Monday, 12 December 2016

12 flavours of Yule...Day 3

On the third day of Yule my Coven gave to me...oranges

It doesn’t matter how much you ate at lunch time or how many helpings of pudding you had there is always room for a Clementine or Satsuma…

(Citrus × sinensis)

The orange coloured citrus fruit, you know the one.

The orange is a fruit of the sun, a fruit of love and happiness and a fruit with an enlightening and uplifting scent.

During the 19th Century to give a gift of an orange was thought to be generous and thoughtful.  (Just for the record I prefer gifts of chocolate).

The orange is good for purifying the mind, body and spirit.  Orange juice makes a good ritual drink and orange peel makes a good herbal tea to help bring about clarity and energy.

Dried orange peel also works well in incense blends to represent the energy of the sun but doesn’t smell particularly good when burnt, try dropping a few orange peels into an oil burner with a base oil to release the scent.

Oranges are sacred to the god of earth and air, Enlil.

Orange water can be used to flavour dishes especially if you are entertaining a loved one.  Bathe in orange water to attract a marriage candidate.

Set out orange water as an offering to the deities Hera and Juno for marriage and fidelity.

Orange Magical Properties:
Love, happiness, uplifting, generosity, purification, clarity, energy, fidelity
Ruling planet – Sun
Element – Fire
Gender – Masculine

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