Rare Herb Substitutions

I recently wrote an article about herbal substitutions, and though that is helpful for thecommon plants, but what about the rare ones?

Here is a chart for those substitutions. Follow them like so:

Enjoy and blessings ☆

Herb Substitutions

As many herbal witches may know, our special recipes, whether passed down, or handcrafted, can require certain types of herbs. Many of these herbs are common kitchen ingredients, but there are some that do need special plants for the occasion.

However, there is always the issue that we may just never encounter such an herb, because of location, price, time of year. So, what do we do in such a situation? We substitute!

Below you will find a two part list of common herbs that have other herbs to use if you don’t have the necessary ingredient.

Just in case you’re uncertain, the first herb is the main ingredient. If you do not have it, follow the “>” symbol to the next herb. That is the herb to substitute with.

“M/” means to mix with.

“W/” means with.

Soon, I will write the list for rare herb substitutes. Be on the look out!

Psychics of October

Happy first of October!

As we step into a new month and steeping sweetly a new season, Autumn covers the veil with mystery and magick. Hence, during this time, we prepare our senses for new wonder and messages from the beyond. This is especially true for the psychics, mediums, fortune tellers, witches, craftwielders, etc. Most could say that the month of October inspires great energy, and tingles the senses. Taking into account the energy that is produced by the Draconids Meteor shower on October 8th, the great Blood Moon on October 24th, and the ever legendary Samhain night, on October 31st.

For such an inspiring month, let’s get started on stimulating our psychic senses and be prepared for what messages or signs our spirit guardians send to us. I give to you a tea recipe that I enjoy drinking on the first day of October. May it empower your own psychic powers, and center your third eye.

*fair warning. Be sure to be ready to open your psychic sensitivity after drinking this tea.

Psychic Eye Tea

  • 1 tsp Mugwort
  • 1 tsp Lemon Balm
  • 1 tsp Peppermint
  • 1 tsp Yarrow
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves

Brew tea with boiled water, and let steep for 6 – 12 minutes. Add honey. Or milk. Or both. As you stir the tea clockwise, focus your gaze to the very bottom of the cup, to where it is darkest. Dive your focus to that center, as the liquid spins. Clear all thoughts. Then chant to yourself:

My eyes are open, the mind is clear.

I see the truth, with no fear.

My senses are open, the channel is clear.

I will receive, what no one else will hear.

Then sip the tea. Take your time. Enjoy it, relax into it. As though you are going into a trance meditation. Indeed, feel around with your senses. Touch your third eye, both physically and mentally. Note to yourself if you feel any sensitivity, pulsing vibration, or weightlessness. If you do feel any of these signs, then you are on the right track, and get ready.

You may repeat this brew once a week throughout the month. However, keep in mind to not proceed if you begin to feel too sensitive. Also, please be considerate, and do not drink this tea if you are pregnant or nursing, or not in top physical health. Thank you.

Well, enjoy! And have fun with your new found psychic awareness. Help others with your gift, but above all, grow yourself and be proud for who you are.

Ultima Purgatio Ritus

This ultimate purification ritual is a seven day-long devoted process. It is to heal and nurture the mind, body, and spirit. One must be prepared to dive deep and confront what needs to be healed and let go. Each purifying day will feel fulfilled and renewed, but keep going to the very end. Each day is significant for our soul, or chakras, what have you.

When you have the week ready, begin the night before with this special tea right before bed.

Purification Tea

1 tbsp black tea
1 tsp chamomile
2 tsp fennel
2 tsp hyssop
1 tsp valerian

Make each day your own, but still follow along the same lines.

Day 1

Find a place of the Earth. Whether that be a park, a forest, or even the backyard. Anoint your pulse points with oil of Sandalwood and Patchouli, blended in jojoba oil. Lay out on the ground, barefoot, and hands faced down. Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Find the center of your energy and match to that of the Earth. When you feel the connection, start to meditate on all that you fear. If you’ve experienced abandonment, neglect, major illnesses or surgeries, physical abuse, or inherited traumas, this is the time to meditate on these fears. Understand this and be honest with yourself; in no way allow these fears to torment you. Don’t hang onto them. Pour the negative energy out from you, into the ground beneath it. Visualize the fears being buried. Do this for however long you like, till you no longer feel the heavy weight. And notice a significant lightness, or renewed energy. Rise.

(If it helps to talk, speak all that you fear to the Earth.)

Day 2

Brew a cup of Jasmine tea. Then either prepare a bath, or go to the beach, lake, pond. Placing your feet into the water, drink the Jasmine tea, and then fill the cup with the water at your feet. Gaze deep into the cup of water. And feel its pull. Once you feel entranced, pour the cup of water over you. Feel yourself becoming one with the energies of water. Then submerge your whole body. As you soak, begin to meditate on all the guilt brewing in your belly. This is the time to release any guilt due to emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Neglect. Alcohol or drug addictions, etc. Again, don’t let this stick on your insides. Let it stir in a whirlpool of energy. When you’ve finished swirling the guilt through you, pour it into the water. Feel the water’s cleansing energy flow and replace the negative. When you have absorbed enough, feel the tingling cool rush of power in you, step out of the bath, beach, pond, or lake. Air dry.

Day 3

Write down all that you are ashamed of, be honest with yourself. The burning burdens that way you down. Focus on what you wish released. Then either build a pyre, or a fire pit, or in a fire place. Create a fire. Sit and stare into the light. Feel its warmth, smell its burning flame. Be a part of the fire. Get lost in its essence. When ready, toss the page into the fire, not losing your concentration. And as the paper is burning, speak out loud all that was written. Watch it burn into nothing, and yet be purified. If you feel capable, and remaining safe without causing yourself harm, be brave and place your hand near the flame. Absorb the fire’s strength and courage. Allow it to renew you, to embolden your spirit. Either stay to watch the fire burn out on its own, or carry on as it’s burning, but always remember that the courage of Fire will never die.

Day 4

One would hope that it is a breezy/semi windy day for this. However, if it so happens to be windy on another day then do this, rather than another. But if there is absolutely no wind on any of these days, then you can create your own, by using a fan. Or you can take yourself to higher ground, where there certain to be wind. Have blended Sandalwood and Rose. Burn the incense and call to the wind. When the wind blows, feel its smooth and uplifting caress. Feel it course through you. Placing your hands over the incense, speak or meditate on all that you grieve for. What weighs down on your heart. When ready, and if the wind picks up, lift your hands and touch your heart. Begin to pull your hands away from your heart slowly. Visualize all your grief being removed from you, and drifting off into the wind. When you feel relieved of this, focus back onto the air. Breathe in each breeze that caresses you. Let it fill in the hole that was left behind. When you feel light and tingly, rise up, and turn to go. Releasing one final breathe.

*The following three days will be focused on purifying the inner soul. It will be challenging, because it is meant to tap into the inner psyche. Be brave, but above all, be honest with yourself.*

Day 5
Find a comfortable area that permits no light. It can be a simple dark room. But it must be one that you feel absolutely safe and secure in. Prepare a spot where you will be either laying or sitting at. Gather moonstones, lapis lazuli, aquamarine, or turquoise stones, and lay them out in a large circle around you. Have meditation/calming music playing in the background. Get comfortable in the darken room, and relax. In the beginning, focus on nothing but the dark. Do not think of anything else. Adrift with the sounds of the music. Free your mind, until it feels balanced. When ready, begin to ponder all the lies that have plagued you. That others have told you, what you have told yourself. Face them. Confront them. But don’t be angered, or upset by them. Approach these lies with the truth. Your truth. And accept this, recognize and secure this truth. Believe in it, and let it soak into your being. When you are done, rise, and walk back into the light, with your new found truth.

Day 6

On a sunny day, go outside. Bring with you two crystals of either amethyst, or fluorite. As well as oil of rosemary, or lavender. For those with sensitive skin, be sure to wear SPF protection. Find a favorite spot, preferably at a place where you have been before. Sit comfortably, and relax. When ready, anoint your forehead with oil. Place the two crystals on both palms facing up. Begin to meditate, clearing your mind. Explore all that you feel is a illusion in your life. All that you thought was real, but had not been, or that continues to be. This is the hardest challenge because how does one see an illusion when they are blinded to it? You must open your third eye to see. To face the reality that is in front of you, and the delusion that others place on you, or what you place on yourself. This may take time. If you feel your mind begin to wonder, return it back by repeating “ham-ksham”, and refocusing on the question, what is an illusion in your life? Most do not wish to face this, but once it is understood, the soul is nearly purified. Once this is done, and the challenges faced, raise your face to the Sun and let the light shine into your soul. The light of certainty.

Final Day

This is it. The full completion of your purification. The end of your pilgrimage towards spiritual wellbeing, and self love. Go to a place that incorporates all the elements from the past week. Such as a park near water, with candles of white or purple, and incense of Jasmine and Frankincense. Where one could feel the breeze, hear the birds or music, see the light of the Sun, and sit in the shade under a tree. Or in your own home, with all these elements gathered around you. Begin your meditation. Clear thought, relax. Focus on all the elements around you. When ready, start to reflect on all that you had worked on, the strength and grips that you let go. Feel accomplished. Begin to speak words of love to yourself. Compliment yourself. Express how much you love yourself. How much you mean to this world. What you deserve, and have conquered. Don’t sell yourself short, don’t hold back. Give it your all. Then, relax once more. No thought. Only sense. Reach out and connect to all of your senses. To the energies all around you. Lay back. Rest. And if you fall asleep, let it be so. Be free. Awaken anew.

Blessed Be ~*~

(All pictures found on Pinterest)

Day of Mooncakes

Merry meet! And welcome!

Today we will be celebrating the Moon Goddess in all her glory and splendor. The Full Moon is tomorrow and with it offerings of delicious mooncakes! 

Often the day of mooncakes is on April 8th, however it can be done on or near the Full Moon, so that the offerings are fresh. 

I love to make crescent shaped cookies. They are filled with flavor! Almonds, spice, and sugary delight. Packed with magical intentions. 

                Crescent Moon Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen

You will need:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cardamom, ground
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup + 2 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almonds, very finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350F

Whisk together the first 4 ingredients. 

Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 

Add vanilla extract and stir to combine. 

Add the flour mixture and mix, just until combined. 

Add almonds and still until thoroughly incorporated. 

Using 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie, shake into crescents and place on being sheets, 2 inches apart. 

Bake, in batches, until lightly golden. This will take about 15 minutes. 

Let cool for 5-10 minutes. 

Place the remaining 2 cups of confectioners sugar in a wide, shallow bowl. 

When the crescents are cool enough to handle but still warm, roll in confectioners sugar, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Once cool, roll in confectioners sugar again.

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This recipe is filled with magical intentions. 

Love: To instill love in the heart.

Lust: To instill the passion in the spirit. 

Mental Powers, Wisdom: Will restore lost energy and improve the mind. 

Money,  Prosperity, Success: To any who eats these enchanting cookies.  

Healing: To heal the heart, body, and mind. 

Psychic Power: To enhance the psychic senses. 

Protection: To protect all who eat these delicious cookies. 

Spirituality: When made with love, will send out spiritual vibrations to any who eats these marvelous cookies. 
Enjoy!

Another Moon Turn

Welcome and blessings!
Tonight makes the first quarter moon in Cancer. That means new spells to write!

Here are a three spells, each with their own magical purpose. 

                    Blessing Meditation 

Sit in a comfortable position in front of the altar, outdoors, or anywhere you feel safe and sacred. Meditate. Think about your blessings as you breathe steadily and deeply. Inhale, exhale, for about 20 minutes or so. Take your time. Your connecting with the energies around you, The spirits, and the Goddess. 
When ready, chant:
I am made of sacred Earth, purest Water, holy Fire, and wildest Wind.

Great Goddess, giver of all the fruits of this Earth. 

Of all bounty, beauty, and well-being. 

Bless all who give and receive these gifts. 

Blessings upon thee.

Blessings upon me. 

So mote it be.

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                 Moon’s Desires Ritual 

Once the day begins to set, and the first quarter moon rises. Don a white shirt or dress. Bring a moonstone and take a walk outside. Gather wildflowers, dandelions, grasses, and sit somewhere where you can watch the moon rise. Weave a wreath crown as you absorb the coming of night. 

Once finished, burn frankincense, or nag chamba. Light 4 white candles and place the crown upon the head. 

Hold the moonstone in the left hand and begin to concentrate on a desired outcome. Whether that be for creative fulfillment, happiness, releasing anger, etc. 

Arms outstretched, eyes on the moon. Sing or chant when your power has build:
Luna, in your seventh heaven,

I invoke you now. 

Brighter than any star, you are. 

I will sing your magic song,

If you but shine my desire. 

I will walk your sacred path,

If you but make it so. 

Be here now!

Repeat as much as you feel is right. Then meditate awhile for any visions that may arise. Or use tarot cards to find the response to your desires.
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My own special blend

                     Silver Tongued Tea 

  • Favorite Oolong Tea
  • 1/8 tsp Fenugreek seeds (lightly crushed)

And/Or

  • 1/8 tsp Slippery Elm Bark (shredded)

Drink just before speaking with anyone important, or in front of others. When drinking, focus your energy on your throat chakra and on your words, and subject. Or think of the person you wish to enchant your words to.
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Enjoy and Cast Safely!

Blessed Be

New Moon Spells

Merry meet and welcome!

With the recent New Moon in Pisces, many have asked what sort of spells are the best ones to do during this time. Here is a list of the best type of spells to do during a new moon. 

  • Defense Spells – This can be for any which way you feel attacked. Either physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. Bindings are typically the best line of defense. But also enchanted powders can be used for building barriers of protection. 
  • Return to Sender Spells – These spells go hand in hand with defense spells. However it takes it one step forward. Not only do these spells protect you from any malicious energy, spells, or entities, but they also can send that very same energy back to the sender. 
  • Spirit Magick – Whether it be astral projection, spirit communication, or spiritual meditation, this is the time to practice and get deep. 
  • Ward Evil Spells – Just like defense spells but specifically against paranormal activity, with a kick. Ghosts. Poltergeist. And Demonic entities. 

    Here are a few simple yet strong spells that fall under a few of these categories. 
                          Hearth Fire Spell 

    Combine and ground together:

    • Angelica 
    • Bay leaves
    • Juniper
    • Mugwort
    • Wisteria 

    Burn herbs in the hearth to call upon powers of protection and warmth.
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                  Shadows of the Past Spell

    These herbs are specifically used to recall past life memories. 

    • Bay leaves
    • Honeysuckle Blossoms
    • Lilac Blossoms
    • Juniper

    Burn the powdered ingredients on lit charcoal before bedtime.
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                    Return to Sender Spell

     Use if it is felt or known that gossip, negativity, a hex, or otherwise is being thrown against you. 

    Gather powdered Clove and burn over charcoal. Smudge the incense all around you, and walk it out your front door. 
    If it is known who the sender is, return it back to them by placing a piece of paper with their name under the charcoal patty. And burn the clove. As it burns, say their name three times. Start as whisper, then louder, and lastly as a shout. 

    Leave the charcoal to burn the rest of the way outside your front porch. Don’t think of it till the next day.

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    Enjoy the spells and be sure to have a safe and magical New Moon. 

    Blessed Be!

    New Moon Sunset. Glorious evening!

    Mental Focus Tea

    Welcome!

    We all have those days. Sluggish. Uninspired. Unmotivated. Those days can really drag along. But when those days find me, I always turn to my mental focus tea. This tea is so refreshing, either hot or cold.

    • Tsp of Rosemary
    • Tsp of Mint
    • 1/4 tsp of Lemon Verbena OR a slice of Lemon
    • Pinch of Yellow Mustard Seed

    Boil a cup of water, and when finished, pour over herbs and allow to steep for 5 minutes. As the tea brews, chant over the cup:

    “By fire and air, my mind be swift. No longer will my focus stay in a twist.”

    Enjoy the invigorating flavor of refreshing zest with this tea. As well as mental clarity and energy renewal.

    A wonderful iced tea version of my tea that is even better!

    • 8 cups of cold water
    • 8 large lemons, washed and cut in half
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 10 sprigs of fresh mint
    • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
    • Pinch of mustard seed

    Boil the 8 cups of water, and when ready, pour over all ingredients. Stir, and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Strain and then store in the fridge. Pour over ice, and enjoy!

    Angel’s Water Recipe

    Greetings and Merry Meet!

    Angel Water, or otherwise known as Aphrodite Water, has been a traditional recipe passed down in my family. However, my grandmother called it el agua de Angel. After many years and research, and much to my surprise, I came across it in different writings but all the same recipe. It was a thrilling find. 
    El agua de Angel was a face toner and bath water in my family, but through my research I learned that it is often used in beauty spells and aphrodisiacs. Made a lot of sense when I found that out. Lol. Many of my aunts found good husbands. 

    Other than to inspire love, it can also be used to cleanse the love between a couple. As well as cleansing for self-love. 

    My grandmother used to create the recipe using floral water and an infusion of the leaves and roots. Blending them together just right to create the tonic. It is a longer process, but the smell was enchanting and fresh. 

    The recipe consists of mostly Myrtle. A small tree, often with white, pink to purple flowers. My grandmother used the flowers, leaves, and stems. It is this tree that invoked the magical properties of love and beauty. In my studies, this is also a sacred tree to Aphrodite. Depending on how much your making, make certain that the recipe has a little more than half of Myrtle in it. 

    ~El agua de Angel Recipe~ 

    (using floral water & infusions)
    Myrtle flowers, leaves, and stems

    Orange Blossoms

    Roses

    Lavender

    Trefoil flowers

    Angelica Root

    There is no definite measurement. This is because the maker of this tonic has to judge it by smell. The way I see it, your heart will know when the fusion is perfect. 

    ~Angel Water recipe~

    (Using essential oils)
    21 drops of Myrtle

    15 drops of Neroli

    9 drops of   Rose

    Again this is not a definite measurement. You will need to call it by heart. 

    So have fun with this. And enjoy!

    Friendship Tea

    Hello! And welcome!

    Since the holiday season is approaching, and festive parties are surely to be attended, it would be only right to bring or make a delicious blend of magickal tea!

    I have here a wonderful brew that I love to create when I know I will be meeting new and hopeful friends. This is a magickal tea recipe that will draw people close and open the doors to new friendship.

    When you meet with new and/or old friends, warm up the scones and gather for some tea!

    Friendship Tea

    • Tsp of Hibiscus
    • Tsp of Jasmine
    • Tsp White tea
    • Lemon zest

    And honey

    On special occasions, I love to add a beautiful orchid.

    Heat water to 170 – 185 degrees. Pour over the mix, and brew for 3 minutes before enjoying. If you want a stronger brew, steep the flowers and zest for 5 minutes, then add the white tea.

    As the tea is brewing, I chant over the pot:

    Brew of flowery delight, bring together friendships might.

    A delicious scone recipe to compliment this tea, would be a sweet fruit scone.

    Sugar Raspberry Scone

    • 2 1/2 cups All purpose Flower, plus more for work surface
    • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp of Sugar
    • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
    • 3/4 tsp Course Salt
    • 1/2 cup or 1 stick unsalted butter cut into small pieces
    • 3/4 cup Buttermilk
    • 1 large egg yolk
    • 1 1/2 cup fresh raspberries, 6 ounces

    Mix dry ingredients. Mix wet. Then little by little, add wet to dry. Knead the dough thrice. Pull apart dough to create a scone shape. Place onto parchment paper on a baking pan, add raspberries and sugar on surface. Place in 400 degrees oven, for 15-18 mins.


    Enjoy! Blessed be.