Traditional Besom Crafting, Chants & Blessing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASUPPLIES FOR A TRADITIONAL BESOM:

– Handle should be made up of a four-foot length of ash, oak for the handle
-Thin branches of birch for the bristle part (you can substitute a woody herb like mugwort or thyme for the bristles if you like)
-Lengths of willow or heavy cord to bind everything together
-You’ll also need scissors and a bucket of warm water.
Whatever you’ll be using for the bristles — whether it’s birch, an herb, or some other wood — should be soaked in the warm water overnight to make them pliable, as should the willow binding, if you’re using it.
(Consider making your broom within your sacred circle or sacred space )

* Always feel free to substitute any of these items for supplies you find in your local nature spot. Perhaps you are drawn to a different kind of wood or straw for the bristles, or even feel compelled to add lavender or something of the like to your besom. In the end, it is your broom/besom made for you and your magickal workings, always follow your heart. *

BESOM CHANT:

“Sweep out evil, sweep out ill,
Where I do the Lady’s will.
Besom, besom, Lady’s Broom
Sweep out darkness, sweep out doom.”

BESOM CHANT #2 :

“Sweep sweep sweep the ground,

all negativity must be bound,

I banish all that is profane,

only positive shall remain.”

broom3BESOM BLESSING:

A blessing for your new Besom/witches broom.
Make yourself comfortable on the floor with all the items in front of you. recommended to do starting on a new moon, but if not can do on waxing or full moon.

Equipment:

white candle
incense of your choice
small dish of water (preferably water touched by moonlight)
sea salt

Light the candle and incense.
Breathe in deeply through your nose (as if you were meditating) and visualize grounding energy filling your body.
Breathe out through your mouth ridding yourself of all negativity.
Repeat this process until you are completely relaxed and grounded.
Pass the besom through the incense smoke and say: With scented air light and free, I give you breath. Blessed be.
Pass the besom (very quickly) through the candle flame (being careful not to set the besom on fire or burn yourself obviously) and say: With fire dancing wild and free, I give you passion. Blessed be.
Sprinkle the besom with a little water and say: With water pure I give to thee, the blood of life. Blessed be.
Sprinkle the besom with a little salt and say: Salt of earth I give to thee, roots in magick. Blessed be.
Hold the besom close to you. Caress it lovingly and say: I am yours and you are mine henceforth until the end of time. Life I give you willingly as I will so mote it be.

Your Besom is blessed!

Thanks for reading!
Peace, Love & Light,
~ Jenna

History of the Witch Broom (aka) Besom

During the time leading up to the witchcraft trials in Europe, the bread was made with rye. In a small town where the bread was fresh baked this was just fine, but as Europe began to urbanize and the bread took more time to get from bakery to grocer, the rye bread began to host a mold called “ergot”.

Ergot, in high doses, can be lethal, a fact that led to the rise in popularity of wheat bread. In smaller doses, ergot is a powerful hallucinogenic drug. it became quite popular among those who were inclined towards herbalism and folk cures. Ergot is mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays, and turns up in virtually every contemporary writing of the witchcraft age. In particular, it is the inevitable central ingredient in the ointment that witches rubbed their flying broomsticks with.

When ergot is eaten, there was the risk of death, but when absorbed through the thin tissues of the female genitals, the hallucinogenic effects were more pronounced with less ill effects. The modern image of a witch riding a broomstick was inspired by the sight of a woman rubbing herself on the drug coated smooth stick of her broom, writhing in the throes of hallucinations, and no doubt, some intense pleasure as well. To her unsophisticated neighbors, such a sight would have been terrifying. The lack of an equivalent mechanism for men is one reason why “witchcraft” was seen as a predominantly female phenomenon.

However, It was not only accused witches experimenting with this new hallucinogenic. Records from the 14th to the 17th century mention Europeans’ affliction with “dancing mania,” which found groups of people dancing through streets, often speaking nonsense and foaming at the mouth as they did so, until they collapsed from exhaustion. Those who experienced the “mania” would later describe the wild visions that accompanied it. This later led to the discovery of LSD in the 20th century by Albert Hofmann, who was undergoing the study of Ergot.

It later became pharmacological knowledge to produce drug-laden balms called “witch’s brews.” They were distributed as salves with maximum effectiveness. The users of “witch’s brews” were, in a very practical sense, using their ointment-laden broomsticks to get high. They were using their brooms, basically, to “fly.”

In pagan rituals., As a tool, the broom is seen to balance both “masculine energies (the phallic handle) and female energies (the bristles)”. it’s used in many traditions as a method of cleansing or purifying a space. In some cultures, the rite of jumping the broom is considered an important part of a marriage ceremony. Many pagan traditions have the bridal couple, jump across the broom during a Handfasting as a symbol of fertility & to signify the establishment of their new household. Prior to childbirth, women used a broom to sweep the threshold of the home, both for protection and to prepare the way for the new spirit to enter. be

Witches use brooms in magick and ritual. The pagan broom or “besom” is used in ritual for cleansing the general circle or ritual area. The besom is sweeping away the psychic dirt, getting the area purified for the ritual at hand. A Witch may begin a ritual by sweeping the area with the magick broom, visualizing the psychic dirt being swept out of the ritual area. The sweeping also helps to get the mind ready for the ritual, quieting the mind and narrowing the focus for the witch.

Many Witches keep a besom by their door, or hanging over their door to protect the home from unwanted outside energies. The besom is a purifier and is related to the element of Water. They have been used by Witches to indicate to other occultists that they were resident, or at work, by placing a besom (broom) outside the door. A besom should always be stood upright when not in use as a sign of respect for the element.

In Love & Light,

~ Jenna

The History of Palmistry

palmuPalmistry is also known as Chiromancy or ‘cheiromancy’ The practice is found all over the world, with numerous cultural variations. Those who practice chiromancy are generally called palmists, palm readers, hand readers, or chirologists.

Palmistry is said to have originated in India, spreading its way throughout China finding it’s way to Egypt, Greece and then to Europe more than 5,000 years ago. The practice is found all over the world, with numerous cultural variations. Those who practice Palm Reading are generally called palmists, palm readers, hand readers, or chirologists. Modern palmists often combine traditional predictive techniques with psychology, holistic healing, and alternative methods of divination.

Despite its suppression throughout the Middle Ages and the prohibited use of it during the reign of King Henry VIII (who banned palmistry and other alternative practices, brandishing those who used it as sorcerers and devil worshipers). It is still flourishing more than ever today, especially in these stressful modern times when we are all searching for truth and answers within ourselves.

Palm Reading consists of the practice of evaluating a person’s character or future by “reading” the palm of that person’s hand. Various “lines” (“heart line”, “life line”, etc.) and “mounts” (or bumps) (chirognomy), purportedly suggest interpretations by their relative sizes, qualities, and intersections. In some traditions, readers also examine characteristics of the fingers, fingernails, fingerprints and palmar skin patterns (dermatoglyphics), skin texture and color, shape of the palm, and flexibility of the hand.
Many doctors and psychologists who have investigated its science have shown from their conclusions that hands have the potential to reveal a person’s character, health and psychological states.
Although Palmistry is a science and an art, by using psychic intuition a much greater understanding about an individual can be achieved.

A reader usually begins by reading the person’s ‘dominant hand’ (the hand he or she writes with or uses the most)(sometimes considered to represent the conscious mind, whereas the other hand is subconscious). In some traditions of palmistry, the other hand is believed to carry hereditary or family traits, or, depending on the palmist’s cosmological beliefs, to convey information about past-life or karmic conditions. Many people do not know that the lines on the palm as well as the shape of the hands do change, from within as little as two-three months.

The Left Hand is controlled by the right brain (pattern recognition, relationship understanding), reflects the inner person, the natural self, the anima, and the lateral thinking. It could even be considered to be a part of a person spiritual and personal development. It is the “yin” of personality (feminine and receptive).

The Right Hand is controlled by the left brain (logic, reason, and language), reflects the outer person, objective self, influence of social environment, education, and experience. It represents linear thinking. It also corresponds to the “yang” aspect of personality (masculine and outgoing).

Peace, Love & Light,
~ Jenna