Monday Magic: Florida Water

/ Monday, November 13, 2017

Florida Water was first introduced in the United States in 1808. Sold in general stores and pharmacies, it was high praised for its many uses, from health to home fragrance, it was (and is) a very versatile product. Its strong magical properties have made it a staple in Hoodoo, Voodoo, Santeria and Wicca practices.

It is used in cleansing and purification rites of all kinds. It has also been used to help with depression, but can also help calm those who are overstimulated. It's been known to help attract lovers, clear the way for ancestral communication, removing obstacles, and blessings over homes and families.



Here's how to make your own:

Ingredients
5 parts alcohol (most people use vodka with a high alcohol content. Key: high alcohol content)

Choose at least two items from each group:

Aromatic greens:
4 parts fresh mint
4 parts fresh basil
4 parts fresh rosemary

Florals:
3 parts rose petals (fresh)
3 parts jasmine (dried or fresh)
3 parts lavender (dried)

Citrus:
2 parts lemon peel
2 parts orange peel
2 parts lime peel

Spice:
1 part allspice berries
1 part cinnamon sticks
1 part cloves

Put the vodka on low heat.  Add the dry ingredients and allow them to simmer for 5-10 minutes.  Add the remaining ingredients.  Simmer on low for an addition 40 minutes. Cool, pour into jar(s) with dark colored glass. 

Florida Water was first introduced in the United States in 1808. Sold in general stores and pharmacies, it was high praised for its many uses, from health to home fragrance, it was (and is) a very versatile product. Its strong magical properties have made it a staple in Hoodoo, Voodoo, Santeria and Wicca practices.

It is used in cleansing and purification rites of all kinds. It has also been used to help with depression, but can also help calm those who are overstimulated. It's been known to help attract lovers, clear the way for ancestral communication, removing obstacles, and blessings over homes and families.



Here's how to make your own:

Ingredients
5 parts alcohol (most people use vodka with a high alcohol content. Key: high alcohol content)

Choose at least two items from each group:

Aromatic greens:
4 parts fresh mint
4 parts fresh basil
4 parts fresh rosemary

Florals:
3 parts rose petals (fresh)
3 parts jasmine (dried or fresh)
3 parts lavender (dried)

Citrus:
2 parts lemon peel
2 parts orange peel
2 parts lime peel

Spice:
1 part allspice berries
1 part cinnamon sticks
1 part cloves

Put the vodka on low heat.  Add the dry ingredients and allow them to simmer for 5-10 minutes.  Add the remaining ingredients.  Simmer on low for an addition 40 minutes. Cool, pour into jar(s) with dark colored glass. 
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The Sator Square is the earliest dateable 2D palindrome. It was found in the ruins of Pompeii, at Herculaneum, a city buried in the ash of Mount Vesuvius. It consists of a sentence written in Latin: "Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas." Its translation has been the subject of speculation with no clear consensus.

SATOR 
(from serere=to sow) Sower, planter; founder, progenitor (usually divine); originator
AREPO 
unknown, likely a proper name, either invented or, perhaps, of Egyptian origin
TENET 
(from tenere=to hold) holds, keeps; comprehends; possesses; masters; preserves
OPERA 
(noun) work, care; aid, service, effort/trouble; (from opus): works, deeds.
ROTAS 
(accusative plural of rota) wheels

So, putting it together might look like, “The farmer/gardener (SATOR), AREPO has (TENET) and works (OPERA) the wheel or plow (ROTAS).” It seems like gibberish when spelled out that way.  

Until it was found in the ruins of Pompeii, it had been discovered in several areas where the old Roman empire had been located (England, Italy, Spain, and Egypt). While Christian mystics have laid claim to its alleged references to Christ, it actually has a more logical and stronger connection to Mithra (whom many scholars believe is the origin of the Christian myth). 

At least one numerologist I know has stated that Chaldean numerology* reveals  a frequency or vibration, with possible musical connotations in this square. 

What I've found interesting about this magic square, is the results from those who have used it. It seems to be a very powerful ward of protection, for the one who carries it, and for the home. 

Simply write the square on parchment with Dragon's Blood ink, or you can write on red paper with gold ink. Let the ink dry. Place it in the home, your car, or on your person for protection.



SATOR
AREPO
TENET
OPERA
ROTAS
Happy witching!

*Pythagoras actually studied Chaldean numerology.

Samhain celebrations have been going on for at least three thousand years. Yes, it is older than Christianity itself.  There are quite a few misconceptions about Samhain, mainly coming from Christian "scholars," who quite frankly, don't bother with things like history or science.  There was no god named "Samhain." It's pronounced "Sow-wen," not "Sam-HAYN." It means, "Summer's end." It began with the Celts of the British Isles. This is not to say that other cultures do not celebrate this time of year with some sort of festivities of their own. Those are plentiful throughout the world. 

We honor and commune with our beloved dead, particularly our ancestors. We believe that the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is thin at this time. We cherish life and honor death as a part of that cycle. We do not sacrifice black cats, nor any other living creature. 

We do not worship Satan, nor is that construct something we acknowledge as part of our culture. We don't try to lure children into Witchcraft. We don't believe in indoctrination or brain-washing. All of those belong to Christianity.

I could go on, but the slander against Witches isn't going to stop just because I post the truth. 


Today, I'm going to share some Samhain education and some fun. I hope this enhances your celebration. 

The first of these videos is from University College in Dublin, Ireland. It's fascinating.





Next up, some lovely Irish tales for your Samhain pleasure.




And, finally, some Samhain spells:


The following come from Judika Iles's Element Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells

Calendar Oracle

Allegedly any question asked during this ritual will be answered, while any wish made will be granted.

Simmer basil, rosemary, St. John's wort, and wolfsbane (wolfsbane is highly toxic- it may be better to remove this from the ingredients) in a cauldron on Samhain night.  Interpret the patterns made by the steam; scry by gazing into the gently bubbling liquid.


Love Oracle- Irish Halloween Cabbage Patch Game

This oracle benefits those wishing to have the identity of a future husband or lover revealed, as well as providing a good party game. This ritual is accomplished on Samhain night.

Participants are blindfolded and set loose in a cabbage patch. Everyone is allowed to pull up one-and only one- cabbage. The size and shape of the cabbage head and stem reveals details of your future lover's body. The quantity of earth clinging to the roots foretells his/her financial status: a rich lover's root is packed with dirt, and the taste of the cabbage heart reveals his temperament.

After eating it, if the cabbage satisfies and pleases you, put the stem over your front door to guide your lover toward you.


Samhain Daphomancy

A more private Samhain love oracle/ritual:

1. Sit before a low but steady fire in the fireplace. Gaze into the flame. 
2. Focus on your beloved or on your desires. Formulate your question.
3. Have a small supply of bay leaves at hand. Without taking your eyes off the fire and your mind from your desire, toss a small handful of bay leaves into the fire.
4. chant:
    "Laurel leaves that run in the fire, Draw me to my heart's desire."
5. Once the flames die down, repeat again for a total of three times.

If the flames shoot up, or leaves crackle and pop, you've received very auspicious signs: Your wishes will be fulfilled. However, quiet leaves and dim flames counsel patience, or a change of plans.


Samhain Apple Luck Spell

After nightfall on October 31st, each member of the household receives an apple. Apples may be distributed by hand, or you may bob for them. Everyone must eat their one for a year of good luck.


Samhain Candle Luck Spell

At midnight on October 31st, burn orange and black candles. Allow them to burn out naturally to receive a year of good luck.


Samhain Wish Spell

At midnight on Samhain, stand naked in front of a mirror with only 1 candle lit. Make your wish. Do not speak again until morning.


Samhain blessings to you and yours,
Kallan


PS. No "Witchy Wednesday" as Samhain will still be going on until sundown that day.


The Wild Hunt



Several Northern European cultures have a shared mythos called "The Wild Hunt." The stories vary, but overall the premise is the same: An "otherworldly" army on horseback, led by a deity of some sort, usually accompanied by wild dogs (goats or hogs) is set loose to 'hunt' lost souls. Those who are living can get caught in the path,  and be taken by 'accident'.


Here is my Wild Hunt tale. The truth is in the telling.


Once upon a time (as all good stories begin), there was a man who received a drinking horn as a gift. This was a coveted gift, as he had longed for this exact horn for many years. Being a follower of Odin, he dedicated his drinking horn to the All-Father.

This man had a very easy life. He had a woman who loved him and worked so he didn't have to. He lived quite the life of luxury, spending his days sleeping, and his nights wandering through the other worlds. Still, he felt unsatisfied.

He had been feeling quite sorry for himself for a very long time, and ventured out alone into the woods late one October night. 

The man had forgotten to bring a lantern, and the moon was dark. He'd been in these woods so many times, he could navigate them blind-folded. He felt his way around until he found a stump to sit on by a creek. 

His thoughts began to wander, and he found himself believing he was ready to move on from this life. He called out into the silence of the night that Death should come and take him. All he heard was the babbling of the brook. He took up his horn, and began drinking mead, as he was wont to do.



He had gotten quite comfortable, wallowing in his self-pity, when suddenly, he heard the sound of something rapidly crashing through the woods. 

He could tell that this was not any animal he knew. The pace was much too deliberate, much too targeted. He heard the sound of hooves, but couldn't see anything.  He felt an oppressive force rushing toward him, and instinctively, he knew it wanted to take him. 

As the force got louder, and faster, and closer, he realized that he was not ready to go anywhere, particularly to the other side of the veil!

He scrambled up the hill, feeling the hot breath of a horse and rider on the back of his neck. He ran as fast as he could to the safety of his home, slamming the door shut behind him. 

Strongly shaken by the experience, it took him awhile to realize that his drinking horn was not in hand, and was quite likely lost in the woods.

He calmed himself, grabbed a lantern, and re-traced his steps to the spot where he had been, convinced that he imagined what he'd just experienced, blaming it all on the mead.

He spent a good while searching, to no avail. He prayed to Odin to help him find his beloved drinking horn. After several hours of hunting, he returned home, heart-broken at the loss of his sacred object. 



He was also more than a bit angry with Odin. He had dedicated that horn to Odin, and to his mind, Odin should have answered his call for help. But, The All-Father does not work that way.

Gods like Odin expect folks to know what they want, and be prepared to accept the consequences, for good or otherwise, when they pray, and when they act. He spent the night pondering his experience, and feeling even more sorry for himself than before it happened.


No one knows for sure what was out in the woods that night. 

Was it Odin, the Wild Hunter, coming to the man's call for death?  Did Odin see that this lost soul was not ready die, but needed a little jolt to wake him up? Perhaps Odin has a unique sense of humor.

The next day, the man found his horn, gently placed just at the edge of the woods, hidden in plain sight - not at all near his original location. Perhaps Odin answered his call for help, and in more than one way.


When the man touched the horn, he was given an epiphany. In that moment, he realized that he wanted to live. He wanted to experience what life has to offer, and see how it feels to grow old. He thought of the woman who loved him, the family who had taken him in. He realized that all of his sorrows were self-inflicted. He had been cruising through his life with no purpose. 

He stopped feeling sorry for himself, gave up the mead, and placed the horn in a place of honor near his altar to the All-Father. He took up farming, and in a very short time, he connected to the land, and to his blessings.  He made it a point to value each day, and lived a long life, filled with happiness and gratitude.

He remembered his experience, and cautioned all who hear the tale, that one should be careful what he wishes for, especially on a dark October night when the veil is thin. He could have just as easily gotten what he'd asked for.

Pumpkin Prosperity Spell 



If you need to harvest a little money during the Samhain season, try this spell. 

You will need: 
1 small -sized pumpkin 
Parchment paper

fresh dirt
7 dimes 
7 pumpkin seeds from this pumpkin 
7 ounces of rain water or water from a stream (no tap or bottled water) 
writing utensil
1 stone that represents prosperity to you.

Cut the top off the pumpkin. Clean out the pumpkin. Remember to keep 7 seeds for this spell. 
Write the amount of money you'd like to receive on the parchment paper.

Place the pumpkin in the refrigerator until Samhain Eve. One-half hour before Samhain Eve (not after), bring out the pumpkin, the piece of paper with the dollar amount you need written on it, the dirt, dimes, seed, and the water. 

Place the paper in the bottom of the pumpkin. Pour in the dirt.

With the end of the writing utensil, make seven holes in the dirt in a circular pattern (keep the holes at least one inch apart). Hold the first dime in your hand and think about the amount of money you need. Remember, your relationship with money is not an issue here. Do not allow yourself to think "poverty thoughts" during this time. When you're ready, move to the next step.

With the pencil, push the first dime in the hole that coincides with 12 o'clock. Follow the same procedure going clockwise, with the other six dimes. 
Place your prosperity stone in the middle.
Now, starting at the 12 o'clock and going clockwise,  pour a small amount water into each hole. When you are finished, hold your hands over the pumpkin and say: 

One dime for beginnings 
One dime for drawing 
One dime for growth 
One dime for stability 
One dime for banishing obstacles
One dime for luck 
One dime to seal the spell 
By my will, so mote it be. 

Bury the pumpkin on your property the following night one half hour before midnight (no later). 

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