Editors Note: High Times is thrilled to present our newest bi-weekly column The High Priestess. Written by author and practitioner of magick, Gabriela Herstik, this column will explore the relationship and intersections of cannabis, witchcraft, sex, wellness, and everything in between. At High Times, we strive to keep our minds and our hearts open while centering and uplifting those whose views and practices have traditionally been denied a platform and excluded from the discussion. After all, what is the cannabis space if not inclusive?
Hello dear stoners,
We’re back with the latest installment of The High Priestess, and guess what? It’s gonna be magical AF! If you were here with me in my first installment of this series, then you know that I dared you to be more intentional with your cannabis consumption and to be grateful for the plant in however you chose to work with it. If you took on this challenge and felt a shift, please let me know! Tweet me and tell me– I would love to hear your thoughts! I took on this challenge during the week as well and learned that taking three hits is the perfect amount for me to feel open and a little stoned without feeling like I’m on another planet (which, let’s be real, sometimes I enjoy.)
This week I have another way you can incorporate weed into your magical practice, if you’re so inclined. We’re going to be creating a green altar–in honor of weed, money, and healing—to correspond with the Virgo Full Moon on Feb. 19. I know there’s a lot going on in that statement, so let’s break it down:
An altar is an energetic focal point of a space dedicated to an intention. You can have an altar for love, healing, ancestors, the moon, money and abundance, or whatever else you desire. You can place candles, photos, flowers and plants, crystals, tarot or oracle cards, jewelry, knick-knacks, and whatever else that relates to your intention on your altar.
The Full Moon is a time of completion, and the energetic climax of the month. We start our lunar month with a New Moon, when the moon is dark and there’s no light reflecting on her surface. This is the beginning of a cycle. When the Full Moon arrives, it’s the peak of the month energetically when our intuition is on high, our power is on full blast and we’re able to manifest and work whatever kind of magick we want. The Full Moon is the peak and the end of a cycle—and a perfect time to set our intentions.
The Full Moon in February is in the earth sign Virgo, aka the Virgo Full Moon. Virgos are the detail-oriented perfectionists, the ones who refuse to do anything except their own way, the friend who helps you ground and see things from a new perspective. Virgo energy is the energy of working hard, killing the game, being productive and owning your worth. This earth sign is also very nurturing, helping us heal from the roots up while giving us space to grow into what we’re meant to grow into.
If there’s a sign that knows how to find their niche, work to the bone out of dedication and make things happen, it’s Virgo. So what better time than the Virgo Full Moon to create a weed and money altar? This altar during the Virgo Full Moon will help you visualize and call in abundance while also honoring cannabis and whatever you need to heal. Green is the color of money and wealth and it’s also the color of the heart center, also known as the heart chakra. It’s the color of love, healing, and nurturing. Not only can we attract more riches into our lives through visualizing and working with this altar, we can also help to heal our hearts or send out healing energy to someone else who may need it.
How to Create a Green Altar for Money, Abundance, and Healing
Step 1: Gather your supplies
First things first: you’ll want to gather your supplies and find a space to set up your altar. Although you can find a permanent space like a side table or a dresser (which is what I use), you can also create non-permanent altars that you store away, like in a box. So get creative! The theme of this altar is wealth and abundance, as well as healing, so some suggestions of things to include are: gold and green candles, crystals for abundance like Aventurine and Citrine, gold jewelry or talismans, dollar bills (I like withdrawing like $20 in ones and fives and using this as a base for my money altar,) any icons that you work with, WEED, mint (another money herb), fresh flowers, and photos or letters to anyone that needs healing—yourself included!
Step 2: Organize
Now comes the fun part of setting everything up. If you don’t know where to start, pick one item to be the center of attention. And since this is a weed column– and a green altar– placing your weed on your altar as the focal point would be very appropriate. You can add candles near this, dollar bills, gold coins and whatever other items you chose. I usually place a layer of bills down and then place my candles, crystals, and talismans above this to create my money altar. If you’re adding candles to your altar, you can dedicate them to drawing in money (more on how to do that here). And if you placed some weed on your altar, you hold it in your hands and ask that it continues to bring you healing and wealth as you smoke it. Place any photos of loved ones or yourself here and rearrange until you find a layout that looks good and makes you happy! Sometimes less is more.
Step 3: Dedicate it
Okay so your Virgo Full Moon altar is set up, your weed is glowing, your photos are positioned just right. Now comes the real magick of dedicating this space. You can write down a little intention or prayer and then read it aloud, or you can simply think of your intention. And if you’re looking for more abundance or money you can literally write down an amount that you want to receive and place this on your altar. You can also dedicate this altar to help heal anyone you know or love. I would like to suggest setting the intention of healing and freeing those who are incarcerated for marijuana-related crimes as well; may cannabis help us find peace for all!
To finalize this dedication, we’re going to be doing a breath to cleanse and clear the energy of the space. This breath draws white light down from the universe and then exhales this white light to whatever is being cleansed. You can do this while smoking, blowing smoke onto your altar to further dedicate it to all things green. Regardless if you use smoke, you’ll hold your intention for your altar in mind as you do this. Once you’re ready, you’ll begin to inhale as you imagine a white light from the heavens moving through the top of your head down to your throat. Hold your breath as you imagine this light in your throat growing brighter and brighter. When it’s at its brightest and you can’t hold anymore, you’ll exhale onto your altar, clearing it of any stagnant energy. And voila! Your Virgo Full Moon altar is cleansed, cleared and charged!
Okay so now that your altar is set up, what do you do? My suggestion is to return here every day. You can breathe, place change you’ve collected throughout your day here, light your candles, and visualize green light permeating and surrounding you to further receive the energy of wealth. You can pray, you can smoke, you can thank the universe for all the abundance and love you have in your life. This is your space and you can come back here to honor your intention however you like.
PS: I know I highlighted Black and Pink in my last column, but it is Black History Month so this is a reminder to support Black-owned businesses, people, cannabis companies… all of it! Also, you can always support Black Lives Matter by getting involved with the organization or by donating financially.