Orchids, their care, and their use in Magic

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Orchids are by far my favorite flower and for many reasons. They are beautiful, easy to purchase (you can usually find full grown orchids at your local florist or supermarket), and come in some of the most dazzling colors in creation. They are also one of the more overlooked magical flowers to use. Below I will go over the uses, care of, and nature of these picky little beauties.

One of the best thing about Orchids is they are an indoor plant not typically associated with witchcraft, which is perfect for those in the broom closet!

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Uses

Orchids are a water element plant with power in both the Venus and Aquarius signs.

Orchids are associated with the gods Bacchus and Pan. During a celebration of Bacchanalia, the celebrants killed the son of a satyr. When the satyr prayed to the gods to be given pity, his son was given eternal life and turned into an Orchid, which is how they came to be.

Orchids are mainly used in love spells, however are also good for communication. Giving an orchid to a person is said to help put romantic energy into movement. The tubes that hold the flowers, once dried, can be turned into powerful amulets for love. Orchids are also good for contacting the spirit realm, as well as for letting your loved one know you are thinking of them.

Overall Orchids are a wonderful flower and plant to use for any spell to contact someone you love either living or dead, help grow new love, and help create peace and harmony in a given space.

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Care

So Orchids are a bit picky to everything, too much water and their roots rot, too much light and they burn.

🌿Do not put them in soil!!! They require a bark and peat mixture to grow as they breathe through their roots.

🌿Water them once a week or so by letting running water flow through the bark and drain, only for a few moments. Alternatively, you can soak them in a small layer of water for about 15 minutes. DO NOT USE ICE TO WATER!! This is a common misunderstanding and can lead to damage to the roots!

🌿Place them in a well lit room with no direct sunlight. The room also needs to be able to get to complete darkness overnight as Orchids are one of the few plants that need to “sleep”, by not being in a dark enough room for about 7 hours a night, they could die.

🌿When the last few flowers fall off, cut the stem tube they grew from off but leave the rest of the plant. The stem tube can be dried and used for amulets and talismans and, as long as you continue taking care of the plant under the right conditions, they will bloom again and again (I have had mine for close to 5 years now!).

🌿There are many subspecies of Orchids, some may be toxic to pets if ingested. Please always do your research before adding them to your home for your furry friends.

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Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!

[Information source 1|https://www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/1957]
[Information Source 2|https://www.ftd.com/blog/share/orchid-meaning-and-symbolism]
[Information Source 3|https://tesswhitehurst.com/the-magical-and-metaphysical-properties-of-flowers/]

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