My husband and I have often discussed the fact that a Costco membership is a marker of middle-class status.  Because when you're poor, you don't have enough money to buy six months worth of toilet paper all at once, and wouldn't have the room to store it if you did.  I guess if we were rich enough we would have people to shop for us,  or something equally ridiculous.  Anyway, I used to be poor, and now I am middle class, and that explains what I am about to tell you.  It's summer.  It's Georgia.  It's hot as hell out there.  I went to Costco and I bought two dozen eggs, like you do.  Then I forgot I had them.  I mean...not for that long.  It was only a day, but it still made me dubious about eating them.  (Before someone explains to me that only weird Americans put eggs in the refrigerator and they are probably fine, I repeat:  Georgia.  In my car.  No.)  And yet, I am morally incapable of just wasting two dozen eggs.  What to do?  

 WITCHCRAFT!


First up:  Nine Eggs Cleansing


This is a variation on a traditional egg cleansing; the main difference is that you use more eggs.  Start at the top of your head and (to the best of your ability or with help) roll it carefully down your back, then down your front.  Repeat on each side, plus each arm and each leg, using a fresh egg for each.  Use the extra eggs for "trouble spots" or at the front and back of your belly center (dantien or second chakra). 

As you are done with each egg, you can crack it into water as a diagnostic If there are spots, that means you need to do more cleansing on that spot. Otherwise the shapes the egg yolks make in the water should suggest problems or solutions.  Mine looked a lot like walls which makes me think that I need to work on my wards in various ways (including finding ways to shield myself that don't exhaust me).    After I was done, I took the eggy water and poured it out under a tree.  Other traditional methods of disposal include smashing the egg(s) at a crossroads or throwing them in running water; I should note that smashing them at a crossroads leaves your "bad luck" there for the next person to come along.  I prefer using mine for compost. 

Other uses

You can use eggs to cleanse your pet in a similar way, or your personal space; the latter means leaving eggs in the corners for a few days.  If you are like me, set an alarm for yourself so you will remember to retrieve them.  This is especially good to do when you're trying to clear the air of something very upsetting or entrenched.  Dispose of them the same way.

William Henry Hyatt recorded several ways of using eggs to hex people.  One method to cause dissension in a home includes poking a hole in both ends of the egg and draining the yolk out.  Replace with  your name paper and red and black paper to fill up the egg.  Drown the egg in water while telling the people you are aiming this at that you want them to fight (and break up, if that's the goal).  Go to their house at midnight and throw the egg over the house.  Walk home and don't look back.  

I've seen some other examples of using eggs in this way, by draining the yolk out and replacing it with something else.  If you're using it for protection or the like and you want to keep it around, clean the egg carefully and let it dry first so it won't get nasty.  Then you can refill it with protective herbs and seal the holes with wax (red, by preference).  The general idea is that symbolically, you are using the egg to "hatch" whatever you are trying to bring about.

A spell to catch a murderer involves placing a raw egg in the hand of the murder victim when they are buried; when the egg rots and bursts, the murderer will be compelled to turn themselves in.  Note that this is still technically a curse, one of the oldest forms of one in fact (getting the dead involved) but is a traditional example of using a curse to a good purpose.

Cosmetics are also witchcraft, cf the Grigori teaching metallurgy and makeup to humans.  So I made an egg face mask.  A simple one from an egg white and honey comes from a beekeeping book my father had when I was a child; the author attributes the mask to Cleopatra.  One egg white, beaten until stiff, and one teaspoon of honey is plenty.  Let it dry and then wash off.  Note that one egg white makes a LOT so it's less of a "mask" and more of a "slather all over your face, neck, and arms."  Which is apparently what Cleopatra did, except she slathered her whole body because if we know one thing about Cleopatra, it's that she was extra.  Also you will have yolk left over, so you can use that for your hair.  Mix in more honey and maybe some coconut oil and let it sit while your face is drying.  (Yes, I am typing some of this while covered in egg and honey goo.  What?).  My hair is both fine and wavy and the most common thing my mother said to me growing up was "go comb your hair."  It's basically a Kermit flail in hair form.  This treatment makes it settle down and also makes it shiny.  

This doesn't have squat to do with Midsummer, except that even when I don't plan to do witchy things on holidays I often find myself doing them anyway.  Make of that what you will.  


Photo credit:  "The Essence of Egg" by Brenda Gottsabend

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