A long used and cherished herb, lavender has been known and taken up by herbalists, healers, magical practitioners and witches of many origins and eras, offering an array of remedies as vast as those who have worked with it. Originally thought to be from North Africa and the Mediterranean, lavender quickly found roots in all all corners of the world. The fragrance speaks to its capacity to heal and protect, support and regulate. An easy to dry plant, you may hang a bunch behind your front door to protect those within and to share gratitude with the house itself. If worn, it protects from ill will and self-sabotage. The smell is sweet and lingering, topped with the slightest sharp echo of mint, reflective of its family of origin. Lavender shares this botanical territory with basil, thyme, lemon balm, oregano, rosemary, and sage amongst others. When spending time with them all, you'll notice a balmy aromatic resemblance which is refreshing and soothing in the same breath.
If you're looking for some simple spellwork to embody the Emperor and introduce the magical nature of Lavender into this new year, we suggest using lavender essential oil paired with some well sourced carrier oils, such as Seagrape's Lavender Bath + Body Oil. Take a few moments to establish your space, cast and call if that suits your practice, ground and deeply breathe in the fragrance. Once ready, you may either empty a dropper of oil into your bathtub with the Emperor in mind, or rub between your hands and anoint your body during a hot shower. You may also choose to soak with a lavender-infused bath salt, such as our Rest + Relax muscle soothing soaking blend. As you cleanse, continue to breathe deeply and consider your power. You embody a wealth of possibility. What do you want to see come to fruition during this new year? What work are you willing to do to see it through? What will you release, and what will you welcome in? How will you bask in your own beauty during this new cycle?
As you think, allow your senses to unfurl with the support of lavender's magic. Once you've completed your cleansing and relaxing ritual, follow up with a journal entry. Take a few moments to enjoy a pot of tea (lavender and chamomile, perhaps), light a candle such as a Magic Hour "Mercury" (to tap into Lavender's ruling planet), or our small scent-free lavender colored spell candle, and write some of your newly rooted thoughts and intentions. Perhaps write as a letter to yourself, full of self-adoration, appreciation, and sweet support for the coming year.
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