Flower waters, or hydrosols, are made by distilling a plant material. Sometimes these waters are the leftover water of an essential oil distillation after the oil has been separated from the condensed steam. Other times, they are the direct product of their own distillation, and no separated essential oil has been produced.
The use of flower waters in magic goes back to the beginning of the science of distillation. These lovely-smelling waters can be used in a variety of spells.
Flower waters (hydrosols) are a possible alternative to incense.
The trick is to make sure you turn your flower water into a "creature of air."
When using alcohol based perfumes as a substitute for incense, the alcohol is naturally much easier to turn into a creature of air, vs. the flower waters, since alcohol evaporates at a much faster rate than water.
Alcohol has historically always been referred to as a "spirit."
The only 2 ways to turn a water into a creature of air is to 1. turn it into steam, which would destroy the scent of the flower water; or, 2. turn it into a very fine mist.
When working with flower waters as creatures of air, instead of using a spray bottle, I recommend you find a high quality perfume atomizer.
The finer the mist, the better.
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Magical Correspondences of Flower Waters
These following are not "official" correspondences. They are just the waters I use.
When two flower waters are listed, you can use one or the other, or a combination of the two.
The waters that tend to be all-purpose are Lemongrass, Verbena, Lavender, and Rose. If you have one of those waters you can use it as a substitute for any other water if necessary.
Michael/Sun-- Orange Flower (Success, Protection, Spiritual assistance)
Gabriel/Moon -- Jasmine/Ylang (Magnetism, Home, Magic)
Samael/Mars -- Rose Geranium (Energy, Protection, Sex)
Raphael/Mercury -- Lavender/chamomile (Learning, communication)
Sachiel/Jupiter -- Blue Tansy/Lavender (Grace, legal help, financial growth)
Anael/Venus -- Rose (Love, friendship, beauty, art, creativity)
Cassiel/Saturn -- Lemongrass/Ylang (Karma, responsibility, debt)
Uriel -- Lemongrass/Verbena (Magical science, miracles, sudden drastic change)
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