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Llewellyn Magick Blog: The Many Magical Uses of Herbal Waters   Leave a comment

Greetings Fellow Witches!

 

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From the Llewellyn Magick Blog, April 4, 2017:

Herbal washes and waters are among the most popular tools used in traditional forms of shamanism and folk magick around the world. They have existed for as long as humans have known how to make herbal teas, but their uses go far beyond medicinal beverages. In fact, they are exceptionally powerful tools in any witch‘s arsenal—it might just be easier to list the ways in which herbal waters cannot be used than to list all of their diverse applications. Visit any botanica (shops that cater to African and Caribbean Traditions, such as Santeria, Voodoo, and Hoodoo) and you will typically find several shelves fully stocked with herbal washes for as many purposes as you can imagine.

Yet, for some unfathomable reason, they have been slow to work their way into modern forms of witchcraft. Perhaps this is due to the less-than-amicable relationship between most indigenous folk traditions and modern Neopaganism. In past decades, some aspects of the older systems (such as their focus on the dead and underworld, and their use of animal sacrifice) made many Neopagans uncomfortable. As a result, many things—even very useful things—that originate in those traditions were overlooked by Western practitioners.

Today’s witches and ritual magicians are much more open to magical items that might be found on shelves next to skulls and coffin nails. However, some of these, like herbal washes, are new and mysterious to modern students, who are often unsure exactly how they are intended to be used.

Read the Rest at:  http://www.llewellyn.com/blog/2017/04/many-magical-uses-of-herbal-waters/

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Making Solomonic Herbal Holy Water (with Pics!)   8 comments

Greetings Conjurors!

I have just updated my page on how to make Herbal Holy Waters specific to the Planetary forces.  And, along with that, I thought you might like to see some photos from my most recent efforts to make some.  🙂  These were taken during the last waxing moon, on the days/hours of Luna and Jupiter respectively.

The following two pictures show the plants I gathered for the process.  On Monday I gathered nine plants sacred to the Moon:  Jasmine, Honeysuckle, Water Lily (inc. Lotus), Juniper, Geranium (Citronella), Willow (Bottle-brush), Spearmint, Aloe, and a couple of other Succulents:

 

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Nine plants sacred to Luna.

 

On Thursday I gathered four plants sacred to Jupiter:  Cedar, Pine, Bay Laurel, and Honeysuckle:

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Four plants sacred to Jupiter.

 

In each case, my wife and I went out to find these plants in our own hometown.  This ensures they are fresh and intimately connected with our own genus loci (local spirits).  Then, on the proper planetary hour, I lit a candle of the appropriate color and submerged the green plants into a gallon of pure spring water:

 

The Lunar Plants in Spring Water - before ripping and tearing.

Lunar Plants in Spring Water – before ripping and tearing.

 

Then, as my daughter or wife held the Bible open for me, I proceeded to read the Psalms I had chosen for the ritual.  (I used four Psalms for Jupiter, and nine for Luna.)  While I chanted, I proceeded to rip and tear the plants with my bear hands in the water – slowly but surely turning the water opaque with the “blood” of the plants:

 

Lunar Water just before straining. Notice how dark the water has become.

Lunar Water just before straining. Notice how dark the water has become.

 

Jupiter Water just before straining. Not ever plant results in dark green color - but the water here is still opaque.

Jupiter Water just before straining. Not every plant results in dark green color – but the water here is still opaque.

 

Once I simply could not tear or squeeze the plants any further, and the water had become dark, I added in several ounces of Solomonic Holy Water; for an extra blessed kick.  😉  I then allowed the results to sit for some time until the candles had completely burned out.  Finally, I poured the finished herbal waters into gallon jugs for storing in the refrigerator.  The final picture below is of the finished product as it appears on my Doc Solomon’s website.  (The middle bottle is the Lunar Water, and the right-hand bottle is the Jupiter.)

 

The finished product. (middle bottle is the Lunar Water, right-hand bottle is the Jupiter.)

The finished product.

 

If you are interested in the page at Doc Solomon’s where I am currently selling these Herbal Waters, just click here and enjoy!  🙂