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A Witch's Garden: Rose

Rose (Rosa spp)

We must all be familiar with the rose, whether it is as a bush, a climber or in a bunch of flowers. It is a perennial with more varieties and colours than you can shake a stick at. The flowers bloom between May and September and are followed by rosehips. You can also find certain varieties growing in the wild. I have several rose bushes and climbers in my garden and dry all the petals, which is incredibly easy, I sprinkle the petals on a large tray and leave them to dry in the conservatory. Rose is a good herb to use to represent the Mother and also for any workings where mysteries need to be delved into. Use rose in any workings for love, psychic powers and knowledge. Rose petals are also good for dream work and moon magic. Roses and the petals have long been associated with love so they work well for any kind of love spells, use pink for friendship, red for passion and white for peace. The rose has sharp thorns so use it in protection workings. It is also a very feminine flower so can be incorporated into any spell or ritual work that requires feminine energy. Rose also had a connection with death and rebirth, the plant appearing to be dead during the winter months but coming back to life in the spring. Sprinkle rose petals in your bathwater for a balancing, relaxing and love filled bath. Use rose petals in workings for luck and abundance. Rose petals also work well for casting the circle at handfastings. Lurve Rose Petal Tea 2 big handfuls of rose petals 2 cups of water 6 lemon balm leaves 2 slices of root ginger 1 stick cinnamon 1 teaspoon honey Put the rose petals and lemon balm in a pan and cover with the water, simmer on a very low heat for a few minutes until the petals are translucent. Strain and return the liquid to the pan add the other ingredients and simmer again for about 10 minutes. Serve warm, best shared with your loved one. Rose Magical Properties: Love, psychic powers, healing, luck, protection, peace, mysteries, knowledge, dreams, friendship, death and rebirth, abundance Ruling planet – Venus, Moon Sign - Pisces Element – Water Gender – Feminine

From: A Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Plants & Herbs


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