Cinnamon (from the Greek word κιννάμωμο) is the herb which is strongly associated with Fire.
From ancient Egypt to Chine, cinnamon is used in praising deities of Fire and Sun, and one of my personal favourites
Cinnamon is a fragrant herb used as spice or incense since the ancient years. Cinnamon is obtained by a large variety of trees who belong to the genus Cinnamomum although the best quality comes from the Ceylon Cinnamon (the True Cinnamon). As we already saw cinnamon was and is still used to summon the Phoenix, Bennu bird in both Egypt and Greece. Let's not forget that Phoenix is the soul of Ra, the Sun God. Cinnamon was used to summon both.
Cinnamon is strictly associated with the Powers of the Sun and sometimes Mars but always is the one of the most powerful herbs to Summon the Forces of Fire. Cinnamon can be used to summon the elementals of Fire (some are known as the Salamanders, a kingdom of active and passionate creatures associated with the element of Fire. We will soon talk more about elementals and their kingdoms).
In China cinnamon is yang herb associated with the flowing of Chi (Qi). It is still used in Chinese traditional medicine to Boost the Yang energies of the Body, resolve the Blood stagnation and Edema. Cinnamon is also used in Ayurveda.
In ancient Egyptian civiliazation Cinnamon was widely used in several rituals and rites. They also used Cinnamon along with Marjoram, Cedar, Cassia and other exotic herbs in the Mummification procedure.
The Hebrews (as the Egyptians) respected Cinnamon too much! This is reflected to the fact that they used Cinnamon along with Cassia (the dried flowers of Cinnamon or a similar plant) and Myrrh to produce the Holy Anointing Oil: “Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much (that is, 250 shekels) of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant cane…” Exodus 20:23
For the Greeks Cinnamon was sacred to Dionysus, the God of Pleasures, Parties, Fruits and Wine but also associated with Afterlife and Mysteries. Dionysus plays an important role to many mysteries in ancient Greece although He is sometimes depicted as a drunk God having much much sex with both Sexes. Dionysus is associated with Homosexuality too and generally the pleasures of Sex. (Cinnamon, is a very reputed herb as an aphrodisiac.)
Greeks used it in funeral rites too and this tradition was pass the Romans later. Cinnamon was considered extremely rare and valuable in both Greeks and Romans. The famous Roman historian Pliny the Elder in the 1st century A.D. stated that the value of Cinnamon was about 15 times (!!!) the value of silver!
In the year 65 A.D. the Roman Emperor Nero (who was obsessed with Fire, the properties of Fire and the magical associations of Fire) burned a year's supply of cinnamon at his second wife's funeral as a sign of remorse.
In medicine Cinnamon was used to enhance digestion, prevent nausia, treat coughs and generally for health problems of the respiratory (and the circulatory) system. Cinnamon is still used in medicine in many health conditions and is considered an aphrodisiac.
The Magical properties of Cinnamon are utilized to:
* To summon the Forces of Fire and the Spirits/God(s) who are associated with the Element * To boost your Fire powers * To Raise Spiritual vibrations * To create Holiness in your Altar and room (use cinnamon oil to anoint your altar) * In Healing Spells * In Money Spells * In Sex Spells * In Gay Spells * In Protection Spells * In Banishing Spells and Exorcisms * In Funerals and Reincarnation Rituals
Don't use the essential oil of cinnamon directly on your skin. It may cause irritations.