Monday, September 18, 2017

Magickal Monday #45

Monster Spray - For Pagan Children
The concept of a spray to banish monsters has been around for a while. I've had a recipe for monster spray given to me by my former high priestess 12 years ago. You can easily find recipes for it online. I am expanding the list of essential oils that can be used in the spray so that parents can help their pagan children choose what “effects” the spray will have.
Empty spray bottle (a small bottle is easy for small hands to hold. Big bottles are okay if an adult will be spraying the monsters.)
Water (enough to fill most of the bottle)
Essential oil (anywhere from a 3 or 4 drops, up to 8% of the weight of the water. Make according to preference.)
Craft supplies (optional)
To Make:
1. Decide if you want your child to help make the spray. Some children may believe in the magick of the spray if they don't see how it's made. Other children may hold a higher belief in the spray if they have a say in what the spray can do. How to precede is up to you as the parent.
2. If your child will be helping, allow them to pick out a spray bottle and to decorate it. An alternative to to decorating the bottle is to make a monster spray label on a computer and printing it to stick on to the bottle.
3. Fill the bottle almost to the top with water. Monster spray needs the occasional shake, so leave enough room in the bottle.
4. Your child can choose an essential oil or two based on which “effects” s/he would like the spray to have. Some “effects” you might consider are: beauty, courage, love, etc. Tell your child what the “effects” will do to the monsters. For example: “Monsters are allergic to beauty,” or “Monsters are scared of brave boys and girls.” Add a few drops of the essential oil(s). With some oils, less is more.
5. If your child is helping to make the spray, you can have them shake the bottle and create a chant naming the oils and the “effects” For example: “Rose for beauty, give monsters allergies,” or “Musk for bravery, monsters are scared of me.”
To Use:
1. If your child will be spraying the monsters, show them how to use the bottle, encouraging them to remember that “less is more.” One or two sprays per monster hiding spot is good.
2. You and/or your child will want to shake the bottle each time it is used. Think of it as activating the magick. You and/or your child can say the chant your child said when making the spray, or you and/or your child can create a new one. For example: “Monsters, monsters, stay away!”
3. Have your child point out monster hiding spots. Some monsters hide under beds, in closets, or behind large objects such as dressers and toy chests. Both you and your child will visit each spot and spray a couple times to make the monsters go away.
"Effects" and their oils:
Banishing  – basil, peppermint
Beauty  – ambergris, gardenia, ginger, jasmine, rose
Courage  – musk, rose geranium, sweet pea
Happiness  – hyacinth, lavender, lily of the valley, morning glory
Harmony  – basil, lilac, magnolia, narcissus
Love  – basil, cinnamon, clove, gardenia, hyacinth, jasmine, lavender, lotus, patchouli, peach, peppermint, rose, rosemary, vanilla, violet
Protection  – angelica, basil, bergamot, cinnamon, cinquefoil, eucalyptus, frankincense, gardenia, hyacinth, lavender, lilac, lotus, myrrh, nutmeg, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, violet, peppermint, patchouli
Sleep  - anise, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood   

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