Candles lit and glowing bright,
Herbs are strewn both left and right,
A Witch's work is never done,
Under moon or under sun.
I have to laugh as I look around the kitchen tonight. Everywhere I look, there is something brewing. A bowl of mixed herbs sits on the counter, waiting to be bagged and delivered to two ladies who want a little herbal power when they sweep.
In a make-shift burner of a leaf-shaped bowl held over a tea light, a water-based potion infuses for a house blessing I'm going to tomorrow.
For those that care to know, each herb was chosen for it's association with "purification." Each element was represented:
Earth - Vervain
Air - Lavender
Fire - Tobacco
Water - chamomile
Plus a pinch of sage for cleansing & a pinch of sea salt for protection.
(Of course, correspondences vary - the associations in one book may differ from another, and what says "Air" to me, may not to you.)
The infusion will be strained and bottled and used to annoint doorways and windows.
Over on the stove, a pot holds multiple herbs infusing in oil. This will be strained and beeswax added and bottled for use on Winter-weary skin.
The kitchen smells of rose petals and lavender, beeswax and chamomile. The flickering candles send dancing shapes across the walls and Beau-the-cat is riveted.
I've blended, blessed and bottled, and now I think all these divine scents and lovely energy are directing me...straight to bed!
Blessings, from my kitchen to yours!