Friday, June 24, 2016: The moon phase is Waning Gibbous in the zodiac sign Aquarius until entering Pisces at 10:30 PM EST.
Incense: Orchid (see below for magical uses)
- Kill pests and weed
- Harvest fruit and root crops
- Hill up parsnips and carrots
- Plant out asparagus crowns
Herbal Magic – Orchid
Folk Names: Levant Salap, Sahlab, Sahleb, Salep, Saloop, Satyrion
Deities: Bacchus, Cronus, Pan
Planet: Venus (Beauty, Fidelity, Friendship, Love, Youth)
Element: Water (Fidelity, Friendship, Healing, Love, Meditation, Prophetic Dreams, Purification, sleep)
Powers: Love, Fertility
Lore: According to legend, Orchis was the son a Satyr and nymph. During a celebration for Bacchanalians he attempted to rape a priestess. Eventually, he was put to death by Bacchanalians. His father prayed to the Gods to give pity on him. Orchis was then given eternal life as this root, which led to the belief that Orchid roots provide a practitioner with the lusty sexuality of the satyr.
Magical and Ritual Uses:
- The tuber can be dried and carved into an amulet or talisman for love and romance.
- The powdered root is considered to be an aphrodisiac.
- Orchids are ideal for Handfastings.
- The gift of an orchid puts romantic energy in motion. (It’s been used in the feast or cup for the Great Rite to embody the deities for fertility)
Elderly relatives accused of being WITCHES by their children so they can burn them alive and claim their inheritance
Juma Kalume Musunye’s six grandchildren beat her until she fell to the ground crying, and then doused her in petrol, claiming she had used witchcraft to paralyse their mother’s hands.
‘They wanted to kill me,’ said the 65-year-old widow who lives on Kenya’s coast, where the Mijikenda people traditionally blame witches for illness and misfortune. Read more: dailymail.co.uk
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Thanks for stopping by,
- Llewellyn’s Magical Almanac
- Llewellyn’s 2016 Moon Sign Book: Conseious Living by the cycles of the moon
- Catherine Yronwode: Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic
- Paul Beyerl: A Compendium of Herbal Magick
- Scott Cunningham: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of magical herbs