Joseph Christiansen perfume recipe song.


6 wedges of the lemon…

And 4 oceans to sail…

4 vanilla cupcakes, for each kid you care for so well,

5 drops of frankincense, for Joseph, Mary, and the three wise men,

7 drops of ambergris for seven whales and seven great big continents.

If you feel like baking brownies add cacao,

If you’re feeling margaritas, add limes,

But otherwise, that’s all my friend!

The Joseph Christiansen perfume rhyme.


(The numbers just mean drops, but I tied them to cupcakes for the children/lemon wedges to remember the number.)

Note: “ocean” or “ocean accords” can differ. Some smell like basil and neroli by Jo Malone while others are more like sea salt and wood sage, (also by Jo Malone) or incorporate subtle pines with driftwood and kelp/seaweed scents. Some people add apple, melon, freesia, or lilies to ocean smells, but for this Joseph perfume I tried to keep it mainly in the salty/citrus/woodsy family, as if it’s smell of his yacht while on the open sea. “Ocean” is as mysterious as the ocean, and despite his chipper Maple Bay persona, so is Joseph.

Perfume oils can be mixed with a carrier liquid or oil. For oil I’d use coconut if making a scented cream or solid type of perfume, but use whatever works with your skin and potentially dilute it more for subtlety or safety if you feel like you need to. For perfume, the liquid can be straight water, or for my personal twist, I did a 1:7 of Cointreau to water. It is “The Original Margarita” liquor after all.

(I feel like this also helps it evaporate a little faster, but not too fast, while also emulsifying the oils with the water better than perfume oil and water alone. Though you’d still best shake this bottle before spraying.)

Then the perfume is added in a 1:5 ratio of oils to the chosen carrier. Dilute to preference. I just picked 20% because that’s Eau De Parfum strength. Too much can be really heady though so use caution, or else you may find yourself suddenly baking cupcakes, singing Jesus songs at a youth mixer, then jumping onto random yachts, singing and strumming along to Jimmy Buffett, and then one thing leads to another and you’re raising Whale-Cthulhu from an underground demon portal in no time.

Please Employ Great Care when creating and applying perfume!

You know, the gifts of the three Wise Men only seem impractical in a modern context. Two thousand years ago, spices, resins and precious metals were popular commodity trade goods - compact, non-perishable, and readily exchanged for local currency without raising any awkward questions. It’s basically the ancient world’s equivalent of showing up with gift certificates.

There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.
—  Kvothe, The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, Patrick Rothfuss)

This quote is brilliant, and so damn true. Beware the quiet ones, they’re vicious when you piss them off.

While looking up angel stuff, I came across the fact that “Balthasar” was the name of one of the three wise men, so that got me thinking.

Balthazar actually was one of the wise men. He brought the gold.

“You twits! Frankincense? Myrh? She just gave birth in bleeding barn and you’re bringing her perfume?? They need money! Cash! I don’t care if they could sell it, you’re making the process much more complicated than it needs to be. Gold is not uncreative… it’s practical. This is, for all intents and purposes, my half-brother and I’m not about to bring a lousy gift.”  (passes an angel sitting outside, smoking a pipe) “Hey, Gabriel.”

“’Sup, Balth. Still on for drinks later this week?”

“Oh, Dad Yes.”

The Three Wise Heathers
  • *The Heathers are on their way to Veronica's house for her birthday*
  • Heather D: So, what'd you get her?
  • Heather M: Gold.
  • Heather C: Gold?! Ugh! I thought we agreed on a $5 limit here!
  • Heather D: Yeah, I just got her a crappy little bottle of myrrh!
  • Heather C: Hello, Frankincense! You always do this!
  • Heather D: Okay, okay. Look, we'll put everything together and we'll put all our names on it.
  • Heather M: No!
  • Heather C: I just got her the same cheap Frankincense I give her every year!
  • Heather M: No no no no!
  • *The Heathers all start arguing*
Steven Universe Theory

Okay, I’ve had this idea ever since the last Steven bomb and I keep waiting for someone to propose it because I’m too lazy to write it down. But, I haven’t seen anyone say anything so I guess I’ll just write down my thoughts.

Let’s review:
-beings can be brought back from the dead via magical rose quartz tears
-humans can be brought back this way
-Rose Quartz has this power.

So throughout the series there’s been a lot of symbolism showing Steven as a Jesus figure. The main one that comes to mind is in Three Gems and a Baby, I believe. Greg, wearing a blue blanket, was holding Steven with the three crystal gems around him (like Mary holding Jesus and the three wise men, or perhaps the shepherds). There’s other examples but I can think of them right now.

Now, if you’re familiar with the story of Jesus, you would know that Jesus died and is resurrected. If we apply this idea to Steven, we could have a very interesting ending.

Say Steven, in the final battle, dies. He’s surrounded by all the allies he’s made, both gems and humans, all mourning his death. That’s when Steven’s gem falls out of his stomach and begins to glow. Before their eyes, Rose Quartz reforms. She’s amazed to see so many new gems and humans fighting side by side. She sees Greg and Pearl crying on eachother’s shoulders. She looks back to see Steven’s still body and realizes what’s happened. She falls to the ground and hugs her dead son, shedding her magical healing tears. The fall on Steven’s face and begin to glow.


Pink Steven.

Say it with me. PlNK STEVEN!!

I would love it if that’s how the show ended. That way both Steven and Rose Quartz could exist. I’m not saying it’s gonna happen, I just think it’d be awesome.


anonymous asked:

I am interested in the Sicilian and Italian traditions! Can you direct me as to where to learn more about this/explain the basics of this practice? Thank you so much- your blog is great:)

Italian Witchcraft and Folklore

Hey! That’s wonderful! They’re surprisingly difficult to find any accurate information on!
My best resources are the article by Sabina Magliocco titled Witchcraft, healing, and vernacular magic in Italy, a less reliable article (that mixes witch-lore and folk magic all together) by J.B. Andrews called Neapolitan Witchcraft, and Carlo Ginzburg’s book The Night Battles about the benandanti in Friuli (Northeastern region of Italy).

If anyone knows any other sources feel free to list them!

Italian witch lore is very old, as there have been legends of witches in this region for a very long, accountable period. The word strega (witch) most likely comes from the Latin strix (screech owl) which witches were thought to take the shape of in the night. The practice of witchcraft is called stregoneria, a male witch is a stregone, and a female witch is a strega.
There are more legends of Italian witches in the south (particularly near Naples). One of the most famous is the story of the witches of Benevento, who convened beneath a walnut tree on a hill therein, and danced and worshiped the Devil. This tree was supposedly cut down.

There is a popular image of a witch who arises among Christian tradition in Italy, even still today. This witch is called Old Befana or Bella Befana(Bruta BefanaBella Befana or Vecchia Befana) who is a good witch who lived alone in a small cottage. One day, three wise men knocked on her door. “Behold! The child of God is born, (yada yada) we’re going to find him and bring him gifts! Will you join us Old Befana?” Now, Old Befana was glad to hear the news and excited to meet the new babe and give it what gifts she could. However, she was not one to shuck her responsibilities so she said she would have to wait until her chores were completed. They agreed and she saw them off, before finishing her cleaning. Once her duties were completed, she packed up her presents for the babe, hopped promptly onto the broom she had just finished sweeping with, and flew out the chimney into the cold night. However, they had not told her how to find them again! Not wanting to deny the boy his gifts, she decided to give some to all the little children she passed on her way, as any might be the new born child of God. Every year on that same night, Old Befana rides out on her broom and deposits gifts for little children, in hopes that one day she will finally find the baby Jesus and give him the presents she has been holding all this time.

In southern Italy, many of the tales of witches (streghe) and folk healers (fattucchiere, or ‘fixers’) tell of the songs they sing to work their magic. Unfortunately, this seems to be all anyone knows on the subject, and I can’t find any references or information on these songs!
In lore, the witches of both benevolent and malefic natures are closely related or interchangeable with more faerie-like spirits. The Janare of Naples/Janas of Sardinia (lit. followers of Diana) are magical women said to live in Neolithic shaft tombs and are expert weavers and spinners. They sometimes intermarry with humans, but are very different from the cogas  (or little cooks) of Sardinia, who are malefic witches that cook and eat their victims.

Most folk magic in Italy has died out, even in many of the rural areas. What is documented and what remains is all, unsurprisingly, Catholic magic. Much of it draws to saints, prayers, and Catholic holy tools. One name for this form of magic is benedicaria. However, much of it seems more agricultural or magical and less religious in nature. There is no point assuming this other source is pagan, because we could never prove where almost of any of it originated.

Most witchcraft you will find today in Italy, especially in urbanized areas, is of a New Age or Neo-pagan persuasion. Neo-Wicca is about the best you can hope to find, and even that is comparatively rare to that found in Great Britain, Australia, and the U.S.

In conversations about Italian magic and witchcraft, Raven Grimassi’s book Italian Witchcraft tends to come up. THIS BOOK IS UTTER BULLSHIT. HOGWASH. STUFF AND NONSENSE. It’s almost literally just Neo-Wicca with different names and some made up information. I’m not exaggerating. If you have this book, it’s better off as kindling than on your bookshelf. Just saying.
Charles Leland’s book Aradia: The Gospel of the Witches is a pretty piece of poetry, and perhaps has some truths in it, but it can never be relied upon. His source is not credible, and the information doesn’t add up well. It is a beautiful book, but not an accurate account of Italian magic or witchcraft.

Here are a few blog posts I have made relating to Italian witchcraft and folk magic:

The Curse of the Lemon and Pins

Neapolitan Flying Ointment

The Use of Stones in Italian Folk Magic

Charm Against the Evil Eye

To Cure Jaundice

To Cure Worms

To Bind an Eagle from your Flock

To Keep Birds from the Crops

The Three Wise Men

And what about the three wise men, the three kings, or three magi? They are also symbolic, and are shepherds who are already dressed with vestures of the Lord, with the Light, with the Solar Bodies.

Wise comes from the word wisdom. Wisdom in Hebrew is Chokmah. Chokmah is the second Sephirah, which is attributed to the most beautiful atoms of that energy that we call Christ. Chokmah, Christ, wisdom, makes one wise. To be wise is to have Christ within. So, the three Wise Men are three steps or three categories, three degrees, in which we incarnate the Lord.

In other places they are represented with a crown. Crown in Hebrew is Kether, the Father. The Crown of Life is Christ. They are crowned already, meaning that they are kings, as David, as Solomon, because Christ is within. They are anointed by fire. That is what we call Messiah. Messiah is the same as Christ, or an Avatar, somebody that is a vehicle of the Solar Light. Christ expresses itself everywhere.

These three Wise Men are three levels in which Christ expresses itself within those who are already walking on the path:

a black wise man
a white wise man
a yellow wise man

These are the three colors of Alchemy. The first one is black because when you first receive the Lord, your matter is still black with ego and desire. The fire is still enclosed within different parts of your Being, within your Consciousness, within your body, and you need to liberate it like a charcoal needs to liberate the fire. When that fire is completely liberated and the blackness disappears, then the whiteness appears, which is the purity, the virginity of the fire within the matter.

To become a white wise man is not easy; it is the most difficult part. There are many initiates who enter into the first part of the work and become black wise men, or black kings. The word Malachim is Hebrew and means kings or queens, and refers to Tiphereth in the world of Yetzirah, the world of the Angels. At that level of initiation you receive the level of Malachim, or king. Only in that level you can become a wise man, the incarnation of Chokmah, wisdom. But in the beginning, as the Master Samael explains in his books, you don’t notice the fire within the black, because that black has to annihilate all that blackness within, which is lust, ego, all of that negativity, animal desire that we have within. By annihilating it, the Consciousness—which is fire, Christ—is liberated. Then the initiate begins to shine more, little by little, and seeing more light until become white.

The white king or magi appears after defeating Lucifer at one particular stage. This is what happened with Jesus: he appears before the multitudes after defeating Lucifer, within, as a white magician.

The path has to be walked in a higher level in order to become the yellow wise man. The yellow wise man is above the white. Yellow is the color of gold. That gold has to appear in the initiate. Before the gold can appear, he has to purify himself very much. That gold appears when the individual is resurrected.

The metal gold is the symbol of the sun. Silver is the symbol for the moon, and the gold for the sun. If you are becoming a yellow wise man, it is because you are already a Solar Man. You are completely purified, you are a vehicle. As the metal gold is a vehicle of the Solar Light, you are also a vehicle of the Solar Light, you are a gold man, a Solar Man. This is because you built a diamond soul.

A diamond stone is also related to the Sun. To have a diamond in your finger or in your necklace is easy, but to make your soul a diamond, that is very difficult. To make your soul a diamond soul is to possess the Philosophical Stone, to be a resurrected Master with dominion over the four elements, because you are in the very center of the cross, of the X, and from the very center you command the water, the air, the fire and the earth, because you are the vehicle of that light, which is in the center of the sun, in the center of the earth, in the center of the Pleiades, in the center of the galaxy, in the center of the universe. That light transforms you in different levels as well.

There are many resurrected Masters who have dominion only in this solar system, others who have dominion over the galaxy, others who have dominion in the Infinite, because that light transforms the initiate in different steps. Among the resurrected Masters, not all of them have that expansion, only those who have the wisdom of many infinites can enter into the Absolute (with the level of Anklad) and become Paramarthasatyas. That is why when we refer to the Master Jesus of Nazareth, the Master Aberamentho, we always bow before him, because he is a Paramarthasatya. He has the wisdom of many infinites within himself. He came to this planet Earth in order to help. There are other resurrected Masters who have the wisdom of galaxies. This is how the Solar Light expands, and it depends on your work, it depends on your Consciousness. You see, there are always different Hierarchies, even among the Resurrected, among the yellow magicians.

So, this is the Nativity of Christ. It is a graduation, a system of awakening the Solar Powers that are latent within each one of us.

Word Prompts // Sea
  1. “I love you more than there are stars in the sky and fish in the sea.
  2.   “There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”
  3. “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”
  4. “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
  5. “For whatever we lose, it’s always our self we find in the sea.
  6. “I know of a cure for everything: salt water…in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.
  7. “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite.”
  8. “The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.”
  9. “My course is set for an uncharted sea.
  10. “Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.”
  11. “The sunlight claps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea: what are all these kissings worth, if thou kiss not me?”
  12. “I was alive when the Dead Sea was just a lake that was feeling a little poorly.”
  13. “I probably would have sat there all day, trying to remember my name, but then the sea demons came.”
  14. “Be careful seaweed brain.”
  15. “Like the god of the sea.
  16. “Love is lak de sea. It’s uh movin’ thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from de shore it meets, and it’s different with every shore.”
  17. I am a siren, a mermaid; I know that I am beautiful while basking on the ocean’s waves and I know that I can eat flesh and bones at the bottom of the sea.
  18. “A library is like an island in the middle of a vast sea of ignorance, particularly if the library is very tall and the surrounding area has been flooded.”
  19. “Little islands are all large prisons; one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow.”
  20. “Be not the slave of your own past - plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”
  21. “The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps.”
  22. “The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can’t.”
  23. “We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land.”
  24. “We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other’s opposite and complement.”
  25. “The sea does not like to be restrained. ”
  26. “The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas.
  27. “Do you believe that Moses really parted the sea?
  28. “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”
  29. “How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake.”
  30. “Plenty more fish in the sea.
  31. “Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.”
  32. “The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.”
  33. “The sea always filled her with longing, though for what she was never sure.”
  34. “We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of the infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.”
  35. “ It was like drowning, drowning in seas of green.”
  36. “My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea.
  37. “I still don’t understand what a sea god would be doing in Atlanta.“
  38. “It’s hard to tell the difference between sea and sky, between voyager and sea. Between reality and the workings of the heart.”
  39. “I would have written you, myself, if I could put down in words everything I want to say to you. A sea of ink would not be enough.”
  40. “I am longing to be with you, and by the sea, where we can talk together freely and build our castles in the air.”
  41. “As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.” 
  42. “I have been feeling very clearheaded lately and what I want to write about today is the sea.
  43. “I pass with relief from the tossing sea of Cause and Theory to the firm ground of Result and Fact.” 
  44. “When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick.” 
  45. “The sea is nothing but a library of all the tears in history.” 
  46. “We’re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding.”
  47. “We drift on a chartless, resistless sea.
  48. “The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.
  49. “And if my Sea of Tranquility were real, it would be this place, here, with him.”
  50. “We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”
  51. “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
  52. “I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul.”
  53. “When sadness was the sea, you were the one that taught me to swim”
  54. “The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the Living Infinite. ”
  55. “The sea is everything.”
  56. “The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the Living Infinite. ”