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Tarot & Witchcraft ~ with author, Amythyst Raine

The Smell of Magick

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Hubby and I, along with another couple, are going on a four day road trip next week. In preparation for this, I’ve made magickal mojo bags for protection for our vehicle, along with a stone talisman. I even performed a little ‘Vehicle Blessing’ that I’ve used for years. Yesterday I made a whopping batch of “Fiery Wall of Protection Oil” that I used to anoint the car and will use to lay down a line of protection around the perimeter of our Iowa farm (in-law issues, long story).

I love making potions. I feel like the proverbial cackling old witch bent over my proverbial black cauldron– which I really have, by the way. I love the good smells– and the not so good smells. I’ve found that there are some raucous nasty really foul smelling concoctions that pack a magickal wallop that would set an elephant on it’s arse. People seem to avoid this issue; everyone appears to think that all magickal oils and potions are going to look and smell like they came from Mary Kay or Avon. Well, I’ve got news for you…some of the potions and oils in my bottles I’ve had for years. Many of the bottles, and I’ve got a lot of them, are stocked on open shelves, covered with a nice little layer of old-fashioned dust, and look as though they might start perking at any moment. One of the tricks I use for my own oils– I never use up all of the original formula. When the bottle gets low, say an inch left in it, I create another batch, using the remains of the original oil as the ‘mother’.

There was one lady, somewhere on the internet, who was afraid that after her magic oil got so old, it would become rancid; and as she said, “We don’t want rancid oil!”…Oh, don’t we? The best batch of Mars Astrological Oil that I ever used was between 6-8 years old, discolored, and if you opened the bottle and sniffed, it would make your head spin. This oil would bring out the war hoop in Whistler’s Mother. It wreaked of the element of Fire and every ounce of passion that you would expect with it. From this old bottle of oil, the energy of Mars was peeking over your shoulder, breathing down your neck.

I know, I love all the pretty, inviting, prim and proper lady-like oils and potions myself– nothing like the smell of rosemary or lavender, rose oil, or jasmine. But I’ve also learned to love and appreciate those magickal oils that are there to do a job, not to look pretty or smell pleasing.

As far as I’m concerned, the foul smelling concoctions of witchcraft deserve some accolades and appreciation.

http://ladyamythyst.webs.com/oilspotionspowders.htm

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Author: Amythyst Raine

Witchy, Pagan, Personal Stuff Amythyst Raine is an author; a professional tarot reader; the mother to 7 magickal individuals; a major procrastinator; Crazy-Cat-Lady; and chocoholic. She writes books on witchcraft, the tarot, and Feminine Spirituality (published by Labyrinth House, Moon Books, and Dodona Books). She's an avid blogger; a pagan activist; a holistic healer through crystals and stones-- by means of crystal grids and chakra balancing. Amythyst offers Spiritual Psychic Consultations using tarot cards and the art of intuitive reading. If you'd like a personal reading with her, visit her tarot website at: http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com "Every Cat Has a Tale" is her Personal-Blog-Spot, which includes everyday life and its dilemmas, as well as victories, memoirs, opinions, along with inspiration for mundane life, with personal photos and videos. http://everycathasatale.blogspot.com "Magickal Connections" is her witchy, pagan, booky BlogSpot. http://wytchymystique.com "The Witch's Corner" is her very popular witchy pagan website full of witchy pagan stuff. http://amythystraine.blogspot.com

4 thoughts on “The Smell of Magick

  1. Casualmente, hoy es el dia del elogio a mi sentido del olfato !!

  2. I agree. I have some very old oils. At one oil making class, one of my group asked me, “aren’t you afraid to use the old oils?”. Told her no, they are probably more potent than when they were first made.

  3. What a wonderful post Amythyst! I have some banishment oil that stunk then as much as it does now that I made at least 12 years ago, and it still works like a charm! 😉 The original had something I picked up somewhere, marked “Birch” that rather smelled like burnt ashes added to oil – yuck. But I knew right away what it would be for, and I bet the person who gave it to me had no idea that yucky stuff is really good sometimes! I hear you! I also don’t let the original run all the way out 😉

  4. You have such a way of really making me feel as if I am there with you stirring the magic cauldron. You are so right about the powers of those potions, including the layer of dust. I have many ‘mother’ oils waiting to be made into salves etc…..thank Goddess for the coming Fall and hopefully the time to stir my own cauldron.
    Beautiful post! Thanks

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