As we're all inside right now in an effort to slow down the spread of Coronavirus; the timing seems very auspicious for a bit of a Spring Clean. This article won't focus on de-cluttering since it is probably unwise or indeed impossible to donate items to charities right now ... and besides, I'm one of those people that keeps everything! However, with all the extra cleaning products that many bought in order to keep their families and homes safe and free from the virus; a deep cleaning is indeed possible for some ... whether or not I will do one; remains to be seen! The zest for cleaning right now is brought about from the hope of eradicating an invisible foe; any and all traces of this terrible virus, that if missed, can cause sickness. Ironically, there is a likening here to one of the goals of magic - which is to replace bad energy with good energy. Both the virus and magic are invisible, but both exist.
I think this year I will focus instead on a simple, slow, yet thorough Spring Cleaning ... liberally sprinkled with magic intended to remove bad energy and replace it with good energy.
Wash it and make it yours: (Element - Water)
Most of us are spending lots of time disinfecting and cleaning groceries and other packages received at our homes at this time. There is a magical, as well as prosaic, premise to this. The Coronavirus is invisible but it can be likened to the "bad energy" that we are doing our very best to remove with disinfectants and lots of soap and water.
This isn't new for me as I buy lots of used and vintage items. I always take the time to wash, repair and mend my new treasures. If I can lather my purchase up with soap and completely immerse it in water ... or put it through a washing machine, I do. For delicate figurines, I often use an old toothbrush and Q-tips to clean into all the little crevices. Clothing is washed and any tiny repairs made. The magic in this process is that by cleaning, repairing or altering an item; I know I have made the item mine. I feel that I have removed all traces of its prior ownership. The dirt (visible) is removed and the vibes and any germs (invisible) are likewise removed.
Windows, sunlight & prisms: (Element - Air)
A big facet of magic is changing your outlook and improving your circumstances. One quick and easy way to improve your "outlook" is to clean your windows. Give all of your windows a good clean inside and out; at least those that you can safely reach. This provides an immediate positive change to your ability to "look out" on the world, as there is little as depressing as gorgeous sunshine struggling through a dirty window (and revealing all the smudges). Clean them and let the sun shine in - literally. If this is heavy work for you; just clean one window a day - with the amount of time we may have to stay isolated, there should be time enough for all of those windows to sparkle!
If you have some prisms going spare, now is the time to hang them up and lure some good light energy into your home. Don't have a prism and are avoiding the store? Take a look in your jewellery box - many earrings, pendants or crystal bead necklaces reflect the light beautifully. Maybe you have a cut crystal tumbler, wine glass or bowl. Experiment with what you have around the house by holding the item into the sun's rays and see what good vibes you can catch and reflect around your magical home!
Rugs, incense and a magical journey: (Element - Fire)
If you are fortunate enough to have a Persian rug (or any other richly patterned or pretty rug), first start by giving it a good vacuum. Take that wool beauty outside and beat it with a broom or rug beater if you have one. Then take the time to sit down on your newly cleaned carpet, light some incense or a scented candle (in a fire safe holder of course) and go back in time with one of the "Tales from the Arabian Nights". If you have a small child to read aloud stories of magic - that's a very special bonus. Afterwards, close your eyes, let your mind wander and see where your travels take you on your very own magic flying carpet. Since we likely won't be boarding a plane for quite some time, you could also use your carpet whenever you want to visit the lands and places you are missing.
Note: Make sure you inspect your rug for any indication of moths. If you find any damage, and the rug is expensive or dear; it pays to get a professional assessment. If the rug is not valuable, take it outside and give it an extra deep vacuum, top and bottom. When you return it to your home, sprinkle with lavender and/or place cedar wood liberally on the carpet. Continue this process every few days.
Clear the air: (Element - Air & Fire)
Don't forgot to open all those doors and windows! Pick a nice sunny and breezy Spring day if you get one. The air in your home gets stagnant and there you have that heavy, negative energy. Just like magic, you can't see poor air, but you can feel its effects. A good airing out of your home with honest-to-goodness fresh air helps to get rid of indoor air pollutants, stale food odours and moisture. This is especially important in bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms as well as any shut or closed rooms. Let the carbon dioxide out and the oxygen in! Your living room probably smells heavenly now from that excursion on your magic flying carpet so extend that to the rest of your home by burning incense, scented candles or doing a sage smudging. (Note: Always use proper fireproof holders when burning any incense or smudges and do not leave candles or other lit items unattended.)
The goal of a Spring Clean is usually to clean every room - top to bottom. To polish furniture, wash curtains and windows, shake out and turn rugs and mattresses, wash floors, clear clutter ... and well, wash and wipe down everything else! This year, I'm focusing on priority cleaning of items and surfaces - to try and keep us safe from the virus and to remove that "bad energy". At the same time, I'm utilizing some of the magical tricks and tips in this article to infuse as much "good energy" into our home as I can.
Flowers: (Element - Earth)
Last but not least, don't forget to enjoy Mother Nature and bring in some new Spring flowers from your garden or rare walks outside. The beauty of nature and the aroma of flowers are among the top magical additions that are sure to bring good energy into your home.
Important Note: Nothing in this article should be construed as advice on protecting yourself from COVID19 (the Coronavirus). Follow the advice of your local health authorities.
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2020
Venus, the Goddess of Love, is very accustomed to receiving petitions from those hoping to attract a lover. Valentine's Day seems an appropriate time to appeal to this lovely lady, and Friday just happens to be the day of the week sacred to her. How fortuitous that this Valentine's Day, 2020, falls on a Friday! So take advantage of this opportune timing and make your appeal that day.
To craft your petition or wish, look no farther than Frankie Avalon! All the components of a successful spell are here. Modify to suit your desire.
Bibliography/Sources: "Venus" by Frankie Avalon, written by Ed Marshall; The Book of Spells by Nicola de Pulford, 1998
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May is such a magical month that the appearance of fairies in your garden should come as no surprise! Even the staunchest disbeliever must do a double take when ... apple, pear or cherry blossoms float and swirl though the air, fresh new leaves rustle in the wind or the sun shimmers and gleams in nooks and crannies in the garden. All these subtle happenings can be evidence of fairy activity ...
Here are 3 simple ways to attract fairies to your garden:
This is a biggie because fairies are like songbirds. They love trees as this gives them little branches to cling to, or big branches for swinging and leaves to hide behind. Not to mention that their older cousins, the Dryads, will often tell them stories at night about ancient times and places. Plant lots of perennial flowers that will magically sprout up in the Spring, year after year, without any extra work on your part - bluebells, tulips, daffodils, forget-me-nots, Jack Frost, Lily-of-the-Valley, foxgloves - your garden will be alive with colour and sweet scents that attract the birds, bees, butterflies ... and fairies!
And for some fun, blow some bubbles from a bubble wand! There is something magical about bubbles floating gently on the breeze ... and the fairies will be sure to notice.
Accept the magical world around you and welcome it into your garden. It doesn't matter how big or small it is. Whether you are charmed with a "back 40", a fantastically witch-y cottage garden, a "postage stamp" city plot or even an apartment balcony; you can always add in a little bit of nature - usually more than you think once you get started! Prepare to be amazed at how special life becomes when your home becomes a safe haven for fairies to congregate and play.
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2018 / edited 2020
There seem to be rainbows abounding all 'round at Meadow Sweet Grove lately ... in some form or other!
Sighting a rainbow is such a mystical experience. That breathtaking spectrum of colour that appears brightly overhead for just a moment of time literally illuminating the day. The sheer size and perfection of the arch is awe-inspiring in itself and is an example of Mother Nature's power. And when a double rainbow occurs? Count yourself very fortunate indeed.
I have observed that rainbows most often appear when, during a rainy day, the sun suddenly bursts through ... and for a short time, there is both rain and sunshine. That's when its time to spin around quickly and see where the rainbow is showing itself in your neighbourhood! Sometimes it isn't worth trying to catch a photo - by the time you grab the camera - the rainbow is starting to fade in brilliance. But magical moments in life are meant to be enjoyed as they happen anyway. Truly, they appear for such a short period of time (like many outward "proofs" of magic) that they are unfortunately missed or misinterpreted by many. But seeing a rainbow can have such a significant meaning (often a hidden one), that the fabled search for the pot 'o gold isn't even necessary - just catching sight of the rainbow itself enriches. I have noticed, however, that the land over which the rainbow occurs (either beneath the arch or at one of the ends) has often proved to be noteworthy ...
And, of course, you can always create your own luck through the use of prisms. Just place them anywhere the sunshine falls in your house ... and they will catch the rays and transform them into good rainbow vibes, right in your own magical home.
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2018 / edited 2020
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2018 / edited 2019
What an incredible Summer Solstice we are having here at Meadow Sweet Grove! Bright, beautiful sun, strong warm breezes - perfect for drying laundry - and . . . the magical appearance of a fairy ring in the garden! This is a really grand compliment as fairy rings (rings of mushrooms) only appear in places that the fairies themselves have chosen as a desirable place for their evening revels and dancing. In fact, the little toadstools are evidence that the merriment has already begun! For wherever the fairies dance, typically in a circle holding hands, the mushrooms appear.
The fairy ring marks a special, distinct space from the human world. It is often seen as a gateway to fairyland or another dimension. We can't usually see what (or who) is inside the fairy circle ... from the outside. And if a fey beckons us to join the dance - do we dare go in?
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2017
~ Your House Dragon ~
Put him in charge this vacation!
(An exercise in protective visualization)
Whenever I go away on vacation, I look back and see my dragon curled around our little three story house. His tail winds around the whole bottom of the house at the garden level, his body encircles the second level and finally he places his head, chest and little front feet onto the peaked roof. Digging his front claws in ever so slightly, he lays his head down by the chimney (I think the smoke from the chimney reminds him of his Mama!) ... he folds his wings and snoozes gently. We're on a bit of a hill, so from the rooftop, he has an excellent view of the goings-on in the neighbourhood! I never worry when I'm away from home because I know the slightest sound or activity on our property will make him jump into action ... and while he is a gentle dragon, he's still pretty fierce to look at and very protective of his home. Next time you go on vacation, why not practice this little visualization technique yourself? It's great fun and very reassuring to know you have someone magical protecting your home while you're away!
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2017 / edited 2019
The fun part is in the imaginative play and to me is so creatively expressed in books of fairy tales (and other children's books), artwork and little figurines that try and "quantify", in solid form, how this magic must come about through the help of magical creatures or objects, and what they must look like to us mere mortals. For we are indeed mortal but magic itself is immortal as is clearly represented each Spring with the new life all around us.
So join in the magic this Spring!
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2017