So I’ve been busy today.. From making powders, incense, to ritual chalk from eggshell powder.
My day was starting by the roaring thunderous winds that are pretty typical of the area. I got out my old books on botany and herbal use, and re-read old chapters. Couldn’t hurt, could it?
So with the first scent of the house being home-baked chocolate covered peanut butter cookies…
I pulled out my winter-dusted herbs, and set to my spring Work of replenishing my incenses for the summer’s rituals.
Forgive my boring photos – no instagram here… I know my Work will get no ‘oohs,’ but… It is what it is. Functional – not pretty.
I made a huge batch of hunter/fisher/gatherer incense, that I burn yearly for when I venture out into my dry climate for hunting, fishing, or botanical needs. Carefully prepared, and lovingly tended as I grind – it has a stinging sweet scent that my local Spirits seem to enjoy so far. So a note to Pa and Ma – for your hunting and fishing things – Hint… Hint…
And so far so good. From ferns gathered on the Midsummer Solstice, to Oak leaves gathered during an eclipse…
I use this incense ritually – and very frequently. I bless hunting, fishing, and gathering implements, and I won’t go out without the taboos and rituals being observed. It has a strong scent, but once you’ve smelled it – I’ve heard that you don’t forget. I’m told it’s a good memory – of a cabin or tent spent in a good time of life (so they describe it), so.. I suppose that’s a good thing?
I also made a small batch of mental clearing smoke. I’m not the only one who smokes this – it helps with clearing the mind of all the clutter and congestion that our modern world is all too well known for making. It does calm the mind, so I recommend smoking it in the evening!
It’s not a huge batch, because a little bundle in the pipe goes a long way. It has a sharp mint taste to it. I enjoy this smoke myself after a stressful day at work, or dealing with morons on a trip into town. It helps, tremendously.
I spent another part of my Sunday making ritual chalk. Made from red brick dust, dragon’s blood resin, and eggshells –
The pigment of the red didn’t want to grind so well, so I had to tape the hard stone to my pestle to get the job done. Folk magic is not about ‘pretty,‘ or ‘nostalgic,’ per se, it’s about now, right now – and practicality. Sometimes, duct tape is the answer.
I ground the eggshells into a very fine powder, a mix of donated store-bought and the farm eggs I was given. It made a reddish powder, and for a red-chalk recipe it worked well, I think!
So with the added pigment, I look forward to working with this chalk myself. I ran out of it recently, and… For this summer’s workings that I have planned, I don’t want to be caught without any. If you’re interested in a piece of red ritual chalk let me know.
Soon, meaning as soon as I get my mitts on more eggshells, I will be making a black chalk made from charcoal and ash for other workings, for those who are interested.
So my day was spent busily. Not too bad of a start after surgery… So I end this post with Elk chili cooking in my crock-pot with home-made garlic toast in the oven…
And.. An empty rum glass. SACRILEGE.
*Update: The powders I’ve made range from sure-footed powders (decision making), to ‘Go Away,’ Powders. There is a long list, and I’m not done yet, even though my weekend is over!