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Magickal Uses of Bittersweet Nightshade
Bittersweet nightshade is a variety of nightshade that’s less poisonous than deadly nightshade. You can find bittersweet nightshade growing on the side of the road, near trees and along fences. Caution should be used when handling or harvesting this variety because it is poisonous. There are herbal remedies that use bittersweet nightshade but unless you are a trained herbalist, you should NOT consume this plant, burn this plant or apply it to your skin in any way. Make sure to store bittersweet nightshade far away from children and your beloved familiars.
Magickal uses for bittersweet nightshade are similar to those of deadly nightshade and any plant in the nightshade family can be used interchangeably for most magickal workings.
Bittersweet nightshade adds power to any magick done on the Dark Moon. It is great for spells involving beauty or faerie glamour and it is very protective. You can hang bittersweet nightshade upside down by the entrances of your home to protect your home & yourself from harmful energies, magick, spirits & people. Any variety of nightshade can be used to honor the dead or in rituals involving death and the spirit realm. Traditionally this plant should be gathered/harvested on Samhain when the berries have all turned red.
Peace, Love & Magick
MAGICKAL USES OF PINE SAP
Pine sap has been used in natural remedies and it’s been burned to fuel fires for thousands of years. Pine sap has many practical and magickal uses which makes it an excellent collection to your magickal supply closet!
Harvesting Pine Sap
Pine sap oozes out of pine trees when the tree is injured. The sap is the way the pine tree heals itself. When harvesting the sap, make sure not to harvest too much. Only harvest from pine trees where there is a lot of sap build-up and leave enough so that the tree’s wound is left well covered by sap. Always thank the tree after harvesting your sap. I’ll usually leave an offering behind as well.
Pine sap is excellent to use in purification, protection and healing spells & rituals. When burned as an incense, pine will remove any negative/incorrect energy from a space. The aroma of pine sap incense also helps to relieve stress and to put a worried mind at ease. Carry some pine sap in a mojo bag to psychically protect yourself.
You can use pine sap as a natural glue to hold together magickal crafts for offerings or ritual. If your candles won’t stop tilting in their holder, placing pine sap under them will hold the candle in it’s place! Pine sap is waterproof so it can also be used to mend small cracks in terra-cotta planters or offering bowls.
Next time you are out on your nature walk, harvest some pine sap! The pine sap in the photo above is some that I’ve recently harvested.
Peace, Love & Magick
This is my new rudraksha seed that I found at a Tibetan store in Boston. I’ve been searching high & low for a nine faced rudraksha seed, as it is representative of the Goddess that I work with most frequently, Durga. By wearing and using this rudraksha seed, it is said Durga will bring success and bless the wearer with fearlessness, power, dynamism, energy, motivation, pleasure & the understanding of one’s purpose in this life. This type of rudraksha is traditionally capped in silver and worn on a red string. “Om Hreem Hum Namah” is a traditional mantra that can be chanted while wearing this rudraksha seed.
Seeds from the rudraksha tree are commonly used to make pendants, traditional Indian medicines & malas. Malas are sets of prayer beads that are used when reciting mantras, prayers & while chanting in Hinduism & Buddhism.
Rudraksha seeds have different qualities, healing abilities and traditional uses/associations depending on how many “mukhis” or “faces” the seed has. Some rudraksha seeds are very rare and can be quite expensive! To learn more about the different deity associations and benefits of working with different rudraksha seeds: check out this helpful page: http://www.holyrudraksha.com/rudraksha/cat_3.html
Since I’ve started using this rudraksha seed during my mediation, I have found that I feel more confident, energized & motivated. If you haven’t tried working with rudraksha seeds yet, I can’t recommend it enough!
Peace, Love & Magick
Photo by Kelly @Dark Moon Tarot (c)2012