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Burning Bay Leaf?
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Post # 1
I found that is what is used for a cleansing ritual. Now I have but a few questions.
1.) How many are preferred to be burned? Will one per use suffice?
2.) Am I correct in that it is only necessary to use it on your hands and face?
3.) After burning it put the ashes in spring water right?
4.) How often is it recommended to be done? Should it be done before daily prayers or just before spells?

If you would rather just leave me a link I'd be happy to read up on it and actually like that so that I may add it with my collection.

I appreciate all replies made. Sincerely, thank you for taking time out of your day to answer my question.
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Re: Burning Bay Leaf?
By: / Novice
Post # 2
Morsamoris- Thank you for your quick reply. I'm eletic pagan but I suppose the idea of what I am asking is technically originating from that faith yes.

I had read to do it before praying as a way of getting rid of some of the miasma or "negative energy" and that it is respectful to the deity.

Last question, is it burned completely or only partially? Does it make a difference? I guess I'm kind of coming at it from a chemist point of view. Some things work better or will only work if the right ingredient, is used in the right portion, mixed with the right tool, applied to the right area burned completely.

So since that can sometimes make a difference I wanted to make sure like cooking I have the right recipe or formula at base. Then if necessary I can make needed adjustments.
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Re: Burning Bay Leaf?
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Post # 3
"Okay, from what I gather here, you are attempting to make a version of lustral water, khernips, in which a bay leaf is burned and put in water. You can use one bay leaf, and you put out the fire in the water. Wash your hands and face in the water. You could also sprinkle it a bit on the altar and space around you. I've seen spring water, ocean water, and rain water used in the making of lustral water, either in part or whole, but it's up to you. It's not wrong to use tap water mixed with a bit of "natural" water or plain tap water.

I'm assuming this is about Hellenismos or Hellenic Polytheism, since on your profile it says you are a devotee of Ares. It's a good thing to do before prayer as it helps get you into the mindset of worship, but I can not dictate your spiritual life for you."

Sorry, I prefer posting on this account.

You would burn it partially. The flame needs to be put out in the water, this is what makes the water lustral in a sense. While bay leaves are common, it can be any herb (safe to burn), a match, or even a small twig of wood. And yes, this is a way in which we manage miasma and show respect to the Greek Gods.

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Re: Burning Bay Leaf?
By: / Novice
Post # 4
Chenny- Thank you very much! I appreciate your time. That answered my question completely.
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