Our kitchen witch Silja shows you how to tap into the magical properties of your favourite herbs
Chives have been used in fortune telling by throwing the blades in the air while thinking of a question, and then interpreting the way they fall onto the ground, but the herb only became prominent in Europe after Marco Polo brought some culinary chives back from Asia. Use chives to balance your magic, give extra strength and speed up other spells. They are easy to grow, too! Simply grow some on your altar or sprinkle some in a clockwise circle around a candle or other item you are using in a spell. If you don’t want the mess of chives sprinkled everywhere (or the strong scent), gently simmer a handful of finely chopped chives in olive oil for 20 minutes, then strain the oil.
You can keep this magical chive oil for months and use it to rub into clothes to ward off negativity, rub into candles used for spells, or anoint your magical tools and jewellery with it, or even apply it to dry skin to relieve soreness. April is a great time to plant chives outside – they are great companion plants for vegetables and your flowers as they prevent brown spots on roses and repel insects. If you’re feeling stressed, take some time to step into the garden and inhale the fresh scent of your planted chive pots, as the herb is said to promote calm, tranquility and peace.
Chive is one of the easiest to grow herbs – it’s forgiving of mistakes made by those caring for it, and is easily kept on a small windowsill. Its green color magically helps attract money and general prosperity, while the purple flowers stand for magical knowledge. The blades moving in the wind outside but needing a lot of water is symbolic of the balance between air (inspiration) and water (emotion).
Now try this…
Useful spells for chive
1 Keep a bundle of chives (even still growing in a pot) tied with a black ribbon near the front door to ward off evil spirits and negative people.
2 Purple chive flowers help you learn magic and remember knowledge, so sprinkle the petals in a dish before learning a new affirmation, or spread or dip whole chive flowers in sugar or honey and snack on them while reading a book on mythology.
3 To bring more money into the house, tie a chive blade around a note of currency while you chant, “Money come to me, I do not ask for much you see, just so my needs are met, so this magic is set.” Leave it in the area of the house you need the money for (the kitchen if you need a new fridge, etc), and leave it there until the chive dries out. It is believed the money should come to you.
Did you know?
Chives have been around for some 6,000 years, with Roman soldiers eating them to ward off sunburn
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