Written for Coven Life
By priestess Hypatia
Tisanes are herbal tea that traditionally included barley.
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
- 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
- Combine all ingredients in a tea strainer or bag.
- 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.
Written for Coven life
By Priestess Hypatia
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.
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
Colour– Purple, yellow and sometimes Orange
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
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
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.
- Purple candle
- Anointed with frankincense
- Surround with your choice of crystals and herbs from the magickal correspondences above
- 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’.
- 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.
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.”
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.
Creativity: Crimson red
Romance: Flame orange
Socializing: Sunshine yellow
Well-being/health/healing: Leaf green
|Relaxation: Jungle green
Creativity: Sunflower yellow
Vitality: Electric tangerine
Romance: Royal purple
|relaxation: Pale peach
Creativity: Vibrant violet
Vitality: Lime green
Romance: Neon pink
Productivity: Turquoise blue
Well-being/health/healing: Olive green
|TAURUS||Relaxation: Teak wood
Creativity: Emerald green
Productivity: Sage green
|VIRGO||Relaxation: Buttercream yellow
Creativity: Cornflower blue
Vitality: Spring green
Romance: Peony pink
Productivity: Gunmetal grey
Well-being/health/healing: Porcelain white
Romance: Pumpkin orange
Productivity: Charcoal grey
Well-being/health/healing: Forest green
Creativity: Shibori blue
Vitality: Pale amethyst
Romance: Vibrant violet
Productivity: Coffee bean
|Relaxation: Chocolate brown
Vitality: Fire orange
Romance: Petal pink
Productivity: Rose gold
|AQUARIUS||Relaxation: Gunmetal gray
Creativity: Cobalt blue
Romance: Neon yellow
Socializing: Mint green
Well-being/health/healing: Pale pink
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
Socializing: Ruby red
Well-being/health/healing: Pearl white
Vitality: Dark amethyst
Romance: Ballet-slipper pink
Socializing: Sky blue
Productivity: Steel gray
Well-being/health/healing: Sea green
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.
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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