Lammas Tisane- Ceremonial Tea

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Written for Coven Life

03/02/2020

By priestess Hypatia

 

Tea Anyone?

Tisanes are herbal tea that traditionally included barley.

Lammas

Lammas is the first harvest celebration, marking the transition from summer to fall and celebrating the bounty and abundance of the garden.

Spell crafting Herbal teas is a personal favorite of mine, especially herbs personally selected to reflect your intentions and the turning of the seasons. Such teas are a wonderful way to honor the seasons during your ceremony.

First harvest Tea Blend for Lammas

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried calendula blossoms
  • 1/4 cup dried lavender buds
  • 1/4 cup dried meadow sweet
  • 1/4 cup oolong tea leaves
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon dried grated ginger

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a tea strainer or bag.
  2. Pour hot water over the strainer and steep 3-5 minutes

 

Calendula– a beautiful bright beam of sunshine their bright orange and yellow petals are a beautiful representation of seasonal transitions.

Lavender– Often associated with Lammas, this beautiful plan ally will help you begin the descent into the waning and restful portion of the year.

Meadow sweet– All heal of the ancients. Acting as a natural pain killer because of its salicylic acid content, the same ingredient that makes aspirin. Wonderful for third eye activation, divination and honing of your skill.

Oolong– Adding a layer or complexity to this otherwise airy tea. Its earthiness encourages wisdom through reflection.

Ginger– Only a small amount is needed to reach its maximum benefit. Its distinct spicy notes encourages success, money and love.

The Cosmic Witch Part 9

Written for Coven life

By Priestess Hypatia

30/01/2020

 

Mercury pentacle 4th for blog

The 4th Pentacle of mercury- Seal of Solomon

 

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

In this post I will be discussing the 7th of the Sacred Seven (in no particular order) that I have been mentioning in the previous posts.

Here I will be talking about the final planet of the sacred seven and not in that order, the planet Mercury. Ruling over Gemini and Virgo it is the planet that influences the intellect and of communication and therefore the element of air.

Mercury the planet is androgynous and neutral, it is neither masculine nor feminine, neither positive nor negative, taking on the qualities of whatever aspects it comes into contact with.

The Planet

Distance from Sun: 57.91 million km
Orbital period: 88 days
Length of day: 58d 15h 30m
Mass: 3.285 × 10^23 kg (0.055 M⊕)
Surface area: 74.8 million km²

The God

In the Ancient Roman World Mercury was the equivalent of the Greek God Hermes. The swift-footed messenger God traversed between the upper and lower worlds and his origins can be traced back as far as 13th– 15th Century BCE.

The many associations of Mercury include that of fertility, communication that include writing, messengers, trade, luck, and thievery. He was the patron saint of merchants, business people that were involved in all types of trade. The staff of Hermes, the Kerykeion is recognized as a symbol of trade and commerce and not that of medicine.

As the God of Medicine Aesculapius and His Rod is attributed to the arts of health and healing.

In the ancient Egyptian world he was connected to Thoth that is also connected with communication and responsible for writing the Emerald Tablet.

Planetary Magick Correspondences

Day- Wednesday

Colour– Purple, yellow and sometimes Orange

Element– Air

Gem stone– Opal, aventurine, moss agate, fluorite, and sodalite

Herbs– Almond, Anise, Clover, Dandelion, Dill, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lilac, Mace, Peppermint, Rosemary, Vervain

Number(s): 8, 64, 260, 2080

Archangel: Raphael

Metal: Mercury (toxic), safe replacement used in modern magick is Aluminum, sometimes also Zinc is mentioned

Olympic spirit (ruler): Ophiel

Importance in Alchemy– Spells, ritual and charms

Astrology

Due to Mercury’s speedy elliptical orbit, Mercury often appears to be going backwards, with frequent retrograde motions of about 3-4 every year. The good news is that these retrogrades are short lived, the bad news is that when they are in that motion they can at times wreak havoc in your life. Caution in signing contracts, breakdown in communication, avoid surgery, avoid travel, heightened anger, frustration, anxiety and of course the list of all your insecurities goes on. Now the majority of the time such retrogrades go unnoticed, that is until something happens in your life, then there is always Mercury retrograde if it does.

Spell Against Mercury Retrograde

If you are familiar with spell work you can try this to draw the positive aspects of Mercury during its retrograde. It encourages harmony, balance, protection and healing is such tumultuous times.

Spell work-

  1. Purple candle
  2. Anointed with frankincense
  3. Surround with your choice of crystals and herbs from the magickal correspondences above
  4. Light the candle and say:

‘My mind is a fortress, backwards Mercury, shall cause no deceit, nor damage. The light and stones shall save me’.

  1. When the candle has burned all the way down, and extinguished itself, take the stones, place them in a mojo bag, and carry with you as long as Mercury stays in retrograde.

Orphic Hymn

Below is a beautiful hymn or prayer to the great God Mercury- Hermes. Use this if you want to invoke the energy of Mercury- Hermes, use the planetary magickal correspondences for extra guidance and remember as with any spell work to understand, observe and respect the energies that you are working and drawing from and with.

Invocation/ Prayer to Mercury- Hermes

The Fumigation from Frankincense.
“Hermes, draw near, and to my pray’r incline, angel of Jove [Zeus], and Maia’s son divine;
Studious of contests, ruler of mankind, with heart almighty, and a prudent mind.
Celestial messenger, of various skill, whose pow’rful arts could watchful Argus kill:
With winged feet, ’tis thine thro’ air to course, O friend of man, and prophet of discourse:
Great life-supporter, to rejoice is thine, in arts gymnastic, and in fraud divine:
With pow’r endu’d all language to explain, of care the loos’ner, and the source of gain.
Whose hand contains of blameless peace the rod, Corucian, blessed, profitable God;
Of various speech, whose aid in works we find, and in necessities to mortals kind:
Dire weapon of the tongue, which men revere, be present, Hermes, and thy suppliant hear;
Assist my works, conclude my life with peace, give graceful speech, and me memory’s increase.”

Orphic Hymn- #27

COLORS AND THE ZODIAC

Esbat- June Full Moon 2019

If you are unable to access the link on the ‘Esbat Full Moon 2019’  post, I have decided to re-post it separately. Hope it helps. This also makes a wonderful reference.

FIRE

ARIES

 

 

 

Relaxation: Sand
Creativity: Crimson red
Vitality: Violet
Romance: Flame orange
Socializing: Sunshine yellow
Productivity: Terra-Cotta
Well-being/health/healing: Leaf green
LEO

 

Relaxation: Jungle green
Creativity: Sunflower yellow
Vitality: Electric tangerine
Romance: Royal purple
Socializing: Lime
Productivity: Gold
Well-being/health/healing: Mahogany
SAGITTARIUS

 

relaxation: Pale peach
Creativity: Vibrant violet
Vitality: Lime green
Romance: Neon pink
Socializing: Melon
Productivity: Turquoise blue
Well-being/health/healing: Olive green

 

EARTH

TAURUS Relaxation: Teak wood
Creativity: Emerald green
Vitality: Cinnamon
Romance: Merlot
Socializing: Gold
Productivity: Sage green
Well-being/health/healing: Cream
VIRGO Relaxation: Buttercream yellow
Creativity: Cornflower blue
Vitality: Spring green
Romance: Peony pink
Socializing: Fuchsia
Productivity: Gunmetal grey
Well-being/health/healing: Porcelain white
CAPRICORN

 

Relaxation: Mushroom
Creativity: Eggplant
Vitality: Bone
Romance: Pumpkin orange
Socializing: Bronze
Productivity: Charcoal grey
Well-being/health/healing: Forest green

 

AIR

GEMINI Relaxation: Onyx
Creativity: Shibori blue
Vitality: Pale amethyst
Romance: Vibrant violet
Socializing: Tangerine
Productivity: Coffee bean
Well-being/health/healing: Honeydew
LIBRA

 

Relaxation: Chocolate brown
Creativity: Teal
Vitality: Fire orange
Romance: Petal pink
Socializing: Merlot
Productivity: Rose gold
Well-being/health/healing: Nude
AQUARIUS Relaxation: Gunmetal gray
Creativity: Cobalt blue
Vitality: Amethyst
Romance: Neon yellow
Socializing: Mint green
Productivity: Tangerine
Well-being/health/healing: Pale pink

 

WATER

CANCER Relaxation: Silver
Creativity: Coral
Vitality: Caribbean aquamarine
Romance: Pearl white
Socializing: Tea-rose pink
Productivity: Dark teal
Well-being/health/healing: Light sky
SCORPIO Relaxation: Midnight blue
Creativity: Hot pink
Vitality: Blush
Romance: Smoke
Socializing: Ruby red
Productivity: Ebony
Well-being/health/healing: Pearl white
PISCES Relaxation: Lavender
Creativity: Silver
Vitality: Dark amethyst
Romance: Ballet-slipper pink
Socializing: Sky blue
Productivity: Steel gray
Well-being/health/healing: Sea green

 

Mastery of the Elements & Praktical exercises

Following exercises are not meant for the beginners. It is because they work as an amplifier. Untrained person can amplify negative things and cause damage instead of improvement! You need to estimate things properly, train proper things and also to focus thoughts on positive results. Previous meditation training is to great advantage.
Every magician needs to awaken all five elements and to work with them. Magician also needs to have in balance inner energy system: channels and chakras. For this purpose, practicing vocal exercises is essential, because they support with their frequency desired element. Fire: A, Water: E, Air: I, Earth: U, Spirit-Ether: O.

To continue reading…

Smoke Cleansing with Wood

The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to the following  post today…I was just wondering about different ways to smudge besides using sage for those that are allergic to it!  Got to love the synchronicity that the Divine shows us!

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