WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

July 1st, 2017

Sun Philter



Merry meet.

In reading “The herbal Alchemist’s Handbook” by Karen Harrison (that is reviewed in this issue), I came across directions for a philter – an infusion of herbs that is charged with intentions and the energies of the moon or the sun. With the Summer Solstice approaching, I chose to create one with the energy of the sun.



In her book, she says to gather calendula, Saint John’s Wort, chamomile and juniper berries, and at sunrise, put a teaspoon of each in a chalice, cauldron or bowl that can hold 16 ounces. As they are added, she directs you to focus on the healing properties they offer, such as chamomile for serenity and Saint John’s wort for confidence. A sun gemstone – sunstone, diamond or gold topaz – could also be added.

The directions continued, having you meditate on health, energy and vitality as you direct your breath over the mixture, then pour in 12 ounces of spring or distilled water, stirring deosil while charging it with intention. Place the container in the sun and the next morning, strain it and pour into a sterilized container; store in the refrigerator. To use, she tells you to add a tablespoon to a cup of herbal tea when you think you are getting sick or if you are feeling fatigued. It can also be used as a wash to hasten the healing of burns, cuts, bites or sprains.

Using Harrison’s directions as a guide, I did some research and came up with a longer list of botanicals that are said to contain sun energy. Some of them, in addition to hers, are ash, birch, buttercup bush, cinnamon, hibiscus, hops, marigold, rue, peony, saffron, sunflower and walnuts.

On Midsummer’s Eve, I gathered up as many as I had on hand – in varying quantities – and put them in a glass mason jar. I then put 12 ounces of filtered water in a larger mason jar. Just as the sun rose, I held them up to the first rays, poured the herbs into the water and swirled them around deosil while infusing them with healing intentions. The jar sat on my windowsill until mid-day when I took it out to my garden with me. While I planted and weeded and harvested herbs for the protection bundle I make every Summer Solstice to hang above my door, the jar sat in the sun, absorbing warmth as well as light. It then went back on my south-facing windowsill until sunset, when I went to a spot not far from home and held it up to catch the last rays of the longest day before the sun dipped behind the hills and trees.



It was after midnight when I was moved to strain the contents into a quart mason jar. There were approximately 10 ounces of liquid. I felt guided to fill the jar, adding approximately another 10 ounces of filtered water and 10 ounces of vodka to stabilize it, making something similar to the flower essences I’ve made before. While my intent was to keep the jar on the counter, it ended up in the refrigerator.

I added a tablespoon to an oversized mug of herbal tea and could sense the warmth, strength and power of the sun.

There’s still plenty of summer sun left should you decide to brew a batch for yourself.



Merry part. And merry meet again.


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