Lavender - In the Garden - July

Plant Magic: A Year of Green Wisdom for Pagans & Wiccans - Sandra Kynes 2017

In the Garden

English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia syn. L. officinalis)

*Also known as common lavender, elf leaf, and true lavender

Lavender is a bushy evergreen shrub that reaches two or three feet tall and spreads about two feet wide. The lower stems turn dense and woody with age. Small purplish flowers grow in whorls atop leafless stems and bloom from midsummer to early autumn. The slightly fuzzy, needle-like leaves are grayish green or silvery green.

The name lavender was derived from the Latin lavo, meaning “to wash,” and its species name, angustifolia, means “narrow-leaved.” 72 As its common name suggests, it has been used for washing since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Throughout Europe during the Middles Ages, lavender was associated with love and was thought to be an aphrodisiac. In addition, it was believed that carrying a sprig of lavender leaves gave a person the ability to see ghosts.

The scent of lavender enhances awareness and intuition for dream work, clairvoyance, and all forms of psychic work. Place fresh or dried flowers and/or leaves wherever you engage in these activities. Lavender’s fragrance also fosters concentration for divination and aids in contact with spirit guides. With well-known powers of purification, burn dried leaves and flowers as incense to consecrate sacred space, release negativity, or to provide protection. Carry a dried flower spike in a sachet to attract love or to promote fidelity and renewal in a relationship. A bouquet of lavender flowers on your altar helps to deepen spirituality. Also, save a few bundles of lavender leaves and flowers to toss on a winter fire to scent a room or ritual space.

Lavender is associated with the element air, and its astrological influence comes from Mercury. It is associated with fairies and with the deities Hecate, Vesta, and Saturn.