Lydia is a solitary witch who has been active in the occult community for 15 years. She is a published writer and visual artist.
Sunflowers are a bold, attention-grabbing flower. Originating in North America, they have been harvested for more than 4000 years. Native peoples made a dye out of the petals for yellow clothes and body paint. An important crop to Native American tribes, it was domesticated prior to corn. In the 1500s the Spanish brought this magical flower back to Europe.
Sunflower is attractive to bees, birds, and butterflies. Plant them to bring wildlife into your yard. Coming into bloom around Lughnasadh, they make a great decoration for your feast table. Additionally, you can make a floral crown to wear for a Litha or Lughnasadh ritual. This heliotropic flower follows the movement of the Sun, making it a solar herb. Use in spells to build a healthy ego, develop self-confidence, and promote health and vitality.
Sunflowers are easy to grow. There are many varieties to choose from. You don't have to stick with the well-known yellow variety. Start off by selecting a variety which appeals to you. They grow best in a sunny location. Since Sunflower seeds are attractive to all kinds of animals it is important to protect them if you want to harvest the seeds. Wrapping the flower heads in a mesh would be one solution to keep them safe.
Planet: The Sun
Astrological Sign: Leo
Magick Uses for Sunflower
- Finding happiness
- Promote healing
- Confidence and courage
- Recognition and prosperity
Ah Sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller's journey is done;
Where the Youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my Sunflower wishes to go!
— William Blake
Magick for Finding Happiness
Sunflower can be used in spell workings for happiness. This flower is aligned with the sun which gives us life. It can activate feelings of joy like a bright summer day. Let the energy of this vibrant plant steer your thoughts in a positive direction. Grow sunflowers to take on this vital energy and activate joy in your life. Once you harvest them you can take a ritual bath with the petals. Brew a tea with Sunflower petals to clean your floors if you are grieving or depressed.
You can use Sunflowers in a birthday spell to increase happiness throughout the year. Our birthday marks our solar return. This is when the Sun returns to the position in the zodiac that it was at our birth. A Sunflower makes a brilliant reminder of life giving potential of the Sun.
Use sunflower oil as a base oil in your spells if you want to be happy with your results. You can also create a Sunflower oil for happiness by mixing the oil and petals together in a maceration. Leave the mixture of sunflower oil out to absorb the energy of the Sun to give it a potent boost.
Are you a woman looking to conceive a baby? Fertility rituals are another popular use for this plant. Women who wish to conceive eat Sunflower seeds on a waxing Moon. You can also use fertility magick when you want to conceive of anything whether it a dream vacation or a creative project otherwise known as a brain child. Adding the petals to your bath or the essence to your drinking water can help you pull in more of that procreative energy. Put seeds in a mojo bag with other fertility tokens to have a handy lucky charm. The seeds can also be placed under your bed to give your fertility a boost. Wear a crown or necklace of dried sunflowers at Litha for an added oomph to your fertility magick.
Give Sunflowers to a sick friend in the hospital. It will serve a double purpose. Not only is this flower associated with health, but also strengthens friendships. Sunflowers are a robust plant. They can survive being planted in toxic soil. They heal the earth by pulling out toxic elements. They also survive as a cut flower longer. This hardy survivor can last in a vase for a couple of weeks. It's longevity gives it another magick link to overall health. You can use it if you want to strengthen your energy field. Improve your well-being by using Sunflower oil as a base in a healing massage.
Confidence and Courage
As a flower it is quite the opposite of a shrinking violet. It has the confidence to boldly standout. If you don't want to be a wallflower you can use this flower to get past shyness and feel comfortable getting yourself out there. Use in conjunction with the strength card in tarot when you need some courage to take charge of your life. Put both the flower and the card on your altar in front of you as you meditate.
This herb invigorates us and invites us to be bolder. It's brash outwardly appearance inspires us to become stronger. Be a fierce ecological warrior by planting Sunflowers. They cleanse harmful elements from the soil. Sunflowers have been used to detoxify soil that has been exposed to radiation at nuclear disaster sites like Chernobyl and Hiroshima. This has allowed them become a symbol for peace and humankind.
Recognition and Prosperity
Do you want to be known and seen in the world? Finding the right kind of popularity is what will bring success and prosperity into our lives. These two things go hand in hand. After all, what would fame be without fortune? Use Sunflowers in magick to prepare for success and get comfortable with your own authentic talents. The Sun gives of itself as a potent creative force. You want to be just that creative.
Use Sunflower in your magick if you wish to shine like the Sun. This towering giant of a plant is not just a pretty face. It is a practical flower. Not just grown for their aesthetic beauty, they are grown for the nutritional value of their seeds. Use this strength in sympathetic magick to make yourself indispensable.
They are great lucky charms for a new career path. Gift someone with a bouquet when starting a new job. Plant them in your own garden to hasten career advancement. The confidence and courage this plant has may rub off on you. How are you going to sell yourself if you don't possess those traits? Sunflowers know how to hold their heads high and live in the limelight.
They can be like perky, cheerful morning people ready to jump out of bed at the first rays of the Sun. Is your career suffering because you bitterly hate pulling yourself out of bed in the morning? Use Sunflowers as a emblem and visual reminder to get yourself attuned to the Sun. If you want to have an active life in daylight hours Solar magick is the way to go. Use Lunar magick for moonlighting. Solar magick is the one you want when aiming for a sunny career.
© 2014 Lydia Workman
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Snakesmum on March 26, 2014:
Love sunflowers, and even use sunflower spread instead of margarine. No cholesterol in it. :-)