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.
- juniper berries
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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