“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.
“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.
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keeffe
Blue as a color represents the sky, water, and abundance and is the number one favorite color around the world. It creates peace and tranquility and relaxes the body physically and mentally. Blue emits higher levels of vibrational consciousness and will bring lots of positive energy into a space. To the Goddess Venus’ blue is her sacred color.
Blue works with all colors. A touch of blue on the north side of a building calls chi energy from the south. Eastern and Southeast directions support blue, add if you need help in family and wealth areas of your sacred space.
Aquamarine is a beryllium aluminum silicate, a deep to light blue with white calcite veins. A moon and sea gem that embodies water dragons. If you have ponds, a lake or a smaller water feature, even an aquarium, this gem will keep fish and plants. Aquamarine helps these same plants with stress levels keeping them calmer.
Blue Apatite comprises three different minerals; fluorine, chlorine or the hydroxyl group. Found in igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Apatite provide a core nutrient, phosphorus necessary in building cells. A gem of purification and manifestation working well with apples, pears, quince, strawberries, lettuces, celery and tulips.
Blue Holly Agate is from the Calapooia River in Oregon. An agate that creates sacredness through interdimensional connections. Excellent for fish aquariums and fountains, purifying the air and water.
Iolite is a silicate mineral found in metamorphic and igneous rocks. Depending on its use this mineral has two names; geologists use cordierite and gemologists use iolite. A gem of manifestation. Iolite helps to connect with nature, place a piece on your desktop or anywhere indoors. Fond of bluebells, hibiscus and wisteria.
Lapis Lazuli is a complex mineral of lazurite, calcite, and pyrite. An excellent gem for environmental and Feng Shui applications. A symbol of the night in Egypt bridging the cosmos and earth cultures. It offers development of spiritual interests, protects and enhances water quality and other fluids in a sacred space. Lapis Lazuli is fond of blueberries.
Sodalite, a sodium aluminum silicate chloride mineral that reaches out universality to the planet. A feminine energy supporting and taping into the plant’s natural healing and root development abilities. Fond of bluebells, cornflowers and violets. Recharge sodalite in a fragrant herb for twenty-four hours.
Turquoise is a hydrated copper aluminum phosphate mineral. The blue coloring protects spaces and bodies from pollution. Found at higher elevations on the planet connecting to the Southwest and Tibet. Both places of higher spiritual learning. The gem transmits peace and harmony through these special locations.
Green is one of two Master Healer colors. The Color of the Faire Kingdom and nature representing fertility, growth, the green man and goddesses. Its energy reflects the natural environment. Green brings all forms of prosperity to you and your sacred space. Its many shades and energy aids in the ability to manage changes. Known worldwide for its calming effect, it is the most restful color for the human eye renewing and restoring balance and harmony. When use in healing work, encourages and supports transformation. A key color in sanctuaries. The gems are beneficial to the environment encourage growth, change or bringing balance to your life.
Amazonite is a feldspar, found in shades of turquoise-green made from lead and water. Called the Stone of Courage and the Stone of Truth, empowering one to discover themselves, their own truth and integrity. It aids in cell regeneration. A good gem to help with the infrastructure of your sacred space. It provides harmony and balance, blocking geopathic stress (microwaves, cell phones, transformers) and protects against electromagnetic fields (EMF) pollution. A Water element partnering with amazonite supports regeneration, rebirth while following the Circle of Life. Place this gem in the north side of your home where the Water energy meets Career and Life sections. Fond of hyacinths, hydrangeas and tulips.
Fuchsite is a member of the mica family. Its energy resonates to healing plants and the earth.
Green Fluorite, a calcium fluoride found in shale layers of coal mines. It helps to rebuild the internal cell structure, nursing plants back to health from torn leaves, broken stems or insect damage. A restorative gem sharing its healing energies with places that were once green. A gentle placement in the sacred space heals and reduces any static, friction or tension.
Green Aventurine is a member of the quartz family with mica, pyrite, or hematite inclusions. Another restorative gem that carries the healing power of the green world. In sacred spaces eases environmental stress. Green Aventurine absorbs negative energy and protects your sacred space from the effects of pollution. It will boost root growth when partly submerged in soil near plants. For ill plants either in the sacred space or in the house, ask it to support the plant’s natural healing energy and leave next to the plant. Fond of begonias, daphne and gladiolas.
Green Calcite is a pale green calcite carbonate, the building block of shells. In mineral form connects spirit and life energies. Green Calcite is a feminine energy and known as the Stone of Encouragement using its energy to help transformations. Toss out those negative beliefs and replace them with a positive perspective.
This is the gem if you have a black thumb. If the plants appear weak, the energy from green calcite can help plants relax and regain their strength. The joy stone enjoying sharing its energy for plant production and lushness. Be sure to thank the earth spirits for their work with a piece of calcite. They are guardians of green calcite, reflecting the woods and meadows where they live.
Calcite in general clears and amplifies energy and sound. In an overactive or crowded space calcite calms and soothe anxious and stress plants. Bury one in your sacred space to help with creation projects. Before use let it sit in filtered water for a day before putting it to work. Fond of cowslip and evening primrose.
Conichalcite (Kon-e-Kal-Site) is a copper-based gem meaning power from the Greek konis and chalkos, meaning copper. A gem representing nature through its energizing links to the plant kingdom. Its telepathic properties partner with plants and itself to heal.
Green Jasper is a chalcedony quartz. An ancient gem capturing the changes in nature and its wisdom. A knowledge gem sharing its gained wisdom that grounds all to the earth. A gem that understand the circle of life, keeping the energy moving. Plants develop lush and leafy growth when near displaying another name for it, Growth Crystal. Fond of marsh marigolds, sea lavender and water lilies.
The Rain Bringer gem, jasper is a dense gem evolving over millions of years. It has been used as a dowsing tool to find water (Native American) and by the magicians of old who controlled the wind and rain in ancient and medieval times. Green and brown jasper are the crystals to save harvests in periods of drought or to save ships from violent storms. A good crystal for using with water features that contain tropical or freshwater fish. This gem helps to heal water pollution with the seas as a priority.
A form of jasper called Mookaite comes from Australia helping to overcome dehydration in drier climates. Rain and thunderclouds will come when you call.
Green Tourmaline is made up of sodium, lithium and aluminum. Forming a hydrous borosilicate called Elbaite. Green tourmaline is said to hold the “essence of the plant kingdom”. It conducts energy between the earth and the plants for smoother transitions during growth. A healing gem consider the strongest of the healing stones to help sick plants and creating harmony in sacred spaces.
Malachite encourages growth and abundance. The ancient Egyptians used malachite as a fertility symbol encouraging healthy vegetation and agriculture. Electrical fields (i.e. panels, transformers and towers) can affect plants. Malachite shields sacred spaces from the negative influences of electromagnetic fields (EMF). If your plant does not appear well, add a touch of malachite to help balance its energy fields. This gem will send the illness back to the earth for cleansing. Set a piece in the shade of a bush or underneath a flower.
One of the most compassionate gems, a team player working to brings peace to a sacred space. While tending your sacred space wear to help your plants harmonize with one another and the energies of the environment. Fond of gladioli, hollyhocks and irises.
Moss Agate is a transparent crystal that has inclusions of minerals reflecting the look of foliage in its matrix. Often called the Gardener’s Stone bringing out your green thumb. It is one of the most useful gems increasing plant growth and attracting prosperity and abundance. A healing gem that grounds and supports the overall health of plants and sacred spaces. Nature spirits use this gem to provide a bridge from the green to the human world. This connection brings vitality to them and the plants in your sacred space. For a healthy harvest of fruit trees, place small crystals on a branch or in a wind chime to encourage high production. Use moss agate for a decorative border around plant (s) or flower beds. Keeps chi of flowing by placing in the middle of your space. When you want to add a crystal and don’t know which one, this is a greater starter gem along with clear quartz. Fond of snowdrops, crocus, anemones, wintergreen and ferns.
Moldavite is a star gem formed from meteoric impacts. A member of the Tektite group, gems that are form glass from interplanetary collisions. They are mostly silicon dioxide and aluminum oxide giving a glassy structure looking delicate and graceful. Its components of space and earth have made it known as the Stone of Connectivity.
Moldavite serves humankind bringing good fortune, fertility and protection. A good gem for a sacred space where spiritual awakening, transformation and evolutionary growth are supported.
A Wood Element associated with the East and Southeast direction. Wood elements are a component of the Family and Health and the Prosperity and Abundance of the Bagua. Fond of blue lotus, orchard and star flowers, pine trees and papyrus.
Mtorolite is a green chrome chalcedony. This gem supports homeopathic work, aromatherapy and plant cultivation.
Peridot is created from lava flows or igneous rocks. In a sacred space it directly impacts plant growth and increases fruits and vegetables production. This gem loves citrus trees enhancing scents of the flowers and leaves and taste of the fruit. It increases overall plant health and partners with other gems to bring peace and harmony to a sacred space. Place near a seating area to help with creating a warm and friendly dialogue.
Tree Agate encourages abundance, lending its energy for luscious looking plants. This gorgeous green gem emits a calming energy and drowns out surrounding negativity. Place among your plants to encourage abundance in any indoor or outdoor sacred space.
Purple is the color of creativity, spiritually and royalty. The most versatile color in the color spectrum unifying disparate colors. A powerful color best used in small dosages. Its many shades add dimension and depth to a space. A natural sedative with its charming, graceful and elegant bearing. In a sacred space purple supports and sometimes, speeds up healing and health when placed in any direction. Place purple near your entrances where new opportunities can be invited to your home. The flowers are enchanting, make a strong romantic impression and mimic other worldly mysteries.
Amethyst is an infused quartz occurring naturally or artificially through radiation. A great gem that enjoys partnering. It works with sage, blueberries, lavender, and basil increasing food production levels and bumper crops. Or with lepidolite to enrich purple plants in their health and color. And yet another example is partnering with green calcite to relax stressed or anxious plants. Place them in the soil around the roots and bless them with healing energy.
White is new beginnings. An energetic color representing fertility, royalty, spiritual truth and strength. Feminine energy associated with moon magic and power from a higher sphere. It attracts benevolent spiritual forces creating serenity. This color helps to brings mental clarity and purification of thoughts or actions. In a sacred space, white is a great color for creating a reflective area. Use as a lead-in-color toward other color groupings. Since ancient times, white is the main color used in a shade, evening or moon garden.
Cerussite, known as lead carbonate (PbCO3) or white lead ore. It resembles trees branching out with icicles. A gem that helps with pest infestation, energizing and protecting house plants. Its properties of grounding and creativity helps in transformational changes.
Clear Quartz is a master healer and a great all-purpose gem that boosts and powers up other crystals. A great crystal to start your journey with gems in your sacred space. Clear quartz balances and grounds almost everything. For ill plants ask a piece of clear quartz to support the plant’s natural healing energy and leave it next to the plant. Clear quartz prevents weed and other pest attacks. Place the gem nearby in the surrounding soil.
Quartz is a large family of gems appearing in many shades. Primarily made of silicon dioxide, one of the most common substances found on earth. Use this family to help with the growth and health of plants. One technique is to place quartz crystals at each corner of your garden plot and one in the center. Another is to embed single point crystals in the soil with the point of the crystal just above the soil level. Quartz chips add a touch of sparkles to borders. Use pointed shapes face up to support potted plants, tree roots, and ground trees during storms. The rough form keeps ants away from plants. Use any shape to plant in the soil at the foot of a single plant to help with an abundant crop. A grouping will encourage growth and harmony. Leave a piece of clear quartz in your vase with your fresh bouquet. Use broken pieces of quartz crystal and dark stones such as onyx or obsidian underneath tomato plants. Quartz energy is very grounding and the darker crystals keep pests away.
Moonstone is a cleansing gem filled with the powers and energies of the moon. Together they partner with nature, water, fertilization and new beginnings. A perfect pair for creating moon gardens. When ready you are ready to move forward, moonstone will provide balance and help. Healers (Native American) cherish the moonstone for its encouragement of healthy plants and flowers. Plants are happy in its presence and trees will grow while negating any geopathic energies causing stress. A crystal to help with rest and promotes restorative peace, wear moonstone while tending your sacred space. Placed in the middle or four corners of your garden where all the plants can energize from its healing powers. Fond of lotus flowers, poppies and lilies.
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