Eye of Horus – Counting the Parts

Eye of Horus – Counting the Parts

Although an ancient festival to celebrate our store sounds cool, actually it is a day which reflects on the mystical symbol of the Eye of Horus which serves as our logo.

Egyptian Festival of the “Day of Counting the Parts of the Eye of Heru” is on February 21st

The Eye of Horus (originally the Eye of Ra) is an ancient Egyptian symbol of restoration, sacrifice, protection and power, from the god Horus or Ra. The eye is divided into 6 parts, representing the shattering of Horus’ eye in one of many battles with Seth to avenge the murder of Osiris.  Each shape was actually used in hieroglyphs as a notation of the fractional parts. These parts correspond with the 6 senses and a particular fraction – Touch (1/64) , Taste (1/32), Hearing (1/16), Thought (1/8), Sight (1/4) and Smell (1/2). These are the 6 parts of the “eye.” The eye is the receptor of “input.” It has these six doors in which to receive data. The mathematical divisions are also attributed to the lunar phases.

Now, as far as “counting” the parts, we can see it in many different ways. All of these parts were needed for the Egyptian God Thoth to reconstruct the eye, however, if we add up all of the fractions we get 63/64. There is still a missing piece that is needed. Some say this implies that if something is broken, it can never be restored fully.

Nothing is perfect and therefore, we should not strive for perfection. Another way of seeing this is that the last needed component would have to be magic. Maybe we cannot reach perfection, but with the help of magic, we can restore our body, mind and spirit. Thus, if we use the divine energy from the universe, our own will and all 6 of our senses to help piece things together, we too can become whole. Of course, there is so much more to take from this day than just this, including aspects of sacred geometry.

However, taking this all into consideration is a good starting point, especially in these times of reflection and innovation. May you use your own wisdom and insight to see the true meaning in the day of “Counting the Parts of the Eye of Heru.”

Eye of Horus Ritual Incense Blend by Catamara RosariumYou might want to use our Eye of Horus incense, which was specially formulated to correspond with the 6 senses:

The following ingredients represent the six senses and the corresponding measurements in relation to the mythology of the Eye of Horus.  Each ingredient used in this recipe is also used with intention to correspond to each fraction in order to create this magickal formula. Namely, Frankincense & Myrrh (combined as one ingredient for the sense of smell), Fennel for sight, Black Storax for thought, Cinnamon for hearing, Carob for taste, and Lotus for touch, and finally, Honey and Wine (adjuncts)– The Edfu and Philae Recipes for Kyphi list using wine and honey as ingredients.  Fresh Horus Eye and Sweet Horus Eye respectively. Read in detail about this incense formulation>

Magickal Herbs and Roots

Eye of Horus now carries Herbs for Natural Magick, in addition to our loose incense resins and herbs. If you’re blending your own incense, preparing for a sabbat ritual, compounding a spell or charm, or searching for your personal aromatherapy blend or sachet ingredients, we offer an array of fine botanical curios for your needs.

Herb magick is earth magick. Rooted, growing and best used when long-lasting effects are the desired outcome. If you need a better permanent job or relationship, or want to protect your home or just increase the good vibe, then herb magick is a good choice. If you need a change in your life to occur right away, you may find lighting a candle as part of the initial spell or blessing, gives it a quick push. But to really get acquainted with herbs, it’s good to have an experienced guide. That’s why we are offering this introductory hands-on workshop.

Magic of Herbs classThe Magic of Herbs with Gypsy Nilsen

Oct 2nd (Sunday) 2:00 – 5:00 pm

This class is for those interested in learning how to use herbs for magick in their daily lives or just curious about the uses of herbs. We will explore lore and myths, as well as learn the folk names and botanical names of commonly used herbs. What really is Eye of Newt? What is the best herb for luck? Gambling? Romance? Legal matters? We will talk about the practical and magical uses of herbs, everything from a simple incense to calm your home to brewing a tea to add to your floor wash. You will get a chance to make a Mojo Bag filled with herbs and make a tea mixture. This is a hands on class, so we will touch, smell and taste some herbs. The cost of the workshop includes all the herbs and supplies for your mojo bag and tea. Click here for more info on the Magic of Herbs Class.

But if you are more of the do-it on your own sort, or want to know more about the selection of herbs we have, read on.

It’s in the Bag

Creating a charm bag is a powerful act of intention. You determine your purpose and then bring objects together to support that purpose. Other names for and types of Charm Bags include: Herbal Charms, Sachets, Mojo Bags, Gris Gris, and Medicine Bags. The bag usually includes some herbs, a stone, a charm and anything which seems magically appropriate to the purpose. They are often carried in a pocket or purse, worn around the neck, put in the glove compartment of a car, kept on an altar, by the bed, or other place, depending on it’s use.  Many are very simple.  For example:

High John the conqueror

John the Conqueror Root

High John The Conqueror – Anoint the root with some peppermint oil, or surround with Peppermint herb, and tie up in a green or purple bag to attract needed money.

We’ve started out with 24 of the most useful and recommended herbs. But if we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can get it, usually within a day or two. We’ve hooked up with a local supplier who buys direct from farmers/gatherers/wildcrafters worldwide. Each of the herbs has a brief description on our website, but it is by no means a complete history of the use of the herbs.

Compendium of Herbal MagickIf you need help choosing the herbs, oils and stones to use in your own charm bags, check out our list below. Usually just one herb will do, so you can just pick and choose based on what you have on hand, or what can be easily obtained.

We also offer a growing list of  Herbal Magick books, including Ellen Dugan’s Herb Magick for Beginners, Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs, and for the most complete and amazing tome, Paul Beyerl’s Compendium of Herb Magick.  Beyerl’s Compendium is the most comprehensive and all-inclusive book on the magical and religious uses of herbs ever published with 330 herbs covered in detail with over 100 illustrations. Sections include the Magickal Classification of Herbs; A Guide to the Usage of Magickal Herbs, Dieties and Magickal Herbalism and astrological Herbal Correspondences.

Also, please note that some herbs are toxic and so you should store safely and keep them clearly labeled.  The more you use herbs, the more you should learn and it is wise to have some training as well as good references. We do not have an herbalist on staff, and so are offering herbs for magickal purposes only. Full disclaimer: No product herein is intended to diagnose or cure disease.  It is vital that you look to a registered herbalist and your own health care provider before making a tea or applying any herb medicinally.  “Herbal” does not mean “safe.” Also, we do not sell “recreational herbal incense.” These herbs are for the magickally inclined, rather than thrill-seekers.

Some of the Purposes for our Herbs
Yarrow

Yarrow

Each herb below is linked to the deeper description. So click through to get enough information to select the appropriate one for your specific purpose.  For instance, both Dittany of Crete and Yarrow are good for different kinds of divination. Dittany of Crete draws spirits, specifically of the departed . . . it has a history of use in necromancy. Yarrow is a Venus herb used in love and romance related divination. Very different! The descriptions on our site are by no means complete. We have books for that!  So peruse the purposes below, or just browse all the herbs and roots on our site to choose what you need. Some of the uses of the herbs are not included in this list because they are so specific, such as the use of the amazing Jericho Flower. This is just a sampling . . .

Business Success: Juniper Berries, Marshmallow Leaf (Althea), Passionflower, Pennyroyal

Courage: Galangal Root (Low John)Mullein, Rosemary, Wormwood, Yarrow

Divination: Dittany of Crete, Mugwort (Artemisia), Orris Root, Red Clover, Yarrow

Marigold Flowers

Calendula (Marigold)

Dreams:  Anise Star, Calendula (Marigold), Mugwort (Artemisia), Wormwood, Yarrow

Faeries and Elves:  Red Clover, Rosemary

Good Luck: Galangal Root (Low John), Red Clover

Happiness: Calendula (Marigold), Lavender, John the Conqueror Root, Passionflower

Healing: Peppermint, Mugwort (Artemisia), Rosemary

Health: Juniper, Lavender

Legal Matters / Court: Calendula (Marigold), Galangal Root (Low John)

Lavender

Lavender

Love: Basil Leaf, Dittany of Crete, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Marshmallow (Althea), Orris Root, Passionflower, Rosemary, Yarrow

Meditation: Peppermint Leaf, Scullcap

Mental Powers: Calendula (Marigold), Rosemary

Money, Prosperity, Wealth: Basil Leaf, JasmineMandrake Root, Peppermint

Peace:  Lavender, Passionflower, Pennyroyal

Protection: Angelica Root, Anise Star, Basil Leaf, Calendula (Marigold), Mandrake Root, Mugwort (Artemisia), Mullein, Red Clover, Rosemary

Psychic Ability: Calendula (Marigold), Yarrow

Purification / Sanctification: Angelica Root, Juniper, Lavender, Rosemary

Sleep:  Lavender, Peppermint, Passionflower, Rosemary

Strength: Mugwort (Artemisia), Wormwood

Success: Red Clover, High John the Conqueror

Finally, herb magick is a deep and fascinating subject. Study. Learn. Experiment. Keep a Record. But most of all, blessed be and enjoy the journey.

Amulets and Talismans

For centuries, the use of amulets and talismans has existed within many cultures and across virtually every spiritual tradition. They are described as ‘close cousins’ that can take many forms, including decorative objects, potions, charms, medicines, sacred symbols, animals, statues or drawings. Both amulets and talismans are physical expressions of powerful and often supernatural energies that people wish to personally connect with. There are historical distinctions between the two, though in modern times the terms are often used interchangeably:

Amulets were typically chosen for specific protective uses. For example, the ancient belief in the Evil Eye curse of bad luck and misfortune has been deflected with the use of nazars, lucky eyes, blue disks, and other protective charms. The meaning of the word ‘amulet’ is derived from the Latin word amuletum, which is interpreted as an object used for defense and protection from trouble.

Talismans are often utilized to draw in purposeful energies, such as carrying High John the Conqueror root for luck in courtly affairs, a four-leaf clover for luck, or a nutmeg for prosperity. The word ‘talisman’ is a variation on the Greek verb ‘teleo‘, meaning to accomplish or successfully bring into effect. In the Arabic and Greek languages, the word talisman is rooted in similar translations as an object that initiates one into spiritual mystery.

Your intent when you use an amulet or talisman is as important as the symbol itself. Therefore, we often recommend that you charge, or bring energy and life into, your chosen piece. You might wish to charge your object during the energy of the full or waxing moon, use a particular type of incense or salt to clear the object, or perform a ritual blessing with consecrated water.   Check out our article on How to Charge your Pendant, Talisman or Amulet. Also, Amy Zerner has an article on Using Your Jewelry as a Talisman. Further Reading: http://www.crystalinks.com/talisman.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amulet.

Key of Soloman Charm to Develop Intellect

Key of Soloman Charm to Develop Intellect

Cross of St. Michael, Hematite for Protection

Cross of St. Michael, Hematite for Protection

Om Talisman

Om Talisman for Protection and Peace

Talismans and amulets from different cultures:

Find Norse Rune Pendants, Chinese Magical Seals, Amish Hex Protection Charms, Ancient Lore Amulets, and more symbolic pendants in our online store!