Herbal Magick : Vanilla, Sweet Flower of Love

Herbal Magick : Vanilla, Sweet Flower of Love July 22, 2019
Vanilla plant image by Karen Arnold. Licensed under CC 0.0

I’m all about Vanilla. I cook with it. I use it in my magick, and have even been known to wear it as a perfume. The botanical name for this delicious beauty is Vanilla planifolia.  This tasty bean comes to us from a species of Orchid, and can be used in your kitchen magick and elsewhere. The original Vanilla orchids were cultivated by Ancient Mexicans and were not used for eating at all but instead an aphrodisiac and a beauty aid. The pods were woven into the hair of young women to attract lovers, a practice I think we should bring back today. Later on in Mexico, Vanilla was used by the Aztecs as a culinary treat, being added to chocolate to make a tasty beverage fit for Kings and Queens.

Charles Darwin in his correspondence talked about this delightful plant “What frightful trouble you have taken about Vanilla; you really must not take an atom more; for the Orchids are more play than real work.”

It is used as an offering to the Orisha Oshún , the Goddess Hecate and other divinities. Like all the other orchids Vanilla is ruled by the planet Venus and the element of Water.

Magickal Properties of Vanilla

  • Beauty
  • Clarity
  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Healing
  • Romantic Love
  • Happiness
  • Prophecy
  • Empowerment
  • Energy

The Goddess Lilith has a special affinity for Vanilla. The following recipe uses it to honor her and bring love to the table.

Lilith Bites – These tiny delicious little bites are an ode to sensuality and decadence. They include chocolate which is known to stimulate the body and float it towards higher consciousness. It also includes Vanilla to help fill your life with love and happiness. This magickal recipe is great to use as an offering to Lilith, and/or to share with your lovers.

Cupcake Ingredients:

2 ¼ cups flour, sifted
¾ teaspoon Baking powder
¾ teaspoon Baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ cups Sugar
1 ½ cups Water
2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
9 Tablespoons Vegetable oil
2 Large Bowls
1 Small Bowl

Filling Ingredients:

8 Tablespoons sugar
6 ounces Cream Cheese
3 Tablespoons beaten egg
½ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
¾ cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, Baking powder, Baking soda, salt, Cocoa powder and sugar together in a bowl. In the other large bowl mix together the water, Vanilla, and Vegetable oil. Grease a mini muffin tin. Add the liquid ingredients to the flour mixture. Stir until combined. Fill each of the muffin cups half way full with batter. Next in the small bowl combine all the filling ingredients together. Mix well. Spoon one teaspoon of filling into each of the muffin cups. Top with remaining cake batter. Bake 15- 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. This will make approximately 24 mini cake bites. This can also be made into larger muffins or a single loaf, just adjust the timing accordingly.

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About Lilith Dorsey
Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo.Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation,’ choreographer/performer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show, and author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism, 55 Ways to Connect to Goddess, The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and Love Magic. You can read more about the author here.
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