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Author Topic: Florida Water: its broad magical application?  (Read 12421 times)

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Florida Water: its broad magical application?
« on: April 25, 2012, 08:07:57 pm »
I recently asked someone fairly BNP on Tumblr what Florida Water was. Or more, what it's used for in magic practice. My Google searches had brought me no information about magic uses about what, I assume, is basically cologne. Unless there's a different, special, magical Florida Water, which I can't find at all in Google.

Anyway, the result was a) no useful information and b) a passive-aggressive post about how I'm a n00b who can't use Google, and so before I set Tumblr on fire I figured I'd ask here.

It's not super relevant to my practice (at least I don't think it is; but as I don't know what Florida Water is used for I can't really say), but at this point I'm just really confused and curious.

So do any magic practitioners here use Florida Water? What for? Is it cologne? Why is it so popular?

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Re: Florida Water: its broad magical application?
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2012, 08:28:40 pm »
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So do any magic practitioners here use Florida Water? What for? Is it cologne? Why is it so popular?

Thanks in advance,
-Morag

Lucky Mojo has a page for it here. Here's a about it.
 
I have seen it sold along with Santeria supplies as well.  I also recall it being used as a general sheet and house spray before the days of Febreze.
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Re: Florida Water: its broad magical application?
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2012, 08:43:09 pm »
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It's not super relevant to my practice (at least I don't think it is; but as I don't know what Florida Water is used for I can't really say), but at this point I'm just really confused and curious.

So do any magic practitioners here use Florida Water? What for? Is it cologne? Why is it so popular?

Thanks in advance,
-Morag

 
I haven't used any Florida Water (yet) but as far as I can tell, people use it for just about everything. It smells good, supposedly, and maybe has luck-drawing properties. I'm seeing "cleansing" and "refreshing" tossed around a lot, along with associations with the Fountain of Youth. It's a dilute eau de cologne, I guess?

Seems like an all-purpose sort of thing to me. If it's diluted enough I guess the scent is not overpowering so one could sprinkle it anywhere for a little extra "nice" oomph. I may try some one day, it seems like an "eh it can't hurt, why not" sort of deal, even if you just keep it for completely mundane use.

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Re: Florida Water: its broad magical application?
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2012, 09:14:24 pm »
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Anyway, the result was a) no useful information and b) a passive-aggressive post about how I'm a n00b who can't use Google, and so before I set Tumblr on fire I figured I'd ask here.

 
I have no idea about the water, but I've seen this particular phenomenon before.  You couldn't find info and asked somebody you thought would know.  They didn't, and couldn't just say so  (a common side effect of a certain level of almost-fame, if I'm parsing 'fairly BNP' correctly) so they got snotty.  Maybe a little understandable if you didn't make it clear you had searched, like you did here, but still rude.

Basically, your mistake for thinking they might know more than you do.  Oops.:)

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Re: Florida Water: its broad magical application?
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2012, 11:49:24 pm »
Quote from: Morag;51883
I recently asked someone fairly BNP on Tumblr what Florida Water was. Or more, what it's used for in magic practice. My Google searches had brought me no information about magic uses about what, I assume, is basically cologne. Unless there's a different, special, magical Florida Water, which I can't find at all in Google.

Anyway, the result was a) no useful information and b) a passive-aggressive post about how I'm a n00b who can't use Google, and so before I set Tumblr on fire I figured I'd ask here.

It's not super relevant to my practice (at least I don't think it is; but as I don't know what Florida Water is used for I can't really say), but at this point I'm just really confused and curious.

So do any magic practitioners here use Florida Water? What for? Is it cologne? Why is it so popular?

Thanks in advance,
-Morag

 
It's a cologne made from kalanga flowers. It's used commonly in US and Latin American folk magic, as a cleanser and purifier, including adding it to ritual baths. The cologne that you're finding through Google is the same stuff that's used magically, just that it's no longer used commonly as a personal fragrance. You can get it at basically any botanica or Latin market. I don't understand why anyone would be snotty about passing that along to you--if you're not working in a folk magic trad, it isn't something you'd necessarily be familiar with.
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Re: Florida Water: its broad magical application?
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2012, 02:31:51 am »
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Lucky Mojo has a page for it here. Here's a about it.
 
I have seen it sold along with Santeria supplies as well.  I also recall it being used as a general sheet and house spray before the days of Febreze.

 
Ah. Thank you. That explains it quite well.
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Re: Florida Water: its broad magical application?
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2012, 04:45:31 am »
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I have no idea about the water, but I've seen this particular phenomenon before.  You couldn't find info and asked somebody you thought would know.  They didn't, and couldn't just say so  (a common side effect of a certain level of almost-fame, if I'm parsing 'fairly BNP' correctly) so they got snotty.  Maybe a little understandable if you didn't make it clear you had searched, like you did here, but still rude.

Basically, your mistake for thinking they might know more than you do.  Oops.:)

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Yep. :) I figured at least they could have said "Did you not try searching for it?" at which point I would have said, "No, actually, I did, still confused, help please." My not mentioning my original search was a brain fart; not malice aforethought or trolling.
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Re: Florida Water: its broad magical application?
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2012, 04:46:44 am »
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Seems like an all-purpose sort of thing to me. If it's diluted enough I guess the scent is not overpowering so one could sprinkle it anywhere for a little extra "nice" oomph. I may try some one day, it seems like an "eh it can't hurt, why not" sort of deal, even if you just keep it for completely mundane use.

 
*nod* If I ever feel the need to use something like it I'll probably just make my own; then I'll have more control over the scents used.
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Re: Florida Water: its broad magical application?
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2012, 04:48:02 am »
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It's a cologne made from kalanga flowers. It's used commonly in US and Latin American folk magic, as a cleanser and purifier, including adding it to ritual baths. The cologne that you're finding through Google is the same stuff that's used magically, just that it's no longer used commonly as a personal fragrance. You can get it at basically any botanica or Latin market. I don't understand why anyone would be snotty about passing that along to you--if you're not working in a folk magic trad, it isn't something you'd necessarily be familiar with.

 
Thank you!

And yeah, I didn't really understand either...I was beginning to wonder if it was oathbound info or something. ;)
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Re: Florida Water: its broad magical application?
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2012, 04:50:43 am »
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Basically, your mistake for thinking they might know more than you do.  Oops.:)


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Re: Florida Water: its broad magical application?
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2012, 04:55:21 am »
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Lucky Mojo has a page for it here. Here's a about it.


A quick look at the recipies tells me, that making it, will be a rather expensive fun.
Neroli and rose oil (if you go for the real stuff, which one should) are amongst the priciest essential oils you can buy.

A focus on lavender and some cheaper citrus smells would be an alternative.
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Re: Florida Water: its broad magical application?
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2012, 11:43:49 am »
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I recently asked someone fairly BNP on Tumblr what Florida Water was. Or more, what it's used for in magic practice. My Google searches had brought me no information about magic uses about what, I assume, is basically cologne. Unless there's a different, special, magical Florida Water, which I can't find at all in Google.

Anyway, the result was a) no useful information and b) a passive-aggressive post about how I'm a n00b who can't use Google, and so before I set Tumblr on fire I figured I'd ask here.

It's not super relevant to my practice (at least I don't think it is; but as I don't know what Florida Water is used for I can't really say), but at this point I'm just really confused and curious.

So do any magic practitioners here use Florida Water? What for? Is it cologne? Why is it so popular?

Thanks in advance,
-Morag

 
In addition to what you already know, it's used as an offering for certain of the Lwa.
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Florida Water: its broad magical application?
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2012, 12:11:45 pm »
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In addition to what you already know, it's used as an offering for certain of the Lwa.

Certain orishas, too, but it's been long enough since I lived with a Santero that I can't remember which.
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Re: Florida Water: its broad magical application?
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2012, 03:00:13 pm »
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I recently asked someone fairly BNP on Tumblr what Florida Water was. Or more, what it's used for in magic practice. My Google searches had brought me no information about magic uses about what, I assume, is basically cologne. Unless there's a different, special, magical Florida Water, which I can't find at all in Google.

Anyway, the result was a) no useful information and b) a passive-aggressive post about how I'm a n00b who can't use Google, and so before I set Tumblr on fire I figured I'd ask here.

It's not super relevant to my practice (at least I don't think it is; but as I don't know what Florida Water is used for I can't really say), but at this point I'm just really confused and curious.

So do any magic practitioners here use Florida Water? What for? Is it cologne? Why is it so popular?

Thanks in advance,
-Morag

 
I'm so glad to see this thread! I once had Floria Water used on me during a ritual and I have to say, it was amazing. It was immediately cleansing and refreshing, and for quite a while afterwards I felt more peaceful and as if my inner eye were clearer.

I have also done Google Fu on Florida Water, but got nowhere. I've looked everywhere to buy it locally, but to no avail. If I want some I'll either have to make it, which is really expensive, or I'll have to order some over the net.

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Re: Florida Water: its broad magical application?
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2012, 03:03:45 pm »
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Certain orishas, too, but it's been long enough since I lived with a Santero that I can't remember which.

 
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