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Celebrating Autumn with Norma Clark of Forevrgoddess Boutique

September, 2018

 

Autumn Smudge Bundle with Gemstones

Hello, I’m Norma with Forevrgoddess Boutique, I wanted to share some info on Smudging herbs, gemstones and smudge rituals.  I don’t know about you, but the first day of September feels magickal, with apples and pumpkins abundantly everywhere.  I think it’s the perfect time to do an Autumn ritual smudging to cleanse home, sacred space or people, to remove negative or stale energy, banish and release emotions, illness, and other energy needing to be removed from home or person, to prepare for the coming of the Autumn Equinox & Samhain. You might have seen a few smudging herb bundles in new age stores, witch shops or online, there are many to choose from.

Smudging has been done in ancient cultures to Native American, in Spanish countries like Mexico, through Central and South America. Some of these herbs are used in smudging rituals by Shamans.  Some of these herbs can also be used in blessings, after ritual cleansings of homes or people. You can perform a blessing within a home  to invite harmony, love, laughter, tranquility, happiness and prosperity, or what ever is needed at the moment. For personal blessings you can do any of these ideas as well.

You can typically find in stores or online: White sage,  Juniper, cedar, Yerba Santa and Palo Santo. Any of these bundles of herbs can be helpful. Combining them with gemstones and crystals is an additional bonus and can help give healing/loving energy to aid with manifesting the properties you need most. I’m going to talk about a few of my  small smudge sets from Forevrgoddess Boutique, what they can do to help cleanse, rebalance and refocus energy to a positive and harmonious environment or how they can be used for personal blessings.

 

Small Autumn Smudge Blend

Here we have a beautiful mixture of Mexican cinnamon, Cloves, Cedar, Rose, Rosemary and White Sage. Very aromatic smell. Here’s a information on a few herbs we use for our Autumn blend.

White Sage: Can be prefect for magickal workings – protection, banishing/ releasing, seek wisdom through meditations, helps with grief, good health, healing, longevity, and psychic awareness.

Red Roses: Love, respect, beauty, courage, passion, romantic love, blessings, attract, banish, consecrate/bless, devotion, happiness, harmony.

Palo Santo (or Holy wood): from Ecuador forests, Palo Santo – Shaman have used it to clear energy, and positive energy. To reestablish peace, balance enhance focus to meditation, heals people physical and spiritual level.

Cedar: Calming, comforting, purify, protection, healing, harmony, prosperity, abundance, cleansing, helps focus on goals and meditation.

Mexican Cinnamon: Brought from Mexico to USA. – actions, attraction, inner balance, dream work, harmony, healing, attract luck, peace, passion, protection, wishes, consecrate/blessings.

Our Small Smudge Set is portable, you can do a quick smudge ritual anywhere. The Small Smudge Set is in a little tin box (we’ll provide ritual at bottom of this article). You can either burn them together or separately.  If you decide you want it to be stronger then make a bigger flame.  You can  always break the smudge blend into little burnable pieces and use a small abalone shell to burn it in. (We carry various abalone shell in boutique in 2 sizes.) If you wish to get a little smell burn small bit of each, cinnamon, cloves, rose, and rosemary with a bit of sage. The choice is yours.

 

Autumn Gemstones

We selected these from our Wiccan Magickal Sabbat Mabon and Samhain box sets.  With autumn equinox coming soon, seasons are changing for fall. It’s the time of balance between day and night, before night takes over and brings winter.

Here are the Stones for Autumn:

Citrine: Stone of happiness, positive energy and thought mental clarity, abundance, healing, uplifting.

Carnelian: Motivation, calm emotions, banishes negative emotions, replaces with love.

Smoky Quartz: Dispel negative energy, protection, grounding, transformation, brings calm.

Tiger eye: Stone of wealth, protection, self-confidence, balance, grounding.

When charging or programming your gemstone, keep in mind the goal or desire you wish to bring into your life. Help manifest this desire to life, say a prayer to your deity, angels, or elemental, ask for their support to bless this new path you wish to journey on. Keep them in your pocket, purse or coin purse as a reminder of what healing qualities you wish to be blessed with at the moment.

 

Autumn Smudge House Blessings Set

House Blessings Manifest Kit

Brightest Blessings, I’m so happy you decided to change a new part in your life, for the coming of Autumn and all her glory. This kit is designed to help you focus you and your home or sacred space to help “manifest” a new beginning and bring in the desires in your life..

How to Set up your Stones..

You will noticed you have 6 gemstones and an Autumn Smudge blend. The Autumn Smudge blend is to cleanse the area and give it a fresh start with positive energy.

Gemstone Selenite: ( Don’t rinse in water or leave in sun) quickly unblocks stagnant energy and removes negative energy. It magnifies the energy of any other gemstone that’s placed upon it. Combine selenite with black tourmaline. It will protect home and clear any negative energy, and help in protection crystal grids. Expands awareness opens psychic abilities.  Brings mental clarity and deep peace. Helps with angelic guidance.

Gemstone: Iron Pyrite ( fools gold): recall beautiful memories, protective stone, attract wealth and prosperity, energy shielding stone, blocks out negative energy, positive stone. Relieves anxiety frustration and boosts self-worth. Great for memory, this stone helps when depressed or deep despair, luck, money, protection, strength, willpower.

Gemstone: Pink Calcite: balance emotions, calming, grounding, spiritual growth, love, Healing, self work, well-being.

Gemstone: Carnelian: career success, grounding, motivation, personal power, helps with creativity, good health, protection, stop – negative energy, stimulates the conscious mind, helps you focus on the present and current needs, helps over come difficult times, manifesting energy to have your desire come to life.

Gemstone: Amethyst: all healing (mind, body, spirit) inner peace, calming one’s mind, a sense of spiritual insight when in a deepen stage of meditations, protective stone, esp, psychic attacks, helps with grief or loss, releases tension, helps over come bad habits tendencies, and calm anxiety attacks.

 

Cleansing Stones

Cleanse each gemstone with smudging blend burning in shell, to ensure it’s a positive energy to help with your goal you wish to create. It’s to ensure the gemstones, which have passed through so many hands, to get to you at home, are cleaned of other’s energies that might not fit in. Hold stone in hand take shell and pass it over and under stone to encase it with smoke.

 

Arranging Gemstones

Once stones are cleansed, set up an area where your stones will be seen through the day (altar, mantel, etc..) arrange stones however you wish. I suggest to put selenite in middle and surround other stones around the selenite so the selenite will energize the other stones. Like a mini crystal grid. If you have more stones, flowers, candles feel free to add them, to help further the goal you have in mind.

 

Autumn Equinox Celebration Ideas

  • Take walks with autumn changing in your wooded area, feel the cool crisp air.
  • Collect leaves with family, and place them on your altar.
  • Or … Write with black Permanent marker in one word what your thankful for on your leaf then poke a hole thru it, tie a string and hang it where you can see it everyday.
  • Create memories with family and friends and bake autumn sugar cookies talk about what you grateful for or just spend time with them. (our Sabbat Mabon and Samhain cookie cutter and recipe box set is available check the boutique.)
  • It’s time to reflect this time of year on what Autumn means to you, the balance of day and night, finding balance within one’s life ( work, family, school, children, etc) and what goals you want to set for this month September or October.
  • Go to pumpkin farm.
  • Drink cider with friends and family, share sweet goodies.
  • Collect Apples.
  • Do some Autumn crafts with Family and Friends (look on Pinterest.com for ideas).
  • Go to some Fall Festivals.
  • Enjoy the fruits and the favorite foods we enjoy this time of year, did someone say “pumpkin spice.” Nothing to big, just go enjoy the Beauty of Autumn. May this Season of Autumn Bless you with Abundance, love, good health, and little wealth. Brightest blessings – N

 

Forevrgoddess Boutique Charge/Smudging Ritual

Ground/center calm mind, hold the Shell with Smudging inside in your Power hand and say a simple prayer ask for divine power, to bless the Smudging herbs, encircle Smudging herbs with white light.

Open a window.

Light your Smudging herbs in shell.

As it Burns try to focus on cleansing goal/ intent you wish help with. Feel smoke surround you.

Take cupped hand and brush smoke all over body or bless rooms of home, draw sigils with them in air and empower them to life, by visualizing a gold light and start to glow.

Visualize the negative energy, stagnant energy, negative emotions being removed and pushed out.

Feel free to use feathers or broom to push out smoke thru door way or window.

Visualize open window to push out negative energy and welcoming positive energy in. Feel spiritual and physical uplifting of emotions and cleansing.

Once done with smudging ritual, give thanks. Place Shell in a fireproof bowl if necessary to catch ashes and to let it burn out in a safe place.

Brightest Blessings to you – Forevrgoddess Boutique

Look for our Smudging set, blends in Candle, Incense, Sage Section.

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About the Author:

Norma Clark I’m the owner of Forevrgoddess Boutique, I live in small rural Paris,Idaho Both me and Hubby are Wiccan with 2 beautiful children and gang of critters. I love to share, inspire, create many Magickal items for my Jewelry and Metaphysical boutique. Come sit for a spell and see the Magick of Forevrgoddess Boutique.

 

Notes from the Apothecary

January, 2015

Notes from the Apothecary: Sage

Welcome to my new column, Notes from the Apothecary! Each month I’ll be talking about a different herb or plant. Some will be familiar to you, some may not, but I hope you will always find out something new and interesting, that will help you increase your medicinal and magical knowledge.

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Not much is still lively in my garden in late November, but the one plant that never seems to give up is my beautiful, purple tinged sage. You only have to brush your fingers against the slightly rough leaves to produce an aroma that is at once appetising and mystical.

Sage has been used throughout the ages for medical and magical  purposes. The Latin name, Salvia, literally means ‘to save’, as in to save one’s life. According to Mrs Grieves in her Modern , 1931, a proverb of the middle ages was

Cur moriatur homo cui Salvia crescit in horto?

Meaning, why should a man die whilst sage grows in his garden?

The Kitchen Garden

Sage is, first and foremost, very tasty and makes a delightful, useful addition to any garden. You can also grow it in a pot on a windowsill, as the regular use of the leaves gives it all the pruning it needs. Sage has been used in meat dishes for centuries, and we now know that sage has chemicals which break down the fats in meat, making the food more flavoursome and easy to digest.

As a medicine…

Sage has been indicated in different cultures for epilepsy, seasickness, worms, measles and insomnia, but these days there is little proof that these ailments are helped by sage, other than by the psychological boost that we are ‘doing ourselves good’ by eating this nutritious plant.

One proven benefit of sage is that it is strongly antibacterial. Sage tea is excellent for sore throats as it fights the aggressive bacteria that add to the painful symptoms. It won’t rid you of a cold, but it will ease the nagging cough or the thickness around the tonsils. Cool the tea and gargle with it, or simply enjoy a couple of cups of it each day. Y

You can make the tea by simply steeping the fresh or dried leaves until the aroma becomes apparent. This means the active oil has escaped its cell walls and is in your tea! At this point, you can drink the tea- just don’t burn your mouth.

Science tells us…

There is some unusual folklore surrounding sage. Apparently in Buckinghamshire, UK, the more sage that grew in the garden, the more power the woman of the house held. Another tradition states that the vigour of the sage was intrinsically linked to the business success of the gardener. Gerard tells us that it was useful against serpent (snake) bites, although there is no modern evidence to back this up, I’m afraid.

It has been proven, however, through studies by the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, that sage has an incredibly complex chemical composition. Its aforementioned antibacterial properties are affective against listeria, various bacillum and staphylococcus aureas, all horrible little nasties that hang around in your food waiting to make you poorly. No wonder we use it in cooking so much!

And in the Witch’s Kitchen…

Magically, sage is commonly used for protection, particularly as a ‘smudge’ or as part of an incense. But what other esoteric uses does this versatile herb have?

According to Cunningham, Sage is a masculine herb, aligned with the element of air and the planet Jupiter. Jupiter is associated with prosperity and good luck, so think blessings, charms and boosting the power of other magic.

Jupiter is also the Roman god of thunder/sky/lightning and the Greek equivalent is Zeus, so if you are honouring either of these deities sage is ideal to use as part of an incense or whole leaves on the altar.

Air is the element of the east and new beginnings, so sage is part of the magic of wishes, desires and ambition.

Sage is also associated with money (and its increase!), helping overcome grief and even immortality.

For you to try at home

Find a large sage leaf and write you intent or desire upon it. Place the leaf under your pillow, and keep it there for three nights as you sleep. If you dream of your intent on any of these three nights, you should expect it to come to fruition. If no dream occurs, bury the leaf in your garden to end the magic. (Cunningham, 1985)

Carry sage leaves in your pocket for magical protection, or as part of a ‘mojo bag’ if using hoodoo.

And one thing you didn’t know about sage…

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White Sage is the sage commonly used for the smudges you can buy in those amazing little shops or from your friendly online witchy supply website. But please bear in mind that white sage has been massively overharvested, and any fragrant sage, particularly the easy to grow salvia officianalis will work just as well for magical purposes.

Sage is such a beautiful, comforting plant. The best way to find out how this plant will work for you is to grow it, touch the leaves, smell the glorious and mouth-watering aroma, cook with it; learn everything you can about the plant hands on!

The Mugwort Chronicles

October, 2013

Black Sage ~ White Sage

As summer fades into autumn, I have started to prepare the garden for the cold, rainy months ahead. Although most of the herb plants will do just fine left in place, I have a number which need a little extra attention if they are to survive the coming months, including the newcomers to my herbal family, the sages: Salvia mellifera and Salvia apiana.  Planted in glazed pots, the sages enjoyed the sunniest spot my garden had to offer during the summer. As our weather has started to become wetter, they have been moved to our front porch to control the amount of moisture they will get over the winter and to protect them from any extremes in temperature. Although our winters are usually mild, temperatures can dip into the 20s to low 30s. Often this is just enough cold to be fatal to more delicate plants.

The genus Salvia is one of the largest in the Lamiaceae or mint family with over 700 species of shrubs, herbaceous perennials and annuals.  Derived from Latin, salvere means to feel well, healthy, to heal, indicating Sage’s many healing properties.  The common sage used in cooking, Salvia officinalis, was recognized in the past for its importance as medicine and included in apothecaries and formularies. Sage shares many of the healing properties of most mints: carminative to ease digestion, astringent to decrease excess fluids and antibacterial to help with infection.

Black Sage-Salvia mellifera- was given to me by one of my co-workers. When I received this gift, I knew nothing of Black Sage’s growing requirements or its traditional uses. I soon learned that Black Sage is native to southern California & northwestern Mexico where it grows in coastal sage scrub communities. It prefers sandy soil and does not like to be overly wet-a concern here in the Pacific Northwest with our plentiful winter rain. A perennial shrub, Black Sage has soft, oblong leaves approximately 1-2 ½ inches long.

Black Sage is very aromatic-pungent and spicy. It can be used in cooking like its more common cousin, Salvia officinalis. Medicinally, it has similar uses to common sage and other mints. The tiny seeds are highly nutritious with a buttery flavor and were gathered by the indigenous people and ground into meal. The leaves are often added to smudge bundles.

This year I was also fortunate enough to acquire White Sage, a plant often difficult to find here. I had a beautiful one several years ago, but unfortunately, I did not heed the advice that it needed protection from our winters. Sadly, a short, but lethal cold snap did it in.

White Sage-Salvia apiana- is the sage traditionally used in smudge bundles. It, too, is native to the southern California region, preferring a drier climate and more sandy soil.  An evergreen perennial shrub, its soft, silvery green leaves release a strong scent when rubbed. The flowers of White Sage are very attractive to bees, thus its epithet, apiana, meaning, of bees. The seeds from White Sage were added to other grains and used as a staple by native people in the area.

I never thought of using White Sage for anything other than smudging and purification but it has similar medicinal properties to other Salvia. A warm infusion can help ease a sore throat as well as decrease excess mucus secretions. A hair rinse made with White Sage is used to prevent graying and leaves hair shiny.

With a little luck and some tender loving care, my lovely new sages will survive the winter and rejoin their friends in the herb garden next spring.

This information is offered for educational purposes and is not intended to take the place of personalized medical care from a trained healthcare professional. The reader assumes all risk when utilizing the above information.

~Louise~

 

Copyright© 2013 Louise Harmon

All Rights Reserved

 

Resources:

Salvia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia

Salvia apiana:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_apiana

Salvia Apiana: Growing White Sage:

http://www.motherearthliving.com/in-the-garden/salvia-apiana-growing-white-sage.aspx#axzz2f77A0hUl

Salvia mellifera:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_mellifera

White Sage (apiana):

http://www.gardenguides.com/taxonomy/white-sage-salvia-apiana/

The Witch’s Cupboard

September, 2012

It’s Time for Mabon!

Herbs associated with Mabon are Sage and Milk Thistle.

Sage-  Sage is considered the Herb of the Wise.  The ancient Greeks and Romans  first used sage as a meat preserver.  In healing it was prescribed for snake bites, epilepsy, intestinal worms and chest ailments.  Today, we use sage to treat excessive perspiration, against several infection causing bacteria, food poisoning, digestive problems, sore throats and women’s health concerns.  Parts used are the leaves.  Magickal properties are: Sage absorbs negativity and misfortune. It drives away disturbances and tensions, and lifts the spirits above the mundane cars of life. Burn it to consecrate a ritual space. Carry it as an herb of protection. Use it in the ritual bath and chalice. Tradition holds that those who eat sage become immortal in both wisdom and years. Sage is used in wish manifestations and to attract money. Smolder to promote healing and spirituality. Carry to promote wisdom. Use in spells for: Protection; Wisdom; Health; Money and Riches; Spirituality.

 

Milk Thistle- A Potent Liver Protector.  Ancient herbalists recognized the herb’s value as a liver tonic.  It was also used for jaundice, varicose veins, and kidney problems.    Today, Milk Thistle is used as a liver protector, used against hepatitis, mushroom poisoning, cirrhosis, drug-induced liver damage, toxin-induced liver damage and diabetes.  Parts used are the seeds.  Magickal properties are:  An herb of protection and vitality. A bowlful placed in a room strengthens the spirits and renews vitality. One may be carried for added strength and energy. They offer protection when grown in the garden or carried in the pocket. Throwing them into a fire will deflect lightning away from your home. Wearing a garment made from thistle will break any spell. Poppets are also stuffed with thistle to break spells. Use in healing spells and for depression. It is said that when a man carries one he becomes a better lover. A method of calling spirits is to boil some thistle. After removing it from the heat, be seated next to the bowl and begin meditating. As the steam rises, so will your questions and their answers will be heard.

 

An Incense and Oil Recipe for Mabon

Incense

 

2 parts Frankincense

1 part Sandalwood

1 part Cypress

1 part Juniper

1 part Pine

½ part Oakmoss (or a few drops Oakmoss bouquet)

1 pinch pulverized Oak leaf

Mabon Oil

 

4 drops Rosemary
4 drops Frankincense
2 drops Apple
1 drop Chamomile
Use Almond oil as a base

WiseWoman Traditions

November, 2010

Sage the Savior

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Does the odor of sage evoke warmth, cheer, and holiday feasts for you? Sage has long been used to add savor, magic, and medicine to winter meals. Culinary sage is available at any grocery store, and sage is one of the easiest of all herbs to grow – whether in a pot, on a windowsill, or in the garden. So, grab some sage, inhale deeply, and let me tell you more about this old friend.

Sage is Salvia, which means “savior”. As a member of the mint family, it has many of the healing properties of its sisters. Of special note are the high levels of calcium and other bone-building minerals in all mints, including sage, and the exceptionally generous amounts of antioxidant vitamins they offer us.

Everywhere sage grows – from Japan to China, India, Russia, Europe and the Americas – people have valued it highly and used it as a preservative seasoning for fatty foods and a medicine for a variety of ills. The volatile oils in sage are antimicrobial and antibacterial and capable of countering a variety of food-borne poisons, as well as other infections.

A tea of garden sage can help:

  • prevent and eliminate head colds
  • soothe and heal sore throats
  • clear the sinuses
  • speed up immune response to the flu
  • ease asthma and heal the lungs
  • aid digestion, especially of fats
  • improve sleep and ease anxiety
  • insure regularity
  • invigorate the blood
  • strengthen the ability to deal with stress
  • counter periodontal disease and tighten the gums
  • reduce profuse perspiration
  • help wean baby by reducing breast milk

The easiest way to use sage as medicine is to make a tea of it. The addition of honey* is traditional and wise, as honey is a powerful antibacterial in its own right and magnifies sage’s ability to ward off colds, flu, and breathing problems.

If you have dried sage, a teaspoonful brewed in a cup of boiling water for no more than 2-3 minutes, with an added teaspoonful of honey, ought to produce a pleasant, aromatic tea. If it is bitter, the tea was brewed too long, or the sage was old or too-finely powdered, or you have the wrong sage.

If you have fresh sage, use a handful of the leaves and stalks, brew for about five minutes, and add a spoonful of honey. Fresh sage tea is rarely bitter. Or, you can make a ready-sweetened sage tea by using your own home-made sage honey.

As the cold comes on and frosts threaten, I make my major mint-family harvests of the year, including pruning back the sage. Where I live, the frost won’t kill the sage, but it will blacken the leaves and cause them to fall off. Before that happens, I take my scissors and cut the plants back by at least half. I coarsely chop the stems and leaves and put them in a jar. (For best results, I choose a jar that will just contain the amount of herb at hand. If there is unused space in the jar, oxidation will occur, and components of the herb can be damaged or altered.) Then, I slowly pour honey over the chopped herb, poking with a chopstick to eliminate air bubbles, until the jar is nearly full. A SAGE HONEY label completes the preparation. All that is left to do is to store it in a cool, dark place and wait for six weeks. From then on, or sooner if you really need it, the sage honey is ready to use. Just dig in! Put a heaping tablespoonful in a big mug of boiling hot water, stir and drink. Or let it brew for a few minutes, strain and drink.

Be sure to use Salvia sages, the ones with pebbly-fleshed ovate leaves, not emisia sages which have white hairs on the backs of the ferny leaves. White sage, frequently sold as a “smudge” herb (that is, an herb whose smoke is used to create a protective field around a space) is a Salvia sage but it is too strong for use as a food or medicine.

I make honeys of other fresh mint family plants, too. (No, dried plants don’t make good honeys.) Besides fresh sage honey I often make peppermint honey, lemon balm honey, rosemary honey, thyme honey, oregano honey, marjoram honey, shiso honey, and bergamot honey. They all help me stay healthy throughout the winter, and they all taste ever so good.

Although the tincture and essential oil of sage are available, I find them too concentrated and too dangerous for general use. Households with children do best when there are no essential oils on hand; fatal accidents have occurred.

I do make sage vinegar: by pouring room temperature apple cider vinegar over a jar filled with chopped fresh sage. Sage vinegar is not as medicinal as the tea but, with olive oil and tamari, it makes a delicious and healthy salad dressing. Two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily can reduce your risk of adult onset diabetes by half; two tablespoons of sage vinegar daily might just keep you alive forever – as the saying goes: “Why die when the Savior grows in your garden?”.

Using herbs as allies to stay healthy and to counter life’s ordinary problems is simple and easy, safe and effective. medicine is people’s medicine. Green blessings grow all around you.

*Note:  Do not give honey to babies under 12 months old.

The Witch’s Cupboard

February, 2010

Sage

Sage (Salvia officinalis) is also known as Healer of all Ills, Garden Sage, Red Sage and Sawge.  It was a perennial shrub with soft, finely-toothed leaves that have many different uses.    It was first discovered to grow in Mediterranean areas because it likes to grow in the full sun.   It has traveled all over since then and can be found all over the world.  There are 500 different varieties of Sage now.  Sage is used in many different ways and this article will explore some of those ways.

Sage was considered to be sacred to the Romans.  They would offer the plant wine and then harvest it without any tools.   The Greeks believed by eating Sage, it would improve their mind.  Hence, this is why Sage is known to help with wisdom.

Egyptian women would drink Sage juice right before being with their husbands to help with easy conception.

Sage is used spells for long life (even immortality).  It is thought by eating Sage every day, it would ensure longevity.

There is also some luck lore around Sage.  Do not plant Sage in your own garden; a stranger must be the one to plant it.  Also, it is not good luck to have a full bed of Sage – other plants must be with it.   Finally, to ward off bad luck and the evil eye, wear a small horn filled with sage.

A popular wish spell with Sage is to write it on a sage leaf and place it under your pillow.  Sleep with it under your pillow for three days.  If the wish does not come true in those three days, take the plant and bury it outside.

Sage is also used in many purification rituals, especially when doing house cleanings or to clean an aura.   The smoke from the sage is used in the area for cleansing.  For example, with an aura, it is waived into the auric field on both sides of the person.  For a house cleansing, the smoke is brought into every room in every corner.

Sage is known to have many medicinal purposes, for example, drinking sage tea with honey to help a sore throat.  It works on all the bodies – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  Rub Sage on insect bites to help heal them.    It is also used as a drying agent for the body for things like mucus congestion and night sweats.

Pregnant women should not use Sage and it is not to be used in high doses or for long periods of time.  However, for short term uses, it can be very powerful to help with many different ailments.

Remember, this is not a substitution for medical advice so always check with a medical professional to make sure working with herbs or oils are safe for you.

Keywords for Sage:
Magickal Uses/Spells:  Immortality, Longevity, Wisdom, Protection, Wishes
Deities:  Zeus, Consus
Planet:  Jupiter
Signs:  Cancer, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces
Gender:  Masculine
Element:  Air
Tarot Correspondence:  The Magician