Jul 27, 2011

St. Cosmas and Damian

PLEASE NOTE First of all, this article deals with the practical spiritual work with Saints that are not normally petitioned in Hoodoo tradition, meaning; Hoodoo as a system of magick, seems to have , what may be seen as a  “list of Saints” that are used in magickal work, and technically speaking, working with any other Saint  is unofficial. I’d love to “beg the difference”, but I’d rather just suggest that If You see some Saint as familiar, close to You, or potentially kind(red)  and “cooperative”, You should include it in your own, personal devotions and practice. Besides, if enough Hoodoo people would do the  same, would that not make Saint a part of “official Hoodoo pantheon” ? The terms that are between quotation marks, are written so, as  I do not want do mislead anyone, deviating from official practice as some might see that .

St Cosmas and Damian Icon
But should You ask a Santerian, or Obeah practitioner they might tell You they work with Saints which You will not find on “Hoodoo lists”[1] but they might ( and usually will ) call it Hoodoo. This is a large, and debatable issue, but I  just had to mention it here, because otherwise, some self proclaimed know-it-alls, might call me out, and become offensive.

St Cosmas ( or Kosmas as otherwise spelled ) and Damian ( or Damianos ) are Christian martyrs and Saints, also Faith healers that healed many people, of/from various medical and mental conditions.
They are venerated by both those of Catholic and Orthodox Christian faith denomination. And for a good reason too. Their martyrdom had been epic and utmost commendable, as well as was their life and work.
They were raised and lived in Rome ( according to most accepted / acknowledged version ) in the III century.

Cosmas and Damian were brothers, miracle-workers, who were according to the Christian folk able to heal any condition, most often by laying hands over the patients, curing them almost instantaneously. One of their most miraculous achievements was the transplantation of the leg of recently deceased Ethiopian to an patient with ulcerous leg. This very “operation” is a theme of many medieval ( and latter ) paintings and works of art. Perhaps the most famous depiction is from 16th century, though by an unknown author. They are often depicted ( in artwork ) as being helped by Angels in their work, likewise is the case with the mentioned artwork.

     Orthodox iconographers often depict brothers standing one besides another, with Damian often on the right, shown much younger than Cosmas. They are depicted holding
medicine bottles, medicine boxes and spoons for dosing cures. They often hold plants too, one specie in particular.

     Among the Eastern Orthodox folk and Mediterranean people, they enjoy great, almost cult like respect, but more profound and sincere. They are somewhat of  “folk Saints” If they can fit the category, being that Church did acknowledge them as Saints, and  canonized them in first place. Christian people pass on tales of their wisdom, kindness and miracles.

     They were said to have known the most guarded secrets of herbal medicine and faith healing as well as that they were often helped and guided by Angels. People often address to them as “silverless” as they refused to take money for healing, instead they just asked people to believe in Christ the Lord, and according to some myths even the certain emperor himself was cured by them and consequently, acknowledged Christian G’d and Christ his son as his own Lord.

     They died as martyrs. In one version the very teacher of theirs, a pagan physician killed them, by cunningly assuring them he needed their help with herb collecting. After leading them to a certain hill, he stoned them. In another version they were arrested by the order of Perfect , crucified, stoned and tortured, hit with arrows, all in attempt to make them refuse their faith. As splendidly devoted Christians, they firmly declined, stating how their only G’d was not made, but instead he is a Creator, unlike artworks ( sculptures ) Romans worshiped , and were finally decapitated.

     It appears to be most likely that they suffered martyrdom in Syria during the Roman persecution of Diocletian, around 303, meaning the second version.

     They are considered Patron Saints of surgeons, as well as protectors of children in Brasil, where on the 27th of September ( their feast day in Catholics ) children are given candy bags with effigies printed on them. In Orthodox Christian tradition they are considered patron saints of doctors, healers and medicine-men. Folk in Balkan peninsula often refer to them as “Sveti vrachi” ( literally translates to "Holly medicine man", or "Holly witch-doctors" ) . They could be petitioned for healing, protection from evil spirits ( one legend speaks of them defending some poor men from such ), curing unnatural illnesses,  and  expelling  the "live things in You" , as they have saved a men's life to whom snaked had sneaked inside, as he has been sleeping with his mouth open, driving the snake out.

Plants associated with Silverless

     European myths associate three plants with these Saints. According to legends of Eastern European, Italians, and folks of Mediterranean, the Saints particularly praised and used three plants, most of all Sanicule ( Sanicula  europaea ) which they are sometimes depicted holding. Other two plants associated with them are Allheal ( Prunella vulgaris ) and Wood Betony ( Stachys officinalis , syn, Stachys betonica ). Common folk had no precise botany knowledge, yet identified these three plants , as those Saints praised in legends , passed often orally from ancestors to Young people, Incidentally or not Sanicule, is famed in old European tales of magickal herbs and folk fairytales. Like the one about the girl, who goes in woods searching for  the cure for her sick mother, finds a tortoise , and saves her life ( tortoise was on the ground, overturned, laying helplessly on her armor ) , and after falling asleep from fatigue dreams of the amazing mystical plant that is a “cure-all” and can easily heal  even the deadliest diseases. The girl searches the woods yet is unable to fin the plant and eventually the tortoise she previously saved appears holding the plant in her mouths. The girl take s  the plant with her, makes an infusion from it and some Nettles and saves her mother's life, for she was dying.

     The colors that would be associated with them, are usually pale green and pale celestial sky-blue. So I can assume that candles of such colors would be correspondent to them.

     And here is a soothing prayer, as used in Catholic Christian practice, to ask for their intercession, in healing an illness or to help being successful in any endeavor, or deliverance from evil ( according to Orthodox Christian writings, they preformed Miracles even after death, and they have also saved certain man from evil spirit, so they can be petitioned for such problems as well ) :

Oh glorious martyrs of Christ,
Saints Cosmas and Damian,
you gave your lives for the love of God,
benefiting your fellow man,
and crowning your martyrdom with an open and loyal profession of your faith.
You taught us to love God above all things,
and to love our fellow man as ourselves,
professing always,
and without fear,
the religion of Jesus.

Augmenting amongst the faithful populace many miracles,
you are glorious indeed.
Through your intercession,
which brings about deliverance of these miracles,
we pray to you for your aid in all things.
May your patronage never be far from us in the illness of our body and soul.

Oh great protectors,
Saints Cosmas & Damian,
assist us with your love and free us from all evils.


Giving thanks

Simply express Your gratitude and fiath to Lord, as You give donation to the Churh, maybe a church built in their name, or before their icon in the church.

NOTES: This article was composed by myself , and correspondences mentioned ( herbs, colors, giving thanks ) are suggested by myself, meaning being my personal idea based on research of the Saint’s life and folklore associated with them. Therfore should You desire to use any part of this post elsewhere feel free, but do give credits Shadow of Shadows magick place, Shadow-333@hotmail.com or a direct link to this post, and If You wish to use it in non-digital ( outside online space ) media like magazine or book, contact me via given e-mail address for approval before You do.
CREDITS: [1] One of such “Hoodoo lists” can be found here
[2] This prayer is from
http://www.catholicdoors.com/prayers/english3/p02159.htm , without any ill will, for educational purposes only
The first image is Orthodox Christian iconography, and is from www.wikipedia.com edited by me, for posting here, all rights to whom due. The second is botanical illustration of Sanicule and same saidth for the first image goes here as well.

If You wish, You can comment on wether or not should Hoodoo Saint's list be expanded
Hope this was informative many Blessings , Shadow

Jul 20, 2011

Conjure the beautiful You

showing section ( head )from "Birth of Venus "
by Botticelli, Venus with impeculate tan,
 amazing face features and golden radiant hair
shows part of ceiling art from
 Sistine's chapeln by great master
Michelangelo, showing beautiful naked Young man,
with a haircut that set's him before his time,
 regarding hair styling I'd say lol

These two images are example of depiction of  idealized Beauty in art(work)
Many other examples of beauty, made eternal in arts ( some slightly too explicite to be hosted here ) include Goya's "La Maya nuda " and "La Maja vestida " , than perhaps Gustave Corbert's "Sleep" , the famous "Discobolus" even "Death of San Sebastian" or perhaps some of many depiction of tahitian ( women ) by Paul Gaugain

A neglected topic in occultism, even in the modern practical magick , is beauty magick. Internet provides little, and honestly, most of that “little” is either junk or some bad glamour. And host of popular eye-changing spells, and most of them are but poor attempt to mimic glamour spell from certain witchcraft movie, with which most of us are quite familiar with . Now, while beauty spells and glamour are naturally connected and often intertwine, the clear difference exists. Glamour is magickal ( not magical ea scene magic ) illusionism, and encompasses all magickal acts ( spells, rituals, incantations etc . ) designed to make something appear different, invisible or otherwise altered, be it living being or object, or even just space. More often than not,  glamour spells are of very short “life span” . Therefore, it’s a very wide category, with beauty spells, of some kind, as one of it’s subcategories.An  actual beauty spell is designed to create a real, if needed be, physical, toften permanent,  change of human appearance, and is strictly targeted and very practical. Old ( or to say ancient ) wizards, despite having the most powerful charms and spells for beauty ( at least that is what occult community generality believes, and  what many esotery expert s agree ) would find such spells reserved “just for clients”, those vain and of profane ( not to use shallow ) mind.

Well, let me say that they would not think so If they lived in today’s world. Today, everything revolves around beautiful people, and anything less than near perfection ( in terms of morphologic beauty concept ) is ugly, and consequently, discarded due to being unworthy. Many might argue this statement, but let’s be honest and practical, beautiful people do not need particular effort to find or maintain some good  job, heck, they might hardly even need degree.
The SAD TRUTH is that we live in community that is decadent in virtues and has a tendency in progressive downfall in same. Meaning , If You are spiritually and mentally aware enough to see behind physical appearance, most of other people , and “accidentally” those who’s opinion maters, are not.
Well not to ramble any longer on that, those are some reasons that inspired me to write this article, as I consider the topic needs some refreshing information, from eclectic perspective. Besides I did , as I am sure I’ve mentioned before, indented this blog to deal with practical information ;)

Hoodoo and Conjure

It’s only expected that Hoodoo does not pack that much of a punch in beauty spells, knowing it’s historical background. Seduction and love attraction, money-love attraction and love dominations, seem to have been  more important and practical for slave people, who had more practical needs than modeling :D Nevertheless Hoddoo still provides some immensely powerful procedures to help increase the physical beauty and show the hidden, inner beauty, that mysterious glamour that makes people liked and pretty even if their facial or other antropo-morphological measurements do not follow beauty “codex” of measurements.

So we have brands such as “Seduction”, “Look me over” , “Glamour” etc. Herbs used in Hoodoo to “become” beautiful include ( but most likely are not limited on )
- Rosemary , often soaked in water and then used to wash the face, to make one more beautiful [1]
- Lemon balm , to cut ties with all the bad and provide Youthful, healthy and fresh look, especially when, worn out or stressed out look appears . Mostly used in form of bath ( body wash ) or infusion
- Solomon’s seal root – for beauty and wisdom of King Solomon , carried as charm, in conjure bags or used in incenses and baths
- Goldenseal root threads - used by those that seek physical beauty and pretty appeararance
- St John TC root – for masculine beauty
- Angelica root and Orris root – for feminine or sage-like beauty
- Rose – Red and pink are usually used by female, while white and yellow inspire , that look, of nice, slightly smug, appealing gentleman
Additional, and useful botanicals may include neroli essential oil or Bergamot essential oil, or Jasmine and/or Vanilla if female ( to “sweeten up” the looks )

Hoodoo beauty jar spell

Write the attributes You wish to draw, or changes You wish to make, or simply “beauty” , “good looks”, whatever inspires sense of good looking and appealing appearance to You, and place it inside a jar, place a fed lodestone on it, then add pinch of brown sugar, some Rose hips, few branches of Rosemary, small piece of Solomon’s seal root, pinch of Goldenseal root threads, and cover with lid. You may wish to add some personal concern of Your , such as hair or nail clippings . Atop the jar, place a purple candle that is scented with Bergamot and Lavender essential oil ( diluted in base oil ) or some Florida water. Light the candle, and say something along the lines ( I composed this simple prayer,
You can use Your own words of power ) :

“Lord , we ask You humbly, bless us with beauty as outwards so inwards. Let our heart be pure and pretty to You, and let our appearances be pretty to other human. Make us as trees planted near streams, those that do not wither . And like the lilies of the field, may the beauty of the righteous always grow Lord, so that when those that judge us by physical , look at us, see the Glory of Your Creations, in our hearts and in sight of us. And to us give heart free of vain, one that radiate beauty from within, and we’ll always praise You, Oh Lord !”
Then this Psalm139th line 14th
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well !

Conjure bag for beauty

In a pretty,  purple, or white mojo bag add the following ingredients :
• Solomon’s seal root piece
• Goldenseal root threads
• Rosemary branch
• Tumbled Quartz or a piece of Petrified wood, or piece of Snake skin sheds ( either of three )
• And First pentacle of Mercury

Dress with some Florida water, or Orange hydrosol, or few drops of “Look me over” or “Glamour oil” or “Enchantment oil”, blow three times on mojo, close I, bless , and carry on Your behalf, whenever You wish to look good.
Female practitioners might add Erzule Freda’s Veve too, and Amber makes a good addition for males and females on this mojo.

Doll baby spell for beauty

With the bare mention of doll babie and/or poppet, most people will get associations of Voodoo, but this particular spell I wrote, is however, quite undefined in terms of tradition, and might be seen as simple folk witchcraft spell, and obviously could be adopted and used by Voodooists as well
Under a New Moon create the doll or poppet, out of some sweet cookie like dough, and to the batch add Rosemary and Rose petals . Scent it with few drops of Lemon balm tincture,  or use Lemon balm tea instead of the water   in/for  the batch. When the batch is ready, light a white, orange and purple candle and place the dough between them. Then shape the poppet, picturing Yourself pretty and beautiful. Bless the poppet and sprinkle it with some Florida water. Let the candles extinguish themselves out.
Place it at a bottom of plant pot, or in a hole You’ve dug up in Your garden ( or in some forest , bellow some nice long-lasting tree ) . Plant some nice, pretty looking plant over it, and as You are buring it say :

The cookie may turn to dust,
The dolly may wither,
But my beauty will last,
And with Moon shall grow better
Nature spirits hear my plea, as I wish
So mote it be !

If You can, for each day until the Full Moon water the plant, under that poppet is planted.

There, those were some spells as I  wrote/composed  them, and as You can probably notice, my love towards   folk magick is prevalent in those. Here is another spell, indented to be used by European witches and perhaps Wicca as well , and a few nice formulas

Witchcraft spell for beauty

On a night of Full Moon, place a bowl of spring water on Your altar, between two green tapper candles .If possible, set it so it reflects Moon on the sky. Now place some Maidenhair fern, Rosemary , Rose petals, Lemon balm and a Green opal stone in the bowl with water. Light the candles , and stir the water with Your fingers, few times chanting :

Blessed may this essence be, Precious beauty bring to me, Moonlight and spirits converse together, make my face and figure prettier !

Then let it stay awhile while You think about beauty and how You wish to look, while watching Your reflection in the water. Finally , wash Your face and sprinkle You body thrice with the water saying :

Pulchritudo capiam , et pulcher ( man ) / pulchra ( women ) fiam ! 3x

Use the remaining water in bath, or pour in Your Yard, and save opal to keep it as beauty charm.
Other stones that are reputed to bring beauty to the wearer include : Cat’s eye, Amber, Jasper, Opal, Orange Zircone [2] and Jade and Clear and Rainbow Quartz.

Winter Queen water :)

This fairly simple formula evokes old fairy- tale scents of cinnamon and apple cakes, nearside fireplace with snowing out, at winter don’t You think ? And is fairly simple , all You need is :
• Melted first snow, or first icicle
• Holly leaves
Make it into infusion and use to wash face for beautiful tan, and enticing , charming appearance, pale and mysterious [3]

Hungary water

It’s an old European cologne like recipe, form late 13th early 14th century, allegedly given to Hungary queen by certain Monk or according to some sources Alchemist. Either way, it’s used to restore and retain beauty and youthfulness , and as the legend says Queen Isabella or Saint Elisbateh of Hungary ( different source attribute it to different queen ) thanks to the water looked as If she was 30, when she was 70
The recipes are as debatable and mysterious as the history of the very cologne, but the oldest surviving recipes claimed how certain fresh herbs and spicesw should be soaked in brandy, or in vinegar/ Herbs that appear in most recipes I’ve been able to find are:
• Rosemary
• Lemon Balm
• Thyme
• Lavender
• Mint
• Sage
• Lemon
• Orange flowers
• Basil and
• Marjoram
So experiment  You could of course use essential oils in ethanol ( 70% ) and distilled water ( 30% )

Finally, let’s mention a few tricks that are originated from Balkan penniuslla folk magick, simple but very effective

Face of sparks and hair of Sun

In Balkan cunning folk advise Young female to wash their face with water in which they have boiled Nettle , collected when the Sun is rising, in the dawning of the new day, as it will make their face appear bright, and “sparkling” so to enchant men and wards off any unwanted competition. Thought the infusion must be enchanted, with the cunning rime

I washed my face with Stinging nettle
Other’s beauty compared to mine will be fable !

Young lads that collect the Nettle in same manner, will make a ring or a loop out of it, and place it in their right pocket to induce desire in girl/s

An old cunning women once taught me that to make one’s hair and face shine like “from the other world” , one must make infusion of onions peels and wash their head with it. It’s supposed to draw the inner beauty of the spirit out, and “make the soul’s crown shins brighter” , as the old women told me. Now I must comment, that this is very surprising, that she would say that, as old Balkan folk in rural place, though keepers of many old secrets, were not familiar with chakras, and this infusion could technically “boost” crown chakra’s work.
I’d say ( additionally ) why not combine the two tricks :D
There are specific times of year when Balkan folk would perform rituals to ensure beauty. Despite not having Solomonic day/hour – planetary correspondences, time in magick, certain days or Moon phase in particular have essential role in many magick spells of Balkan folk witchcraft. To illustrate this here is a quote from text I am working on :

On the religious ( Christian ) holiday of Palm Sunday ( that falls on Sunday before Easter according to Orthodox Gregorian calendar ) , or better yet in even ( as night ) before it, water is collected in larger container ( any, even tap water will do just fine ) and placed outside, preferably under a flowering tree. Flowers of Lilac, Roses, and Fruit blossoms ( often used Cherry, Orange, Plum or Peach blossom but it does not really matters which blossom , of which tree/fruit ) along with Rosemary twigs and Lemon balm , are placed in this water , freshly plucked, to represent health and beauty. They are left outside over night, and In the morning, as the Sun rises the container is taken into house ( meaning on the morning of the Palm Sunday ) and all house members, that would like, wash their face and sprinkle their body with this water, making sign of Cross and saying : “In the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit” , and leaving the water to air dry. This is said to ensure beauty and to make ageing insignificant and almost unnoticeable if preformed regularly each year. For children, which are highly suggested to take participation in this ritual, it ensures growing into beautiful and healthy Young man and women.

NOTES: This article was written and composed by me, and I have written all the formulas except the Winter Queen water ( check credits bellow ), therefore If You wish to use it elsewhere, You must provide credits Shadow of Shadows magick place, Shadow-333@hotmail.com or a direct link to this post
CREDITS : [1] Suggested to be used in such manner by Catherine Yronwode in her book “Hoodoo herb and root magick” [2] Five crystals, first five mentioned are suggestions by Cunningham, Scoot from his “Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem and Metal magick” [3] recipe for Winter or Snow Queen water can be found in Judika Illes’s “Encyclopedia of 5000 spells” in original form, as it was edited by me in this post , and ALL CREDITS TO THE AUTHOR, I posted it here with no ill will, as a sample, for educational and review/discussion purposes , then, image first, and second show idealized examples of beauty in art, the two here being sections of “Birth of Venus” by Renaissance master Boticelli, here showing head of Venus and Naked man from Sixtine chapel’s ceiling showing naked man, of course by Michelangelo, picture three shows botanical illustration of goldenseal root and it was in public domain, I edited it for posting here , The first two images came from www.wikipedia.com and are used here merely for illustrative and explanatory purposes, without ill will or any bad intentions

Hope You find this interesting, but before all helpful as that's the reason I wrote the article in firstplace
Lots of love and light, Be Blessed, Shadow

Jul 8, 2011

Reicpes and Formulas : Infusions and philtre type potions

While I was “digging” through my personal library the other night, a book that I have rarely had chance to read, hit me in the head. Well, to be honest quite a few felt on me, but this one seemed to have targeted the head lol

It was a print of a rare magickal text called “Ars Philtron” by amazing, intelligent and very interesting occultist Dr Schulke. After skimming briefly, I felt the need to write down few outburst ideas about recipes for potions, in form of infusions or as “old mages” called them philtre. Now this is a misnomer really , as philtre as a term for potion became popular in middle ages, when the two most common type of potions vere death and love potions/waters , that were most often nothing more than aphrodisiac drinks and poisons, though made in a manner that would confuse even the modern day organic chemist, or pharmacist. Nevertheless, their effect was astonishing and was considered act of magick.

Still the name evokes nice ancient/old/vintage or even gothic magick - style sceneries in mind, hence is often used in occult community. Anyhow, it has been awhile, since I have shared some recipes, raw , without any particular topic assigned to them ( recipes and formulas label section ) so I decided to share these :

Sanctuary potion

This potion is meant to be used indoors, or to be more precise in Your home, or dwellings or even just Your room. Formula is indented for that “special” place of Yours, should it, at certain point, become disturbed by vicious spirits, be them mere ghosts or even demons, or bad energies and vibrations. So the formula will restore the sanctity and peace of the place by driving everything that is bad out and invoking luck ( hence the White Heather and Rosemary ) and good energies to take its place.

· St John’s wort, best If plucked on a sunny midday

· Rosemary branches, very small three of those

· Cayenne pepper, one whole, to move out, send away evil

· Basil, a nice sprig

· White heather ( Calluna vulgaris, Erica arborea )

· Blessed salt in a small pinch

· Sprig water or blessed tap water as a base

· OPTIONAL : Spoon of Holly water into colleen ,strained potion

Keep water in vessel until it nearly boils, then add herb by herb, preferably whispering to each ingredient what You want it to do, and praising it’s G’d given powers. Bring it to boil and stir steadily for seven or thirteen heartbeats. Then remove from heat, and dye the potion with some blue dye, be it laundry blue, indigo or common blue food dye. Cover and let it sit from 30mins, if You are in a hurry , or best for 3 hours. Strain, and If You have add a spoon of Holy water, Water of Notre damme, Marie Leveaux peace water or Sun infused water even. Stir once again, bless, bottle and it’s ready to use.

Such potion is brilliant to be used as floorwash, or If You find Your “sacred place” suddenly and heavily disturbed and You feel that You have to act instantaneously, pour it in small, fragile bottles ( 20-30ml,very thin glass ) and toss them on the floor of the affected place, shouting some exorcism incantation, prayer or alike words of power ( for example latin phrase: Extra domus ! which translates to Out of home ! ), after which You are normally to clean the floor, and place remainings somewhere in Your own yard, or on a bottom of a plant pot.

Regarding the quantities, I myself am not a strict follower of quantities, in magickal herbalism, as it’s not apothecary, as long as You use herbs safe to ingest or use externally. And if You use toxic plants, hallucinogens and /or irritants, You’d better know Your pharmacopeia material, otherwise go learn and then come back and dabble with physiologically ( or better said biochemically ) dangerous plants .

Aquaeum Mantia

This formula comes from an enticing and original magickal text called “Ars Philtron” by Dr. Shulke , who is a member of Cultus sabatti. Among other, many of his formulas give a way scent of old, arhaic and slightly gothic formulas, focusing on green gnosis, power of minerals, magnetized and infused waters as well as bodily fluids. Concoctions of a true magickal value, as presented in old Grimoires such as texts of Paracelsus, or Clavicula solomonis, which with no difficulty suggested using of all sort of materials besides botanicals, many of which toaday would be probably be illegal to attain and use J

The formula I chose to host and present here ( for educative and purposes of discussion and review only ) is all herbs J a nice, common, yet powerful infusion, drunk prior mantic work or divinations and scrying or even visions and dreams inducing. The author suggests combining:

· Petals of red rose, fresh and slightly bruised , 30g

· Borage fresh leaves and flowers 18g

· Chamomile 18g

· Mugwort 5 leaves

The author further suggests dipping ( infusing ) herbs ( all but rose petals ) in a liter of boiling water and covering and letting them steep for 2 hours, after which the Rose petals are added, and the infusion is left for another hour covered , then strained and drunk “on a empty stomach” prior to oracular work or divination.

To me personally seems as decent formula, based on herbs that strengthen second sight and ESP, such as Mugwort, and those that inspire, animate and uplift spirit, so it can ascend from bounding of the fable flesh ( Borage ) as well as those that illuminate ( Chamomile ) , with the traditional Clairvoynace formulas ingredients and a blessing agent in form of Rose petals.

Possible additions, for sake of “personal touch” may be in from of Lunar infused honey or a pinch of cinnamon or few Poppy petals, maybe a Yarrow flower head, but the above formula is more than sufficient and brilliant as it is, these may, as I said, be merely additions to personalize formula or improve taste.

Aquaeum Vocis Spiriti

This is my personal formula, for a quick potion that repels evil spirits, especially those that might appear at night, to torment sleepers mind and body. It can be aspersed lightly over the room or drunk to provide strength, cleanse the affected mind and ward spiritual attacks. It’s based on herbs reputed to repel evil, throughout various cultures and for centuries. Furtehrmore, some of those ingredients have a strong reputation and Mind clearing agents and magickal peace bringers, such as Basil or Mint, while Vervain is long associated with exorcism, longlivity and wisdom and allegedly ingredient of “Cedriween’s brew” , which according to lore, in just few sips may reveal all sort of magical secrets and instill vast magickal knowledge to one that drinks some

· Vervain , teaspoon

* Mint, in half a teaspoon

· Rue, in a good pinch

· Basil in a teaspoon

· 2-3dl of water, sprig or Blessed ( 7-10 fl oz’s app. )

Bring the water to boil and pour over the botanicals, then stir three times, cover and leave to sit for some good hour or more. Strain, and If sweetening, sweeten with Solar-infused honey, or Linden honey . Bless with soothing prayer or incantation, and asperse or drink prior to bedtime, or even in case of sudden awakening by some nasty spirit.

Due to containing Rue and Basil it may come handy as addition in anti evil eye baths.

NOTES: The first and the third formua/s were composed ( written ) by myself, while the second formula "Aquaeum Mantia" can be found, in original, unedited form in text "Ars Philtron" by Dr Shulke, and it was posted here for sole purposes of education and discussion of the formula , with NO ILL WILL intended, ALL CREDITS TO THE AUTHOR. If You wish to use my own formulas elswhere online , feel free but do add credits : Shadow-333@hotmail.com or a direct link to this post. Should You wish to use them in some printed media, send me an e-mail, so I can see if I can allow You to. The first image shows the painting "The love potion" by Evelyn Morgan and is from www.wikipedia.com, used here for ILLUSTRATIVE purposes only. The second is a photo of Calluna vulgaris, edited by myself.

Abundance of Blessings ,from Shadow to You :)