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Colin Davies wrote:
> catherine yronwode wrote:

> > To maintain contact at a distance through dreams:
> >
> > Sleeping with a packet of calendula flowers, althaea  
> > leaves, and a few star anise seeds under your pillow 
> > is said to draw  communications from a distant person  
> > through the medium of dreams. This means you will 
> > dream of them, not that they will necessarily dream  
> > of you. It is recommended as a good way to ascertain 
> > the state of health and well-being of someone you miss 
> > and may be unable to contact directly.

>    Hi,
>    Would the spell for inducing dreams also work if
> you wanted to dream of someone who had passed away? If 
> so, I know someone who would appreciate it.

For contacting the dead in a dream, i have been told that
star anise (not regular anise) seeds, althaea leaves, and
acacia leaves are burned as incense in the room where you
will be sleeping. Add some myrrh resin to the mix, for its
hypnotic qualities. Star anise is used in many "psychic
vision" type formulas, althaea is said to produce "helpful
visions" or to aid one in contacting "good spirits," and
acacia is the prime classical herb for contact with the

Some folks who wish to contact the dead in trance states
will set out a clear crystal glass bowl of fresh water to
which they add several drops of Florida Water  or a type of
cologne made with kananga flowers (a.k.a. ylang ylang
flowers; used in Asia in funerary rites). They then dip a
branch of acacia leaves (the ferny-leaved kind, which can be
used as an aspergillum) into this and sprinkle the water
around as they call on the person to appear to thm in
reverie or in a dream. You could use dried acacia leaves
for this if fresh ones were not available. Performing such
a ritual while burning the above herbal-resin incesne
mixture would be a good way to induce dreams of the dead.

Good luck, and let us know what happens if you or your
friend try these things.

© 1998 catherine yronwode (

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