“Like people, plants respond to extra attention”. H. Peter Loewer
Plants are a much-needed companion in our sacred spaces. It is the fall planting season. When the cool weather brings strong and sometimes soft colors but mainly vibrant and jewel toned. When the planter knows the coming rains will help the plants succeed their first winter in their new home.
Blessings are an ancient and modern way of saying, “a little help here”, “thanks for coming into my space” or “let’s see what we can do together.” There are very formal blessings and just ones of acknowledgement. Some have been written down and passed down, others are made new. As long as there is respect behind the blessing, all will be well. This blog offers planting blessings I have found over the years.
From Native Americans “Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.”
Ellen Dugan, The Garden Witch, provides us with gardening and faery blessings. From her work the Garden Witchery, Magick from the Ground Up comes A Garden Blessing
Through the seasons of rain, sun, and snow,
May these plants and herbs happily grow.
Winter to spring and summer to fall,
Lord and Lady, bless them one and all.
Another one from Ellen’s book the Cottage Witchery, Natural Magick for Hearth and Home speaks to the trees. While magnolias are the tree listed, this blessing can apply to any tree you wish to commune with. Just exchange magnolia for that tree.
The magnolia brings fortitude and fidelity,
Little tree, send happiness and harmony to me.
Grow strong, straight, and true where you now stand,
Your magick spreads out across my land.
I don’t remember where I found this one but would like to extend many thanks to its author. A tree blessing spell for a new tree. Plant a sapling in spring under a waxing or full Moon using organic fertilizer and a magical stone (quartz crystal or moss agate.) Full moons, such as the one coming up in this fall are an excellent time to plant trees.
While you work, repeat this chant:
“Roots go down, grow deep and wide, anchor firmly side to side.
Trunk go up, grow tall and strong, keeping time to the seasons’ song.
Leaves go out, thick and green, fair as any forest seen!”
Put some fertilizer in the hole as you fill it, and sprinkle more on top.
Set the stone by the trunk as a gift for the tree.
Then cover everything with a layer of mulch.
Thank the sapling for coming to live with you and promise to take care of it.
I’ve studied Celtic mythology and the natural way for many years. One of my instructors, Mara Freeman, Honorary Chief Bard of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, created this blessing for trees.
A nine-fold blessing of the sacred grove
Now be upon all forests of Earth:
For willow of the streams,
Hazel of the rocks,
Alder of the marshes,
Birch of the waterfalls,
Ash of the shade,
Yew of resilience,
Elm of the brae,
Oak of the sun,
And all trees that grow and live and breathe
On hill and brake and glen:
No axe, no saw, no fire shall harm you,
No mind of ownership shall seize you,
No hand of greed or profit claim you,
But grace of the stepping deer among you,
Strength of the running boar beneath you,
Power of the gliding hawk above you.
Deep peace of the running stream through your roots,
Deep peace of the flowering air through your boughs,
Deep peace of the shining stars on your leaves.
That the harp of the woods be heard once more
Throughout the green and living Earth.
And ones I’ve created.
A Planting Blessing
I plant these (seeds/seedlings/plant) with good intentions to help the earth, the neighborhood, and my sacred space.
To bring joy, beauty, and pleasure
To intoxicate the air with soothing fragrances
To stop and mind the morning, mid-day or evening time
To encourage peace in the heart
To teach and observe the wonders of nature dancing the dance of the seasons
A Planting Blessing Two
To the earth I gently place this plant
May your roots grow strong and in companionship
May you inherit the strength you need and share that energy with the space around you
May you feel so loved that you are never without friendship
Thank you in advance for our great journey together
You too can create blessings or a special ritual when planting. All the best as you celebrate this planting time.
One of my tips is to let the plant know it’s in transit when taking it to its new domain. Yes, talking to them helps. On the practical side I like to let the plant sit in water for at least 2 hours before planting. This helps with the stress of transplanting.