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Here is a recipe for an herbal uncrossing vinegar you can use all year long. In a decorative jar or bottle, place 3 garlic cloves, 3 peppercorns, sprigs of rosemary, sage, and thyme, and a pinch of sea salt. Cover with vinegar. Close the lid and seal it with melted wax. Hold it in your hands and charge it with the following:

“Vinegar strong and herbs of power,
I charge you now within this hour.
Uncross, uncross, with powers imbue,
I charge you now, uncrossing brew.”

Leave the vinegar to sit undisturbed for one month, then break the seal and use it for uncrossing spells. Pour some over your doorstep to protect you from negative vibes. Write down your troubles and cover the list in the vinegar. Mix a little with water for a floor wash. Get creative.

Source: Llewellyn

It is said that if a human drinks from fairy wine, he or she will see fairies. If a fairy happens to drink from the same goblet, then the person will see fairies forevermore. The following is a traditional recipe for fairy wine.

  • 7 lbs. elderberries, stripped and stalked
  • 3 gallons boiling water
  • 6 cloves
  • 3 lbs. loaf sugar
  • 1 lb. seedless raisins
  • 1/2 oz. ground ginger
  • 1/2 oz. yeast

Place the berries in a large pot, and cover with the boiling water. Let the pot rest for twenty-four hours, then mash the fruit and strain it through a jelly bag. Place the strained fruit back in the pan, and add the cloves, sugar, raisins, and ginger. Boil this mixture for one hour, skimming constantly. Let it cool, and add the yeast. Bottle and cork the mixture, and let it rest for at least three months.

~courtesy of Tammy Sullivan

When you burn dried herbs or resins, you’ll need a heat tolerant vessel. Traditionally this is an abalone shell with a bit of sand in the bottom. You might also use a charcoal disc beneath the herbs to keep them smoking, especially in the case of resins. Here are some plants commonly used as incense and their magickal uses:

  • Allspice: Attracting money, good luck, and providing extra physical energy.
  • Arabic(gum): Attracting money, good luck, and providing extra physical energy.
  • Bay: Purification, healing, protection, and enhancing psychic powers.
  • Benzoin: Purification, prosperity, and increasing mental powers.
  • Cedar: Purification, protection, speed healing, promoting spirituality, and obtaining money.
  • Clove: Protection, exorcism, money, love, and purification.
  • Copal: Protection, cleansing, purification, spirituality, and purifying quartz crystals and other stones before use in magic ritual.
  • Dragon’s Blood: Love, protection, sexual prowess, and exorcism.
  • Fern: House purification, or, when burned outdoors, bringing rain.
  • Frankincense: Protection, spirituality, love, exorcism, and consecration.
  • Juniper: Exorcism, protection, healing, and love.
  • Lavender: Peace, restful sleep and happiness. Relief of insomnia, depression, grief, sorrow and anxiety.
  • Mugwort: Used to cleanse space of negative energies. When burned before bedtime, known to stimulate dreams.
  • Myrrh: Healing, protection, peace, consecration, exorcism, and meditation.
  • Pine: Money, healing, exorcism, and purification.
  • Rose: Who knew people burn dried rose petals for incense? Attracts love, enhances a romantic environment. Also used for meditation and encouraging peace.
  • Rosemary: Protection, purification, healing, exorcism, and to induce sleep; to restore or maintain youth, bring love, and increase mental and intellectual powers.
  • Sage: Spirituality and to promote healing.
  • Sandalwood: Spirituality, healing, protection, and exorcism.
  • Sweetgrass: Attracts positive energy into the space. Is good for cleansing sacred space.
  • Thyme: Purification, promoting health, and healing.

Materials Needed:

  • Dragon’s Blood resin (powdered if possible)
  • Colorlesss alcohol (such as vodka)
  • Tightly sealable jar
  • one cinnamon stick (chipped) or 15 cloves or one vanilla bean (chipped) or 9 coffee beans (crushed).

Pour the resin and spices into the jar. Pour in just enough alcohol to cover the resin/spices mixture plus 10% more. Seal the jar. The resin will leach it’s color into the alcohol, faster if it is a powder than if it is resin chunks. The spices will leach their scent into the ink at the same time.

When you think it is dark enough, dip a sterile toothpick into the liquid, and test on the paper you intend to use it with. Let dry: is it indeed dark enough, or does it need more steeping? Continue steeping and testing.

When it is done, strain to remove the resin and spices. Return the liquid to the bottle, use for writing. Be advised that this is not a sun-fast ink, so it should not be used for things that will spend a great deal of time in the direct sunlight.

By: Susan Profit

This simple and easy to make medicine bag is specifically for, and said to especially provide relief for seizure disorders. Here’s how to make it:

  • Gather Vervain when the sun and/or moon are in Aries.
  • Carry the botanical in a bag with a kernel of corn or a piece of grain, plus a one year old penny or other coin of trivial value.

From: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

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Collect rainwater, ideally within a stone vessel.

Prepare yourself prior to preparing the water; bathe in Fiery Wall of Protection, Dragon’s Blood, or lots and lots of salt, while reciting psalms and/or sacred verses.

Prepare the water sky-clad (nude) or in clean ritual clothing. Where ritual clothing is not used, fresh, clean clothing, preferably white and made from natural fabrics is favored.

Ladle the collected rainwater into a glass or crystal bowl. Place the bowl of water between two white candles. Light incense first (frankincense, copal, benzoin, and/or white sage) and then the candles.

Pass the bowl of water through the incense smoke. Visualize why you’re preparing this water. Visualize the results this water will bring.

Return the bowl to its place between the candles and leave everything in place until the candles burn out. Bottle the water.

From: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

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