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Monday, December 31, 2012

Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony - Rock God Tribute



And another one without the annoying music:

St. Sylvester's Day Lore

December 31st is St. Sylvester's Day. Here is some associated folklore:

  • To be born on Sylvester's day gives a love of change that is carried too far.
  • It is a bad day for reconciling enemies.
  • December thirty-first, when Judas hanged himself, is considered by many a very unlucky day.
  • On Sylvester night all water is turned into wine, but only between 12 and 1 o'clock.
  • In Ireland on the last day of the year a cake is thrown at the door by the head of the house to prevent hunger from entering during the coming year.
  • Whoever sees his or her shadow on St. Sylvester's night, without any head to the shadow will die within a year.
  • On the last day of the old year rats are going about everywhere in the house, and if they hear nothing said about them, they will never go there again; but if the word rat is mentioned in their hearing, they will take it as an invitation and will return in great numbers.
It used to be a custom not long since for the inhabitants of St. Pierre on the island of Guernsey to turn out in a body on the 31st of December to bury an effigy representing the old year in the sand of Vazon Bay. This was called burying the "End of the Year." This custom is now extinct, and popular corruption has mixed it up with the burning of Guy Fawke's effigy on the 5th of November, so much so that the figure of Guy is now called "The end of the year" without any reason whatever.

In Germany New Year's eve is called Sylvester's Eve and it is considered ill luck to go to bed before the new year has begun. There is a widespread superstition that if you keep awake on that night and hear a chorus of voices singing hymns, you will have good luck all the year. In many families the children recite verses (New-Year wishes) for their parents, ask their forgiveness for wrong-doings during the past year and promising good behavior for the new year. Great revelries are held on that night in almost every country and many superstitious rites are observed.

In Scotland the last day of the year is considered propitious for almost any undertaking, especially marriage.

Found in:
Encyclopaedia of Superstitions, Folklore, and the Occult Sciences of the World

Russian Bath House Oracle

This Russian New Year's Eve women's divination ritual foretells the fortunes awaiting in the New Year. In the days before private bathrooms and indoor plumbing, the bathhouse was a place of social as well as hygienic significance. It is also often a place of great magical and spiritual significance. What is now only a "bathhouse" was once the home for spiritual, shamanic, and magic rites. Babies were born in the bathhouse, healings performed, men and women readied for marriage. Post Christianity, the bathhouse retained its power but also developed an aura of the forbidden.

In Russia, the bathhouse maintains a magical aura akin to a crossroads. The bathhouse is also the home of powerful spirits, ancient pagan deities now demoted to bathhouse guardians. Forgotten spirits tend to be grouchy spirits, although not always. This ritual takes place at midnight, ideally at midnight, the threshold of the New Year.

Taking turns, women remove their underwear and approach the bathhouse backwards, skirts lifted over their heads. The bathhouse door is left partially open. Each woman sticks her naked bottom through the door and waits.

If the resident spirit slaps or scratches her, this is not a good sign for the coming year. If, on the other hand, she receives a gentle and pleasurable caress, with hands rather than claws, her future shines bright, while a kiss is auspicious enough to go buy some lottery tickets.

Source: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Celebrating the Animals

Make any kind of favorite cake, ice it, and decorate it with a circle of animal figures.These can be homemade of modeling clay, or bought from any toy store. Read the following invocation over the cake as you serve it:


Creatures of the wild world,
We honor your strength,
We honor your power,
We honor your joy!
May you bring us
The Gift of your presence,
The Blessing of your truth,
The Light of your being,
Now and through the year to come.

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Celtic Tree Months

The moon is perhaps humankind's oldest form of marking time. According to some scholars, the Celts used a Lunar Calendar that consisted of 13 months, each 28 days in length. Each month of the Celtic Lunar calendar bears the name of a tree, which also stands for one of the consonants in the Celtic 'tree alphabet'. There are basically two different versions of this Lunar calendar: the Beth-Luis-Nion (which begins on the Winter Solstice) and the Beth-Luis-Fearn (which begins on Samhain).


Beth-Luis-Nion version of The Celtic Tree calendar:
  • B - Beth - Birch Month (December 24th - January 20th)
  • L - Luis - Rowan Month (January 21st - February 17th)
  • N - Nion - Ash Month (February 18th - March 17th)
  • F - Fearn - Alder Month (March 18th - April 14th)
  • S - Saille - Willow Month (April 15th - May 12th)
  • H - Huath - Hawthorn Month (May 13th - June 9th)
  • D - Duir - Oak Month (Jun 10th - July 7th)
  • T - Tinne - Holly Month (July 8th - August 4th)
  • C - Coll - Hazel Month (August 5th - September 1st)
  • M - Muin - Vine Month (September 2nd - September 29th)
  • G - Gort - Ivy Month (September 30th - October 27th
  • Ng - Ngetal - Reed Month or Elm Month (October 28th - November 24th)
  • R - Ruis - Elder Month (November 25th - December 23rd)

 The five vowels I, A, O, U, and E have corresponding tree names to the nights of the solstices and equinoxes:
  • I - Idho - Night of the Yew - Winter Solstice Eve
  • A - Ailm - Night of the Silver Fir - Winter Solstice
  • * - Herb too sacred to have a Celtic name - the Night of Mistletoe - Day after Winter Solstice
  • O - Onn - Night of the Gorse Bush, - Vernal Equinox
  • U - Ura - Night of the Heather - Summer Solstice
  • E - Eadha - Night of the White Poplar, Alban Elfed - Autumnal Equinox

The Trees:
  • Birch - 1st Moon of the Celtic Year - (Dec 24 - Jan 21)
  • Rowan - 2nd Moon of the Celtic Year - (Jan 22 - Feb 18)
  • Ash - 3rd Moon of the Celtic Year - (Feb 18 - March 17)
  • Alder - 4th Moon of the Celtic Year - (March 18 - April 14)
  • Willow - 5th Moon of the Celtic Year - (April 15 - May 12)
  • Hawthorn - 6th Moon of the Celtic Year - (May 13 - June 9)
  • Oak - 7th Moon of the Celtic Year - (June 10 - July 7)
  • Holly - 8th Moon of the Celtic Year - (July 8 - Aug 4)
  • Hazel - 9th Moon of the Celtic Year - (Aug 5 - Sept 1)
  • Vine - 10th Moon of the Celtic Year - (Sept 2 - Sept 29)
  • Ivy - 11th Moon of the Celtic Year - (Sept 30 - Oct 27)
  • Reed or Elm - 12th Moon of the Celtic Year - (Oct 28 - Nov 24)
  • Elder - 13th Moon of the Celtic Year - (Nov 25 - Dec 23)
  • Furze - Tree of the Spring Equinox (Aprox. March 20)
  • Heather - Tree of the Summer Solstice (Aprox. June 20)
  • Poplar - Tree of the Fall Equinox - (Aprox. September 22)
  • Yew - Tree of the day before the Winter Solstice (Aprox. December 21)
  • Fir - Tree of the day of the Winter Solstice
  • Mistletoe - Tree of the day after the Winter Solstice (Aprox. December 23)
Recommended Reading:

Copyright 1999-2006 Sarah Nunn
Image from: Geordie Milne

Which tree sign were you born under?



Here we have an extended list of birth dates and the trees associated with them. You might notice that while some of the trees appear just once, most of the trees appear twice in the year, and the Poplar shows up three times.

Source: Wicca Chat

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Mistletoe Magick

Ruller: Apollo, Druids, Venus
Type: Herb
Magickal Form: Berries, Leaves, Wood
Use for: Fertility, protection, love, healing, luck, and invisibility

Mistletoe is another important plant that is used in many holiday traditions surrounding the winter solstice. Druids believed that anything found growing on an oak tree had been sent from heaven and mistletoe found on oaks was especially sacred.

Said to lose its power once it touches the ground, mistletoe is a holy herb and sacred to many deities. Mistletoe was perceived as being in a category all its own. Although it lives on trees, it's not a tree. Although it's like a plant, it doesn't grow in either Earth or Water.

In the Celtic language, mistletoe means “All heal” and it was thought to possess miraculous healing powers and hold the soul of the host tree. Mistletoe would be hung over the entry into peoples’ homes and atop doorways within their homes as a token of good will and peace to all comers.

It is said that when warring Viking armies met under a tree in which mistletoe occurred that they would cease battle for the remainder of that day. Today, many people still hang mistletoe in their homes and couples kiss when they meet under the mistletoe.

In some traditions each time a couple kiss under the mistletoe a single white berry is removed and the kissing ceases when the final berry is removed. Kissing a lover under the mistletoe will make this relationship last. There is a myth associated with this practice that stated if any unmarried women of the household went unkissed during the hanging of the mistletoe, they would not marry in the coming year.

As a matter of fact, you can tie mistletoe with a red ribbon and hang it in your home any time of the year for luck, protection and extra kissing.

  • Adding mistletoe to other love potions increases their power.
  • Place the leaves or berries high on a mantel in the home to protect its occupants.
  • Leave a sprig of mistletoe in the home of someone you want to be remembered by.
  • Twist marjoram and thyme around mistletoe and hang it in the corners of each room to attract luck and good fortune.
  • Carve a ring from mistletoe wood and wear it for protection and to ward off illness.
Mistletoe is believed to possess a magical affinity for seizure disorders. To prevent seizures, carry a piece of mistletoe in your pocket or within a conjure bag. Jewelry and charms carved from mistletoe wood can also be worn or carried. The most potent mistletoe seizure charm is a magic knife with an iron blade and a handle carved from mistletoe wood.

Mistletoe berries resemble tiny golden moons enhancing the lunar and fertility symbolism. According to Pliny, a piece of mistletoe carried as an amulet helps a woman conceive. Fertility charms are carved from mistletoe wood, and then carried or attached to a pin and worn as a brooch. The most powerful mistletoe jewelry is embellished with pearls.

Mistletoe allegedly enhances the reproductive capacity of animals. Not only does it promote conception, it's believed to also prevent miscarriage, particularly for sheep and goats.

Hang mistletoe in the barn, or place it on around the animal in question. Be aware that the amuletic part of mistletoe is usually the "wood" - and again, be cautious as mistletoe can be toxic, especially the berries.

In Sweden mistletoe is known as "thunderbroom." Place it over thresholds, and hang it from the wall to protect a home from lightning. You can wear mistletoe around your neck to promote invisibility and hang it on a baby's cradle to prevent fairies from stealing the youngster.


CAUTION: The leaves and berries of mistletoe are poisonous. Use caution when handling and keep away from small children and pets.

Sources: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells
and The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients

Yule Fire and Ice Reflection Ritual


Here is a fun way to gather the family in a simply beautiful Yule project and ritual. With supervision, most children can easily make this themselves; it makes a fun family project.

1. Gather your favorite evergreens. Choose a few cuttings each from such winter favorites as holly with berries, juniper with berries, cedar, spruce, or pine needles. If available, add a few tiny birch pinecones as well (these are one inch or less).

2. Pour water into a three-inch deep rectangular plastic (flexible) container, half full. Place three to six naturally scented beeswax, soy, or essential oil scented candles into the container. The candles should be four inches tall and three to four inches wide.

3. Add the evergreens and berries to the container in a pleasing arrangement around the candles. Cover the greens with more water so they'll appear to float once frozen. Be careful not to over fill; the plastic container should be two-thirds full of water in the end.

4. Place in the freezer until frozen (or outdoors if it's cold enough). Freeze until solid.

5. Slide out the rectangular ice block with the evergreens and candles frozen inside. Turn onto a fireproof plate (a high-fired glazed ceramic plate would serve well) or an old cookie sheet covered with foil. You can accentuate the display by placing polished stones or polished glass beads  around the edges of the ice.

6. Light the candles. Say a winter prayer, offer a blessing, and be thankful to our essential elements of fire, water, air, and earth.

Four Seasons of Mojo

Friday, December 14, 2012

When do the 12 Days of Christmas really begin?

When researching lore and magicks for the Twelve Days of Christmas I found a lot of disagreement as to the dates. So, from Wikipedia we have this explanation:


The Twelve Days of Christmas are the festive days beginning Christmas Day (25 December). This period is also known as Christmastide and Twelvetide. The Twelfth Night of Christmas is always on the evening of 5 January, but the Twelfth Day can either precede or follow the Twelfth Night according to which Christian tradition is followed. Twelfth Night is followed by the Feast of the Epiphany on 6 January. In some traditions, the first day of Epiphany (6 January) and the twelfth day of Christmas overlap.

Over the centuries, differing churches and sects of Christianity have changed the actual traditions, time frame and their interpretations. St. Stephen's Day (or Boxing Day), for example, is 26 December in the Western Church and 27 December in the Eastern Church.Boxing Day, on December 26, is observed as a legal holiday in parts of the Commonwealth of Nations. 28 December is Childermas or the Feast of the Innocents.

Currently, the twelve days and nights are celebrated in widely varying ways around the world. For example, some give gifts only on Christmas Day, some only on Twelfth Night, and some each of the twelve nights.

In England in the Middle Ages, this period was one of continuous feasting and merrymaking, which climaxed on Twelfth Night, the traditional end of the Christmas season. In Tudor England, Twelfth Night itself was forever solidified in popular culture when William Shakespeare used it as the setting for one of his most famous stage plays, titled Twelfth Night. Often a Lord of Misrule was chosen to lead the Christmas revels.

Some of these traditions were adapted from the older pagan customs, including the Roman Saturnalia and the Germanic Yuletide. Some also have an echo in modern day pantomime where traditionally authority is mocked and the principal male lead is played by a woman, while the leading older female character, or 'Dame', is played by a man.

Many in the UK and other Commonwealth nations still celebrate some aspects of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Boxing Day (26 December) is a national holiday in many Commonwealth nations, being the first full day of Christmas. Victorian era stories by Charles Dickens (and others), particularly A Christmas Carol, hold key elements of the celebrations such as the consumption of plum pudding, roasted goose and wassail. These foods are consumed more at the beginning of the Twelve Days in the UK.

Twelfth Night is the last day for decorations to be taken down, and it is held to be bad luck to leave decorations up after this. This is in contrast to the custom in Elizabethan England, when decorations were left up until Candlemas; this is still done in some other Western European countries such as Germany.

The traditions of the Twelve Days of Christmas have been largely forgotten in the United States. Contributing factors include the popularity of stories by Charles Dickens in nineteenth-century America (with their emphasis on generous gift-giving), introduction of more secular traditions over the past two centuries (such as the American Santa Claus), and the rise in popularity of New Year's Eve parties. The first day of Christmas actually terminates the Christmas marketing season for merchants, as shown by the number of "after-Christmas sales" that launch on 26 December. The commercial calendar has encouraged an erroneous assumption that the Twelve Days end on Christmas Day and must therefore begin on 14 December.

Many Christians still celebrate the liturgical seasons of Advent and Christmas according to their traditions. Represented well among these are Orthodox Christians, Catholics, Episcopalians, Anglo-Catholics, Lutherans, many Presbyterians and Methodists, Moravians, and many individuals in Amish and Mennonite communities.

Celebrants observing the Twelve Days may give gifts on each of them, with each day of the Twelve Days representing a wish for a corresponding month of the new year. They feast and otherwise celebrate the entire time through Epiphany morning. Lighting a candle for each day has become a modern tradition in the U.S. and of course singing the appropriate verses of the famous song each day is also an important and fun part of the American celebrations. Some also light a Yule Log on the first night (Christmas) and let it burn some each of the twelve nights. Some Americans have their own traditional foods to serve each night.

For some, Twelfth Night remains the biggest night for parties and gift-giving. Some households exchange gifts on the first (December 25) and last (January 5) days of the season. As in olden days, Twelfth Night to Epiphany morning is then the traditional time to take down the Christmas tree and decorations.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Meteor Shower


Found on facebook.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Septimontium


The Septimontium was a Roman festival of the seven hills of Rome. It was celebrated in September (or, according to later calendars, on December 11th). They sacrificed seven animals at seven times in seven different places within the walls of the city near the seven hills. On that day the emperors were very liberal to the people. During the Septimontium in the Republican period, Romans refrained from operating horse-drawn carriages.

The erudite Roman Varro (116-29 B.C.) says the name of Rome was once Septimontium. This would have been before the people living on or around the 7 (septem) hills (montes) called their city Rome. This is also the name of a December 11 festival which included a walk around the hills. In A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome, Samuel Ball Platner says Roman antiquarians believed the festival was based on the inclusion within the Roman city limits of the seven hills. There is debate over which hills were included.


Sources: Wikipedia and ancienthistory.about.com

Friday, December 07, 2012

Cinnamon Cures and Remedies

Cinnamon is one of the all time great "go to" spices when it comes to old herbal remedies, however it is rarely used alone. Most often, cinnamon is used as an added ingredient to herbal teas or other preparations. Because of that, most of the entries here are recipes with many other ingredients. It is likely that the addition of cinnamon is often for flavor, however it does have a warming effect on the body and may add punch to the prescription.


Some of these remedies are benign and might actually work, for example: cinnamon tea for a cold and the lovely tea for indigestion. Others might be downright dangerous - check out the cures for Blindness and Syphilis. As always, if you decide to try one or more of the following remedies, please use common sense and educate yourself beforehand. Remember, these cures are old and were used in an era of ignorance and superstition.
  • Abortion (cure for): Use salve (like mentholatum) on your womb, vagina, back, seat and in your arches and stay in bed for thirty days and take tea with cinnamon, herbs, oils, bocanic oil and fat of a chicken, some lard.
  • Abortion (induce): Some women try to cause abortion with wild ginger or rosemary with cinnamon mixed in wine.Alternatively, an unwanted pregnancy can be aborted by having the girl chew on cinnamon bark. 
  • Amenorrhea: Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum) is taken in infusions for amenorrhea.
  • AnemiaQuinine root 100 drams Sugar 100 drams Cinnamon 50 drams Fvouda kara-gats 100 drams Quinine extract 1 dram The above are boiled in three okes of water and three glasses of the liquid are taken daily.
  • Baby pacifierPlace sugar, cinnamon, ground cloves and nutmeg in gauze, form into a nipple just large enough for a baby’s mouth and fasten with thread. This will help to keep the baby quiet while the mother is busy.
  • Bee stings“Seeing different remedies recommended for bee stings, I wish to say that I have tried alkalies, soda, ammonia, liquor, potassa, hone, rub with an onion, bruised tobacco, etc., and with 30 years experience can say that a small amount of oil of cinnamon, applied with a small straw, end of knitting needle or small splinter, is worth more than all the rest. Use only a little, for it will blister.”
  • BlindnessTo cure blindness, blow a mixture of cinnamon and white bird manure into the eyes 
  • BloodCinnamon will dry up your blood. (My father said that this is what his grandmother would say to him whenever they started to make cinnamon toast. I don’t know if this was a common belief at the same time or if she just made it up on the spot to discourage us from eating too many pieces of cinnamon toast.)
  • Blood (to cool it): Take eight ounces or sarsaparilla, three ounces of root licorice, six ounces of wild cherry bark, one-half ounce of mandrake, one ounce of gentian, one-half teaspoonful each of red pepper and cinnamon. Boil in three gallons of rain water till (? sp.) reduced of one-half. Sweeten a very little. This is a fine drink for cooling the blood. Abstain from sweets while using it.
  • Bowel Complaint. A teaspoonful of turkey rhubarb, a teaspoonful of cinnamon, a teaspoonful of peppermint. Boil the rhubarb and cinnamon in a pint of water until the strength is out, then add the peppermint [and] a piece of saleratus the size of a bean. Sweeten with loaf sugar. Take a swallow frequently until it operates.
  • Breach or burst (in the body): Take four or five snails that crawl about on old rotten wood; you may find them under loose bark that is moist, or on old logs or stumps. Collect a parcel of them, enough to cover the breach, lay them on a linen cloth, bind them on, and repeat it as often as the snails are dry. Let the patient drink turkey root, cinnamon, cloves and maize, made in tea, or steeped in wine, three or four times a day. This well attended to, will perform a cure.
  • CankersTo heal a canker, put cinnamon on it 
  • CatarrhFor the catarrh in the head. Take yellow dock root, split it and dry it in an oven, blood root and scoke root, four ounces of each, cinnamon one ounce, cloves half an ounce, pound them very fine, let the patient use it as snuff eight or ten times a day. Every night smoke a pipe full of cinnamon mixed with a little tobacco, and sweat the head with hemlock, brandy and camphor. Pour a little camphorated spirits and brandy into the hot liquor to sweat. Modern patients would not be happy with this treatment, but the inclusion of considerable quantities of antiseptic substances in the form of cinnamon, cloves and hemlock as well as astringent and antiseptic substances in the form of yellow dock (Rumex) probably made the prescription quite valuable in controlling the underlying infection of the catarrh. The local irritation may be well conceived of as stimulating defensive forces locally.
  • Childbirth (recovery): As soon as labor is over the mother is given one of three concoctions, the one considered the most efficacious being made of the juice of a roasted calabash, a piece of Cassia fistula, albucena (the flower of a species of white lily), native chamomile, anise, cinnamon, sweet oil, castor oil, and burned cane syrup, which have been mixed together nine days before the child is expected. Warm cinnamon water taken every morning the first week after childbirth. 
  • Cold: For a cold take this drink: warm wine with lots of sugar and a cinnamon stick.Or you could drink a mixture of whiskey, cinnamon, and hot tea. The “Hat Cure” - for a cold, heat strong wine with sugar and cinnamon in it. Get in bed with a hat at the foot of the bed. Drink a mug or two of hot wine, and when you see a row of hats, go to sleep and wake up cured.
  • Colic: Cinnamon
  • Congestion and ColdsUse a mixture of ginger, cinnamon, and flour mixed in lard; apply this as a pack around the chest and throat. Or there's this testimonial - whenever my father had a congested nose, would boil cinnamon sticks. He put a towel over his head and inhaled the steam. It really clears you up.
  • ConvulsionsCinnamon (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum) is taken in infusions for convulsion
  • CoughBoil gordo lobo with a stick of cinnamon and lemon, then strain, and add honey or sugar. Drink it to loosen the phlegm.
  • Cure-all: Grind 8 lumps of charcoal, add a raw egg yolk, 1/2 cup vinegar, some parsley leaves, ground cinnamon stick, and 2 tablespoons of bacon fat. Mix and make into a roll. Refrigerate and then eat a 1/2 inch slice a day. This looks like meatloaf, but it is a cure-all. Informant learned this from her grandmother who is Swiss and takes it every day religiously.
  • DeafnessCastoreum (substance used to trap beavers; made of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, whiskey stirred to consistency of mustard, sealed five days for potency) considered remedy for deafness. This one even has a testimony: Father Charlevoix, bitter enemy of fable, declared that castoreum is efficacious against deafness.
  • DeliveryLa comadroma (midwife) brings te de canela (cinnamon tea) for strength in delivery.
  • Diarrhea: Put one tablespoonful of flour into a glass. Add water until it is a thin solution. Add a lot of cinnamon and cloves. Pour it back and forth until the mixture foams, then drink. Alternatively: Take boiled milk and cinnamon toast for diarrhea. And again: One quart of blackberry juice and one pound of white sugar; one tablespoonful each of cloves, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Boil together for fifteen minutes, add a wineglassful of whiskey or brandy. Bottle while hot, cork tight and seal. For adults take one wineglassful. May be taken tree or four times a day in severe cases.
  • Diarrhea due to teethingWhen a baby begins to teeth and they get diarrhea you make (a tea) with three Andean roses with a some chamomile flowers and a cinnamon stick. That stops their diarrhea.
  • DigestionCinnamon (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum) is taken in infusions for digestive intolerance.
  • DropsyTake green or dried elderberries, or in want of them, the middle bark of elderberry- a handful for an aged person. Put in wine over night., The following morning, drink the whole lukewarm on an empty stomach. If desired a half ounce of cinnamon may be added, which will make it so much better tasting. if this is repeated several times the water will be driven away through the stool and vomit.
  • Dysentery: Raspberry leaves for diarrhoea. Stew the leaves, add milk and a teaspoon of cinnamon; scald together and let stand. Testimonial: This is a real cure. A fisherman very ill with fever and dysentery was cured this way; he was so ill he was passing blood.
  • EaracheFor an earache, put hot cinnamon in the ear. (ouch!!)
  • EdemaTake green or dried elderberries, or in want of them, the middle bark of elderberry- a handful for an aged person. Put in wine over night., The following morning, drink the whole lukewarm on an empty stomach. If desired a half ounce of cinnamon may be added, which will make it so much better tasting. if this is repeated several times the water will be driven away through the stool and vomit.
  • FaintingThere are many persons who while walking, faint and fall. Pound the patient, make a stomachic of cinnamon, wine, wormwood, partially baked ham and mutton, toast thoroughly soaked in wine containing rosemary, and put it on the pit of his stomach. You will find that he comes to. Have him eat simple food, give him a drink of wine boiled with rosemary leaves and blossoms, and he will surely recover.
  • FeverCanela is cinnamon. In those times, they used to put about a teaspoon of canela in the palm of your hand and also about a teaspoon of saliva. They would mix it into a little cake. Then they would put this on your temples and bind it, put[ting] a rag around your head to keep it there. And they used to claim that this would take bad headaches and fevers and dizziness away from you.
  • Food poisoningSticks of dry cinnamon were boiled in hot water. Decoction was drunk.
  • General Healing MethodsTake a good handful of cardobenedict herbs, same quantity of wormwood centitolium cut fine and put into a dish, sprinkle these well with some good old wine. Let it stand and soak for four days; then take a drachm of cinnamon, a whole lemon put into a glass, pour again good old wine over it, and let stand again for four days, cut it into fine pieces and distill in the alembic. The result will be an excellent water for sweating the patient.
  • GermsBurn a plate of cinnamon on the stove to kill the germs in the house when someone is sick.
  • HangoverMix cinnamon in wine and sip on it. Any kind of sweet wine will do.
  • HeadacheTake a teaspoonful of cinnamon with water. Alternatively: apply to forehead two thin slices of white potato, sprinkled with cinnamon and covered with red bandanna.
  • Hemoptysis (spitting of blood): The first thing necessary is to produce that regular action of the lungs that nature requires, this may be done by astringent medicines such as the following: -- Take half an ounce of pulverized cinnamon bark, the same of gum kino, the same of cubebbs, add these articles together in one pint of alcohol, let it stand for three days, the patient should take of this half a teaspoonful three times a day combined with honey...also a teaspoonful of sweet oil every morning...if the bowels are costive the patient should use the tincture of aloes, or a strong tea of peach tree leaves, should there be any fever bleeding will be also necessary....A small pill of opium may at times be taken.
  • HysteriaGinger, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves are mixed with honey to cure hysteria, and the one who is so afflicted is to eat a spoonful of the mixture every morning.
  • Illness (unspecified): “Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels. And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of olive oil an hin [sic]; and thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, and ointment compounded after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy ointment oil.” Exodus 30:22-25
  • ImpotenceCinnamon mixed with horse flesh increases coition. (No directions on how it is to be applied)
  • IndigestionAn excellent tea for indigestion can be made of dry or green mint leaves, boiling water, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, strained and taken hot.
  • Insanity (a sudden fit):  poultice of Laurel leaves (Bay tree), some nutmeg, cinnamon, olive oil, boiled together and put on the head. It starts abundant perspiration. Change poultice when it begins to cool; soon patient awakes as from a deep sleep.
  • Labor painsRosemary tea, bay leaf, yerba buena (mint), and a cinnamon stick (canela) will ease labor pains.
  • Laxative: Boil cinnamon bark, pour the water in a jar. Give this cinnamon water, one tablespoon at a time.
  • Lung diseaseIn Algeria native plane remedies for lung disease mentioned by Hilton-Simpson are Sonchus martimus and cinnamon mixed with sugar.
  • MeaslesDrink hot drinks, such as boiled cinnamon bark tea or black pepper tea, every one or two hours. When you begin to clear, switch to cold drinks.
  • MelancholyWeakness or melancholy may be dispelled by playing softly unto people on pipes made of cinnamon bark.
  • MenopauseChew cinnamon bark through the period of the menopause or for excessive bleeding when younger.
  • Menstrual AilmentsFor an excessive menstrual flow, take a little cinnamon, or drink cinnamon tea.
  • Morning SicknessThe extract of chamomile  peppermint or cinnamon with a little bit of wine will prevent vomiting of pregnant women during first half of pregnancy.
  • Nausea and Morning SicknessCinnamon tea is good for "green sickness." 
  • NervesBeat one egg a day. You may mix with milk and add cinnamon. This will help settle nerves
  • Polypus. Take two ounces of bloodroot, dry it, pound it fine, quarter of an ounce of calix cinnamon, two ounces of scokeroot, snuff it up the nose, it will kill the polypus. Then take a pair of forceps, and pull it out, and use the snuff until it is cured. If the nose is so stopped that it cannot be snuffed up, boil the same and gargle it in the throat, and sweat the head with hot liquor until it withers so as to use the snuff.
  • PreventionGive the children a teaspoonful of cinnamon and sugar and cream of tartar mixture before they leave for school in the morning. Also: Burn a plate of cinnamon on the stove to kill the germs in the house when someone is sick. Or this: To keep diseases away, wear a string of fruits from the cinnamon vine around your neck 
  • ProtectionNow yo' go - ah go to de drug sto'. Yo' know oil of cinnamon? Ah go git dat. Dat cost a dime, oil of cinnamon - ten cents. An' ah go, ah'll git de oil of cinnamon, yo' see, an' yo' takes dat an' rub it on yore hands all de time. Well, dat will keep yo' out all de trouble in de world.
  • QuincyA child with quinsy is made to swallow a potion of twelve centipedes boiled in white wine with cinnamon, in the hope that the diseased membranes will walk down to the stomach, be digested and expulsed.
  • Rabies: Cinnamon
  • RashesTo bring out a rash, drink tea made from ginger with butter, cinnamon, and peppermint added.
  • Seasickness (prevention): To a paste of sugar and gum dragagant add powdered cinnamon, ginger, and musk; make up into pills.
  • Sexual appealThere are many women who feel it is important to dust the sexual parts of their newborn daughters with a powder of cinnamon and sugar, with the belief that this will make the girl seem sweet to her husband on the day of her marriage.
  • SicknessFor sickness drink a mixture of paregoric, water, flour and cinnamon.
  • SneezingBromide of soda 120 grains Tr. Hyoscyamus 120 drops Oil of Cinnamon 10 drops Elixer Lactopeptine 120 drops mixed To be taken in 4 doses at one hour intervals.Or you could simply say the word "Cinnamon" and it will stop you from sneezing.
  • Sore ThroatGet some cinnamon and sugar. After they are mixed well, swab them down around your tonsils. Alternatively - Take two ounces of brandy or rum, three tablespoons of honey, juice of 1/2 lemon, a pinch of cinnamon; put them in a large mug and pour in enough scalding hot and very strong tea to fill the mug. Drink
  • Stomach Ache“Trukman”, a famous healer of Cestona (Guipuzcoa) at the turn of the century, cured stomach aches by applying a plaster of three rotten eggs, cinnamon, and remoyuelo. Alternatively, you could drink a warm tea made of avocado put boiled in water with a few drops of lemon juice, cinnamon, and yerba buena (mint). Another cure is as follows: Cinnamon, pepper and ginger are boiled and the water is drunk.
  • Stomach AilmentsFor a sick stomach use a poultice made of equal parts of ginger, cloves, pepper, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon. Mix with molasses, make stiff and place on the stomach. 
  • Stomach CrampsEating too many cherimoyas (cold) causes cramps which can be relieved by drinking tea made of manzanilla, corn tassel, cinnamon, and hinojo.
  • StyeTo cure a stye, use a cinnamon pack.
  • Syphilis: The formula for inunction for rich patients contains pig fat, cow fat, theriac, mercury oxide, litharge, ginger, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, rose, amber, and musk. Thus the rich man received not only salubrious mercury and the spices of the Orient but he might also develop lead poisoning because of the litharge (lead monoxide). ~Austin Farfan, writing in 1579
  • ToothacheChewing gum strongly impregnated with cinnamon was obtainable at stores. Packing a tooth cavity with this alleviated the ache. Alternatively:  apply oil of cinnamon to tooth. 
  • Tooth PowderA recipe to assure white teeth: Crush in powder eggshells, burn in a new container threads of white silk, mix everything with a little bit of powdered cinnamon and clove. Use the powder for cleaning of your teeth every morning and evening.
  • TuberculosisMake a tea from donkey drippings combined with cinnamon bark. Boil this in a cloth and drink the tea as dictated by uncomfortableness.
  • VeinsIf you eat cinnamon, it will stop up your veins.
  • Vomiting and stomach upset: Give water in which flour and cinnamon have been boiled. To cure a badly upset stomach, drink cinnamon tea without sugar, to which bicarbonate of soda has been added.
  • WartsUse oil of cinnamon to take off a wart
  • WeaknessWhen people are very weak, put cataplasmas on their bodies. Cataplasmas are a mixture of meat, eggs, grease, cinnamon which will give strength to the person if applied to the skin.
  • Weak StomachGet a loaf of bread, take the inside of the bread (white) and put cinnamon or cloves with a slice of quince, and alcohol all wrapped in a cloth and place over the pit of the stomach for one night.
  • Whooping Cough: They told me to cook  borage with cinnamon and raisins and give them (the sick children) that water (tea) to drink. I was told to give it to them regularly, up to three (cups) four times a day. With that they started getting better and better until they were cured. Another remedy: Take milk of gum ammoniac, and of small cinnamon water. Tincture of castor, syrup of balsam. Mix.
  • WormsFor worms boil Jerusalem-oak leaves, mix with syrup and cinnamon.
  • Wounds and SoresWash with a tea made of Yerba buena (the mint plant), cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

Cinnamon as a Magickal Ingredient

  • Ruler: Sun, Mercury, all Gods and Goddesses of victory
  • Type: Spice
  • Magickal Form: powder, sticks, oil
A favorite of many gods and goddesses, cinnamon powder is sprinkled on offerings to attract attention and win the favor of the gods. Add the oil or powder to any money or success blend to bring swift results. Before getting out of bed in the morning, rub a dab of pure essential onto the soles of your feet and you will be led to money during the course of your day.

Chew cinnamon sticks to summon winged Mercury for luck in creative endeavors. For victory and to increase your chances of winning, dust your hands with cinnamon powder or add a few drops of cinnamon oil to the bathwater on a Sunday or any day at sunrise.

From: The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients


Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Giving The Gift

Even the giving of gifts can be a ceremony all of its own. In Sweden and Germany there was a tradition until recently of the julknap, a gift wrapped in layers of paper or cloth. The person bringing the gift would knock at the door and when it was opened fling the package into the house before running off.

This was sometimes used as a means of making a marriage proposal or declaration of love, in which case a golden heart or letter (or even the person making the proposal) was hidden within.

There is a story about a certain Major Jones of Georgia who decided to follow this custom. He climbed into a meal sack suspended from a hook on the porch of his true love's house and spent the night there. However, he forgot the wind - it blew all night and caused the sack to swing to and fro, like the swaying of a ship. As well as seasick tablets he had also forgotten dog repellent and, unfortunately, the house dog paid him close attention throughout the night!

From: The Winter Solstice

Saturday, December 01, 2012

December Magicks and Rituals

December, the twelfth and final month of the current Gregorian calendar and the first month Winter, derives its name from decem, the Latin word meaning "ten," as December was the tenth month of the old Roman calendar.

This page serves as a jumping off point for December holy days, spells, magicks, lore, rituals, superstitions and  more.

General information on the month of December:
Astrology and Birth Signs for December:
(note: some of the dates will overlap with November and January)
Celtic and Nordic Tree astrology and signs for December:
(note: some of the dates will overlap with November and January)
  • Ash Tree (Nov 22 to Dec 01)
  • Elder (Nov 25 - Dec 23)
  • Hornbeam Tree (Dec 02 to Dec 11)
  • Fig Tree (Dec 12 to Dec 21)
  • Yew (day before the winter solstice)
  • Fir (day of the winter solstice)
  • Mistletoe (day after the winter solstice)
  • Beech (Dec 22)
  • Apple (Dec 23 to Jan 1)
  • Birch (Dec 24 - Jan 21)
Holidays, Feast Days and Holy Days in December:
  • 1: The festival of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. Poseidon is also the god of rebirth.
  • 4: Bona Dea
  • 5: Faunalia
  • 9;: The festival of Ops, the Roman goddess of harvest.
  • 11: The Septimontium
  • 11: Agonalia
  • 13: New Moon (this date will vary from year to year)
  • 13: The Sementivae, the second festival of Tellus, the Roman earth goddess.
  • 15: The second festival of Consus, the Roman god of good council
  • 17: Beginning of Saturnalia - festival of Saturn, the Roman god of agriculture. The most popular Roman festival, for on this day the roles of master and slave were reverted.
  • 18: Eponalia
  • 20: Mother Night
  • 21: Winter Solstice or Yule
  • 21: Litha (Southern Hemisphere)
  • 21: The Juvenalia
  • 21: Divalia - Angeronalia, festival of Angerona, the Roman goddess of secrecy.
  • 22: Sun enters Capricorn
  • 22: Sign of the Beech Tree
  • 23: The Larentalia (Larentinalia), festival of Acca Larentia the Roman goddess who gave the early Romans their land.
  • 25: Christmas Day
  • 25: The birthday of Mithra, the Persian god of light and wisdom.
  • 25: Festival of the Invincible Sun God
  • 25: Feast of Frau Holle, Germanic goddess
  • 26: Boxing Day
  • 26: St Stephen's Day
  • 27: Mother Night
  • 27: Blessing of the Wine
  • 28:  Full moon - Big Winter Moon
  • 28: Dyzymas Day
  • 29: Feast of Fools
  • 30: Bringing In The Boar
  • 31: New Years Eve
  • 31: St Sylvester's Day
  • 31: Festival of Hogmanay
Spells and Magicks for December:
Yule and the Winter Solstice:
The Twelve Days of Christmas

Recipes for food, incense, potpourri, and more:

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