The Elixir of Love
What you will need:
The Elixir of Love
Wassail was traditionally a hot drink made of ale, sherry, sugar, and spices, with pieces of toast and roasted apples floating in it. It is the legendary drink served on the Feast of the Three Kings with an oversized, decorated sweet yeast bread. The word wassail is derived from the Anglo-Saxon toast waes haeil, or “be whole.” On Christmas or Twelfth Night, revelers would carry a large bowl from door to door, asking for it to be filled, a custom known as wassailing. There are now many versions of wassail, and the palate for hot strong beer is limited, so it has evolved into a spiked juice toddy. The antique French Api apple was probably the apple of choice of the day. It is now called a Lady apple; look for it at Christmas, but any apple will do.
2 quarts unfiltered apple juice or apple cider
1 quart cranberry juice cocktail
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
27 whole cloves
15 allspice berries
4 (4-inch) cinnamon sticks
5 small firm cooking apples of your choice
1/2 cup water
1 medium orange
2 cups Calvados
Combine the apple juice, cranberry juice, and brown sugar in a 6-quart slow cooker. Place 12 of the cloves, the allspice berries, and the cinnamon sticks in a small piece of cheesecloth and tie with kitchen twine to make a bag. Add to the slow cooker, cover, and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.
Meanwhile, heat the oven to 375°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Stud each apple with 3 of the remaining cloves and place in an 8-by-8-inch baking pan. Add the water and bake until the apples are just a bit tender when pierced with a knife, about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
After the juices have stewed for 4 to 5 hours, add the apples to the slow cooker. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the orange peel in wide strips, making sure to avoid the white pith, and add the peels to the slow cooker.
Remove the spice bag and stir in the Calvados. Serve hot (leave the slow cooker on to keep the cocktail warm).
When you find something is “going around,” you should make this potion immediately.
Taking doses of the Perfect Health potion once a week on a regular basis will keep you healthy and fit. And at the first signs of feeling under the weather, brew up a new batch right away.
Here are the Items You will need:
Garlic cloves (the more the merrier)
Apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar
Choose four of the following herbs:
Whole cayenne pepper
To brew the Perfect Health Potion, peel the garlic cloves and add them to the vinegar.
Add the other herbs, and shake very well until blended.
Allow the potion to steep in a cool, dark place for seven days.
Don’t take more than a tablespoon or two at one time.
Actually, this potion also makes a great salad dressing.
And here’s another interesting fact the Perfect Health Potion…
Legend has it that this potion was created in Europe in the Middle Ages, at the height of the plague epidemic. There was a group of thieves that, in the middle of the death, chaos, and quarantines around them, would enter the homes of the sick and dying and rob them.
Yet they never got sick. And when they were finally caught and sentenced to death, they cut a deal. Let us go free, they said, and we will give your our secret to staying healthy in the midst of this plague.
This potion, as legend has it, is a variation of their original recipe. And while you may not be taking it in order to commit robbery, you have to admit that the legend is pretty interesting.
Youth Preserved Spell
Combine these items….
Freshly pressed apple juice
Cider aged more then seven days
Brown and slightly sour apple vinegar
Clear apple brandy
One ounce of honey
One drop of winter green
Stir, warm and mix.
Take it every day and to work it say:If I must pay The apple price I shall be young As well as wise Filling my cup With honeyed days And hours of youth As Eden’s passes.
THEME: new beginnings, communion with the dead, remembrance, Hecate, owls, bonfires
COLOURS: black, orange, copper
OIL: patchouli, cedar, lavender
PHILTRE: sage, mullein, dittany of crete, rosemary, rowan berries, rue, wormwood, basil, dragon’s blood, thyme
CANDLES: orange, black, copper, or gold
FLOWERS: mums, calendula, cosmos, wormwood, sage, apples, Mugwort
STONES: smoky quartz, opal, Apache tears, black obsidian
FOOD/DRINK; apple cider/ ale, beef & feer stew, shepherd’s pie, squash, potatoes, apple cake, nuts, apples, pumpkins spice muffins, pumpkin pie
Day of the Apple Tree
Altar: Upon an apple-green cloth set a vase of apple branches, a bowl of apples, a single green candle, a pot of soil, seeds, a bowl of water, a jug of cider, and a bell.
Offerings: Plant seeds. Feed people outside the home.
Daily Meal: Vegan, with apples, applesauce, and cider.
Invocation to the Green Man of the Apple Tree
Hail, Green Man of the Autumn!
Apple tree of immortality
Whose branches hide the white hind,
Whose fruit nourishes all,
Whose juice gives gladness
To those who work your Earth,
Whose seeds show the pentad
Of the eternal Goddess,
Tool of Eris which shows
How the mighty may fall
Beneath your spreading branches,
Equal to the lowest in their folly
And fate; this is your gift,
Love-fruit, merry one,
Brightest star in the harvest
With the universal star at your core.
Teach us that this joy
Belongs to everyone,
As does your gift of health,
So may we all be hale!
We hail you, sacred apple tree,
Green Man of the Autumn,
On this your day of greatest nourishment.
Song: Here’s To Thee, Old Apple Tree
(Each comes forward and plants a seed in the pot of soil, saying, “Hail Green Man of the Earth!” Water is poured onto the pot, and then the rest is poured out as a libation. Pass the cider and apples around for everyone to share, and pour out the last as another libation. Ring bell and dismiss.)