- Ruler: Sun
- Type: Mineral
- Magickal form: Resin, gemstone, essential oil
While often considered a gemstone, the glowing, warm amber is not actually a stone, but a fossilized resin from ancient evergreen trees. The oldest amber discovered on Earth is about 320 million years old. Imagine the incredibly powerful energy this amber contains!
Before man knew where amber came from, there were many ingenious theories as to its origins. Lynx urine, said some; others believed that it was chunks of the rays of the Sun, set hard in the sea and then washed upon the shore.
Like jet, amber burns easily, and it was for this reason that in Germany it was called Bernstein, meaning “burn stone.” The scent given off by burning amber was believed to drive away evil spirits.
The most obvious quality of amber is its old, old, (very old!) energy. With it comes the accumulated wisdom of the earth and its natural kingdom. You can often see little insects trapped in the amber while it started as a tree resin; this gives the amber stone quite powerful magical properties.
Amber is used as prayer beads in Christian and Muslim practice, is also known as the ‘Witch’s Stone’ and is used in Wiccan practice. It is worn for general good luck, financial stability and toward off danger from witchcraft.
Amber beads are perceived as bolstering health, however, not just any amber beads will do. Amber beads carved into the shapes of genitals, whether very literally or just vaguely reminiscent, allegedly provide protection, especially regarding health. Wear or carry as needed.
Due to its strong connection to nature and the earth, Amber is a great stone for grounding our higher energies. Amber can add stability to your life.
- Amber is known to calm energies, attract love, inspire change and improve wisdom.
- Wear or carry amber for protection and success.
- A piece of amber that contains a beetle or fly trapped within its center is said to bring fame.
- It has been used as a symbol for the renewal of marriage vows and to assure promises.
- Amber has been said to bring good luck to warriors.
Amber is an Aura cleanser. It glitters like dew drops in the bright sun light. It assists in bringing our higher vibrations in order, dispersing negative energy and clears the surrounding environment. Amber is the stone, which brings about altruism and great wisdom.
Amber allows the body to heal itself by absorbing and transmuting negative energy into positive energy. It emits a sunny and bright soothing energy which helps to calm nerves and to enliven the disposition.
Amber has uplifting energies, and is especially helpful when you are felling weighed down with responsibilities, it is good for people with suicidal tendencies and those who easily get depressed. Helps you find humour and joy. Creates a balance between daily life and spiritual expansion.
Utilise Amber when you are feeling powerless or out of control, to remind you of your inner strength and past achievements. It brings balance and patience and encourages decision-making, promotes a positive mental state and creative self-expression. Its flexibility dissolves opposition.
Amber stimulates memory thus making it a good stone for studying. Amber is used for past life work, divination and scrying. It aligns mental and emotional bodies via its deep orange and yellow colour.
Amber is highly recommended for those who often have to meet challenging situations and at times frustrating atmosphere. It is good for those involved in political life and those wishing to have governmental patronage. Good for those interested in nobler types of deeds and social and humanitarian causes.
Amber is a powerful healer and cleanser that draws die-ease from the body and promotes tissue revitalization. It imbues the body with vitality and has the power to draw dis- ease out of the body. By absorbing pain and negative energy, Amber allows the body to balance and heal itself. Amber alleviates stress.
Add the resin to prosperity formulas and wear the oil for protection or to empower your magickal path. Men may wear amber essential oil to attract lovers.
It cleanses the environment in which it rests and is an excellent mineral for use in purifying birthing and re-birthing rooms. It also acts to purify ones body, mind, and spirit when worn, carried, or used as an elixir.
Amber should be cleansed after being used for healing to dispense the negative energy it has absorbed. It tends to become cloudy when used for treating negative energy. Cleanse this stone by running it under warm water or charge it over night in a bowl of tumbled hematite. Be careful as this stone will become brittle in sunlight if left out for a long period. It should be kept away from heat or sun.
Properties and Colors:
The color depends on source and impurities. A deep tawny yellow is the predominant color, but it also comes in blue, violet, brown or even black. Amber that is green is colored artificially. Yellow and brown are the most common colors, other colors are extremely rare.
Because amber was once a liquid, sometimes small insects or bits of organic matter can be seen embedded within it.
The fossilized resin ranges from transparent to opaque. Transparency depends on gas bubbles. It is a lighter gem stone and softer than pearl. It becomes electrically charged when rubbed; indeed, the word “electric” comes from the Latin word electrum, which means amber.
Uses in History:
Amber has a rich history and has been used since prehistoric times for jewelry, religious objects, healing, also as amulets and mascots. The Baltic amber, the “gold of the North” is among the earliest-used gem materials.
Amber has a long history of being used in sacred incense and worn as a healing stone by Asian and American Indian cultures for centuries. This organic gem can date between 1 and 360 million years. Archaeologists have found amber artifacts dating back to such cultures as Assyrian, Egyptian, Phoenician and the Greek and Roman periods. It is known by the Persians as the “attractor of straw”, by the Greeks as “sun gold” and derived from the Arab name “al-anbar”.
The Greeks believed that amber was the petrification of sunrays; some even felt that it was petrified tears. They prized amber for the magical properties that electricity exhibited when rubbed. The term electricity is derived from the Greek word, elektron, which is also the Greek word for amber.
In the Far East, amber is the symbol of courage; Amber was considered the “soul of the tiger” in Asian cultures and regarded as the stone of courage. Pieces of amber were carried for protection during long travels, as well as used to treat jaundice.
Egyptians placed a piece of amber in the casket of a loved one to ensure the body would forever remain whole.
It is a sacred stone to both the Native American and Eastern Indians. It has also been used in the fire ceremonies of ancient tribal leaders. It was burned, beginning in medieval days, as a fumigant and as an incense to clear the environment of negativity.
In ancient times it was used as a penicillin-type remedy, ground and ingested or soaked (as in an elixir) and subsequently drunk.
Uses In Healing:
Amber will help relieve a tension headache, place on or around the head. It is excellent at detoxification and protection from radiation, especially x-rays, sun, computers, airport, planes and other people’s energies.
Make an elixir with this stone for wound healing and to apply to all pain issues. It is an excellent natural antibiotic.
Wear amber around your throat to heal asthma and prevent attacks. Minimize and ward off chills by wearing tightly beaded amber necklaces. Amber is believed to absorb body heat and retain it, thus magickally creating a balancing effect.
When used at the solar plexus, Amber will enhance intellectual clarity about your future path. It can stimulate the navel chakra and help in grounding energies into the body.
Amber as jewelry, it can be grounding and stabilizing. Wear for prolonged periods, especially on the wrist or throat, or place as appropriate. If treating babies or children, it is beneficial for the mother to wear the stone first.
It resonates with the throat, treating goiters and other throat problems. It treats the stomach, spleen, kidneys, bladder, liver, and gallbladder, alleviates joint problems and strengthens the mucus membranes. Amber is known to stimulate metabolism and treat skin disorders. It is also a good stone for treating asthma and allergic reactions.
Amber is used in the Center/Health position to encourage good health and create balance and calm. Use it in the Northeast area for self cultivation and wisdom, in the Southwest area for partners, love and relationships (use in pairs) and for dispersing negative energy in any room. Use it in any room to also attract change into your space.
Amber is thought to be the tears of the Goddess Freya that fell into the sea. It is used to honor her. Additionally amber is used in devotions to Elektra, Greek Goddess of the Sea, Jurate, the Lithuanian Goddess of the Sea, Nehalennia, the Gaulish Goddess of Sea Travelers, Oshun, the African Goddess of Love, Intimacy, Beauty, and Diplomacy, and Amberella, the Lithuanian Goddess of the Oceans.
Honor the Goddess Electra with amber. We get our beautiful amber from the sea. Interestingly, when you rub amber with a soft cloth you will produce static electricity – honoring Electra as you do. Wear an amber necklace or pendant when you are feeling a bit “stormy.” Use it when you need to make things better but you have to use a bit of force to get the job done. Electra will help you.
The preparation of food, with a particular intention in mind, is old magick. 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 magick, work slowly and deliberately to hone your craft.
When preparing foods for specific magickal purposes, cook with purpose and care. Keep your goal in mind, love, money, protection, health, fertility, sex, strength, psychic awareness. Always stir clockwise, clockwise motion is thought to be in harmony with the apparent movement of the sun in the sky, and has been linked with life, health and success. Cut foods into shapes symbolic of your magical intention, such as a Pentagram for protection etc.
The following foods can be used, prepared, and eaten with protection as the intention, and used in conjunction with your protection spells.
- Basil: (also love and money)
- Bay leaf: (also psychic awareness and healing)
- Black Pepper: (also purification)
- Blueberry ice cream
- Brussels Sprouts
- Chili peppers
- Chili powder
- Chives: (also health)
- Cloves: (also love and money)
- Fennel: (also strength and health)
- Garlic: (also health)
- Horseradish: (also purification)
- Leek: (also strength)
- Mango: (also sex and love)
- Marigold: (also happiness)
- Mustard: (also courage)
- Onion: (also health)
- Parsley: (also sex and money)
- Pineapple: (also healing, money, love)
- Pineapple pie: (also love, healing, and money)
- Potato: (also compassion)
- Quince: (also love)
- Rhubarb: (also love)
- Salt: (also grounding and purification)
- Soy: (also awareness and spirituality)
- Sunflower: (also success)
- Tomato: (also health, money, and love)
- Vinegar: (also purification)
- Walnut: (also conscious mind)
- Watercress: (also fertility)
Source: Witches Lore
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.
In addition to the energy of money and prosperity, many of these foods exert other magickal influences. Don’t be afraid to experiment. You can mix and match the various ingredients to come up with your own magickal recipe for abundance.
When preparing foods for specific magical purposes, cook with purpose and care. Keep your goal in mind, love, money, protection, health, fertility, sex, strength, psychic awareness. Always stir clockwise, clockwise motion is thought to be in harmony with the apparent movement of the sun in the sky, and has been linked with life, health and success.
Foods for Prosperity and their Magical Properties:
- Allspice: Money, healing
- Almonds: Money, healing
- Bananas: Spirituality, love, money
- Banana cream pie: Money
- Barley: Money, fertility, sex
- Beans: Money, sex
- Blackberries: Money, sex
- Blackberry pie: Money, sex
- Buckwheat: Money
- Buckwheat pancakes: Shape with a money sign for prosperity, add maple syrup for attracting money
- Butter pecan ice cream: Money, employment
- Cabbage: Protection, money
- Carob: Love, money
- Carrots: Sex, prosperity
- Cashews: Money
- Chocolate: Love, money
- Chocolate chip ice cream: Money, love
- Chocolate cream pie: Money, love
- Chocolate fudge: Money, love
- Cinnamon: Love, psychic awareness, money
- Cloves: Love, money, protection
- Cookie shapes: Cut cookies into shapes to represent the magic you want to perform, or decorate with magickal symbols for money, prosperity, and abundance
- Cookies and cream ice cream: Money
- Dill: Conscious mind, money, health, love
- Eggplant: Spirituality, money
- Ginger: Love, Money
- Grains: All grain foods are connected with abundance
- Green Candles on a birthday cake: Abundance
- Greens (all greens): Money
- Lettuce: Peace, money
- Macadamia nuts: Money
- Maple Syrup: Money, love
- Millet: Money
- Mince pie: Luck, money (always make a wish when eating a mince pie)
- Parsley: Protection, sex, money
- Peanuts: Money
- Peanut butter: Money
- Pecans: Money, employment
- Pecan pie: Money
- Pineapple pie: Love, healing, money, protection
- Pine nuts: Money, physical strength, love
- Pralines: Money
- Pumpkin: Healing, money
- Pumpkin pie: Money, healing
- Oats: Money
- Rice: Money, sex, fertility, protection
- Spinach: Money
- Square sweet pies: Prosperity
- Tea: Conscious mind, money , courage
- Tomato: Health, money, love, protection
- Wheat: All dough products bring prosperity and money into your life, also purity and fertility
Source: Witches Lore
For centuries witches have been using foods to create powerful magic, and love magic is one of the most favored. The secret recipes and secret spices that have been used have always been a witches most closely guarded secret. Witches spend many hours carefully crafting their love magic and using the secret ingredients containing the energy of love.
In addition to love energy, many of these foods exert other magickal influences. Don’t be afraid to experiment. You can mix and match the various ingredients to come up with your own magickal recipe for love.
In addition to love energy, some of these ingredients incorporate other magickal influences.
- Carob: (also money)
- Chocolate: (also money)
- Honey: (also purification, health, sex and sexuality, happiness, spirituality, wisdom)
- Maple Syrup: (also money)
- Truffle: (also sex)
- Dill bread
- Rye bread
- Sweetened bread
- Pink candles on a birthday cake conveys spiritual love
- Roses on a wedding cake represent wishes for love
- A birthday cake prepared with love brings positive energy to the recipient
- Chocolate cake is a powerful love stimulant
Cookies can be shaped to represent the magick you want to perform. They can be cut into magickal shapes, or decorated with magickal symbols.
- Cherry vanilla
- Chocolate, chocolate chip, and chocolate fudge: (also money)
- Peach: (also health, happiness, and wisdom)
Many of these pies serve multiple purposes.
- Apple pie: (also healing and peace)
- Chocolate cream pie: (also money)
- Cherry pie
- Lime pie: (also purification)
- Lemon pie: (also purification)
- Pineapple pie: (also healing, money, and protection)
- Raspberry pie: (also happiness and protection)
- Rhubarb pie: (also protection)
- Strawberry pie
- Rhubarb: (also protection)
- Sweet potato: (also sex)
- Apple: (also health and peace)
- Apricot: (also peace)
- Avocado: (also beauty)
- Banana: (also spirituality and money)
- Guava: (also purification)
- Lemon: (also happiness and health)
- Lime: (also health)
- Mango: (also protection and sex)
- Orange: (also health)
- Passion Fruit: (also peace)
- Peach: (also health, happiness, and wisdom)
- Quince: (also protection)
- Beet: (also beauty)
- Tomato: (also health, money, and protection)
Love Herbs and Spices
To add power to your love magic, add the following spices to fish, soup and a variety of other foods of love:
- Basil: (also protection and money)
- Caraway: (also sex)
- Cardamom: (also sex)
- Cinnamon: (also psychic awareness and money)
- Cloves: (also protection and money)
- Coriander: (also sex)
- Dill: (also conscious mind, money, and health)
- Ginger: (also money)
- Licorice: (also sex)
- Marjoram: (also peace)
- Poppy seed: (also fertility)
- Rose: (also happiness and psychic awareness)
- Thyme: (also psychic awareness and purification)
- Vanilla: (also sexuality)
As you are preparing the herbs, visualize love, as you are cooking the ingredients, visualize love, as you are serving the food, visualize love, as you are eating the food, visualize love with each mouthful you take. If there is no one currently in your life, you can visualize love coming into your life. If you are with someone, you can visualize loving moments with that person.
- Brazil nut: (also money)
- Chestnut: (also conscious mind)
When preparing foods for specific magical purposes, cook with purpose and care. Keep your goal in mind, love, money, protection, health, fertility, sex, strength, psychic awareness. Always stir clockwise, clockwise motion is thought to be in harmony with the apparent movement of the sun in the sky, and has been linked with life, health and success. Cut foods into shapes symbolic of your magical intention, such as hearts for love a Pentagram for protection etc. By contemplating the energy of love, money or protection, you can bring magic into your kitchen each day
Source: Witches Lore
This beautiful second stop on the new Wheel of the Year represents the rebirth of the Sun! During Yule, we celebrate the ability to begin cultivating strength.
As the Holly King dies and The Goddess gives birth to the Oak King, we realize that we must thank and release the internal struggles that we worked through during the dark half of the year. Then, we welcome in the strength to use the lessons from our prior hardships. We celebrate the light that always comes after the dark, the peace that comes after the struggle.
- The Gods Of Yule: Apollo, Attis, Balder, Bacchus, Dionysus. The Green Man, Helios, Lugh, The Oak King, Odin, Ra, Sol
- The Goddesses of Yule: Aphrodite, Brigid, Demeter, Fortuna, Gaia, Hel, Holle, Ishtar, Isis
Yule Spell Work: Spell craft performed for Yule should be for peace, harmony, hope, strength, love, and increased happiness. Unconditional love, World healing, and World peace.
Symbolism of Yule:
- Hope after darkness,
- Lights to bring back the Sun,
- Rebirth of the Sun
At the Winter Solstice, the two god themes of the year’s cycle coincide – even more dramatically than they do at the Summer Solstice. Yule (from the Norse iul, meaning wheel) marks the death and the rebirth of the Sun God; it also marks the vanquishing of the Holly King, the god of the Waning Year, by the Oak King, the God of the Waxing Year.
The Goddess, who was Death-in-Life at Midsummer, now shows her Life-in-Death aspect; for although at this season she is the leprous white lady, Queen of the cold darkness, yet this is her moment for giving birth to the Child of Promise, the Son-Lover who will re-fertilize her and bring back light and warmth to her Kingdom.
- Symbols: Evergreens, Holly, Mistletoe, Poinsettias, Lights, Yule Log, Wreaths, Bells, Gifts, Stars, Sun, Snow, Ornaments, Garland, Santa Claus, Reindeer
Activities Of Yule:
Modern Christmas celebrations are full of pagan symbology. Santa Claus is the Holly King, the sleigh is the solar chariot, the eight reindeer are the eight Sabbats, their horns represent the Horned God, the North Pole symbolizes the Land of Shadows and the dying solar year, and the gifts are meant both to welcome the Oak King as the sun reborn and as a reminder of the gift of the Holly King, who must depart for the Oak King to rule.
- For prosperity: burn ash wood.
Activities include: caroling, wassailing , burning the Yule log, decorating the Yule tree, exchanging of gifts, feeding animals, birds with grains and seeds, become a part of nature, acts of kindness, wreath on the door, mistletoe indoors, kissing under the mistletoe, food and clothing donations, sunflower seeds outside for birds, ring the bell to greet the Solstice Morn, and perform magick for a peaceful planet.
- For Yule blessings: Gather up Yule greens after 12th night and save. At Imbolg, burn the greens to banish winter and usher in spring.
Foods of Yule:
Cookies and caraway cakes soaked in cider, nuts, eggnog, ginger tea, warm and warming drinks, spiced cider, wassail, or lamb’s wool (ale, sugar, nutmeg, roasted apples), figgy pudding, mincemeat pies, and fruit cakes, apple cider, spiced cinnamon cakes and cookies, dried fruits, eggnog, gingerbread, mulled wine, roasted meats, spiced meats, roasted apples.
Trees for Yule:
- Oak : Endurance, Strength, Triumph, Protection.
- Yew : Last Day of Solar Year; Death
- Silver Fir: Winter Solstice Day; Birth.
- Birch: Month following Winter Solstice; Beginnings.
The Animals of Yule:
Bears. Deer, Owls, Phoenix, Reindeer, Snow Geese, Squirrels. Stags, Cardinals, Wrens, and Ravens.
Gold, Green, Red, White, Silver, Yellow, Orange
Herbs for Yule:
- Bay Laurel, Blessed Thistle, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Evergreen Trees, Holly, Ivy, Juniper, Mistletoe, Pine, Poinsettias, Rosemary, Sage, Wintergreen, Holly, Fir, Birch,
Sun plants like mistletoe, balsam, and fir, and also any dried herbs from Summer, are predominant this time of year because they contain light and warmth.
On Yule, when witches decorate their houses, they do so from the doorway inward, this inviting the light inside. We adorn doorways and mantles with evergreen boughs, bunches of dried summer herbs and Witches cords in reds, blacks, greens, and golds. Our ancient ancestors brought an evergreen tree inside to mystically ensure there would be light all year round. The evergreen retains sunlight, staying green all year, and reminds us that life is forever present and renewable.
Other Yule herbs, plants, flowers and seeds:
- Pine cones, Pine needles, Oak leaves, Yule log ashes, Hazel bark, Apple leaf, Dried apples
Incense and Oils for Yule:
Cedar, Cinnamon, Clove, Frankincense, Juniper, Myrrh, Orange, Pine, Ginger, Wintergreen
Gemstones for Yule:
Rubies, Bloodstones, Garnets, Emeralds, Diamonds, Clear Quartz
Being the time of rebirth, this is a great time to remove anything that holds us back and to sow the seeds for the upcoming year. Success spells are best cast this evening. Many people also perform blessings, not only for themselves and their families, but for others as well. Cleansing your home and altar and banishing negativity can also be done this night. Whatever you do, make sure your heart is filled with peace, love, and joy and work magic to bring merriment to others.
According to Celtic tree mythology, the Silver Fir is the tree of the day of the Winter Solstice. The Winter Solstice. This usually takes place on December 20th or 21st, although it does sometimes occur on the 22nd or 23rd (check your calendar as it changes from year to year).
- Latin name: Abies alba.
- Celtic name: Ailim (pronounced: Ahl’ em).
- Folk or Common names: Common Silver Fir, Balm of Gilead Fir, Balsam Fir, American Silver Fir.
- Parts Used: Needles, wood, sap
Magical History and Associations:
The Silver Fir is associated with the moon and with the planet of Jupiter. Its colors are piebald and light or pale blue. Its birds are the eagle and the Lapwing, and its animal association is the red cow. Its stones are Tourmaline and Amber – and it is a feminine herb. This tree belongs to the triple aspect Goddess in Celtic lore, offering learning, choice and progress. The tree is sacred to many Goddesses: Artemis (the Greek Goddess of Childbirth), Diana and Druantia among them. It is also sacred to the Gods Osiris and Attis, both who were imprisoned in Fir/Pine trees.
Burn to cleanse a room of negative vibes. This is a wonderful incense for healing and strengthening the physical, emotional, and spiritual body. The scent opens the heart and increases endurance.
The Silver Fir is used for magick involving power, insight, progression, protection, change, feminine rebirth, and birth. The Silver Fir and the Yew are sisters standing next to each other in the circle of the year and their foliage is almost identical. However the Yew is known as the tree of death and the Silver Fir is the tree of birth or rebirth. The Silver Fir was a sacred tree to the Druids who felt that it stood for hope. The Silver Fir wood is used for shape-shifting and magic involving change, since it offers a clear perception of the present and the future.
The wood chips are sometimes used as incense and the wood can be used in the construction of magickal musical instruments. Burning the needles of the Silver Fir or sweeping around the bed with a branch that has been blessed will protect a new born baby and its mother. In the Orkney area of Scotland, the new mother and baby are ‘sained’ by whirling a fir-candle three times around her bed.
For a ‘Weather Witch’ the cones of the Silver Fir warn of wet weather and foretells when a dry season approaches. Charms made of Fir can be given as good luck tokens to departing friends. In its appearance (and in its current, and undoubtedly ancient, use) the Silver Fir is the quintessential Yule tree. Its branches can be used as decorations at Yule time either as wreaths or as garland, where it will provide protection for the household and its occupants.
- Year of Moons, Season of Trees
- Tree Medicine Tree Magic
- A Druid’s Herbal
- Celtic Astrology
- Glamoury: Magic of the Celtic Green World
- The Book of Druidry
- Ruler: Venus
- Type: Baked good
- Magickal form: Various fillings
Originating in ancient Greece and Rome, pies are associated with happiness, love, and wholeness. Eat cherry pie to increase self-confidence and find self-love. All fruit pies invoke love when shared with another. Meat pies create fillings of security. Place your thumb in a pie and make a wish, it might come true.
Mince pie magick and lore:
Mince pies (sometimes known as mince tarts) are a popular part of Christmas. Most people think they will gain a month of good luck for every mince pie they eat during the Christmas season, as long as a different person makes each pie. One hundred years ago, the tradition was that each pie had to be eaten at a different person’s house, and they had to be consumed between December 25 and January 6. This gave you twelve days in which to eat enough pies to guarantee a year of good luck.
The mincemeat mixture should only be stirred in a clockwise direction. To stir it anticlockwise is to bring bad luck for the coming year. A wish should be made whilst eating your first mince pie of the festive season.
Pies and Their Magickal Qualities:
- Apple pie: Love, Healing, Peace
- Banana cream pie: Money
- Blackberry pie: Money, Sex
- Chocolate cream pie: Money, Love
- Cherry pie: Confidence, Self esteem, Love
- Lime pie: Love, Purification
- Lemon pie: Purification, Love
- Mince pie: Luck, Money (always make a wish when eating a mince pie)
- Pecan pie: Money
- Pineapple pie: Love, Healing, Money, Protection
- Pumpkin pie: Money, Healing
- Raspberry pie: Happiness, Love, Protection
- Rhubarb pie: Protection, Love
- Square sweet pies: Prosperity
- Strawberry pie: Love
From: Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients and other sources
Crossroad is a symbolic term denoting the union and joining of paths. The association of the crossroad with Witchcraft goes back to ancient Greek and Roman times. Classically the crossroad symbolizes a joining of three roads, the balance of opposites, and the meeting of time and space.
In the Aegean/Mediterranean region crossroads were sacred to Hecate, Triformis, and Diana. Ovid, an ancient Roman writer, speaks of Hecate as having three faces with which to guard the crossroads as they branched out. Verro, another ancient writer, equated Diana with Hecate and stated the images of Diana were stationed at the crossroads. Other writers of the period called this goddess Artemis-Hekate, and attributed the mother goddess aspect to her.
The crossroads are likewise associated with the ancestral spirits called Lasa or Lares. These beings were originally thought to be spirits of the forests and meadows, the fairy folk, and spirits of Nature. With development these spirits became associated with the cultivated fields, and eventually the Lara became protectors of the family and home, and associated with the hearth.
Also, in the archaic Roman religion small towers were constructed at crossroads, and an altar was placed before them upon which offerings were laid. Such towers were associated with Nature spirit worship and demarcation. Possibly this may be the foundation of the concept of Watchtowers within modern Witchcraft.
Since classical times the crossroad has been a favored place for Witches to gather because of its link to Nature spirits and the moon goddess. When the symbolic crossroads were Christianized they became symbols of dread. Crossroads become the construction sites for gallows, and suspended cages that contained bodies of criminals. Also, suicide victims, who were not permitted burial in hallowed churchyards, were frequently buried near a crossroad. Then too, the Judaic-Christian Devil was said to hover near crossroads. All of this, of course, helped to defile the sacred grounds where Witches gathered.
Source: The Mystica
- Ruler: Elegua, Ganesh, Squat
- Type: Food
- Magickal Properties: Offerings to remove obstacles, appease hungry ghosts, sweeten the path.
The concept of “trick or treat” is based on the idea of appeasing ghosts and spirits with candies and sweets. Chocolate, sugar, candy, honey and other natural sweets have always been associated with love and can work wonders in love magick.
Specific sweets make quite an impression on certain deities. Ellegua or Legba, the Yoruban god of the crossroads, loves striped peppermints, caramels, and coconut or rum flavored candies. Leave them in multiples of three in a crossroads and ask him to clear your path of obstacles.
The Hindu god Ganesh, remover of obstacles, is fond of old fashioned milk candies and will remove blocks in exchange for them. This is best accomplished with a small altar, and the daily recitation of his mantra. “Om Gum Ganapataye Namaha,” to go along with the offerings.
The modern urban goddess Squat rules parking spaces. She’ll get you a legal one if you chant, “Squat, Squat please give me a spot,” but she expects to be rewarded with a piece of chocolate left at the curbside front wheel. Without this sweet offering she may send a tow truck after your car.
Candy can also be left in graveyards when appealing to the spirits of the dead for aid, left on the doorstep of a business when applying for a job to “sweeten the proposal,” or placed in a bowl in the lobby of a business to attract happy customers.
Candy can also be charged with a specific intent and then eaten to internalize the magick. The basic method is rather simple. First, gather the candy that you want to use for your spells. Place them on your altar. Now relax and visualize. Imagine the energy associated with your spell going into the appropriate candy.
- For example:
If you have a piece of pineapple flavored candy that you wanted to use in a money spell for a raise in your allowance, visualize “money energy” filling up that piece of candy. Visualize yourself as having the extra money you needed. How will you feel? What will you do? imagine all these images filling up your pineapple candy.
Once you have your candy charged, simply wait until you feel that you need to release the magick. When that time comes, pop the charged piece of candy in your mouth. Savor the taste of the candy as you visualize releasing the energy into the universe to fulfill your intent. You’ll be casting powerful spells, and all anyone will notice is someone enjoying a piece of candy!
Different flavors of candy have a variety of magickal influences:
- Apple: love, healing
- Banana: prosperity
- Blueberry: Protection
- Cherry: Divination
- Chocolate: Intuition
- Clove: Protection and love
- Coconut: Protection
- Coffee: success, energy
- Grape: mental powers and money
- Horehound: (cough drops) mental ability
- Lemon: purification, friendships, longevity
- Licorice: love, fidelity
- Marshmallow: health, love, protection
- Mints: learning and memory
- Orange: love, money, divination
- Pineapple: luck, money
- Raspberry: love, protection
- Watermelon: health, psychic ability.
Making a candy good luck charm:
Light a candle, and put the candies in a pile. Make a triangle with your index finger and thumb of both hands, and them in a deosil (clockwise) direction over the candies while chanting:
Charmed are these candy treats.
Good fortune to all I merry meet!
Then give out the candies to friends and family and three people you don’t know.
A very simple alternative is as follows:
Put the candy in your hand and point at it with your index finger while you say: “Ordinary candy turn into lucky candy.” Then devour it.
Peppermint Candy Healing Charm
To empower your child to heal her own minor complaint such as a headache or tummy ache, give her a peppermint. Have her hold it in both hands and imagine that it’s filled with very bright, golden white light like the sun. Explain that this light has healing properties and knows exactly what to do to help her feel better. Then instruct her to let the candy dissolve in her mouth, describing how her body will absorb the healing light along with the candy.
Collected from various sources
- Ruler: Zeus, Obatala, Ra, Bast, solar deities
- Type: Plant
- Magickal form: oil, bark, branch, flower
- Other names: Cassie Flower, Catechu, Egyptian Thorn, Gum Arabic, Cape Gum
- Basic powers: Protection, Clairvoyance
Acacia is much revered in religious and magickal practice as an emblem of immortality and of initation, in the sense that initiation is symbolic of resurrection. The ancient Egyptians made funeral wreaths of Acacia leaves and the Hebrews planted a sprig of evergreen Acacia to mark the grave of a departed friend.
Carry the wood as a protective amulet.
Acacia wood is the Biblical shittim-wood from which Noah’s Ark and the Tabernacle and Altar wer made. Jewish legend tells us that the Burning Bus of Moses was an Acacia. Christian lore links an Acacia tree with the Cross and its spiny branches with the Crown of Thorns. The sap of some spiny Acacia species yields Gum Arabic, used as a binding agent.
Sitting under an acacia tree or burning the dried flowers brings wisdom and insight. The oil extracted from the plant is considered holy and used for purification and anointing. It is especially powerful when attempting to contact the dead and should be rubbed into white candles and not worn on the body while attempting such work. For personal anointing, mix with other oils (like musk or camellia) to cut and then it is said to bring happiness.
- To contact the dead:
Dip acacia leaves in holy water and sprinkle an altar with the water, or burn Acacia as incense to communicate with or to memorialize the dead.
- To open the mind to visions:
Acacia leaves are burned on charcoal to induce spiritual phenomena and develop personal psychic power; adding Frankincense and Myrrh is used to intensify the effect.