Natural Magick

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Written By Priestess Hypatia

For Coven Life

30/12/2019

 

Some Definitions for a Better Understanding:

Natural– existing in or derived from nature; not made or caused by humankind

Magickexceptional skill or talent or the power of apparently influencing events by using mysterious or supernatural forces

Practicalsensible and realistic in their approach to a situation or problem or likely to succeed or be effective in real circumstances; feasible.

“Egyptians termed Nature Herself a magician, because She has the alluring power to draw like things by likes; and this power, say they, consists love; and the things that we so draw and brought together by the affinity of Nature, these they said, were drawn by magick”

-Giambattista della Porta

1535-1615

Natural magick is a practical way of transforming, transmuting and translating Natures divine code by understanding Natures miracles, respecting Her laws and working to the benefit of all and everything.

Philosophers, prophets, priests, priestesses, Druids and Chaldean’s all practiced the ancient art of alchemy that is now known as science. ‘For natural magick is nothing but popular science, cosmology, geology, optics, plant products, medicines, poisons, cooking etc’. In other words, magick is in the stones, the flowers, the stars the wind at dawn and the sunset at dusk.

Does all that sound familiar?

It should, as the above examples are some of the basic foundations of what a Witch does and has always worked with.

This knowledge has been passed down throughout humanities history making it accessible to the modern day magickal practitioner by observation, by recorded history and of course experimentation.

Natural magick is not just about amulets, chanting and spell work. It encompasses the philosophical aspects of nature and has attracted the likes of Theophrastus, Aristotle, Avicenna and Agrippa. For the inquisitive mind natural magick is unavoidable. Observation of Natures elemental matrix has stimulated some of the greatest modern minds as well that include Tesla, Einstein and Beethoven just to name a few. However, you do not need to be a genius to understand and practice natural magick, that’s what makes it so practical. You do however need to have an enthusiasm and curiosity for the natural world as it is through this portal that all the other dimensions of what we recognize as our alternate reality can be accessed. Understanding the foundations of Nature’s laws is not only essential but important for the ethical and moral practice of magick.

Throughout history and modern times, from the Shamans of Siberia to the Druids of the Isles, natural magick has woven its law into the tapestry of such ancient cultures giving birth to folklore, myth and legend.

In the continents of Africa, the Americas, Australia, Asia and Europe peoples understanding of the natural laws has allowed them to continue their Earth Walk since the beginning of time immemorial. They understand that it’s not about changing Mother Nature, it’s about assimilating and merging with Her.  Magick works because of Nature’s laws, not in spite of them.

Humanities quest to understand the laws of Nature have been long and arduous.

When one works against the natural laws the consequences are here for our observation, one being climate change, bringing on dis- ease of all that it touches from planet to plant to animal.

When one works with the laws of Nature the benefits are wondrous, including longevity, preservation, and conservation and good health of the planet and the persons. Such efforts are rewarded with Nature’s pharmacy of clean air, clean food, clean water, clean energy, and clean medicines (direct from Nature and not synthetically produced).

All we need is the ability to see it, understand it and apply it.

Our ancestors lived close to the earth, they held an intimate relationship with the Great Mother and through observation and devout worship they could predict the behavior of Nature and Her phenomena.

Did you know that……

The layers of a locally grown onion can indicate the severity of the coming winter. This is not prophesy, this is observation.

In the first of the series- I will be mentioning one of the greatest instruments of magick and where it ALL starts- The Magick of the Mind.

The Magick of Food 6

Garlic

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Written By Priestess Hypatia

For Coven Life

28/12/2019

 

So let’s start this article with a little Poetic Medicine……

 

An Ode to Garlic

Oh Garlic, what homage

can we bring you

and your graced state

of bulbousness?

Packed tightly into

your little white dome

we want to break you open

and spread your cloves like

shining white pebbles onto

the shores of our meals.

Continue reading this beautiful poem by

By Lara Kirsten

 

‘Eat no onions nor garlic, for we are utter sweet breath, and I do not doubt but hear them say, it is a sweet comedy’

-William Shakespeare in a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 

A wonderfully pungent herb that has been known for its ability to ward off vampires and the like, is considered a staple in many people’s diets around the world. As a main feature in our culinary world, the humble garlic demands its presence in the medicinal home apothecary because of its numerous benefits. With all these wonderful components combined and its availability and accessibility garlic is renowned as a superfood and hailed for its healing properties since ancient times.

As a member of the Lily family, garlic is the cousin to onions, leeks and chives. It averages about 2 inches in height and consists of small separate cloves. There really is nothing like the taste of garlic. It stimulates the palate hitting it with a hot pungent and subtle sweetness. No wonder so many have written odes and poetry to this incredible plant.

A native to Central Asia garlic has been cultivated for over 5000 years. The ancient Egyptians considered it as sacred and was placed in the tombs of Pharos for the afterlife. It was not only the food of Kings and Gods but was also given to the slaves that build the Pyramids. Its known medicinal properties made garlic a valuable commodity in the world of labor. Healthy workers meant better productivity, better productivity meant advancements, better advancements made a strong, sustainable and superior civilization.

Grow

Propagate this wonderful hardy perennial or biennial by simply planting its coves in rich, moist soil that receives plenty of sunshine.

Eat

You can add garlic to pretty much anything that is savoury. Its addition will only benefit the dish.

Try

Garlic bread- by mashing a couple of cloves, add some chopped herbs to about 130g of butter. Make incisions in the bread roll or baguette, insert lavish wads of the buttery herbed garlic butter, wrap in foil, place in a hot oven and heat till butter melts approximately 15 min. Unwrap foil and allow bread to crisp in oven for a further 5 min and voila- done!

Heal

Garlic provides numerous health benefits including:

  • Heart health support
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Immune booster
  • Reduces hypertension
  • Stabilizes cholesterol
  • Antibacterial and antiviral benefits
  • Anti-cancer support

It can be taken as a supplement.

Medicine for colds and flu in the winter season

This may assist in relieving sore throats because of its antimicrobial action.

Combine 1 part Witches Brew (recipe below) and 1 part Honey

Magick

Often seen as an herb of protection, garlic has been used in cleansing rituals, in legend and modern times especially against vampires. In ancient Greece it was placed upon a pile of stones at a crossroads to invoke Hekate. As a powerful amulet garlic will ward off any negativity and evil energy. Now, for those who worship the Goddess Cybele, as the herb is sacred to her, it is recommended that this herb is avoided.

Magickal Recipe

WITCHES’ BREW aka FIRE CIDER

Let’s have a look at a delicious way to keep the vampires at bay.

SUPPLIES NEEDED

Mason Jar

Organic, raw, apple cider vinegar

3 parts Garlic, peeled and chopped

2 parts Onion, peeled and chopped

1 part Ginger, fresh or dried, shredded

1 part brown and yellow mustard seed

½ part hot peppers of your liking (optional)

½ part black peppercorns

½ part horseradish root peeled and shredded

½ part combined optional herbs such as cinnamon, turmeric, and rosemary

 

Combine all the ingredients to loosely fill a mason jar. Pour the Apple Cider Vinegar over the contents to cover. Cap, label and shake daily for 3 – 6 weeks, storing in a cool, dark place. Strain through layers of cheesecloth or fine mesh fabric, filtering out all herb matter. Pour into amber bottles and label for storage.

 

Use as a salad dressing ingredient, combine with oil for a topping on rice and other grains, and take 1 teaspoon in a glass of water as an invigorating tonic. Shelf life is about 6 – 8 months.

 

It is recommended to check in with your local health practitioner for guidance if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have any outstanding health concerns prior to introducing new supplements, foods or herbs to your routine.

Non-Ordinary Reality is No Nonsense

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By Hypatia Of Alexandrea

Written for Coven Life

11/02/2018

Walking between the 2 worlds is never an easy task with one foot in each. What does that mean? Every single person whether magical or not experiences this to some extent. Some experience this in their dreams whether sleeping, lucid or just day dreaming. Others call it “Déjà vu”.

For those of you who are familiar with Castaneda’s books on Shamanism back in the 70’s, he draws from his experience of living with Shamans in the Amazons and their traditions that have been practiced for thousands of years. He delves into the world of Non- Ordinary Reality ( N.O.R)  as experienced by many spiritual practitioners before them throughout different cultures and throughout time.

N.O.R is not exclusive to one form of spiritual belief but a universal wisdom practiced for eons throughout humanity.

Ordinary reality

So let’s begin with explaining Ordinary…

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The Magick of Food 5

Basil

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Written By Priestess Hypatia

For Coven Life

24/12/2019

 

Basil is the king of herbs. Here we enter the land of royalty in herb law. The word origins come from the Greek word meaning king or emperor.

A member of the mint family, basil is native and spread throughout the tropical regions from Central Africa to South East Asia. Its texture is tender with a pungent intoxicating aroma that is used in cuisines worldwide.

The Many Beliefs of Basil

The many beliefs about the herb ranged and ranges from, the ancient Greeks placing it in the hands of the dead to ensure a safe passage to the underworld. In India it is dedicated to the Gods Vishnu and Krishna. In ancient Egypt they would embalm their dead. In Mexico it is carried around for prosperity and wealth. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that it was a symbol of malice and lunacy. Pliny a Roman scholar believed that it was an aphrodisiac, it was not only given to animals for successful reproduction but also used as an herb to welcome love among couples. Basil is also gifted to new homeowners and new business owners as it attracts prosperity.

Grow

Very easy to grow basil can be grown indoors on a sunny windowsill or outdoors in a sheltered sunny position.

Eat With

Tomatoes, goats cheese, Mozzarella cheese, lemon, eggs, mint, shellfish, lamb, chicken, raspberries, strawberries, figs.

Try

A few torn basil leaves over fresh raspberries is absolutely delicious. Add a handful of basil leaves when making strawberry ice-cream. Poach white peaches in sugar syrup and add a handful of basil leaves then serve with extra shredded basil. Make bruschetta- one of my absolute favorite as a snack with a beautiful glass of vino!

Try this recipe by clicking on the link below:

https://www.recipetineats.com/real-tomato-basil-bruschetta/

or

A beautiful basil Pesto Humus

https://food.ndtv.com/recipe-basil-pesto-hummus-846290

 

Heal

The volatile oils present in the herb has many healing properties. Used in a variety of culinary preparations some of the benefits of basil include:

  • Good for digestion– It fortifies the nervous and digestive system and can be good for headaches and insomnia. Assisting with the body’s acid balance it restores the bodies PH balance.
  • Anti-inflammatory- Eugenol, citronellol and linalool are the powerful essential oils that can help lower inflammation through their enzyme inhibiting properties. Consumption of basil could also soothe fever, headache, sore throat, cold, cough, flu. Its anti-inflammatory properties may help lower risk of heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions.
  • Skin benefits– By applying as a facial mask
  • Mood disorders– Known as a hormone regulator
  • Liver support– assist with liver detoxification

Magick

As if the above is not magick enough. Here I will be briefly mentioning some of its metaphysical properties. According to Paul Beyerl, Basil is associated strongly with Dragon-like Basilisk and its contemporary association with the salamanders and dragons. It is used to invoke astral and mythological creatures. One can burn basil to invoke these creatures to assist in advice, inspiration and protection.

Basil has been planted upon graves and used as incense in the ritual of the dead. I suppose this goes back to the above mentioned ancient Greeks sending off their dead with basil in their hands.

One can use basil in a fertility spell work, to enhance psychic vision and used in a mojo bag for protection.

The Cosmic Witch Part 8

Written for Coven life

By Priestess Hypatia

23/12/2019

Saturn

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“A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering.” ~ Buddha

 

Continuing from the previous post of aligning with Universal Powers for effective magickal practices…….

In this post I will be discussing the 6th of the Sacred Seven (in no particular order) that I have been mentioning in the previous posts. Here I will be talking about the planet that is connected to your 6th chakra and spiritual evolution. Saturn is the highest planet in the hierarchy of planets (of those known to the ancients) and thus the closest to the Gods and thus associated with immortality and longevity.

Saturn is associated with time and is timeless.

So what does this mean?

In Mythology:

In Greek antiquity Cronus was the counterpart of the Roman Saturn. Cronus was the titan son of Uranus (heaven) and Gaia (earth). The word Cronus in Greek actually describes time therefore he was the personification of time itself and ruled the cosmos during the Golden Age. Later the Romans adopted him into their religion and renamed him Saturn.

Saturn helps us realize that we are beyond time, that we are one with the universe, originating from the very energy that created us. We are all STARDUST. This energy was created during chaos, and yes the Greeks also had a God by this name that personified the chaotic birth of the Universe.

3rd Eye

This planet assists in unlocking our sacred place in the universe and by meditating on your 6th Chakra you can learn to melt away the complicated world around you. The 6th Chakra is connected to what they call your 3rd eye. This is the place where the human body meets the celestial spirit, it is the Anja (in Hindu).

The 3rd eye is actually our Penal Gland in in our anatomical structure, so once again the ancients knew what they were talking about. Shaped as a pine cone- hence its name derivative, this gland is responsible for secreting melatonin which plays a role in the body’s internal clock or what medical science calls the circadian rhythm, one that regulates our relaxation and sleep.

This chakra is also called the brow chakra as it is located between your brows on your forehead and is considered to be the ‘seat of your soul’.

In Ancient Egypt

The eye of Ra or Horus is actually a representation of the penal gland, not only in a spiritual sense but also in a pictorial depiction.

Below is a picture comparing the 2 with rather uncanny similarities.

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http://www.ourwonderlife.com/de-calcify-the-pineal-gland-our-eye-of-horus/

 

The penal gland is where we perceive or see all things as energy around us. This is a place where you gain your multi-dimensional vision.

Meditation

The colour of this Chakra is Indigo. Each Chakra also has a sound, this is the sound of the universe- the sound of OM, the symbol is.

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Below is a short meditation on YouTube that you can try to assist you in connecting to this Chakra.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab9LTtBZjeM

You can meditate on the above- sounding the OM loud or within and using the colour for visualization.

Saturn correspondences

Ruling planet of Capricorn and Aquarius

Astrologically Saturn is associated with the principles of limitation, restrictions, boundaries, practicality and reality, crystallizing and structures.

Governs ambition, career, authority and hierarchy, and conforming social structures.

Peoples sense of duty, discipline and responsibility, and their physical and emotional endurance during hardships.

Day- Saturday

Herbs- Bindweed, Bistort, Bluebell, Comfrey, Enchanter’s Nightshade, Foxglove, Hellebore, Holly, Indigo, Juniper, Mandrake, Monkshood, Mullein, Pine, Rue, Solomon’s Seal, Witch Hazel, Wolfsbane, Yew.

Minerals- Jet, Obsidian, Onyx, Sapphire, Smoky Quartz, Tourmaline,

Color- Black
Number- 3
Elements- Water and earth
Incense- Myrrh
Animals- Goat, crocodile
Angel- Tzaphqiel

The Magick of Food 4

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Written By Priestess Hypatia

For Coven Life

21/12/2019

Celery

 

A Poem

By Ogden Nash

Celery, raw
Develops the jaw,
But celery, stewed,
Is more quietly chewed.

 

The above poem is an understated description of the true talents of celery.

It’s an herbaceous plant from the parsley family that actually has a parsley like aroma with a pleasingly bitter taste.

Grow

Home grow celery is crispy, juicy and absolutely delicious!

You can grow celery from seed in soil that has a high level of moisture therefore you need to water frequently. This plant grows throughout winter and summer.

Eat

It is wonderful and juicy when fresh. You can have with chicken, pork, lamb, blue cheese, apples, nuts, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, potatoes and even rice, its just one of those great all-rounders.

Try

Add chopped celery leaf to potatoes or bean salads. Mix with tuna and mayonnaise for a sandwich filling. Cook celery leaf in tomato sauce to serve with pasta. Stir finely chopped celery into celeriac remoulade.

Heal

It can assist in reducing blood pressure as it contains phthalides which can lower stress hormones in the blood and reduce arthritis symptoms. It is known for its cholesterol reducing properties.

It also contains apigenin and has been praised for its properties as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacteria, antiviral and antioxidant in Chinese medicine. It can be helpful for kidney problems cystitis and assist in neurogenesis (development of nerve cells).

Magick

The seed of the celery plant can be used to enhance visions. Drinking it as a divination tea to open up the mind and allow for better concentration. I love drinking this tea just before a tarot reading. Drink before bedtime to enhance prophetic dreams, this is one of the main ingredients in Psychic Vision Oil one used in traditional Conjure. You can make your own oil by infusing the seeds in a base oil such as almond oil. Mojo bags made with the celery seed are another way to carry the psychic vision with you, you can place these in your bag, in your pocket or under your pillow.

It is under the rulership of the Mercury, a planet that represents the mind, intellect and all forms of communication.

Who were the Maenads?

Written By Priestess Hypatia

For Coven Life

19/12/2019

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Priestess of Bacchus, John Collier (taken from Wikimedia commons), 1886

In Thebes the birth place of Dionysus, the God of wine, the Maenads were born. They were known as the Priestesses who were part of the Dionysus cult and performed ecstatic dance. Roaming the mountains of Thebes, trancing and dancing in fawn skin dresses and panther throws, snake crowns and barefoot. Snakes in ancient times were used as healers.

The list of Maenads is long in history, these women that maintained the Dionysian cult with ecstatic ceremonies were distinct to the Hellenic world. A religious cult unlike no other, the women maintained a frenzied state of ecstasy. Extended periods of dancing (usually to the point of absolute and utter exhaustion) and drinking wine, the Maenads participated in orgiastic celebrations dancing naked through the forests of Thrace.

Dedicated to the God of debauch and fertility the Dionysian followers such as the Maenads experienced states of sexual drunken pleasure that allowed them to become closer to their God.

As members of a respected cult in Hellenic society the Maenads were actually celebrated for their sexual promiscuity, a welcoming change from the ever virtuous virgin Goddesses. Their sexuality gave them power and position more so than many other women in the Hellenic world.

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Dancing Maenad. Detail from an ancient Greek Paestum red figure skyphos, made by Python, ca. 330-320 BC. British Museum, London.

The Magick of Food 3

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Written for Coven Life

17/12/2019

By Priestess Hypatia

Marshmallow Root

This plant has been used as food and medicine in Africa for more than 2000 years.

The Greek physician Hippocrates valued it as a wound treatment because if it’s anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Grow

Slow growing plant that is to be sown in autumn, place in trays under a glass, simply recreate a small greenhouse. In spring they should be large enough to plant leaving 45cm between them.

Marshmallow flowers in its second year and develops roots a few years before it is harvested. With the flowers you could make flower essence, a beautiful energy medicine.

I will at some stage write up some basic information for how to make your own flower essence.

Try

In Roman time it was used to stuff sucking pigs. In the meantime if one is not at hand (lol) you could simply boil the marshmallow roots until soft, peel them and fry in butter. It makes a wonderful addition to any vegetable or even meat.

And my favorite…….

Herbal marshmallow Hot Chocolate:

  • 3/4 oz of Marshmallow root dried
  • 9 cups milk (raw is best!)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (good quality)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. In a saucepan, heat up milk and marshmallow root. Allow to infuse for 30 minutes without bringing to a boil but still very hot. Once complete, strain out marshmallow root (if you did not use a tea bag or tea infuser) and return milk to hot saucepan.
  2. Add sugar, melt, and combine completely.
  3. Add cocoa powder and stir until completely combined.
  4. Add vanilla extract, combine well.
  5. Serve warm with homemade whipped cream or marshmallows . . . the big fluffy kind.

It’s that easy! Serve these delicious hot cocoa on cold winter days after playing outside in the snow, when fighting a cold, or just as a general respiratory health booster for you and your family!

Heal

The leaves are used in tinctures, capsules and teas. They can alleviate a sore throat and dry coughs that occur in the winter months. Teas are wonderful for indigestion, capsules may assist with digestive issues.

As a powerful mucilage plant Marshmallow works wonders in hot chocolate, the recipe is provided above.

Magick

Gathered beneath the full moon this herb can be used to encourage creative energy. As an herb for the dead it can be used for ancestral ceremonies or grown on the graves of the dead.

Burn the dried root to improve psychic abilities and protection.

This herb falls under the planet Venus. I have correlated magickal correspondences for this planet if you choose to use this root for its magick.

The link for this is provided below……

https://covenlife.co/2019/11/12/the-cosmic-witch-part-5/

Many Blessings and Happy healing

Priestess Hypatia