Witch’s Enchanted Garden
The earliest word for witchcraft in Western
Culture is pharmakis (from the ancient Greek). As you can
see it shares roots with the word pharmacy which is defined as the
“dispensing of medicine.” Ancient witches practicing the Craft were
known as the pharmaceute, the knower of plants.
Witches have always been associated with herbs
and plants. Learning the helpful properties and the baneful
properties (for you must know one along with the other), this
knowledge made witches of value to the village folks who sought out
their knowing of this magic.
Witches have been linked to a “familiar
spirit” usually thought of as an animal, but another type of
familiar was cultivated by the witch - the “plant familiar.” These
plant familiars were started by seed, and from the very first touch
of the witch, she imbued them with the magical intent and purpose of
her magic. As the plant grew the witch would speak to the plant and
care for it in a way that filled the plant’s physical and aura
properties with the magical intentions of the witch.
She would care for it throughout the growing
season. Speaking words of enchantment, cultivating the plant spirit
to grow and thrive.
When harvest time arrived, intimately linked
with the phase of the moon, the Witch approached the plant with
reverence and care. Informing the plant that the time had come to
harvest the fruits of the season, she used a copper or bronze blade
because metal containing iron can neutralize or disrupt magic.
If the leaf or fruits were to be taken, the
living essence of the plant would remain, never taking all of its
life force. The witch would thank the plant for its bounty and
If the root was to be the harvested, she would
always leave some of the root intact and put this back into the
dirt. Again thanking the plant for its sacrifice.
With the end of the growing season and the Fall
winds gusting, sending the gloriously vibrant multihued leaves
whirling in a dervish dance, I am so grateful to be living in New
England! Our second year of growing an enchanted herb garden was
The herbs that are listed as grown by us on
Raven’s Loft are raised, nurtured and loved by us using the
time-honored methods of creating the “plant familiar” in accord with
the lunar tides.
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specially grown herbs.
pleased to be able to offer these “witch grown” herbs to you for
your ritual and magical use.