Common Herbs and Spices and Their Magical Uses.

Magic does not have to be complicated or require expensive items and supplies in order to be successful. Many of the herbs and spices people keep at home for cooking can also be used as magical herbs and spices. As well as being delicious in cooking these herbs and spices also have many magical properties that can be tapped into and used in a great number of ways.

Magical Herbs and Spices

Common Herbs and Spices and their Magically Uses

Allspice – money and attracting good luck

Anise – Protection and purification

Basil – Attracting wealth and good luck

Bay – Protection, healing, purification and strength

Caraway – Health, protection and mental powers

Cardamon – Lust and love

Chilli pepper – Encouraging fidelity, hex breaking and love

Chives – Protection

Cinnamon – Prosperity, spirituality, healing and happiness

Cloves – Protection, love, stops gossip and money

Coriander – Love, health and healing

Cumin – Protection, fidelity and theft protection

Dill – Security, protection, love and lust

Fennel – Protection, healing and purification

Garlic – Protection, purification, healing and protection from theft

Ginger – Power, success, love and money

Juniper – Protection, love, exorcism and health

Mace – Can be used to increase psychic powers

Marjoram – Love, happiness, health and money

Mint – Prosperity, protection, travel and money

Mustard seed – Fertility and protection

Parsley – Protection and purification

Peppermint – Purification, sleep, healing and psychic powers

Rosemary – Healing, love, purification and sleep

Sage – Wisdom and longevity

Star anise – Psychic powers and good luck

Thyme – Health, healing, sleep, courage and love

Turmeric – Purification

Vanilla – Love and passion

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Magical Symbols for Your Book of Shadows

These magical symbols can be used in journals, Book of Shadows or in spells and other magical practices. All the images I have drawn myself and are free to be used by anyone (Public Domain). Alhough if they are used or shared online I would be grateful if a link back to this page or credit is included (Claire Pearcy, [Public Domain], via Elderberry Arts). To view a larger copy of the symbols, click on the pictures. These can then be saved to your computer by right clicking them and choosing ‘Save Image’. The small versions can also be saved in the same way directly from this page.

 

Air

magical symbol -AirAir is regarded by many as a universal power or pure substance and is one of the classical elements in Ancient Greek philosophy.

In astrology, people born under the signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are though to have personalities dominated by air. People with air personalities tend to be kind, intellectual and social, though they may also posses less positive traits such as being selfish and insensitive.

Air and the other classical Greek elements are often incorporated into magical and pagan traditions such as Wicca. As an element air is often invoked during rituals and spiritual workings. It is associated with the colours yellow and white and with communication, wisdom and the mind. Items that can be used to represent air in rituals, spells or on altars include feathers, a fan or incense.

 

Earth

magical symbol - EarthAnother of the four classical Greek elements, earth is commonly associated with heaviness, matter and the physical planet. Due to this the earth symbol is occasionally used to symbolise Mother Earth and the element is associated with abundance, prosperity and fertility. The colours of earth are brown and green.

Astrologically, earth personalities are found in the signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Characteristics of this personality type include being calm, brave, hardworking, practical and stable as well as well as a tendency towards stubbornness and becoming possessive.

Earth, along with wind, fire, air and spirit are elements commonly found in forms of witchcraft, Paganism and other nature based belief systems.

 

Water

magical symbols - WaterWater is commonly associated with emotions, the subconscious, femininity intuition, purity and the colour blue. It is a healing and cleansing element and substance that is vital for life. Water can be used in scrying as well as to cleanse crystals that have been used in healing or other energy work.

Cups, chalices, cauldrons and other containers can be used to symbolise and hold water on an altar. Items directly connected to water such as sea shells could also be used.

The water personalities of astrology are found in the signs of Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio. They are considered to be emotional, nurturing, empathic and sensitive. However they can also become overly emotional or sensitive or have a moody, escapist and even irrational side.

 

Fire

magical symbol - FireThe element of fire has creative and destructive properties. It is a powerful force that can be used to benefit us, for example in providing heat and hot food. However, if it is not used with care and respect it has the ability to bring great harm to us, our property and lives. Fire is thought of as a masculine element and relates to the colour red, sex and sexuality, strength and authority.

This classical element can be used in spells for binding, protection and healing. Fire can also be used in scrying.

In astrology, fire personalities are found in the signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Common traits of fire personalities good leadership qualities, extroverted, passionate, brave, easy to anger, snappy and stubborn.

 

Sun

magic symbols - SunThe sun is the star in the centre of our solar system and all of the planets revolve around it. It is connected to the astrological house of Leo and represents male energy, masculinity, vitality, authority and health.

The sun is associated with orange, bright yellow and gold and many things of these colours. these include gemstones such as amber, carnelian and citrine, gold and flowers such as sunflowers, marigolds and buttercups.

In magic it is beneficial to call upon the sun for assistance in any matter concerning change, creativity, friendship, power, promotion and vitality.

 

Crescent Moon

magical symbols - Cresent MoonThe moon rules the astrological sign of Cancer and its gravitational pull creates the ebb and flow of the tides. It is connected to emotions, femininity and intuition.

Those who practice moon magic believe that the outcome of their work is influenced by the phase that the moon is currently in. Magic can be more or less successful dependent on the phase of the moon and what sign it is moving through. Event is our lives are also believed to be influenced by the moon and a better result can be achieved by carrying these out at a certain time. For example: buying a new house or looking for lost items is best done at the time of a new moon, bread dough is believed to rise higher during the new-waxing moon phase and canning and preserving food should be done during the period of the full-waning moon.

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Vegan Masala – Vegetable Gluten Free Curry.

This recipe is based on a vegetable masala recipe in Jack Monroe‘s cookbook, A Girl Called Jack. I have made and vegnised a few recipes from the book and am loving the simple and quick approach of the recipes. The recipes in the book are also very budget friendly while still being varied and full of fresh and healthy ingredients.

This vegan masala doesn’t require any complicated or expensive ingredients but still tastes great and is completely free of animal products. As the vegan masala is also gluten free it also ideal for anyone who is following a wheat or gluten free diet. The recipe can be made used fresh or tinned vegetables and I have also made it using potatoes and carrots leftover from another meal. If using leftovers keep an eye on the cooking time as these will be reduced. Using fresh vegetables to make this vegan masala style curry will require a longer cooking than is needed for tinned or leftover veg.

I have created the recipe to serve 4 and it also can be frozen as a whole dish or in portions for a later date. These can then be defrosted and reheated when needed and are great for quick meals or for families where only one member is vegan or vegetarian. The vegan masala can be served with rice or other accompaniments such us cous cous, millet, quinoa. Alternatively it can be eaten with breads such as naan, pitta, chapattis or flatbreads. If you decide to serve the curry with these then it will share between more than the specified four people.

Vegan Masala Curry Recipe

1 onion, chopped
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 small red chilli, finely chopped (remove the seeds to reduce the heat if desired)
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp ground cumin
500g (17.5oz) of tinned or fresh potatoes, chopped into bite sized pieces
200g (7oz) tinned or fresh carrots, chopped into bite sized pieces
2 tsp dried parsley
2 tsp ground coriander
200ml (7 fl oz) vegetable stock (check for gluten ingredients if using bought, especially if from powder or cubes)
170g (6oz) frozen or fresh peas
1 400g (15oz) can chopped tomatoes
175ml (6fl oz) soya yoghurt

 

1. Gently fry the onion and chilli until softened. Add the garlic and cumin and stir well to combine.

2. Add the potatoes, carrots, coriander and parsley to the pan. Pour over the stock and tinned tomatoes and mix well.

3. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes (or longer if needed for fresh vegetables). If the stock starts to dry out add a little more or water can be used instead.

4. Stir in the peas and cook until tender.

5. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the yoghurt.



Vegan Masala

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Potato and Sweetcorn Vegan Curry (Gluten Free)

This vegan curry has a combination of spicy and sweet flavours and is delicious and quick and easy to prepare using just one pan. The recipe is gluten free and also does not contain nuts or soy. Don’t be put off my the long ingredients list as the recipe comes together quickly and easily and does not require any complicated techniques or specific equipment. The curry can be made using one pot and prepared and cooked in less than twenty minutes.

This vegan curry is delicious served on its own or with breads such as chapatis, chickpea pancakes, naan or pitta breads. This dish would also be great as part of a buffet or simply served with rice.

Recipe notes
  • Fresh potatoes could also be used in this recipe but would need to be boiled until almost cooked before using. Leftover potatoes from another meal would be ideal to use up in this vegan curry recipe.
  • Frozen, tinned or fresh sweetcorn cut from the cob can be used successfully in this recipe.

Serves 2

170g (6oz) tinned potatoes, chopped into bite sized pieces
170g (6oz) cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
2 tbsp of fresh mint, finely chopped
1/2 small red chilli, finely chopped
115g (4oz) sweetcorn
85ml (3fl oz) tinned coconut milk
Pinch cayenne pepper

1. Heat the oil in a pan or wok over a low heat. Add the potatoes, tomatoes, mustard powder, garlic and ground cumin. Stir well to evenly spread the powders.

2. Add the coriander, mint and chilli and stir fry for 2 minutes.

3. Add the sweetcorn, coconut milk, cayenne and lemon juice. Stir to combine all the ingredients and cook for 5 minutes or until the sweetcorn is tender.

Vegan curry - Potato and Sweetcorn

 

 

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Munchy Mix – Dried Fruit and Nut Mix

Fruita nd nut mix

An unusual and enjoyable mix of dried fruits and nuts that can be made in advance ready for use. This mix is ideal as a healthy snack or trail mix when at home or on the move. It can also be used in cakes and cookies or added to granola and other cereals.

Store the fruit and nut mix in a sealed container or jar and it will last for several months at least.

 Munchy Mix

You do not have to have exact cup measures to make the mix. Any container is fine as long as you use the same one throughout.

1/2 cup of dried pineapple, torn into pieces if required
1/2 cup of dried cranberries
1/2 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of dried papaya pieces
1/2 cup of dried apricot pieces
1/4 cup of whole almonds
1/4 cup of cashews

1. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well to combine.

2. Pour the mix into a suitable container and seal.

You can also label the container so you know what is inside and with an ingredients list if desired.

 

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Delicious Banana and Chocolate Wrap

This delicious and quick to prepare wrap is great for adults and children alike using simple ingredients. Many health food shops and supermarkets now sell gluten free wraps that can be used. Some of these are also suitable for vegans.

banana and chocolate wrap

To keep this recipe vegan you will need to chose a chocolate spread that is free of animal and dairy products. There are also several varieties of these available online, in health shop and supermarkets now. Instead of the chocolate spread you could also use a nut butter or a chocolate nut spread. There are several of these that can be bought including those made from almonds, cashew, peanuts and hazelnuts.

 Delicious Banana and Chocolate Wrap

1 wrap
1 small banana, sliced thinly
Chocolate spread
1 tbsp of rice crispy cereal

1. Spread the wrap with chocolate spread. You can use as little or as much as you wish.

2. Place the banana is the centre of the wrap and sprinkle the crispies over the top.

3. Fold over the bottom of the wrap and roll it up.

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The Sacral Chakra

Sacral chakra

The sacral chakra is the second of the major chakras and is the centre of creativity, desire and sexuality. It can have an effect on our relationships with others, energy levels, independence, confidence and natural bodily cycles. Some traditions believe that this is where we store healthy energy so that it can be used later.

Imbalances in the sacral chakra can lead to problems with the intestines, kidneys, spleen and gallbladder. Gynecological problems, lower back pain and sexual dysfunctions can also be the result of an unhealthy sacral chakra. Healing this chakra an help to regulate menstrual cycles and lessen cramps and premenstrual tension.

Balancing the sacral chakra will help to balance and energise every area of life. It will make moving forward easier and help you take opportunities that come your way.

Crystals to benefit the sacral chakra

Carnelian
Orange calcite
Moonstone
Red jasper
Citrine
Fire opal

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The Root Chakra

Root chakra
The root (or base chakra) is located at the base of the spine. Imbalances within this chakra can prevent someone from advancing in life and make them feel as if nothing is progressing for them. They may feel as if they struggle to release and express their emotions or deal with changes such as death. Spiritually this chakra helps to keep you grounded  and connects you to the earth.

Physical symptoms that can result from difficulties with the root chakra include; lower back pain, varicose veins, sciatica, constipation, diarrhea and some fertility issues. This chakra effects the health of the lower digestive system, hips, pelvis, legs, knees, ankles and feet.

A healthy balanced root chakra makes  it easier to more forward in life and accept opportunities that are presented to us. It promotes a scenes of security and confidence as well as supporting you in being able to stand up for yourself when this is needed.

 

Crystals for the Root Chakra

Crystals that can help to support and healing the root chakra include:

Red jasper
Hematite
Black obsidian
Smoky quartz
Mookite
Jet
Bloodstone
Chrysocolla
Golden yellow topaz
Citrine

 

 

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Cheesy Bean Vegetarian Pasta (Gluten Free)

Vegetarian pasta

This tasty vegetarian pasta dish can be made quickly and easily. It can also be chilled and reheated later. If you omit the Quorn or substitute it for a suitable vegan alternative and use a dairy free cheese sauce powder this vegetarian pasta can also be made vegan.

Serves 2 as a main dish but can also be used as a side dish or served with salad and french bread or baguettes.

1 tbsp olive oil
150g (5oz) gluten free pasta
300ml (10oz) soya milk
4 tbsp cheese sauce powder
150g (5oz) tinned mixed beans (drained weight)
100g (3.5oz) Quorn bacon lardons

1. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain,  rinse and set aside.

2. Fry the Quorn bacon in the olive oil for 5 mins, stirring.

3. Add milk and cheese sauce powder and stir. Bring to the boil stirring constantly until the sauce thickens. Reduce the heat.

5. Add the beans and simmer for 5 minutes to cook the beans.

6. Add the cooked pasta and stir to combine and warm through.

 

To vary the pasta different types of beans such as haricot, black-eyed, or cannellini could be used. The cheesy bean could also be served on top of spaghetti instead of with pasta.

 

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