July has been a rather magical month all the way around. It’s easy to find components this time of year in New England. It seems like they’re veritably bursting out of the earth.
First, I gathered some lavender for a house blessing that our Grove performed for one of our members. It was a wonderful ritual, with much drumming, smudging, food, and song. Not much surprise on the last two as this was the residence of a bard par excellence!
The next bit of magic I concocted was for cleansing, warding, and brightening my dwelling space. I had been going through a particularly rough patch with the community, and needed a little extra boost to feel safe in my own space. This was a mix of nettle and raspberry for protection, and dandelion and ginger for cleansing/enlivening. Worked pretty darned well, if you ask me.
Before I had a particularly difficult meeting, I took a lustral bath with agrimony, loosestrife, and marigold. Smelled great and acted as the perfect relaxer.
Last bit of spooky-fu this month was a lucky frog for a neighbor. She’s usually focused on banishing things, but if you don’t fill the void with something good, you’re just going to end up in the same place. Since I have a soft spot for frogs and tend to think killing them in the name of a spell is bad juju for the health of your garden, I’ve started making origami frogs instead. Still effective in my experience, with without taking away a valuable predator from my veggies and herbs.