Magickal Activity for October 31, Samhain – Protection Charm

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Magickal Activity for October 31, Samhain

Protection Charm

 

You will need:

One tsp. each of patchouli, sandalwood, and clove

An incense brazier

One self-igniting charcoal

A small white stone inscribed with a protective sigil of your choice

Place a piece of charcoal in your brazier and light it. Mix the herbs together, and sprinkle them over the glowing coal. As the mixture begins to burn, pass the stone through the smoke as you chant:

Within this stone, I pass my

plight. Banished forever,

From this night.

Immediately take the stone to the nearest body of moving water. Toss the stone in and walk away.

 

Basic Sage Cleansing

Basic Sage Cleansing

Items You Will Need:

  • Sage,
  • Feather (Optional),
  • Charcoal Disc.

The Spell:

Before you start, close all of your windows and doors.

Start by lighting up your charcoal disc.   Wait until it turns white (that’s when you know it’s ready to start smudging!   Drop some slightly crushed Sage on it and wait for it to start smoking.   When it starts smoking, go to each room and fill the room with the smoke.   While you are filling the rooms, you can inhale a small amount of the smoke to cleanse yourself.

As you step into each room and with a commanding voice chant the following:

I cleanse this room of all negativity!   Only love and light may enter!

Pay attention to the smoke, because when it turns black it means that in that room, there is that certain negativity that you wish to dispose of.   When you went through all the rooms, return to the room where the smoke turned black and re-do this, until the smoke has turned back to grey!

Charcoal or Gas: Which is the Best Way to Grill?

Charcoal or Gas: Which is the Best Way to Grill?

by Eric Steinman

In the beginning there was fire, and humans learned to cook on this fire  and…it was good. Some time thereafter there came choices and then, everything  went to hell. The two basic choices were between charcoal and gas, and the  opinions are staunch and fierce. Dubbed “the grate debate,” many BBQ lovers  swear by one or the other (I have never really known anyone whose door swings  both ways on the debate) and will give you a laundry list of reasons why their  preferred method is superior to the other.

So seeing as July The Fourth is upon us, I thought this was a good time to end  the debate here and now. The absolute best way to grill is…entirely subjective.  Obviously, for anyone that has dabbled in the world of gas, gas grills are more  expensive, but far more convenient than charcoal grills. They start up like a  car (with about 10 minutes to fully heat) and the clean up is minimal. Some  swear that the regulation of temperature is far more precise with gas, whereas  charcoal grilling requires more finesse and technique to maintain heat  regularity. However with the primitive nature of charcoal comes other benefits;  namely the taste. Charcoal enthusiasts swear by the superior flavor of food  coming off the charcoal grill (some say meat tastes better on charcoal, whereas  non-meat items do just fine on gas), and many people do agree. Gas grills, while  providing those cool parallel grill marks, just don’t provide that same smoky  flavor that people demand from charred flesh (coincidentally, that coveted  flavor may also be an indicator of carcinogens). Nevertheless, there is no  accounting for taste, but there is accounting for money. While charcoal grills  cost significantly less than their gas-fueled counterparts, the price of  charcoal is significantly higher than the price of propane, used to fuel gas  grills. For gas grills it breaks down to about $1 per hour of grilling  (depending on the volume of gas you purchase and where you purchase it) whereas  the average price for an hour’s worth of grilling is about double or triple  that. And what about the environmental impact of burning six quarts of charcoal  vs. an hour’s worth of propane? Well, I think you could figure that one out.

Still, the argument will rage on as long as there are things to grill. What  is your feeling about gas vs. charcoal? Is the flavor all that different? Is  charcoal antiquated? Is gas a soulless way to grill? Please weigh in and have a  safe BBQ weekend.

Spell To Bind An Enemy

SPELL TO BIND AN ENEMY

A poppet to represent the person you wish to bind; Patchouli leaves ; Frankincense;
Charcoal block; Black candle; Red ribbon; White cloth
Make a poppet to represent the person you wish to bind. Burn patchouli leaves and
frankincense on a charcoal block. Light a black candle and pass the poppet through the incense smoke saying:
Hecate, great Goddess of life and death,
I ask you to acknowledge that this Creation of cloth be known as Flesh and blood of.(name).
Wrap the poppet tightly in red ribbon, paying close attention to the area you wish to bind,
i.e.: the genitals of a rapist, the mouth of a slanderer. As you wrap, say:
Between the worlds in Hecate’s eyes you.(name). are bound powerless.
In the eyes of this world, you are harmless.
Imagine a heavy net made from a white light. Imagine the net clinging to the poppet.
Wrap it in a piece of white cloth and bury it close to the person’s house
(or by the ocean and bid the sea to bless it).

Making Incense – Incense Papers

Incense Papers

Incense papers are a delightful variation of combustible incense. Here, rather than using charcoal and gum tragacanth, tinctures and paper are the basic ingredients. To make incense papers, take a piece of white blotter paper and cut it into six-inch strips about an inch wide. Next, add 1 1/2 teaspoons potassium nitrate to 1/2 cup very warm water. Stir until potassium nitrate is completely dissolved. Soak the paper strips in the nitrate solution until thoroughly saturated. Hang them to dry.
You now have the paper versions of the charcoal blocks used to burn incense. The obstacle in scenting them is to overcome the normal smell of burning of burning paper. For this reason, heavy fragrances should be used, such as tinctures. Tinctures compounded from gums and resins seem to produce the best results. Empower the tincture(s) with you Magickal need, then pour a few drops of the tincture onto one strip of paper. Smear this over the paper and add more drops until it is completely coated on one side. Hang the strip up to dry and store in labeled, airtight container until needed.

To speed drying, turn on the oven to a low temperature, leave the door open, and place the soaked incense papers on the rack. Remove them when dry. Generally speaking, incense papers should be made with one tincture rather than mixtures. To use incense papers, simply remove one paper and hold it above your censer. Light one tip with a match, and after it is completely involved in flame, quickly blow it out. Place the glowing paper in your censer and let it smolder, visualizing or working your Magickal ritual. Incense papers should burn slowly and emit a pleasant scent.
Plain unscented papers can be used in place of charcoal blocks. For this purpose soak the papers in the potassium nitrate solution and let dry, then set one alight in the censer. Sprinkle a thin layer of the incense over the paper. As it burns the paper will also smolder your incense. You may have difficulty in keeping incense paper lit. The secret here is to allow air to circulate below the papers. You can ensure this by either placing the paper on some heat-proof object in the censer, or by filling the censer with salt or sand and thrusting one end of the paper into this, much as you might with incense sticks. The paper should burn all the way to its end.

Incense Making – The Two Forms of Incense

The Two Forms of Incense

Two types of incense are used in Magic: the combustible and the noncombustible. The former contains potassium nitrate (saltpeter) to aid in burning, while the latter does not. Therefore combustible incense can be burned in the form of bricks, cones, sticks and other shapes, whereas noncumbustible incense must be sprinkled onto glowing charcoal blocks to release its fragrance.

Noncombustible Incense

Be sure you have all necessary ingredients. If you lack any, decide on substitutions. Each ingredient must be finely ground, preferably to a powder, using either a mortar and pestle or an electric grinder. Some resins won’t powder easily, but with practice you’ll find the right touch. When all is ready, fix your mind on the incense’s goal. In a large wooden or ceramic bowl, mix the resins and gums together with your hands. While mingling these fragrant substances, also mix their energies. Visualize your personal power–vibrating with your Magickal goal–exiting your hands and entering the incense.
Next, mix in all the powdered leaves, barks, flowers and roots. As you mix, continue to visualize or concentrate on the incense’s goal. Now add any oils or liquids that are included in the recipe. Just a few drops are usually sufficient. Once all has been thoroughly mixed, add any powdered stones or other power boosters. The incense is now fully compounded. Empower the incense and it is done. Store in a tightly capped jar. Label carefully, including the name of the incense and date of composition. It is ready for use when needed.

Combustible Incense

Combustible incense (in the form of cones, blocks, and sticks) is fairly complex in its composition, but many feel the results are worth the extra work. Gum tragacanth glue or mucilage is the basic ingredient of all molded incenses. Gum tragacanth is available at some herb stores. It is rather expensive, but a little will last for months. To make tragacanth glue, place a teaspoon of the ground herb in a glass of warm water. Mix thoroughly until all particles are dispersed. To facilitate this, place in a bowl and whisk or beat with an egg beater. This will cause foam to rise, but it can be easily skimmed off or allowed to disperse. The gum tragacanth has enormous absorption qualities; an ounce will absorb up to one gallon of water in a week.

Let the tragacanth absorb the water until it becomes a thick, bitter-smelling paste. The consistency of the mixture depends on the form of incense desired. For sticks (the most difficult kind to make), the mixture should be relatively thin. For blocks and cones a thicker mucilage should be made. This where practice comes in handy; after a session or two you will automatically know when the mucilage is at the correct consistency.

If you can’t find tragacanth, try using gum arabic in its place. This, too, absorbs water. When you have made the trag glue, cover with a wet cloth and set aside. It will continue to thicken as it sits, so if it becomes too thick add a bit of water and stir thoroughly.

Next, make up the incense base:
Cone Incense Base 6 parts ground Charcoal (not self-igniting), 1 part ground Benzoin, 2 parts ground Sandalwood, 1 part ground Orris root (this “fixes” the scent), 6 drops essential oil (use the oil form of one of the ingredients in the incense), 2 to 4 parts mixed, empowered incense.
Mix the first four ingredients until all are well blended. Add the drops of essential oil and mix again with you hands. The goal is to create a powdered mixture with a fine texture. If you wish, run the mixture through a grinder or mortar again until it is satisfactory. Add 2 to 4 parts of the completed and empowered incense mixture. Combine this well with your hands.
Then using a small kitchen scale, weigh the completed incense and add ten percent potassium nitrate. If you’ve made ten ounces of incense, add one ounce potassium nitrate. Mix this until the white powder is thoroughly blended. Next, add the trag glue. Do this a teaspoon at a time, mixing with your hands in a large bowl until all ingredients are wetted.

For cone incense you’ll need a very stiff, dough-like texture. If it is too thick it won’t properly form into cones and will take forever to dry. The mixture should mold easily and hold its shape. On a piece of waxed paper, shape the mixture into basic cone shapes, exactly like the ones you’ve probably bought. If this form isn’t used, the incense might not burn properly. When you’ve made up your cone incense, let it dry for two to seven days in a warm place. Your incense is finished.

TO BIND THE LOVER OF YOUR DESIRE

TO BIND THE LOVER OF YOUR DESIRE


This spell is really a conjuration of powers to compel either a man or a woman to desire
the operator of the spell. By desire, we do not necessarily mean in a caring or romantic
way, but more in the way a starving person craves a meal. This is not a “love spell”,
but more like a summoning and controlling spell.
The Conjuration
On the full Moon, at the hour of Midnight, Light two black tapers.
Write the name of the person to be summoned on a piece of parchment paper, and
place it one the alter along with a photograph or other image of the desired.
Light the charcoal burner, or light charcoal in a cauldron, and drop on some frankincense.
Once the frankincense is burning, hold the Pentacle high within the circle and say aloud:
I sauté thee and conjure thee,
O beautiful Moon, O most beautiful Star, O brilliant light which I have in my hand.
By the air that I breathe, by the breath within me, by the earth which I am touching:
I conjure thee. By all the secret names of the spirit princes living in you.
By the ineffable and secret name Tetragrammaton and all the other names of power,
I conjure thee. By you, O resplendent Angel Gabriel, with the planet Mercury, Prince,
Michael, and Melchidael, I Conjure thee!
I conjure you again, by all the secret names of Tetragrammaton, so that you may send
the power to oppress, torture and harass the body, mind, and soul of [name of the desired
person here], she (he) whose name is written here,
(hold up parchment)
So that she (he) shall come unto me, and agree willingly to my desires,
neither liking nor loving nobody in the world, for as long as she (he) shall remain unmoved by me.
(drop picture and parchment into charcoal burner)
Let her (him) now begin to feel the torment of my absence!
Go then! Go at once! Go, Melchidael, Baresches, Zazel, Firiel, Malcha, and all those who are with thee!
I conjure thee by the Great Tetragrammaton to do my bidding, lest, by the power, I cast you out,
or into the abyss. Obey my will, and I promise to release you to return to your home in the neither
regions from whence thou came. Blow out the tapers, Close the Circle.

Drying The Smudge Sticks

  • Hang your smudge bundles upside down using a knot in the twine so that the air can circulate. Ensure the are you keep them is warm and not damp, and not exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Leave the smudge sticks to dry for about two weeks. They are ready when they are dry but not completely moisture free. Watch out for mold.

Making A Smudge Stick – An Alternative Method

  • For this you will need much taller herbs, about three times the length of the finished smudge stick you want to make. You will also need fewer herbs since you are folding them over to three times the original thickness. You will need very pliant herbs that will not snap. Aim for a 6 – 7 inch finished smudge stick.
  • Again work on a flat surface. You will need a large piece of newspaper, fabric or soft leather for this method. Hold the herbs tightly together and turn the top third of the herbs over the middle third, so the herbs are now double over the top part of the stick. Do this carefully so they don’t break. Secure with twine and a firm knot.
  • Now bend the bottom third up so the stick is three times its original thickness, and tie again with a knot to include all three levels. The stick should now be a third of the original height, but very chubby like a cigar.
  • With slightly smaller herbs you can bend the herbs just once.
  • Before binding the stick, roll the newspaper, fabric or soft leather around it at an angle as tightly as possible. Tie the paper very securely and leave for about 8 hours, with the top and bottom of the newspaper just open to let in air.
  • Now unbind the newspaper and tie the compressed herbs tightly with twine. Starting from the stem end, bind them in a criss-cross pattern as before, tying them again very tightly about every 1/2 inch along. Leave the herbs to dry for two or three weeks.

Making A Smudge Stick

With a little practice, making a smudge stick is remarkably easy, though you may prefer to buy them ready-made. The secret is to pack and entwine your herbs really tightly so that they will not fall apart when you light them. There are many different methods and the following is just a series of the most useful:

  • You can use sprigs of fresh herbs from your garden or garden center for taller smudge sticks or use packs from a supermarket (either ready cut or still growing in a pot) for smaller smudge sticks.
  • Before making your bundle of herbs, test the twine you intend to use by burning a little in your flat dish. Does it flare up or smell foul? Try cotton without any synthetic additions, as synthetic fibers will break. Experiment with undyed natural twines or those where vegetable coloring has been used, you will find one that works well for you. Horsetail is the best, but is not easy to obtain.
  • Use thick sprigs (about seven or eight in total) of the fresh herbs with plenty of greenery no more than 12 inches long. The ideal length for your finished smudge stick is 7 – 9 inches so use the longer herbs in order that you can trim the bottoms and tops off to give a smooth finish.
  • Use a very sturdy herb to act as anchor at the center of the smudge stick. Some people use a dry stick as a base around which to twine the stems to give the bundle substance. Taper the stick at one end so that the woody part you hold is slightly narrower. Broader smudge sticks tend to work better than narrow ones.
  • Lay the herbs flat on a surface on smooth fabric, leather or newspaper. First wrap the thread around the bottom of the herb wand four or five times.
  • Then, with the separate ends either side of the herbs, begin to criss-cross from the bottom at about 1 inch intervals. Leave the top third to a quarter unbound. You can if you wish knot every other cross. Tie very tightly, pressing and weaving the herbs together as you work.
  • Turn the stick over and from the top, repeat crossing or knotting again at about 1/2 inch intervals so the whole stick is now tied at 1/2 inch intervals
  • When you get back to the bottom, make two or three wraps, tie the ends together and cut off the excess.
  • Trim the bottom of the bunch below the tie.
  • You may also trim any straggly herbs and trim the top.
  • Trim the bottom or top off after binding.

 

Have A Very Happy & Blessed Sunday, dear friends!

Days of the Week Comments

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble!  I’m the one in the middle cookin’ up brunch for my lady friends, lol! Actually, I have been toiling but it hasn’t been over a hot cauldron. I have finally linked the Goddess of the Month and the Herb of the Month. So if you have tried to click on them and nothing happened. Try it again. The reason I am running so late, dummy me didn’t bother to check which one I had already done. So guess what? I typed up another description of Onyx. I ought to know me by now and always double-check myself, lol!

 

 Well, my friends, I am going to run and get the dailys done. Then after that I am going to finish the topic of smudging. I had someone request information on smudging, so I was happy to supply it for them. If any of you have any topic you would like to know more about, please let me know. I actually enjoy doing things like this because I know someone is interested and trying to learn. So please don’t be bashful! Got to run for now!

 

 Blessings to you and yours,

Lady A 

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Herbs for Smudging

You can make a smudge stick by combining any tall, firm, full-leafed herbs. Some burn better than others. The following list of herbs are traditionally made into Native North American smudge sticks and others used for both commercial and personally prepared smudge sticks. Smudge sticks are made with fresh herbs and the whole bundle is dried together after formation.

Smudge herbs do tend to be single or dual herbs rather than a mix as in incense and are, on the whole, characterized less by sweetness than earthiness.

If you need to use charcoal, drop just one or two drops of lavender or rose essential oil onto the hot charcoal to add fragrance before you begin to burn the herbs. This is effective, especially if you are smudging indoors.

For homemade smudge, try to choose herbs that grow in your region. Look on the internet for dried varieties to burn in a bowl or ready-prepared less common smudge sticks. Also try to choose organically produced herbs.

  • Bay/Laurel
  • Bergamot
  • Cedar
  • Copal
  • Fennel
  • Juniper
  • Lavender
  • Mugwort
  • Orris root
  • Pine, Fir and Spruce
  • Rosemary
  • Sagebrush/Sage
  • Sweetgrass
  • Wormwort (Tansy)
  • Thyme
  • Yarrow
  • Yerba Santa

What is Smudge?

Smudge sticks are tied dried bundle of herbs that are lit at one end. The ensuing smoke is then directed towards whatever is to be empowered, cleansed or released into the cosmos. Large dried leaves can also be burned without charcoal in its abalone shell with holes in the base or in a flat clay dish.

Smudge stick do not burn for as long as herbs on charcoal, but this can be ideal for a shorter spell. Strictly, incense contains resin and is usually burned on charcoal. In practice the overlap between incense and smudge is considerable and incense can be cast on fires and some pure smudging herbs do need charcoal to burn.

The following herbs are good for smudging, whether you buy the sticks or leaves ready prepared or make your own sticks or leaf mix. Evergreen trees and bushy herbs are popularly used; rosebuds and lavender can be added to the center of it smudge stick, but generally smudge is not floral.

Censing and Smudging

Censing and Smudging

 
When a circle is cast, it is generally cast then purified and then filled. The process of filling the circle is called Censing or Smudging. This is also the time to invite the Ancestors to come to the circle to be with us. Before the circle is cast, light a small brick of charcoal and place it into a censer or insulated bowl to let it get hot.
 
After the circle is purified, place a small amount of incense onto the charcoal and bless it saying “Blessed be, Child of Fire and Air, that you may make this space sacred.” Carry the censer around the circle slowly, letting the smoke drift around the edges. As you walk, invite the Ancestors to be present in the circle. After people have been brought into the circle, cense each of them as well.
 
Smudging is the same process but uses a bundle of herbs that are burnt slowly rather than loose herbs.