Plant Series: Developing Friendships with Plants

Hey guys. Mysty here. Today, we’re going to talk more about plants! Yay plants.

This is the second episode of my Plant Series. Go see the first episode Do humble backyard weeds have a purpose? through this link: https://mystnokomis.home.blog/2019/03/30/do-humble-backyard-weeds-have-a-purpose/

I absolutely love plants and I adore them. I talk to all my herbs and plants that I have at home and I give them energy when they’re a bit down. When I do that I rush back to them the next day and it’s like they have new life again!

Developing a relationship with plant is not difficult but it does take some time and effort. The plant friendship I’ll be mainly talking about today is with the Mock Orange Tree. Murraya paniculata is the plant’s scientific name.

Well, in this post, I am expressing my anger and my feelings about the misconceptions of correspondences.

Now, I’m not going to go to any book, because quite frankly, I don’t give a shit what someone else has said about Oh this plant does this, this herb does that. Its good for protection and banishing. Quite frankly, fuck you to whoever thought of first putting that in a book and publishing it. It is absolute garbage because developing correspondences is completely personal and cannot be taken from a book.

Correspondences only come from developing an a) association to that thing e.g I associate blue as upliftment, empowerment and calm. Or from b) developing a relationship with said thing.

A plant relationship is about getting to know how you and the plant work together. Not from some book then go ask the plant Oh do you agree with this book that you don’t care about? It’s not going to give a flying fuck what someone says in a book or an article about it. Especially if the article goes straight into the Magickal Properties without any background at all.

Photo from Australian Plants Online(2019):
https://www.australianplantsonline.com.au/murraya-paniculata-mock-orange.html

Also, each plant has its own spirit. So you can’t go to x wormwood then tell y wormwood ‘I’m going to start working with you now and now you have the same correspondences.‘ No. Unless that plant has said, ‘Yes I have homogeneous (which means all the same all the time) properties’. Which, thank Gods rosemary is consistent otherwise the Modern Witch would be doomed.

For example. I associate lemon basil flower tops. Yes specifically the flowers only. With new beginnings and I put that into my New Year spell I did on the first week of January this year.

Now if you go to someone else, they’re going to tell you that your information is wrong and that basil is used for prosperity, money and attracting abundance. Which is entirely different than new beginnings.

For the efforts of this post. Don’t take anything what I say here, and start going to a Basil plant or a Mock Orange Tree and start developing the same relationship I have. Because, its not going to work. Please develop your own relationships, correspondences with talking to them, with your intuition, trial and error to determine how you work with all plant species around you.

This goes for any Crystal, Rock or any other magickal tool or ingredient that you have or you are drawn to and would like to get from the wild, online or through stores.

So. Mock Orange Plant relationship time.

I was walking to a place in the city that I’ve never been before. Never taken the bus there, never seen it, I only had google maps and my sense of direction. My sense of direction was failing me and I was getting lost. I was getting frustrated. I was in a part of town I didn’t know and I just tried to calm down but I couldn’t for some reason. I sniffed in a familiar smell. I turned around and there it was! Yes, a large hedge of Mock Orange. I now knew I wasn’t alone. This Hedge was trying to call me into the right direction. I noticed there were little hedges all around the streets in front of a few houses. I looked on google maps, then to the trees. I realized that the correct direction could also be made while following the hedges, I couldn’t get lost after that.

It got me exactly to where I wanted to go. I knew that I was safe and there was no real reason to be afraid.

Even though this friendship has started way back to when I was a kid and I would play with the Trees, I never thought that this relationship would be so valuable until that point were I was seriously lost. As the flowers on my hedge at home were falling off, the flowers in that neighbourhood were open and gave me that smell to stop and think.

At home, I use the flowers as an offering to my Gods. Bastet loves them, Djeuti and my house Spirit Cassandra all love them and by doing so and asking the Tree for permission before taking the flowers I have actually started more of a magickal relationship with the Tree, building upon the relationship I had with it as a kid.

It was like the smell was guiding me back to where I was supposed to be. I definitely can’t explain all the emotions I felt in words because there’s no words to describe it. This Tree was talking to me. That’s the most simple answer I can say.

Remember that magickal correspondences are normally different to medical or scientific ones. These are mostly consistent from plant to plant. but, most herbs do actually have their own opinions and personalities of their own. They need to be treated as such.

Some ingredients will tell you before you use them use me to represent this. Because, it is normally specific to the spell. For example here are the things I used in my Rain spell coming up in a post soon:

  • Water Signifier: Blue candle wax, Mother of Pearl (crushed), blue ribbon, (Something blue)
  • Air representative: Ash, Incense, (Herb associated with air eg lavender), dandelion seeds.
  • Salt: To purify the bottle its going in.
  • Pumpkin Seeds to correspond and represent rain drops.

I feel the last one there is pretty special as that came by asking the seeds about what they wanted to be representative of. You never know.

Song of the Day: Oyneng Yar – Faun.

Thanks for reading everyone, best blessings to you. Go and develop those fun relationships with your tools, your herbs, plants, trees, stones and crystals. Because at the end of the day, some correspondences in books may help point you in the right direction, but for me, I struggle with book definitions and find them off.

Mysty.

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