This morning my neighbour popped over to help me make herbal goodies for the Botanica. We made more of my Visions of the Seer smoking blend (as the last batch sold out pretty quickly), and also a smudge blend of three sages plus lemon grass, an exorcism smudge blend from local evergreen trees, and the original Love Potion No. 9 which was actually a tea and not a perfume or oil. Shown above, there are also two magical tinctures brewing – one of real Mandrake root and the other of roses, lemon, and vanilla bean. We also fit in time to start the oil infusions for two magical salves: more of my Toadman’s Salve recipe (since it sold out) and also one of Amanita Muscaria to be used for communing with the genius loci and plant allies. It was a busy day and there’s even more to do tomorrow! I’m still working on the Spirit Work chapbook. I’m just finishing one more chapter and doing the editing now.
After my neighbour had to leave I also made some money mojo hands shown above using fresh peppermint leaves, high john the conqueror roots and natural golden flax. Once dried they’ll be sewn into felted gold wool pouches to be carried around by someone looking for continuous prosperity and success.
This evening I also managed to get some magical gardening done. My porch repairs are finally finished and I was able to reassemble my garden. Oh, and it turned out the False Solomon’s Seal I transplanted wasn’t false at all but true Solomon’s Seal – so bonus! Today I sowed my two types of Belladonna seeds that have finished the cold water soaking method in my fridge. The seeds were Atropa Belladonna and Solanum Douglassi or “greenspot nightshade”. The chill rainy day seemed perfect to plant them in. I added some bonemeal to a soil mix of dirt, sand, and manure to make them happy and left them to be watered by the rain. I also transplanted my Henbane seedlings into bigger pots as they were outgrowing the little peat disks.
Then I took a peak at my Datura seeds to see if any were sprouting and transplanted eleven of the purple seedlings into soil. The White Tree Daturas are sprouting, but taking much longer being they’re much bigger. I used the warm water soaking method for these and then put them in a moist cloth in a container just loosely covered with wax paper on top of my grow light to absorb its warmth and it seems to germinate them fairly well and quickly.