There are a lot of ways that herbs can be used in spells, but I will only includ e those practices

that I use, because I know that they work. You may have to exp eriment to discover what works best for you. Remember: as always, this is just a guideline. You should customize all workings to fit your personality. Sachets Perhaps the easiest way to perform magick with herbs is with sachets. A sachet i s nothing more than a small piece of material stuffed with herbs and then tied s hut with a string. I try to use a cloth whose color corresponds to what I am doi ng: i.e. if it is a prosperity working, I try and use green cloth. Simply gather the herbs and run your fingers through them, getting a sense of them, sending y our energy into them. Then using a mortar and pestle, I crush the herbs while co ncentrating on what i want them to do for me. Because I like the Faery Tradition , I talk to my herbs as if they were beings: I tell them exactly what I want the m to do for me, and I tell them that I will respect them and honor them in any w ay that I can. Then, after I feel that the herbs (faeries, devas, whatever energ ies you believe in) know what their jobs are, I place them in the center of a sm all square of cloth. Then, visualizing strongly my need being fulfilled (not wor king, but already completed!) I tie the sachet with a string. I like to cut the string long, because I incorporate cord magick into my sachets. To lend my spell extra power, I tie nine knots into the string, saying out loud: By By By By By By By By By knot knot knot knot knot knot knot knot knot of of of of of of of of of one, this spell's begun! two, this spell comes true. three, this spell shall be. four, with power more. five, this spell's alive! six, this spell is fixed. seven, the goddess of heaven. eight, the power great. nine, this spell is mine.

Then, holding the sachet between my hands, I recite, "In no way may this spell r everse, nor bring upon me any curse. By all the Powers of Three times Three, as I will it, so mote it be!" At this point, I take the sachet outside and bury it. If you have nowhere to bury it, then I suggest burngin it in your cauldron, alt hough try very hard to bury it somewhere. On your own property is best, but if y ou can't, bury it in parkl nearby, or even in a planter if you have one! Just su rround it in Earth, to root your spell. Poppets are made the same way, except that the cloth is cut out in the shape of a human, (or animal) and is used in healing spells predominately. Herbs and Candle Magick It is very easy to use herbs with candle magick. After your candle is dressed an d lit, concentrate on your deisre coming true (not working but already fulfilled !) and sprinkle the corresponding herbs over your candle. For this practice, I g enerally use small candles and melt the bottom of them and stand them upright in my cauldron. The I sprinkle the herbs into the flame. (The flame will often spa rk or grow large--this lets you know that your energy is really going!) If I feel that the spell is weak and needs yet more power, I will lay the corres ponding herbs at the base of the candle, and then I will drop a few drops of a c orresponding essential oil onto the candle and into the flame. Ths usually works well. If not, maybe you arne' tfocused enough. Remember: herbs and candles are merely tools. You yourself ARE the magick! It can't work if your mind isn't in i t!

Using herbs with candle magick is very rewarding. and it can be mentally drainin g because there is so much prep work involved. But if your need is great. then I feel that it is well worth your time .