Magickal correspondences, in a nutshell, are allegories of Gaia. Ive been searching for this word for quite sometime to no avail. Thanks to the quickness of the fabulous Megan Flemming, we were able to capture the word I was looking for! Allegory! It is defined as a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
In Magick, we use the elements in everything we do. In order to be fully aware of our doing, we must take the time to understand the life force energy of all natural elements. This is the only way we can properly employ them. We study their intent of existence, their will and purpose in the cycle of life. We interpret their story into a lesson learned and with permission and gratitude we use them for our personal gain. Some serve as natures medicine to heal and nurture both physical and emotional ailments while others serve to protect.
Today, you do not need to know any of this. You can buy a magickal oil with a yellow label that says “I Can” and you can assume its a Solar Plexus balancing oil that magickally gives you the power “To Do”. While this will work like an affirmation and enhance intent, this form of magick is weak and temporary.
You have to go deeper. You have to learn the lesson. Understand the true nature of that energy for yourself. Now, aside from historical and cultural lore, most every Pagan site on the internet lists Scott Cunningham interpretations or spin offs of his interpretations. Cunningham has done a great service to us all and covered a huge list of magickal correspondences for spells and use but even with his many books and hundreds of identified plants, it is very limited. Thats all ok because it is our path and our journey and our lesson. Although there are many books that spell it all out, the magick is our own to develop.
I want to help put this in perspective. Understand the magick of a fairy lantern. Read this interpretation by Richard Kratz, a well known author on flower essences. (BTW, you will not find magickal correspondences on a fairy lantern anywhere! Trust me, I looked, lol)
Read all the way through this story. You will understand the how and why of magickal correspondence and use. It will click! He guides you through the process of understanding the essence of a fairy lanterns life force energy then explains how to employ it.
The Healing Gesture of Fairy Lantern
Fairy Lantern (Calochortus albus), also known as White Globe Lily, is a native wildflower endemic (limited) to California. It is found primarily in the central coastal hills and Sierra Nevada foothills up to 5000 ft / 1500 m. It favors shaded hillsides and rocky slopes, such as road cuts and river canyons, blooming from early to late spring, depending on the habitat and elevation.
Fairy Lantern shares the distinguishing characteristics of the Lily Plant Family (Liliaceae): simple linear leaves, perennial bulbs, flowers with three petals and three sepals. It is a member of the Calochortus (Greek for “beautiful grass”) genus, which also includes the Mariposa Lilies and Star Tulips, sharing with these plants the distinctive hairy petals that express the qualities of sensitivity and receptivity. However, the Fairy Lantern is unique within this genus in that its flowers remain in a bud-like state, hanging downward, never fully opening its petals. It seemingly protects its inner sensitive space by closing it off to the outer world.
The white (sometimes tinged with pink) petals form a globular shape, with the three white sepals at the base of the flower (on top) only about half the size of the petals. After the flower is finished, the plant forms a three-lobed seed pod.
Thus, we see in the growth habit of the plant itself an expression of the soul qualities addressed by the flower essence. The delicate sensitivity of the blossom is kept in a semi-closed protected space. The blossom never fully opens, never fully raises itself up to the light, never fully matures. It appears to hold itself back, hiding from the sun in the woodland shade. Spying a population of Fairy Lanterns lighting up the rocky slopes with their cool moon-like glow, we are struck with their fragile beauty. Yet, these appearances may be deceptive: the plant is more robust than it appears, clinging to rocky slopes, persisting for many years in its chosen habitats.
The challenge for those needing Fairy Lantern is to find their strength and self-confidence as mature individuals, while honoring the beauty, innocence and interior sensitivity that such soul types most naturally express.
Positive qualities: Healthy maturation; acceptance of adult responsibilities
Patterns of imbalance: Immaturity, helplessness, neediness, childish dependency; unable to take responsibility
The early developmental process of childhood is critical for the human soul. When this is disturbed, many problems will manifest which inhibit full adult maturation. The soul who needs Fairy Lantern still clings to a childlike personality. In some instances, the true identity of the child was suppressed during its development and not allowed its rightful expression. More frequently, the parents or other family members excessively reinforce or restrict the personality in its identity as an immature child. Such a person learns that she or he will receive love only by remaining in an arrested, over-dependent childlike state. These souls become delicate and needy, lacking in inner strength to face the world or shoulder responsibility. They play the role of the puer eterna (eternal child) who needs to unconsciously repeat childhood throughout adult life, hoping to somehow transform this arrested stage of development. Fairy Lantern can also be used during childhood and adolescence for retarded phases of physical or emotional development. Fairy Lantern helps souls to move through these emotional blocks in the maturation process by maintaining a healthy .relationship to the inner child, but as a fully functioning, mature adult.
That is magickal! Understanding that everything is energy + intent + will. Being awake enough to thrive. Understanding these lessons, employing them, respecting them…that is where it begins and ends and how and why. This is what witchcraft is built on! You are free to begin understanding these languages on your own, you do not need a cunningham book! Simply sit with and meditate upon. Use your senses…DEVELOP YOUR SENSES!!!
Ive had a few requests for recipes but I think it is better to let you decide. Tess Whitehurst has a great book that is very detailed on many of the common flowers. You can substitute any flower or edible herb in the basic recipes I have here in my grimoire.
Alright, thats enough outta me! Have a wonderful magickal day!