Book Review – Pagan Portals: Animal Magic – Working with Animal Spirit Guides by Rachel Patterson

April, 2019

Book Review
Pagan Portals: Animal Magic
Working with Animal Spirit Guides
by Rachel Patterson

Rachel Patterson is a witch, wife, mother, and author. She is high
priestess of the Kitchen Witch Coven and an elder at the Kitchen Witch
School of Natural Witchcraft. She combines hedge witchery, religious
witchcraft, kitchen witchery, and folk magick into her own version of the

Her main animal guide is the boar. Other animals have chosen to be her
guides as well; magpie, pigeon, seagull, frog, and others that pop up on
occasion. Each has it’s own reason and brings it’s own strengths and

She encourages us to trust our intuition in all aspects of life, including
our magick, that there is no ‘right’ way of doing things. She flat out
states that what works for her might not work for you or me.

There seems to be interchangeability between the many words used; totem,
power animal, medicine, and ally to just name a few. Their use depends on
the tradition, pathway or personal preference. Personally, I use either
spirit or guide.

Our ancestors had a deeper stronger connection to nature in all it’s forms.
They understood the animal world in ways that we are just starting to
relearn. That understanding included being able to learn from the other
creatures around them. With that understanding came understanding on a
spiritual level besides the physical.

Each creature has things that they can teach us, qualities that we can
adapt and adopt ourselves. Many of our sayings are animal related; busy as
a bee, quiet as a mouse, loose as a goose, what’s good for the goose is
good for the gander. Animal guides can teach us wisdom, guide us away from
danger, and act as power sources for our magickal endeavors.

We often have dreams or visions of animals. For instance, I used to dream
about lions protecting the wheelchair ramps of a school that I used to go
to. They were there to help me until I was ready to face whatever it was
that I was afraid of, deeply, at that time. So lions represent strength,
courage, and loyalty to me.

This book has lots of great information. The author describes her own
version of a medicine wheel meditation that is designed to help you meet
some of your various animal guides. There’s information about the
elemental, various astrological, deity, etc. connections. This book is
great for learning about spirit guides, animals and otherwise. It gave me
lots of good information and confirmed many things that I had already
learned previously on my own. I do highly recommend this book for those
interested in spirit animal guides and how to contact and work with them.

Pagan Portals – Animal Magic: Working With Spirit Animal Guides on Amazon

Review of The Queen of the Moon Oracle Deck Created by Stacey Demarco

December, 2018

Review of The Queen of the Moon Oracle Deck

Created by Stacey Demarco



The Queen of the Moon Oracle is an Oracle deck created by Stacey Demarco, an author and animal activist known as The Modern Witch and the creator of Natureluster, a group which educates people about and connects people to the powers of nature. The Oracle comes in a nice sturdy 4” x 5½” cardboard box with color images on the front and a bit of information about the Oracle on the back. Inside the box are the 44 6” x 9” cards of the deck and the companion guidebook. This hauntingly beautiful Oracle and guidebook were published by Rockpool Publishing, PO Box 252, Summer Hill NSW 2130.

The companion guidebook is the same size as the cards (so everything fits neatly into the beautiful box) and contains 108 pages printed on white paper with an easy-to-read black font, bound in a sturdy glossy softcover with a beautiful card image of the Queen of the Moon on the front cover and a continuation of the starry skies behind the Queen on the back. The companion book begins with a preface written by Demarco, an introduction that offers brief information about the Moon and its phases and a description of some of the correspondences we associate with lunar energy. Next are instructions for using the Oracle including spreads and a simple dedication, and a description of the setup of the deck itself.

There are three categories of cards in the Queen of the Moon Oracle: 28 cards representing a full cycle from the Dark Moon and back to it; 12 cards, called Seasonal Lunar cards, based on the Lakota terms passed down through Native American generations; and 4 other lunar-related cards including 2 astronomical cards. The cards begin with Dark Moon (card 1) and New Moon (card 2), then move on through 6 Waxing Crescent cards, a First Quarter card, 6 Waxing Gibbous cards, a Full Moon card, 6 Waning Gibbous cards, a Last Quarter card, and 6 Waning Crescent cards. The Seasonal Lunar cards follow, offering descriptions of the energies of the Wolf Moon, the Snow Moon, the Flower Moon, and the Harvest Moon to name a few, followed by the Queen of the Moon, the Lunar God, the Blue Moon and the Super Moon. Each card section offers a color image of the card, a keyword, a description of the keyword meaning, an affirmation, a discussion of the individual card meaning and/or the theme of the Moon phase that encourages and supports a useful interpretation, and a suggested companion crystal or metal.

The images on the cards and in the guidebook are created by Kinga Britschgi, a Hungarian-born artist, digital artist, published author, and language teacher who lives in the US with her family. The cards themselves are 3½” x 5”; each card is printed on sturdy cardstock in vibrant glossy color on both the front and the back. The face of each card contains a number at the top, the name of the moon phase, and the keyword also found in the guidebook, along with the sumptuous images. The card art is gorgeous, with jewel-toned colors and images filled with powerful symbolism that instantly attracts me into each card and draws me to learn more about its energies. The art on the back of the cards shows the phases of the moon in a circle on a beautiful blue background. Because of the combination of the glossy finish that allows the cards to slide easily and the sturdy cardstock, even though they are a tiny bit wide for my hands these cards absolutely invite interaction. Shuffling the deck was easy and once the deck was spread before me, the images resonated deeply and powerfully.

The Queen of the Moon Oracle is a useful tool for tapping into the energies of the moon and the lunar cycle and determining how to integrate them into our lives and our goals. Shuffling the cards and drawing a card or a few cards each day, or throwing one of the spreads suggested in the guidebook, would create a spread that offers emotional, spiritual, and energetic messages that would be useful to any seeker. But there is another purpose for this beautiful Oracle: learning about the cycles of the moon and how they affect us. The deck contains a full lunar cycle of 28 days with suggested energies available on each day. Going through the first 28 cards of the Oracle in order and meditating daily on the corresponding card would bring a hugely useful understanding of our planet’s satellite, and would offer suggested focuses for the day, week, and lunar month going forward.

If you are drawn to the Moon, its meanings, its changing appearance in the sky, and the symbolism and effects on our lives that have been passed down through the generations from our ancestors, you will enjoy the Queen of the Moon Oracle.

Queen of the Moon Oracle: Guidance through Lunar and Seasonal Energies (Rockpool Oracle Cards) on Amazon


About the Author:

Raushanna is a lifetime resident of New Jersey. As well as a professional Tarot Reader and Teacher, she is a practicing Wiccan (Third Degree, Sacred Mists Coven), a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a certified Vedic Thai-Yoga Massage Bodyworker, a 500-hr RYT Yoga Teacher specializing in chair assisted Yoga for movement disorders, and a Middle Eastern dance performer, choreographer and teacher.  Raushanna bought her first Tarot deck in 2005, and was instantly captivated by the images on the cards and the vast, deep and textured messages to be gleaned from their symbols. She loves reading about, writing about, and talking about the Tarot, and anything occult, mystical, or spiritual, as well as anything connected to the human subtle body. She has published a book, “The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding,” and is currently working on a book about the Tarot, pathworking and the Tree of Life. Raushanna documents her experiences and her daily card throws in her blog,, which has been in existence since 2009. She and her husband, her son and step son, and her numerous friends and large extended family can often be found on the beaches, bike paths and hiking trails of the Cape May, NJ area.

The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding on Amazon

NATURE ALCHEMY ~ Journey through Spirit in the Natural World

June, 2013

Dedicated to the Beautiful and Beloved Goddess,




~ Gift of Mystery ~


The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. ~ Albert Einstein

The distant, drifting call of Owl Mantra gently guides us to and through our dreams, just like mother bear hearing Owl upon awakening from deep hibernation. Since time began, throughout the pages of history, Owl has been recognized and honored by mankind. Not only has Owl garnered respect from scientific communities, but also from ancient and indigenous spiritual cultures. Owl’s greatness lies not only in his distinct physical structure and heightened abilities, but also within the sublime world of magick and mystery, where he has been recognized and venerated as possessing the sacred symbolic qualities of wisdom, intuition, intelligence, power, protection, transition, mysticism, messages, and secrets.

One of Owl’s most prominent features, and unique characteristics, is her haunting gift of voice. We can hear her in the dark quiet of the night and early morning, sounding… Whoooo, Whoooo, Whoooo. Owl’s evocative song has the ability to draw us into ourselves, as well as outwards into the mystery of nature. “The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the Mystery”, intuits theoretical physicist Fred Alan Wolf, in the cutting-edge film, “What the Bleep Do We Know!?” Owl is the enchanted primordial path to the unknown. As we follow her, she instinctly leads us to an inner contemplation of the Divine Mystery – that sublime, exquisite place, where life gives birth unto itself.



Here, hidden in the air, and in the trees, I Am.

I call you to Me.

By my voice…calling you…calling you…

I bid you enter into the realm of Mystery.

It is here where life knows itself.

For all is revealed in the sound of the wind, and the trees.

My mantra is Mystery.

I forever hold that claim,

 And gift you with its name.

For as you allow Mystery to dwell within,

It will forever present be…

As a sign for you to see

The true beauty of Thee.



Through the physical and spiritual realms of the Five Kingdoms in Nature:

Celestial, Elemental, Fauna, Flora, and Mineral


Athena – the Greek Goddess of foresight, knowledge, wisdom, inspiration and strength. In the most accurate, earlier Greek mythology, Athena was hailed as “She Who Knows”, and Owl was considered one of the true manifestations of Athena herself, depicted as a sacred animal on her shoulder. In Athena’s shape-shifting self, Owl represents Divine Wisdom incarnate. In mythology, Owl is perceived as such because of the reflected glow from its eyes, representing the light of wisdom shining forth. Wisdom comes from faith in the mystery of life itself – where eternity and infinity meet. Max Planck, a German physicists considered to be the founder of quantum theory, succinctly stated, “Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature, for in the final analysis, we ourselves are part of the mystery we are trying to solve.” As we listen to Owl Mantra’s deep, enduring call, we can remember to give ourselves, and become a part of, the breath of life by gracefully embracing the mysteries of Mother Nature, where the soul of life truly dwells in sweet repose!

Wind in the Trees – silent sound blending with nature. There is mystery in all things. This is part of the exquisite beauty of life. As wind caresses and blows through the trees, a great mystery is being enacted: the union of soundless elements creating sound, echoing together to create natural harmonious song. Owl dwells within the wind and the trees, at one with their essence. Owl Mantra is the song of the wandering wind in the trees, calling forth and offering the mystical secrets of nature. As Henry David Thoreau so eloquently wrote in “Walden: or, Life in the Woods”, “We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us…We can never have enough of nature.” When we attune to the enchanted spirit and sublime synchronicity of nature, our soul takes flight in delight, like Owl flying with the wind in the trees. In this powerful and mystical place, we can touch upon a lightness of being, and soar within the Song of Life. This is the great transition – the Gift of Mystery!

Owl – (Strigiformes) the classification belonging to a group of 200 bird-of-prey species. In the animal kingdom, Owl is the night’s equivalent to the regal eagle. One physical characteristic that sets Owl apart from other birds is its flat face with a conspicuous circle of feathers in a facial disc around each eye. These feathers can be adjusted to sharply focus on sounds from varying distances into the ear cavities. Unlike most birds-of-prey, Owl has stereoscopic, forward-facing eyes which permit a greater sense of depth perception, along with binocular vision to enhance a wider field of view. Thus, Owl is physically and symbolically endowed with a brilliant perspective. We can summon, and be inspired by, the Totem Owl archetype who can assist in delivering messages of clear spiritual insight, guiding us towards our intuition of truth within. As entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. intuitively perceived, “The ultimate mystery is one’s own self.” When we look through the powerful spectrum of Owl’s radiant eyes, and listen to the deep, resonant call of Whoooo, Whoooo, Whoooo drifting through the aether, the internal panorama of our own mysterious secrets can be infinitely explored.

Olive Tree – (Olea Europaea) an ancient evergreen tree/shrub which can live to the great age of 2,000 years. In several cultures, mythology claims that the first Olive Tree was gifted to mankind by the Goddess Athena as an offering of spiritual and physical healing and protection. Since early history, the Olive Tree has been referred to as The Tree of Life, offering great therapeutic benefits. From early times, olive oil has been used to anoint and dress the skin for healing, and regularly consumed for its nutritive value. The Olive Tree was also considered a great source of life, and called The Tree of Light, because its oil was used for lighting oil lamps, one of the most frequently found objects in archaeological excavations. Olive oil has long been considered sacred. It has been burnt in holy temples and used for ceremonial initiation and the exaltation of priests, kings, and athletes in ancient Greece. It was known as the “eternal flame” of light, and burnt in the original Olympic Games. Thus, the Olive Tree has been honored since ancient times as a healing miracle of life – providing spiritual nourishment, enlightenment, and physical comfort to humanity. “The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible”, perceives quintessential playwright Oscar Wilde. As we see the abundant world around us, where miraculous beauty and mystery abound, there resides the life of Divine Spirit made manifest before our very eyes. Here, we may relish the Gift of Mystery with all our senses!

Nuummite – a charcoal grey to black stone, with subtle iridescent flashes of red, orange, gold, silver, yellow, green, blue, and violet.  Known as the oldest mineral in existence, Nuummite is very ancient and rare, dating back three billion years, and perilously mined only in the rugged mountain terrain of Nuuk, Southern Greenland, accessible only by boat in warm months. In its essence, Nuummite is considered a black gemstone. While white reveals, black absorbs all characteristics of white, yet conceals. Black is the hidden, the great unknown, the unseen, the secret, the cosmos…the Mystery. In expanding consciousness, black is perceived as fertile, quiescent emptiness into which all life may disappear and emerge once again, birthing new potential and possibility. Nuummite is known as “The Magicians’ Stone”. Its iridescent flashing colors can enable one to see beyond the outer facade of life, and guide us on an inward journey of discovery to the inner gifts and present reality of self, where wisdom is birthed. As a personal power stone, Nuummite’s element is Earth. Drawing from this deep, primordial energy, it allows us to emerge to and from the dark, offering subtle powers from the void of creation, thus enhancing an inner strength of visionary intuition and psychic ability. “I realized it for the first time in my life: there is nothing but mystery in the world”, intuits Sue Monk Kidd, in her acclaimed novel, “The Secret Life of Bees”. Aaahhh, yes…beloved Mystery! Through the sacred night of creation, the divine secret of Owl Mantra, Whoooo, Whoooo, Whoooo, leads us into this fertile ground of growth, yielding the power of Self, where all becomes light. Yes…Mystery is the Word, and Power, of Life.



Moving through the spiritual energy of our own inner Owl Mantra Totem, we can be blessed with the precious Gift of Mystery within all life. Here, within the miraculous realm of true Nature, our beautiful Infinite Self eternally dwells.

A personal ceremony can be performed to enhance the manifestation and integration with Owl’s all-embracing gift. This can be a private celebration between yourself and Owl Spirit, or you can invite others to join. It can be as ritualized as you desire, or naturally free-flowing, and include anything you want to say or any object(s) that intuitively feels in harmony with the act of thanksgiving for Owl Mantra’s blessing.

A powerful place to hold the celebration would be in a natural area with Owl’s presence, but physical location is not of prime importance. If you do not have access to this environment, any contact outside facing Owl’s auric essence would be helpful. Even if this area is hidden or at a great distance, emanations from Owl Mantra’s spiritual source are not obscured, as they flow freely throughout the Universe. If the celebration is held indoors, being in room with a window is encouraged to enhance the presence of natural elements, but if this is not possible, symbolically facing Owl Mantra would be beneficial.

As a sample list, any of the following ideas below could be included in your celebration, and verbalized during a Blessings of Intention for Mystery affirmation ceremony (see below). Also, any of these offerings may be created and integrated into your ritual either physically and/or symbolically in Spirit.


  1. Begin with a personal intention of Mystery to enhance any general or specific aspect of your life.


  1. Light a gold, yellow, or orange candle to symbolize the power of wisdom, foresight, and knowledge of Goddess Athena, whose gifts us with these sacred qualities of inner power.


  1. Hear the mysterious music of Wind in the Trees, representing the miraculous flight of the soul and Song of Life.


  1. Honor the wise, all-seeing Owl, whose magickal mantra guides us with intuitive messages towards the mystery of ourself.


  1. Visualize the ancient Olive Tree, symbolizing the manifestation of Divinity in the world.


  1. Hold the deep, dark gemstone Nuummite, or any other stone resonating the great gift of creative magick. Other related stones include Emerald, Amethyst, Sugalite, and Purpurite.


  1. Proclaim intentional blessings for the Gift of Mystery. A simple statement in the form of a heart-felt declaration can attract and summon the heights of magick and power through the fundamental, positive act of intention. By the sincere act of a clear and pure desire, a personalized blessing can call upon the spiritual forces of unity within life – the source of your Infinite Self. You can use any of the following Blessings of Intention affirmations as a guideline to be included into your own personal declaration towards inner harmony and integration with the energies of Heaven and Earth. Written as non-denominational statements, these intentional blessings can be practiced by any single person, or unstructured or organized group, as their own personal form of prayer, charm, chant, invocation, or medicine, etc.


  1. A devotional affirmation of praise, honor, and thanksgiving, as suggested in Dream Song to Owl Mantra (see below). This act of appreciation is enhanced with the powerful personal statement “I Am”, and especially when said aloud, can invoke the creative energies of manifestation radiating throughout the Universe, calling upon Owl’s Great Spirit to be infused into your life.  All or part of the Dream Song passages can be included in this holy prayer of purpose and gratitude. Their power summon and embrace a wide range of natural spiritual influences, ancient mythology, and alchemical life-force energies from Native American, Deity, Celtic, Shaman, Indigenous, Pagan, and Wiccan cultures.




  1. With this sparkling candle, blessed by Owl Spirit, I summon the power of Goddess Athena, guiding me to the inner knowledge of personal and universal wisdom illuminating my heart and soul.


  1. With the song of Wind in the Trees, blessed by Owl Spirit, I embrace the mystery of nature flowing with my heart and soul.


  1. With Totem Owl, blessed by Owl Spirit, I see and hear an inner depth of great power summoning the truth of my heart and soul.


  1. With the ancient, sacred Olive Tree, blessed by Owl Spirit, I experience the miraculous Divine Mystery of all life healing my heart and soul.


  1. With midnight Nuummite, (or other resonating gemstone) blessed by Owl Spirit, I feel my personal power birthing creative magick in my heart and soul.




O Sacred Owl, I hear you calling me.

Calling me…calling me…

Into the depths of myself.

It is here where the Mystery unfolds,

And shines like a star.

Like a flower, softly blooming,

Opening to the brightness…

To the beautiful miracle of myself.

It is here where the Mystery unfolds.

Layer upon layer,

Sparkling Light…

The sweet unfolding of Spirit within.

Thank You, O Owl Mantra, for your Gift of Mystery.



~ From Heaven Sweet Nature Springs ~






Animal Wisdom

April, 2009

Animals That Heal

It’s been known for years that bringing animals to cancer wards, nursing homes and facilities of the like actually help the sick improve their health. The excitement and unconditional love these animals give is the best medicine for any person. But did you know that animals can really heal people?

Our favorite pets are natural Reiki Masters, attuned to earth energy they can call upon the healing energy of Mother Earth to help heal those they care about. Animals can sense earthquakes, death, intruders and the like way before we can. So it isn’t that far fetched to say that they are also illness detectives, Marvin my blue Russian/Siamese mix for example will try to lay where ever there is pain. Oftentimes I don’t even show that I am hurting but he knows right where to lay and will fight me every step of the way to get up on the spot. Even if it means laying around my head.

After recognizing Marvin’s abilities I began to use him with my clients and they love it! I will put a client up on the massage table and Marvin will walk around the table a couple of times. Then he will stop. I will ask if there have been any issues and that particular area. The first time this happens for a client they can’t believe it. Then it becomes common practice. You will be amazed at what an animal can tell you about yourself.

I had one client who had cancers in her abdomen. I had Marvin get up on the table per usual and he immediately laid down and put his forepaws on her stomach right where the cancers were. Except when I tried to move him he wouldn’t budge. I let him stay and decided to work with him instead of against him. So we gave the woman her Reiki treatment together. After that first session she said she had more energy and eating wasn’t half as painful as it had been!

The point of this is to inspire you to listen and watch your animals more closely. If they repeatedly lay on a certain spot take a note of it. Something may be brewing there. Animals are like spirit guides here to help us on our path, teach life lessons and be our partners. Would you ignore the advice of your significant other? Probably not, so why ignore the advice of your animal. These little people in fur coats are highly communicative and always trying to speak to us. So pay attention. Especially when it comes to medical concerns. I am not saying that your cat should replace your doctor. Merely that you should pay attention to what they have to say.

Animal Wisdom

March, 2009

Keeping Your Familiar Safe in the Garden

Ostara is a time of fertility; many of the rituals that take place are based around blessing the seeds for this year’s crop of plants. We look around us and nature is awakening, birds, animals and plants are all awakening around us. We are coming out of our own winter stupors. It is a beautiful time. The old Sabbats were all based around the planting cycle. In that vein we are going to talk about how to keep your furry friend safe from common plants and chemicals that can have severe even lethal effects on him or her.

Most animals (like us) have very sensitive digestive systems. I know it is tough for me to keep plants in the house, as my cats love things to munch on especially foliage or thin branches. Even though a plant may not be toxic it could cause a bout of indigestion. There are plenty of common plants that can harm or even kill a beloved pet so let’s review them.

Courtesy of the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center 1

Marijuana – Ingestion of Cannabis sativa by companion animals can result in depression of the central nervous system and in coordination, as well as vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, increased heart rate, and even seizures and coma.

Sago Palm – All parts of Cycas Revoluta are poisonous, but the seeds or “nuts” contain the largest amount of toxin. The ingestion of just one or two seeds can result in very serious effects, which include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, seizures and liver failure.

Lilies – Members of the Lilium spp. are considered to be highly toxic to cats. While the poisonous component has not yet been identified, it is clear that with even ingestions of very small amounts of the plant, severe kidney damage could result.

Tulip/Narcissus bulbs – The bulb portions of Tulipa/Narcissus spp. contain toxins that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation, drooling, loss of appetite, depression of the central nervous system, convulsions and cardiac abnormalities.

Azalea/Rhododendron – Members of the Rhododendron spp. contain substances known as grayantoxins, which can produce vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, weakness and depression of the central nervous system in animals. Severe azalea poisoning could ultimately lead to coma and death from cardiovascular collapse.

Oleander – All parts of Nerium oleander are considered to be toxic, as they contain cardiac glycosides that have the potential to cause serious effects—including gastrointestinal tract irritation, abnormal heart function, hypothermia and even death.

Castor Bean – The poisonous principle in Ricinus communis is ricin, a highly toxic protein that can produce severe abdominal pain, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, weakness and loss of appetite. Severe cases of poisoning can result in dehydration, muscle twitching, tremors, seizures, coma and death.

Cyclamen – Cylamen species contain cyclamine, but the highest concentration of this toxic component is typically located in the root portion of the plant. If consumed, Cylamen can produce significant gastrointestinal irritation, including intense vomiting. Fatalities have also been reported in some cases.

Kalanchoe – This plant contains components that can produce gastrointestinal irritation, as well as those that are toxic to the heart, and can seriously affect cardiac rhythm and rate.

Yew – Taxus spp. contains a toxic component known as taxine, which causes central nervous system effects such as trembling, in coordination, and difficulty breathing. It can also cause significant gastrointestinal irritation and cardiac failure, which can result in death.

Harmful Common House Plants

While there are harmful plants we need to be aware of, there are also many other beautiful but deadly plants that are kept inside (or outside) of the home that can negatively affect our animals such as:

Aloe Vera

Seven Barks

Tomatoes – The fruit can cause anxiety.

Pothos – can cause severe mouth pain

Lily of the Valley
Red Maple (only to horses though)

White Snakeroot – all parts are poisonous most highly to dogs, rabbits and horses though

Bleeding Heart – extremely toxic to cats

Common Safe Garden Plants

There are some beautiful safe plants for cats and dogs, as well as edible flowers that can be placed in the garden or home and will flourish! Here is a list of some safe plants.

Carnations (pink petals)

Johnny-Jump-Up Petunias Dandelions




Pineapple Sage



African Violets



Hibiscus Flowers

Magnolia Miniature Roses




Spider Plant

Grape Ivy




Cast Iron Plant

To see a full listing of pet friendly plants

Pet Friendly Pesticides

One of the most important things we need to consider is how you take care of your garden there are a ton of pests that can infest and threaten not only the beauty of the garden now but the potential harvest later. So lets look at some very easy to make, organic pesticides, using things you have around the home!

Clove Water:

Good for aphids and spider mites

1 Tbsp Cloves crushed

1 Spray Bottle filled with water

Directions: Put crushed cloves into water bottle, screw on cap and shake to mix. Spray on top of and under leaves once a day for three days or until all pests are dead. Be sure not to spray buds or flowers.

Salt Spray:

Good for cabbage worms and spider mites

2 Tbsp Salt

1 Gallon of water

Directions: Mix and Spray

Spearmint-Hot Pepper-Horseradish Spray:

Good for many different types of insects

½ C. hot red peppers

Water (read below)

½ C. fresh spearmint

12 C. horseradish root and leaves

2 Tbsp. non-toxic liquid detergent

½ C. green onion tops

Directions: Mix all vegetable and herbal ingredients in a big jar or vat, and then put in enough water to cover everything. Let sit for a couple of hours then strain. Add a half-gallon water and the detergent. To use this solution dilute it by using a half-gallon of the solution with a half-gallon of water. You can use it to spray pretty much any plant safely. Store the mix for a few days in a cool environment.

For more pet friendly and organic pesticides check out these sites!

It’s great to have your cake and eat it to. With a wide variety of plant options, and some old farmer’s tricks for bug care you can have a marvelous garden in your home or outside. Just remember to hide the catnip!