#30DaysMagicalRoots Days 14 & 15

 

Day 14: Incense
Create an incense recipe to help you focus on your daily practice. Here is an article on making herbal incense from Mother Earth Living (Bonus points if you make it and use it for the rest of the month.)

I have never made loose incense, however, I do use an oil burner. My recipe would be the following:

  • Lavender for clarity of mind, and purification of sacred space
  • Frankincense for banishing any negativity, purification of sacred space, offering to spirit
  • Sandalwood for better connection to my spirituality, and therefore the realm of spirit
  • Vanilla for a strong mind, as well as that homey, comfortable feeling within the practice of my spirituality

These are all scents I really enjoy outside of any meaning, which makes them perfect to connect to their magical uses in my practice! I have a firm belief of not using what you don’t like, even if it’s hugely common. There are always equally as good, or better, options out there.

One form of incense I’d love to make at some point is Kyphi. You can essentially make a variation with the ingredients you like, but the original recipe from ancient Egypt calls for sixteen specific ingredients.

  • honey
  • wine
  • raisins
  • myrrh
  • juniper berries
  • cyperus
  • turpentine
  • aspalathus
  • calamus
  • rush
  • cassia
  • cinnamon
  • mastic
  • mint
  • henna
  • mimosa

The ingredients would be ground down into a fine powder, blended with the honey and wine, then rolled into little pellets. Depending on your climate, and the size you make the Kyphi pellets, it can take between 2-4 weeks for them to dry. Then you simply place on a burning coal, and voila! Not only is that a connection to ancient peoples who used it long ago all along the Med, it is also an easy way to offer something to the gods and spirits, or just cleanse your house of negativity and set the energies aright.

 

Day 15: Kitchen Witchery

How can you make your meal a magical one? Here are three simple acts of kitchen witchery you can do today: Kitchen Witchery Magic.

I already talked about how I stir love and luck into the food I make for my family in my days 8 & 9 post, which you can check out here.

Other things I will sometimes do in my kitchen witchery is add in certain herbs for certain purposes, though this is more for myself than anything else. When I need to cleanse out some negative emotions, I grab rosemary and add it to chicken or potatoes.
Sometimes I will trace out a rune or other symbol into my food for something I feel I need to bring inside of me.
When I feel called to, I will thank each food on my plate, and connect to the greater spirits of those things I am eating while I ingest them. It’s fairly grounding as these things come from the earth.
And a classic is to bake someone a sweet dessert to sweeten them up to you. I’ve done this after arguments, though a few days after everyone has cooled down, otherwise I’d be putting in some not so nice energy in there.

 

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Athena Tea

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Athena’s tea is quite a mellow cup, though full of delicious citrus flavour.

A delicate green tea base blended with lemongrass, peels of orange and lemon, a sweet press of apple, and lavender.

While quite a calming tea, it is perfect for studying on a quiet afternoon. You can share this cup with Athena, offer it to Her, or drink it simply to enjoy!

Many thanks to Danielle for helping me create this blend!

You can purchase Athena’s tea here, or if you’re looking for Someone else’s tea, check out my Devotional Teas section!

Frigg Tea is Now Up!

Frigg

I told you there was a Frigg tea coming! The apples dried, and I was able to blend this delicious tea up last night. Unfortunately, picture taking must happen during the day for the best lighting, but here it is now!

This tea is like a garden in a cup! Frigg’s garden, to be exact. With an earthy green tea base, roses, lavender and jasmine create a lovely and delicate floral flavour and scent. Clove spiced apples are near at hand for a delicious snack as you peruse the Her gardens.

Enjoy the tea while you do your housework or craft, or share a cup with Her, and you can never go wrong with simply making a cup for Her as an offering!

Each bag makes about 20 cups (which is why each different tea blend comes in differently weighted bags dependent on the ingredients). Use one teaspoon per 8 oz of boiling water (more or less depending how strong you enjoy your tea), and voila! A garden in a cup!

Pop on by the mythological collection to check out Frigg’s tea, and stay tuned, because ingredients have been gotten to make a delicious Yuletide tea or two!

Elemental Magic(k) – Air

Elemental magic(k) is a basic sort of magic(k) that is easier to learn if you are new on the path because of the focus on the elements, and easier to work with if you’ve been on the path for a while and you are in need of something really quick in an emergency as we generally familiarize ourselves with the properties of each element fairly early on in the magic(k)al learning process. This sort of magick makes for a good basis to work more elaborate magic(k)s down the road. Of course, you can make quite elaborate spellwork calling upon more than one element, and more than a few correspondences.

Air is the element of the East (or South, depending on your tradition), Spring, the soul, creativity, the mind and communication. When you feel as though your mind is stagnant, your focus strained, your creativity has run out and you are surrounded by miscommunications, petitioning and working with this element is a definite must.

Herbal/Oil/Incense Associations:
Agrimony, Butchers Broom, Caraway, Red Clover, Dandelion, Eucalyptus, Hops, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lily of the Valley, Linden, Mace, Meadowsweet, Mistletoe, Sage, Slippery Elm, Star Anise, Pine.

Stone Associations:
Aventurine, Azurite, Mottled Jasper, Celestite, Kyanite, Mica, Pumice

Elemental Beings:
Sylphes: wish, dream and knowledge granters; rulers of weather; protectors of magic(k); beings who fly.

Animals:
Birds, flying insects, dragons, flying horses.

Tarot:
The suit of Swords (although when not reading, I feel that Swords should be fire as they are made in fire); The Magician; Justice; Wheel of Fortune; Temperance; The Star.

Gods:
Zeus, Hera, Uranus, Chaos, Amun, Horus, Nut, Shu, Latobius, Caillech, Arianrhod, Thor.

Magic(k)al Workings:
Communication, knowledge, ideas, education, creativity, freedom, travel, writing skills, meditation, divination, visualization.

New Window Herb Garden

Yay! Finally got to making my little garden, albeit, it’s a potted window garden. Actually, with herbs, I think I prefer it that way so that I can bring them in when it gets cold out and still have fresh herbs for cooking and magic(k)! 😀 How much more can a girl ask for?

So what I sowed a few nights ago was:
Catnip, cilantro, nigella, thyme, summer savory, chives, chervil, spearmint, calendula, sweet basil, oregano, lavender, marjoram, nasturtium, sweet fennel, feverfew, mugwort, vervain, valerian and wormwood.

And there are pics of our new backyard! These pictures are about a week older than the herb garden pics, if you couldn’t tell by the fact that the lawn and garden is all trimmed up.