This oil combines sacred pink lotus, Egyptian lotus, jasmine, damask rose, a touch of vanilla, and a few other scents in fractionated coconut oil to make a terrific tool for working with Goddess energies. The sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is the symbol of Lakshmi, a Hindu incarnation of the mother goddess and similar in many ways to Venus (she is the goddess of beauty and prosperity). In the East, sacred lotus stands for purity and spiritual enlightenment as well as of fertility and sexuality, an unusual combination in the more strait-laced West. Because the seeds of sacred lotus can remain viable for many years (the oldest recorded germination was from seeds that were over 1,000 years old) this plant is also regarded as a symbol of longevity. In West European magick, sacred lotus is often used in consecration and in sex magick, and the flowers are associated with nymphs.
Egyptian lotus, or blue lotus, grows predominately in Egypt and portions of Asia. Images of this flower are depicted on the walls of Egyptian tombs, on ancient papyri, and in ancient temples, and it was said to induce higher states of consciousness. As an entheogen, this plantís flowers were used in extensively in magickal and ceremonial rites, as well medicinally as a sleep aid and treatment for anxiety. Known to be a potent aphrodisiac, ancient Egyptians steeped the flowers in wine then ritually consumed them during rites having to do with sexuality.
The luscious scent of jasmine is also an aphrodisiac, and because it releases its scent primarily at night, adds subtlety and depth to the scents of the daylight flowers in this oil. The rose holds the place in West European culture that the lotus does in the East. It not only represents the Feminine Divine in the prime of life and is a classic ingredient in love magick, but it is also a favorite representation of spiritual enlightenment in the West, its many petals standing for levels of knowledge and wisdom (just as the lotus flower does in the East, especially in Buddhism).
Vanilla rounds out this combination with a scent that is more physical than spiritual, more about the enjoyment of Nature's nourishing bounty than about elevation. The jasmine, rose and vanilla are in the form of absolutes and concretes, which are natural extracts of the whole flower rather than of only a portion of the plant. The sacred lotus and Egyptian lotus oils are infusions of flower petals, prepared in our consecrated ritual space and macerated in coconut oil for over a month. Combined, these ingredients produce a beautiful and rich oil that begins with a slight muddiness then opens to a smooth, floral scent that is good for consecration, preparation for divination or ritual, and connecting to the primal power of the sensual.
1/4 oz. (2 drams/7.5 ml) $17.00
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