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Magnolia grandiflora

Updated: Jun 3

Magnolia grandiflora, commonly known as the southern magnolia or the bull bay tree, is an evergreen tree in the Magnoliaceae family. It is native to the southeastern United States, and it is prized for its large, fragrant flowers and its stately appearance.

Botanical Information:

  • Plant Type: Magnolia grandiflora, commonly known as southern magnolia or bull bay, is an evergreen tree belonging to the family Magnoliaceae. It is native to the southeastern United States.

  • Leaves: The tree has large, glossy, leathery, and elliptical leaves with a deep green upper surface and a brownish or rust-colored underside.

  • Flowers: Magnolia grandiflora produces large, fragrant, white flowers that can reach up to 12 inches in diameter. These flowers have a strong, sweet scent.


Aromatherapy Use:

Magnolia essential oil is derived from the flowers and is used in aromatherapy for its calming, uplifting, and soothing properties.


Magickal Properties

Magnolia grandiflora is associated with the element of water and is believed to promote peace, tranquility, and love. It is also associated with the following magical properties:

  • Purification: Magnolia grandiflora is often used to purify spaces and to cleanse the aura.

  • Peace: Magnolia grandiflora is associated with peace and is often used in spells to promote calmness and serenity.

  • Love: Magnolia grandiflora is associated with love and is often used in spells to attract new love, strengthen existing relationships, and deepen intimacy.

  • Wisdom: Magnolia grandiflora is associated with wisdom and is often used in spells to increase intuition and understanding.


Elemental Correspondences

  • Water: Magnolia grandiflora is associated with the element of water because of its large, white flowers that resemble water lilies.


Planetary and Astrological Correspondences

  • Moon: Magnolia grandiflora is associated with the moon because of its connection to the emotions, intuition, and the subconscious mind.


Associated Deitites and Traditions

  • Magnolia is associated with the Roman goddess Luna, who is the goddess of the moon.

  • Magnolia is also associated with the Triple Goddess, a symbol of the phases of the moon and the cycles of life.

  • In Chinese mythology, the goddess Chang'e lives on the Moon and is often depicted holding a magnolia flower.

  • In Southern folklore, magnolia trees are said to ward off evil spirits and protect against curses.

  • In some traditions, magnolia flowers are used in ancestor veneration and as offerings to the dead.


Uses in Rituals, Spellwork and Magic

Magnolia grandiflora can be used in a variety of rituals, spellwork, and magic. It can be used to purify spaces, to promote peace and tranquility, to attract love, to strengthen relationships, to deepen intimacy, and to increase intuition and understanding.


Examples of Use

  • To purify a space, burn magnolia incense

  • To promote peace and tranquility, meditate with magnolia grandiflora essential oil

  • To attract new love, add magnolia grandiflora flowers to a love spell or wear a piece of jewelry made from magnolia wood.

  • To strengthen existing relationships, place a magnolia grandiflora flower in a vase in the home or wear a piece of jewelry made from magnolia wood.

  • To deepen intimacy, sprinkle magnolia grandiflora leaves on the bed or wear magnolia grandiflora essential oil during lovemaking.

  • To increase intuition and understanding, meditate with magnolia grandiflora flowers or wear magnolia grandiflora essential oil.





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