Magickal Apocthecary

This is an old old magickal formula – and posted here for educational and informational purposes only. Mistletoe berries are poisonous. This is the reason there will be dreams – some of them bad – some of them possibly fatal – so do not make or ingest this mixture!

Steep mistletoe berries, to the number of nine, in a mixture of ale, wine, vinegar and honey; take them on going to bed, and you will dream of your future lot. A storm in this dream is very bad; it is most likely you will then marry a sailor, who will suffer shipwreck at sea; but to see either sun, moon or stars is an excellent presage; so are flowers; but a coffin is an index of a disappointment in love.

Found in: Encyclopaedia of Superstitions, Folklore, and the Occult Sciences of the World

Frankincense

  • Symbolizing: Sun, Purification, Consecration, Protection, Spiritual Illumination
  • Forms: incense, oils
  • Divinities: Sun Gods, Ra at Dawn, Bel

Myrrh

  • Symbolizing: Healing, Death and Afterlife, Purification, Inner Peace
  • Forms: incense, oils
  • Divinities: Isis, Ra at Midday

Yule Oil

  • 2 drops of each Cinnamon and Clove oil
  • 1 drop of mandarin oil
  • 1 drop of popine oil
  • 2 drops each Frankincense and Myrrh oil.

Yule Incense

  • 2 parts Frankincense
  • 2 part Pine Needles or resin
  • 1 Part Cedar
  • 1 Part Juniper Berries

Other Scents and Incense for Yule 

  • Pine
  • Cedar
  • Bayberry
  • Cinnamon

Mix and smolder on Yule (on or around December 21st), or during the winter months to cleanse the home and to attune with the forces of nature amid the cold days and nights.

Source: Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews

Here’s a recipe for a nice potpourri for the upcoming Winter Solstice. It makes a great gift for your favorite magickal friends.

  • 20 drops musk oil
  • 25 drops pine oil
  • 1 cup oak moss
  • 2 cups dried mistletoe
  • 1 cup dried poinsettia flowers
  • 1 cup dried bayberries
  • 1/2 cup dried rosemary
  • 1/2 cup dried holly leaves and berries
  • 3 crushed pine cones

Mix the musk and pine oils with the oak moss, and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.

From The Wicca Spellbook

Leo Vinci in Incense: Its Ritual Significance, Use and Preparation states that the Egyptian formula for Kyphi was given in the writings of Plutarch and that it contained 16 ingredients. He gives three different formulas for this incense in his book. My own personal formula contains more than 16 ingredients but smells much better than the ones given by Vinci.

Here’s the recipe. Blend together the following ingredients:

  • Red sandalwood – 1 part
  • Frankincense – 1/2 part
  • Myrrh – 1/4 part
  • Galangal – 1 part
  • Juniper berries – 1/4 part
  • Dragon’s blood – 1/4 part
  • Calamus root – 1 part
  • Bay laurel – 1 part
  • Orris root – 1/4 part
  • Henna powder – 1/4 part
  • Cinnamon – 1/4 part
  • Balm of Gilead – 1/4 part
  • Styrax bark – 1/4 part

Add oils of amber, honey, acacia, orris, storax, lotus, and musk to personal preference.

Note: Many recipes for Kyphi call for the use of raisins, honey, and wine. These “wet” ingredients enable you to make the incense into a paste that is then formed into balls and left to dry before burning.

From: D J Conway’s Magick of the Gods and Goddesses

From Pow-Wows, or Long Lost Friend, by John George Hoffman, [1820], we have this small anecdote along with a charm or talisman for success in hunting: It is said that anyone going out hunting and carrying it in his game-bag, cannot but shoot something worth while and bring it home.

The story is as follows:

An old hermit once found an old, lame huntsman in a forest, lying beside the road and weeping. The hermit asked him the cause of his dejection.

“Ah me, thou man of God, I am a poor, unfortunate being; I must annually furnish my lord with as many deer, and hares, and partridges, as a young and healthy huntsman could hunt up, or else I will be discharged from my office; now I am old and lame; besides game is getting scarce, and I cannot follow it up as I ought to; and I know not whit will become of me.”

Here the old man’s feelings overcame him, and he could not utter another word. The hermit, upon this, took out a small piece of paper, upon which he wrote some words with a pencil, and handing it to the huntsman, he said:

“There, old friend, put this in your game-bag whenever you go out hunting, and you shall certainly shoot something worth while, and bring it home, too; yet be careful to shoot no more than you necessarily need, nor to communicate it to anyone that might misuse it, on account of the high meaning contained in these words.”

The hermit then went on his journey, and after a little the huntsman also arose, and without thinking of anything in particular he went into the woods, and had scarcely advanced a hundred yards when he shot as fine a roebuck as he ever saw in his life.

This huntsman was afterward and during his whole lifetime lucky in his hunting, so much so that he was considered one of the best hunters in that whole country. The following is what the hermit wrote on the paper:

Ut nemo in sense tentat, descendre nemo.

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At precedenti spectatur mantica tergo.

The best argument is to try it.

Discover the magic of food by utilizing the energy contained within. The preparation of food, with a particular intention in mind, is old magic. Look at food as sacred, let the act of preparing, cooking and eating food be a sacred act. Your kitchen can be a place of powerful magic, work slowly and deliberately to hone your craft.

With that in mind, here’s a recipe for Blackberry Prosperity Pie

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups fresh blackberries,
  • ½ cup white sugar,
  • ready made dessert pastry – one to line pie dish one to cover fruit,
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ¼ cup white sugar.

Line a 9 inch pie dish.

Mix 3 ½ cups berries with sugar and flour, spoon mixture into uncooked pastry shell. Spread the remaining ½ cup berries on top of the sweetened berries, and cover with the top pastry. Seal and pinch the edges. Brush the top crust with milk, and sprinkle with ¼ cup sugar.

Bake at 220 C for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature of the oven to 190 C and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes. When ready, remove from the oven and serve with fresh whipped cream.

Found at: Witches Lore

This is a potion that totally calms you when you drink it, and puts you in a peaceful and relaxing mood. Best used when fired up over a frustrating situation.

Items you will need:

  • Milk
  • Brown sugar
  • Honey (or banana)
  • White sugar
  • A pot …
  • A stove
  • A wooden spoon
  • A cup for afterwards

Note: Use whatever milk you like – skim, 1%, 2%, whole, lactose free… Any of those!

Instructions:

Set the pot on the stove and fill it with 1 1/2 cups of milk. (you can use more or less, you’d just have to equal out the ingredients) Turn the stove on LOW. Let the milk start to just slightly bubble a little bit. Then pour 1/3 of a cup of brown sugar into the pot and stir for about 15 seconds.

Now pour 1/4 cup of white sugar in and stir for another 15 seconds. Then pour in some honey (however much you want or think you need) or if you don’t have honey, you can substitute for 1/3 of a banana. (If you use the banana, make sure it’s mushed up and stirable, but still just a little chunky).

Let it sit for about a minute and then turn the stove off and let the potion cool, just as your situation will cool after drinking the potion. After it’s a little cooled off, but still warm, pour it into a cup and say this spell before drinking:

”Calm me down,
safe and sound
Bring me peace,
so my mind’s at ease
As I say
so Mote it Be.”

Before taking a sip, be sure to thank the God and the Goddess. With each swallow, imagine pure peace flowing through your body. (I always keep this stuff with me just in case I get angry and can’t meditate at the time.) Thanks much and Blessed Be!

By: ZeldaGirl64 at Spells Of Magic

The acacia tree has been associated with the sacred since the proverbial time immemorial, from the myth of Osiris to the Ark of the Covenant. Burn it as incense to stimulate and enhance psychic ability as well as to provide contact with the sacred.

  • Basic Acacia Incense:
    Burn dried powered acacia and allow the fragrance to permeate the area.
  • Osiris Incense:
    Blend Acacia, frankincense, cypress, and cedarwood and burn wafting the fragrance as desired.
  • Sacred Wood Incense:
    Blend dried powdered acacia, sandalwood, and frankincense. Burn the powder to enhance and develop psychic power and vision.

Found in: Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

The stuff of fairy tales, historically prized by Morocco’s witches, Moon Foam is a legendary power-substance that captures the essence of the New Moon. It can:

  • Enforce a husband or lover’s fidelity
  • Cure or prevent impotence
  • Repair male or female fertility
  • Instill mad, crazy passion for whoever uses it

Obtaining Moon Foam entails a complex ritual conducted at a cemetery at night when the moon is new. You will need a basin or pitcher of pure spring water, an oleander branch, and a bottle for the Moon Foam. This is an old old spell, and the ritual seems a little silly to our modern eyes. I have no idea if it will work or not, but here it is, just in case someone wants to try it:

Approach the cemetery gates at the New Moon and undress completely. Fill a basin or pitcher with pure spring water and place it in the light of the barely visible sliver of the new moon.

Mount an oleander branch and gallop around the perimeter of the cemetery counter-clockwise (widdershins) seven times, chanting a special incantation as you circumambulate.

  • Note: The original incantation was a well kept secret and has been lost in time. So you will need to find one of your own. I would suggest The Hour of the Dark Moon, or something similar.

Ideally by now your actions have succeeded in attracting the attention of the moon’s guardian spirits. If all goes as it should, following the seventh circle around the cemetery, a lunar spirit will manifest herself to you and request that you reveal your desire. Tell her that you want Moon Foam. She will not be overly willing to give it to you.

You will have to negotiate. Make various offers; see what works. If the negotiations are successful, the moon will literally drop deep down into your water.

Eventually the water will contain visible silver foam. Strain it off carefully, like oil from water, or scum from soap. Take it home and reserve for future use.

From: Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

 

The Goddess Hekate provides protection at night as well as psychic enhancement, so that you can journey safely during dreams. Appeal to Hekate to block nightmares too.

You will need:

  • Dried lavender
  • Dried mullein
  • Essential oil of lavender
  • Optional: tuberose absolute
  • Black pillowcase

Blend two parts lavender to one part mullein. Sprinkle a few drops of the essential oils over the dried botanicals. Allow this to dry thoroughly and use it to fill the black pillow case.

For optimum results, create and inaugurate the pillow during the Dark Moon (new moon) or on Halloween/Samhain.

SourceCoven Of Hecate

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