This newest segment of the podcast will highlight an herb and a stone or crystal who’s energy can be used for magic that follows the general theme of the show. As a natural witch I regularly use herbs and stones in my spells, magic and just every day life and I just love talking about them.
Listen to the episode these were featured in here: Episode 11 – The Business of Being Pagan
First up is Patchouli, my personal favourite scent. Everyday I use a body spray that is just patchouli oil, a little water and some crystal elixir. It smells like fresh earth and that’s what I love most about it. Here are some of the general stats from Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs:
Folk Names: Pucha-Pot, Kablin
Powers: Money, Fertility, Lust
Patchouli is your ULTIMATE earth herb, as you can plainly tell from the smell of the plant and oil. It’s strongly tied to the earth element and is used in all earthy purposes – money, fertility, abundance, and lust. In it’s dried herb form it can be sprinkled onto money or in wallets, added to incense blends or mojo bags, and sprinkled around the base of candles during money spells. As an oil it’s added to body sprays like mine, love baths and bath salts, room sprays, and floor washes. It’s most common in ready made incense sticks and cones or in the essential oil. Add Patchouli to your body spray or bath before a job interview, loan appointment or any other financial matter. To mix up something for love and lust add patchouli to other herbs like jasmine, rose, adam and eve root, and if you’re trying to recall and old lover – dragon’s blood. That being sad, if you don’t enjoy the smell of patchouli it will not serve you in matters of love and lust. Not only do you not want to associate your sexy times with a smell you hate, but attracting someone who loves patchouli doesn’t work well if you never want to wear it again!
Patchouli is hearty and easy to grow, and having a plant on hand would yield a lot of the dried matter if you use it a lot.
Pyrite is also known as Fool’s Gold, but don’t let that name scare you away. Not only is Pyrite fun to look at since it grows in cubes and octahedrons in all different directions, but it’s outrageously useful. It deflects negative energy, it converts chaotic and messy energy into something you can harness, and is an amazing good luck charm perfect for prosperity magic (and mercury retrograde!).
Pyrite is a great talisman for people who are looking to make their fortune in a dangerous job or environment. Danger is a very chaotic energy that can be smoothed out and harnessed into a more useful firey energy by the pyrite. It’s double duty as a good luck charm is sure to help keep a few pianos from dropping on your noggin like a looney tunes character.
If you are under the thumb of someone controlling but afraid your intervention will make matters worse, such as an abusive friendship or a controlling boss, pyrite can help you break free with a cool head. It allows you to remain calm and level-headed so that you can be effective and swift in your exit.
This stone helps calm the chaotic nature of mercury retrograde and allows you to use that energy to move forward, rather than getting flustered and frustrated. I often keep a large piece of pyrite near my computer and other electronics during MRX to help lessen the blow. I also use a crystal elixir made with a lot of pyrite in my body spray and sometimes in my coffee if I need a little extra luck. I’ve even ground it up and added it to incense blends or lucky green rice for a bit of extra kick!