Our kitchen witch Silja shows us how to tap into the power of calming nutmeg…
utmeg is a versatile spice that is common in sweet winter desserts, but just as delicious in spicy dishes, too. It’s useful in magic, especially for luck and encouragement, as well as grounding (the compound myristicin within the spice is also said to help memory). The brown colour of this spice symbolises Mother Earth and nourishment in the spiritual as well as physical sense. It also symbolises stability.
Nutmeg has been praised in ancient Indian Vedic writings and Arabic literature for its medicinal properties, especially calming the stomach and as an aphrodisiac, too. It has been used by the Chinese in tea and to calm the emotions of expectant mothers since the seventh century. In Malaysia, where the nutmeg tree is native, it is seen as a symbol of stability and balance, and the nut, still in its shell, is commonly exchanged in local customs after neighbourly disputes are settled.
Useful spells and magic with nutmeg
• To change your luck and find stability in a topsy-turvy world, brew up a teapot of five teaspoonfuls of nutmeg and one cup of boiling water. Pour into a warm bath and climb in. While soaking in the bath, say this rhyme nine times: “Change of luck come to me, as it will, so mote it be”. After each rhyme, immerse yourself fully in the bathwater. When you are done soaking, take the plug out and while still sitting in the bath, watch the water disappear down the plughole. Imagine your bad luck and all stress in your life disappearing down the plughole with the water.
• If you (or a loved one) are feeling discouraged about a dream or goal they are pursuing, draw a symbol of that goal on white paper with a yellow pen (for example, a bigger house if you want to move out of a small flat). Then rub the back of the picture with a cut nutmeg and place it on your altar or a quiet mantelpiece until the goal is attainable.
• A whole nutmeg carried in a pocket on the left side of your body brings luck and safe travels.
• A whole nutmeg carried on the right side of the body lessens suspicions and helps you keep realistic plans and dreams.
Winter can be a difficult time financially and emotionally, with stress from family gatherings. To keep a decent financial situation stable, or keep a job you are worried about, or even to keep yourself and others calm in stressful emotional situations, simply sprinkle some nutmeg in a pentagram shape on a glass of warm milk or a dish before eating. Milk works especially well, because of the white colour standing for peace.
DID YOU KNOW?
Two trees are required to produce nutmeg, one male and one female, which in witchcraft symbolises the need for balance and helping each other. The evergreen female tree carries the egg-shaped nutmeg that is used for the spice, symbolising fertility and nourishment.
Silja is a Celtic Wiccan high priestess and has led a Celtic training coven in Ireland. She now divides her time between Dublin, Ireland and Arkansas, USA. Silja is the author of The Green Wiccan Book of Shadows and the Green Wiccan Herbal. Check out her Facebook page at facebook.com/SiljasGreenWiccan