Meet your city totem animal

From Christopher Penczak’s City Magick:

EXERCISE 7 — TOTEM JOURNEY

1. Start with an intention to meet your city totem animal. Do not think about what it could be, or what you hope it will be. Just affirm out loud or to yourself that you intend to know your city totem.

2. Start Exercise 5. Before you feel yourself enter a tunnel or step on a long and winding road, ask and intend that your city totem be at the end of the pathway.

3. When you reach the end, your totem will appear in your inner vision. Let it come easily. The animal may speak to you, or may be silent, communicating through actions, intuition, or by leading you to something you need to see. The meeting is often simple and brief, or it may lead to a journey. Follow the spirit vision quest and let your unconscious mind take over. You will go from a point of visualizing your creature to letting go of preconceived notions. Go with the flow. Let the adventure lead you where it may.

4. When the journey feels complete, ask your totem to guide you back through the path or tunnel and return your perceptions to the physical. If you feel light-headed upon return, make sure to ground yourself.

I’ll take VANILLA!

According to Christopher Penczak’s City Magick, vanilla can be used as an ingredient in making magical charms:

“The vanilla bean is a powerful bean ruled by the planet Pluto. It is an innocent flavor, loved in ice cream and cookies, but the actual properties of the bean bring transformations and change reality. Pluto is the planet of life, death, and the underworld. Vanilla beans can be found in gourmet shops, but often their properties, in diluted form, are transferred to vanilla extract and vanilla oil. Add a few drops to an herbal charm when you need these strong transformative powers.”

According to Elise Marie Collins’ An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods, vanilla is good for you too:

“Vanilla is the edible fruit of a tropical orchid. Mexican royalty used vanilla as an aphrodisiac, and one study showed that men responded to the aroma of vanilla. Vanilla was used by indigenous people to calm an upset stomach. The less processed the vanilla, the better, so purchase whole pods or pure vanilla in the form of raw powder or extract for your recipes.”

According to Kris Bradley Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery, vanilla can be used to cast a spell to ward away your tongue-tied tendencies:

Communication Blend

Whether you need to give a speech, make a convincing argument, or produce a written work, this blend can help you find the right words.

  • 1 part caraway seeds
  • 1 part thyme
  • 1/4 part cinnamon
  • Beans from one vanilla pod