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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Teaching Children Herbs and Scents

Sunday, July 18, 2010
I have talked in the past about how I don't use tools. But I don't think I have mentioned that in place of these tools I use many different herbs and incense. So today I thought I might share some of these with you. While I don't use them for medicine or for magick, so to speak, I do use them to start most of my circle casting.

Tobacco is one of the most widely useful herbs that I use. In some Native traditions it is used to welcome the good spirits to your sacred space, this is how I use it most often. But it can also be used to offer up thanksgivings and to carry prayers to the Heavens. On the other end is lavender, which can be used to chase away any negative spirits that may be present.

One of the standard herbs, often used in Pagan practice, is white sage. This can be used to bless an area and make it sacred and pure. I have also found that copal or amber is useful for this purpose.

Now I have brought this up because it is an example of something that we can teach our children at any age. Just because they may be too small to handle athames or to call the Quarters, they are never really too young to learn things like this.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Do you use herbs in your ritual practice? If so what kinds and have you taught them to your children?

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