While there are as many ethical codes as there are types of Witches, remember that every herb has its own blessings and curses. For instance, you might regularly sprinkle nutmeg on your pies yet if you were to consume a whole nutmeg pod, you most certainly would die a painful death! You must decide for yourself if your usage is educated, just, and worth the risk. Baneful herbs tend to be toxic, making them stronger and faster acting both physically and spiritually. Marijauna infusions, belladonna eye drops, cocaine cough drops, and opiate elixers for female remedies could be found at any common drug store. However, due to their toxic and addictive nature many of these plant based products are very difficult to find today in medicinal, dried, or seed form.
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As its main component is sulfur, it can substitute for sulfur in magickal workings; as well it can substitute for any baneful herbs and Mars attributed herbs. It is a gum harvested from the rhizome of the Ferula assa-foetida plant. In magick its powder is most commonly used, but granules of its gum can be used as well. Raw, it cannot be ingested but in the smallest amounts, as it causes severe diarrhea and vomiting.
Much of the power of this plant is in the smell, and also in its concentration of sulfur. Make no mistake, it stinks, and its smell may lead some to feel nauseous or even vomit. Be sure to test your degree of sensitivity to its odor before using it in any significant amount. Though its smell repels, its sulfur content pulls attributes from the sun, which puts a positive spin on its overall properties.
You will soon discover that asafoetida can be useful in an unusually wide range of magickal and healing applications, both good and baneful. Burn It Asafoetida powder can be burnt alone, or can alternatively be added to an incense blend the blend can be made into cones or sticks, or burnt on a charcoal disk. When burned allowing for plenty of smoke, it is ideal as a smudge for space clearing, and is great for banishing--even the most powerful of negative energies and entities can be banished with it.
Furthermore asafoetida can be used to kill off energies of a spell that went awry, and can be used in exorcism rites. Keep some near your altar to burn as needed. When subject to psychic vampirism, or for those who are sensitive to certain energies, burn it to create peace and protection.
As well it will return the negativity and malintent they send. Other Magickal Properties Asafoetida can be used as a high level offering in order to call upon any deity.
Brings visions. Propels the power of magickal rites, even spirit conjuring. However, the magician needs to decide if they are going to use it for conjuration, or reserve it for its high level power in banishing, should the need arise. Use it for spells to break habits and addictions, and also in meditative rites, and rites that require peace and calm.
It energizes the brain in preparation for higher learning, and can be used in self purification rites. For someone who is confined by limitation of circumstance or oppression, asafoetida used in spellwork can break them free. Dispels fear, promotes patience.
Use it for spells to break through blockages to out of body experiences such as astral travel and soul travel. Use it in spellwork directed at passion and lust, anger issues, and manifestation. In Meditiaton If one can get past its unpleasant smell, it adds to mental stillness and also heightens that which relates to manifestation during meditation. As well, it is known to help a person see how they cause their own limitations, and helps them break through the restraints they have created for themselves.
In Baneful Magick Burnt alone it heightens baneful magick energies. As well it can be burnt as an offering in order to get dark entities or deities to do your bidding. If someone is sending baneful magick to you, use it in a hex breaking spell. In Healing Asafoetida has a thinning effect on the blood, but is not stable in the effect that it has.
It is not recommended for use in blood pressure regulation at all; over time with ongoing use, it may cause blood pressure irregularity.
As well, it should not be ingested while healing after surgery; nor while pregnant, as the possibility of chromosomal damage presents. Use it in spells to heighten physical strength. Too, it helps with anxiety based and nervous conditions, and with digestive system issues. For digestive problems causing pain, it can be applied as a poultice. Asafoetida helps with respiratory issues and chronic fatigue.
In some applications, an oil of it is best used, but then should only be used short term and relatively dilute. Reminder though, the oil does not smell good. Additionally this herb is a vermifuge. In fertility rites and also in rites of manifestation, it provides a strong male energy. Asafoetida is a fungicide, and boiled in water in small amounts, will assist in flushing Candida albicans.
Energetically speaking though, we can see it would keep illness away, but part of that would be due to the fact that it would keep people away. If anyone were to use it in such a way--to wear it as a charm, they could take a small granule and sew it into a cloth, dab that cloth with camphorated oil, and put another cloth outside of that and put another drop of camphorated oil on it. In Cuisine It has a strong and bitter taste, that like its smell is in line with onion and garlic.
Asafoetida is used in the Middle East where it originated from, but more so in India, where it is primarily grown today. It is an ingredient in Worcestershire sauce, by the way. Additionally this spice is used in pickling, and its presence aids in digestion.
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If your tradition requires you to follow the phases of the moon for your magical workings, this is a good time to do rituals focused on personal growth and spiritual development. Some examples would include: Spells related to increasing your intuitive awareness Rituals that connect you closely with deity, such as Drawing Down the Moon Any magic related to developing your magical skills For many Pagans, this is also a time to celebrate with an Esbat ritual. Dorinda is an eclectic witch who lives in Nevada, and she says, "Once a month, during the full moon, I drive out to the desert about half an hour away. This is when I call upon the gods of my tradition, ask for intuitive guidance, that sort of thing. Like the waxing moon phase, it lasts approximately two weeks. In many traditions of Wicca and Paganism, this time of the month is used to do "baneful" magic -- that which sends away, gets rid of or destroys things you no longer wish to be burdened by.
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