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anonymous asked:

Just wondering if anyone had any good sources for Djinn. Information on them seems to be few and far between and often tainted with pop-culture genie stuff. Not to mention they're pretty cryptic in response to answering questions. The one I've been working with for a few years prefers me figure most of it out for myself so I figured I'd ask you guys.

From Judika Illes’ “Encyclopedia of Spirits" 

   Djinn are the indigenous spirits of the Middle East and North Africa.  They Preceded Judaisim, Christianity, and Islam in the area but have since traveled the world with Islam and are now found far from their original home…

   "Dijinn” is sometimes used to indicate both singular and plural, but in Morocco, “Djinn” refers to the individual spirit. The plural is “jnoun”.

   Djinn constitute a vast community of spirits. They come in all shapes and sizes and vary in power and temperment. Djinn have a heirarchal societies that parallel those of humans. Thus Chemharouch is a king of Djinn. Some Djinn are fascinated by people and behave very much like orishas. They can be benevolent protectors. Others just want to be left alone.

  The name “Djinn” derives form Old Arabic meaning “covert” or “darkness”. Most Djinn are secretive, covert spirits who are invisible most of the time.  Many are ambivalent towards people. They are nocturnal, preferring to sleep during the day.  They haunt ruins, cemeteries, and crossroads. Blood appeals to them, and so they may be found in slaughterhouses.

  Djinn like liminal spaces: they have a tendency to take up residence at the threshold of homes. It’s crucial not to step on the threshold but over it and also never to throw anything on the ground without giving warning, especially liquid or waste products. Djinn who are so rudely awakened  tend to reflexively strike out: they cause illness, sudden stroke, and/or paralysis that will resist medical treatment, responding only to magical and shamanic cures.

  • Some Djinn are skilled shape-shifters and may appear in any form.
  • Some Djinn are consistently benevolent and are venerated and loved.
  • Some Djinn are consistently tempermental, treacherous, hostile and malevolent: the very embodiment of evil spirits. People may propitiate them, but the motivation is fear.

….Djinn love and crave heat. They live in desert, by hot springs, in bathhouses. They despise the cold and Djinn in colder climes tend to be grouchy.

  Djinn hate salt and fear iron and steel. All may be used to keep them far away. They don’t like noisy, crowded places although they are curious spirits and will venture out to observe or even participate in fairs, markets, and festivals. Djinn enjoy stories and can be pacified or lured by telling exciting, suspenseful tales.

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Manifestations: Djinn famously manifest as snakes, cats or dogs. It’s considered dangerous to injure, kill or even annoy any of these creatures as it may be a Djinn in disguise.

Offerings: The traditional offering involves pouring oil over flour. Jewish Djinn like fruit jam. Christian Djinn have a reputation for eating anything, but that may just be from the Islamic perspective. Djinn tend to like alcoholic beverages, candles and incense, especially benzion.

I hope that helps!

~ Brynja

Alban Hefin, The Light of the Shore

The Summer Solstice or Litha. For three days from the sunset around June 21st, according to the Astronomical calander, for power, joy and courage.

Animal Bear.

Tree Oak.

Herbs & incense Chamomile, elder, fennel, lavender, St john’s wort and verbena.

Candle colours Red, orange and gold.

Crystals Brilliant red or orange crystals, stones of the Sun, such as amber, carnelian, beryl jasper, sunstone and crystal quartz.

Symbols Use brightly coloured flowers, oak boughs, golden fern pollen, which is said to reveal buried treasures whenever it falls. Scarlet, orange and yellow ribbons, gold-coloured coins, sun-catchers and golden fruits.

Summer Solstice rituals are good for success, happiness, strength, identity, fertility, adolescents & young adults, career and travel.

Personal Activities

  • One the Summer Solstice, greet the dawn by lighting a lantern just before sunrise, from an east face hill or plain (or just do it in your garden or by a window). Spend the day in the open air and then say farewell to the Sun facing a west, lighting your lantern once more to give the Sun power even as it descends
  • Make Sun Water
  • Make a small Sun wheel (⊕) garden, either indoor or outside, using the flowering herbs of midsummer like vervain & St John’s wort, and Sun herbs such as rosemary & juniper, also all other yellow or golden flowers. Arrange them in the form of a wheel and fill in the centre with tiny, golden crystals or glass nuggets. You can breathe in the radiant energies & golden light from your living Sun wheel.
  • Light Sun oils, such as frankincense , juniper, rosemary, orange or benzion, or burn them as incense to bring the sun’s power into your home.

Source The Modern-Day Druidess by Cassandra Eason