Saturday, August 25, 2007

Temple Pathways Scribal Ink

י"א באלול תשס"ז

My new original recipe for Temple Pathways scribal ink, to be used for writing in my Book of Shadows (Sefer Tzelem):

1 small vial archival black India ink (or handmade alternative)
bit of lampblack handgathered from my own beeswax candle flame
1 drop mugwort oil
1 drop frankincense oil
1 drop myrrh oil
1 drop dragon's blood oil
1 drop cinnamon bark oil
1 drop of pomegranate juice
1 drop Kabbalistic Name Incense infusion
1 small chunk undissolved Kabbalistic Name Incense
1 small unground piece of gall nut (the happiness nut)
gum arabic to thicken as needed

The vial of prepared ink will be stored in this Temple pathways knotwork container.

Scribal Tools

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Here are some of the tools I have chosen for scribal craftwork. For symbolic discussions, see here, here and here.

Solid Silver Finger Egyptian-Style Stylus

Solid Bronze Semi-Sphere Dipping Inkwell

Temple Pathways Knotwork Ink Jar Container

Ark Box To Contain Scribal Supplies, Inscribed Inside With My Hebrew And Celtic Craft Names & Blessings Of Unified Multiplicity

Old Ways Lock & Key

Beriyah, Yetzirah, Assiyah Scribal Manifestation Chest Upon Which The Ark Will Rest

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Fine Line Infuser Cup

ט' באלול תשס"ז
My new exquisite Fine Line infuser tea cup for magical infusions and ritual teas. It's a hand-spun hand-glazed delight.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Bewitching Altar Oil

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My newest original altar oil blend, Bewitching. Absolutely Divine.

5 drops frankincense
4 drops myrrh
3 drops mugwort
3 drops dragon's blood
1 small piece ginger (unground, dropped into blend)
1 small piece orris root (unground, dropped into blend)
1 small piece gall nut (unground, dropped into blend)

All essential oils added to a base of 1/8 cup jojoba oil. Store in an earthy spell bottle.

Altar Besom

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My altar besom. Handcrafted from broom corn grown dedicated to the purpose of constructing besoms. Pine wood handle.

From History Of Early American Brooms:

"The sweeping quality of brooms changed in 1797 when Levi Dickenson, a farmer in Hadley, Massachusetts, made a broom for his wife, using the tassels of a variety of sorghum (Sorghum vulgere), a grain he was growing for the seeds. She thought Levi's broom was exceptionally good and told friends and neighbors about it."

How sweet. Levi made a witchy broom for his wife and changed the entire broom-making industry. She really liked his broom, apparently. LOL.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Mystic Brew Altar Oil

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My newest original recipe, Mystic Brew altar oil blend.

4 drops frankincense
4 drops myrrh
3 drops mugwort
1 drop sandalwood
1 drop benzoin
1 small piece orris root (unground, dropped into blend)
1 small piece gall nut (unground, dropped into blend)

All essential oils added to a base of 1/8 cup jojoba oil. Stored in a cobalt blue (cloak of protection) apothecary vessel.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Tree Of Life Tapestry

כ"ז באב תשס"ז

This is the exquisite Tree of Life tapestry I've purchased to cover my bed. It will be ritually charged by passing it through an incense blend of 2 parts witch grass, 1 part aloeswood, 1 part nutmeg, 1 part mugwort, 1 part passion flower, 1 gall nut, and 1 part angelica.

Spell Locket

כ"ז באב תשס"ז

Since it hasn't proven to be beneficial to my career or to acquiring parnassa to be too open about being either a witch generally, or a Jewitch specifically, by wearing an openly identifying pentacle or star of David in a predominantly Christian environment, I've decided to assert my Jewitchiness in another, more concealed, way. I'm going to wear a witch's locket within which I will place a piece of parchment with my Hebrew and Celtic circle names, and a "Jewitch pentacle star", all written on the parchment with dragon's blood ink and passed through consecration incense. In this way, even at work, I can "identify myself" within the environment as a Jewitch, even though no one there may ever know it.

Happiness Nut

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Gall nut pieces contain a heyuli for a long happy healthy life. A vessel of these will also grace my altar for the High Holy Days.

Altar Snowflake Obsidian Ball

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This 2" diameter (פת) snowflake obsidian "crystal" ball plays on the Rosh Hashanah candle inscription מי קרא פת and acts as a "sign" of the Divine (פת) "morsel" of sustenance and benevolence being brought down. It will grace my altar throughout the High Holy Days.

Rosh Hashanah Spell Candles

כ"ז באב תשס"ז

I will be using two 7" by 1.5" handcrafted pure beeswax candles for my Rosh Hashanah spellwork. The head of candle A and the base of the candle B will be ritually inscribed like this:

The base of candle A and the head of candle B will be ritually inscribed like this:

The side of the candle A will be ritually inscribed like this:

The side of the candle B will be ritually inscribed like this:

The inscription האה pertains to a feminine configuration of the Essential Divine Name containing the heyuli through which Divine Knowing extends into being.

The Ogham letters are my Celtic circle name Lleucu.

The paleo-Hebrew letters are my Hebrew name Liorah Chanah.

The modern Hebrew inscription מי קרא פת was revealed as I awoke from dreaming this Shabbat morning and directs Binah (of Chochmah on the path of mem, balancing Hod-Netzach) to summon and give form to a unified morsel of Divine Knowing.

The modern Hebrew inscription בינה קרה פתח creates the opening in reality to actualize the inscription above, and means "opening for Divine Understanding (of Divine Knowing) to happen" throughout Malchut.

The 3- and 4-shins represent Divine Matriarchal Wisdom and Understanding.

The spiral triskelion represents the feminine cauldron of Divine Knowing and Wholeness.

The shalshelet trope represents Da'at Torah, reception and transmission of Torah (mekubal/mashpia function), it's mysteries and mesorah.

Each candle will be dressed and handrolled with a mixture of Witch's Brew oil and Consecration incense blend.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

BOS Consecration Incense

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1 part aloeswood (f, water) - intensifies blend energies, strengthening
1 part scullcap (f, water) - fidelity and peace, protects husband
1 part orris root (f, water) - protection, divination
1 part thyme (f, water) - healing, health, purification, love, courage
1 part passion flower (f, water) - peace, harmony
1 part sweet myrrh (f, water) - raises vibrations, transformation

1 part vetivert (f, earth) - love, hex-breaking, anti-theft, parnassa

1 part ginger (m, fire) - success, power
1 part saffron (m, fire) - wind raising, strength, happiness, lust
1 part wormwood (m, fire) - protection, spirit calling
1 part dragon's blood (m, fire) - protection, transforming evil
1 part angelica (m, fire) - protection, healing, visions
1 part frankincense (m, fire) - raises vibrations

1 part sage (m, air) - immortality, wisdom, protection

2 parts uva ursa - increases shamanic powers
2 parts Jezebel root - brings down benevolence
2 parts witchgrass - happiness, love, lust, transforming evil

1 drop spikenard - fidelity, health
1 drop hyssop - purification, protection
1 drop cinnamon bark - spiritual power, strengthening
1 drop pomegranate juice - essence of the mitzvot, manifestation

Writing By Beeswax Candlelight

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These are the perfect holders for the 7" X 1.5" beeswax pillars I am using as I write in my Book of Shadows. The candle wax can melt gloriously down the side to collect in the cup of the holder. There is something especially magical about the way the beeswax melts and collects in the cup, not only on account of the visual, but also on account of the delicate scent of melting beeswax. I can't really define the beauty it pulls into the moment, but the effect is palpably present for me. And I haven't even experienced it yet. Soon. Very soon. When all is ready, I will consecrate my Book of Shadows, and make the first mark. It will be special.

I have a small personal table which I fully drape with black cloth to lay my Book of Shadows upon to write in it. At the corners by head of the table are two candle stands upon which sit the beeswax pillars by whose light I write.

Pure ecstacy.

Royal Ritual Goblet

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This is my new ritual witch's goblet. It's handcrafted with a green basin raised upon a purple stem and base. To me, the royal purple argaman color symbolizes synthesis of the universes of tikun and tohu. The green represents all life of the earth (signifying all existent reality). In the structure of my witch's goblet, all life of the earth (once cast down) now is raised up by the royal purple. ס

See this post on Walking On Fire for additional commentary.