the above phrases about a given herb. However, the phrases, I believe, help activate the herb's energy and open us to it. The phrases also inherently shows gratitude. Gratitude draws magic.
Consider printing this lesson and putting it on your refrigerator. With the formulas on hand to refer to at the drop of a hat, you can easily and constantly add powerful Faerie magic to your kitchen life, hence constantly improve your life.
Plus, I chose examples that cover some of our core needs as humans. It would be great to have those examples on hand to use not as examples but for their own sake.
Enjoy magic all day. It is your right and heritage as a witch and human, given us by the Old Gods!
Disclaimer, note well: 1) Never use magic in place of proper medical care by a trained, professional physician. Magic is a powerful addition, not a replacement. 2) Regarding herbs’ physical properties: just because herbs are natural doesn’t mean they’re all harmless. 3) A good medicinal herb for one person can be really harmful for another. Though I've mentioned some herbs' medicinal benefits, that doesn't mean those herbs will have that affect on—or be safe for!—your particular body. 4) Know your herbs—research an herb using several sources. 5) There are many medical conditions and other circumstances—and even many herbs—that require you consult with a professional herbalist instead of just deciding what herbs to use yourself.
Francesca De Grandis aka Outlaw Bunny is the bestselling author of Be a Goddess! and a shamanic guide. Founder of The Third Road, a Faerie Shamanism tradition she teaches through text and oral tradition, De Grandis is also a bard, painter, mystical innovator, and busy elf. Check out her site www.stardrenched.com