Thursday his Is Your Spell – Midsummer’s Day Herb Gathering Spell

May 27, 2010 at 9:41 am (Associations, Blessing, Garden, Herbs, Litha, Magic, Midsummer, pagan, Spell, Thursday, Witch)

Midsummer’s Day Herb Gathering Spell
From Pagan’s Palace – Now Gone 😦

Midsummer’s Day is a traditional time for Witches in all parts of the world to gather herbs from their gardens or from the wild to use in potions, dream pillows, poppets, and other forms of spellcraft. To be recited on Midsummer’s Day, thrice before and thrice after gathering your herbs for magickal workings:

"Herbs of magick, herbs of power,
Root and bark, leaf and flower,
Work for me when charms are spoken,
Potions brewed and curses broken!"

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Tuesday Try A New Taste – Cream of Sun-Dried Tomato Soup

May 25, 2010 at 9:27 am (Cooking, Herbs, Litha, Magic, Midsummer, pagan, Recipe, Tuesday, Vegetarian, Witch)

Cream of Sun-Dried Tomato Soup
from World Wide Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable stock (or chicken stock / non-vegetarian version)
  • 4 cups chopped ripe tomatoes or canned Italian tomatoes, drained
  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not in oil)
  • 1 Tbs chopped fresh basil or 1 tsp dried
  • 1 cup milk, half and half, or heavy cream
  • Sugar, salt, and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Chopped chives for garnish

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over moderate heat. Add the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic and sauté until tender but not brown, about 5 minutes. Add the stock, tomatoes, potato, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil. Bring to a boil and simmer covered for 20 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Puree in a food processor or blender in small batches until smooth, straining through a fine sieve if desired. Stir in the milk or cream and season with sugar, salt, and pepper. Serve garnished with chopped chives.
Serves 6 to 8.

 

 

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Monday Make A – Solstice Dream Pillow

May 24, 2010 at 9:12 am (Crafts, Decoration, Dreams, Herbs, Litha, Magic, Midsummer, pagan, Psychic, Witch)

Solstice Dream Pillow
from
The Magick Wand (the link is dead)

Materials needed:

  • 1 to 4 oz (30 to 120 gms) each of the following five herbs:
  • dried chamomile
  • Mugwort
  • Catnip
  • Hops
  • Lavender
  • Whole oranges & lemons
  • cinnamon sticks
  • allspice berries (optional)
  • myrrh or frankincense resin lumps
  • Scraps of lightweight cloth (4 – 7 inches / 100 -175 mm, two for each bag)
  • optional: bits of ribbon, embroidery floss, scraps of lace or a few small beads

Take the first five dried herbs and mix them in whatever proportions you desire/have on hand. More Mugwort will lead some folks to more psychic dreaming, more hops will lead to a sounder sleep for some others, more catnip may encourage feline pillow sharing. As the night passes, eat the oranges, and use the lemons (minus their peels) in teas/punches/hot drinks.

As you use them try to remove the peels in large chunks or in easy to work with sections. Using a spoon, carefully scrape out as much of the white inner rind as you can without damaging the zesty outer peel. Scatter the remaining outer peels on a cookie sheet and dry them on low heat in the oven (200 ° F. or less). Watch them to make sure they are drying but not scorching. Remove them from the oven, and let them cool. If you have a fire or incense burner, burn some of the incense resins, saving most to use in the pillows. Crumble the dried peels up into smaller bits, break up the cinnamon sticks up into smaller pieces, and add the spices, resins and peels to the herb mixture. Mix well. Gather up the scraps of material, and sew up small bags: 3 – 6 inches / 75 – 150 mm should be fine. Leave one side open: small openings will make it more difficult to fill the bags later. If you want to use the ribbons and floss to embroider protective or other magical symbols or representative designs, it will be easier to do before you stitch the sides together. Work on this to keep you awake, thinking of the season and what it means to you as you do it. If these are intended as gifts, think kindly and lovingly of the folks you will be giving these to. Fill each of the bags with the herb/spice mixture, but not so full that it is hard: people will want to smell them, but they need to be soft enough to sleep on. Fold the last side inward, and stitch closed. If you want, a small loop of ribbon may be added at this point at the top. After the sun rises, and you have finished your celebrations, set these aside, and finish them when you have/make time during the day if they aren’t done. When you go to bed, slip one or more of these into you pillow case, and inhale deeply as you relax before sleeping. Watch for special dreams as you sleep. For those who are sitting up all night on the Solstice, this is a special dream pillow you can make for prophetic dreams when you go to sleep the next night or throughout the year. (If you are not sitting up a vigil, go ahead and make them anyway – I get some interesting quirks to the dreams when I use the spices in the dream pillows.)

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Wednesday Whatever – Summer Solstice: Ura, the Night of the Heather

May 19, 2010 at 9:02 am (Ancestors, Associations, Fae, Faery, Fairies, Fairy, Flowers, Folklore, Heather, Herbs, History, Lore, Magic, pagan, Wednesday, Wisdom, Witch)

Summer Solstice: Ura, the Night of the Heather
by Sarah the SwampWitch,
Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

The moon is perhaps humankind’s oldest form of marking time. According to some scholars, the Celts used a Lunar Calendar that consisted of 13 months, each 28 days in length. Each month of the Celtic Lunar calendar bears the name of a tree, which also stands for one of the consonants in the Celtic ‘tree alphabet’. There are basically two different versions of this Lunar calendar: the Beth-Luis-Nion (which begins on the Winter Solstice) and the Beth-Luis-Fearn (which begins on Samhain). I work with the Beth-Luis-Nion simply because it seems to work the best for my style of Witchcraft.

Beth-Luis-Nion version of The Celtic Tree calendar

  • B – Beth, the Birch Month (December 24th – January 20th)
  • L – Luis, the Rowan Month (January 21st – February 17th)
  • N – Nion, the Ash month (February 18th – March 17th)
  • F – Fearn, the Alder Month (March 18th – April 14th)
  • S – Saille, the Willow Month (April 15th – May 12th)
  • H – Huath, the Hawthorn Month (May 13th – June 9th)
  • D – Duir, the Oak Month (Jun 10th – July 7th)
  • T – Tinne, the Holly Month (July 8th – August 4th)
  • C – Coll, the Hazel Month (August 5th – September 1st)
  • M – Muin, the Vine Month (September 2nd – September 29th)
  • G – Gort, the Ivy Month (September 30th – October 27th
  • Ng – Ngetal, the Reed Month (October 28th – November 24th)
  • R – Ruis, the Elder Month (November 25th – December 23rd)

The five vowels I, A, O, U, and E have corresponding tree names to the nights of the solstices and equinoxes:

  • I – Idho, the Night of the Yew, Winter Solstice Eve
  • A – Ailm, the Night of the Silver Fir, Winter Solstice
  • – Herb too sacred to have a Celtic name, the Night of Mistletoe, Day after Winter Solstice
  • O – Onn, the Night of the Gorse Bush, Spring Equinox
  • U – Ura, the Night of the Heather, Summer Solstice
  • E – Eadha, the Night of the White Poplar, Alban Elfed or Autumnal Equinox

Here Is Lore On The Tree Of The Summer Solstice – Heather:

  • Latin name: Calluna vulgaris
  • Celtic name: Ura (pronounced: Oor’ uh)
  • Folk or Common Names: Common Heather, Ling, Scottish Heather
  • Parts used: herb, flowering shoots.
  • Herbal usage: Heather’s flowering shoots are used to treat insomnia, stomach aches, coughs and skin problems. The plant, used fresh or dried, strengthens the heart and raises blood pressure. It is slightly diuretic and a Heather Tea is often prescribed in cases of urinary infections. Heather is sometimes used in conjunction with corn silk and cowberries.
  • Magickal History & Associations: Heather is associated with the sun, and with the planet of Venus. Its color is resin colored and its element is water. Heather’s bird is the lark, and its animal association is the honey bee. In ancient times the Danes brewed a powerful beer made from honey and Heather. And for centuries the heather flowers have also been a special beverage to the bee, who in return creates delightful Heather honey! Its stones are amethyst, peridot, and amertine – and it is a feminine herb.

The herb is sacred to many Goddesses: Isis, Venus-Erycina, Uroica, Garbh Ogh, Cybele, Osiris, Venus, Guinevere, and Butes among them. White Heather was considered unlucky by Scottish loyalists because of its connection with the banishment of Bonny Prince Charles. Haether is the home to a type of Fey called Heather Pixies. Like other Pixies, the Heather Pixies have clear or golden auras and delicate, translucent wings. But these faeries are attracted specifically to the moors and to the Heather which covers them. They are not averse to human contact, but they don’t seek them out. They have a pranksterish nature.

Magickal Usage: Heather is sacred to the Summer Solstice. Heather is used for magick involving maturity, consummation, general luck, love, ritual power, conjuring ghosts, healing, protection, rain-making and water magick.

Charms made with Heather can be worn or carried as protection against danger, rape and other violent crimes. This flower represents good fortune and Heather can also be carried as a lucky charm. It was believed that wearing the blossom associated with your month of birth would bring exceptionally good luck – therefore people born in the month of Heather (August) should carry White Heather, for even better luck throughout the year.

Legend has it that a gift of white Heather brings luck to both the giver and the receiver, whereas red Heather is said to have been colored by heathens killed in battle by Christians, so is less lucky. Heather is associated with secrets from the Otherworld.

A sprig of white Heather placed in a special place of silence and meditation has the power to conjure ghosts, ‘haints’ or spirits. After picking a piece of white Heather at midnight, place it in a glass of river water in the darkest corner of your home. Sit and think of a departed loved one and it is said that the loved one’s shadow will visit you. Heather is said to ignite faery passions and open portals between their world and our own. Heather represents solitude because it thrives in wide open spaces, and Faeries who enjoy living in such undisturbed places are said to feast on the tender stalks of Heather.

The Fey of this flower are drawn to humans who are shy. Heather is useful for Solitary healing work (going within). Heather, if used along with Mistletoe, creates powerful healing medicine in both spiritual and physical aspects.

Heather can be used at Midsummer to promote love – carry red Heather for passion or white Heather for cooling the passion of unwanted suitors. If you give someone a gift of Heather it means: ‘Admiration’. A charm bag filled with Heather can be carried for decreasing egotism or self-involvement. As a water herb, Heather is very useful in weather magick. When burned outdoors with Fern, the herbal smoke of Heather attracts rain. Bouquets of Heather and Fern can also be dipped in water to call rain.

***Document Copyright © 99, 00, 01,02 by Sarah Nunn (Sarah the SwampWitch). This document can be re-published and shared only as long as no information is lost or changed, credit is given to the author, and it is provided or used without cost to others. Other uses of this document must be approved in writing by Sarah Nunn.

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Monday Make A – Plant an Elemental Garden

May 10, 2010 at 9:19 am (Air, Associations, Earth, Fire, Garden, Herbs, Litha, Magic, Midsummer, Monday, pagan, Plants, Spring, Water, Witch)

Plant an Elemental Garden
From About.com

If you’re a Pagan or Wiccan who’s into gardening, you might want to consider planting an elemental garden. The four classical elements are often associated with Pagan and Wiccan spirituality, so why not incorporate them into your gardening? Litha is a great time to work on your garden, so if you haven’t gotten out there digging in the dirt yet, now’s your chance! The sun is at its peak, the earth is nice and warm, and plants are growing all around. Move some of your existing plants (or put some new ones in) and create an elemental garden. By connecting different parts of your garden with the four elements, you can add a little bit of magic into your life each year. Here’s how to get started.

Before you plant anything, you’ll need to figure out how much space you have to work with. Ideally, you’ll want to make your elemental garden in a circle. To make a circle in your yard, figure out first where you want the center to be. Mark the center by driving a temporary stake into the ground. Next, figure out what diameter you want the circle to be. Using a piece of string tied to the top of the stake, walk around in a circle, marking the perimeter. You can do this with birdseed, a handful of dirt, or anything else you like. Once you’ve marked your circle, till up the soil. Although it’s good exercise to use a shovel, it’s also backbreaking work. If you’ve got a large space to cover, you may want to invest in a good rototiller.

Once you’ve tilled up the soil, figure out which way is north. You can do this easily with a compass, or if you know where the sun rises and sets, it shouldn’t be too hard to determine which way is east and which is west. After you’ve figured out your directions, divide your circle into quadrants, so that each direction has one quarter of the circle. Mark your spaces with stones. You can either use small ones, (don’t just throw away the ones you dig up!), or you can use large pavers

Each of the four directions is associated with an element. North is connected to Earth, East to Air, South to Fire and West to Water***. To plant your elemental garden, figure out which plants are connected with those particular elements – and this will vary depending on where you live. For example, Earth is associated with stability and security. Why not plant some herbs there that carry the same associations? Bryony, cinquefoil, honeysuckle, and pennyroyal * are all related to Earth.

For the East section of your garden, which is tied into the themes of Air, use plants connected with inspiration, wisdom and knowledge. Sage, marjoram, mugwort and members of the mint family are perfect for this quarter of the circle. In the South, select plants related to the passionate qualities of Fire, such as basil, betony, rosemary and rue. Finally, the West quadrant is where your Water-related plants should go – hyssop, yarrow, chamomile and ivy will do well in this section.

* Be cautious when selecting plants for your garden, and be sure to do your research. Some forms of pennyroyal are toxic and can cause miscarriage in pregnant women, and can be potentially fatal if ingested by small children.

As you dig a hole for each plant, you may wish to add a blessing. Get your hands in the dirt, dig in, and feel the soil. Thank the Earth for the gift it’s going to give you. As you place the plant or seeds in the hole, you might want to offer something like:

May the gods smile upon this plant,
bringing it strength and long life.

Or, you may prefer to offer a specific blessing for each quadrant – for the South section, offer a blessing of Fire, for the West, a blessing of Water, and so on. In some traditions, it’s popular to smudge the garden or perform some other purification rite after planting – after all, a garden is a sacred space.

If you’re going to spend any time in your elemental garden – and you’ll need to, if you don’t want your plants to die – it’s not a bad idea to add accessories that make you feel at home. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but you might want to consider some of the following:

  • Statues of the gods of your tradition
  • A gazing ball
  • A fountain or other water feature
  • A fire bowl
  • A small altar
  • A bench or chair for meditation
  • Wind chimes or bells
  • A prayer pole or decorative flag

To tie in the accessories to the elemental theme, consider a Water feature in the South corner, a small brazier to the West, a pile of stones in the North, or a decorative flag on the East portion. Any of these will be perfect for bringing you closer to the elements in your garden. Make your garden a place where you can sit and reflect, and it will indeed be a spiritual and magical place!

Do you live in an apartment or dorm room, or some other location with limited space? Don’t worry – you can still grow things! Container gardening makes it a breeze. Use flower pots, hanging baskets, or other items arranged in a group of four to create your elemental garden. You can even paint them with colors or symbols associated with the four cardinal directions. If you’re really strapped for space, use one container with four plants in it. For more ideas, be sure to visit our Container Gardening site at About.com.

***Note from Dawtch – I have said this numerous times, but just in case there’s a new reader out there, my PERSONAL associations are different – North is Air, East is Earth. For more of my views, you can go here.

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Thursday This is Your Spell – Midsummer Herb Charm

May 6, 2010 at 9:48 am (Animals, Herbs, Home, Litha, Magic, Midsummer, pagan, Protection, Spell, Thursday, Witch)

Midsummer Herb Charm
Unknown source


You will need:

  • sprig of fresh rue
  • sprig of fresh St Johns Wort
  • sprig of Rowan

Tie all these together with red yarn. Of course, if these herbs cannot be found in bloom at this time in your area, assemble the dried version and fill a red pouch with them. These charms also work nicely hung over the doors of the home for general house protection. This is an old charm that was made and hung above the doors of stables. For modern use, consider making these and hanging over your pet’s sleeping quarters to bless and protect them.

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Monday Make a – Flea Repellents

March 15, 2010 at 9:25 am (Animals, Crafts, Herbs, Magic, Monday, Ostara, pagan, Pets, Recipe, Spring, Witch)

These aren’t "Ostara" specific, but Spring is nearing, and out furkids will soon be venturing out for longer periods of the day, and bringing back "friends"… Here I offering some ideas to cut down on unwanted visitors…

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Fleas – here are several natural remedies:
Herbal Bedding

Dried Ingredients:

  • peppermint
  • eucalyptus
  • bay leaf

Fresh Ingredients:

  • marjoram
  • eucalyptus
  • rosemary
  • sage
  • clove buds.

Dry mix the dried herbs, and crush the botanicals well. Fill a muslin bag with the herbs and put in the pet’s bed or if your pet has a cedar filled pillow, just add the botanicals to the cedar chip mixture.

Herbal Flea Collars
Ingredients
:

  • essential oil of eucalyptus
  • essential oil of citronella
  • essential oil of sage

Dip a heavy string into a combination of the essential oils, let dry, then securely wind the string around your pet’s collar.

 

Natural Flea and Tick Dip:

  • 2 cups, packed fresh rosemary
  • 2 cups, packed fresh peppermint
  • 1 quart boiling water
  • 4 quarts warm water

Pour the just boiled water over the fresh herbs and let steep, covered, for 30 minutes. Strain and add the liquid to 4 quarts of warm water, saturate the animal and let it air dry.

 

Herbal Flea Spray

  • chamomile
  • valerian
  • licorice
  • witch hazel

Prepare an infusion using one tea bag of each herb, and when it’s cold, mix with witch hazel. Spray on pets

 

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Monday Make A – To Make Ostara Eggs

March 8, 2010 at 10:11 am (Associations, Children, Colors, Eggs, Herbs, Kids, Magic, Monday, Ostara, pagan, Witch, Witchlets)

To Make Ostara Eggs
unknown author

Boil a handful of an herb of flower until the water is well colored. Place the water into a heat-resistant cup or bowl. Stir in a teaspoon of vinegar and a pinch of salt and allow soaking.

For the colors use the following:

  • Yellow – Carrots, white grape juice, turmeric, fenugreek
  • Orange – Onion Skins, Madder Root, Cayenne
  • Red – Red onion skins, madder root, cayenne
  • Red-Violet – purple grape juice, red raspberries
  • Green – Carrot tops, bracken
  • Blue – Blueberries, Red Cabbage, Black raspberries
  • Blue-Violet – Blackberries, Beet juice, Mulberries
  • Pink – Heather

The meaning for the colors:

  • White: Purity, birth, virginity, and ignorance.
  • Yellow: Youth, light, purity, happiness an wisdom
  • Red: passion, love, enthusiasm
  • Orange: Endurance, strength, power
  • Green: Renewal, freshness, hope, victory of life over death
  • Brown: earth
  • Blue: Sky, good health derived from air
  • Purple: patience, trust and power
  • Black: remembrance, eternity, constancy, death

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Wednesday What Herb Is This – Scented Oils And Their Magical Powers

February 24, 2010 at 10:33 am (Associations, Herb, Herbs, Lore, Magic, Oils, Ostara, pagan, Wednesday, Witch)

Scented Oils And Their Magical Powers

It has long been one of man’s beliefs that different scents affect us on many levels including the spiritual One of the main reasons for perfumes and colognes is this belief. Here is a brief list of properties in part from a list distributed by Connections Candles, a company that makes candles and sells them at metaphysical gatherings.

  • Acacia: Possessing high spiritual vibrations, this oil is worn to aid meditation and to develop psychic powers. Some also use it to anoint their altars, censers, and candles.
  • All-Spice: Very vitalizing. Gives added determination and energy, excellent for convalescents. Anoint daily.
  • Almond: Almond oil, the symbol of wakefulness to the Egyptians, is used in prosperity rituals (anointing candles, money, etc.) and also added to money incenses.
  • Anise: A boon to clairvoyance, it is often added to a ritual bath preceding any attempt at divination. It is also worn during divinatory rituals.
  • Apple: Peace of mind, relaxation, love, wisdom.
  • Apple Blossom: Wear to promote happiness and success. Anoint candles during love rituals. Add to bath to aid relaxation.
  • Basil: The scent of basil causes sympathy between two people so wear to avoid major clashes. It creates harmony of all kinds. Prostitutes used to wear it in Spain to attract business.
  • Bayberry: Anoint green candles for prosperity in the home. Brings "luck to your home and gold to your pocket." A magnetic oil to be worn by men.
  • Benzoin: This oil brings peace of mind. It is used in purification ceremonies. A drop or two smoldering on a charcoal block will effectively clear the area with billowing clouds of smoke.
  • Bergamot: Used in protective rituals and also in drawing prosperity. Wear on the palm of each hand.
  • Camphor: Wear to strengthen psychic powers. Also anoint yourself when you have decided to break off with a lover, or when they have done so with you and you find it hard to let go.
  • Carnation: This is an oil of power. It is used as an energy restorer after exertion, as an aid to healing, and in consecration ceremonies. Should be worn when extra energy for a ritual is desired.
  • Cedar: Instills confidence, protection from misery and misfortune.
  • Cinnamon: A high-vibration oil, used for personal protection. It is also a sexual stimulant in the female. Added to any incense, it increases its powers. Mixed with powdered sandalwood, it makes an incense suitable for all religious or spiritual magic. Good for meditation, illumination, and so on.
  • Cinquefoil: Protective, strengthens the five senses. Also "five lucks"- love, money, health, power and wisdom, so is often used to anoint amulet and charm bags.
  • Citronella: Attracts friends and customers, protection from insects.
  • Clove: An aphrodisiac, worn to attract lovers. Inhaled, the oil helps memory and eyesight. Protects from hostile negative forces
  • Coriander: A love oil used to anoint candles.
  • Cumin Seed: Brings peace and harmony to the home. Anoint all doorways once a week just before sunrise when the household is asleep ad all is quiet.
  • Cyclamen: Worn to ease childbirth by the expectant mother. Also used in love and marriage spells.
  • Cypress: An oil of blessing, consecration and protection. It is a symbol of the Earth-element, as well as of death. When attending a funeral of a friend or loved one, wear this oil so that you will be uplifted by the meaning of death as the doorway to but another life. It also effectively screens out the negative vibrations of the mourners. Wear on Samhain to become aware and remember those who have passed on.
  • Eucalyptus: A healing oil, very useful in recuperation after long illnesses. Cures colds with daily application to the throat, forehead and wrists, and by adding it to healing baths. Also used for purifications. Promotes healing of depression
  • Frankincense: One of the most sacred of all oils, used to anoint magical tools, the altar, etc. A strong purifier used in exorcisms, purification rituals, and blessings. Frees one of obsessions and destructive habits, brings spiritual blessings
  • Gardenia: Wear to attract love. A powerful feminine magnetic oil. Protective.
  • Ginger: A tropical aphrodisiac. Induces passion.
  • Heliotrope: High spiritual vibrations, drenched with the energies of the Sun. Aids in clairvoyance assists meditation, protects from physical harm.
  • Honeysuckle: An oil of the mind, it promotes quick thinking and is often used as a memory aid by dabbing on the temples. Also used in prosperity rituals. Aids in understanding non-physical realities, sharpens intuition, brings prosperity
  • Hyacinth: Brings peace of mind to the mentally disturbed
  • Hyssop: Increases finances, and is added to the bath to create a purifying atmosphere. An excellent oil to wear during all types of magical rituals.
  • Jasmine: Symbol of the Moon, and of the mysteries of the night. Jasmine oil is used to attract love. The scent helps one relax, sleep, and also facilitates childbirth. It is sometimes used for meditation and general anointing purposes. This is a purely spiritual oil. Cleanses the aura, stimulates creativity and originality
  • Lavender: Used in healing and purifying rituals, and also to arouse sexual desire in men. Prostitutes wore it extensively to advertise their trade and to attract customers. Frees one from emotional stress, brings inner calm and peace, gives increased awareness, brings stability and permanence, good for headaches
  • Lemon: Evokes protective spirits.
  • Lemon Grass: An aid to the psychic powers. Wear on the forehead. Spiritualists and mediums use it, for it helps make contact with spirits.
  • Lilac: Induces Far Memory, the act of recalling past lives. It is also useful in inducing clairvoyant powers in general. Brings peace and harmony, draws good spirits, helps decision making, and improves memory.
  • Lotus: The sacred oil of the ancient Egyptians, lotus oil has a high spiritual vibration and is suitable for blessing, anointing, meditation, and as a dedicatory oil to your God(s). It is also used in healing rituals. One who wears lotus oil is sure of good fortune and much happiness.
  • Magnolia: An excellent oil for meditation and psychic development. It also brings peace and harmony.
  • Melilot: Fights depression, or what the old Witches used to call melancholy.
  • Mimosa: Used in healing rituals, and also in producing prophetic dreams. Anoint the forehead before retiring.
  • Mint: Used in prosperity spells, and to increase one’s business. Anoint wallets, etc.
  • Musk: The universally accepted "sex scent". It is also worn to purify and to gain courage. Instills self assurance, confidence and strength. It is a magnetic oil, worn with equal success by both sexes.
  • Myrrh: A purification, protection and hex-breaking oil. Possesses a high vibratory rate, making it excellent for the more religious rituals of magic. Anoint the house every morning and evening as part of any protection ritual. Guards against evil, brings peace, assists in understanding personal sorrow.
  • Narcissus: "Stupidfyer". This oil brings peace and harmony, soothes the nerves and relaxes the conscious mind. A "narcotic" type oil.
  • Neroli: Magnetic women’s oil. Rubbed between the breasts to attract men, or onto the temples to give peace.
  • Nutmeg: This oil is rubbed onto the temples and the third eye to help in meditation and to induce sleep. It is protective as well.
  • Orange: Brings harmony, raises power.
  • Orange Blossom: To make a person in the mood for marriage, wear this oil. many women add it to their daily baths to build up their attractiveness. Sometimes known as mantrap.
  • Orris Root: Attracts the opposite sex. Douse your clothes with the oil.
  • Patchouly: A very powerful occult oil, one of the magnetic oils to be worn by men. It attracts women. Also wards off negativity and evil, gives peace of mind, and is very sensual.
  • Peony: A lucky scent for all who need customers, success in business, or good fortune.
  • Peppermint: Used to create changes within one’s life. Also used to relax and allow one to unwind
  • Pine: Cleanses, ends useless recriminations.
  • Rose: The love oil. Unconditional love, peace, harmony, tranquility. Used in all love operations, added to baths, and to induce peace and harmony. Take a handful of rose buds, place them in a silver goblet. Pour one dram rose oil over them. Let soak for a week. After this, on a Friday night, burn them over the charcoal to infuse your house with loving vibrations. This is an excellent "peace" incense, and can be done regularly to ensure domestic tranquility.
  • Rose Geranium: Oil of protection. Anoint window sills, doors of house. Wear on self. Also imparts courage to the wearer. An excellent oil to use to bless a new home or apartment. A few drops on a charcoal block will release its powerful vibrations throughout the entire house. Also used to anoint censers.
  • Rosemary: A very vitalizing oil, rosemary is used in healing rituals and also to promote prudence, common sense, and self assurance. It aids mental powers when rubbed onto the temples. It is also protective and is used much like Rose Geranium. Rub onto the temples to ease pain of headache and in all healing rituals.
  • Rue: To break up negativity and curses, anoint a sprig of dried rue with this oil. Tie up in a red bag and carry for protection. Add nine drops of the oil to the bath every night for nine nights in succession during the waning moon to break a spell that has been cast against you. Salt may be added to the bath as well.
  • Saffron: Wear to aid in the development of clairvoyant powers.
  • Sage: Powerful clearing and cleansing, removes negative energy.
  • Sandalwood: Protective, very healing, this oil is used to anoint. It also aids one in seeing past incarnations. Try anointing the forehead to promote the Sight. calms the mind.
  • Sesame: Gives hope to one who is sick, discouraged or lonely.
  • Sweet Pea: One of the most beautiful of all scents, sweet pea oil is worn to attract strangers of all kinds, some of whom may become lovers or friends. Wear as a personal oil.
  • Spikenard: Wear during rituals to the ancient deities of Egypt, also to anoint sacred objects, such as altars, tools, etc.
  • Sweetgrass: Invokes spiritual blessings, aids transformation.
  • Tuberose: Mistress of the Night, as it is also known, is an excellent aphrodisiac. Promotes peace and also aids in psychic powers. Men wear it to attract women. Very much a physical oil.
  • Vanilla: A vitalizing oil, said to be sexually arousing in women. Use as an energy restorer. Sometimes used to gain extra power during magical ceremonies.
  • Vervain: Assists in obtaining material objects. It also stimulates creativity. Aids those who desire success in the performing and creative arts.
  • Violet: The oil is used in love operations and is sometimes sexually exciting. However, many people can’t stand the fragrance of the violet, for some curious reason. Once thought to be sacred to the Fairy Queen. Very healing, added to baths.
  • Wisteria: The door between the world of men and the realm of the Gods, the passport to higher consciousness and existence, and to bring illumination. Wear only when in complete serenity.
  • Ylang-Ylang: Makes its wearer irresistible to the opposite sex. Also soothes the problems of married life. Can help in finding a job. If worn to interviews you will be much calmer and more impressive to the interviewer. Sometimes called "Flower of Flowers."

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Monday Make A – Cascarones

February 22, 2010 at 10:29 am (Children, Crafts, Eggs, Herbs, Kids, Magic, Monday, Ostara, pagan, Witch)

Make Some Cascarones
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You will need the following things for this craft.

  • Fresh eggs
  • Herbs
  • Confetti or other lightweight item for filling
  • clear tape
  • colored pens or tissue paper and glue to decorate eggs with.

Empty egg shells by making a small hole in the larger end and a slightly larger hole in the small end (be sure to puncture the yolk). Be careful not to crack the rest of the egg). Then gently blow on the larger end of the egg to gently push out the egg’s innards. (save these for scrambled eggs or omlettes. Rinse out the eggs with cool water and let them dry overnight. Close the bottom hole with a tiny piece of tape or a bit or glue. Carefully fill the shells with herbs, confetti or other light-weight filling. When full, seal the top hole with tape or glue. Carefully decorate the outside of the egg. On Ostara morning, catch your loved ones by surprise and break the egg over their head. As the filling rains down over your loved one and you, you are both showered with blessings, love, luck, and new life of the season.

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