A Year of Green Wisdom for
Pagans and Wiccans
we garden or collect plants in meadows or woods, their wisdom
comes alive when we work with them within the context of the seasons
and we learn how their cycles progress month by month. Basing
our magical use of plants within the seasons also helps us develop
additional and more meaningful ways to connect with the green
world and nature spirits. This, in turn, provides our rituals
and magic with continuity through the year.
Including both ordinary and classically witchy plants, this book
serves as a guide and stepping stone to develop a working knowledge
of plants. Going month by month it highlights a range of plants—from
the smallest herb to greatest tree—with facts about their
physical characteristics, history and folklore, and of course,
magical uses. You will also learn how plant cycles fit into the
wheel of the year. While this book focuses on North American plants,
it shows how plant mythology and folklore was often carried here
by European settlers and applied to similar plants. In many cases,
settlers brought plants with them to the New World.
chapter focuses on a month and is divided into four sections.
The first is called “On the Calendar” and takes note
of sabbats and other significant dates that involve plants. The
next two sections are called “In the Garden” and “In
the Wild.” These highlight plants that may be blooming or
bearing fruit that month. As expected, these two sections are
somewhat fluid as some wild plants have become popular in the
garden and some garden plants have found homes outside of our
backyards. The last section is called “In the House”
and focuses on indoor, plant-related projects and activities.
Being familiar with plants and their cycles connects us more closely
with nature and with all the wise women and men who have gone
before us as we carry on their work with plant magic. In addition,
working with plants according to the season helps us discover
and develop our unique ways of self-expression in the craft.