Magnolia Magic

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Magnolia Seed Cone, thanks to Pixabay!

Magnolia Seed Cone, thanks to Pixabay!

Making a wand can be as simple as picking up a stick and using it to direct your focus and attention. While that’s practical, it’s not as powerful or fun as taking a little more time to do the job right, so to speak. My first wand was made of Ironwood. While that was terrific when I was younger, lately I’ve been longing for something more … Dignified, Feminine, Graceful. I am, after all, mostly plunging and stumbling and tumbling toward menopause. This is not at all how I’d envisioned the last months (or years? or days?) of my fertile years.

Magnolia bud in fall

Magnolia bud in fall

Then, I noticed the Magnolia tree growing right in my front yard. Truth be told, I’ve been noticing her for the past few years. She’s young, so she blooms a week or two after the grand pair who live further down our street. She’s called to me with greater volume over the past few years, too. Last year, I almost picked a couple of blossoms for tea, but I got too absorbed in taking photos of her lovely blooms and forgot. This fall, she was one of the stars of our herb walk and medicinal tree video. After the first frost, I swore she was the prettiest of all the frosted trees on the block. Clearly, time time for action has arrived.

Being that it’s winter and I’m far to impatient to await spring, I began considering what I might do to better connect with Magnolia’s magic and maybe make this Change a little more noble and a little less haphazard, or at least find my own inner poise as I encounter the messy, smelly, rather inconvenient hurdles I have yet to meet. I decided to make a new wand.

Magnolia flowers begin to open in early spring.

Magnolia flowers begin to open in early spring.

Magnolia has been a symbol of nobility and femininity¬†for centuries. She’s well-known in the American South for her glorious, hardy, fragrant blossoms. The term Steel Magnolias may have been a recent invention, based on the movie of that name, but it truly describes the energy Southerners have long associated with her. Magnolia is a symbol of She Who Overcomes All Hardships with Dignity. Pink Magnolias, like the one in my front yard, have been associated with youth, which on the surface seems counter to my purposes. When you consider that perimenopause is akin to labor, giving birth to the new, mature woman yet to be, Magnolia makes perfect sense. For crossing the bridge from Mother to Crone, Magnolia’s connection with renewal and youthful vigor makes perfect sense.

For my wand, I pruned a branch. Normally, I wouldn’t do that, but She asked me to. There were two branches crossed against each other. Both were rubbed nearly raw where they crossed. When I touched them, it was clear which to cut and which to heal. With Magnolia, giving is as important as receiving. I knew I was doing her a service by easing her pain.

Fully opened Magnolia Blossom.

Fully opened Magnolia Blossom.

Other Magnolia Projects You Might Like to Try:

  • Magnolia Tea for strength and well-being.
  • Potpourri with dried Magnolia petals to bring the sweetness of youth and femininity¬†into your space.
  • Mojo bag including dried Magnolia leaves to help yourself stay true to your loved one or to remain steady within a longer-term relationship. This is particularly helpful if you’ve been together for five to nine years and are struggling with the transition that many describe as a dying of passion in their relationship leading to the “seven-year itch.”
  • Magnolia flower essence for helping recover your sense of Nobility and Self-assurance.
  • Magnolia buds added to salad or fried to bring a sense of the Divine Feminine into your being.
  • Magnolia twigs, buds, flowers, or leaves on your altar to connect with strong female Goddesses like Venus, Hera, or Lakshmi.

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