Divination

Divination is defined as the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means.  It has been practiced for over a millennia.  Divination has many different forms. Children of the old ways use many different techniques such as: crystal gazing, reading tea leaves, palmistry, tarot cards, or just gazing into the flame of a candle. Regardless of which technique is used, a person can gain knowledge and even enlightenment if practiced.  I myself use tarot cards and can sometimes just candle gaze. It starts with a simple thought of focus and letting your mind open to information; a calming effect happens and when I look at the cards it’s as if a story is being told to me.  Depending on the question or knowledge I am seeking, the story unravels to show me things.  As a child, I noticed that I knew things before they happened and into my adulthood it has increased.  Its like having an intense case of De ja vu. 

Whether a person believes in this art or not, it has been around for ages and in many places through history. The Greeks had oracles and soothsayers to speak for their gods; the Chinese used I Ching and feng-shui to obtain knowledge; in the middle ages, a common practice of throwing bones, grain, peas, or sand onto the ground to read the patterns for insight was used; even Vikings relied on the consultation of the throwing of rune stones. Across the ages and to every end of the Earth, you can find traces of divination. It makes no difference if its Indian, Mesopotamian, Egyptian, or African; divination is found to be part of that culture. It is a fascinating art and continues to grow as people learn about the techniques of the past with the growth of today.

**A divination chant to clear the mind and increase awareness: “By the power of my might, give me now the second sight. I chant this spell so it is done, hear me now oh ancient ones.” 

 

 

Magickal Mixology

 

Notions and potions, and things to brew!  Below you will find a few of the different types:

 

Poultice/Cataplasm: often heated and medicated. It can consist of chopped plant material and infused with other potions.  Usually to treat aching, inflamed or painful parts of the body. Also, great for cuts and bruises.

Tincture: Only good for about a year and would need to be refreshed/re-made. Alcohol based and highly concentrated. Can be volatile in the fact of alcohol being used. Plant or animal material can be used and preparation does take some time.  Dilution is recommended.  Store away from direct heat and sunlight.

Elixir: Alcohol based in nature but very pure and usually taken orally.  A true elixir will have at least one ingredient in it to take orally. Needs to be stored in a tightly closed container away from direct heat and sunlight. 

Infusion: Usually oil or water based with material being allowed to steep for extended time.  Materials typically are botanical in nature such as herbs, berries, and flowers. Unless the infusion is consumed immediately, it will need to be bottled and refrigerated for later use.

Tisane:  Another name for herbal tea.  Herbs and spices are typically used in a hot water base.  Great to warm the body or help internally. Some teas are said to induce visions, cure colds, or alleviate headaches.

Philtre: Typically water based and meant to secure another’s affection or  someone’s favor. Magick is usually used to infuse or empower the potion/ingredients

Decoction: use of boiling to extract from herbs or plant material. Results are achieved best if material is mashed before boiling and potion is best, if consumed immediately

 

Blessed Be!