What is your seven-o? Green grow the rushes, oh! Seven for the seven stars in the sky…
—Green grow the rushes, oh! , English folks counting folks song
Those seven stars (planetes, in the original Greek of Ptolemy) rule the days of the week, once known as a sennight or seven-night. Lunar reckoening followed the moon, and four sennights made a month (monath in Old English). Tools useful to the Wicca often focus on those seven-fold deific archetypes:
Ptolemy‘s Tetrabiblios documents “prescience by astronomy”—what we call astrology—as it existed approximately 2,000 years ago. In the simplest of explanations, astrology examines the position of the seven “wandering stars” (from which Greek phrase aster planetes we derive our word planets) against the annually rotating night sky of “fixed stars”—those celestial objects visible with the naked eye in a world void of significant light pollution. These “seven stars in the sky” in simple terms, are the distinct seven symbols scattered on a night sky of interlocking networked images equally symbolic—with positions and relationships all interpreted by the human observers.
These seven wandering stars, planets, are the rune-stones scattered across the starscape of the night sky. I like to call it naked-eye astrology, with its seven wandering stars falling hither-thither against the celestial sea of fixed stars. Divination, at its root, is any means that we humans use to connect with conscious universe we inhabit, and how better than to gaze into a sky full of stars? Human eyes find patterns in everything; with practice, those patterns busy our bright eyes sufficiently to enable us also to perceive with our spirits—which is the essence of divination.
Seven incenses comprise the entire “palette”—by focusing on the deity of each star in turn, these incenses enable purposes such as protection, romance, success, travel, justice, passages, and divination.
A recent customer commented: “How might I purchase the whole variety—I am totally enraptured by the solar one?”
To order a sennight suite of incenses, visit One Witch’s Cottage Etsy shop.
Solar Success Sun-day, Sonn-tag, generosity, growth, expansion, success… Apollo’s sacred laurel and valuable frankincense harmonize powerfully, making Sol, or Helios shine powerfully through this blend.
Serene Sight Moon-day, lun-di, second sight, psi, dreams, emotions, visions, change… Selene’s eerie light empowers artemisia and fragrant herbs, imbued with ancient copal and natural scents.
Tyr Triumphant Tyr’s-day, mar-di, valor, struggle, defense, challenge, victory… Vigor & vitality exude from Ares’ sphere of influence; sharp, vivid herbs pair with resins rich and sweet.
Heraldic Hermes Woden’s-day, mercre-di, trade, travel, messages, diplomacy, marketing… Memnosyne’s rosemary, blended with quicksilver sharp herbs, enriched with Hermaphroditc balance of resins.
Jovial Justice Thor’s-day, jeu-di, leadership, success, judgement, thunder, merriment… Frankincense, valued as gold, underlies the Jovian richness of sharp sage, sacred spices, and fragrant woods.
Fascinating Freya Freya’s-day, vendre-di, courtship, charisma, allure, elegance, pleasure… Aphrodite’s sacred rose enhances herbs and spices in this blend, underlain with the richness of amber and delicacy of orris.
Saturn’s-day, harvest, conclusion, renewal, achievement, cycles, justice… Osiris’ funereal myrrh renews this solemn seasonal mixture, while intense herbs balance with subtle scents.
About Sennight Incenses
The incenses created at One Witch’s Cottage have few ingredients:
organically grown or responsibly wild–crafted dried herbs—leaf, flower, root, fungus
responsibly harvested plantation–grown or wild–crafted plant and tree resins
naturally occurring and responsibly mined fossil resin
Those ingredients not grown here at the Cottage are sourced through a socially responsible firm which evaluates and analyzes its source suppliers. Those are the physical ingredients…
Further ingredients are as much metaphysical as physical:
radiant energy of the wandering stars—Sol, Luna, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn
magical energy of witchcraft—of Wiccan tradition, of alchemical practice, of intention & will
Why does this matter? Loose or powder incense today all too often contains a mere trace of essential (natural) or fragrance (synthetic) oil, a dot of powdered resin, and a very great deal of flammable filler—balsa, cedar, or fir sawdust, possibly some inexpensive herbal ingredient, and commonly dyed various vivid hues. It generally includes a healthy dose of noxious saltpeter (potassium or sodium nitrate). They burn, they sparkle, they are colored, and they often smell fine. Magical? not so much.
Many magical practitioners know of fluid condensers. The sevenfold suite of Elixure condensers created at the Cottage follow the nightly seven stars that empower each in turn. These liquid preparations carry the properties of the precious metals, natural gemstones, prized herbs and spices incorporated into them ritually & physically.
To purchase a sennight‘s suite of Elixure condensers, the One Witch’s Cottage Etsy shop.
Fluid condensers are used for anointing objects; often a drop or two is used when consecrating tools, preparing spell components, or to empower an amulet (for protection) or talisman (for attraction). These Elixure condensers are fluid condensers in type, with a foundation of the old al-chemy’s gold–water, and each one imbued with gemstone & essence, herb & resin, rune & metal, heraldic mineral hue & trace scent.
Elixure of Splendor A “sun in glory” marks each vial—the medieval heraldic charge in its natural hue, or, in the residual Norman language of blazonry. The bright gold, whether metal or color, sings of the faces of Lugh, Llew, Helios, Apollo, Sol, Sunna—growth and power, talent and skill, music and logic, clarity and foresight…
Elixure of Vision Silvery blue-grey is the light of the moon, argent in the language of alchemists and heralds alike. The hue of moonlight, in the Renaissance thought to cause dreams and lunacy if one slept under the sweet rays of Selene, Hecate, Artemis, Phœbe. Diana, Arianrhod, Mani, Luna—visions and dreams, psi and second sight, emotion and flexibility…
Elixure of Valor Endeavors of strife and blood-letting—actual battle or symbolic struggles like legal battles, healing surgeries, or academic disputes—most naturally resemble the bright crimson of fresh blood, the gules of heraldic blazon, beloved of Ares, Tyr, Cocidus, Mars, Hèrmo∂r—struggle and battle, courage and defense, triumph and victory, wounding & surgeries and healing therefrom…
Elixure of Tact Medievally speaking the very office of herald is that of the winged messenger of Olympus. The rich green hue of blazon is vert, that hue symbolizing growth & plenty, trade & travel, ruled by the many-fold deities given to peaceful communications: Mercury, Hermes, Lugh, Taliesin, Thoth, Woden—travel and trade, messages and movement, diplomacy and tact, merchants and thieves, heralds and couriers, language and writing…
Elixure of Dignity Justice and judgement fall into the sphere of leadership, be it leader of gods or leader of humans. The ancient and priceless Tyrian purple, long reserved to the emperors and high kings who were also the “court of last resort”—came to symbolize both greatness and treasure. Purpure in the language of blazon, it is a hue long associated with sovereignty and overlordship. Those entities known as Jove, Bran, Zeus, the Dagda, Jupiter, Odin—leadership and fatherhood, judgement and justice, virility and victory, success and succor, career and counsel…
Elixure of Grace Sky blue has many shades—the vivid blue being the one also known as azure, and azure is the blue of blazon, the standard tincture of such watery heraldic charges (images) as a fountain, a river, or a sea—all reflections of that deep sky. Both sky and sea have meanings for the entities of the day: Aphrodite, Venus, Ishtar, Astarte, Freya, Adonis—love and lust, beauty and grace, pleasure and merriment, conception and childbirth…
Elixure of Cycle Seasons turn inevitably, from summer’s heat to autumn’s harvest, winter’s dark to springtide’s vibrancy—such is the spiral dance of time. Humans—being diurnal by nature—regard endings as dark, the sable of night and blazon alike. Yet every landsman knows that the best loam is black, rich with compost, the better to nourish another season’s growing. This is the paradox of time, and death, and life…some deities of which are Saturn, Cronos, Heqet, Sucellos, Osiris, Demeter—beginnings and growth, harvest and endings, death and rebirth and resurgence…
Using Elixure Condensers
Magic-workers working with Elixure condensers are recommended, before using them, to personalize each one in their preferred magical rite, adding a traditional body fluid or drop of saliva. Personalizing them in this way adds one’s individual energies to those already charged & stored within the Elixure condensers, linking their innate potency to each magic-worker’s intent & will.
Elixure condensers imbue magical tools (blades, pentacles, altar furnishings, and more) with supportive energies. Equally, they empower the consumable items of spells and workings—candles, poppets, cords, talismans, wards, amulets, etc. to greater success.
Ideal for dressing candles or evoking the energies of one particular planet’s energies, these moon- and sun-charged oils feature organic oils, hand-harvested herbs, essentials, and a sennight gemstone in each vial.
To order a sennight suite of these sacred oils, visit One Witch’s Cottage Etsy shop.