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In most contemporary cultures, where there aren’t many opportunities to go barefoot, few acts are as intimate as touching the feet of another person. Our feet are our primary means of connecting with the earth, yet they usually remain confined in shoes or sandals. Cleansing the feet of a friend or loved one is a sign of trust, closeness, and openness. Cleansing your own feet can be a relaxing interlude that can help you feel refreshed. Foot cleansing also has become a popular stress reliever and beautification ritual.

Ritual foot cleansing has a long and intricate history involving many methods and motivations. It has been used as an initiation, a welcoming gesture, a purification ceremony, and as a means to demonstrate humbleness. Cleansing ceremonies involving the feet are performed in many different parts of the world. In many cases, the meaning of the ritual was twofold. It was a way of cleaning a guest’s feet before entering a home and a sign of hospitality. In Buddhism, clean water mixed with sandalwood to clean the feet is one of the eight typical offerings. By cleansing the feet of an enlightened being, it is possible to cleanse one’s own karma.

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It is almost Yule and it is a tradition to make Gluhwein to Wassaill the trees in tribute for the summer to come. I found this awesome recipe online and wanted to share it with you.

Roland Gorgosilich’s Glühwein recipe

A hot, spicy beverage for cold winter nights

Austrian-born Roland Gorgosilich, executive chef of Bosman’s restaurant at The Grande Roche in Paarl shares his Glühwein recipe.

Serve this drink hot on a cold winter’s night and feel your cheeks glow.

Ingredients
1 ½ bottles of red wine
3 oranges, zested
2 lemons, zested
Half a litre of fresh orange juice
Cinnamon stick
Star anise
4 cloves
2 bay leaves
Brandy and sugar to taste

Method
Combine all ingredients in a deep pot, simmer, don’t boil, until hot. Add brandy to taste. Serve in a glass mug with an orange slice and a stick of cinnamon.

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How To Make Magickal Potpourri For A Spell Bag.

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MAGICKAL POTPOURRI 

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Dried flowers: Try a florist for damaged or discarded petals and flowers or dry your own.
  • Essential oils: Buy essential oil from online pagan stores or create your own.
  • Dried herbs, seeds, bark, and leaves: Find small bags at a local metaphysical shop or make your own.
  • Fixative

If you will be harvesting your own herbs, flowers and leaves from a garden, use caution and handle them with care. A living plant that has been bruised or torn will lose essential oil quality. Collect seeds, herbs, roots, leaves and flowers early, right after the morning dew has dried away. Make sure the flowers and herbs have no disease, pesticides or pests attached to them, and they are clean from debris. Due to shrinkage, I recommend a harvest of 3-4 times the bulk of what you want the finished product to be.

Dry Your Flowers and Herbs

Spread out the freshly picked ingredients over a window screen to ensure air is delivered equally. Don’t stack or press the fresh flowers and other ingredients together. Choose a well-ventilated, dry, warm area for the flowers and herbs to dry over 1-2 weeks.Another method is hanging the stems of flower and herbs upside down. Bind the fresh-picked wild flowers in bunches and tie with cotton string, then allow to dry.

Home Protection Potpourri

  • 1 handful dried elder flowers
  • 4 tablespoons dried orris root
  • 1 handful chamomile flowers
  • 1 handful lavender
  • 1 handful marigold flowers
  • 6 drops Lavender essential/fragrance oil

Tips: Orris root is from the Florentine Iris and it preserves the natural fragrance of other flowers and herbs. There is a slight scent to Orris root, but the fixative will ensure a good base to potpourri. Add 2 tablespoons of dry orris root per cup of mix. Essential oils should equal 5-6 drops per cup of mix each. Leave the potpourri in the sealed container for a week and shake the container on occasion to mix the potpourri.

Store Potpourri

A tightly sealed glass container, or self-sealing plastic bags are ideal to retain the fragrance and power of the potpourri. Keep the container in a dry, cool place until needed.

A Protection Spell Bag For Sleep

Add this mix below to a spell bag with correspondences to protect you as you sleep and banish nightmares.

Spell Bag: yellow, black or white

Herbs & Flowers: A pinch of angelica, fennel, wolf’s bane, geranium, honeysuckle, lavender, and marigold. 1 drop sandlewood oil and 1 drop frankincense oil.

Correspondences: Add a copper trinket, a peacock feather, cone shell and mix potpourri together before adding to a spell bag. Keep the spell bag under your pillow at night to banish nightmares, evil spirits and any trouble from the outside world as you sleep.

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