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I’m Maria, the "Plant Killer Turned Plant Lady" with a mission to help you care for plants successfully, grow your indoor jungles, and cultivate more joy in your life. I've got tons of content for you here on the blog, on the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast, and Bloom and Grow Youtube Show to help you keep blooming and keep growing.
Do you ever wish you could invite a little more magic into your life? As fall approaches and the spooky season of Halloween is upon us, I’m sure many of us long to connect with something… mystical. But magic doesn’t have to be complicated or even supernatural, plant friends. The energy of nature that surrounds us every day provides plenty of opportunity for wonder, spiritual connection, and manifestation!
To guide us, I’ve invited my dear friend Rachael Cohen, who is a wonderful example of a modern green witch. While terms like “witch” can carry a stigma, Rachael shows how nature offers a portal to our intuition, healing, and inner wisdom.
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Green witches develop intimate, creative relationships with nature. Their “magic” comes from working with plant medicine, moon cycles, crystals, seasons, and more.
Rachael shares her personal journey to green witchcraft through plants. She went from initially killing every houseplant she owned to finally connecting with their energy during pregnancy.
Making art with succulents became medicine during a difficult period of anxiety for her. This creativity laid the seeds for her brand, Infinite Succulent, and book, Everyday Plant Magic.
Rachael defines a witch not as a religious label but as someone intentionally moving energy. The “green” in green witch refers to nature.
Rachael explains that magic is:
She explains that plants take the raw energy of sunlight and earth and alchemize it into food, medicine, and more. Plants show us real natural magic!
There are two types of plant magic according to Rachael:
Active – involves physically crafting items aligned to your goals using herbs, including:
Rachael shares that lemon balm brings energies of luck and mint grows abundantly, so they make perfect ingredients for a financial abundance spell.
Note: Try to look into books on herbology and medicinal plants to understand their traditional uses.
Passive – This involves strategically placing plants based on their energy in your home. For instance:
You can also use feng shui principles to orient plants. The ancient Chinese art of placement believes different home areas correlate to aspects like health, family, career, etc. Place plants intentionally in these spots to manifest desired results.
Choose plant placements based on your intentions for the space.
Note: To set an intention, you can write it down on paper, speak it aloud, or draw a symbol to focus your purpose.
The moon’s orbit creates cycles of intention-setting, growth, harvest, release, rest, and rebirth.
New moons are the best for planting seeds and setting intentions. Full moons are when it’s ideal to harvest and let go.
Rachael explains how working with the moon’s phases creates more flow, emotional awareness, and connection to our lineage. Even our ancestors have looked to the moon’s rhythms!
Earth’s seasonal cycles invite us to move through periods of high activity as well as necessary dormancy.
Each season corresponds to an element:
While society pushes for constant productivity, nature shows times of rest are essential. Honoring personal cycles alongside nature brings more joy and balance.
Synching your life with moon phases and seasons creates space for more joy and magic. Green witchcraft offers simple ways to tap into Earth’s wisdom through plants, astrology, and inner intuition.
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