Sunday, January 6, 2013

Winter's Solstice

To make Winter Solstice Oil,

 1/8 Cup grape seed oil or other base oil of your choice.
 Add the following:
4 drops pine oil
2 drops orange oil
2 drops cedar oil
2 drops juniper oil
2 - 3 small lumps of frankincense, finely ground

As you blend the oils, visualize your intent, and take in the aroma. Know that this oil is sacred and magical. Label, date, and store in a cool, dark place. Use during your Yule celebrations to anoint participants or tools.


Yule Incense

Scents have a way of making time stand still for us sometimes, and the aromas of the winter holidays are no exception. For many people, re-creating the smells and emotions of our childhood, or even of some distant ancestral memory, is part of the magic of the Yule season.

To make your own magical winter night's incense, first determine what form you’d like to make. You can make incense with sticks and in cones, but the easiest kind uses loose ingredients, which are then burned on top of a charcoal disc or tossed into a fire. This recipe is for loose incense, but you can always adapt it for stick or cone recipes.

As you mix and blend your incense, focus on the intent of your work. This particular recipe is one which evokes the spices and magic of a cold December night. Use it during a ritual, if you like, or as a smudging incense to purify a sacred space. You can also toss some into your fire just to make the house smell like winter.

2 parts Juniper berries
2 parts mugwort
1 part cedar
1 part pine resin
1 part laurel leaves
1 part chopped sweetgrass
½ part rosemary

Add your ingredients to your mixing bowl one at a time. Measure carefully, and if the leaves or blossoms need to be crushed, use your mortar and pestle to do so. As you blend the herbs together, state your intent. You may find it helpful to charge your incense with an incantation, such as:

As the sun returns, back to the earth,
we celebrate life and death and rebirth.
Cold winter nights and chilly days,
smoke in the sky, carry ills away.
A time of magic, at the longest night,
for without the dark, there cannot be light.
Herbs of power, blended by me,
As I will, so it shall be.

Store your incense in a tightly sealed jar. Make sure you label it with its name and date. Use within three months, so that it remains charged and fresh.


Pans woodland Potpourri

A basketful of Pan's Woodland Potpourri makes a fragrant altar
decoration, a sacred fire offering to the Horned God, and a
wonderful Sabbat gift idea.

two handfuls of cedar twigs,
two handfuls of pine needles,
one handful of larch or alder cones
three tablespoons of dried myrtle leaves
a bit of dried lichen
two tablespoons each of dried southernwood, salt,
and powdered orris root.

Combine the following ingredients,Stir it gently with a wooden wand [a
wooden spoon will also work] as you sprinkle the potpourri with
one teaspoon of cedar or sandalwood oil

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