Organic Myrtle Essential Oil
In my opinion, this fragrance is one of the most spiritual of the Venus scents, having none of the frills of the lush flowery perfumes that are normally connected with Her but instead offering a hundred leafy hands. It was incorporated into the Eleusian mysteries - the priests and initiates wore crowns of myrtle.
The Jealousy of Venus
This scent reveals the jealous side of Venus, since it is named for a Greek priestess of the goddess, Myrene, who consented to marry a man who helped her solve her family's murders. When Venus discovered this, she turned Myrene into a myrtle but ordered that this tree always be green and fragrant to show how beloved of the goddess it was. The association between this herb and jealousy was solidified when Venus ordered that Psyche be beaten with myrtle branches for claiming to be as beautiful as the goddess. Yet myrtle protected the goddess when the satyrs tried to rape her. So this scent might be especially good in magick oils for a love that is troubled by jealousy.
Both the Greeks and Romans considered myrtle helpful in creating and preserving love, and the Romans planted it around the temples dedicated to Venus, who in this avatar they called Myrtea. Yet Minerva and Mars also adopted the this plant, and the priests of the Sabine version of Mars wore crowns of its branches, which demonstrates the kind of unity of opposites that is so alien to our culture but apparently very much a part of the ancient world.
This is a favorite plant in Wales, conferring love and peace to the household. There it is also considered a Maiden herb (for instance, carried by girls on their First Holy Communion). Elsewhere it is more firmly tied to the Maiden transitioning to Mother and is a traditional bridal scent. Steam-distilled from organic Myrtus communis in Albania. Top
Combining With Other Essential Oils
Try using this scent to explore the spiritual side of Venus and for love magick. This fragrance goes well with the scents of basil, bay, benzoin, bergamot, cardamom, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, coriander, eucalyptus, galangal, galbanum, geranium, ginger, hyssop, lavandin, lemon, lime, mandarin, mugwort, and rosemary. Top
Myrtle Essential Oil (Albania)
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