White is the color of purity. It’s the color of cleansing and clearing, a blank slate. It’s the color of a fresh new start.
I’ll be honest, I’ve never really liked the color white. I always feel like a white wall/item of clothing/piece of paper is just an opportunity to add some vibrant, lively color. That goes for all shades of white, including ivory, bone, linen. I’d really rather see something evocative.
But what’s more evocative than the weathered white of bleached bone? Or the texture of an egg shell and the new life it promises? The purity of light as it fills the interior or a beautiful crystal?
In magick, we use white for cleansing/clearing/purifying. It’s also the color of spiritual enlightenment, as it’s associated with the crown chakra. Peace, healing, positive energy, and innocence also fall under the domain of white color magick.
How to use the magick of the color white? Burn a candle, carry a clear or white crystal or stone, wear a white dress, or collect bleached shells among the white sands of a beach. Bring the power of white into your magick and bring purity and cleansing into your life!
So in preparation for Litha, I’m thinking about all the reasons why I don’t usually go outside around this time of year. The heat (and resulting sweat) are near the top of the list. My people are Irish and British, and heat intolerance is a definite thing. I’ve been working out, however, and I’ve gotten a little more used to the idea of sweating, so I’ll do the best I can.
But one outdoor challenge I can’t deal with is bugs. I’m allergic to most bug bites, and even mosquito bites will make me ill if I get enough of them. So what’s a girl to do? Spray herself with harsh chemicals and choke on the fumes? We’re trying to attract faerie energy, and I don’t feel like they would appreciate that.
So the only option is to raid my stash of essential oils and make my own.
In doing some research, I found that rosemary, lemongrass, and eucalyptus are great for repelling mosquitoes, while lavender and cedar will repel both mosquitoes AND ticks. I hate ticks. Remind me to tell you about Ostara, 2015. *shudder*
So in my tinkering and tweaking, this recipe was born:
Essential Oil Bug Spray
To a 15oz spray bottle, I added:
1 cup distilled water (actually, I didn’t have distilled water, so I boiled some tap water and let it cool
1/4 cup cheap vodka (you can also use witch hazel)
30 drops lemongrass oil
25 drops lavender oil
25 drops eucalyptus oil
20 drops cedar oil
15 drops rosemary oil
The side benefit? I think the fae will actually dig it. It’s light, slightly citrusy, slightly floral, and pretty natural to boot! 🙂
Hiya! I honestly don’t know how to get started with this, so I’ll just start rambling and hopefully fix it later. 🙂
I’ve been practicing for over 25 years- my self-dedication ritual was Ostara of 1992. I started out really attached to Wicca, but my practice has changed, ebbed, and flowed over the years. I’ve spent time absorbed in Celtic spirituality, women’s spirituality, faerie faith, green witchery, shamanism, kitchen witchery, and most recently chaos magick. If I was to describe myself right now, I would say that I’m an eclectic, intuitive Pagan witch.
My practice is devotional, and I do work with deities, specifically Hecate and Inanna right now. As far as my crafting goes, I work with stones, mojo bags, and tarot most often. I also make oils, incenses, and teas. I love cooking special dishes (usually vegan) for the sabbats.
You can find my website at http://www.AmieRavenson.com, friend me on Facebook, or get a reading, incense, oil, or other goodies at my Etsy shop. I also have my own YouTube channel though I’m super excited to work with Amanda and Arya on Mystic Moon Musings! You can find some of my writing here, with more to follow soon, hopefully.
Merry meet and blessed be! 🙂