Uses for BeeWax
A Gift from the mother
Beeswax is crafted into candles, poppets, talismans and seals.
It is an ingredient in ointments and natural body products.
It has the property of anchoring and blending other spell ingredients together into a harmonious whole.
When ancient tablets and medieval grimoires speak of “wax,” they are almost always referring to beeswax. Petroleum-based wax hadn’t been manufactured yet, and vegetable waxes were inferior to work with. Beeswax was once prized for being rare and hard to obtain. Luckily with the number and growth of bee farmers who have again fallen in love with hive keeping ,the golden nectar and biproducts has made a resurgence. Making Beeswax again a comparatively precious ingredient for ritual .
Beeswax has an unmistakable allure to Earth magic k practitioners . It stirs our ancient souls.
A poppet is a (usually) human figure, made to stand in for an individual in a Earth Magic k ritual. , whilst poppets can be used in voodoo practices they are also used for healing and benevolent magic k.
Poppets are often fashioned from cloth or sticks. However, some practitioners prefer a poppet of beeswax (“wax baby” or “wax dolly”). Beeswax begins to soften at body temperature and has a flesh-like, organic feel. The malleable quality of wax allows for a more detailed and realistic figure.
To make a wax poppet, melt a small amount of beeswax in a double boiler, or a metal bowl sitting over a container of hot water. (Don’t allow the water to come to a boil. Beeswax melts around 145 degrees Fahrenheit and is pliable at around 100 degrees. Higher temperatures can cause dangerous spattering or even combustion.) Remove from heat and allow to partially cool. When the wax is cool enough to handle, scoop it up and begin to shape your poppet. The heat from your hands will keep the wax soft while you work it.
Talismans and seals
Beeswax is an age-old ingredient for making seals. The melted wax is combined with powdered tree resin to make a glossy, fragrant, and potent seal. Practically any resin will work. Some people add natural or artificial colorants to tint the wax.
In occult traditions bees wax is often used within magical seals.
to seal spells , bottles and documents.
While the seal is still soft, symbols may be carved or stamped into the wax.
One of the main magical advantages of beeswax is its suggestibility. In other words, it can take on whatever meaning the magician impresses into it. It will also absorb the influences of anointing oils, herbs, and other materials used in conjunction with the wax.
Beeswax, properly prepared, may be used as a substitute for other materials that are impractical to obtain or work with. Ceremonial magicians use beeswax to create planetary talismans in the absence of certain alchemical metals—namely, Gold, Lead, and Mercury.
Perfumes, salves and ointments
Beeswax is an important ingredient in natural cosmetics and perfumes. Beeswax binds together scented ingredients, helping to lock in their fragrances. Heat from fire (or from the skin) softens the wax, releasing the aroma into the air.
Amber one of the famous blended incenses of the ancient world—were prepared using a beeswax base.
Practitioners often include beeswax in recipes for sacred perfumes and ointments. The believe is that it is harmonious to use ingredients from the plant and animal world than modern, lab-created chemicals. Solid perfumes made with beeswax yield a subtle, slow-releasing fragrance that’s ideal for ritual use. Typically, a certain percentage of melted beeswax is added to a base of fat or oil. The ratio depends on the desired consistency. More beeswax will make the mixture stiffer, less will make it creamier.
Beeswax makes an excellent natural polish for items made of wood. You can make your own with a mix of carrier oil, melted beeswax, and essential oils. Rub onto wands , musical instruments and other wood items, and buff with a soft cloth.
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