Grounding and Plant Magick

Grounding to Connect With Nature Spirits

As a green witch, feeling a connection to the natural energy of the earth is essential. It is a necessary part of connecting with specific plants, trees or ecosystems such as forests, bodies of water, or landmarks. I use a couple of different methods for grounding and connecting with earth energy. I visualize roots growing from my legs and feet, entering the earth, anchoring myself into the soil. You can feel the stabilizing effects of this immediately. In a way it makes you feel more solid and connected to the earth and its currents. There is a low pulsing that can be sensed very deep beneath, and within you. This pulsing for is the telluric current, or heartbeat of the earth. It is often depicted as a great serpent or dragon that is coiled deep in the Earth’s core. By tapping into this energy, one connects with the hundreds of ley lines or fairy roads crisscrossing the Earth’s surface. For me, this is a very healing and soothing process. While this can be performed anytime and anywhere, I prefer doing it outdoors-barefoot so that a physical connection to the ground is made. This is especially important for the first few times to really get the feel of the energy one is working with. Performing grounding regularly throughout the day is a great way to stay energized and focused.

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Another technique I use for grounding, starts with the previously mentioned technique, and once I have become “rooted” I squat down placing my fingers on the ground. If the soil is soft enough, I dig them into the earth. Otherwise, I simply visualize doing this. I reach deep into the ground and see myself pulling this energy up through my hands, an emerald green current. This is an extension of the initial grounding exercise. It is particularly beneficial for drawing up healing energy and cycling back stagnant energies when performing healings on others.

Another technique that is useful is visualizing a light pulsing in your center, then extending infinitely upwards into the openness of space. This connects you with celestial energies, while visualizing a light descending deep into the center of the Earth. Seeing this light, and feeling its force is an important part of the exercise. You can feel the expansiveness of the Universe, and the gravity of the Earth simultaneously. This current of opposite, but complimentary forces create a kind of circuit that balances, connects and grounds one through all three realms.

Grounding is a very physical exercise and tactile experience for me. That is why I feel that physically feeling the Earth and focusing on its qualities is what works best for me. Feeling the gravitational pull by focusing on the weight of your body, bringing awareness to the soles of your feet helps to facilitate the grounding effects of this exercise. Feeling the cool, living energy of the Earth helps to get a feel for this elemental energy. It feels very different from the light and flowing movement of air, or the volatile and etheric forces of fire.

The five senses also ground us in the physical world and can be used as a kind of grounding exercise themselves. By going through each of the five senses and experiencing them in the most detail possible allows for many adaptations in grounding. By noticing these sensations and immersing ourselves in them we become reconnected with our physical bodies, and our physical experience.

One thing I find most interesting, as a practitioner of green magick is the ability that grounding gives you to connect with other sentient forces in the natural world. Similar techniques can be used to commune with the spirits of nature. By using the same networks of communication used be trees and fungi as our focus for visualization we can tap into these networks and transmit information and healing energy to serve a number of purposes from forest bathing for healing, working cohesively with plant spirits for spell work, and healing the environment. Forests for example are like the cities of the natural world, their roots and mycelial networks are like the internet, and all creatures are in a symbiotic relationship. By grounding oneself in these environments we can become part of this network and revitalize our relationship with Nature.

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Coby Michael Ward
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I am a practitioner of traditional witchcraft, proud armchair occultist, and cultivar of baneful herbs. I have a passion for potion-making and arcane artifacts. I love researching and writing about the history of magic, occult philosophy, and the Pagan practices of Germanic/Norse traditions and the British Isles. As a writer, I have been working for about two years, and have taught workshops on esoteric herbalism, witches’ flying ointments, and the Poison Path. I recently self-published a zine-like booklet called “The Poisoner’s Pocket Guide” a collection of baneful plant lore and witchcraft. I have been growing a Witch’s Garden for about six years consisting of various plants commonly associated with witches and sorcery. I have been studying magic and the occult for a number of years. I later decided to go to school for religious studies, which helped me with my writing. Arizona State University is where I studied religion with an emphasis on religious text and ritual. I became interested in poisonous plants and traditional European witchcraft via my studies of American Folk Magic and African American Hoodoo, which introduced me to the grimoire tradition and eventually Sabbatic Witchcraft. In my writing I look to draw new connections between ancient mythology, symbolism, astrological correspondence and traditional witchcraft practices like spirit work, herb craft and soul flight.
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Coby Michael Ward
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I am a practitioner of traditional witchcraft, proud armchair occultist, and cultivar of baneful herbs. I have a passion for potion-making and arcane artifacts. I love researching and writing about the history of magic, occult philosophy, and the Pagan practices of Germanic/Norse traditions and the British Isles. As a writer, I have been working for about two years, and have taught workshops on esoteric herbalism, witches’ flying ointments, and the Poison Path. I recently self-published a zine-like booklet called “The Poisoner’s Pocket Guide” a collection of baneful plant lore and witchcraft. I have been growing a Witch’s Garden for about six years consisting of various plants commonly associated with witches and sorcery. I have been studying magic and the occult for a number of years. I later decided to go to school for religious studies, which helped me with my writing. Arizona State University is where I studied religion with an emphasis on religious text and ritual. I became interested in poisonous plants and traditional European witchcraft via my studies of American Folk Magic and African American Hoodoo, which introduced me to the grimoire tradition and eventually Sabbatic Witchcraft. In my writing I look to draw new connections between ancient mythology, symbolism, astrological correspondence and traditional witchcraft practices like spirit work, herb craft and soul flight.

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