Lammas – Honey

Did you know that Honey is a very popular ingredient in our magickal workings during Lammas?.As Bread and Corn, honey has it’s own set of Folklores associated with it as well. In late summer and early fall, honey is a staple crop in many parts of the world. This deliciously sweet and sticky gift from the bee population is considered a health food to many of us. It’s magickal properties are known to protect individuals against allergies if they eat just a teaspoon of locally sourced honey each day.

The Goddess has been associated In some forms of Hoodoo and folk magic, honey is used to sweeten someone’s feelings towards you. In one traditional spell, honey is poured into a jar or saucer on top of a slip of paper containing the person’s name. A candle dressed in honey with the individual’s name carved into the candle as a stray pin is placed into the candle sideways will riddle their minds with thoughts of the individual who casted the spell. The Candle then is placed in the saucer to burn down on it’s own by the time the candle burns down the attended individual will assure to call them or make some form of communication with them.

Some ancient cultures used honey in embalming procedures. It’s always appropriate to leave offerings of honey at a gravesite. It is quite certain that the alcoholic fermentation of honey was known to the ancient Egyptians when history began. Honey was the main sweetener in Egypt. The people of this time valued honey highly thus it was commonly used as a tribute or payment. Honey was also used to feed sacred animals.

Both bees and honey were considered sacred in ancient Egypt and honey featured prominently in religious ceremonies, including offerings to the dead. In about 1200 BC, King Ramses III offered the gods of the Nile tens of thousands of jars filled with honey, estimated to weigh about fifteen tons. The folklore of a number of societies indicates that a blend of honey and milk is an acceptable offering to many Deities and the Fae. Honey is sacred to the Goddesses Aphrodite, Rehea, Persephone ,Cybele, Demeter, Artemis and Potnia Theron.

In Hinduism, honey is described as one of the five sacred elixirs of immortality. The Buddhist faith celebrates Madhu Purnima, which honors the day that Buddha made peace among his disciples – and honey is given as a gift to monks in his honor. Honey, because of its sticky properties it can also be used in magick to hold two things together. In, some magical traditions use honey to bind a couple that has a shaky relationship.

If you want to do a honey binding on a couple or even on two friends who are struggling with their friendship you can use poppets with a layer of honey between them, and then wrapped with a cord. Because honey does not solidify, you can always separate the two poppets later with minimal disruption. Honey played a major part in History and well into our present my brothers and sisters.

Blessings,
Rev. Bella Isis