The Rose. A regal flower used for centuries to attract love, enhance femininity, and assist in seduction. Such exquisite beauty is made even more profound due to its impermanence. A few days of heightened refinement surround your space when the flower is at its peak. However, like all life, such delicate beauty is temporary and will eventually fade. With roses, the artistry of decay haunts the passing of this beauty. I keep my roses in their vase as I watch the petals shrivel and the color dim. A most exquisite momento mori expressing our connection to the cycle of life.
Still, us humans desire to hold on to our beauty. We grasp at it, reluctant to give up its power. As such it's only natural that we have a long history of preserving rose petals and incorporating them in our lives. These delicate, yet beautiful dried rose petals permeate our homes, championing our control over decay.
I use rose petals in a variety of ways in my Pagan practice. I lay them atop my altar during Ostara to welcome spring. I might covertly carry a pouch filled with red petals in my purse during a date to enhance my desirability. Additionally, ground-up rose petals feature as a common ingredient in many of my spells.
I regularly create a ritual bath mixture using crushed dried rose petals. Bathing in this aroma infuses the power of attraction deep into my skin and enhances my confidence. In this way, ritual baths can be used as a powerful form of glamour magic.
I pampered myself with a rose ritual bath as part of my beauty routine before attending Carmen at the Chicago Opera House. I strode into the theater with a confident smile across my lips and a secret gleam of magic shining through my eyes. A refined grace enchanted my walk as I made my way through the corridors greeting fellow music lovers.
Enjoy this wonderful magic yourself by creating your own rose ritual bath using the recipe below.
Rose Ritual Bath
To make a rose ritual bath combine the following ingredients and mix to combine.
1-1/2 cups epsom salts
1/2 cup sea salt
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup dried rose petals (I dry my rose petals by laying them in a single layer atop a paper towel and microwaving for a minute.)
Place a cupful of this mixture in your bath water and reserve the rest for future use.
While bathing, visualize the essence of beauty seeping from the rose petals and swirling atop the water. Focus on your skin soaking in this essence and feel the light radiating through your body. At the end of your bath, you will feel confident in your beauty and grace and ready to take on the world.
How do you incorporate the enchanting power of the rose in your practice? Share below in the comments.