Friday, March 23, 2018
With all the shootings and assaults and general craziness going on in the world, I think it’s time to work on our connectedness with the universe, so tomorrow night at midnight, I will cast a joining with the universe to ask for peace. I invite you to join me because as always, the more energy the better.
I am hoping the wind will calm down enough to do this outside, but it’s equally effective inside or out, so it’s your choice. It’s a simple set up, and all you really need are candles, but while we will do this as a group, it’s your spell, so you may want to add herbs, oils, or other symbols or tools to your spell. The object is simply to send a wave of peace.
I use a chair or some cushions for this because much of this spell involves staying in tune with the universal connection while focusing on other things as well, so I prefer to be seated. I put the chair in the center of my work area. Pretty much the only suggestions I have for seating is that it be comfortable enough for you to relax in, but not necessarily comfortable enough to put you to sleep.
You will need:
1 Green Candle (olive green is best, but any green will do) - earth
1 Light Blue Candle - air
1 Violet Candle - fire
1 Yellow Candle - air
(You can substitute white for any color you don’t have)
That’s all you really need, but if you want to use oils or herbs to make it more personal for you, please do so. Gardenia and lavender are for peace.
Place the candles around you. I usually set them up in the quarters, but I have known others who add a white candle and make a circle. As you light the candles, repeat the following
Elements all come join us here
Peace we seek, and for none to fear
Peace we send both far and near
To stop the hate and stop the tears.
After you light your candles, settle yourself in your chair or on your cushions.
My way of connecting to the universe is to first ground and center, and then start by focusing inward until you become aware of the universe, my personal being, and the separation at the outside of my body, like a line around me. Now, erase the line. Since I like to draw, I tend to visualize an eraser. Visualize whatever works best for you. How easy this is may well depend on how peaceful you were to start.
When you can’t tell where you stop and “elsewhere” starts, begin integrating that energy into your own chi. I usually visualize the energy as a white light swirling around and through me, filling me and joining with the universal.
Once you have reached this point, open yourself to the love of the universe. As you do this, you will find that the love in you rises up to meet the universal being.
Friday, January 19, 2018
With Valentine's Day coming up, our thoughts turn more toward love. If you’re in a relationship, you want to find the perfect way to celebrate. If you’re not, you may want to find one. Our next few spells will focus on love, and on drawing the right kind of love to you.
Often, we get an idea in our head of a specific person we want, even though we know that person may not be the best choice. It happens to all of us, and it’s hard to let go of that much control, but if we can, we can find the love that's right for us. Naturally, what makes a love the “right” love is going to be different for everyone, so part of this spell involves thinking about what we want.
Spend some meditation time deciding what that “right” love looks like to you. To me, intelligence, a sense of humor, and things along that line are more important than physical appearance, but we each walk our own path. During your meditations, prior to casting this spell, focus on what is truly important to you, and listen to what your inner voice and the universe tell you.
You will Need:
Paper and Pen
Set up your altar or sacred space. You can make it as formal or informal as you choose. Whether you meditate in your circle while casting your spell, or beforehand, when you’re done, write down what you are looking for in that “right” love. You also need to open yourself up to possibilities. The universe can only send what you’re willing to accept.
Once your space is set up, anoint your candles with the Apple Blossom oil. As you light the pink candle, say the following:
Elements four, I call on thee
Send the love that’s meant for me
Earth, water, fire, and air
Bring a heart who’s kind and fair
As you light the red candle, say the following:
Energy of all, I call on thee
Send the love that’s meant to be
One of many, one of few
Bring a heart who’s loyal and true
Blend your herbs in your bowl or cauldron. Place the paper that contains your list of desired attributes in your bowl with your herbs, and use your white candle to light your herbs as you say the following:
God and Goddess, I call on thee
Send the love that’s meant to be
Lord and Lady bless this work
Bring a heart who’s not a jerk
Close with a simple
As my will, so mote it be!
It’s always good to take at least a few minutes to meditate during your casting, but it’s not always possible, so if you don’t have time for the meditation, or after your meditation, just release the energy of your spell to the universe.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
A friend of mine passed away recently, and at times like this, I know many people, myself included, who can’t help but think about all the good times that we’ve had with the person who passed, and we all find ways to send them our blessings and wish them well on their journey.
We all know those people who are just great guys, and you can’t say enough good things about them, and this man was one of those people. He was the father of four wonderful children who are no longer children, and grandfather to two who are children. He’s been a friend for more than 30 years, much as I hate to admit we’re that age, but he was smart and funny and kind. How do you say goodbye to someone like that? As a friend it’s hard enough, for his family, so much harder.
One way that I try to say this difficult goodbye is by sending blessings to those who have gone. This is my Spell/Blessing to say goodbye to those who have passed and to help them on their journey. Smudging is always first, for anything magical as far as I’m concerned, but this can be as simple as a lighted candle, or as complicated as you want to make it.
You will need:
Candle(s) White candles are usually my first choice, but you may choose another color for any number of reasons.(for a gathering, you can use any fire source large enough for the number of people.)
First, I smudge and light a candle. If I happen to be with other people, we use either a larger fire source or more candles.
If you’re with others, you can tell stories about the person, or if you’re alone, simply meditate. I’ve done both, and the effect is similar.
Write down what you liked/loved most about the person before you meditate or tell stories. Once you are done with the gathering, light the papers on fire and let them burn to ash. While doing this, say the following:
May the elements receive you
May your spirit fly free
May blessings follow you
Across the soulful sea
Reaching for the heavens
Becoming one with the all
Riding the elements
Seeing the truth of it all
Rise above, release all pain
Find your peace eternal
While in our hearts you remain
Afterward either close your circle if you cast one, or end your ceremony. It’s always hard to say goodbye, especially to close friends and family. To me, this spell/blessing gives a sense of closure that is often not possible in our daily life.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017
We’re coming up on Thanksgiving, and the holidays are stressful times for a number of reasons, many of them involving family. Whether you have a good relationship with your family, a poor relationship with your family or no family at all, holidays can be trying. This week's spell will help with that.
What I like to do if I am hosting is prepare the house for the influx of energies by first, if possible, airing the house to let the stale energy out and bring in the fresh. I live in Texas, so it’s not uncommon to have all the doors and windows open in November and December, but then it can also snow the next day, so you never know. Then I smudge. I have a good relationship with my family, and, of course, with the friends who come, but I want the house to feel good, so sometimes I cast a peace and love spell.
This spell uses many of the same concepts behind the balance and harmony spell I told you about a few weeks back, but this one focuses more on love and peace since we generally spend holidays with those we care about in one way or the other. The better the space feels, the better those in it feel. If you’re not hosting, and you’re going to someone else’s home, you can use this spell to charge a stone or piece of jewelry to wear or carry.
You will need:
1 Blue Candle (choose the shade according to your goals)
You can include a stone or piece of jewelry in the spell and wear/carry it throughout the day as well as cleansing and brightening the energy in your home to bring peace and love.
Once you have aired and smudged, blend your oils or herbs in your bowl/cauldron. If you’re using oils, anoint your candles and your stone or jewelry with the oil. Set your talisman aside.
Light your white candle while saying
Peace and love enter here
Welcome all and have no fear
Light your blue candle while saying
Element of Water flow pure and free
Peaceful energies by my decree
As my will, so mote it be
Walk through your house with your candles. In each room walk through the room with your candles and repeat the above. When you have finished, place your candles on your altar. Hold your talisman over the candles and repeat the spell again. I try to hold it high enough simply to let the energies raised in the candle and throughout the house flow up to and infuse the talisman. It doesn’t have to be terribly close to the candles. You will then close your spell as you normally do. Keep your talisman with you when you need peace.