charcoal burner

PSA: You don’t need charcoal to burn resin and loose incense.

For that matter, you don’t need a charcoal burner, tongs, sand, or the willingness to handle something that sparks and burns dangerously hot. You don’t need any of the things that every website insists you need to burn resin, herbs, or loose/granular incense mixes.

All you need is a tea light, aluminium foil, and a shallow (fire safe) dish.

Drape the aluminium foil over part of the dish and pinch around the rim so it stays securely in place. Turn up the inner edge or dent it a bit if you’re working with resins that liquefy when they heat up. Put the resin/herbs on the foil. Light a tealight and set it so the flame touches the foil (it doesn’t have to be completely underneath). Done!

My setup looks like this:

If you want, keep delicate herbs further away from the flame so they don’t burn until they’re acrid. Try to avoid touching the foil because it conducts a lot of heat, though I’ve never gotten an actual burn from it. Most herbs you can just brush off when you’re done and reuse the foil. If you’re using resin, some residue will probably remain after several uses and you might want to replace it if you don’t want a slight undercurrent of frankincense or whatever next time (or keep that piece of foil reserved for that specific resin).

This cost me nothing. It’s sturdy and I can’t knock it over accidentally. It’s not as smoky as charcoal methods because it doesn’t burn as hot, and if you arrange things right you can get scent with no smoke which is great if you’re concerned about smoke inhalation. I can just blow it out when I’m done. It doesn’t get the nasty smell that people complain about with self-igniting charcoal. Resins last a long time because they are heated gently and just ooze, solidify, and ooze again when reheated. It’s not as pretty as fancy burners but it’s safe, fast, and functional.

I never see methods recommended that don’t use charcoal, and charcoal burning just isn’t accessible for me. Hope this helps others having similar issues.
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Dragon Prosperity Spell

The dragon is a fantastic beast that appears in almost every mythological tradition throughout the world. Often depicted as a mix of several different creatures, it represents the four elements of life: air, fire, water, and earth. The dragon has the wings of a bird and is covered with the scales of a fish or snake. It is capable of breathing fire, and usually guards a horde of treasure deep within the earth.

In pre-Christian Europe and the Far East, the dragon was seen a symbol of power, virility, and superhuman strength, and was considered to be a friend of mankind.

In magick, the dragon is wholly beneficent and is seen as the manifestation of life-giving celestial power, and has the attributes of both the sun and moon, masculine and feminine, good and evil sides of nature.

The dragon and serpent are usually interchangeable as representations of the unmanifest and the creation of form and matter.
The dragon represents the highest spiritual power, the supernatural, and the spirit of change. When you align your forces with those of the dragon, you gain strength and power. Its magick can help you overcome negative thoughts and it can teach you how to live abundantly.

Dragon Prosperity Spell

This spell is designed to create prosperity. It works best if you have a job and are looking for a pay raise or bonus.

Items needed: One large green pillar candle, dragon’s blood incense, incense burner and charcoal, dragon prosperity oil, a green silk pouch, five new coins (a penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and half-dollar), and an altar or small table.

Dragon’s Blood Incense Recipe

To make dragon’s blood incense,
mix ½ tsp. dragon’s blood resin with ½ tsp. allspice,
½ tsp myrrh resin,
½ tsp. dried orange peel,
½ tsp. sandalwood powder.

To the mixture add 3-drops cinnamon oil, and 3 drops orange spice oil.

Dragon’s Prosperity Oil

To make dragon prosperity oil, in a small bottle mix 5 drops cinnamon oil with 3 drops orange spice oil, and 2 drops sandalwood oil.

The first thing you will need to do is engrave the figure of a dragon on the candle. This can be easily done using awaters (the serpent), and the breath of life (the bird). Generally it is considered to be a ball point pen or small sculpting tool. The engraving does not have to be an elaborate work of art, just a simple outline will do.

Begin on the night of the new moon. Place the dragon candle on your altar with the incense burner in front of it. Place the coins on the left side of the candle and the silk pouch on the right side.

Light the green candle and charcoal. When the coal is glowing red, sprinkle some incense on it. Pick up the penny, hold it tightly, close your eyes and visualize the dragon in his cave. See his treasure and all the wealth he guards.

In your mind’s eye, slowly approach the dragon. Show the dragon your coin. Then, with great respect, ask the dragon to expand your wealth as you say:

O great dragon of wealth and power, I greet thee in this sacred hour. Great good fortune on me now shower. That my prosperity shall blossom and flower.

Stay with the dragon for a short time. Listen to what he says, and take heed of his advice. When the dragon begins to fade, leave his cave and return to the present. Place the penny in the green silk pouch. Thank the dragon by saying:

I thank thee great dragon of power and might For granting my wishes on this night.

Leave the candle to burn for four hours and then snuff it out. Repeat this spell every night until all of the coins have been placed in the green pouch. When the last coin has been placed in the pouch, allow the candle to completely burn out. The rite is then complete.



Wiccan: Reversing the Threefold Law

Actually, I mean more like “I fucked up and I know it so I’m sorry” 

This post was inspired by a binding spell I thought was harmless, just preventing someone I know from causing more pain to another but the threefold law did not like it for whatever reason so it kicked my ass three times for it. 

We are all human, we make mistakes. If we didn’t make mistakes then the threefold law would not exist! 

Anyways I feel like this ‘spell’ is hard to have a exact step by step procedure as what you did may require more effort on your part to make up for it. Maybe you got wrongfully mad at someone, maybe you had a spell go wrong or maybe you somehow hurt someone else with your magick.

1. Think about the things that had happened in your life recently. Do you think you’ve received your punishment threefold? If not, how bad do you think your punishment would be? Make preparations if you think this is the case. Remind yourself that bad things will not happen forever and you will eventually ride out the storm. 

2. When you believe you’ve gotten your punishment threefold, in your own words say a apology to the universe. Basically something like “I know what I did wrong, I have received my punishment threefold and I have learned my lesson”

3. Cleanse yourself. If possible, try cleansing the spot where you think the wrongful action took place. If you hurt someone then say sorry to them or do something nice for them. Of course don’t send them a message out the blue saying “I’m sorry I put a curse on you but its all good now and its lifted.” 

some cleansing ideas 

-I personally meditated in the shower and used everything I have. Shampoo, conditioner, sugar scrub, body soap, heck I even shaved for good measure. With each action I put in a intention of cleansing myself. 

-Burn sage as whole leaves or incense. Some other cleansing things to burn would be charcoal burners, frankencense, mryyh, holy wood and sandalwood. 

-Physically clean your house

4. Do something good for others. It can be little as donating a small amount to charity, helping with chores or even nice comments. But make each action genuine. 

If you are experiencing more negativity, meditate on what you need to do. 

One of the details that has always struck me the most and that has stuck with me since I’ve first read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is that while John Uskglass is revered and respected across all of England, in the North, the very region that he was King over, the most popular stories about him are things like “John Uskglass and the Charcoal Burner” and how they say things like, when the weather is off season and it’s cold and rainy in summer or warm in winter that John Uskglass is in love again and forgets his business.

In the introduction to the Ladies of Grace Adieu, it says:  “’John Uskglass and the Cumbrian Charcoal Burner’ is an example of that genre of stories…in which the rich and powerful are confounded by their social inferiors…. In medieval Northern England no one was richer or more powerful than John Uskglass and consequently Northern English folklore abounds with tales in which Uskglass tumbles down holes in the ground, falls in love with unsuitable ladies or for various complicated and unlikely reasons finds himself obliged to cook porridge for harassed innkeepers’ wives.”  But I don’t really think that captures how important these kind of stories would have been to the people living under his reign. John Uskglass, after all, is not just an ordinary king, not merely rich or politically powerful and needing to be knocked off a pedestal and put in his place. John Uskglass is The Raven King.

I mean, imagine it, there’s this fifteen-year-old kid, barely a man. He comes in, leading a fairy army and basically holding all of nature at his command and takes control of the North of England, facing no defeats. He rules for 300 years, never ageing past, say, his 20′s, while meanwhile the citizens of his country are being born, growing, and dying all without ever having seen anyone else on the throne. All without having their parents or grandparents having seen anyone else on the throne. He was raised not by humans, but by fairies, a race of beings with only the loosest grasp on reality, morality, and rationality as humans understand them. There’s also good evidence that this king you’ve got ruling over you is closer in thinking like these fairies than he is thinking like you, a human being. (”Not long, Not long my father said, not long will you be ours…”) There’s something kinda scary about that, especially when combined with the fact that he does things a lot of the time, and no one can really say why. It’s almost lovecraftian really,when you look at it that way. John Uskglass is less a Man and more a force of nature, and his concerns are not necessarily the same as your own.

And so you have these stories. Tales of all of those times the Raven King’s messed up, made all of these mistakes in ridiculously foolish, but in very human ways. Just look at the Tale of the Cumbrian Charcoal Burner for instance, the root of everything that happens to John in that story is not the fact that the Charcoal Burner has three saints on his side, but John’s own pride - a pretty human foible - and his tendency toward a sometimes eerie silence. And in the story of the Cornish witch, John nearly looses both his kingdom and his powers because he falls in love. These stories may be exaggerations, obviously, but there’s the hope, the possibility that there’s some grain of truth in there, and that’s reassuring. It means, deep down, at the root of it all, John Uskglass is, in fact, human. 

I don’t know, I’ve always liked that idea. It’s one of those things that really brings out the duality of his character, both the fae and human natures, and that’s one of the reasons he is one of my favorite characters.

Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish from Rome, based on eggs, cheese (Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano), bacon (guanciale or pancetta), and black pepper. Spaghetti is usually used; fettuccine, rigatoni, linguine or bucatini can also be used. The pork is cooked in fat, which may be olive oil, lard, or less frequently butter. The hot pasta is combined with a mix of raw egg, cheese, and a fat (butter, olive oil, or rarely cream), away from additional direct heat to avoid coagulating the egg. The egg should create a creamy sauce, and not curdle. Guanciale is the most commonly used meat in Italy, but pancetta and local bacon are also used. Recipes differ in the use of egg: some use the whole egg, others only the yolk, some a mixture. Cream is not common in Italian recipes but is often used elsewhere. Garlic in this dish is similarly found mostly outside of Italy. Other variations on carbonara outside Italy may include peas, broccoli, mushrooms, or other vegetables. Many of these preparations have more sauce than the Italian versions. 

As with many recipes, the origins of the dish are obscure. The dish forms part of a family of dishes involving pasta with bacon, cheese, and pepper, such as spaghetti alla gricia. It’s also very similar to the south Italian pasta cacio e uova, dressed with melted lard, mixed eggs, and cheese. The name may be more recent than the dish itself. Since it’s derived from carbonaro (Italian for “charcoal burner”), some believe the dish was first made as a hearty meal for Italian charcoal workers. It has even been suggested that it was created as a tribute to the Carbonari (“charcoalmen”), a secret society prominent in the early, repressed stages of Italian unification. It seems more likely that it’s an urban dish from Rome, although it has nothing to do with the Roman restaurant of the same name. The dish is not present in Ada Boni’s 1930 classic La Cucina Romana and is unrecorded before the Second World War.

Scandinavian tales and creatures

Once, there was a charcoal burner who lived alone in the deepest woods. He had the worst of luck and was never able to make a profit with the charcoal he made. One evening when he sat in his cabin, a young woman came in and asked if she could warm herself by the fire. The man knew all creatures in the forest and realized the woman was a skogsrå, a spirit of the forest, and was therefore kind towards her. When she had warmed herself for a while she turned around to warm her back, and the man politely told her to watch her tail. The skogsrå became delighted and thanked the charcoal burner, and ever since that day he always had good luck.


2015.12.5 Hangzhou, West Lake, China.  Photo from 视觉中国.

 崇祯五年十二月,余住西湖。大雪三日,湖中人鸟声俱绝。是日更定矣。余挐一小舟,拥毳衣炉火,独往湖心亭看雪。雾凇沆砀,天与云与山与水,上下一白。湖上影子,惟长堤一痕、湖心亭一点、与余舟一芥,舟中人两三粒而已。 到亭上,有两人铺毡对坐,一童子烧酒炉正沸。见余,大喜曰:“湖中焉得更有此人!”拉余同饮。余强饮三大白而别。问其姓氏,是金陵人,客此。及下船,舟子喃喃曰:“莫说相公痴,更有痴似相公者!” 

Huxin Ting Kanxue ——Zhang Dai (Ming Dynasty 1597-1679)
(translated from classical Chinese to modern English by adieudusk and Andy Patton)
In the twelfth month of the Fifth Year of Chong Zhen, I lived in the West Lake.  For three days, it snowed heavily, the sounds of people and birds on the lake were wiped away. And that day, the sounds had even given way to silence’s solidity. I rowed a little boat with a charcoal burner and a fine fur coat to keep me warm, and went to Hu Xin Ting (The Heart of the Lake Pavilion) to look at the snow.  The white of the soft rime suffused, the sky and the cloud, the hills, and the waters, up and down all was one white.  What shadowed on the lake were only: one faint trace of the long dike, one spot of Hu Xin Ting, and one mustard seed like boat of mine, in which were two or three bits of people, that is all. When we arrived at the pavilion, there were already two men sitting face to face on felt blankets, and a servant boy was warming the wine, the stove was boiling. At the sight of me they were greatly delighted, and cried: “how could we have this guy now in the lake?” Then they drew me in to drink with them. I managed to drink empty three full bowls of wine and said farewell. I asked who they were, and was told they were from Jin Ling and lived here now. When I walked into the boat, the boatman murmured: “Don’t say our Master is silly; there are others just as silly.”

“In the Mahabharata, the ceremony for the oath of a new king includes the admonition: ‘Be like a garland-maker, O king, and not like a charcoal burner.’ The garland symbolizes social coherence; it is a metaphor for dharmic diversity in which flowers of many colors and forms are strung harmoniously for the most pleasing effect. In contrast, the charcoal burner is a metaphor for the brute-force reduction of diversity into homogeneity, where diverse living substances are transformed into uniformly lifeless ashes.”
— Rajiv Malhotra, Indra’s Net

Magickal Uses for Dog Rose

Planetary Association: Venus

Element: Water

Gender: Red: Feminine, White: Masculine

Deity Association: Aongas Óg and Brigit

Rose is the accepted love scent. Rose buds are added to bath water to conjure a lover. Place some in a red cloth bag and pin it under your clothes. Rose hips worn as beads attract love.

True rose essential oil (known as Otto) and rose absolute are expensive but worth it, one drop has powerful properties. DO NOT use synthetics. Rose oil is used in formulas designed to attract love, confer peace, stimulate sexual appetites, and enhance beauty.

Add red rose petals to healing formulas and spells.

A tea of rosebuds drunk before sleep induces prophetic dreams. Rose petal and hips are used in healing spells and mixtures. Rose petals sprinkled around the house calm personal stress and household upheavals. Roses planted in the garden attract fairies and are said to grow best when stolen.

Burn as incense for : Healing; Health; Love; Luck; Creativity; Balance; Anointing; Divination; Clairvoyance; Protection; Psychic Awareness.

A chaplet of roses or a single rose on the altar is powerful additions when performing love rituals. A tea made from the buds, which is drunk before bed will bring prophetic dreams. To answer the question, “which one”, take the green leaves from a rose. Inscribe the name of each of your lover on the leaves. The leaf that stays green the longest is the right one. Use in healing rituals.

A cloth soaked in rosewater and placed on the temples will relieve headaches. Add to mixtures and potions for luck to add speed. Carry or place in the home for protection, peace and to calm personal stress. Planted in the garden they attract fairies. It is also said that stolen rosebushes grow the best.

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I just started reading W.H. Hudson’s Afoot in England, and was immediately struck by the beauty of his description of stumbling across a country church standing in the midst of verdant woodland. Being a bit of a church nut, I was able to think of a few around England that are half-hidden in foliage and quite interesting.

The first picture here is of the ‘gypsy church’ near Bramdean Common, Hampshire. This building was erected in 1883 for the use of charcoal burners working in the woods, and for roving tinkers who were passing over the common.

St Beuno’s Church in Culbone, Somerset, is reputedly the smallest in England, with room for around thirty people. It is only accessible via a 1.5 -mile walk through walnut and oak woods.

The Norman church of Saint Materiana in Minster Wood, Boscastle, Cornwall. This is considered to be a very haunted place, and is home to one of Britain’s largest colonies of greater horseshoe bats. Perhaps there’s a connexion…

Finally, All Saints’ is the parish church of West Dean in the Cuckmere Valley, East Sussex. It is nestled on the edge of Friston Forest, and dates from the 11th century.