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Myrrh ink

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:03 am
by Berenike
Myrrh ink is used in several of the papyri, both Greek and Demotic, and Dr. Flowers even includes a recipe in the appendix of Hermetic Magic, but do any modern practitioners actually use it?

Searching online for further information on myrrh ink yields nothing but PGM results. Researching magic inks, not something my practice has hitherto made use of, it seems dragon's blood ink (not necessarily an appropriate substitution for the PGM, even in workings where dragon's blood may be appropriate, given its colour) is the magical ink of the post-modern magic worker's choice (either that or dubious "magic ink", with no information about what makes it magic or so expensive, of whatever colour you desire).

Personally, I'm inclined to buy fountain pen ink and consecrate it after adding appropriate essential oils. What do you do? Do you bother with special ink at all?

Re: Myrrh ink

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 6:51 am
by Apollon
I've never bothered about using magical inks, but is something I would like to start doing.
I find super fancy the idea of making my own magical inks for my practice

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Re: Myrrh ink

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:57 am
by talerman
Apollon wrote:I've never bothered about using magical inks, but is something I would like to start doing.
I find super fancy the idea of making my own magical inks for my practice

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I agree

Re: Myrrh ink

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:51 am
by Vajrakilaya
Apollon wrote:I've never bothered about using magical inks, but is something I would like to start doing.
I find super fancy the idea of making my own magical inks for my practice

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The easiest and probably most well known example would be your own blood mixed with ash, preferably from incense used during meditation. Or, blood of any sort, obtained in any number of certain circumstances, if you get my drift. But be careful - blood magic is pretty serious stuff. It has a naturally inherent property of tying the astral to the elemental.

Re: Myrrh ink

Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:05 pm
by dionysiandame
I did find a recipe for magical inks involving soot/ash mixed with a bit of gum arabic.

The text itself does have the recipe;

Myrrh Troglitis, Karian figs, Nikolaus dates, dried pine cones, single stem wormwood, 7 wings of the Hermaic ibis, spring water. When you have burned the ingredients, prepare them and write.


So basically this looks like a simple incense soot and water formula but the gum arabic is probably better. I think, due to the folk magic nature of the PGM, making alterations probably happened often and can do so now so substitutions shouldn't be an issue as long as the correspondences kind of match up or you can just skip a particular ingredient altogether.

I did think about making this ink but am so caught up in other projects right now it isn't feasible. If you do make it, please come back and post results?