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A Banishing Spell for the New Moon

Hello Witches!

Ever so slightly late with this post but I thought that today I’d give you a simple banishing spell. New moons are the best time for these spells as they’re associated with cleansing and new beginnings.

For this spell you’ll need:

  • A black candle;
  • Salt;
  • Paper and something to write with;
  • A cleansed bowl or cauldron to collect the ashes.

I recommend going outside to perform this spell, in part because of the fire and in part because you will be releasing negative energy into the world and it’s best to do that in an open space where it will disperse rather than gather and linger.

First cast your circle. As you light your black candle, say:

With this light, I cleanse my life.

With this flame, free me from claim.

On your paper, write the name of the person or the situation which you are removing yourself from. Focus hard on it as you hold it above the flame. Once a part of it catches fire, set it in the cauldron or bowl and let it burn to ashes. As it burns, say:

You no longer have a hold on me. Allow me to go in peace.

Let both the paper and the candle burn down. As the candle starts to go out, carefully mix the ashes with salt and bury them. Once the candle is out, close your circle and thank your dieties.

Note: please be careful with fire and ashes. This is a very basic spell and can easily be altered to fit your personal path.

Go in peace.

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How to Make Candles- Candlemas Edition!

Hello Witches!

Happy Imbolc to you all. I hope this celebration finds you in peace and joy. I thought for today’s celebration I would teach you how to make candles.

You will need:

  • Wax (your choice of materials but remember if it’s labeled for either jars or free standing, stick to the lable. Jar wax doesn’t hold it’s shape well but the wax evaporates better than stick wax which will drip.)
  • Wick
  • Pot
  • Glass bowl or double boiler
  • Container or mold
  • Scents, coloring, dry flowers, crystals, etc. (Optional)

Keep in mind that anything you use in this project will forever be covered in wax. If you’re creating a candle for a ritual, I recommend cleansing your space and even going so far as to cast a circle. I also recommend using preshredded wax. You can also grate or chop it to help it melt faster but preshredded is great if you don’t want to spend the time.

Set up your pot of water and get it started boiling. Add your wax to the glass bowl or double boiler and set it on top of the boiling water. If you don’t have a glass bowl, a large pyrex measuring cup also works great. As your wax melts, suspend your wick in the middle of your jar or mold. Once your wax melts completely, remove it from heat and add any scents or colors that you’d like. If you’re adding flowers or crystals to the candles, you may have to pour it in increments, then add the ingredients, let it cool, and add the next layer. Flowers tend to float or stay suspended whereas crystals will sink in hot wax.

Some color correspondences to consider:

  • White: Purity, innocence, cleansing, protection;
  • Green: Money, growth, wealth, fertility;
  • Orange: Success;
  • Yellow: Intelligence
  • Red: Bravery, friendship
  • Pink: Love, friendship
  • Blue: Pysche;
  • Black: Banishing.

I hope you all have a lovely Imbolc!

Go in peace.

Imbolc and Candlemas- A Celebration!

Hello Witches!

We’re just a few short days away from the celebration of Imbolc. As a sabbat, Imbolc traces back to Celtic Pagans celebrating the goddess Brigid (also appearing as other similar names such as Brigitte, Birgid, etc). Brigid is known as the Goddess of flames and is also associated with fertility and protection. The celebration of Imbolc likely began as winter was difficult for the early Pagans who lived off their land and wouldn’t be able to farm for a few months to come. Imbolc helped to bring hope for the spring and summer months soon to come. It was a very common celebration and as Christianity gathered pace, the church adopted Imbolc as the feast day of St. Brigid, a saint associated with fire, fertility, and protection.

It’s common to light candles to celebrate (hence also being known as Candlemas). Other ways to celebrate include using this as a time to cleanse your home, both physically and spiritually. You may choose to create a Brigid’s Cross to hang in your home as a symbol of protection. It’s also a good time to be creative (though when isn’t?). Focus your efforts towards light, new hope, and rebirth.

If you’d like to learn more about the history of Imbolc, my primary resource was Sabbats: A Witch’s Approach to the Old Ways by Edain McCoy.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below! Also mention your favorite way to celebrate Imbolc!

Go in peace.

Grimoires

Hello Witches!

Today I wanted to talk about grimoires.

A grimoire is a compilation of information used in your craft. It commonly contains things like spells and notes and they’re usually very private items. Generational witches sometimes pass these books along to their children as a family heirloom.

Because grimoires are so personal, a lot of witches try to make theirs as nice as possible. If you would like to have an aesthetically pleasing grimoire, I recommend actually keeping two. The first should be a notebook that you’re not afraid to take notes in and make mistakes. Once you’re confident in the information, it’s then that I recommend you transfer things into a nicer notebook.

Otherwise, it’s important to remember that things can change and you may make mistakes in initially writing something. If you’re not aiming for aesthetic, don’t be afraid to cross things out or make changes.

A grimoire can be a witches greatest tool and it’s probably the only thing I recommend all witches have. It should be something you feel comfortable with though. In meeting other witches and seeing what they use, I’ve seen things from spiral or composition notebooks to binders, leatherbound books, giant journals, and digital copies. The important thing to remember is that this is a reference for you, so make it personal and make it yours.

Personally, I use a leather book that has removable notebooks. It’s a mix between being messy and having nicer aspects. Here’s a few pictures:

Some things that may be good to include in your grimoire are:

  • Favorite spells and notes from casting;
  • Holidays, celebrations, and days of worship for dieties you follow;
  • Reflections on divination readings;
  • Ideas for future rituals;
  • Correspondences;
  • Anything else you can think of because it’s yours!

I don’t mean to come off sounding overenthusiastic about how the right way to do something is your way, but to me so much of witchcraft is like that. It’s constant trial and error and sometimes you just have to go with your gut and do what feels right. The longer you practice, the easier it is to determine what that is.

Once you have a grimoire, there’s a few other things you want to consider. Usually after you begin to use it regularly, you feel a bond with your grimoire. Some people like to keep their grimoire on their alter while others make special lockboxes for it to keep it safe. What you choose may depend on your circumstances. Additionally, it’s not uncommon to cast your circle while writing in your grimoire as it helps to protect the energy and the bond you have with it.

If you have any tips, questions, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to comment below.

Go in peace.

How to Cast a Circle

Hello Witches!

I thought a good topic as we’re starting off together here would be to talk about how to cast a circle.

First, a circle is a barrier between you and the world around you. It protects you from outside energies while you’re spellcasting or meditating. There are several ways to create a circle, so I’ll discuss a few here.

My method is also probably the most basic and doesn’t require any tools unless you choose to use them. I simply focus hard on imagining a circle of white light surrounding me and my tools while moving my energy to help shape the circle. This method is based on intent and while it’s simple to perform, it’s also only as strong as you make it. An alternative to this method is using a wand to help you draw a circle physically. Wands help to channel our energy in a specific fashion and this is an excellent choice for those who prefer wand work or have trouble imagining a circle.

Other variations of circle casting involve physical items drawing or marking your circle. One method which I understand to be popular in Wicca in particular is using four candles marking the four directions. These are lit as you ask dieties from each direction to join your circle and put out as you thank them.

If you can’t or don’t want to use candles, there are several options for a physical circle you may prefer better. You may choose to use ribbons whose colors could correspond to your spell’s purpose, salt, which is protective and cleansing, chalk, which can also be protective and may work well outside, crystals which can also correspond with your intent, etc.

The point I’d most like to get across is that your circle is reflective of you and your magick. The best thing you can do to find out what works for you is to try several things.

If you have opinions, questions, or suggestions for casting, please don’t hesitate to comment below.

Go in peace.