Love Spell In A Tea Cup, Two Waters Tea

As I built my Two Waters love altar to Yemaya and Oshun, I was called to mix up a tea blend and meditate with it as I sat before the completed creation. Without a doubt, my favorite part of a long healing ritual is when the mix for tea settles into my spirit and I get to work the magic. Every time after it feels like the magic is giving me a tangible way to keep the energy with me and recreate it for whenever else I might need it, and maybe not have enough time or space to recreate the ritual.

Two Waters Tea Blend: Sunflower, Cinnamon, Rose, Jasmine, Mint, Fennel, and Clove are mixed to manifest a love spell of flower and seed magic to guide you to hold yourself as precious and treasured by ancestors and guides.

I share the magic with you freely and hope that it gives you more than a moment to intentionally nourish the love for self.

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Hi, I’m Asali! I’m a Black queer femme earthworker passionate about tarot, tea, and healing work. Schedule a card reading with me for a deeply clarifying intuitive tarot session. You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, drop me a line!

 

Magic of Herbs: Mamawort

Part of my self-assigned Lunar Apothecary homework is to write up go-to herbal profiles from my growing experience with my beloved herbs. The medicinal properties are always easy to gather up, but I needed to do better for the spiritual work I do with the herbs. So here goes with my Magic of Herbs series!

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Mamawort aka Motherwort (Leonorus cardiaca)

A favorite of mine, the ever dear Motherwort (Leonorus cardiaca), for a comfort that imbues you with the courageous and strengthened heart she is named Leonora for.

Mamawort, as I call her after being introduced to her by this name at The Sage Honey, offers us peace as we sit with heartache. Mamawort is a bitter shadow herb and she uses that insight to bring on light. She helps us release stagnant energy that weighs us down and keeps us from seeking light. She works with the realms beyond life as we see it keeping us connected but protected.

I associate her with the mothers in my tradition, particularly the Iyami and Yemaya, mothers who have known bitterness and are fiercely protective of those they protect as their children. For those who’ve had to mother ourselves, and for the mother spirits we found in queer and trans spaces, I cast Mamawort in my love spell for our grieving hearts.

Mamawort also works with folks who bleed with the moon, helping to regulate our cycles physically and spiritually. She can bring on blocked menses as well as alleviate pain during cramping. Beyond the physical, I’ve been thankful for Mamawort when on the bleeding stage of my cycle as I’m usually in a state of heightened stress and anxiety.

Mamawort is very bitter; I recommend tinctures or if used in tea, blended with supportive herbs and honey. Lots of honey!

A blend that I’ve especially enjoyed is a tea of Mamawort, Chamomile, and Lemon Balm + Honey for a soothing mix.

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Meditative Tarot Tea: The Emperor

THE EMPEROR

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Blended to ground you in holding on to your self-confidence and inner power; perfect for when you need guidance to reassert yourself from an overwhelming situation or maintain your equanimity.

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Reinforcement Tea Blend

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More and more, I’m feeling a particular need to ensure my core power centers- root, sacral, and solar spaces- are protected and clear. So I whipped a blend up to shore my foundations up.

Enjoy it yourself by mixing:

  • Rosemary – protection, clearing, grounding
  • Dandelion Root – release, detox, grounding
  • Holy Basil – bolstering, calming, reassuring, purifying, promotes well-being
  • Thyme – encouraging (emphasis on the courage), clearing,
  • Calendula – soothing, heals old wounds, protection, clearing, warming

Meditative Tarot Tea: The Hermit

THE HERMIT

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Card is The Hermit from the Wooden Tarot

Go within and search out your inner light; this minty blend is created to guide you into deep meditation and stillness. Seek out your inner wisdom, wise spirit, and mother ancestors and guides.

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Winter Herb Magic, Seasonal Considerations

So you want to cut and clear, and you immediately reach for a lemon. Which is fine, it’ll probably do you just fine… except it’s the middle of December and perhaps while the lemon does what you’d like it to help with, there might have been an alternative. Perhaps even a plant spirit whose peak season isn’t summer (some lemon varieties produce fruit all year long, but think of the lemon’s energetics)!

In many indigenous traditions, herbs are often used according to their seasons. Which makes sense, if you want to be at full magnitude, invoke energy at its full magnitude. Now drying and essential oil extraction has made it so that we will always have access, but if you prefer to work a particular intention with fresh plants, consider the season- even if you are working with dried plant parts, consider the season as well, observe any changes to the result or feel of the work.

So you want to cut and clear in the winter?

How about trying a refreshing and clearing evergreen instead, like pine, balsam fir, or cypress.

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Also never forget rosemary (ha! magic pun)… often ignored when folks list evergreens, but this is a power packed herb that’s charged up all year round.