Reddening the Bones
The first step is to spend time with the spirit who is to be housed within the bones and find out what ingredients it wants. Then add what you may feel will add certain desired qualities. Make sure there are ingredient that will actually redden the bones and that they are the main active ingredients.
Start with your dry ingredients, then add liquids. You may want to add the ingredients in a certain order.
The recipe provided may or may not be complete, a witch has her secrets and privacy after all. Your recipe will not be the same as mine anyways. A recipe for a different spirit and/or a different witch would be different. This is an example to inspire.
- Red ochre (Fe2O3)
- Graveyard dirt
- Black salt (aka Witches’ salt) typically the soot, ash and char from the bottom of a cast iron cauldron mixed with salt. In this case, sea salt.
- Brimstone (sulphur)
- Yew leaves (Taxus brevifolia)
- Northern wormwood aka wild sage up in the Yukon (Artemisia frigida)
- Juniper, bark, berries and leaves (needles) (Juniperus communis)
- Sun flower petals (Helianthus annuus)
- Lavender flowers (Lavandula angustifolia)
- Golden Witches’ Broom or Spruce Broom Rust (Chrysomyxa arctostaphyli)
- Canada Violet (Viola Canadensis)
- A burned message or letter
- Finely ground crow feather
- Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria)
- A windblown maple leaf (Acer saccharum)
- Diviner’s sage (Salvia divinorum)
- Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger)
- Cinnamon (Cinnamomum, courtesy of the grocery store)
- Belladonna (Atropa belladonna)
- Water from a mineral spring taken from a volcanic landscape (Wells Gray provincial park in BC)
- Gin (a spirit that is flavoured with juniper berries)
- Linseed oil (Linum usitatissimum, Linaceae)
- Menstrual blood
- A drop of blood from a certain finger on a certain hand
- Red wine
- The petals from a rose in our garden, the very last one to bloom this year
- Rendered duck fat
- Mixed in a small ceramic cauldron then placed over fire while stirred, then poured into a jar
- The jar is in then placed outside as the storm known as Sandy passes over
Fancy wording for the ingredient list:
* Blood of the earth, blood of the grave, handprints of the deep ancestors. To give you flesh of the ancient ones.
* Soil from the resting place of the dead. To honour your death.
* Tears of the earth, soot from a cauldron, mineral of the sea. To give you entryway to the underworld.
* Love of the alchemists, a breath of flame, symbol of the soul, powder of the sun. To give you the spark of life.
* Ancient tree of death and rebirth, cousin of the world Tree. To guide you through the crossroads.
* Name of the star, bitter medicine, herb of Artemis. To give you healing power, a gift wildcrafted from home.
* Flesh of the tree whose name I bear, tree of rebirth, protective shrub (by grell). To give you rebirth, to protect you on your journeys.
* Flower of the sun, symbol of the harvest, reminder of renewal. To refresh and renew, to give you the strength of the sun.
* Flower of sweet dreams, elf leaf, the washing herb. To give you peaceful rest and solace.
* Golden witches’ broom, deformity of a spruce tree, nest of squirrels. To give you a home.
* Violet of our nation, flower of home. So you know the way home.
* Ashes of a message. So that you can bring tidings.
* Feather of a bird. So that you know what you are.
* The red toadstool. To ease your passage and grant you vision.
* A wind blown leaf. To give you flight and wind beneath your wings.
* The diviners sage. To grant you the power of prophecy.
* The bane of hens. To give you flight and magick. To grant you the ability to tell that which is dangerous to birds.
* The skin of a tree which is used at the winter’s solstice. To give you skin, to bring rebirth from darkness.
* Beautiful death, poison of empresses, herb of Atropos. To perceive fate.
* Well spring waters from the underworld. To slake your thirst, the ease your travels across the Veil.
* Spirit of juniper berries. To give you medicine and strength in flight.
* Oil of the flax seed, that which was mixed with red ochre by painters of old. To preserve and protect.
* Moon’s blood. To give you life, to give you blood, to give you flesh. So that you can find me.
* Blood from the hand that hexes and binds. To give you magick. So that you can find me.
* Blood from the vine, drink of Dionysus. To give you blood, to give you sustenance.
* Spit of a witch. To give you voice.
* Petals from summer’s last rose. To draw you to the middle world, to remind you of summer’s kiss, to renew.
* Fat of fowl. To give you flesh.
* Heat from a flame. To enliven your spirit.
* The winds of a cyclone. To give breath to new flesh.