Essence of Life in a Bloom: The Magic of Flowers

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Perhaps the most unassuming gift earth has given us are flowers, and little do we know that we perform little rituals and magic with them all the time. In our youth, we’d pluck petals off flowers one by one, chanting “loves me, loves me not”, in the hopes of predicting romantic outcomes. We present red roses on dates because we know that red roses are associated with love. We prepare chamomile teas for their calming effects on the body and mind. We crown graves of loved ones with fresh bouquets in memory of their spirit. Flowers are gifts of celebration, mourning, love, fertility, and so much more.

By now, spring has started to reach its peak, as entire fields of flowers have burst forth from the warm earth in a beautiful kaleidoscope of colors, and wave to passerby in the breeze. During the turn of the seasons, flowers are the most obvious sign of life, the most telling that the dead of winter has passed and now it is the life-giving spring’s time to shine.

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The use of flowers in magic is quite common as they are so symbolic of green vitality and are associated with various sabbats, deities, and elements based on when they grow, what they mean (such as in the language of flowers), their medicinal uses, and their folklore. Their roots are deep in human culture and are intrinsic parts of the cycles of the earth itself. Green witches and kitchen witches will find many uses for flowers and herbs, and methodically plan out and nurture their gardens accordingly for their medicinal and magical properties.

Flowers can be used in spellwork in the fashion of being infused in teas and wines, and everything from their petals to their leaves and roots can be used as ingredients for various magical work. The act of planting a flower’s seed can be a little ritual in and of itself if you have a certain intention or goal in mind when planting and nurturing the seed, imagining the flower’s bloom toward the sky as your wish coming to fruition along with it. Flowers can also be used as offerings to deities and can decorate your altar.

Certain flowers are more suitable to use depending on the deity or sabbat. For example, as Beltane has recently been observed, appropriate flowers for the sabbat are brightly-colored spring blooms such as daffodils, tulips, dandelions, and cowslip. Flower crowns are also commonly worn in celebration for this sabbat of life and flora. For the upcoming Litha during midsummer, consider using passionate blooms of roses and golden sunflowers to decorate your altar and enhance your spellwork.

Perhaps the first flower that I noticed to start appearing once the weather got warmer were dandelions. It’s honestly a shame that this flower gets cursed as something undesirable in a garden or scorned for simply growing beside a sidewalk. This little yellow puff is bursting with magic. One magical practice you might be already familiar with is blowing on dandelions seeds while making a wish! Fittingly enough, dandelions have an association with the air element, as their fluffy seeds are carried by the winds here, there, and everywhere. As such, you can use it to aid in communication and increase psychic abilities.

<p>Beautiful delphinium blooms sold at the local market</p>

Beautiful delphinium blooms sold at the local market

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I came across some delphinium (or larkspur) as well recently. Being born in July, I can’t help but have a fondness for it as it is July’s birth flower. Delphinium are used in magic for protection, and are also associated with levity; fitting to have frivolity associated with a summer flower. They’re believed to repel scorpions and in Greek mythology were used to heal wounds, both of these an example of their protective nature.

Flowers sprout and bloom full of the earth’s energy. Their gifts and personality provide all humans the tools they need to accomplish their goals and wishes. In their unassuming beauty, they hold the secrets to healing and protection, to nurturing and preservation, and they have as many magical uses as there are flower species in the world (more than I could possibly cover in one sitting, as much as I would love to try!). The magic they bring to our lives need not be flashy or even ritualistic; simply appreciating their existence (”stopping to smell the roses” as it were) is enough to bring life and inspiration to our hearts.

Consider the flowers you see in your every day life, or your favorite flower, and delve into some research of their magical properties and their folklore — you may find yourself pleasantly surprised by the gifts your flora friend gives you!

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