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Crafting the Conjurer's Garden, Inside and Out
by Stephanie Rose Bird - Personalizing Advocacy - March 2008

Sacred (sā'krĭd)
1. Set apart for worship or veneration.
2. Space devoted entirely to a specific purpose.
3. Regarding religious objects, rites, or spiritual practice.

I am a sacred gardener. Through this activity I have gained pleasure, sensual delight, and metaphysical insights, and witnessed a miracle or two. My garden draws energy from daily spiritual practices as a yogini, Green Witchery, and modern day Hoodoo. To assist others who may want to engage in sacred gardening for conjuration I have developed some ideas and items useful for crafting a conjurer’s garden. Naturally, these garden designs ideas share my spiritual grounding and creativity in a single vision, inviting you to utilize your background as well when it comes time for your garden’s actual layout.

Conjure (kŏn'jər, kən-jŏŏr')
1. To summon using supernatural power.
2. To influence or effect by metaphysical means

A sacred garden is typically imbued with animals, spiritual objects, flowers, and trees designed to conjure or invoke energy of specific deities, nature spirits, elementals, deva, ancestors, and varied other orders of beings. By conjuring deity and knowing the language of flowers, trees, certain deities, and elements, a magical garden is within your reach. This article is designed to share some ideas with you so that you, too, can create a magical garden, and perhaps learn some new things about the rich traditions of continental African and African diasporic beliefs in the process, thereby expanding the scope of your current practice.

As symbolized by seeds, bulbs, and the egg, spring is a season of great potential. It is a time for tilling soil, revealing hidden secrets, dusting off memories, trying to meet promise, and harnessing the messages of ashe.

We plant seeds, both metaphysical and physical. Growth of herbs, flowers, trees, and other plants render the opportunity to cultivate many redeeming qualities within the self as well, such as increased patience, increased awareness of your local region’s climate and seasons, knowledge of the moon’s cycles and how they relate to gardening, creative visualization, and appreciation of the beauty of your garden and the fruits of your labor during harvest season. Tip: refer to Llewellyn’s 2008 Moon Sign Book for specifics concerning moon position and significance of astrological happenings and how they relate to proper planting times and good harvest days this year.

The Conjurer’s Garden

In many parts of Africa there are elaborate planting rituals with specific musical renditions, praise and invocation songs, and focused dances designed to stir plants to fruitful yield. Many West African ceremonies or rituals begin with an offering to the deity Elegba to assure success. Identified with St. Anthony and St. Michael, Elegba’s colors can be red and black or black and white—his symbolic caminos, or paths to knowing him, are canes, staffs, and pipes.

To begin your conjuring garden it is important to recognize Elegba. He owns the crossroads and controls fortune and misfortune—he represents death, an integral element of the wheel and planting season. As a trickster, Elegba can present difficult options during vision quest. It is wise to devise a way of paying tribute to Elegba before beginning your sacred garden; do this reverently at the nearest crossroads to your house.

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Back to Top - Author Interview - March 2008

An Interview with Stephanie Rose Bird, author of Four Seasons of Mojo
by Llewellyn

How do you personally define “mojo?Four Seasons of Mojo

To keep it all in English and not break into various African languages that I believe truly define the source of the word, I would say the closest words we have are “magic” and “universal energy” or “collective energy”. Mojo is a concept reflected in numerous African spiritual practices that was condensed and made suitable to the New World lifestyle from enslavement to the present day.

You write of your rustic upbringing in your book, Four Seasons of Mojo. How did growing up in the country influence your spiritual path?

Growing up in a farming community on a lake in the forest may be the most influential aspects of my spiritual path apart from my family. Within a farming community as fecund as that in South Jersey, you become acutely aware of the seasons, of the interplay of plants, animals, and humans as they intersect in a desire to survive. As a child, you grow to revere the land and its fertile nature; you listen and hear its magical language. Growing up literally on the water surrounded by forest is probably one of the most magical places you could call home. Water and forest are abode to numerous spirits, angelic beings, deity, animals, spirit animals, deva, elementals, and ancestors. Staying open to these collective entities means your life is rich beyond compare; it is a gift that far exceeds living someplace like Orange County, for example. The only missing element, personally, would be a mountain. I love mountains and now visit the Smokies as often as possible.

How do your spells work?

As long as my intent is directly focused they work very well personally, and I’ve been told by many others that the ones presented in my books work well for them, too. Typically they involve plants, minerals, deity, animal spirits, and, depending on the work, ancestors to gain greatest efficacy.

How much does believing in a spell affect its outcome?

Belief and faith are important; also (and this is a warning to the un-spiritually grounded), many spells call on age-old magical herbals, powerful stones, and other power objects with a venerable history and high success rate. Those are the types of elements I incorporate in spells shared in Sticks, Stones, Roots & Bones: Hoodoo, Mojo and Conjuring with Herbs. I also employ or invoke powerful ancient Orisha, gods, and goddesses. The person who uses the spells needs to be prepared to meet with success, and sometimes that is not what is truly desired on a soul level. I have had people hurt by the “not knowing what I really want” syndrome. One of my favorite quotes applicable to this question is “Be careful what you wish for.”

Why is it important to make the home a magical environment? How can the use of herbs help accomplish this?

The home is spiritual base and center for holistic health—if it is sick, you and everyone else in it will be as well, including visitors.

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Back to Top - Llewellyn Journal - March 2008

Vampires in Anime and Manga
by Magnolia Clark (D. Davidson) 
Vampires are ubiquitous; from vampires that walk among us (psychic and otherwise) to the mythology and media of every culture, we encounter vampires. As our own, Western ideas of what a vampire is evolves, however, these images are continuing to show up in Japanese culture.

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Spirituality and Ritual: Tending the Garden of Your Soul
by Sandra Kynes
It may be a cliché to compare spirituality to a garden, but there really is no better analogy because our lives come into blossom and grow lush when we cultivate spirit. With springtime unfolding, this is the perfect time to pay attention to our spirituality, and a good way to do this is through ritual. Sandra Kynes, author of Your Altar and A Year of Ritual explains the importance of ritual.

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A Time to Recreate Yourself
by Edain McCoy
Ostara, that magical time of renewal and balance, is just around the corner. Use this magical time for personal recreation, and to become the person you truly desire to be.

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Soul Portal, Your Astrological Rising Sign
by Isabelle Ghaneh
Astrology can be understood in many ways, since it is a multifaceted subject. On a very deep level, we can learn what our spiritual, archetypal, or mythical astrology path should be, once we better understand the symbolism and deep inner meaning of our Rising Sign. By taking a look at our Rising Sign and understanding the deep inner meaning attached, we may understand a bit better what our life path is.

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Llewellyn Journal - March 2008
Vampires in Anime and Manga

Spirituality and Ritual: Tending the Garden of Your Soul

A Time to Recreate Yourself

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