The Honey Totem
Honey is product of all the bees’ hard work and diligence. It is usually deep golden color and clear rather than opaque, but can also be nearly colorless and sometimes cloudy in appearance, and a dark rich brown. Honey is thick, sweet and was loved by the gods for its distinct flavor and healing properties. In fact Mead, a rich, sweet, Honey wine was said to be the “Ambrosia of the Gods” or the “Nectar of the Gods.” Mead, or Honey Wine, has been produced for centuries. The word Honeymoon is said to have been derived from the practice of Mead being a favored dowry offering to new grooms from the bride’s father.
Honey has also been used for centuries as a medicinal and is still used today for many medical and beauty treatments. It has been used to heal wounds, sooth sore throats, ease coughs, as a restorative, and as a skin moisturizer and beautifier. Egyptian women, known for their beautiful skin often massaged a mixture of milk and honey onto their faces, letting it set and dry and then rinsing it off. Indeed, honey is known to be a skin softener and pore minimizer as well as a power anti-bacterial.
The bacterium that naturally occurs in Honey actually helps encourage the growth of good bacteria in the body, while killing bad bacteria. This bacterial action is why Honey has been used for healing wounds throughout the ages. Honey also aids digestion, has been used for eye infections and as a soothing ointment for sunburn. It is a soothing healing and regenerative food and a powerful medicine.
Not all Honey is created equal. It is best in its raw or un-filtered form. Pasteurized Honey looses much of its strong medicinal properties. The color of Honey will vary according to which flower’s nectar was used to produce it. There are many types of honey to choose from. Ancient Beekeepers, in Egypt, would have boaters take their hives down the Nile with them so that their bees could gather pollen from a larger variety of flowers in their region. Likewise, in the modern world of Beekeeping, bees are exposed to a diversity of flowers in order to produce pure and exotic blends.
There are three-hundred different varieties of honey in the United States alone. Some can be nearly colorless, and mild in taste, and can vary to all ranges of golden to dark molasses brown with the flavor intensifying as the color becomes darker. The flavor of Honey comes from one type of flower or from a mixture of many, here are but a few of the most popular and delicious types of Honey available in modern times: Orange Blossom, Eucalyptus, Clover, Buckwheat, Alfalfa, Sage and Tupelo.
Honey Pearls are said to possess the following virtues:
Attracts affection and love, brings sweetness to your love life, enhances beauty, promotes the healing of wounds and restores energy. Honey Pearls are often used in Love spells.
These Pearls are said to impart their particular magical virtues to their owner. Honey Pearls are characteristic of the thick, sweet, delicious, ambrosia which produces them; they possess the characteristics that may be seen in Honey itself; the sweetness and energy giving properties of the Honey it is obtained from is contained within the pearl waiting for its proper owner to bestow its inner magic to that unique and fortunate individual.
The owner of a Honey pearl will see their lives, sexual energy and mental clarity imbued with all of the virtues attributed to the “Nectar” of the Gods, Honey. The Honey Pearl is a strong spirit indeed and its magical properties are one of the most romantically influential of all animal totems.
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