“The weather is warming up and the time for planting is close.”
When I read the words quoted above, my head nodded so hard that my neck muscles began to send distress signals to my brain. I’m a Witch who loves her greenery. And I live in New York City… in a 7th floor apartment…
I spent a lot of time sighing loudly and wishing I had a garden that fed all of my needs. However, my garden consists of five plants: bamboo, philodendron, holly, dragon’s blood and dieffenbachia. Some might think that having so few greens implies that I must buy herbs to stay witchy. Nope. I rarely buy herbs; during warm months I gather from the wild and when the winter bites I work with what I have at home. With imagination and intent, a wee garden can provide powerful magic.
Take Dieffenbachia, or dumb cane, as an example. This is not a plant one finds in every grimoire, but its properties suggest that the araceae green baby can work magic. For instance, it could be effective at slowing down the tongue of an extremely hot, curly-haired witchy college student who can’t keep her mouth shut during a class sessions *cough, cough*. And of course, it might handle the binding of despicable fibbers. How, you ask? Easy, say I.
The New York Times Health Guide lists the following symptoms as evidence of dumb cane ingestion:
Burning in mouth or throat
Damage to cornea of the eye
Nausea or vomiting
Swelling in mouth or tongue
Magic, too, is very interesting. And it is about imagination, visualization, careful intention, and many other words ending in “tion”. I shall explain further: I have a hard time not answering every question in class… many times without having been asked. I can’t help it! And it’s a curse, for no one likes “an insufferable know-it-all.” Ask Snape, he’ll tell you. So yes, my Wicked Luvs, I have considered the scribbling of my pretty little name on a piece of dumb cane leaf.
I haven’t actually done it. Don’t tell anyone, but I tend to enjoy the mixture of desperation and outright annoyance in some of my classmates’ faces when my brain goes out of control.
Anyhoo, as I’m sure you figured out, if I were to try dumb cane magic, I wouldn’t ask for diarrhea, eye pain or anything that might harm others or me. Perhaps, I would close my eyes and picture my tongue getting lazy and tingling, the tiniest of bits, right before I was about to shout an unwanted answer.
That’s eclectic magic, my Wicked Luvs: an easy to grow plant that can help an over-talker witchy student gain some restraint, or cause nasty nonsense spreaders to poop their pants, lose their voices, and puke their poison all over themselves.
Oh, and dieffenbachias look very cute around the house. See?
This dumb cane, which is huge enough to claim its own zip code, mothered my plant.
This is my baby; her name is Stubitta. I grew her from a stub. Today, she is so big and top heavy that my Piano Man had to tie her to a lamp and a coffee table to keep her from braking lol. I’ll share a pic soon. She looks kind of funny.
Dieffenbachia bowmannii growing in the wild pages of Wikipedia.
This post was inspired by Pagan Blog Prompts:
“Simple suggestions to explore Paganism and what it means to you.”
Warning!Dieffenbachia is a poisonous plant, DO NOT eat it. If consumed by accident, seek medical attention immediately. This article contains more specific information.