Full Moon – May 10th
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Moon Day
Spells and rituals involving the Earth Element should be performed when the
Moon is in an Earth sign: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.
Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon – Rules emotions, protection, healing, and
women’s mysteries – Use for magick involving the subconscious, healing,
emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals,
women’s mysteries, the female side of men, mothers, sisters, female
partners, wives, instincts
Today’s Magickal Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Long Life, Medicine,
Travels, Visions, Theft
Today’s Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The
Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast
Perfumes: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower
Color of The Day: Silver, Grey, White
Colors for Tomorrow: Red
Lucky Sign: Monday Is The Lucky Day For The Sign of Cancer
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal
nature, and goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Tiu’s Day – the day of Mars…also Ares, Tiwaz,
Tiw (from whom it is named), Tuisco, and Tyr. Tuesday is ruled by Mars,
whose Magickal influences are: Passion, courage, aggression, and
protection. Tuesday comes under the influence of Mars, the planet associated
with vitality, passion, ambition, and raw, unabashed power.
Mars energy makes the mind acute, and the body restless; therefore, on
Tuesday we are likely to exert ourselves physically and take action to
achieve goals. This day is dynamic and high-spirited, and the prevailing
energies may include carelessness and destructiveness as well, so it is good
to be cautious—especially while traveling.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu,
Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman
Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Incense: Lignum Aloes, Plantain
Color of The Day: Red
Colors for Tomorrow: Yellow
Lucky Sign: Tuesday Is The Lucky Day For Aries
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Woden’s Day
Energy: Male Ruler: Mercury – Rules healings, the mind – Use for magick
involving mental issues, learning, higher education, addictions,
communications, travel, young people, messages, perception, self-expression,
artists, poets, and writers
Today’s Magickal Influences: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing,
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Perfumes: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves
Color of The Day: Yellow, Grey
Colors for Tomorrow: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Lucky Sign: Wednesday Is The Lucky Day For Gemini And Virgo
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Thor’s Day
Energy: Male, Ruler: Jupiter – Rules growth, expansion, generosity – Use
for magick involving growth, expansion, prosperity, money, business,
attracting more of what you have.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Luck, Religion, Healing, Trade And Employment,
Treasure, Honors, Riches, Legal Matters
Today’s Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba
Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit
Perfumes: Stock, Lilac, Storax, Aloes
Incense: Nutmeg, Henbane
Color of The Day: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Colors for Tomorrow: Light Blue, Pale Green
Lucky Sign: Thursday Is The Lucky Day For Sagittarius And Pisces
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Freya’s Day
Energy: Female Ruler: Venus – Rules lovers and pleasure, affairs of the
heart – Use for magick involving love, peace, beauty, gentleness, women’s
problems, healing, protection, lovers, ease, pleasure, affairs. Resolve
Today’s Magickal Influences: All Love Matters, Friendships, Affection,
Partnerships, Money, Sex
Today’s Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus,
Freya, Frigg, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique
Incense: Saffron, Verbena
Perfumes: Stephanotis, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris
Color of The Day: Light Blue, Pale Green
Colors for Tomorrow: Black
Lucky Sign: Friday Is The Lucky Day For Taurus And Libra
Saint Jegudiel represents Friday
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Saturn’s Day
Day of Seatere, Seater, and Saturn and of Loki, the Norse god of tricks and
revelry. Saturday is ruled by Saturn, whose Magickal influences are:
longevity, endings, and homes. Saturday comes under the influence of Saturn.
Saturn’s influence directs our attention toward routine chores, customs, and
conventional traditions.Saturday is a good day for furthering our ambitions
through perseverance, patience, responsible action, and a sense of purpose .
Saturday is a good day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving
spirit communication, meditation, psychic self-defense, binding, and
locating lost things or missing persons.
Today’s Goddesses: Ops, Rhea, Tellus Mater, Gaia, Eartha, Ge, Tonantzin,
Asherah, Anath, The Shekinah, The Matronit, Mary, Gula, Herodias, Oddudua,
Today’s Magickal Influences: Duties, Responsibilities, Finding Families,
Works Of Magic, Buildings, Meditation, Life, Doctrines
Today’s Energies: Female – Rules obstacles, overcoming blockages – Use for
magick involving overcoming limitations, the elderly, endings, deaths,
blocks, constrictions, and those restricting you.
Incense: Pepperwort, Assodilious, Black Poppy Seeds, Henbane, Lodestone,
Perfumes: Hyacinth, Pansy
Color of The Day: Black
Colors for Tomorrow: Orange, Gold and Yellow
Lucky Sign: Saturday Is The Lucky Day For Capricorn And Aquarius
GrannyMoon Says Today is: Sun Day – Energy: Male Ruler: The Sun – Rules
health, prosperity, leadership, joy, and protection – Use for magick
involving happiness, prosperity, joy, healing, protection, power,
leadership, ego, authority figures, fathers, husbands
Today’s Goddesses: Sunne, Frau Sonne, Aditi, Igaehindvo, Amaterasu, Arinna,
ay’s Magickal Influences: Health, Healing, Confidence And Hope, Prosperity
Incense: Mastic, Palaginia
Perfumes: Heliotrope, Orange Blossom, Cloves, Frankincense, Ambergris, Musk,
Color of The Day: Orange, Gold
Colors for Tomorrow: Silver, Gray, White
Lucky Sign: Sunday Is The Lucky Day For Leo
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Spell Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017
When the time comes to plant your garden, a blessing is always appropriate. Whether you grow herbs, flowers, vegetables, fruit, or any combination of these, or you just have a potted plant on your windowsill, take a moment to honor the earth and ask for a successful growing season with healthy plants. This blessing can also be used when planting a tree or shrub.
One way to bless the plants (or seeds) is to sprinkle them with consecrated water. Or you can place a crystal in the soil with the plant— a clear quartz point is an ideal choice. Another option is to smudge the area by burning sage or another type of incense. Whichever method you choose, use this chant and visualize lush, vigorous growth:
“Branches, buds, fruit, and seeds,
Soil, blossoms, vines, and leaves.
Bless these plants and help them grow,
On this garden strength bestow.”
This post was written by Ember Grant on May 07, 2017 Home Protection
Spell Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
In the tradition of Hoodoo, railroad spikes are used to nail down your property. The intention is to nail down what belongs to you and keep it safe from would-be thieves or trespassers. Use the waxing moon to increase the protective energy around your home.
For this spell, you will need:
* A railroad spike
* Olive oil or protective oil
* A flowerpot
* Potting soil
* A plant
* A white candle
Anoint your candle and railroad spike with your protective oil. Fill your pot with soil.
Add your plant to the pot. Light your candle and carefully pass the railroad spike through the flame. Bury the spike vertically in the pot. As the candle burns, chant these words:
“Railroad spike, iron strong, protect my home all year long.”
Allow the candle to completely burn out, then place your protective potted plant in a conspicuous space outside your home.
This post was written by Najah Lightfoot on May 06, 2017
Spell Date: Friday, May 5, 2017
Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that celebrates the unexpected victory of the Mexican army over the French forces at the Battle of Puebla. Many of us fight battles every day, and we need to celebrate every victory, even the small ones. This spell is a celebration of your successes, large and small, as well as an acknowledgment that we are all stronger than we think.
Light a white or yellow candle and give yourself a little celebratory gift: a flower, a piece of chocolate, or a new book, perhaps. Think of the things you have accomplished recently—they don’t have to be big or special, but give yourself the credit you are due. Then say this spell in a strong voice, with feeling:
“I am strong and capable!
I triumph over adversity!
I am the manifestation of deity!
I am victory personified!
Huzzah for me!”
This post was written by Deborah Blake on May 05, 2017
A Calming Violet Spell
Spell Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Wild blue violets should be blooming now and are useful in spells for healing, calming, or sleep. Occultists and herbalists believe the blue flowers represent the sky and the foliage symbolizes the earth.
For this spell, you’ll need a small bouquet of blue violets in a small vase of water and a pale blue candle in a holder. First pick the violets yourself, if possible. Violets purchased at a florist shop are a good substitute. Place the bouquet on your altar with the candle. Light the candle and relax. Then moisten a fingertip with water from the vase. Touch each temple with a drop of this water. Now extinguish the candle. At this point, meditate, lie down, or nap. When done, you should feel less stressed and more energized. If you wish, place the violets on your bedside table to ensure a restful sleep.
This post was written by James Kambos on May 04, 2017
Go Fly A Kite
Spell Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Breezy spring days are great for flying a kite, and kite flying makes me think of wishes and magic. You can either make or buy your kite for this spell, but either way, you’ll need paper streamers for the tail. Carefully write your wish on a streamer, attach to your kite as a tail, and find a hill, a field, or a nice stretch of park to let the kite fly. The higher it goes, the better.
This post was written by Laurel Reufner on May 03, 2017
Father Mars Who Protects His People
Spell Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Tuesday is ruled by Mars ( Tyr or Tiw in Old English). Originally an archaic god, Mars was not a war god until he was conflated with the Greek Ares. Mars was the son of Juno, second in importance to Jupiter, and he took up arms to defend his land and his people. He created conditions in and near Rome that allowed crops to grow. If you’re feeling threatened in some way, call on Mars on a Tuesday:
“Great Father Mars, just as you protected your lands and people in earlier days, be present with me now and defend me from (name the threat) and keep me safe. Send your warriors to stand invisibly at my door. Send your wild animals to walk invisibly by my side. Send energy to me to help me grow stronger so that I, like you, may fight if necessary for the good of the earth.”
This post was written by Barbara Ardinger on May 02, 2017
Nature’s Energy Medicine
Spell Date: Monday, May 1, 2017
Traditionally a time for lovers to sleep outdoors, Beltane is an ideal time to rekindle your loving relationship with nature and practice “forest energy medicine.” Choose a place with a grove of big trees. Take a blanket, a picnic, and lots of time.
Let go of any agenda. Be fully present to nature. Walk mindfully, aware of the majesty and the protection afforded by trees. In a private spot, spread your blanket and lie down on your back, looking deep into the beautiful sky as if staring into your lover’s eyes. Remove your shoes, place your bare feet on the earth, and literally ground yourself. Breathe deeply, inhaling nature’s love and exhaling stress and worry. Feel the love that nature emits. The earth surrounds and protects all living things with a natural frequency pulsation of 7.83 hertz. Feel it restore you. Be healed by nature’s energy medicine.
This post was written by Dallas Jennifer Cobb on May 01, 2017
Tasha’s Day by Day Astro Planner
Mon. 5/8 Justice seeking Libra Moon can help arbitrate issues.
Tue. 5/9 Scientific Scorpio Moon helps with projects. Transformative Sun/Pluto
trine boosts change. Mercury/Uranus conjunction sparks innovation.
Wed. 5/10 Passionate full Scorpio Moon shines on to deepen love. Mercury/Uranus continues to inspire.
Thu. 5/11 Enterprising Scorpio Moon helps think up solutions. Mars/Neptune square could make for confusion. 1:PM Philosophical Sagittarius Moon brings clarity; Mercury/Saturn trine enhances it.
Fri. 5/12 Optimistic Sagittarius Moon keeps the good spirits flowing. Mars/Jupiter trine helps boost the energy greatly.
Sat. 5/13 Athletic Sagittarius Moon helps us leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Sun. 5/14 Faithful Capricorn Moon helps us take care of family business.
Heartwings Love Notes 775: More than One Mother
Heartwings says: Some are mothers of the heart rather than of the body.
In my life I have been fortunate to have some remarkable women friends who in certain ways could be considered in the light of mothers. Their age had little to do with it. It was their warmth, their acceptance, their caring and their love that helped to create the part they played in my life. I loved my late mother dearly, however there were aspects of her nature that were difficult for me to deal with, and while she was well meaning and did her best to be a good mother, she could not be everything I would have wished her to be. In my adult life, the physical distances between us also created a problem.
The depth of her compassion and acceptance were a special feature of one of the women who served my needs in a way my mother could not. We shared many of the same interests and she was very supportive of my efforts to learn and to grow. She would invite me to lunch and we would spend many hours in conversation about a variety of subjects. She had a wide range of knowledge and very little prejudice. She was also warm in a way my mother was not. My own mother and I had very little in common in our interests. When we spoke it was usually about what she had been doing or what my children were up to.
Another of my mother figures was also an important teacher in my life. Married at eighteen I had no work experience. As a result of studying with this person I gained a way to earn a living as well as a way to be of help to others. She took a personal interest in me and allowed me to assist her in many ways. I found in her a lifelong person to admire and look up to even after she moved away. She was a wonderful teacher and a good friend. My mother, a fine professional artist often said she was too impatient to teach me anything. I am still thankful she was kind enough to pay a neighbor to give me sewing lessons.
These are only two of the special women who were also maternal figures in my life. It takes nothing from my original mother to think of them in this way because they filled roles that she could not. No single individual can be all things to another whether as a parent, sibling or spouse. Yet we all may play roles in one another’s lives to be of help and to fill in the gaps that our actual mothers might not have been equipped to do. I am always extremely grateful to my mother who worked so hard to raise me and in her own way mother me. I am also very thankful to those others who gave of themselves to me with love and acceptance in their hearts.
May you find ways to be help to others and bring joy to their hearts.
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
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Domestic Tranquility: The Fifty Dollar Bill
I had just finished dressing when I saw it on Tasha’s bureau. I couldn’t resist picking it up. I grinned and held it out to her. “Is this for me, a springtime offering perhaps?”
She was headed toward the kitchen. She turned in my direction. Momentarily, she seemed confused. Then she saw what I was holding. “No! It isn’t. I didn’t. It’s intended for my wallet.” She put out her hand.
“Then it’s not for me?”
It was early and we hadn’t had breakfast. She didn’t seem quite awake as yet. She frowned. “Was I supposed to reimburse you for something?”
“No.” I smiled. “Only if you want. After all it’s spring and we’ve gone a week without rain.”
Her eyes widened. “Do you need a present just because it’s not raining any longer?”
I sighed. Admittedly it felt nice holding the money, and a part of me didn’t want to give it up. “Not really, but when President Grant winked at me my heart did a little pitter patter and for a moment I thought maybe you’d consulted with Mother Nature and she’d given it to you to give to me.” Reluctantly I handed it to her.
She took it and held it. “I hope you’re not disappointed? I didn’t mean to deceive you.”
“Not really! By this time I’m used to the harsh realities of life. But had you encountered a frivolous feral white beast with floppy ears, an emissary perhaps from a magical realm, who handed that to you to do something nice with…one wearing a checkered vest, perhaps and a top hat?”
She grinned. “I’d have fainted, or worse worried that one of the neighbors had gone bonkers.”
I laughed. “Wouldn’t it be nice if occasionally those realms were open to us; that we could put a dab of fairy dust on our tongues and be transported to a world of primordial wonder: hobbits dancing with elves and fairies at the foot of the Big Rock Candy Mountain?” I followed her into the kitchen.
“That sounds wonderful,” she said, “however, I don’t know if hobbits got on all that well with elves, at least some of them.”
“Unless they’re Buddhists hobbits.”
“What difference would that make?”
“Don’t Buddhists get along with everyone? Not that I’d ever heard that the Buddha had any sort of connection with the magical realm or hobbits.”
She took tea from the cupboard. “Which Buddha? There were many.”
“The big Buddha, you know, Sid, Sid Arthur.”
She smiled. “If you need fifty dollars for anything I’ll be glad to give it to you. Just let me know.”
“Never mind,” I filled the kettle and put it on the stove. “Then it’s different. That way it’s intended for household living expenses like groceries, gas for the car, or even some art supplies. That’s totally different from being given a present of fifty dollars which is then mine for whatever I’d want it for without any justifications whatsoever.”
She began cutting up a mango. “Is there something specific you want? A book you’d like to pick up? Or maybe something you saw at Mallmart?”
I shook my head. “Nothing,” I assured her. “There’s nothing at all I need or for that matter even want right now.”
“Then why would you like me to give you fifty dollars?” She frowned. “I don’t understand. Maybe it’s early in the morning but I seem to be missing something here.”
I put out the cups for tea. “I’m sure every husband we know would appreciate being given fifty dollars by his wife and told it was a special gift from Mother Nature, the Easter Bunny or even for that matter J.R.Tolkein.”
She rummaged in the fridge, took out strawberries, cut them up and added them to the sliced mango.
“No doubt! But I’m sure every wife we know would appreciate that very same consideration from her husband.”
I looked at her. “Do you need fifty dollars? Is there something you’d especially like?”
” I can’t think of anything this minute but I know it always comes in handy. Not that fifty dollars buys what it once did.” She took a spoon and tasted the combination of freshly sliced mango and strawberries. “Delicious,” she smiled. “A special spring breakfast in honor of the sun finally shining.
“Oh I know.” I frowned. “Once fifty dollars could pretty much could cover a weekend at the Cape. Now it barely pays for a new pair of jeans or a designer tee shirt.”
She nodded. ” Once I could feed my family for two weeks on that, but no more.”
“It’s always nice being given money unexpectedly, especially if it comes from a white rabbit on his way to a tea party or even from a gigantic Pooka like the one in Harvey, that old Jimmy Stewart movie.” I sighed.
“When you were young did the tooth fairy leave you money?”
“Yes, but not much,” I lamented. “But at least at this time of year my mother usually bought me new clothes.”
“I only got new clothes when I’d outgrown the old ones or wore them out-I used to climb trees and get pitch on my pants,” she smiled reminiscently. “Is that what you’d like to do with fifty dollars? Buy some new clothes?”
“Not really. But a trip to the moon on gossamer wings would be fun.”
“Well if there’s anything you need…”
“Oh I know,” I smiled. “How about we give each other fifty dollars for a present?”
“You’re suggesting we take a hundred dollars out of the bank for nothing in particular. That sounds pretty impractical to me.”
“Yes, but we don’t always have to be practical. Do we?”
She looked at me quizzically. “Probably not. Well, I have a better idea. How about we split this money and I’ll give you half. That way you can buy something impractical and I’ll spend mine the way I want
Well, it’s that time of the year when we start receiving enquiries regarding flying ointments, asking when we will be starting to make some more, as the ones we had done in the past. The bitter truth is that we have never stopped making flying ointments at Occvlta, but we keep them to ourselves and the closest members of our Craft practice. And this is for a reason.
In this article we would like to speak about this polemic and widely debated topic, and say a few things about ointments that you may not like at all, mainly about their misuse, their composition, their availability, and their underlying concepts. Perhaps this helps understanding our approach and why we stopped selling them in the first place.
How should be a flying ointment considered?
There are several approaches to a flying ointment: there is the purely historical approach, that contemplates flying ointments either as a construct of the prosceutors of witches during the late middle ages and early modern period, or as a development of old psychoactive recipes. But, if regarding ointments as a construct by witch hunters an inquisitors, we are neglecting, first and foremost, the existence of a series of personae who had known of the art of veneficium for centuries, i.e. ‘the making of poisons and antidotes’, and so we are ignoring an ancient legacy of herbal knowledge in relationship with magic. This is a deeply flawed and incomplete vision of veneficium, magical herbalism, and witchcraft in general, for the ointment was considered a proof that invalidated contact with spirits (which is actually the key of all witchcraft).
Secondly, we could look at the flying/witch ointment as the descendant of ancient medical drugs that caused narcotic effects on the body, a kind of medicinal/psychoactive tools for spiritual and physical healing. Those recipes were demonized during the 15th century and still used by physicians as an explanation of the physical effects of spirit flight to the Witches Sabbat, again, detaching it from any spiritual depth. In summary, these two conceptions considers the ointment from the view of the researcher, but, how should it be regarded by the practitioner or the wanderer of the Crooked Path?
Perhaps the most adequate approach for those who want to master this Craft would be taking into account an animistic view of the constituents and the crafting process, considering the ointment as a trascendental boon received by the Witch Master from its very inception, a metaphysical pharmakon employed in a magical/sabbatic context. This, of course, is not saying anything about the real existence and tangibility of the ointment.
So should we regard an ointment as a psychoactive actual object or as a manifestation of a witch mystery of Sabbatic congressus? This, of course, depends on each one of us. In our case, we consider the ointment to be a mystery that acquires the mask of the actual balm or the oil to work, yet this conception may offer some misunderstandings that should be clarified.
Misunderstanding and misusing a flying ointment
When we say that the ointment is a real existing green stenchy balm that is meant to unfold the Mysteries of the Sabbat, we mean exactly that. However, nowadays we find all sorts of people in search of “magical/flying ointments” for inadequate/dangerous reasons, practitioners that fill the experience of using a flying ointment with expectations that may endanger a sacred practice.
There are those who look for medicinal/herbal mild salves with subtle relaxing effects, in the manner of the ancient sedative drugs we have previously mentioned, so that may aid them in a meditative trance without being in danger of intoxication. Even though regarding the ointment as a means to bodily relaxation or a trascendental task is totally licit and correct, one should take into account that the ointment is to be conceived primarily as a potentially dangerous or ‘taboo‘, and looking for low herbal dosages is not the point of this brew.
There are also those who get hold of an ointment while looking for a psychoactive ‘a-legal high‘, something that provides them with mild hallucinations, or perceivable effects on the psyche without the socially compromising view of drugs. Mind you, these effects could appear when interacting with spirits such as Crow’s bread, ergot, bufotenine, etc. but they are not to be expected in the mixtures suggested by researchers mainly ruled by atropine, scopolamine, etc. Again, this need to detach from boredom, to use a sacred substance as a recreational drug has no room in the Witch rite. The practitioner should not expect to escape from his daily life but to BEND reality in order to transcend.
An ointment encapsulates the powers of Poisons (i.e. the baneful herbs that no normal human being can take, or for which there is no beneficial abuse) and the sacred process of its making, culminating in the deep transformation of the seeker. When making use of an ointment, all expectations, fears, and prejudices should be cast aside, and to do so, only a deeply trascendental setting for its making and its usage is to be expected. In the end, its ingredients are a consequence of Illumination, and there is no point trying to imitate recipes of old if they are not regarded as mysteric, and so, if they are not regarded as the staring point of a much deeper process.
Our history with flying ointments
Let us get a bit personal here. We started crafting flying ointments some years ago, always following the recipes gathered in books and grimoires, trying to mimick the recipes by researchers like Andrés Laguna, Giambattista della Porta, Pius Font i Quer, etc. Of course, we made several attempts, the first just being mildly effective in the toxicological/psychoactive sense, but they always worked well in the adequate context. As we continued experimenting, we discovered that the mindframe that accompanies the crafting process of an ointment is crucial in its effectiveness. No other task should be carried out while crafting an ointment (that means, 5-8 hours of doing nothing but that), which is something quite difficult in the times we’re living, as it demands full attention, deep worship, intuitive understanding, and a huge amount of patience. All this made the crafting of an ointment a costly process in all senses. However, we managed to create a couple of batches (with no more than 6 ointments per batch), which we sold publicly at the store, the last one in 2015.
Afterwards, we started tweaking proportions and ingredients until we started achieving what would be considered plain and simple poisonous effects on the body and the spirit. These resulting ointments were too dangerous to be sold publicly, both because we could not possibly know what usage would be made of it, and how committed and respectful would the practitioner be towards the herbs or the Masters of the Craft.
We focused on particular herbs and their effects, we experimented with different fats and oils as bases, and we got to a point where we discovered an ointment that helped us achieving what we were looking for: the mystery encapsulated under the shape of the Unguentum Sabati. However, there is a strong possibility that part of its strong effect on us was also caused by our implication in the process from the very beginning.
These days, we have witnessed how myriads of “flying ointments” have started sprouting everywhere. Well, this a double-edged sword. We rejoice in the fact that lots of people have decided to embrace magical herbalism and the Poison Path, but it feels like these artifacts are sold light-heartedly (the same happens with incenses, anyway). We just want to share a piece of advice with those who decide to craft a flying ointment: be careful with all the stages of its process. Be sure that it allows one to fly, give yourself time to test it. Do not rush it. A flying ointment, the Unguentum Sabbati, is the highest sacrament of the Poison Path, and it is to be honored with all our heart and spirit.
So, where does this leave us?
Occvlta makes and will keep making all sorts of balms and oils, but we will not offer any other Unguentum Sabbati exemplars publicly at the shop, as we feel this should not be the way to deal with such a delicate matter. However, we will offer herbal salves in a mildly poisonous/psychoactive/toxic dosage (no to be mistaken with flying ointments, it will be clearly specified).
We have agreed to offer the chance of making custom Unguentum Sabbati batches under demand or will sell the remains of those we consider safe enough to use. Those of you who desire to know more about them, or ask for a commission batch are kindly invited to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lemongrass Benefits to Support Your Health
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is a perennial herb with a distinct, lemony aroma and flavor. It’s a staple of both Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. Though the plant is native to India, it’s grown all over the world today. Lemongrass is a rich source of nutrients that offer many therapeutic benefits.
Quick Facts About Lemongrass
Scientific Names There are over fifty different species of lemongrass including Cymbopogon citratus (ornamental lemongrass), Cymbopogon nardus (Citronella), Cymbopogon flexuosus (Cochin or Malabar grass), and others.
Origin India and other Asian countries.
Health Benefits Provides antioxidants, supports the immune system, deters insects and other harmful organisms.
Common Uses Cooking, tea, perfume, cosmetics, medicine, and aromatherapy.
Benefits of Lemongrass
Lemongrass is a source of beneficial phytochemicals and specialized nutrients that support the body’s response to harmful organisms, boost the immune system and promote overall wellness. Although the balance of nutrients may vary slightly from one variety to the next, in general, lemongrass provides antioxidants like isoorientin, orientin, caffeic acid, and chlorogenic acid; all of which help halt the damaging action of free radicals. Caffeic acid, in particular, may neutralize free radical action up to 85%.
1. Supports the Body’s Response to Harmful Organisms
Some of the phytochemicals found in lemongrass are resistant to harmful organisms. Two of which, geraniol and nerol, are effective against a broad spectrum of harmful organisms. Another citral targets candida, specifically.
Lemongrass may also be effective against entire colonies of organisms known as biofilms. A biofilm is a thin, slimy, continuous collection of organisms that adheres to a surface with the help of proteins and sugar. Dental plaque on teeth is a common example of a biofilm.
2. Promotes Normal Immune System Response
Lemongrass encourages a normal, balanced immune system response—not one that’s over reactive and ends up doing more harm than good. In that way, lemongrass may protect healthy cells and help soothe irritated tissue. Lemongrass contains two antioxidants, geraniol, and nerol, that belong to a class of phytochemicals called monoterpenes. These phytochemicals influence the immune response. Citral also affects immune response by discouraging the body from producing cytokines—proteins that cause inflammation. Geraniol and citral also work in tandem to discourage the proliferation of malfunctioning cells and encourage the body to detoxify itself of them.
3. Stomach Protection
Your stomach features a protective lining called the mucosal layer that prevents acidic, gastric juices from damaging the interior of the stomach. It’s not uncommon, however, for alcohol or over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin to upset this protective layer. According to Brazilian folk medicine, lemongrass essential oil may help protect the mucosal layer of the stomach.
4. Encourages Normal Cardiovascular Health
Lemongrass offers a multi-tier approach for supporting cardiovascular health. First, as a source of antioxidants, lemongrass may disrupt the oxidation of fat in the arteries. Second, the citral in lemongrass helps to relax overstressed blood vessels. And, lastly, although more research is necessary to quantify the effects in humans, the results of some animal studies suggest that lemongrass promotes normal cholesterol levels.
5. Deters Insects
Topical or environmental application of lemongrass essential oil has long been used as a mosquito deterrent. You’re probably familiar with the outdoor citronella candles designed to keep mosquitoes at bay. The citronella in those candles is usually sourced from the Cymbopogon winterianus or Cymbopogon nardus varieties of lemongrass. In fact, the mosquito-deterring effects of lemongrass oil are comparable to many chemical repellants such as DEET.
6. Encourages Restful Sleep
Night owls rejoice! If you struggle falling or staying asleep, lemongrass can help. Studies have found that lemongrass may increase sleep duration, encourage dream remembrance, and promote restful sleep.
Tips for Growing Lemongrass
Lemongrass does best in regions 8-11, but you can still grow it indoors if you live in a colder region. Take a stalk of lemongrass and peel off the dry outer layers and discard. Place the skinned stalks upright in a tall glass or jar. Add about 1-2 inches of water to the jar to cover the base of the stalks. Place in a window or another sunny area to encourage root growth. Change the water frequently—about once a day—over the next month. Delicate roots should sprout from the end of the stalks. Once they reach 2 inches, they’re ready to plant.
To plant, dig a hole either in a container or the ground. Gently fill the space around the lemongrass stalk with soil, being careful not to break the roots. Make sure to keep the soil around the plant well hydrated, but not soaked. In 3-4 months, when the plant is well established, you can start harvesting. Cut fresh stalks as needed for tea or recipes. Keep your lemongrass well pruned to encourage consistent harvests. To store, peel off the tough, dry sheath around the harvested stalks, cut to size, and store in a plastic bag in the freezer until needed.
Lemongrass is available fresh, dried, powdered, or as an essential oil. Your intentions will dictate the best form to select. Fresh lemongrass is best for cooking, extracts are commonly found in supplements, and the essential oil has many aromatherapy applications.
Lemongrass Tea Recipe
Lemongrass tea is an easy and excellent way to add lemongrass to your diet. To make a tea with fresh lemongrass stalk, roughly chop three whole stalks, pour 6 cups of almost-boiling water over the fresh lemongrass, and steep for at least 5 minutes. Add raw honey to taste if you prefer a sweet flavor. You can also use dry stalks if you smash them with a tenderizer first and steep for longer—about 10 minutes.
Coming Full Circle
by Madison Taylor
When we come full circle there is the feeling that we have come to a familiar place but we are somehow different.
Life is a circular journey through our issues and processes, and this is why things that are technically new often seem very familiar. It is also why, whenever we work to release a habit, change a pattern, or overcome a fear, we often encounter that issue one last time, even after we thought we had conquered it. Often, when this happens, we feel defeated or frustrated that after all our hard work we are still dealing with the same problem. However, the reappearance of a pattern, habit, or fear, is often a sign that we have come full circle, and that if we can maintain our resolve through one last test, we will achieve a new level of mastery in our lives.
When we come full circle, there is often the feeling that we have arrived in a familiar place, but that we ourselves are somehow different. We know that we can handle challenges that seemed insurmountable when we began our journey, and there is the feeling that we might be ready to take on a new problem, or some new aspect of the old problem. We feel empowered and courageous to have taken on the challenge of stopping a pattern, releasing a habit, or overcoming a fear, and to have succeeded. At times like these, we deserve a moment of rest and self-congratulation before we move on to the next challenge.
Coming full circle is like stepping into a clearing where, for a moment, we can see where we came from and where we are standing at the same time. Remembering that we will be tested again is important, but it’s also important to pause and take a look at the ground we’ve covered, honoring our courage, our persistence, and our achievement. Then we can begin the next leg of our circular journey with a fuller understanding of where we are coming from.
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