BLESSING OF THE BOOK OF SHADOWSHearken as the witch’s word calls to all, a gulf to ford. Bridge the vast realities. An it harm none, do as ye please. Elements, protect and guard this book, from wandering eyes and prying looks. Fill it with thine ancient powers, in this right and ready hour. Powers of the North, the East below, help me to live, to learn, to grow. Lend your strength and stability, to practice the Craft and with love be free. Powers of East, the wind, the Sky, watch over these pages with thine eye. Your wisdom and knowledge, for these I do ask, that this book be worthy of the Craft and its task. Powers of South, Fire, and hearth, help these Shadows to prove their worth. Infuse them with all your healing and passion, so only good comes from the work that is fashioned. Powers of West, the Water and sea, change and growth are granted by thee. Bless these pages with all that you know, that righteous readers may learn and grow. And to the unschooled eye that see, confusing words and sophistry, lead them from these sacred pages, and bless their passage through the ages. For free will of all, and harm none, as I have willed it, it is now done. So mote it be!
BOOK OF SHADOWS BLESSING
Preparation: At the time of the Full Moon, take your Book of Shadows (one that hasn’t been written in yet) and some incense (pennyroyal, anise or rue) outside.
Ritual: Under the light of the Full Moon, draw a pentagram on the first page and under this write the following information: date, time, place, your magical name (and sigil if you have one), the moon’s phase and any other info you feel is important. Hold the book up to the Moon and say:
“Here as the Full Moon shines upon me, Bless this Book I’ve made tonight. I humbly ask this of thee, Underneath your most sacred light.”
BOOK BLESSINGHearken as the Witch’s word Calls the lady and the lord Moon above and earth below Sky’s cool blue and sun’s hot glow In this right and ready hour Fill these pages with thy power May no unprepared eye to see The secrets which trusted be To I who walk the hidden road To find the hearthstone’s calm abode Guardians from the four directions Hear me and lend thy protection May these truths of Earth and skies Shaded be from prying eyes But to the witches whose map this be May the way be plain to see And through all the coming ages May we find home in these pages So mote it be!
BOOK BLESSINGI will serve the Great Goddess, And give reverence to the Great God, I am a Pagan, A stone in the ancient circle, Standing firmly, Balanced on the earth, Yet open to the winds of heaven, And enduring through time, May the old gods witness my words
This ointment will aid you in astral projection.
½ cup Shortening
3 tbsp. Mugwort (powdered)
3 drops Dragons Blood Oil
Melt the shortening over low heat. This will be your base. Add the mugwort and the dragons blood oil to the base. Visualize your intention while stirring. Steep for 9 minutes or until the hear is “fried.” Strain into a glass jar. Allow the ointment to cool before usel
The dragons blood oil will not only strengthen the spell. It will also make the ointment smell good. You can put this ointment over your body, but I would recommend that you just anont the chakras.
Prophetic Dream Incense
2 parts frankincense
1 part Buchu
Burn before bedtime to stimulate the psychic mind to produce future revealing dreams, and to ensure that the conscious mind remembers them to the morning.
House Purification Incense
3 parts frankincense
2 parts Dragon’s blood
1 part Myrrh
1 part Sandalwood
1 part wood betony
½ part dill seed
a few drops rose geranium oil
For once a month house cleansing. Burn in new home before moving in
Peppermint oil (if possible, if not, try dried parsley just make sure it doesn’t get stuck between your teeth!)
Mix 1/3 cup of baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, water and glycerin until you have a past you are happy with. Use more or less water for the type of paste you wish–thinner or thicker.
Make My Hair Shiny Rinse
Juice of one small orange
Equal amount of water
1 tablespoon honey
Combine all ingredients and then massage into wet/damp hair, right after your shampoo. Keep on head for 5 – 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Honey Hair Conditioner/Treatment
½ cup of honey
2 tablespoons to ¼ cup olive oil, depending on how dry/damaged your hair/scalp is.
Combine together, mix well and saturate hair and scalp. Put on a shower cap on (or use a towel wrapped around your head, if you dnn’t have a shower cap)keeping the treatment on for 30 minutes. Then shampoo, and rinse as usual.
Smell Good Tea Hair Rinse
Boil two cups of water on the stove, in a small pot. Add two of your favorite tea bags and turn burner to low, the lowest setting you can put it on, allowing tea to steep for at least a half hour. Remove tea bags and make sure that the water is still warm…but not hot! You don’t want to get burned. In the shower or over your sink, slowly pour the water right from the pot over your hair, massaging scalp as you do so. Allow the tea bags to dry and then tear the packets open, using the tea in your potpourri or in your compost!
~Glowing Hair Coffee Rinse Recipe~
This is another recipe that I have not tried, but it looks interesting. Supposedly, this really works for great hair, after just one application. Make a strong brew of coffee, as strong as possible and then allow it to cool until it is warm…not hot. Apply to dry hair and keep it on for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
I have seen this next recipe, all over the Internet for years and have even seen it in books. I will admit that I have never used it before, but for those of you who would like an all-natural hair mousse, I hope you find this one enjoyable if you don’t mind the time it takes to make it.
2 egg whites
Beat the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks and then rub into hair, allow hair to dry, and then style as usual. From what I understand, this makes one treatment and being as you are dealing with eggs; that’s really all you need. One treatment at a time is probably your safest bet.
~Old Time Castile Soap Shampoo~
This shampoo method works best only when using re-batched Kirk’s Soap. I use nothing but Kirk’s soap due to its gentle nature, nice fragrance and the ability to re-batch it once you’ve used all of it. This recipe works best, when you have used the bar of soap down to where it is starting to break or it has broken. Here is a more detailed version of the above recipe for re-batching/liquefying it. Cut it up into small pieces into a stovetop safe pot, turn the burner on medium-low (you’ll better be able to see what temperature you need it at, once you start cooking…have it too high and it will burn) and add enough water to make it a liquid.
Though it is soap, you don’t really want it to be soupy, so don’t add too much water. Just add slowly, until the mixture is a nice consistency.
Stir, stir, stir. Yes, you will need to stir it. I would suggest using a wooden spoon, if you have one. If not, just use something sturdy. This may take a while…patience, patience, patience. Once you have it the consistency you like, allow it to cool a bit and then pour it in a bottle and seal it up. It should remain liquid (if you added enough water) for as long as you use it. However, I would advise giving it a good shake before each use.