We live in very modern times. So many of us live in cities, apartments, condos, and are so far flung from the idea of living connected to the earth in that old fashioned traditional way. Even those of us who, like myself, are blessed with a rural home and acreage are so besieged by technology and work that we barely take a moment to consider the spaces outside our four walls aside from mowing them (begrudgingly) every two weeks. I want though, to take some time here with you, to ask that you reconsider that way of living. I want you to walk outside (yes, even you city folk.), get your feet in the dirt, breathe in the air, close your eyes, and get to know the spirits of your land. Everywhere that we go has its own natural energy, its own familiar spirits, its own Gods - now is the time to learn who they are! In this, my first submission, I would like to tell you a little story. A couple of years ago I inherited a family home, and moved from my cozy little two bedroom apartment back to rural life. I’d spent so much time getting to know where I had been, that it was a fun (and terrifying) experiment learning the land I was now calling home. It’d been abused over the years. Neglected. It screamed at me to take it back to what it should be, to dig out years of garbage that had been dumped on what people assumed was an empty lot, to make this place green again. On top of that all, I had a stream bristling with aquatic spirits that I was unfamiliar with, and two acres of forested land that was so unhappy as to be bristling.
I had my work cut out for me.
Naturally, I spent the first year utterly ignoring it.
(I’m only human after all.)
“I want it said by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle, and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.”
Gorgeous flowers, soft, fluffy, purple, bursting joyously from the meanest thorniest plant you could imagine. I was beaming inside - so thankful that the spirits of my land were fighting back the negative energy as best they could. I knew then that I had to answer the call, and now (I’m happy to report), the property is back to its old self. I’ve gotten to know the spirits here, and I’m happy to have them as part of my home.
- Star Thistle is a plant naturally native to Scotland.
- It’s commonly called the “Guardian Thistle”
- Thistle blossom protects and guards the person that carries it.
- Carry a thistle for strength and energy
- A bowl of thistles in a room strengthens the spirit and promotes vitality, excellent for a sick room!
- Grown in your garden, Thistle wards off not only evil, but thieves as well!
- Hex breaking poppets should be stuffed with Thistle down.
- Thistles make excellent additives to healing spells.
- English tradition holds that Thistle branches make excellent wands.
To Summon Spirits
Place Thistles in a bowl of boiling water.
As the steam rises, Inhale, and seek your answers.
Circle of Healing
When casting the circle in which you will be working healing magic,
place a blooming Thistle at each of the cardinal points. This is especially effective for animal healing.
4 Parts Nettle
4 Parts Thistle
4 Parts Knotgrass
1/4 Part Aconite
1/4 part Nightshade
Burn with caution, and in small amounts. DO NOT INHALE.
For Venous Pain, and Varicose Veins
1 1/2 oz of Thistle Seeds
1 oz Calendula Flowers
1 oz Witch Hazel Leaves
Crush in mortar, and add to three cups of boiling water. Steep for 20 minutes.
Apply to affected area as needed.