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Out of the Broomcloset garden grow planning and seeds
Out of the Broomcloset garden grow photo by Leon Calafiore

Out of the Broomcloset

Here we are, champing at the bit, hopeful that we are returning to our regularly scheduled programming. 2020 was, by any measure, a ratings disaster. Now that the ratings whore has left the stage, the minutes of daylight increase daily, so shall our expectations to see something new, potentially wonderful on the horizon, despite the challenges.

The approach of spring brings to mind the appearance of seed packets

But let us approach the work ahead of us with purpose, without aggression (we have had quite enough of that, thank you). Think of the clichéd image of a dandelion, or some plant cracking through concrete or a boulder, or thriving in some untenable landscape. Or, perhaps, borrow a concept from the Tao, wherein things that are rigid can do nothing but break, all those things that are soft, yielding, overcome. In the game Rock, Paper, Scissors, if water were added as a category, it would win over the other three every time; and so it should here.

The approach of spring brings to mind the appearance of seed packets, and the promise they contain. Here are some tips on doing this in a mindful way (oh heck, it’s also a spell) for health, increase, prosperity, as you like. In this instance, what you decide to plant, and whether outside or in a pot on the windowsill, is not so important (though basil, rosemary, hollyhocks, or plants that grow from a bulb or a tuber would be fine choices).

One of the reasons that almanacs were so popular when we were a more agrarian society was that they provided an easy table for “planting by the signs.” That is to say, considering the effects of the phase of the Moon well as other astrological concerns. The same holds true with a spell; success is often in the timing.

While you might not consider this to be relevant, being of a mind that your willing intention is stronger than cosmic forces, no matter how you might perceive them, please refer to the opening paragraphs of this column.

The best time to start this garden of good intentions would be March 14 or 15th

The particulars listed below, while specific to this particular enchantment, should prove a good lesson in patience, and the sort of considerations you might want to consider in any work you do. Looking over the astrological aspects for February and March, it would seem the best time to start this garden of good intentions would be March 14 or 15th.

As a rule, you want the Moon to be Waxing. Mercury is retrograde most of February. As it influences communication, commerce, and comprehension, better to avoid that obstacle. Jupiter influences prestige and command among other things. On its proper day during a Waxing Moon (Thursday), it’s generally in a bad position, a bad aspect.

The best dates are listed above: March 14 is the first day after the New Moon, and the start of Daylight Savings time. Mars and Saturn are well placed to support drive and purpose. The next day Mercury moves into Pisces, which opens a warm, empathetic, intuitive quality to the day, and Jupiter is well situated in Pisces, which supports thoughtful action.

The more focus intention you bring to this little garden, the greater its effect. And you thought Magic was easy!

So, there it is free of charge, a template you might consider when engaging in any sort of spell work, path working, what have you; make of it what you will. May promise of Spring bring all good things to you, dear readers.