- 6-inch (15 centimeter) square of orange cloth
- Red thread or ribbon
- Pinch of dried thyme
- Pinch of fried basil
- A few black peppercorns
- A few drops of orange oil
Lay out the cloth and sprinkle the thyme, basil, peppercorn, and orange oil onto it saying:
Purify Your Space: Some plants are natural purifiers like spider plants, peace lilies, and rubber plants. Also getting an air purifier for your main living space would help keep your home fresh, and reduce sickness by cleansing the air.
- Embrace Winter Herbs and Spices: Burn incense made of cinnamon, clove, cardamom, pine, and cedar. You can sip herbal teas made of fresh Chai. Simmer a pot of fresh cider or mulled wine full of cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, star anise, whole cloves, caradmom pods, and citrus for some ideas.
- Pamper Your Body: Enjoy warm baths adding 1 cup Epsom Salts, 1 teaspoon olive oil, and a few drops of essential oil. (Lavender for relaxation, rosemary for invigoration, etc). If your skin is dry, try taking some oatmeal and crushing it into a powder instead of the Epsom Salts. Also consider a weekly spa night where you might apply a facial mask, deep treat your hair, etc.
- Feed Your Mind: Work on spiritual study, some sort of craft that takes an extended amount of time (knitting, quilting, etc), or read those books you’ve been meaning to. Keep a journal of your progress.
- Stay Active: Engage in low impact exercise like Yoga, Tai Chi, or swimming if you know of a free or inexpensive indoor pool. You could also bundle up tight and take walks on days that allow it. (Or be like me and break out your Wii Fit)
- Serve The Tribe: Take care of your own family, but do outreach as well. If you can’t volunteer locally, while you are out doing your holiday shopping contribute a little something to Toys for Tots or donate old winter clothes to the Goodwill.
- Celebrate: Yule, Imbolc, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, or any other holiday traditional to your spirituality is a great time to concentrate on being merry. String some lights, make or buy some gifts for others (even if it’s just a plate of cookies), put up some greenery. Just be happy and get into the mood to celebrate something positive.
Lemon Uncrossing Spell
(to break a curse)
In a sachet, combine the following herbs: St. John’s Wort, sage, calamus and dragonsblood powder. Set the sachet aside for later. Fill an incense brazier with dragonsblood incense. On your altar, you will need an athame, a whole ripe…
A friend of mine needed some help and encouragement to quit smoking cigarettes, so I wrote her this spell.
It can be used for any addiction and bad habits that are damaging you.
You will need:
- a black candle
(protection, ending, banishment, binding, protection, a new start.)
- a white candle
(cleansing, healing, peace, clarity, ecstasy, self-love, higher self)
- piece of paper, torn in two
- writing utensils
- a small lock of your hair
- a flame-proof dish
- a small, white pouch with black string
- you can also add these things to adorn your altar:
acorns, cinnamon bark, rosemary sprigs, rose thorns, pine-needles, amethyst, crystal quartz, Apache’s tears, personal charms and trinkets, etc…
Arrange your altar in a way that pleases you and light the candles.
Write down all the negative things about your addiction/bad habit on your piece of paper.
Stare into the black candle, reflect on your abuse / habit and how it has affected your life negatively. Think of your wish to be free.
Close your eyes and imagine this ashy cloud of negativity along with it’s toxicity flowing along your veins and gather in your hands.
Pass it onto the paper and say tell yourself that its not welcome in your life anymore. Drip black candle-wax on the paper and fold it 3 times.
Then let it catch on fire and burn in the dish.
Write down the positive sides to quitting your bad habit on the other piece of paper.
Stare into the flame of the white candle and reflect upon what you just wrote down.
Observe the flame’s brightness and warmth, visualize it being absorbed by your body.
Imagine the feeling of wellness, freedom and joy while your body is aglow.
Promise yourself that you will love yourself from now on and that this flame within shall keep burning.
Place your lock of hair on the paper and “glue” them together with the white candle-wax and fold it 3 times while chanting:
“My promise is made, my promise is sealed.”
Place your folded paper in the pouch and close it. Snuff the candles and say:
“Let it be.”
Hang the pouch over a central doorway in your household, as a reminder and save the white candle nearby.
When your craving is taking over or you feel like your willpower is weakening, light the candle and meditate in front of it.
Recall the bright, warm feeling of the flame and let it set you alight with self-love once again.
Chant “My promise is made, my promise is sealed” until the craving subsides.
Golden Autumn Spell….
Slowly the year wanes. THe sun still shine brightly, but less and less so each day. During autumn and winter, some people feel lethargic and depressed due to insufficient light.
You can counter the effects of this seasonal light-loss by capturing the thick golden light of autumn afternoon, when the sun is still powerful yet attuned to the dark part of the year.
For this, you”ll need an Austrian crystal prism. String it on beading wire along with a golden or , if you can find them, sun shaped beads.
Go outside and hold the prism up to the sun. and say:
Sun of honey and gold,
Sun barley and grass,
Shine in crystalline glass,
Enter this charm I hold.
Keep the charm aloft until your arm gets tired. then hang it in your window. when you need a reminder of the sun, touch the prism to make it spin and sparkle.
By Elizabeth Barrette
Found on Llewellyn’s Spell a day ( 2006)
You can buy this book on www.llewellyn.com , look under annuals
You will need:-
heather, sage, pine, or cedar incense
white wrapping paper
a sprig of rue
a holly leaf
a tiger’s eye bead
a piece of dragon’s blood resin
a pen with red ink
Light a stick of heather, sage, pine or cedar incense. Hold the box over the smoking incense to…
To increase your patience, set up an alter:
- · Three white candles
- · Two pink candles
- · Two orange candles
- · A blue candle
In an alter bowl:
- · A sprig of Lavender
- · Three Bay leaves
- · A pinch of Catnip
- · A grab of Yarrow
- · Three drops of Gardenia oil
- · A slip of paper with the event
- or name of the person with whom
- patience needs to be increased.
Light the candles.
With the pink candle, light the herbs and paper.
As it burns, chant three times:
In this flame let it burn
All the thoughts that twist and churn
Tear and turn what stops to thrive
This love of mine from coming alive
Scatter ashes into the Night’s air.
Release these thoughts
Scatter them far and wide
Into the night sky
To Banish Unwanted Persons
To banish someone from your life, you will need their picture, a black candle and the *Separation Powder.
Take the photo and, in black ink, write your name over the entire photo, over and over, line after line. As you do so, say over and over, “Leave me alone.” This exerts your control over them.
Spread the Separation Powder over the image.
Light the candle and let the wax drip over the image, bonding the powder to the image. As you do so, say:
I banish you (Name)!
I banish you from my life and from my thoughts!
Go away and leave me alone forever!
Let the wax cool and store in a lunch bag or other container to keep it safe. This newly created talisman will protect you from them as long as it’s intact and in your possession.
½ cup dirt
Crush all into powder.
Elderberry Elixir (recipe adapted from bearmedicineherbals.com)
- 500ml (pint) sized mason jar (or any glass jar that seals well
- Fresh elderberries (I used frozen ones from Quebec)
- About a pint of high quality brandy (the better the brandy, the better the taste)
- Honey, to taste (approx. 1/3 pint or less)
- Stirring spoon
Fill jar to the top with elderberries. Pour honey in slowly, stirring to get good coverage over the berries. Fill jar with brandy, stirring as you go to release air bubbles. Cover the jar with a tight fitting lid and shake (to further mix the ingredients). Let macerate in a dark, cool place for four to six weeks. Strain, reserving liquid. Store in a dry, dark and cool place.
How to use the elixir:
1/4 - 1/2 dropperful of elixir every two to three hours at the first sign of illness. It is important to take the elixir frequently, or else it will not be effective. Use the same dosage when actively ill. For a preventative dose, 1/3 dropperful every four hours or so should work fine.
Rest well and keep hydrated. Extra sleep will help the elixir work as well. You can add spices (cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, orange peel) for extra “zing”, or you can add licorice root, peony root or mullein if you often suffer from respiratory illness.
Acorn - Attracts the opposite gender, increases income, divinatory powers, and prosperity.
Akhet - Ancient Egyptian amulet representing the rising sun. It is held to give the wearer the vigor of the sun god Ra.
Aladdin’s Lamp - A charm shaped like Aladdin’s lamp means good luck and happiness.
Alligator Teeth - Protection from sorcery and danger.
Animal Shapes - Amulets made from any material representing the shapes of animals. They are
supposed to give the wearer the desirable qualities of the animal.
Ankh - An Egyptian amulet meaning life or soul. It symbolizes enduring life and grants the wearer one hundred thousand million years of life.
Bell - An amulet used by primitive and Western people whose sound was intended to ward off the evil eye and dispel hostile spirits. In the Middle East bells were attached to the harness of horses and camels for the same purposes.
Billiken - A good luck ornament in the shape of a human figure.
Cat - Cat shaped jewelry represents prophecy, luck, protections, and the granting of secret
Chai - A symbol of life. Usually made from gold or silver. It supposedly grants the wearer longevity.
Cross - Life and divine protection. The Christians believed it to be a supreme amulet against all
forces of evil. The sign of the cross was thought to cure illness and drive off demons.
Cylinder Seal - A seal cylindrical in shape made of clay, precious stones and limestone worn around the neck by the Sumerians and other ancient people as a signature to authenticate business agreements.
Dragon - Dragon shaped amulets offer love, happiness, and fertility, as well as balance.
Eye of God - Amulet used to counteract the evil eye. Made of sticks and colored yarn by Huichol Indians of Mexico and attributed with power of protecting people, homes, and fields.
Eye of Horus - Egyptian Eye of God made of gold, copper, silver, clay, faience, or wood and worn to acquire strength, vitality, and protection against the evil eye.
Fetish - An amulet, charm, talisman, or object thought to have an embodiment or habitation of a
potent spirit. Provides power and strength.
Four Leaf Clover - Good luck amulet. The four leaves going clockwise from the left side of the stem represents fame, wealth, love, and health.
Fox Tail - Good luck amulet attached to personal possessions. Primitive people believed that it
endowed the owner with the cunning of the animal.
Heart - An amulet worn by many people around the world. It’s a symbol of love and devotion. Ancient Egyptians thought the heart was the abode of the soul. In Europe a heart amulet was reputed to prevent heart disease.
Hexagram - A figure of six lines forming a six pointed star. It is worn in many parts of the world as a protection against evil. A widely worn symbol of the Jewish faith called mogen David, shield or, popularly, star of David.
Horn of Plenty - A contemporary amulet symbolizing prosperity, modeled on the legendary cornucopia overflowing with flowers and fruit.
Horse and Cattle Amulets - Decorations such as ribbons, bells, and bits of metal once attached to animals in Europe and the Middle East to keep them from harm.
Horseshoe - A popular contemporary amulet nailed to barn doors for good luck.
Household Amulets - An amulet attached to a door or window to keep the house from harm.
Knot - An amulet usually of knotted string or cord that was believed to hold the love of a sweetheart or ward off illness.
Magic Triangle - Cabbalistic amulet based on the belief that by reducing the size of an inscription, line by line, and evil spirit could be eased out of the sufferer.
Jupiter - Brings honor and riches to the wearer.
Mars - Induces courage, persistence, and recklessness. Usually made of red stone, such as a
Mercury - Brings success in arts and science. It also gives skill in detecting thieves. Best made out of agate, carnelian, and sardonyx.
Mezuzah - Doorpost amulet designed to keep a house safe from evil spirits, demons, ghosts.
Moon - Amulet worn in ancient and modern times to bring success in love and good fortune in travil. To assure good fortune it should be worn as a waxing, not a waning moon. That is, with the points to the left.
Nefer - An amulet worn by the Egyptians. It represents beauty and goodness. It probably is a
form of the heart and windpipe, and was thought to bring youth and happiness. Very popular for making necklaces.
Pentagram - A five pointed star representing the five elements of air, fire, water, earth, and
spirit. Also represents the figure of a human being. It is thought to protect the wearer from all kinds of evil spirits. Can also be used by magicians to control spirits. Should be worn with one point up.
Ra - Thought to give long life and strength.
Rings - Worn as amulets to treat illness, dispel forces of evil, keep lovers together, and prevent
flight of the soul from the body.
Saturn - Promotes dignity, industry, trustworthiness, and success in business. Best made from black stones such as jet, obsidian, or black coral.
Scarab - A variety of beetle: image of beetle in clay, faience, precious stones, or other material.
Acquire the strength and long life of the god of creation. Was also thought to speak up in the
judgment room for a favorable verdict for their master.
Sma - An amulet representing the shape of lungs. Was used by Egyptians to give breathing power to the dead by placing on their mummies.
Star - Ward off evil or encourage good fortune.
Sun - Said to bestow prosperity and friendship. Probably of Egyptian origin.
Tassel - An amulet made of a bunch of cords, threads, or strands hanging from a knob or roundish head. In Egypt was thought to bring happiness. Now a symbol of good luck in Mexico. In the Middle East evil spirits were said to shun tassels.
Turtle - A tortoise - shaped charm provides courage, creativity, intelligence, spiritual protection,
compassion, fertility, sexuality,and protection.
Venus - Grants love and appreciation of beauty.