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Potion Recipes

Fairy Guardian


1 white candle
1 small bowl or cup
1 small plate
1 oatmeal cookie
Fairy sugar or fairy honey

Make your offerings to the fairies:
Mix milk with fairy sugar or honey (one or the other but not both). Take an oatmeal cookie with the honey or sugar drizzled on top. Light a candle in a window and say the following three times:

‘Precious fairies of the day/night, keep my loved ones safe today/tonight;
Keep them breathing, safe, and warm, watch them ’til the night/day is born.’

Take the offerings outside and place them in a place you think the fairies will like and say ‘This is for the fairies’, or something similar. Don’t say ‘Thank You’ since fairies get offended when thanked.

Water of Life


Fill a bottle or something similar with cold water. Then add:

Dill for wisdom; Anise for good dreams; Chervil for friendship; Caraway against infidelity; Sage against plague; Rosemary for improved memory; some roses that help against everything; Parsley for love; Wormwood against sea-sickness and Angelica against magic.

Let this steep for a while and drink. It tastes like life itself! A little sweet and a little bitter.


 Love, water magic, feminine mysteries

2 parts Willow tree bark
1 tbsp of vanilla extract
1⁄2 dried Apple or a dash apple juice
A pinch of Rosemary

Boil and drink.


 Love, water magic, feminine mysteries

Energy, fire magic, masculine mysteries, lust and resistance.

1 1⁄2 part white Oak bark
1⁄2 part Mint
1⁄2 part Orange peel
en pinch of Nutmeg or Cinnamon

Boil and drink.

Make an enemy move

Cayenne pepper, white pepper, 1 pinch sulfur, 1 pinch dill. Mix and burn. Concentrate on the goal while it burns.

Potion to ease a broken heart

You will need the following ingredients (be sure to charge them all before you begin):

Strawberry tea (one bag)
Small wand or stick from a willow tree
Sea salt
2 pink candles
A mirror
One pink drawstring bag
One quartz crystal
A copper penny
A bowl made of china or crystal that is special to you
1 teaspoon dried jasmine
1 teaspoon orris-root powder
1 tsp strawberry leaves
1 teaspoon yarrow
10 plus drops apple-blossom oil or peach oil
10 plus drops strawberry oil

On a Friday morning or evening (the day sacred to Venus) take a bath in sea salt in the light of a pink candle. As you dry off and dress, sip the strawberry tea. Use a dab of strawberry oil as perfume or cologne. Apply makeup or groom yourself to look your best. Cast a circle with the willow wand around a table the other ingredients. Light the second pink candle. Mix all oils and herbs in the bowl. While you stir look at yourself in the mirror and say aloud:

‘Oh, Great Mother Goddess, enclose me in your loving arms and nurture and bring forth the Goddess within me.’

Gaze deeply into the mirror after you have finished mixing the ingredients and say aloud:

‘I represent the Great Goddess, Mother of all things. I shine in the light of the Golden Wings of Isis. All that is great and loving only belongs to me.’

Then put half the mixture in the pink bag and add the penny and crystal. Carry it with you always (or until you find another love). Leave the other half of the potion in the bowl, out in a room where you will smell the fragrance. Repeat this ritual every Friday if necessary. Needless to say, you should replace the goddess name with one that you attune to.

Herbal sachet for protection from negative energies

1 tsp dried Anise seed (any kind of Anise)
1 1⁄2 tsp dried whole Cloves
petals of 1 small dried red Rose
2 tsp dried Rosemary
6 dried Bay leaves
9 inch by 9 inch square white cotton cloth
6 inch purple cord or yarn

Mix all ingredients well, then place into the center of white cloth in a pile. Bring each corner up to the centre one at a time, in a clockwise motion. when all corners are up and touching, there will be four folds sticking out. In a clockwise motion, bring the corners of these folds to the centre as well. Take the purple cord or yarn and wrap it around the cloth 3 times, just above the high spot of the herbs. Tie three knots, and let the ends hang.

Empowering the sachet
Sit in a quiet place, preferably outdoors, and hold the sachet cupped in your hands. Close your eyes and imagine white energy travelling through your arms and into the sachet. Feel safety, feel protected. See yourself standing surrounded by a white light. See it coming from the sachet. Empower the sachet once a week, and make a new sachet once a month. Continue using the sachet until you feel that you no longer need it.

Getting a job

Use a square of green cloth. Fill it with bay laurel, lavender, and High John the Conqueror Root. Add four other herbs governed by:

Mercury- for a job involving communications
The Moon-for a job involving healing, women’s work or health, or psychology
Jupiter-for a job involving leadership and responsibility, or the law
Mars-for a job requiring aggressive, assertive action
The Sun-for a job outdoors, in agriculture or nature, or for an easy-going, enjoyable job
Saturn-for architecture, history, or any job where you will be limiting others’ actions or freedom (police work, for example)

Add a silver coin, for wealth, and pictures of any important tools you may use in your work. Tie it with purple thread.

Peaceful home

1 handful of Jasmin
1 tbsp of Honey
2 Passionfruit flowers
1 handful of white Rose petals
1⁄2 cup of water

Mix it all together. While you mix the ingredients, you visualize your or the other one’s home filled with love and light. Put the mixture in a jar or bottle and place it where you can look at it every day.

Flying ointment I

1⁄4 cup of lard
1⁄2 tsp of Clover
1 tsp of chimney soot
1⁄4 tsp of Mugwort
1⁄4 tsp of Vervain
1⁄2 tsp of benzoin tincture
Use a mortar to crush the dried herbs into a fine powder. Melt the lard on a low heat in a pot or in your cauldron. Add the herbs and mix it well. Add the tincture and stir deosil for about 10 minutes. Put it in jars and let it cool.

Flying ointment II

1⁄2 cups of lard or vegetable shortening
3 tsp Mugwort
3 drops of Dragon’s Blood sap

Melt the fat over a low heat. Add the Mugwort and Dragon’s Blood sap. Leave it on the heat for 9 minutes or until the herbs are ‘fried’. Pour into a glass container and let it cool. Anoint a few places on your body, try to avoid the chakras.

I do have other recipes, that more closely resemble the ones used. But I feel they’re too poisonous to publish here. If you want them, e-mail me and convince me that you’re mature enough to handle them and that you know what you’re doing.

Spiritual Strength

1 quartz crystal
1⁄2 tsp nutmeg powder
1⁄2 tsp frankincense incense
1⁄2 tsp orris root powder
1 dash saltpeter
1 tsp sandalwood incense
2 tsp birch bark

Use a red cloth bag, fill it with all the ingredients. Tie it up and keep it in your pocket or in your handbag. Pour some out and burn it when you feel the need to. You can also burn a white candle anointed with oils when the powder is being burnt.

To stop someone who’s being unfaithful

By burning this in the evening, your partner will lose all sexual interest in others. Ex: When he/she wanders out at night to meet another partner, he/she loses interest when they go to bed.

You’ll need:
1⁄2 cup of sandalwood powder
1⁄2 cup of lavender
2 cups of cinnamon powder
1⁄4 cup of lilac (crushed)
2 tsp of tobacco
1 cup of power seeds (crushed)
1⁄2 cup of orris root powder
2 tsp of allspice
1⁄4 cup of vervain
1⁄2 tsp of saltpeter

Mix it in a wooden bowl and cover it with a piece of cloth when not used. This special love blend has to be mixed really well or the result will be bad.

Dream of the future

1⁄2 cup of sandalwood incense
2 tsp of myrrh
1⁄2 cup of orris root (crushed)
3 tsp of frankincense powder
1⁄2 cup of moss
2 tsp of oregano

Mix well in a bowl, put on a tight lid and place it in a dark corner until it is to be used. Take 1 tsp and burn before bedtime. Take some of the mixture and put it in a small cloth bag, sew it shut and put it under your pillow.

Cauldron Spirit

Many Witches pour a bit of ordinary surgical spirit [rubbing alcohol] into their cast-iron cauldrons and light it by carefully dropping in a lit match. This is often done as part of a healing ritual, invocations to the elemental spirit of Fire, Scrying divinations, Sabbat fire festivals, and various working rituals. The sight of the cauldron blazing with flames can be very magical and mesmerizing, and when the alcohol has been steeped in aromatic herbs, a sweet, but gently, incense like fragrance is produced.

To make an herbal ‘Cauldron Spirit’, put into a glass bottle a small bunch of any of all of the following: fresh lavender flowers and leaves, fresh mint leaves, fresh rosemary flowers and leaves, or fresh thyme flowers and leaves. Fill the bottle to the top with the alcohol; cap it tightly, and then give it a good shake. Keep it in a cool dry place for thirteen days, shaking it twice daily (every sunrise and every moonrise). Strain through a double thickness of muslin into a clear bottle, cap tightly, and store away from heat or flame. Cauldron spirit will keep indefinitely.

Isis Healing Brew

1 part Rosemary
1 part Sage
1 part Thyme
1 part Cinnamon

Half fill a blue glass bottle with fresh water. Add the ground, empowered herbs to it and let this sit in the Sun all day. If by sunset the water has been coloured by the herbs, it is ready for use. If not, store in the refrigerator overnight and steep in the Sun the following day. Strain. Anoint the body or add to bath water while visualizing yourself as being in perfect health.

Purification Brew

Collect any nine sacred plants, such as vervain, rue, rosemary, oak, pine, acacia, rose, carnation, thyme, basil, jasmine and so on. Place in a nonmetallic pot or bowl. Add rainwater (or freshwater) and let the herbs soak, covered and away from light, for three days. Strain. Use for sprinkling the house, others, or yourself for purification.

Psychic Simmering Pot

If you wish to link your conscious mind with your psychic awareness, if you wish to use tarot cards or rune stones or other tools to glimpse possible future events, create this blend and simmer to stimulate your psychic mind.

3 tbsp of galangal
1 tbsp of star anise (or 2 whole)
1 tbsp of lemon grass
1 tbsp of thyme
1 tbsp of rose petals
A pinch of mace
A pinch of real saffron

Mix and charge the herbs in a small bowl. Visualize your psychic awareness as being under your control. Smell the fragrance rising from the herbs. Inhale the energies. Relax, chant the following words, and foretell.

‘Starlight swirls before my eyes
Twilight furls its wisdom wise
Moonlight curls within the skies
The time has come to prophesize’

(Genuine saffron is quite expensive. However just a pinch is necessary here and it may be omitted.)

Rose Hips Tea

This tea is meant to inspire tenderness. Prepare 4 cups of Rose Hips tea following the directions on the package, but add 1⁄2 teaspoons of Catnip and 1⁄8 teaspoon of crushed Rosemary. Let the tea steep for 8 to 10 minutes, then strain it and serve unsweetened or with honey. Roses, long associated with love and beauty, and rosemary, which has been related to fidelity, are the key ingredients.

Love Apple Cocktail

This cocktail is meant to arouse desire. Stir together in a saucepan 2 cups of tomato juice, 1 bay leaf, 1 teaspoon of basil, and a dash each of dill and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer the mixture for three minutes, then chill it in the refrigerator. Strain the beverage before serving. Dill is powerful enough to bring on proposals of marriage, so if you’re not interested in marriage, you substitute with celery salt!

Hanky Panky

For a passionate flirt. Combine 1⁄2 pounds of ground beef, 1⁄2 pounds of pork sausage, 1⁄2 pounds of shredded cheddar cheese, 1⁄2 teaspoons of garlic powder in a bowl, then spread this on small thin slices of rye or pumpernickel bread. Cook the open-faced sandwiches under a broiler until the meat is well browned. The oregano and garlic charge it with passion.

Rocky Road Romancer

To achieve a steady relationship or keep a ‘wandering’ partner. Combine 12 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips, 12 ounces of butterscotch chips, and 1 cup of peanut butter in a bowl. Microwave the ingredients for four minutes or melt them in a double broiler. Fold in 10 1⁄2 ounces of miniature marshmallows and 1⁄2 cups of salted peanuts. Spread this mixture in a buttered 9-by-13-inch pan and refrigerate until set. Adding a teaspoon of cinnamon to the fudge may inspire a marriage proposal.


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