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A Page From My Grimoire - Beltane

Also known as Mayday

Focus: Fertility, halfway through Spring

Activities: feasting, maypoles, bonfire, picnic(and similar activities), flower bouquets, May baskets, flower crowns, baking/cooking appropriate dishes, gardening, spending time in nature, picking flowers, offerings to deities and the fae, sex, handfastings ect

Altar Ideas: Baskets (make great centre peices), seasonal fruits and flowers, cups, antlers, horns, hunting weapons, honey, associated herbs/stones, ribbons, fire, mini maypole, green, purple, blue, yellow, pink

Stones: Malachite, Pearls, Clear Quartz, Sunstone, Moonstone, Jade, Garnet, Emerald, Rose Quartz, Citrine. (I add Amethyst to my altar for the colour, but it has nothing else to do with this sabbat)

Herbs: Rosemary, Thyme, Rose, Tobacco, Orange, Basil, Bay, Cedar, Cinnamon, Clove, Garlic, Oak, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Dandylion.

Cage of Fire Spell

Many witches hold that your actions return to you threefold. I myself have never believed this, having never witnessed anything of the sort born out in reality. Nevertheless, the idea of reaping what one sows is powerful, and most people have some concept of it in their minds. This makes it an excellent concept to utilize in defensive magick.

With this spell, you can create magically-induced consequences for a person’s malevolent actions. The spell will only take effect if the person continues their abhorrent behavior. If they do, it provides immediate repercussions that are difficult to ignore. Ultimately, the person will hopefully make the connection between the misfortune they’re experiences and their own behavior, and change their ways.

  • Large Pepper.
  • Tobacco (or another baneful herb that you’re comfortable using)
  • Sharp nails or other pointy objects
  • Something to represent the target
  • A small pouch or bottle.
  • Gloves
  • Plastic wrap or a container

Don gloves to keep the pepper and tobacco at bay!

Begin by cutting the top off the pepper in such a way that it can be replaced like a lid. Then, hollow out the pepper as best you can, taking care to leave it as intact as possible. Then, very carefully, begin to line the edges of the pepper with the tobacco, packing it into the crevices as best you can to create a small layer of the herb just along the inside of the pepper. Be sure to leave the center of the pepper relatively clear.

Now, put the taglock inside the pouch or bottle.

Gently place the bottle containing the taglock into the center of the pepper. Add more baneful herbs to cover and surround it, stuffing the pepper until it is mostly full. Then, close it up by putting the top back on the pepper.

Next, take the nails and, with slow deliberation, stick them into the flesh of the pepper one by one, but be sure not to press too hard and damage the pepper. Once you have four or five nails stuck into it, you can begin empowering the spell.

Hold the pepper carefully and visualize the spell’s target as existing within a cage made of flames. They are quite safe within the cage, but if they move from it or attempt to strike at you again, they’ll surely be devoured. Once you have this image fixed in your mind, imagine the essence of it flowing out of your hands and into the pepper. Your spell is cast.

Disposing of the pepper and everything in it can be tricky. When I performed this spell as a teenager,  I saved the pepper for a few weeks in a safe place,  then buried it pepper in the forest near my college. This allowed the natural effects of decomposition to take effect, thus putting a realistic time limit on the spell and not turning it into some kind of life sentence within a fiery prison. There are ecological issues to consider, as well, though, and if you are not comfortable burying it, you might simply throw it away after the spell has produced the necessary effects.

The Scent of a Hiddles

Earlier, a thread got started about bottling Tom’s (voice, essence) and making it a perfume.  Below is a list of the Tom fragrances people came up with.
Enjoy! 

Adam

  • particularscarf - Clove and rosin, lower notes of cinnamon and cedar.

  • (written by BPAL, contributed by geminiloveca​) - “His scent is a palette of somber colors, melancholy memories, and lupine, savage beauty: black leather, pale sandalwood, ambergris accord, and the memory of a long-lost Victorian fougère. His internal life seems to be reflected in his lair, so his perfume also possesses the scent of the wood of his guitars, the rosin from his violin bow, the musty wool of neglected Oriental carpets, the plastic, metal, and magnetic tape of his reel-to-reel, the dust that permeates everything.”

Bill Hazledine

  • particularscarf - heather and honeysuckle vine. Ripe peaches with pink-and-golden juice. Cannabis. Car-seat leather. Patchouli, incense, and orange-oil wood polish from the confessional.

Edward

  • thingsididntknowwereerotic - Floor polish.Textbooks.Pencil shavings.Sea air.The cork of a bottle of red wine right after you pop it out and put your nose to the stained damp end of it.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • svenyves - champagne, wild flowers, cigarettes, fresh popped firework, and the lingering smell of pomade.

Freddie Page

  • particularscarf  - bergamot, old, unfinished wood, damp wool on a rainy summer night, snickerdoodles. Yes I said snickerdoodles fight me.

  • dirtyhiddles​  - leather, sandalwood, bergamot, pepper, the slight screech of a record as soon as you put it on, the scent of every F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, the amber sweetness of whiskey, smoke, lust, and the dried, lingering kisses of his latest conquest. He is the smell of night life, all rolled into one, with just a hint of the addictive lure of nostalgia.

Prince Hal

  • thingsididntknowwereerotic Leather and overheated horseflesh, straw,… fresh-baked bread… tallow, frankincense (from church) and ambergris - (the touch of perfume from thE LADY WHOSE BED HE JUST LEFT)

Hank Williams

  • thingsididntknowwereerotic - The caramel smell of the inside of an old guitar. Lucky Strikes. Slow hot breeze off a patch of dusty okra and pole beans. Fels-Naptha. Kerosene

  • geminiloveca​ - hops, whiskey, tobacco smoke, lingering bay rum

King Henry V

Jaguar!Tom

  • quoting-shakespeare-to-ducks - Gun oil, Brand new Rubber Tyres, Cherry Tobacco, amber, oak moss oil, with a lime high note…

Captain James Conrad

  • insanely-smart - British Sterling when he shaves; petrichor, Vietnamese spices, patchouli, a hint of rice liquor, gunpowder.
    Also humid palm trees

Captain James Nicholls

Jonathan Pine 

  • beaglebitch - Warm leather, exhaust, motor oil, and just a touch of sweat.

  • thingsididntknowwereerotic - Hotel pillow. Motor oil. English Leather. The hyperchilled air conditioned sweat of an all-night gym. Rain on the desert sand. The stale canvas scent of an Army Surplus tent.

Loki

  • writernotwaiting  - “Well, I suppose a Loki perfume might carry notes of leather, frankincense or amber, and cedar or sandalwood.”

  • justaderangedfangirl -  Absinthe/wormwood, peppermint, eucalyptus, pepper, rosewood, leather, cedarwood. And something dark and earthy I can’t name.

  • geminiloveca - that scent of snow approaching, wintergreen, mint, pine, with a touch of mistletoe.

Magnus Martinsson

Oakley

  • beaglebitch - Axe body spray, sweat, cigarettes, and expensive Italian wine.

  • particularscarf - sun-baked clay, musk, mellow soap, hops.

PizzaBoy!Tom

  • beaglebitch - Formula 1 - Fresh baked bread, garlic, sweat, and dollar bills?

  • insanely-smart - Formula 1 + leather, stale beer, mint and Drakkar Noir.

Robert Laing

Sir Thomas Sharpe

  • laterovaries - mahogany, crushed roses, dark spices, and a faint coppery undertone…

  • particularscarf - Blood-red roses. Belladonna. Treacle, star anise, and salt. Copper. Dust and leather-bound books. Firelight. (Incest.) (Sorry but you know it’s true.)

  • ourladybinxthings -  Sharpe would smell like dark chocolate and cherries, coal and sex.

Tom Hiddleston

  • particularscarf - One would smell like old leather, older vellum pages, and burning applewood, with notes of single malt whiskey and deep winter cold. The other would smell like limoncello, sun-dried linen sheets, and freshly cut grass, with a high note of salty ocean breeze.
  • thingsididntknowwereerotic - I might guess that there is a third scent that only gets brought out every once in a while during a new moon or an all-night research kick: licorice, dark pine, and ice. A little bit of Loki to waft through the air as he sits on the roof reading and smoking a secret cigarette?
  • amarafoxtraut I bet if you bottle up his laugh you’d feel a tickling sensation when you spray it on your neck
  • thafineness talent, potential, free drinks on a Friday night, stability, & chocolate chip cookies.
  • mrs-laufeys0n I imagine it would smell like daisies and smoked paprika. The first whiff smells happy and flowery, but as you get closer it smells warmer, more inviting, spicier.

William Buxton

  • quoting-shakespeare-to-ducks - Campfire, black ink, gorse flower, coal, mossy stream.
HERBAL SUBSTITUTIONS

When you can’t find the right ingredient, you can substitute the following herbs.
* As a basic guide use Rosemary for any other herb, Rose for any flower, either Frankincense or Copal for any gum resin and Tobacco for any poisonous herb. *

Acacia /Acacia Gum = Gum Arabic
Aconite = Tobacco
Arabic Gum = Frankincense, Gum Mastic, Gum Tragacanth (For Binding Wet Ingredients)
Ammoniac Gum = Asafetida
Asafetida = Tobacco, Valerian
Balm Of Gilead = Rose Buds, Gum Mastic
Bdellium , Gum = Copal, Pine Resin, Dragons Blood
Belladonna = Tobacco
Benzoin = Gum Arabic, Gum Mastic
Cachana = Angelica Root
Carnation = Rose Petals Anointed With A Few Drops Of Clove Oil
Cassia = Cinnamon
Castor Bean = A Few Drops Of Castor Oil
Cedar = Sandalwood
Cinquefoil = Clover, Trefoil
Citron = Equal Parts Of Orange Peel & Lemon Peel
Clove = Mace, Nutmeg
Clover = Cinquefoil
Copal = Frankincense, Cedar
Cowbane = Tobacco
Cypress = Juniper, Pine Needles
Deerstongue = Tonka Bean (Not For Internal Use), Woodruff, Vanilla
Dittany Of Crete = Gum Mastic
Dragons Blood = Equal Parts Of Red Sandalwood And Frankincense
Eucalyptus Oil = Camphor Oil, Lavender Oil
Euphorbium = Tobacco
Frankincense = Copal, Pine Resin
Galangal = Ginger Root
Grains Of Paradise = Black Pepper
Gum Ammoniac = Asafetida
Gum Bdellium = Copal, Pine Resin, Dragons Blood
Hellebore = Tobacco, Nettle
Hemlock = Tobacco
Hemp = Nutmeg; Damiana, Star Anise, Bay
Henbane = Tobacco
Hyssop = Lavender
Ivy = Cinquefoil
Jasmine = Rose
Juniper = Pine
Lavender = Rose
Lemongrass = Lemon Peel
Lemon Peel = Lemongrass
Lemon Verbena = Lemongrass, Lemon Peel
Mace = Nutmeg
Mandrake = Tobacco
Mastic Gum = Gum Arabic, Frankincense
Mint (Any Sort) = Sage
Mistletoe = Mint, Sage
Mugwort = Wormwood
Neroli Oil = Orange Oil
Nightshade = Tobacco
Nutmeg = Mace, Cinnamon
Oakmoss = Patchouli
Orange = Tangerine Peel
Orange Flowers = Orange Peel
Patchouli = Oakmoss
Peppermint = Spearmint
Pepperwort = Rue, Grains Of Paradise, Black Pepper
Pine = Juniper
Pine Resin = Frankincense, Copal
Red Sandalwood = Sandalwood Mixed With A Pinch Of Dragons Blood
Rose = Yarrow
Rose Geranium = Rose
Rue = Rosemary Mixed With A Pinch Of Black Pepper
Saffron = Orange Peel
Sandalwood = Cedar
Sarsaparilla = Sassafras
Sassafras = Sarsaparilla
Spearmint = Peppermint
Sulfur = Tobacco, Club Moss, Asafetida
Thyme = Rosemary
Tobacco = Bay
Tonka Bean = Vanilla
Trefoil = Cinquefoil
Valerian = Asafetida
Vanilla = Woodruff, Deerstongue, Tonka Bean
Vetivert = Calamus
Wolfsbane = Tobacco
Wood Aloe = Sandalwood Sprinkled With Ambergris Oil
Woodruff = Deerstongue, Vanilla
Wormwood = Mugwort

2013 Domaines Barons de Rothschild Los Vascos Grande Reserve Carmenère

Feeling pretty proud of myself. Blackberries, black tea, fruit leather, and tobacco on the nose. You can really smell the Bordeaux influence (I wonder why, Rothschild?! ;-) ). Loads of blackberries and blueberries on the palate with tobacco, bay leaf, and dried green herbs. Cheers!

4/5 bones

$$

Carmenère

Colchagua, CHILE

Grimoire Entry: Herbal Substitutions

From Scott Cunningham’s The Complete Book of Incense, Oils, and Brews

When you can’t find the right ingredient, you can substitute the following herbs. 

As a basic guide, you may safely use rosemary for any other herb, rose for any flower, either frankincense or copal for any gum resin, and tobacco for any poisonous herb. 
 

Specific substitutions

Acacia /Acacia Gum =  Gum Arabic 
Aconite = Tobacco 
Arabic Gum = Frankincense, Gum Mastic, Gum Tragacanth (for binding wet ingredients, not for incense) 
Ammoniac Gum = Asafetida 
Asafetida  = Tobacco, Valerian 
Balm of Gilead  =  Rose Buds, Gum Mastic 
Bdellium , Gum  =  Copal, Pine Resin, Dragon’s Blood 
Belladonna  = Tobacco 
Benzoin  = Gum Arabic, Gum Mastic 
Cachana  = Angelica Root 
Carnation =  Rose petals anointed with a few drops of Clove Oil 
Cassia  = Cinnamon 
Castor Bean  = A few drops of Castor Oil 
Cedar = Sandalwood 
Cinquefoil  =  Clover, Trefoil 
Citron = Equal parts of Orange peel & Lemon peel 
Clove =  Mace, Nutmeg 
Clover  = Cinquefoil 
Copal  = Frankincense, Cedar 
Cowbane   =  Tobacco 
Cypress  =  Juniper, Pine Needles 
Deerstongue  =   Tonka bean (not for internal use!), Woodruff, Vanilla 

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Herbal Substitutions


When you can’t find the right ingredient, you can substitute the following herbs.
As a basic guide use Rosemary for any other herb, Rose for any flower, either Frankincense or Copal for any gum resin and Tobacco for any poisonous herb.


Acacia /Acacia Gum = Gum Arabic
Aconite = Tobacco
Arabic Gum = Frankincense, Gum Mastic, Gum Tragacanth (For Binding Wet Ingredients, Not For Incense)
Ammoniac Gum = Asafetida
Asafetida = Tobacco, Valerian
Balm Of Gilead = Rose Buds, Gum Mastic
Bdellium , Gum = Copal, Pine Resin, Dragons Blood
Belladonna = Tobacco
Benzoin = Gum Arabic, Gum Mastic
Cachana = Angelica Root
Carnation = Rose Petals Anointed With A Few Drops Of Clove Oil
Cassia = Cinnamon
Castor Bean = A Few Drops Of Castor Oil
Cedar = Sandalwood
Cinquefoil = Clover, Trefoil
Citron = Equal Parts Of Orange Peel & Lemon Peel
Clove = Mace, Nutmeg
Clover = Cinquefoil
Copal = Frankincense, Cedar
Cowbane = Tobacco
Cypress = Juniper, Pine Needles
Deerstongue = Tonka Bean (Not For Internal Use), Woodruff, Vanilla
Dittany Of Crete = Gum Mastic
Dragons Blood = Equal Parts Of Red Sandalwood And Frankincense
Eucalyptus Oil = Camphor Oil, Lavender Oil
Euphorbium = Tobacco
Frankincense = Copal, Pine Resin
Galangal = Ginger Root
Grains Of Paradise = Black Pepper
Gum Ammoniac = Asafetida
Gum Bdellium = Copal, Pine Resin, Dragons Blood
Hellebore = Tobacco, Nettle
Hemlock = Tobacco
Hemp = Nutmeg; Damiana, Star Anise, Bay
Henbane = Tobacco
Hyssop = Lavender
Ivy = Cinquefoil
Jasmine = Rose
Juniper = Pine
Lavender = Rose
Lemongrass = Lemon Peel
Lemon Peel = Lemongrass
Lemon Verbena = Lemongrass, Lemon Peel
Mace = Nutmeg
Mandrake = Tobacco
Mastic Gum = Gum Arabic, Frankincense
Mint (Any Sort) = Sage
Mistletoe = Mint, Sage
Mugwort = Wormwood
Neroli Oil = Orange Oil
Nightshade = Tobacco
Nutmeg = Mace, Cinnamon
Oakmoss = Patchouli
Orange = Tangerine Peel
Orange Flowers = Orange Peel
Patchouli = Oakmoss
Peppermint = Spearmint
Pepperwort = Rue, Grains Of Paradise, Black Pepper
Pine = Juniper
Pine Resin = Frankincense, Copal
Red Sandalwood = Sandalwood Mixed With A Pinch Of Dragons Blood
Rose = Yarrow
Rose Geranium = Rose
Rue = Rosemary Mixed With A Pinch Of Black Pepper
Saffron = Orange Peel
Sandalwood = Cedar
Sarsaparilla = Sassafras
Sassafras = Sarsaparilla
Spearmint = Peppermint
Sulfur = Tobacco, Club Moss, Asafetida
Thyme = Rosemary
Tobacco = Bay
Tonka Bean = Vanilla
Trefoil = Cinquefoil
Valerian = Asafetida
Vanilla = Woodruff, Deerstongue, Tonka Bean
Vetivert = Calamus
Wolfsbane = Tobacco
Wood Aloe = Sandalwood Sprinkled With Ambergris Oil
Woodruff = Deerstongue, Vanilla
Wormwood = Mugwort
Yew = Tobacco