In Celtic lore, the vine is honored as the strongest of plants, which can entwine other plants and bend them to its will.
Vine is sacred to the deities and is the symbol for sensuality and emotions. Vine is used to stimulate prophecy in the seers by permitting them to reach deep within their inner self with intuition acting as a guide. Intoxication though wine was thought to be the possession of the self by the indwelling spirit of the vine, so to drink the wine during ritual was to merge oneself with the spirit of the vine and thus with nature.
The seeds and leaves of the grapevine are astringent, and were used to stop hemorrhages and bleeding, when boiled with Barley-meal and made into a poultice, it was also used to cool the inflammation of wounds. Dried and powdered the leaves were used as a cure for dysentery in cattle.
During this month, magick associated with imagination, freedom of spirit, inspiration, poetry and imagery can be worked. Grape has applications in magick done for Faerie work and garden magick.
A recipe for Vine Moon Tea ~ good for use in Earth magic and overcoming difficulties):
1 part blackberry
1 part dandelion
splash of currant wine or Grape juice
pinch of hibiscus
Grapes can be used in many types of prosperity or money attraction spells. Grape leaves can be dried and carried in a small pouch or bag to act as evil-repellent
Vines traditionally carry fruit, the most famous of which is the grape, used to make wine, that magical elixir that's known for its ability to dissolve the boundaries between us, allows us to mingle more easily, and relax with others. You are a born socializer, with keen abilities to restore balance to unhappy or unfair situations. Your instinct makes you amazingly perceptive with regard to the motives of others, and your charm is irresistible. Trust this instinct, and form relationships that will last. Don't be afraid of spending time alone occasionally-sometimes our own company is the best
I am a day late with this months tree lore. I like the fact that I have some grapevine hanging over my door, I made this last autumn, not knowing that grape vine had protective properties - a past life memory, perhaps. I had a busy weekend - Saturday was spent in my garden and yesterday was Father's day. Joe and I went for a ride in the glorious springtime weather, having lunch at an old pub in Berrima, walking round holding hands looking at all the little shops. I bought some fabric to start my 'coming to the goddess age' quilt. Over the weekend, I made a huge bowl of fruit salad with all the gorgeous delicious fruit that is coming into season. On Saturday, Joe and I had lunch in my garden - crackers with cheese & tomato, fresh cracked pepper and celtic sea salt and a big bowl of fresh fruit salad and yoghurt - all eaten while we sat on our deck enjoying the chirping of our bird friends. As you know, it was the first 'official' day of spring time here in Australia, and while sitting outside, I noticed that the Magnolia has burst into bloom. It was a glorious sight to see - and I felt a shiver in my soul, a shiver of delight, to know that the faeries of this tree had given me a gift of spring magick! I have alot of photos to share of my garden and will do so in a day or two. Today I am spending the day doing some cleaning and hopefully a walk after lunch. don't forget to put your name into my magick hat for the faery gift, I will be drawing the name out tomorrow... and then a little giftie will be on its way - I think I will ask my magpies to deliver it!
*~* I hope your day is filled with butterflies, magick, colour & fripperies! ~*~