compilation of posts on the subject of brews. Authors noted if
know, otherwise posts left without credit. If you know who belongs
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Lightning Slashes the stormy sky. Three haggard figures on a lonely hill
lean over a huge cauldron. They throw noisome ingredients into the
boiling water - poisonous herbs, noxious reptiles, snake venom - and
cackle as steam rises and the wind howls like tortured demons.
goes the standard brew-making scene, thanks in large to authors such as
William Shakespeare. They vividly capture and firmly, implanted such
powerful but absurd images in our minds. Brews (also known as potions)
may be as prosaic as herb tea, or as mystical as rainbow infusion.
stem from early magical, ritual and medicinal preparations, and are as
effective today as they were thousands of years ago. In herb magic,
brews are little more than herbal infusions or teas. They needn't be
prepared over an open fire in a forest clearing, your own stove or
backyard will do nicely.
are so many different kind of brews, some are drunk, some are added to
the bath and others prepared to release fragrant steam into the air,
infusing the area with the sum total of the herb's vibrations.
type of water used in brewing is of some importance. Well, spring and
distilled waters are preferred over that which pours from the tap. You
can buy these bottled or collect them from the source, so long as it's
unpolluted and free running. Rain water is ideal for use except when
gathered in smoggy areas. Tap water can be used as a last resort, but
consider purchasing the bottles variety in the future.
water and mineral water aren't recommended due to their high mineral
Heating: Fire, gas flame or stove coils will do for the heat source. I
suppose you could prepare a brew in a microwave oven, but this isn't the
best idea. If nothing else, it reduce some of the magic of the process.
If you're the old-fashioned kind, try making a brew in a fireplace or
outdoors over a blaze.
best if the water and herbs don't come into direct contact with metal
while brewing. There are few exceptions to this in herbalism. One
is cauldron brewing, which is little-practiced today. Herb-pots. But in
general, avoid metal. Clear glass jars work well for Solar infusions.
Simply place the water and herbs into the jar and set this in direct
sunlight, preferably outdoors. Leave it there for most of the day. Some
brews ask for specific colored glass jars.
every brew in this section is made in the following manner. Use specific
instructions where given.
grind & mix the herbs. For brews to be drunk, use specific culinary
mortar & pestle for grinding, not the one used for heavy- duty
the herbs with your magickal goal.
about 2 cups water to boiling. Place about one handful of mixed,
empowered herbs in a teapot or some other heat-proof, non-metallic
container. Pour the water over the herbs. Cover with an equally
non-metallic, steam tight lid. let the herbs brew for about 13 minutes.
through cheesecloth or a bamboo strainer & use.
should be used as quickly as possible. If necessary, they can be stored
in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. After this time, return them to the
earth & create a new brew.
note regarding "love" potions. There are no drinks that will
emotionally enslave another person to you, no brews that will cause
love. However, some brews have long been celebrated for relaxing
inhibitions and mellowing the emotions. Also, a few have been used to
smooth over difficulties during long-term relationships and marriages.
(from 'The complete Book of incense, oils & Brews' by Scott
A Passion Drink
tsp. Black Tea
fresh Mint leaves (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
fresh Rosebud petals (or 1 tsp. dried)
fresh Lemon tree leaves (1 tsp. dried lemon peel)
pieces Orange peel
all ingredients into teapot. Boil three cups or so of water &
to the pot. Sweeten with honey, if desired. Serve hot.
in the usual way, preferably in an earthen pot. Add this mixture to
tea, or serve alone to increase the passions.
in a teapot, fill with boiling water, let steep, covered, for a few
minutes. Remove cover, sniff steam - (not so that you burn your nose)
for a few moments, visualize the mystic scent opening your psychic
awareness, then lie down & prophesize. If you wish, drink a
of the brew as well, & let the steam continue to rise as you stretch
your psychic awareness.
OF CERRIDWEN BREW
parts each: Acorns, Barley, Honey, Ivy, Hellebore, Bay
- DO NOT DRINK!
water in a cauldron over an open fire. Place all ingredients in the
cauldron. Sit before it & entrance yourself by watching the flames.
Smell its mystic scent & receive wisdom.
add one tsp to a cup. Pour boiling water over this & let steep, covered,
for a few minutes. Drink before going to bed to promote psychic
add one tsp mixture to a cup, pour boiling water over the herbs
let steep for 9 minutes, covered. Drink a few teaspoons a day, or add
to the bath.
by Gerina Dunwich
potions used for healing
be brewed with sincere feeling.
the herbs that work the best,
let Nature do the rest.
you need an incantation,
the words with exclamation:
intent the potions bubbles
good riddance of health troubles!"
of the Witch's Brew --
Gerina Dunwich's Book "Magick Potions"
a Witch's brew continues to boil after it has been
from the fire, it is said to be a sign that the
Witch will live to be a ripe old age! This
omen originated in Europe in the Middle Ages.
quarrel with a friend or family member is portended
a Witch's brew should accidentally be spilled on the
carpet. However, it is said to be a sign of good
to accidentally spill some upon yourself.
is bad luck to brew philtres (love potions) when the
is in a waning phase or during the time know as the
dark of the moon. The ideal time is during a
moon, especially on Valentine's Day.
two Witches stir the same brew, they will be
up strife, according to an old superstitious belief
is said to be extremely unlucky for any Witch to
his or her own brews and potions in a tea kettle or
cauldron belonging to another. (To avoid this, a
rule of thumb is to always use your own magickal tools.)
a lady and a gentleman pour out a cup of brew from
same pot, this is an omen that a child will be born
is an invitation to poverty and misfortune should
throw away herbs that are leftover from potions and
good fortune to smile upon you, always dispose of
herbs by casting them into a fire.
stranger will soon be arriving on your doorstep if
accidentally leave the lid of the tea kettle or cauldron
off while preparing a magickal brew. This
belief hails from Victorian-era England.
is said to be unlucky to stir a Witch's brew in a
direction. To do so creates bad vibrations
and attracts negative influences. Always
in a clockwise direction.
your left eye itches while you are brewing a
this is an omen that sorrow shall soon find it's
way into your life.
ago I read Sibyl Leek's book "The Complete Art of Witchcraft".
that was the book that started my daily herbal brews. She drank red
clover tea every day as a body/energy strengthener. I tried that, but
later switched to instant ginseng tea for convenience and as a daily
ritual. This is the most recent development, and a recipe that friends
can't get enough of, I've even sold/traded it occasionally.
proportions are rather intuitive and dependent on what's on hand,
basically mix all of the following and use about a teaspoon of it in
6-8 ounces of very hot water, let steep for 5 minutes. I'll add botanical
names and attributes of each ingredient as soon as I can.
you don't have all the ingredients, no problem, make it without them!
This makes 2 of my friends VERY SLEEPY, so use at night if that happens
to you too. Personally I feel energized by it.
1 handful lemon verbena
1 handful lemon catnip or regular catmint
1 handful red raspberry leaves
1 handful red clover blossoms
1 handful spearmint leaves
1/2 handful peppermint leaves
1 large handful chamomile flowers
1/2 handful chickweed
1/2 handful dried nettles
1 handful lemon balm
you live in a country where it is legal, and have glaucoma, are under
chemotherapy treatments, or for Sabbats, 1/2 handful of cannabis
(sativa preferably, or indica if desired or for severe illness)
leaves, NOT flowering tops can be added. Otherwise this addition
may not be wise for a daily brew!