To Bless Plants and To Purify Water for All Personal Uses
From the Cipriano

Let there be a firmament in the middle of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters, that which is above is like that which is below and that which is below is like that which is above for the accomplishment of the One Thing. The Sun is its father, the Moon is its mother and the Winds carried it in its womb, it ascends from earth to the heaven and again it descends to the earth. It is purified! I exorcise you, creature of water, that you may be for me of the living God in my works and a font of life and the ablution of sins. May ashes be returned to the font of living water and may the earth be fruitful and sprout forth life by the three names that are Netzach, Hod, and Yesod, in the beginning as in the end, by Alpha and Omega, who is are in Spirit Azoth.

Amen.

And since there are so many cases where this relic preserves one from the Devil and his charms, blessed is he who keeps the four Holy Gospels. May Luke, John, Mark, and Matthew cleanse us of all evil, to enjoy the pleasure of the celestial homeland as we wish.

Amen.

The Gospel of Saint Luke
And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her. And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them. Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.

The Gospel of Saint Matthew
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Then the devil takes him up into the holy city, and sets him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil takes him up into an exceeding high mountain, and shows him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaves him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

The Gospel of Saint John
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we bheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

The Gospel of Saint Mark
Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

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O coffee! By the mighty Name of Power do I invoke thee, consecrating thee to the Service of the Magic of Light. Let the pulsations of my heart be strong and regular and slow! Let my brain be wakeful and active in its supreme task of self-control! That my desired end may be effected through Thy strength, Adonai, unto Whom be the Glory for ever! Amen without lie, and Amen, and Amen of Amen.

From the diaries of Aleister Crowley, published in Liber DCCCLX: a special supplement to The Equinox, Vol I, No I.

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Today, my Padrino gave me a small bundle of Pica-Pica (Mucuna pruriens), a tropical herb used in Palo and conjure as a component of conflict, cursing, hexing, and hot foot powders. In Mozabique, they are known as Mad Beans (feijões malucos) and in Nigeria, they the plant’s pods are called Devil Beans.

Medicinally, Mucuna pruriens is used in Unani and Ayurvedic medicine.
Random notes:
Never hand someone a cursing herb if you don’t intend on crossing them. Put it down and let them pick it up.
(Image via flickr / google images. I’m not in the mood to brave the rigors of touching the herb in order to photograph it at the moment.)

rappaccini

 

California Poppy
Eschscholzia californica

Lemon Verbena
Aloysia triphylla

Blue Sage
Salvia clevelandii

Native California Purple Sage
Salvia leucophylla

True Comfrey
Symphytum officinale

Greek Mullein
Verbascum olympicum

Hyssop
Hyssopus officinalis

French Long Lavender
Lavandula stoechas pedunculata

Lovage
Levisticum officinalis

Mugwort
Artemisia vulgaris

Passion Flower
Passiflora incarnata

Red Clover
Trifolium pratense

Rosemary
Rosmarinus officinalis

Rue
Ruta graveolens

Clary Sage
Salvia sclarea

White Sage
Salvia apiana

St. John’s Wort
Hypericum perforatum

Tansy
Tanacetum Vulgare

Yarrow
Achillea millefolium

Bloodroot
Sanguinaria canadensis

Black Cohosh
Cimicifuga racemosa

Marshmallow
Althaea officinalis

Tobacco Tree
Nicotiana glauca

Calendula
Calendula Officinalis

Sweet Bay
Laurus nobilis var. Crestwood

Solomon’s Seal
Polygonatum biflorum

Echinacea
Echinacea purpurea

Lemongrass
Cymbopogon flexuosus

Bloody Dock
Rumex sanguineus

All Heal
Prunella vulgaris

Angelica
Angelica archangelica

Wild Bergamot
Monarda fistulosa

Winter Savory
Satureja hortensis

Sweet Marjoram
Origanum majorana

Greek Basil
Ocimum minimum

Creeping Orange Thyme
T. praecox?

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Behind the veil of all the hieratic and mystical allegories of ancient doctrines, behind the darkness and strange ordeals of all initiations, under the seal of all sacred writings, in the ruins of Nineveh or Thebes, on the crumbling stones of old temples and on the blackened visage of the Assyrian or Egyptian sphinx, in the monstrous or marvellous paintings which interpret to the faithful of India the inspired pages of the Vedas, in the cryptic emblems of our old books on alchemy, in the ceremonies practised at reception by all secret societies, there are found indications of a doctrine which is everywhere the same and everywhere carefully concealed. Occult philosophy seems to have been the nurse or god-mother of all intellectual forces, the key of all divine obscurities and the absolute queen of society in those ages when it was reserved exclusively for the education of priests and of kings. It reigned in Persia with the Magi, who perished in the end, as perish all masters of the world, because they abused their power; it endowed India with the most wonderful traditions and with an incredible wealth of poesy, grace and terror in its emblems; it civilized Greece to the music of the lyre of Orpheus; it concealed the principles of all sciences, all progress of the human mind, in the daring calculations of Pythagoras; fable abounded in its miracles, and history, attempting to estimate this unknown power, became confused with fable; it undermined or consolidated empires by its oracles, caused tyrants to tremble on their thrones and governed all minds, either by curiosity or by fear. For this science, said the crowd, there is nothing impossible, it commands the elements, knows the language of the stars and directs the planetary courses; when it speaks, the moon falls blood-red from heaven; the dead rise in their graves and mutter ominous words, as the night wind blows through their skulls. Mistress of love or of hate, occult science can dispense paradise or hell at its pleasure to human hearts; it disposes of all forms and confers beauty or ugliness; with the wand of Circe it changes men into brutes and animals alternately into men; it disposes even of life and death, can confer wealth on its adepts by the transmutation of metals and immortality by its quintessence or elixir, compounded of gold and light.

  • Transcendental Magic, Eliphas Levi

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Licorice from our garden. Groovy-lookin’ plant, and it smells amazing. Most will agree that licorice is the province of Venus, but some feel it should be attributed to Jupiter or Mercury. Licorice is used in works of fidelity, loyalty, passion, pleasure, youthfulness, reconciliation, and friendship. It is used extensively in love philters.

A tea of licorice root that stimulates the libido and binds love through friendship and mutual delight:

1 tsp licorice root
1 tsp fennel
½ tsp anise
½ tsp orange peel
Half a stick of cinnamon

[Written circa 2013]