In the last week, I began sharing guided meditations as one small way to help 3 Pagans and a Cat listeners (or anyone who’s interested) through the current situation of social distancing. My intention is to provide people with a positive focus to start the day, that kind of thing. Today’s theme was drawing good fortune by taking listeners to a field of clover in their mind’s eye. So, I decided to explore other ways to use this lovely plant ally.
Clover: A Little Gardening Information
With its fresh green sprigs and sweet blossoms, this plant has an unfortunate reputation for being a weed. However, it is known to be beneficial, encouraging pollination, stabilizing and improving soil, among other things. There are a variety of species available with different color blossoms. Some grow well in full sunshine while others prefer a more soggy ground. This plant grows quickly, covering bare patches in a lawn that needs sprucing up. This plant is said to discourage snakes.
According to American Meadows, there are several reasons clover is so beneficial:
- Taproots and fibrous roots introduce air into the soil and help keep it loose, preventing weeds from choking out other wildflowers and grasses.
- This plant can help prevent soil erosion caused by wind and rain.
- As a cover crop, it breaks down over time into excellent “green manure” or fertilizer by adding organic matter and nutrients into the soil as a natural mulch.
In addition, beneficial bugs are drawn to clovers such as ladybugs, lacewings, and non-stinging wasps because they feed on aphids, whiteflies, cabbage worms and various pests to plants and flowers. They also invite bees and other pollinators into the area which aids various garden crops and fruit trees/bushes, leading to more productive harvests.
Sow seeds in the spring when the threat of frost has passed or in Autumn depending on your location and type of clover.
Clover: Good for Food and Medicinal Purposes
Another great thing about clover is that it’s edible. The red and white varieties are especially full of vitamins and minerals which support the liver, heart, and other body functions. You can use the blossoms in salads and stir-fries, steep the fresh or dried flowers to make an herbal tea, etc. Or create a salve for topical use as a way of pain relief.
Clover For Magickal Purposes
Everyone knows that the shamrock is associated with Ireland. Legend teaches that Saint Patrick used the three-leafed sprig as a metaphor to explain the triune deity of Christianity. In folk magick, it can be used as a talisman of protection. A four-leaf clover brings luck to the one who finds it. And in my experience, the plant makes a wonderful ally in drawing what’s needed into one’s life.
As mentioned, you can cultivate the plant (white or red varieties recommended) to harvest for your magickal workings and medicinal purposes. Stick with organic planting methods as much as possible. You can also wildcraft the blossoms and/or leaves if they are already growing in your green space or nearby (stay away from areas where a pesticide is used and pet waste areas). There are herb companies such as Starwest Botanicals that offer what you may need as well.
Simple Ways to Work Clover Into Your Witchcraft/Magickal Practice
Make an infusion for a ritual bath or to pour over the head in a shower. Focus on drawing what you need as you bathe or pour the infusion.
Drink a red blossom brew while focusing intention on what you need to draw into your life. (Be mindful of interactions with medications, avoid if nursing or pregnant. Always read available information before adding herbals into your diet).
Grow white or red clover in a pot. Make sure it has plenty of sunlight and well-draining soil. As you plant the seeds, focus on what you need to bring into your life. Speak the words of an incantation, asking clover to assist in the spell. Every time you water and care for the plant, focus on what you want to draw or manifest into your life.
Place clover blossoms in a mojo or witches bag, focusing intention on what you need and carry it with you. Write your intention in a magickal ink on a bit of parchment or paper to place in the bag. Be succinct.
Sit in a place where clover is growing. Pick and eat one of the blossoms while focusing intention on drawing what you need into your life.
More Magickal Information
There is a lot you can do with this plant ally. Clover is abundant and willing to assist. It’s corresponding intentions include:
Release (what no longer serves)