As a witch I work with many different spirits and have many different spirit allies. Some of these spirit allies have been with me longer than others, and many times they have lessons to teach me. For a long time I wondered what exactly it was my spirit allies had taught me, and where their lessons came from. There was a time when I actually believed that I had never learned anything from spirits, but I was wrong.
For years one main lesson from all of my spirit allies was to simply trust my intuition and trust my knowledge. I knew and know more than I often give myself credit for in both theoretical practice and actual practice. To put it blunt I was afraid of my skill with energy manipulation and with psychic work, so I didn’t let myself access my actual knowledge and understanding. I didn’t let myself practice.
This was until I encountered my first plant spirit guide. I had been buying “healing” incenses from stores and “Astral Travel” or “Psychic” development incenses from stores to use in my meditations, spells, rituals, and works. These worked for a while, but I began to wonder how I could make my own and if that would be any different. So The next time I went to the local metaphysical store I bought a few herbs to use for healing work and psychic work. I bought Peppermint, Myrrh, Calendula, and Mugwort to start with. I also had white sage, Dragons Blood, and Frankincense. This base provided me lots of different things to work with, spirituality, psychic work, meditation, and healing. It was a perfect selection to start my journey into magical herbalism.
Before I made my own I started by adding a little of these herbs to the powdered incenses I had been buying. Just to get myself use to the concept of working with herbs in this fashion. After a while I decided it was time to start working with the herbs and make my own blends. I had no idea what I was doing at first, no real connection to any of the herbs, then as I sat down and looked at them I started to have an understanding of which herbs I was supposed to use for the general healing incense I was creating at that moment.
I didn’t think about where the decisions and choice came from at that point in time, but looking back its pretty clear that it was the plants that were helping. One plant in particular seems to help me more than any other. That plant is Marigold/Calendula. To this day it has been the plant marigold that has led me to trust in the plants energy and the plants spirits guiding me in working with them and getting the incense blends just right.
Today when I do spell work or rituals I get out the herbs and ask them who is best to do this work with me, or who wants to be used in this work. One time when I was doing this for a money spell Calendula spoke up and wanted to be used in the mix. Which to me was strange. Our relationship had been with healing and psychic work. But after some time I relented and added some of the flower to the mix and the ritual worked quite well. A few days later I did some research and found out that money work was one of the attributes of the herb, yet the plant itself decided to teach me this lesson over books.
A lot of people ask me where the recipes I make come from. The answer is quite simple. The plants tell me. Its that simple. I may get out a bunch of plants with a similar set of associations (lets say astral travel and psychic work). I will then set them out and say what I am doing for work. The herbs themselves will guide me in their use and the specific work. Some herbs speak louder than others. Some take getting used to understanding how they speak, and others may never work or speak to you, each plant spirit is different and each one will have different lessons for you as you work with them.
It can be easy to forget the importance that these spirits have in our lives and in our practice. When we do they can give us needed wakeup calls. Sometimes these calls are as simple as quick image flash reminders of what we need to do and are doing and other times they can be more to the point causing issues in areas of our life until we address what they have to teach us.
I almost forgot how and why I got to where I am today. Its thanks to working with the marigold spirit and the spirit of the Pine tree. These two plant spirits more than any others have helped me develop an understanding of the green world and are one of the reasons I consider myself a magical herbalist. There are other plant spirits that have been influential in my life, as a witch I have a relationship with mugwort, but its not as strong as any other spirit, but the two who have been my main teachers and guides in spirit work with plants are Marigold and Pine.
Today I got that reminder from one of the spirits. Writing this article has been one of the ways I am apologizing to that spirit and trying to show the world what it has done for me. The other way is I reworked my workshop a little bit to include herb samples and a secondary incense to awaken psychic and spiritual powers and connect to plant spirits. One of the herb samples that the people attending my workshop will get is marigold, helping other people connect to the energy of that spirit is another way I will be making up for forgetting their lessons.
Let the plant spirits guide you and you will find a lot of allies who will aid you in contact with other spirits and your own spirit. Let the plants guide you and they will teach you their mysteries, their magic, and their spirit uses. They can be great friends and allies in magic if we just open up to them and listen to what they have to say.