I’m sharing my most potent incense recipe for use in rituals meant to banish unwanted spirits from places or people. Using a mortar and pestle, finely grind into a powder the following:
- 1 part frankincense granules
- 1 part benzoin resin (solid)
- 1 part dragon’s blood resin (solid)
- 1 large dried bay leaf
- 3 small pieces of dried Solomon’s Seal root
- 3 small pinches of dried rosemary
- 3 small pinches of dried angelica root
- 3 small pinches of white sage leaves
- 3 small pinches of dried rue
- 3 small pinches of dried rowan bark
- 3 small pinches of dried St. John’s Wort
- 3 small pinches of dried Dittany of Crete
Lastly, add 7 drops of lavender essential oil. Stir the mixture well and store it in a small jar with an air-tight seal.
This mixture has a dual purpose of banishing hostile spiritual entities and marshaling the aid of your helping spirits.
I’m gearing up to do a house cleansing for a client this upcoming weekend and I took advantage of astrological timing to create the following spiritual protection spray. I’m going to leave this with the client once the house cleansing/spirit banishing process is complete and recommend she use it on herself and her young children to clear their auric fields.
I thought I’d share the recipe for the spray with you, gentle reader.
In the cosmology of the West African religion of Ifá, as in other African Diaspora Religions (or, indeed, many traditions rooted in animism), physical sickness and ill fortune in the home may often result from the interference of malevolent spirits. The spirits’ presence would be determined through an Ifá divination session. I had such a session two nights ago, when I went to see my godfather in Ifá (my oluwo) for a consultation on the recent surprising break (towards the end of May) of my Hand of Ifá idé: a yellow-and-green beaded bracelet worn on the left wrist that denotes my initiation in the religion and my relationship to Ifá, the orisha of divination (His colors are yellow and green). Inbetween the breaking of this vital apotropaic talisman and this past Wednesday’s divination session, I’d attended a drum ceremony (bataa) for the spirits of the dead (eggun) at my godfather’s Ifá house. As I’m one of those “empath” types that seems to attract spirits of the dead, I knew I had to take serious precautions before showing up for the bataa: drum ceremonies almost always involve spirit possession, and the last thing I wanted was an unwanted spirit clinging to me. So I warded myself by drawing certain sigils using cascarilla on my feet, legs, and nape of the neck (that last part is tricky)–the vulnerable parts of the body woeful wights are said to “jump” first when they want to attach themselves to the living. Continue reading