Magickal Houseplants: It Isn’t Easy Being Green

Magickal Houseplants: It Isn’t Easy Being Green February 21, 2019

Snake plant and other magickal houseplants. Image by Madison Inouye.

My world has always been filled with magickal houseplants. Both my parents share a love of all things botanical, and despite growing up in Brooklyn, it was always a true urban jungle for me. Now I have hanging plants, succulents, trees, herbs and more growing in my home.

If you’re working on setting up your own urban oasis, the logical place to start is with herbs. Thy are readily available and their sacred properties are numerous. Some of these I have spoken about before. In my post 9 Absolutely Must Have Herbs for Your Magick I write ” Basil is a great all purpose herb that can be used for both blessing and curse removal if you use it correctly. It grows easily in almost anyone’s garden or window-box and can also be tied together with other herbs to make a blessing wand or scourge.” Here is a video of me putting some of these plants together into a magickal window box.


There are also many other common houseplants that one can use to add their own special magick to your home. Some of these are going to be easier to cultivate than others. In addition, for whatever reason some plants grow better for certain people than others. I saw a social media post the other day that said “if your houseplants are suffering maybe you are suffering from psychic attack,”… I wanted to respond “yes Captain Obvious, and water is wet.”

A certain standard houseplant that has magical connotations is the snake plant. Also named mother-in-law’s tongue, the botanical classification for this plant is Sanseviera. A tropical plants it is often used in Afro-Caribbean traditions. While in Hoodoo it is often called on in magick relating to justice and the court.

Another one of the magickal houseplants I adore is the Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum.) Like the name implies this will impart peace and calm to your surroundings. It is also said to symbolize hope and rebirth. It is also said to be a beneficial plant for those concerned with Feng Shui. The Hunker website tells us “In this realm, the peace lily calms and harmonizes the energy of the house. It ameliorates the energy of discord and strife that have affected the building in the past. The peace lily is believed to have strong protective and cleansing vibrations.” One of the easier and more readily available plants out there, I suggest beginners give it a try.

My final recommendation for you here is for an Aloe plant. Many people know this botanical gem because of its health related benefits. Like the other succulents, it is great for providing protection and strength.

What favorite houseplants grace your urban jungle ? And as always if you have enjoyed what you read here please remember to like, comment and share.

About Lilith Dorsey
Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo.Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation,’ choreographer/performer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show, and author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism, 55 Ways to Connect to Goddess, The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and Love Magic. You can read more about the author here.
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