🌿 Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Green & Herbal Magick

Merry meet!

Thank you once again to all those who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - Troubleshooting Spellwork :hammer_and_wrench:

After exploring spell fixes and creative improvisation while casting, it’s time to grow some love for another wonderful area of the Craft :seedling:

The theme for this week’s challenge is…

Green Witch Herbal Magick Spells8 Challenge

:herb: :green_heart: Green & Herbal Magick :tea::seedling:

It’s all about herbs, plants, and green witchery!

A very popular area of the Craft, Green Magick involves the use of nature. Green Witches may study and use herbs, plants, trees, the Element Earth, deities of nature, etc.- there are many ways to use the gifts of the earth in magick! :evergreen_tree: :sparkles:

If you are unfamiliar with Green Magick, a great introduction to the basics can be found in The Green Witch: Herbal Witchcraft Course :green_heart: (free with your Spells8 membership):

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Whether you choose to explore medicinal plants in healing, craft natural recipes, study a new plant, use nature in spellwork, work with a deity of the Earth, or more- this week is all about the magick of the earth and nature! :deciduous_tree:

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This week’s theme challenges you to explore Green Magick - but as always, how you do so is up to you!

So are you ready? Because it’s…

CHALLENGE TIME!

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STEP 1 : Green Witchcraft :sparkles:

This challenge is all about exploring green magick- but how you choose to take on this theme is up to you!

Still not sure where to begin?

To help you get started, the following list has a few suggestions in which a witch might approach this challenge.

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:earth_asia: The Wide World of Green Witchery

Green Magick is as vast as the Earth itself- it would take a lifetime to list all the individual ways one might pursue this area of magick! As such, here are just a few key topics within Green Magick that might spark some inspiration for your entry:

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Plant Magick & Spells: A Simple Guide for Green Witches

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Herbs & Spices for Protection

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Witch Plants: Herbs & Recipies Every Witch Should Know

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All Purpose Herbs - Herbs for Magickal Substitutions

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Grimoire Pages for a Green Witch

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Green Candle Magick

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Gaia: Goddess of the Earth

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Kitchen Witchery: Magick in the Kitchen

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Earth Elemental Invocation Chant

Here are a few additional resources and topics from past challenges and forum discussions:

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:raised_hands: …And More!

The suggestions above are just that- simple suggestions! If you feel called to explore Green Magick in another way, please feel free to let your creativity grow wild this week :seedling: :blush:

As always, all witches are encouraged to embrace their own unique practice with how they explore the theme! :star2:


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STEP 2 : Share Your Experience :writing_hand:

Click here for notes about challenge inclusivity

Everyone is welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For lurkers and those who don’t feel comfortable sharing, it is absolutely okay to follow along with the challenge but keep your entry personal. Feel free to join in spirit and do what feels most comfortable for you! :blush:

That being said, please know that if you would like to receive a prize and a public shout-out, it is required that you share your experience.

For your entry to be counted towards the challenge, please share:

  1. How you explored Green Magick this week

Getting Your Credit :white_check_mark:

In order for your entry to be counted, all you have to do is write/share about your experience and label it as your challenge entry. There is a lot of chatting here (which is awesome- chatting and discussion are very welcome!) so please clearly write that it is your entry so I know to count it! :pray:

Where Should I Share My Entry? :thinking:

Click here for instructions on where to post your entry

You are welcome to post it right here- just click “reply” :repeat: to this post and write your experience in the text box that pops up!

Alternatively, you could create a new thread in the forum (doing so keeps your entry separate and is a good option if you have a lot to share)

Note : If you do choose to create a new thread, please add the “challenge-entry” tag and/or add a hyperlink back to this post so that it can be easily found- thank you! :bowing_woman:


Deadline :spiral_calendar:

:exclamation: This challenge will close in 6 DAYS :exclamation:

To join in, please share your experience by:

Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00 AM CET (Central European Time)
( Time Converter: 2022-12-06T06:00:00Z)

(Note that the time zone is CET- if you don’t see your time displayed above, you can use this time zone calculator to check for your time zone!)


Prizes :gift:

For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize! :gift:

Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.

After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given. This discussion will remain open for about a week after the challenge finishes.

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A warm reminder that all challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that honors and reflects their unique practice :open_book:

If you have any doubts about if something is acceptable to post or say, please double-check with the Forum FAQ and/or reach out to your friendly Moderator Team .

And for those new to challenges- welcome! :heart: Know that the goal of these activities is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways :hugs:


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Sown with love and grown with care
At its heart, this magick is a simple affair.
But just as a seed can become a mighty tree-
Green Magick is key to great possibility!

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Blessed Be! :herb::sparkles:

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Good morning all you beautiful Witches! Well, this Challenge is going to be Very challenging and informational for me. I know not a thing in the Green and Herbal Magick. I don’t even know how I am going to go about this, but that is why it is called a Challenge.

Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Green & Herbal Magick Entry

I think the best way to approach this is using Spells 8 Protection Herbs & Spices for this challenge. It will fit with my “issues” right now seeing I have been researching some protection spells anyway…

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I wish I could grow fresh herbs. Not only do I have a black thumb, but my apartment also gets no natural light, it faces northwards. I’ll have to see what I can come up with this week.

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Good morning @Medea… some good protective herbs can be found: under herbal substitutions along with sage, rosemary, & lavender (Lavender may be in the link too… so that may be a repeat), I will try to look through what else I have for maybe incorporating oils or incense. I don’t know if you have any crystals but there are some good protection ones that you could put into the spell. Amethyst, Black Tourmaline, Onyx, Obsidian, Labradorite… can all be used as protective stones & Clear Quartz would amplify the energies of the stones around it.

@Amethyst… you & me both, although so far I have been able to grow Spearmint, Lemon Balm, & Mint in my garden for the last 2 years… then found out that Mint will repel rodents. We never had an issue with rodents :rat: before this past year… in the 20 years, I’ve lived here! However, one street over neighbors has a large chicken coop really close to my other neighbor’s property line. Here they need to be at least 10 feet off the property line & it is right up against the fence to their backyard. At night they have an electronic predator fence around their yard, so not only are they attracting them, they repel them to my neighbors & across to our yard. So… we are working on lessening the impact of that issue. We have faired pretty well, but my neighbor… had 12 relocation traps… & in one day had caught over 20… every hour to hour & a half she was emptying them down by the right of way from us… it’s a bit down the road. So keeping the mint & I relocate it as it grows out to under our porches up along the house.

Anywho! I actually have a great thing going right now for this challenge, totally works with what I am doing right now in my space! I just have to come up with some good smells to go with the flowers I am infusing the petal. I want to make a nice-smelling infused oil for my daughter & me to use. I have pretty roller bottles to put it in plus she can carry it in her bag for school or wherever!

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Mint is about the only thing I can grow. I should mention that about mice to the building manager here, maybe she’ll let me plant some and let it go wild.

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Great timing! It’s that time for me and I’ve been meaning to try some herbal remedies for menstrual cramps. :sweat_smile:

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Oooooo Happy Dance! Winter is always harder for me since my gardens are dormant. But this year I’ve turned towards bringing the outdoors inside and have been creating bottle terrariums with moss and ferns and lichens to bring the green inside.


(North Carolina terrarium)


(Pacific Northwest terrarium)

This feels like perfect timing for this challenge!

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Green & Herbal Magick Challenge Entry - Energetic/Aura Cleansing & Protection Spiritual Milk Bath

Hello, Everyone! :smile: For this week’s challenge I thought I would share my spiritual milk bath recipe that I call “Washed in Light”. This recipe is full of some of my favorite cleansing and protection herbs and has a great lemon scent. This recipe is versatile and can be used in plant form or used in essential oil form. I have also used this recipe in EO form mixed with a melt-n-pour goat’s milk soap base to make it in a soap bar, as well as, mixing the EO with Safflower Oil to make it as a roll-on for easy weekly cleansings and maintaining protection on the go.

  • A small side note: I generally mix my ingredients for the bath by hand and then place them within a muslin bag to use in the bath so that the pipes don’t get clogged when draining. However, do what you feel resonates for you.

Please feel free to adjust this recipe to fit your path/practice and what is available to you. Also, the “milk” definitely can be replaced with any plant-based or vegan substitute. I will post below a list I found a while back (the source I think was from tumblr) on some Non-Dairy Milk options and their correspondences.

“Washed In Light” Ingredients:

  • Salt - Cleansing, Banishing, Uncrossing, & Protection (I generally use rock salt that you find to make homemade ice cream)

  • Rue - Warding, Protection, Healing, Mental Clarity, & Uncrossing

  • Hyssop - Cleansing, Purification, Uncrossing, Spiritual Opening, Consecration, & Raises Vibration

  • Angelica - Barrier of Protection, Uncrossing, & Attracts Positive Energy

  • St. John’s Wort - Protects From Baneful Work, Banishing, & Blessing (Best if St. John’s was harvested on Summer Solstice)

  • Rosemary - Cleansing, Purification, Healing & Banishing

  • Lemongrass - Cleansing & Road Opener

  • Lemon EO - Cleansing, Purification, Spiritual Opening, & Removes Blockages (Using dried lemon slices does add a nice aesthetic if you would like to use plant form instead)

  • Powdered Milk - The Goddess, Love, Nurturing & Spirituality

Steps For Mixing:
The steps are pretty simple but again please adjust to your path/practice.

  1. Cleanse Bowl.
  2. Bless & consecrate salt.
  3. If using Lemon EO… add it to the salt first.
  4. Add powdered milk and herbs ( If using an alternative that’s a liquid add the milk directly to the bath instead)
  5. Mix with your hands while focusing on your intention.

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Non-Dairy Milk Correspondences:

  • Soy: Protection, Psychic Awareness, Spirituality

  • Almond: Healing, Prosperity, Wisdom, Overcoming Addiction, Abundance, Luck

  • Coconut: Allure, Confidence, Diversity, Flexibility, Protection, Psychic Awareness, Purification, Spirituality

  • Hemp: Positive Energy, Manifestation, Healing, Protection, Peace, Meditation, Removal of Negative Influences, Love, Binding, Psychic Visions

  • Oat: Grounding, Prosperity, Beauty, Healing, Health

  • Rice: Fertility, Abundance, Blessings, Protection, Rain, Security, Wealth

  • Cashew: Prosperity, Increase Energy, Communication

  • Flax: Beauty, Healing, Protection, Money, Psychic Enhancement

  • Pea: Love, Prosperity

  • Hazelnut: Fertility, Luck, Mental Enhancement, Wisdom, Dreams, Divination, Spirit Work, Wishes

  • Macadamia: Prosperity

  • Sunflower: Protection, Success, Positive Energy, Confidence, Happiness

  • Pistachio: Breaking Hexes/Curses, Breaking Trances, Grounding, Divination

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Green & Herbal Magick Challenge Entry- herbs for balancing your chakras

I love learning about herbs in general, soni cant wait to dive in this week & learn more. Im going to learn which herbs help balance your chakras.

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@stacy11 - I believe there is information on that in the Chakra Information post… there are topics on the basics of each of the 7 main Chakras there along with other information from within the forum too :smiling_face:

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That is awesome, thank you. Not only do I not have any knowledge of herbs & spices, I also have no knowledge of crystals either. That is another reason why this challenge will be a great learning experience for me.

Thank you as always and Blessed Be,
Medea

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Great Challenge! I have been looking for all kinds of Protection Spells and I really like this one:

"For this week’s challenge I thought I would share my spiritual milk bath recipe that I call “Washed in Light”. This recipe is full of some of my favorite cleansing and protection herbs and has a great lemon scent." (ashely69, spells8, 2022)

Blessed Be
Medea

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You’re welcome! I will check into the others in the morning, my day got a bit away from me. I will have more for you when I can get back on my laptop.

The incense would correspond with the properties of the herb used for it also. :revolving_hearts:

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Hi Katnabis
Great idea to bring the outside in! I will have to remember that as I am beginning to learn about, well everything…the greenery inside is such a positive way to continue your “Garden”.
Blessed Be,
Medea

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That is fantastic. The combination of candles, incense, herbs, crystals sound so complicated that I better keep my BOS and Book of Mirrors organized.
Thank you for everything! You have been so awesome Siofra_Strega and helpful!
Much love to you :revolving_hearts: :100:

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This recipe comes from ‘The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils, and More’ by Arin Murphy-Hiscock.

I just thought it was super-dooper simple!

‘Prosperity Bath Salts’

Use this recipe when you feel you need to boost your personal prosperity energy.

Makes 2 ½ cups (20 ounces)

  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • Glass jar with tight-fitting lid, large enough to hold 20 ounces
  • 3 drops orange oil
  • 2 drops cinnamon oil OR 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup dried mint leaves
  • 3 drops green vegetable food colouring (optional)

1. Place the salts in a blender or food processor and blend to combine and reduce to a fine powder. Pour the salts into the jar and cap it. Shake to combine the salts.
2. Open the jar again. Add the drops of oil and the ground herbs. Cap the jar and shake well to blend.
3. If using food colouring, open the jar and add 3 drops. Cap and shake well to blend. Be aware that a little food colouring goes a long way; don’t add much. If you want the colour darker, add 1-2 more drops and bland again. The colour is added simply to enhance the prosperity energy of the other ingredients. If you associate another colour with prosperity, then by all means substitute it.
4. To use, our ½ cup of the salts into your bath under running water.

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I love this- you’ve got such a great and positive mindset, Medea :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: It is indeed a challenge, but one I have full faith you’ll be able to overcome! :muscle: :heart:

Exploring Protective Herbs & Spices sounds like a great way to jump in- I hope you’re able to find some herbs to help you out and improve things for you! Good luck and blessed be! :green_heart: :sparkles:

No worries, Amethyst- not all green witches are gardeners! There’s a lot of wonderful herbal magick that can be done with the ready-to-go dried herbs and spices. When I’m on the road it’s pretty rare that I have access to fresh plants, but kitchen spices and tea bags are a gift that can be found just about anywhere in the world! :world_map: :sparkles:

Wishing you good luck- whatever you decide to do, I hope you have fun with it! :heart::blush:

Oh goodness- that’s a big rodent problem! Thank goodness for your protective plants keeping watch over the property. Mint is amazing- when allowed to be free it’s really a force to be reckoned with! :muscle: :herb:

Wishing you all the best with your infused oil- good luck and have fun crafting it! :blush:

You have my full empathy here- good luck and I hope the cramps aren’t bad! :pray::two_hearts:

Ahhhhhh look at these adorable terrariums- these are so neat, Kat! :heart_eyes: I especially love how you’ve designed each one to represent flora from a specific region and climate- that is such a cool idea! :clap::green_heart:

Your “Washed in Light” spell is beautiful, @ashley69- I love the herbs you’ve included, and I’m especially grateful that you took the time to write about the magickal properties of each being called up in this spell! :pray::heart: It looks like it turned out amazing (and what a great form too!)- you are a soap-making master! :soap: :sparkles: Thank you so much for this amazing entry!

That’s an awesome way to take on the theme- good luck and I can’t wait to hear what you discover, Stacy! :rainbow: :person_in_lotus_position:

Ohhhhh orange, cinnamon, minty goodness right here- I love the sound of these bath salts! :star_struck: And I imagine just a few drops of orange oil (as opposed to full pieces of orange like I’ve used in the past) is probably a better option for those with skin that is sensitive to citrus. This is wonderful, Jessica- thank you for sharing the recipe! :salt: :sparkling_heart:

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@TheTravelWitch_Bry hmmmmmmm what to do what to do. Lol

There are soooooo many wonderful entries. I dont even know where to start

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OOOO so many ideas… I think I am really going to enjoy this challenge…

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This is great! Thank you :blush:

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