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SageWoman #95 - "Blessings of Air"
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Pagan Poppy Power: Seeds of Abundance

California Poppies

Pagan Poppy Power: Seeds of Abundance

Posted by  Cerridwen Greenleaf on Monday, 13 January 2020, at her blog "Middle Earth Magic" at PaganSquare.

The wealth of wildflowers is one that offers both beauty and plenty. Pagans revere poppies for their money magic. If you have a yard, nearby meadow, or any strip of ground you can garden, buy poppy seeds and simply toss half of them all around in early spring.  Soon, you will have a wealth of wildflowers. No doubt, you will be rewarded for years to come with the beauty and abundance of poppies for many years to come.

Gather together:

One small plain paper envelope

Remaining poppy seeds

A pen

Place the rest of the poppy seeds in the envelope. Bless the envelope by chanting aloud:

Poppy, gold like the sun,

Thank you for the new fortune I’ve won.

With these words, this spell is sealed. And so it is.

 Now write the charm you have spoken on the envelope. Seal the envelope closed and  place it in your wallet, behind your paper money. Your fortunes will begin to change as soon as the envelope is sealed.

Cerridwen Greenleaf has worked with many of the leading lights of the spirituality world including Starhawk, Z Budapest, John Michael Greer, Christopher Penczak, Raymond Buckland, Luisah Teish, and many more. She gives herbal, crystal and candle magic workshops throughout North America. Greenleaf's graduate work in medieval studies has given her deep knowledge she utilizes in her work, making her work unique in the field. A bestselling author, her books include Moon Spell Magic, The Book of Kitchen Witchery, The Magic of Gems and Crystals and the Witch’s Spell Book series.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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