Heather Carter on YouTube put together a series of prompts titled #31DaysofWitchcraft that she’s been working her way through since the beginning of May. I really like this idea, but I can’t handle the responsibility of any more daily posts! This is my Part 2 of answering her list of questions.
4. What is your favourite element to work with? How do you work with it?
It’s probably not at all surprising to hear that my favorite element to work with is the earth and the green that grows from it. This is very much based on the soil and the green and the cycles of life and decay that these go through together. It is especially true of damp soil, such as that found here in the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest.
It is very common for me to incorporate soil and plant matter into my spellcraft. Not just in the use of herbs as incense, but in the actual mixtures and crafting of my spells. I connect very strongly with plants and their energies help to amplify my own in spellcraft, so this only makes sense. Some plants I grow on my balcony for this purpose, others I forage from the forests and other natural places near where I live.
I also often use the act of planting, as well as established live plants in my rituals.
6. Do you incorporate environmental consciousness and sustainability into your craft?
Absolutely. Especially because I incorporate the earth and those things that grow from it so heavily in my craft, it’s extremely important to me that I don’t cause harm in my actions. As I have an education in botany and horticulture, I’m more than a little knowledgeable in plant care and how to forage what I need without harming the earth and environment in doing so, and how to provide offerings that both protect and assist the earth in staying healthy and thriving.
I do not use items in my craft that are endangered, and I grow many of the plants I use most heavily myself rather than buying from an outside source that may (or may not) have good foraging/growing/gathering practices.
I feel that, especially if someone is practicing an earth-based religion, it’s important to consider your effect upon the earth and do those things in your power to foster the health and well-being of the earth and environment you have influence over, rather than taking it for granted.