Imbolc Reflections & Plant Divination

Thyme, first sprouts of the year.

First sprouts of the year, Thyme 🧚‍♀️💚 Because this is due more to chance and circumstance, rather than any planning on my part, I’ve chosen to see this wonderful herb as a message of guidance for the year ahead. The magickal powers of Thyme include health + healing, restful sleep, psychic powers, love, purification, and courage. It is used to invoke the Faery Folk, and a bank or bed of Thyme in the garden is believed to be home to the Faeries. The flowers of Thyme represent courage and bravery. This herb is both hardy and delicate, and reminds me of the phrase, “sword without armor”. Remedially it is most commonly used for afflictions of the lungs and stomach, both of which I associate with grief, so perhaps it may be used as a balm for grief as well. Overall, I understand this to mean I should continue my work with the Faery Folk, remember my own inner strength and courage, particularly when it comes to experiencing grief, and focus more on my path of healing, for self and others. 🙏✨ While this is a personal reflection, perhaps it resonates for you as well, or perhaps you have your own first sprouts that you may glean from in a similar manner?

Bright Blessings and Merry Imbolc,

Saga 🌙

Resources:
• The Forgotten Arts: Growing, Gardening & Cooking with Herbs by Richard M. Bacon
• The Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra
• Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
• The Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyerl

Thyme Iced Tea

So good.

Summer is here, and it’s the perfect “thyme” for some iced tea. 🙂 If you are growing thyme in your garden, you probably have more than you know what to do with at this point! So here is a delicious way to put it to use. I first tried thyme iced tea at a fancy coffee shop in Seattle. Once I tried it, I knew I had to figure out how to make it for myself – the thyme lends a refreshing and herbaceous flavor that is hard to describe, you just have to try it!

Ingredients (for 1 quart of iced tea):

a handful of fresh sprigs of thyme, chopped

4 black tea bags

2 generous spoonfuls of sugar

lemon

Directions:

Put the kettle on to boil. Add chopped thyme and tea bags to your teapot or french press. Pour boiling water over it (enough for 1 quart) and let steep for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, add two generous spoonfuls of sugar to a heat-proof 1 quart glass jar (Ball canning jars are great). Once it has steeped, pour tea into the jar, stir well until the sugar has dissolved. Cap it and let cool on the counter for a bit, then put it in the fridge. Once your tea is chilled, fill a glass with ice and pour tea over ice. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Enjoy!

Happy gardening and blessed be,

S.