There’s something magical about entering a store just after they have stocked their cinnamon pine cones for the Autumn season. I always take a deep breath and welcome in the magic of this glorious time of year. They invoke such a joyful response in my soul. Their sweet and spicy aroma makes my spirit want to jump out of my skin and fly through the air with the golden leaves swirling in the wind. Not only do they have such a magical aroma, but they also welcome success and prosperity, which makes it understandable why stores bring them in for the busy shopping season.
Truly, they’re an element that all magic practitioners should have in their personal apothecary cabinets. I purchase them in bulk and keep them in an airtight jar. I also crush a few in my mortar to keep in a small jar because it makes it more convenient when I’m crafting a quick brew.
Cinnamon is a common part of most baker’s pantry shelves, but did you know there are two types of cinnamon you may want to keep on hand? The type of cinnamon you may already have is probably Ceylon cinnamon. This is the most common. There’s also Cassia. Cassia is typically a bolder flavor and aroma with a bit of a kick. This makes Cassia Cinnamon such a powerful element to have in your magical apothecary.
Cinnamon is known to help support blood flow, which makes it the perfect choice when crafting potions and incense for improving vitality of your soul life. It’s generally accepted as a Fire element correspondence and associated with Leo. Is it any wonder now why I recommend it for magical purpose to liven up your life? Working with Cinnamon is like inviting all your Leo friends over for a party.
This is why I have chosen to share my favorite magic potion for the best party experience.
This is a simple Witch’s Brew magic potion to stir up fire just before your guests arrive. But first allow me to inform you of the magical correspondences of each element. Each element is represented in this recipe.
Cast Iron Pot- This is your main tool with this potion. Iron is a mineral that improves our blood and improves our energy when feeling fatigued. This makes for a wonderful container to infuse your party potion.
Wood Spoon- This is your Earth elemental tool for stirring up the fiery passion of this potion.
Cinnamon- This Fire element is full of life, passion, and prosperity and who doesn’t want a prosperous party?
Apples- In my Norse ancestry, the Goddess Iðunn (Ydun) was written about in the Prose Edda as being the keeper of apples and eternal youthfulness. Any good party worth attending should make you feel youthful again. Apples are a Water element. The planet Venus, which is the planetary symbol of love, has a mountain named after Iðunn. All the more reason to add apples and invite Venus and Iðunn to your night of cocktails.
Orange Rind- The orange rind has a beautiful and crisp aroma and when combined with apples, makes a beautiful bouquet for the senses. It’s also known for being the fruit of joy.
Star Anise- This Air element spice lends its Gemini energy to help lift the aromas into your party place and invites its masculine energy associated with Apollo, Jupiter, and Mercury. The spice is also believed to protect from intruders and no one wants a party crasher!
Cloves- This spice helps to keep your friends close and inhibits anyone wishing to ruin your celebration with idle gossip.
Now let’s get busy making our potion!
Ingredients and Supplies:
- Cast Iron Pot
- Wood Spoon
- 5 cups of water (even better if you infused the water under a Full Moon with Carnelian added. Be sure to remove the carnelian beforehand)
- 5 Cinnamon sticks
- 10 Slices of Apple (remove seeds)
- Rind of 1 large Orange
- 1 Star Anise
- 5 Cloves
**When you add each ingredient you’re going to speak the words of magic/intentions you wish to gain from each of these ingredients. For example: “I add Cinnamon to work with it’s fire, passion, and prosperity to create a lively party experience for me and my guests.”
Place the water in the pot and place over a medium flame. You’ll want the water to simmer.
In your mortar, crush the cinnamon sticks into pieces until they’re about 1/2-1 inch size.
Add Star Anise and Cloves and crush just to release their aroma. Set aside.
When slicing your apples, do so by placing the apple on it’s side so the cuts render you round slices of apple. Carefully remove seeds and try to keep the star shape intact. Set aside.
Peel your orange and slice into thin strips.
The water should be nicely heated now and you can begin by sprinkling the spice blend in first.
Gently stir with a wood spoon.
Slowly add your apple slices and orange rinds.
Simmer for 1 hour BEFORE your party begins, adding more water as the level sinks to avoid burning. Never leave unattended. I recommend you set a loud timer or an alarm on your phone for every 20 minutes to remind you in case you get distracted while preparing for your evening.
For an added bit of fun, make a sachet with the ingredients (substituting dried apples and dried orange peels) and placing in an organza or muslin bag to gift to your guests as party favors. They can use it in a bath before they attend their next party. You can download and print the correspondences and this recipe to give to them as well.
Witch’s Party Brew <<click here
May your parties be filled with magic!