Pagan Blog Project: H is for Hot Foot Powder

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What is Hot Foot Powder?

Hot Foot Powder (aka Get Away or Drive Away) is hoodoo folk magick which has the specific intent of driving away unwanted people.  It can be used as part of foot track magick which is a magick that utilises the track or dirt of someone’s footprint. Hot Foot powder is created with a mixture of minerals and herbs.

Tina’s Hot Foot Powder (© T. Georgitsis 2014)

Ingredients (a pinch of each)

  1. Cayenne Pepper
  2. Sulfur or Gunpowder
  3. Salt
  4. Black Pepper
  5. Graveyard Dirt
  6. Red Sandlewood
  7. Tormentil (OR a mix of Hyssop & Rue OR Nettle or White Sage)

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients ensuring the herb is ground up and place in an envelope or container for future use.

Simple Use for Hot Foot Powder

Sprinkle under the chair or bed of an unwanted guest.

© T. Georgitsis 2014

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Pagan Blog Project: G is for Gris-Gris

What is a Gris-Gris?

A Gris-Gris (aka grigri) is an African centric voodoo amulet which has a specific intent and purpose of protecting the wearer from evil spirits, negative forces, brings in luck and/or is used as a method of contraception*.  It usually takes the shape of a small cloth bag and contains a ritualistic amount of small objects (usually a prime number between 3-13) and prayers from the Qur’an which is specifically tailored to the person who will be wearing it.

Tina’s Make Your Own Gris-Gris Bag (© T. Georgitsis 2014)

Ingredients

  1. Personal effect of wearer.
  2. Stones, crystals, herbs, roots, resins, bones, coins, charms and tokens.
  3. Seal, sigil, prayer or petition which has been drawn with magickal ink on parchment.
  4. 2 inch by 3 inch hand stitched bag with one end left open and made from cotton, flannel or leather (chose a colour to suit your intent);
  5. Handmade cord, hemp string, wax thread or leather cording.

Method

  1. Ensure the 4 elements are present upon your working altar: candle- east, bowl of blessed water – west, incense – north, graveyard dirt- south and arrange them appropriately over a symbol of a cosmogram or veve.
  2. Place the bag in the centre as this is where you will create your gris-gris.
  3. Bless and smudge the 3-13 items individually as you put them in the bag.
  4. Tie up the open end of the bag with cord or string.
  5. Sprinkle with blessed water and recite a personal incantation of intent.
  6. Smudge with incense.
  7. Recite personal words of power into the gris-gris to active it.
  8. Finally focus your intent and purpose of the gris-gris and breathe on it.

Simple Use for Gris-Gris

Pin to your undergarment for personal protection.

* = with complimentary assistance, do not use as the only method of contraception.

© T. Georgitsis 2014

Pagan Blog Project: F is for Florida Water

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What is Florida Water?

Florida water is a cologne type water used for spiritual and magickal purposes in the Americas (originally used and created by Caribbean and African descendants).  The name comes from the flowery tones of the scent as well as references to The Fountain of Youth which is rumoured to be located in Florida.

It is used to clean, purify, heal, protect, banish negativity, break hexes, as offerings to the spirits of the dead and as a base of scrying water.

Tina’s Florida Water  (© T. Georgitsis 2014)

Ingredients

  1. 200 mls of rosewater
  2. 200 mls of orange blossom water
  3. 50 mls of vodka
  4. 8 drops Lavender Oil
  5. 8 drops Bergamot Oil
  6. 3 drops Clove Oil
  7. Small handful of dried purple sage blossoms OR jasmine blossoms(you can omit this if you like)
  8. Own Perfume

Method

  1. In a glass bottle with a wide mouth pour the dried sage blossoms.
  2. Add vodka.
  3. Now add rose water and orange blossom water.
  4. Add Lavender, Bergamot and Clove Oil.
  5. Add a few sprays or drops of your personal perfume.
  6. Shake and place in dark cupboard or refrigerator (if herb added) for a moon cycle.
  7. After a moon cycle strain the herb out, then use.

Simple Use for Florida Water

Add a capful to your mop bucket and wash the floors to dispel negativity in the home.

© T. Georgitsis 2014

Pagan Blog Project: A is for Abramelin Oil

What is Abramelin Oil

Abramelin oil is an oil blend used for ceremonial purposes. The recipe is an adaptation from the Jewish Holy Oil of the Tanakh and appears in the mediaeval grimoire called “The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage” written by Abraham of Worms. It was popularised and brought into the modern era by practitioners of the occult Aleister Crowley and SL McGregor Mathers.

Tina’s Abramelin Oil   

Ingredients

  1. 2 Part Myrrh
  2. 1 Part Cassia (replace with 1 part cinnamon if not able to source)
  3.  3 Parts Cinnamon
  4. 1 Part Calamus (aka Sweet Flag)
  5.  4-8 Parts Olive Oil (depending on preference for strength of scent ie use less if you want it stronger)

Method

  1. Blend all oils.
  2. Once blended, store in a glass vial and keep within the temple out of direct sunlight.

Simple Use for Abramelin Oil

A masculine anointing and consecration oil for temple tools and self.  Provides wisdom, stability, love, prosperity and success.

Anoint crown chakra and third eye before ceremonial magick work.

© T. Georgitsis 2014

Pagan Blog Project: B is for Black Salt

What is Black Salt?

Black Salt also known as Witches Salt and Drive Away Salt.

*Black salt is primarily used in hoodoo and rootwork but has been adapted by witches and pagans alike. Its purpose is to clear, banish and repel any negativity or manipulation and provide protection to the user.  It is generally used in banishing, hexes and protection workings.

Black salt is basically salt, mixed with something which turns the salt black and can come in various forms including: black food colouring (use powdered form), black pepper, ash, charcoal, scrapings from the bottom of a pot, black chalk, candle or lamp wick residue.

The standard black salt recipe is 2 parts of salt to every 1 part of black item.  Grind up all parts in a mortar and pestle and use or store for later.

Personally speaking I prefer to use rock salt which is kosher along with the ash of some sacred herbs (herbs depend on the purpose of the black salt created).

Hekate’s Black Salt  (© T. Georgitsis 2014)

Ingredients

  1. 2 parts kosher rock salt
  2. 1 part ash from the herbs of: dandelion, lavender, mint, bay, mugwort and rue

Method

  1. In a heat proof dish and preferably outside take some dried dandelion root, lavender, mint, mugwort and rue herbs and burn with a lighter** until they are reduced to ash.  Whilst doing this visualise what kind of things you want to remove or banish out of your life.
  2. Take the ash and in a mortar, crush and blend it with a pestle with half the amount of salt to your ash ratio.
  3. Once blended use or store for later.

Simple Use for Black Salt

Sprinkle around the perimeter of your home.  With a long handled broom sweep the perimeter containing the traces of black salt outwards and away from your home.

© T. Georgitsis 2014

*Not to be confused with the Indian spice black salt which is pink in colour.

** I prefer the turbo gas lighters for the long reach and ability to stay lit with wind