Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Eve Witchery

While mother and sister were busy preparing dinner for media noche, I busied myself as well with new year's eve chores of the pagany sort. I was able to do a lot of stuff with my old stock of cinnamon and clove and half a dozen oranges.

Our house was filled with the sugary-sweet smell of citrus and spice as I made some old-fashioned glühwein (mulled wine) as first libation to the spirits for the year. I first got a taste of glühwein when I visited a German-themed Christmas market some weeks ago at the Mall of Asia. I found it quite odd-tasting at first but have gotten to like it after a few sips. My glühwein happily ended up tasting just as good as the one sold at the Christmas market. I decided that this shall be my official cool-season ritual drink.

Sugar and spice and everything nice.

At the Christkindlmarkt. December 9, 2012

Kin-gyo, my mecha-servitor, brought me a lot of good things during the year. So instead of making a new one I just decided to upgrade my favorite money-maker. It's gotten a lot heavier now with all the coins I've been feeding it with. I replaced the batteries and the old speaker magnets with more powerful ones I bought from the home depot. I placed an orgonite disk at the center of the plate and placed the maneki-neko on top of it. I washed everything with an infusion of oregano, cinnamon, clove and orange peel steeped in warm mineral water. Now my ultra pimped maneki-neko is fresh for the year ahead.

Witching you a happy new year.

I made an anointing oil for Oshun as mini-libations for my weekly devotion. Unfortunately my lazy habit of not taking notes of the measurements kicked in and now I have totally forgotten the proportion of the ingredients. The recipe is quite simple though:
  • orange rind
  • cinnamon
  • clove
  • turmeric
  • nutmeg
I would have included some sunflower seeds and a few drops of honey but I'd like to keep the number of ingredients to five, just because it's a sacred number to Oshun.

Steep all of the stuff in canola or sunflower oil (I used canola) and shake daily for two weeks, drain, and it should end up being golden-yellow with a subtle citrusy scent.


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