August Moon Magic ~ Make a Magical Onion Braid~
Make a onion braid with which to store your onions as you harvest them. Especially if you go in for onion planting for yourself in a large patch of land. Great to use and attract customers if you have a local farm stall, making up small braids of onions to sell.
August often starts out hot and muggy, but even when the rest of your garden is wilting in the heat, chances are good that your onion crop is thriving in the cool, dark soil. If you haven't pulled them yet, Lammas is a good time to do so.
Pull the onions by the tops or dig with a small spade. Use care not to damage the skin of the onion when digging. Once you've got them out of the earth, gently brush the loose dirt off of them, and hang them in a sunny spot to dry and cure. Laying them on screens or on old newspapers in a well-ventilated area will speed the process. Shake to remove any excess soil or brush with a soft brush. Use care not to remove the papery covering. Trim the stalks to 4 to 6 inches.
When August's full moon, the Corn Moon, rolls around, get to work on some onion magic!
Onions wrapped around a braid,
This charm for my home I have made,
Keep negative energy away from me,
As I will, so it shall be.
Layers and layers of onion skin,
Layers of safety for those within,
Layers to make all harm stay out,
Keep (name) safe, without a doubt.