Spring is prime season for witchy foraging.
Delicate, pastel-colored flowers push their way through the soft earth. Birds begin to chortle in the honeyed morning light. Lime-green shoots of bright grass dart up to the sky.
All the delights of spring, from cool weather to blossoming beauty, make for energizing nature walks.
Use this time to collect, store and wildcraft natural ingredients for your magical practice.
Here are some common items to look for.
Wild Garlic & Onions
Wild onions are at their peak in flavor and aroma during early-to-mid spring.
If you have a lawn, you likely have wild onions somewhere.
Here is a Youtube video on how to identify and harvest wild onions
Foragers argue all the time about the difference between wild onions and wild garlic.
Magically speaking, it doesn’t matter. You can use both pretty much the same way you’d use any garlic in witchcraft.
But wild garlic and onion produce an aroma and flavor many times more powerful than the store bought varieties. Plus, taking the time to collect it yourself imparts your intention and energy on it.
And it’s free!
Look for moss in woodland and shaded areas.
Live moss makes a lovely addition to spring gift baskets, altars and fairy gardens.
Place it in a shallow dish, spritz it with water and leave it near some window light until you need to use it.
As the birds become more active during the early spring months, soft feathers descend on footpaths and at the base of trees.
Use foraged bird feathers to symbolize the Element of Air in your spell bags, on the altar, when calling the Quarters or during wind magic.
Wildflowers transform any dull, brown winter field into a dazzling natural landscape, alive with butterflies, bees and birds.
I adore the first appearance of wildflowers in the spring. I dry them, press them, hang them in the windows and fill every vase in my house with them.
A treasure of the season, wildflowers materialize in many a written spell. Foraging for them is a beautiful way to spend your nature walk and there are many uses for freshly spring wildflowers in witchcraft.
Spring rains cleanse the earth of winter woes and encourage little sprouts to wake up to the warm weather.
Next time you find yourself indoors on a rainy day, stick a bucket outside and collect some rainwater for your next batch of moon water.
Or, add it to your ritual baths for cleansing, renewal and new beginnings.
Gently trim back early spring growth on trees. Look for growth less than the thickness of a slim pencil.
Bend these tender, flexible branches to make your own base for spring wreaths, diy decorative bird nests and baskets for your spring altar.
To the delight of every foraging witch (and frustration of every traditional gardener), dandelions begin to show their sleepy heads in spring.
Collect every part of the dandelion for use in spells and magic.
Dry the roots and add them in spell bags for divination tea.
Use the yellow flowers to banish depression or as a sun symbol in daylight magic.
Once the dandelion produces seeds, blow on them as part of a wishing spell or to welcome the woodland spirits.
This delicate wildflower tends to gather in lawns and low-growing wastelands this time of year.
Pretty enough to ignore as a lawn weed, let it grow and then gather henbit in bloom to use for its many magical qualities.
Wild violets radiate the lovely, soft purple color of Easter eggs and spring dresses.
Magically, wild violets symbolize woodland spirits, joy, abundance and innocence.
Harvest them in pesticide-free areas for fairy cakes or dry them to add to sachets, Beltane ritual blends and even ritual bath salts.
Your turn! What spring items do you like to forage for your spells, rituals and magic?