Leaves

Tree Magick Divination

This ritual lets you ask a tree a question.

If you live near a pine forest all to the good, but as all woods have their own particular magic, any wood will do. Avoid following this ritual when there is a lot of wind, for you will probably find that there are too many leaves vying for your attention!

As you make your way to the woods, form a question in your mind to which you want an answer. Find a fallen twig and gently carve the initial letters of each word of the question on it. Hold this towards the sun and say the question aloud.

Now close your eyes and relax, listening to the breeze rustling the leaves. Let the sound form a picture in your mind. Do not try to make things happen or imagine things you do not hear. After a minute or two, you should feel that the leaves have said all they are going to say. Bury the twig so that it returns to Mother Earth and as you walk away, an answer to your question should come to mind.

By Michael Johnstone

Fig Leaf Divination

Figs were considered by many to be the tree of life. This ancient method of reading fig leaves to determine the future of your life is known as sycomancy.

Write your question, scheme or proposal on a fresh fig leaf. Retain the leaf and observe it. A leaf that shrivels up quickly provides a negative response, while a leaf that dries slowly, retaining a fresh, green appearance provides encouragement.

This is also an excellent way to choose between various alternative actions. If you have a number of different ideas, plans, choices, schemes, proposals or scenarios, write each one on a fig leaf — one leaf per option or choice.

Retain the leaves so that they are together under exactly the same conditions but not touching. The leaf that remains fresh, green, and youthful looking the longest represents the oracle’s choice.

If all leaves age at exactly the same place, the indication is that there is yet another, more appropriate choice that has been overlooked. Consider your options further before making a choice.

From: Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Bay Leaf Divination

The oracle at Daphne, near Tarsus was obtained by dipping bay leaves or branches into a sacred spring, and bay leaves remain an ingredient of many magic spells and a tool for divination. Here’s a simple bay leaf divination spell that doesn’t require a magical spring.

Concentrate on your question while holding bay leaves in your hand. Then either place a single bay leaf onto a lit charcoal or toss a few leaves into an open fire.

If the leaves crackle loudly and burn brightly, the prognosis is positive. If leaves sputter, refuse to burn, or, worse, all flames die out, consider postponing or adjusting your plans. If flames shoot straight from the bay leaves, the signs are auspicious; all powers and blessings are with you.

From: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

A Simple Spell to Divine the Future

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Lie beneath leafy trees and relax, gazing up into the ever shifting canopy of green above you. Watch the random patterns formed by the wind’s gentle lifting and pushing of the leaves. This should drowse you to a state where you open up psychically and receive messages concerning questions you have.

From: Earth Power

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