Chickweed Essence. Making herbal essences.
Chickweed Essence made under correspondence Moon. Correctly made herbal essences are far superior to tinctures. Herbal essences incorporate the entire spectrum as regards the three essentials. The three essentials are necessary to apply the principle solve et coagula correctly. In Solve et Coagula, i.e., separation and recombination of elements and principles, we ensure that we rightly apply the stages relating to our Arte, creating refined principles, spiritual some may say. We do this for good cause, that being a successful final union. This final union is the circulation. This allows the three principles to be combined energetically. More on this in another post.
The practical working of Solve et Coagula can take many months, depending on how we work and how far we take the stages. The elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water are separated and purified. Then we add them back together and using the skills of the Arte realize the purified Essence of the herb in question.
The descriptions that follow apply to making herbal essences. However minerals, and metals while being in a different class have the same underlying principles regarding manufacture.Herbal Essences are not only medicines on a physical level. They are also spiritual allies. We can work from a planetary perspective using astrology to assist our operations.
As an added note to those who shun the ideas that planets do not affect us, I want to add this. Suppose one believes that the giant orbs above do not affect us mere mortals or our lives. Let's contemplate the power of the life-giving Sun. The control the Moon over tides of the sea, the oceans within our bodies. Remember the metals we need to ingest in food for good health, so too in the drinks, we consume. All have a relationship to planets—the tools we use daily or those for the big industry are all made of metals. Even Great Kings and Queens had personal astrologers. Great Nations have consulted astrology for World affairs in the past.
Maybe the Planets do have more influence over our lives than we give due credit—food for thought
Chickweed Essence bucket with distilled water
I distilled rainwater. I placed the herb as soon as I had picked it into this water. The subtle spirits soon escape as they are very volatile.
Doing this helps minimise subtle spirit losses. The herb is picked on an auspicious astrological timing. The Chickweed Essence is a Lunar
correspondence ensuring the Moon is well placed aids our working.
Picking the herb for chickweed Essence
The timing for harvesting the herb is important if we are working astrologically. Using astrology invokes subtle energies into the work.
Astrological Essences may hold more potency than those not worked this way. The herb is taken into the lab as soon as is possible
ensuring minimal losses of subtle volatiles and energies.
Quickly placing the herb in the water
Chickweed Essence is a lunar working. We can invoke the energies to the work with prayer, using sigils or talismans. This attracts the forces
by correspondence. The energies assist us in our endeavour.
Fermenting chickweed herb for Essence
Getting the herb to the lab as soon as possible is best. The subtle spirits will be escaping. We want try to preserve as much of
the subtle energies as is possible. The next step is to distill the herb to obtain an essential oil. In this working no essential
oils were present. We will use the fixed sulphurs instead. The fixed sulphur is still an expression of the herbs soul. From the
fermentation we will also create a spirit. Just like winemaking. The spirit will be subtly charged with the Chickweed essence.
Filtering fermented wine of chickweed Essence
Filtering the wine to remove the solids. The dead body is now devoid of its spirit and soul. We have captured these energies in the
water which we used for the fermentation. This water distilled from rainwater also holds subtle essences. We will keep this water the
phlegmn as its now called and use it for the salt work.
Distill the chickweed herb for Essence
The chickweed Essence needs separating from the fractions received. Setup the distillation apparatus. Now gently distill the coloured water
from the fermentation. The volatile which is our spirit will come over first. This spirit will be mixed with water which also comes over.
There is a good reason for this which I will post on another time. We can go with a 50/50 water spirit ratio. Or distill to a very dry spirit.
We always make informed decisions whilst working Solve et Coagula.
Using tealights for chickweed Essence
I only use tealights for my heat source for low heat distillations. I find I have better control over my work. They also ensure I keep
connected to the work. I have to constantly time when I must go and change the candles. They only last eight hours so i change them three
times a day. Timing is crucial. This is my way of working.
Fixed sulphurs for chickweed Essence
The Chickweed Essence spirit has completed. No we are left with a honey like tar in the bottom of the distillation vessel. We will use this
as nothing is discarded in the Solve et Coagula of Chickweed Essence. We can calcine these for a salt or rotate the spirit over the tars.
Doing so ensures the spirit picks up subtle energies from the fixed Sulphur. Tincturizing it.
Calcination for Chickweed Essence
The time had come for calcination again. An important part of the Solve et Coagula process. We burn the herb under fierce heat to
ensure the unwanted elements are removed. We need to realise a salt for the wedding of the principles. This salt needs to be
soluble in water. If we are working with dry spirit then we will work to volatilize the salts. If we are working a 50/50 ratio
water to spirit then the water element will absorb the salt. Either way the salt must be pure and pristine like crystals.
Ash for Salts of Chickweed Essence
Once we reach the ash satge as in the image we can begin the water cycle. At this stage their are different ways to proceed. I will be
posting more on my investigations in future posts. For my Chickweed Essence I continued the calcination. We will see if we continue
this work a fine ash will be our reward. Sometimes this ash may be light grey. I have had the ash white on many occasions. Some operators
work with the black ash they reckon they get more salts this way. Experiment to find which way suits you best.
Ash post Calcination
Now I have the ash. I tried to take it to white but it was not having it. For the Chickweed Essence we need the salts pure. Ensuring a
good calcination drives off the sulphurs. We can of course not drive the calcination so hard and use these sulphurs in our work.
I will of course be posting more on this idea in future posts. There are many ways we can work in the lab with plant herbal Essences. I have
spent many hours in the lab running experiments. I have some interesting ideas to share.
Calcining more herb for Chickweed Essence
We repeat the calcinations on the fixed sulphurs. The tar like honey from the distillation of the fermented wine of Chickweed essence. These
sulphurs will eventually after much processing lead to a second salt. A fixed salt of sulphur by name. This will be added in an equal amount to the
chickweed essence alongside the salts of salts from the calcination of the dead herbs body..
Fixed sulphur mixed with spirit
Adding the fixed sulphur tar like honey to the spirit ready for a circulation or distillation. Rotate it seven times or circulate for one
Alchemical month 40 days. Doing so assists the spirit in a subtle fusion with the energies of the fixed sulphur salts. thereby we eventually
end up with a spirit that has a good fire like energy although subtle in its nature. We can at the end of these rotations taste test. We
should notice a subtle yet marked difference in our Chickweed essence.
Statue of Artemis Lunar Goddess
The Moon and water are ruled by Artemis. The Greek Goddess of the hunt. Protector and patreon of young girls. She is the twin sister of Apollo
daughter of Zeus and Leto. She is depicted with a bow and a quiver of arrows. She is the protector of animals in contradiction however she also
protects the followers of hunting. Diana is her classical equivalent often portrayed with a moon or crescent.
Ash of Sulphurs for the salts
The ash from the salts of salts ready for the purifications turning the water wheel. Through first drowning in water, then allowing the soup
to settle, I will then proceed to a filtration. Having then a clear solution of saturated salt I will evaporate this salt to realise the salt of
the body of Chickweed Essence. A salt of salt. This salt when purified will be exposed to the Moon on a waxing cycle. We could also wash these
salts in distilled dew from the spring months. If worked properly they will crystallise immediantly. The volatilization will occur much easier
working this way.
Testing spirit strength with Hydrometer
My spirit has now been rotated over the sulphur honey tars. I need to know may ratio of water to spirit. For this I use my hydrometer. Variations
in the ratio of the two elements affects the final product. Where possible we must always try to add the energies of the Sun and Moon to our workings.
We can do this with Gold and Silver as the two correspond to the lights respectively. We must however remember that the solar and lunar energies are
already present in the elements or priciples we are working with for the Chickweed Essence. In fact truth bne told these energies are present in all
material and non material phenomina. More on this in another post.