Basque witches also created flying ointments although, perhaps because Mari, Basque Queen of Witches, flies on a fire bolt, the associations of flying on broomsticks are lacking. Instead of brooms, incantations are needed: rub the ointment on the body while repeatedly chanting something like: “Above all the thorns, through all the clouds….”
This potion is far more innocuous than the average witch’s flying ointments. Basil tea or juice was once considered sufficient to enable a witch’s flight. (This is not a spell for pregnant women or those actively attempting to conceive, although neither are the rest of the witch’s ointments…)
1. Rub autumn gentian into the armpits and backs of knees to be enabled to fly.
2. The most potent autumn gentian is picked on Saint John’s Eve at Bald Mountain.
Don’t run out and get autumn gentian. That may not be the exact plant used. Russian magick placed greater emphasis on the process of gathering herbs (“during the seventh minute of the fourteenth hour, under a dark moon, in the thirteenth field, wearing a red dress, pick the twelfth flower on the right”) than on precise identification of the herb itself. This isn’t meant to be completely sarcastic. Different traditions place emphasis on different aspects of magick.