Broke Ass Witchery

 Part One

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The following information is for magical practitioners on a budget. Please note that this information pertains specifically to witchcraft and not to other magical practices such as Ceremonial Magick wherein the need for supplies may be more involved. As far as my qualifications go to give this series, I was working poor (retail, food service) for some years, and have been on a fixed income (disability) so this series is based in personal experience.

This is the first piece of advice I would give to my fellow broke-ass witches: You do not need a whole lot of stuff to practice magic with.

Technically, you don’t need anything.

You may find this hard to believe especially if you are used to books with spells in them, or seeing people share written spells on Tumblr. To be quite honest, I see most of these spells (though not all of them, there are some decent ones) as being very beginner. I am not a fan of most pre-packaged spells and the biggest reason is that what works for someone else may not work for you. Certain herbs and crystals and colors may carry very different associations for you.

I also see these things – herbs, crystals, etc – as being props. They can be useful for directing energy, but they are less useful if you don’t know WHY you’re using them (which is a big complaint of mine about spells on Tumblr in particular, they have you throw a bunch of things together without explaining to you why you’re including such-and-such), and ultimately you don’t need them.

Let me repeat this: you don’t need herbs, crystals, tools, and other items to cast effective spells. These things can help, but ultimately magic is dependent on one thing: your will. Some of the most potent magic I have ever done has been visualizing a thing happening and willing it so, and pushing out that energy and watching it take hold. Purely mind magic, sans tools, sans supplies.

There are other things you can do which cost little or no money. Rune magic, for example, is free at least in terms of physical cost. (With regards to actual study and practice, it obviously costs more than that.) I can trace runes in the air with my finger and visualize them in glowing light or fire, and visualize the runes energetically imprinting a person, place or thing and beginning to effect change that way. Runes are extremely powerful magically. Candle magic is also something that doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.  You can get a bag of 100 tealights fairly cheaply at most department stores, or find candles in most secondhand shops.  My candle magic as involved as lighting the flame and visualizing my desired outcome, pushing that energy into the flame, to release and affect change as it burns. Easy peasy, and costs pennies per spell.

Elemental magic is also free. You can write something down on a piece of paper and burn it to banish or curse it, doubly potent if you add runes to the paper. You can use rain or flowing water for cleansing or healing. You can use wind to carry your will forth on the breeze. You can use the power of a wicked storm to raise hell. Some of the most potent binding magic I have ever done on people who were being a nuisance was putting their names in the freezer.

You do not need tools for magic like a wand. These can be nice to have, I won’t lie, a wand that is put into regular use starts to pack a pretty powerful charge that can amplify your magic. That being said, you can use your finger, your breath, your voice, and this is all free. You can also find a stick or small branch from a tree that speaks to you and use that as a wand if you must have one and you can’t afford one, which works well.

In the long run, the biggest thing you can do to save yourself money with casting spells is to disavow yourself of the notion that you HAVE to use herbs, crystals, oils, etc, with every spell that you cast. You don’t, and you’ll be a better witch if in fact you can rely on these tools as little as possible and learn to develop your visualization skills and feeling/sending/projecting energy and possibly even tap into the raw power of the elements to carry your will forth.

That said, for those of us who like having things (and like I said, it can help), I will explore the procuring of witchy items on a budget in future posts in this series, stay tuned.

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The Majic of the Moon

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Although we all talk about the Moon, think about the Moon, look up at the Moon, the Moon still remains a mystery to us, it has been this way for aeons, and will be for aeons to come. Because of the mystery, the Moon holds a fascination for everyone, and who can help being riveted by the beauty of a full Moon and what the Moon can reveal. The light of the Moon seems to contain a magic all its own, yet something that we all wish to share in, the allure of the Moon has a place in our hearts, as it did in the hearts of our ancestors.

The Moon has connotations for many religions, and the word Moon comes from the Greek word meaning “measure”, there are many Christian celebrations with a connection to the Moon on specific dates. The ancient Egyptians discovered that although the Moon shape shifted with precision regularity, it did not provide an accurate measure of the seasons, and there was a miscalculation by several days.  The regularity of the Moon’s ability to shape shift was a way for ancient civilizations to be able to keep time, and the cycles of the Moon were the basis of the earliest calendars. Farmers needed to know when to plant and to harvest, merchants needed to know when to expect to have crops for sale. It was also necessary to have an accurate gauge of the season to be prepared for the annual flooding of the River Nile, none of which could take place without an accurate measure of time. The next calendar designed by the Egyptians was based on solar cycles, which gave them a more accurate measure of time.

There was an early awareness of the Moon’s connection to the oceans of the world and the cycles of nature, the Moon affects the creatures of the sea, many of which mate and spawn during particular cycles of the tides. Some fish are easier to catch during the full Moon, birds and animals are all affected during the phase of the full Moon, animals are more active at this time. Ancient civilizations used the Moon to predict weather patterns, and it was likely that was thought to be magic. It is known today that tornadoes and hurricanes tend to occur during the phases of the New and the full Moon, more than any other time, and there is a tendency for more rainfall during the first quarter of the Waning Moon. The human pregnancy gestation period is calculated by lunar cycles.

Moon Folklore

There is the legend of the Moon Maiden who collects the wishes and dreams of all living creatures on earth, they are then dropped into a goblet and swirled together before they are sprinkled back on Earth and become dew. The German goddess Frigg is said to live on the Moon spinning the lives of mankind, while the Chinese goddess Ch’ang O stole the potion of immortality from her husband. She drank every drop and flew to the Moon to escape, she now lives there contentedly after being given refuge by the hare who resides on the Moon.

When building a wooden fence you want to last, lay the foundation and set the posts while the Moon is waning, then wait until the Moon’s horns point skyward, you may then lay the lower rail. When the Moon’s horns point to Earth the fence can be completed, when building a fence in this way it will be sturdy and last. When the Moon is waxing hooks for fishing can be set, when the Moon wanes fish by the light of day. If you bow to the new Moon good luck will be yours. To assure an auspicious marriage, marry twenty-four to forty-eight hours after the full Moon, and the Scottish believe that a wedding should take place when the Moon is full, thus ensuring a long and happy marriage.

The Moon lunation takes around twenty-nine and a half days, starting from a full Moon and it continues until the next full Moon. For centuries civilizations bowed to the power of the Moon, crops were planted according to the Moon’s phases, there were many rituals celebrating the power of the Moon. The Moon is still recognized today as having particular powers that affects planting and growing, people’s emotions, and the ocean tides’s of the world. There is still intrigue regarding the Moon and it holds a certain fascination for most people.

The Moon plays a very profound role when it comes to spell casting, as you make magic be aware that the subconscious mind is ruled by the Moon. Those interested in magic and spell casting, can enhance the power of their spells by becoming acquainted with all the phases of the Moon, and how to apply them, by tapping into the energy of the Moon you will be guided in your magic practice. Your life could be transformed by working with the different energies of the Moon. Before performing spells it is a good idea to meditate and help yourself to reach an altered state of consciousness. If you believe in higher powers and higher energies, you will naturally respond to the waxing and waning of the Moon’s energies. When casting spells you are working with the subconscious mind, the elements, and with energy, the Moon is accessed and its transformational powers utilized. Spells require you to ignite the magic that you will be invoking, and then working with the universal life force, you become as one with energy flow of the unseen. If you are patient, waiting for the correct phase of the Moon to make your magic, will enhance the ultimate results of your spell casting.

 

The Phases of the Moon

New Moon

This is the crescent Moon when see the first peak of light, this is a time of newness, the beginning of relationships, the beginning of a new venture, the energy of this phase promotes new beginnings on any level. This is the time for change and for being open to, and looking for new opportunities, tilling the soil and planting seeds actually, and the seeds of ideas.

Waxing Moon

The Moon is beginning to gain strength as it grows in size, and goes from a new to a full Moon, this is a perfect time for growth and increasing things, growth within a relationship, financial growth, a time for learning and gaining knowledge. If someone is thinking about pregnancy, this is a time of fertility, and it is an exceptional time for communication, in a business matter, or within a relationship. This is also an auspicious time for any legal matters, especially those where finances are concerned, if a healing spell, or healing of any type is needed, this is the time.

Waxing Gibbous

During the phase of the Gibbous Waxing Moon anything to do with increase is compatible; this is a good time for minor magic as the lunar energy is waning.

Full Moon

The full Moon is the most powerful phase, this is when the Moon is seen in its glorious fullness, this is a time of enlightenment and heightened psychic awareness. It is a time when everything comes together, it is a time of ideas, also a time of commitment, to a person, idea or project. It is also a time of family, and, or friends coming together, any spell is well aspected during this phase of the Moon.

Waning Gibbous

The Waning Gibbous Moon  is suitable for rituals associated with letting go, and banishing,  if it is time to clear out the old and prepare for the new, this is the Moon phase to spell craft with.

Waning Moon

As the Moon decreases in size, it goes from full to dark, and this is a time of letting go, it is also a time of completion. If you have been wanting to change something in your life, this is the perfect time. It is also a time of ending anything that doesn’t work in your life, this may be a habit, a relationship, or paying attention to matters associated with legal matters, this is a time to pay attention to anything that you have been procrastinating about.

Dark Moon

This is a time when the Moon is not visible in the sky, this phase lasts for approximately two or three days, and if there is something in your life that is unnecessary, this is the time to release it. It is also a time of recognizing what you have accomplished in your life, and a time to plan for what you want to attain in the future. If you have been in a quandary and unsure how to progress, this is the time for you to go within and be honest with yourself about what is right for you at this point in your life. If you enjoy meditation this is a perfect time for that, if you have never meditated, there is no better time to begin.

There is folklore which deems the ten day period following the appearance of the full Moon holds a special magic, and those who take notice of the daily attributes and use them, will become very powerful.

First Day Full Moon

An auspicious time to begin anything new, also a lucky day for babies to be born, it is said they will lead long and charmed lives, and they will have all that they need. Although if someone becomes ill in this time period, it will take a considerable amount of time for them to recover.

Second Day Full Moon

This is a particularly special day, with a vibration towards thriving on all levels, it is particularly auspicious for finances, it is a good time to sell anything and an exceptional time to plant anything that grows.

Third Day Full Moon

This is a strange day as it seems that much theft takes places at this time, but by the same token the thieves acting on this day are usually caught very quickly.

Fourth Day Full Moon

Anything to do with building, construction, remodeling and decorating will be successful on this day, and strangely enough children born on this day may be drawn to a career in politics. If not politics at the very least they will have an enduring understanding of right and wrong and will apply this throughout their life.

Fifth Day Full Moon

Apparently this is thought to be the best day of the year to conceive a child, and the weather on this day is a mark of what the weather will be like for the rest of the month. It is also a day ripe with promise for new projects and ideas.

Sixth Day Full Moon

This is a perfect day for meditation and soul searching, a day to pamper and a day to tune yourself inwardly. This is also an exceptional day to begin a voyage or vacation, it is also a wonderful day for growth and adventure.

Seventh Day

If you are single and looking for a partner this is a particularly auspicious day to find your mate, this is a day of opportunity. This is also a very lucky day and if you need some luck in your life, this day it just may come to you.

Eighth Day

This is often a day of low energy and you are open this day to catching a cold or virus, if you fall sick on this day stop and pay attention to your body and give yourself time to recuperate. This is a day where you will feel especially sensitive.

Ninth Day

It is said that it is better not to look at the Moon on the ninth day because the energy can be unsettling and it is thought it is not good for your skin if you look at the Moon on this day.

Tenth Day

This is a day you may feel a little on edge, it is a day to be patient and not rush into anything, or do anything in a hurry. Children may be erratic on this day, it is possible children will flout authority on this day.

 

Moon Energy of the Year

For each month of the year, there is a full Moon, if two full Moons occur in one month, it is referred to as a blue Moon, each year there is one blue Moon, for each month the Moon is given a different name.

January

The name given for the January Moon is, Wolf Moon, this is when shedding and cleansing takes place, the old year is released and the energy of the New Year is beginning. This is a time for releasing yourself from the past and starting anew.

February

The name for the February Moon is, Ice Moon, this is a time for soul searching, for taking an inner journey.

March

This Moon is referred to as Worm Moon, a time of new beginnings, and exploring new territory.

April

The name of this Moon is, Growing Moon, this is a time of gathering and growth, it is a time of starting things.

May

The name for this Moon is, Hare Moon, this is the time of nourishment, mentally, physically, emotionally, a time to pay attention to your needs and the needs of those you love.

June

The Moon name for this month is, Mead Moon, this is the integration of the yin and yang within us all, it is a time of attunement and understanding.

July

The Moon of July is called, Hay Moon, a time to look at your life and to think carefully and make plans for the future, and to look at what you need to pay attention to.

August

This Moon is called, Corn Moon, this is a time to lay to rest old hurts, and emotional pain that you have been holding onto that is excess baggage weighing you down. It is a time to release and move on, a time to be open and flexible.

September

This Moon is called, Harvest Moon, whatever you have started this is the time for completion, tie up loose ends, trim stray edges, pay attention to that which you have left undone. Look to the future with a clear conscience and a clean slate.

October

The name for this Moon is, Blood Moon, this is a compelling time to build, to begin, to create, to start something and flow into a new way of being, also a time to shed old useless habits.

November

This Moon is called, Snow Moon, this is a time to look at what makes you tic, and to reassess what it is that truly works in your life, and what doesn’t work. It is a time of honesty and reappraisal of everything you do and how you do it.

December

The Moon for the month of December is called, Cold Moon, this is a time to cut away all that is unnecessary or extraneous in your life, just as dead branches are cut from a tree, or plants are pruned to help them grow new shoots. You cannot progress with excess baggage in the way of outmoded thoughts and ideas, be open to explore possibilities.

When spell casting, holding rituals, or for any magical practices it is helpful to know the meaning of each day of the work, this way you are able to combine complementary energies to enhance power.

Monday

This is the day containing the energy of inspiration, psychic awakening, or psychic endeavors, implementing or creating new ideas, using your creative ability, working with divine energies, healing, channeling and any type of psychic work, and is ruled by the Moon.

Tuesday

This day holds the energy of protection, amorous interludes, confidence, poise, strength of mind, body and spirit, and is ruled by Mars.

Wednesday

A perfect day to go for a job interview, or to tackle any matters associated with work or career prospects, it is a day of researching  and for intellectual delving, if you are making travel plans this is a good day to purchase or book your ticket, and it contains the energy for planning. This day is ruled by the planet Mercury.

Thursday

The energies of this day are conducive to all matters spiritual, the occult, psychic work, and connection with matters legal, and for paying attention to finances or organizing your finances. This day is ruled by the planet Jupiter.

Friday

If you have felt any inclination to make over yourself, or your home, this is the day to do it, it is also the perfect day for romance and being noticed by that special person. This day is ruled by Venus the planet of love.

Saturday

Any planning of future projects and matters to do with the home, personal relationships, or personal goals can work with the contained energy of Saturday, it is also a day of kicking useless or bad habits, and bringing to an end anything that isn’t working in your life. This day is ruled by the planet Saturn.

Sunday

This day is imbued with the energy of healing, mind, body, soul, it is also a day of astute decision making, it is a day where you will feel unusually insightful and be able to find the answer to problems that may have eluded you. It is a day to call upon divine guidance, and to expect serendipitous events to take place, it is also a day of closeness and friendship. This day is ruled by the Sun.

The Moon has a magical quality and an otherworldly allure, and anyone who has worked with the Moon’s energies when spell casting can’t dismiss the effect it has. The Moon almost seems to be a wise and powerful magic creature, who has an effect on our emotional being, and the Moon will always be there to add power and intensity to your occult practices. Each person would be wise to learn as much as they can about the Moon’s power and to use the Moon’s energy with respect and appreciation. Before invoking the Moon for magic, have an intention, be certain about how you are going to use the Moon’s energy, this enables us to direct the power we are applying. Human emotions reach their peak during the phase of the full Moon, this accounts for the change in people’s behavior at this time, as the tides are affected so too are out moods. Because the Moon affects the emotions in a way that is not logical or rational, more people tend to fall in love when the Moon is full. The Moon is part of our everyday life yet it will always be surrounded by a certain mystery, the Moon has the ability to shape shift constantly. The Moon has a magnetic quality, and because of its link to emotions it is the starting point for successful magic, the Moon works beyond the boundaries of logic. Conducting your magic by taking into consideration the phases of the Moon, you will without doubt add power to any spell you cast, the Moon provides the spark to ignite your spells. In order for you to spell cast with a certain control, you must understand when and how you are affected by the Moon, this way you will cast your spells with awareness and are able to channel and project the energy to manifest what you wish. With the assistance of the wonderous Moon magic you are more likely to manifest successful spells. Because un-channeled energy can create chaos, conduct your Moon magic spells with care and consideration and only invoke in the spirit of doing good. Before beginning any magic practice begin first by deciding what it is that you want to invoke, once your thought goes out to the universe, and you call on the assistance of the Moon and the magic begins.

For those interested in working with the energy of the Moon, keep a diary of the phases of the Moon and note how your emotions are affected, and the ebb and flow of your energy. Take note of your moods, your behavior, and document if there are changes associated with your psychic awareness. You can create an altar in your home dedicated to the Moon, use a small table and cover it with a piece of silver fabric, and as the Moon’s metal is silver, you can decorate your table with silver objects. Candles can be placed on the altar, use white for a full Moon, black for a dark Moon, blue for the waning Moon, silver for the new Moon, place figurines of mythical gods and goddesses. Use incense, burn lavender for a dark Moon, jasmine for a full Moon, although anything that feels right for you can be placed, lit, or burned. The three phases of womanhood are represented by the phases of the Moon, the waxing Moon is the maiden, the full Moon is the mother, the waning Moon is the crone.

It is very healing to meditate by the light of the Moon, imbue the mystical and magical properties of the Moon, think of yourself bathing in Moonlight. Many goddesses are linked to one specific lunar phase, call on the goddess Persephone who became the Queen of the underworld after being abducted by the king of the underworld Hades. Since ancient times people have celebrated the Moon and the magic of it, the Moon is always thought to have feminine characteristics. There is the Chinese feminine, yin, to the Mayans the Moon represented Ix Chel, the old goddess, to the Greeks the Moon was Artemis, and when we need courage and strength, she is the one to call upon, also known as the maiden. The Moon was represented by Diana to the Romans. Inanna was a very unusual goddess and the deity of the morning and evening star, Inanna’s energies are associated with transformation and rebirth, and she is especially effective if you want to release yourself and move forward, Inanna is one of the oldest deities. Freya is the daughter of the sea god Njord and twin sister of Frey, she is the goddess of love, she was also the leader of the warrior maidens, the Valkyries, she had the ability to shape shift. She is an especially powerful goddess to use with your Moon magic, as she was particularly adept at sorcery and nocturnal magic, she is the mother of Balder the sun god, and has associations with sexuality and fertility.  If you are familiar with tarot cards, the Moon is represented by the powerful and intuitive Priestess, her feet are placed on the lunar crescent curves. In Japan Tsuki-Yoma was the Moon god, and his sister Amerterasu was seen as the solar goddess and loved by all feminist witches. Even though the Moon is recognized as having feminine characteristics, the Moon is in fact a god, to the Sumerians the Moon god is Sin, the son of the sky father Enlil, and the earth mother Ninlil. Depending on the goddess you call upon when spell casting using the phases of the Moon, you are actually invoking the energies of that particular goddess. The energies of the Moon’s particular used for your magic will help to form the intention of your spell and bring it into reality via the earth plane. Call upon the particular goddess who is associated with a point in the lunar cycle, when the Moon is full call upon Isis or Dementer and during the dark time of the Moon, call upon Artemis or Hecate. Aphrodite, Isis, Inanna, Ishtar, Freya and Astarte, are all guardians of the animals. Use your intuition deciding on which god or goddess to call upon when working with Moon magic, choose the one who is most suitable for your needs.

An eclipse occurs as the Sun, Moon and Earth line up and form a pattern, a lunar and Solar eclipse happen within two weeks of each other, a Solar eclipse happens during the time of the new Moon, the Moon comes between the Earth and Sun casting a shadow on the earth. The shadow of the Moon has two parts, it comprises the inner umbral shadow and the faint outer penumbral shadow. The places on Earth touched by the umbra will see a total eclipse, places under the penumbra see a partial eclipse, the entire time of the eclipse takes only a few minutes. The time of a lunar eclipse is when the earth is lines up directly between the Moon and Sun, it casts its shadow on the Moon, a lunar eclipse takes longer than a Solar eclipse, it can take several hours for the whole eclipse. A lunar eclipse takes place on average every six months. When civilizations hundreds of years ago witnessed an eclipse it induced fear as they did not know what was happening to the light and didn’t know whether it would return, and many thought it was the precursor of a disaster to come. Many cultures saw the eclipse as a creature, a serpent or dragon thought to be devouring the Sun or Moon. The firing of arrows into the air, shouting and drumming was done by the ancient Chinese people to scare away the monster. The Romans also behaved in a similar manner to scare away the creature that was attacking the Sun and Moon. The attitude these days towards an eclipse is that of a spiritual event, opening people to higher level of understanding, and recognized as a time of spiritual evolution. Many feel a sense of peace during an eclipse this is because the Sun’s force is calmed and we are able to go inwards giving us a greater understanding of our inner being, it is a time when god and goddess are as one.

The nodes are the two northern and southern points where the Moon’s orbit around the earth crosses the ecliptic, the nodes are a pair of linked opposites, and in Western astrology, the north node represents the future, and our search for happiness and success. The south node is that we have come from and left behind, the south node is linked with to inward Saturn, and the north node to the expansive Jupiter. In Vedic or Indian astrology the nodes are seen as shadow planets and are mathematically defined points in space, it is also thought they are associated with karma.

The lunar rays offer a doorway between the earthy and magical worlds, and there are many goddesses who possess attributes that link them with the Moon, the attributes of your goddess of choice will influence your sacred magic spell casting. Some creatures are linked with the Moon throughout history, the hare known as a symbol of witchcraft and the lunar tides, is recognized by the Chinese and Indian people as a creature who called the Moon its home.  Also according to ancient Chinese proverbs, the toad is recognized as a witch’s creature, and lives in the Moon. The bull is another Moon animal and is linked with a male Moon deity, the bull is also seen as sacred to the goddess.

Each night we see one of the many faces of the Moon, and the Moon evokes a sense of mystery and magic in all of us, it is like a familiar friend who is there every night, it stirs different emotions within all of us. However you view the Moon and whatever you believe, you are affected by its changing energy, learn to understand the Moon and work with it, allow it to enhance your life.

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Mercury Retrograde Talisman

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Since Mercury is going into retrograde on October 4 and will be so until October 25, I thought I would post a simple talisman spell to help get through this confusing time. I will be doing this myself as soon as I get an orange sharpie and some lavender incense. You can cast your circle if you feel it necessary.

Mercury Retrograde Talisman

On a small octagonal piece of paper with one point up, draw the symbol of Mercury in orange ink and decorate the border with orange ink. (The number of Mercury is eight, the color is orange.) Light a stick of lavender or white sandalwood incense and draw a circle around you. Hold the talisman and recite:

Winged god of thought and speech and sign,
As I my thoughts and words do send,
Touch this small charm with light divine,
So magic may all errors mend.

Odin’s Binding and Transformation Spell

 Odin

This is a major spell. One that should be reserved for the most serious problems.
It is a psychic takeover of the person’s mind so be sure the circumstances justify using Magic this
way, such as for a rapist, a child abuser, or active practitioner of black magic.

(Side note: I personally don’t believe in the existence of white, gray or black magic. I believe all spells come from the heart of the caster and if that person’s heart is dark then the spell will taken to dark places. Conversely, if the caster’s heart is good, the spell will be taken to light places.)
This spell is not meant to punish the person it binds. It is meant to help them.
You cast it out of necessity and compassion. Not in anger.
It is designed to stop the person dead in their tracks. To freeze them from doing
harm to themselves or others and give them pause; a clear space in which
positive transformation can occur.

What You Will Need:

1. An altar.(This altar would be different from a Vodou/Hoodoo altar since this is not that kind of spell. It should be more of a Pagan/Wiccan/Deity altar. Put things on it that you think would please Odin. Here is a great site that talks about who Odin is and what he might like on his altar.

2. A poppet. This represents the person at whom you are directing the spell. This site has a good introductory about how to make poppets.  A poppet – any sort of poppet is fine, in the correct gender if possible. Personalize it in some way to the person you will bind, such as embroidering their
name on it or affixing a picture of them to the poppet’s face.The person from whom I got this spell likes to use a human shaped candle with the person’s name written on it or carved into the wax.)
3. Two candles. Black ones if possible. (Black candles are somewhat hard to come by so if you can’t find black then get the darkest color. It doesn’t have to be a big candle. A small .99 cent candle is fine.)
4. Black thread (cotton is good. Linen is better)
5. Incense (Copal, fumitory, sandalwood and frankincense are good, but use whatever you can get.)
6. An image of the person or something connected with them. (If you don’t have anything, write their name on a piece of paper.)
7. A healthy, living tree.

8. Whatever you normally use for casting a circle.

Working The Spell:
1.Gather everything (except the tree) where you will cast the spell.
2. Light one candle and the incense.

3. Cast a circle in your usual way. (I like to use Sea Salt that I’ve put in the freezer for three days. The cold cleanses it.) This site has a page on how to simply cast a circle. You also may want to Call the Corners. Here is what I say when I Call the Corners:

I call upon East, the direction of Air.

I call upon North, the direction of Earth.

I call upon West, the direction of my ancestors and Water.

I call upon South, the direction of Fire.

I ask that you aid me in these protection workings.

4. Bind the poppet with the thread wrapping it around and around and making knots whenever you feel they are necessary. Speak to the person as you do this. Tell them specifically why you are binding them and what you are binding them from.
5. Leave a long piece of thread hanging from the poppet. Tie 9 knots in this. Drip molten wax on the bindings to seal them.
Use wax to seal any body parts you are binding, such as the hands of someone who beats his wife or kids; the crotch of a sexual predator; or the mouth of someone who is verbally abusive.

6. Close the circle and ground power.

Thank the spirits for aiding you and Close the Corners:

East, thank you for aiding me tonight. Go if you must. Stay if you will. Hail to you and farewell.

North, thank you for aiding me tonight. Go if you must. Stay if you will. Hail to you and farewell.

West, thank you for aiding me tonight. Go if you must. Stay if you will. Hail to you and farewell.

South, thank you for aiding me tonight. Go if you must. Stay if you will. Hail to you and farewell.

 

This is what I say to close my circle and ground the power:

Thrice around the circle bound sink all evil to the ground.

Thrice around the circle bound sink all evil to the ground.

Thrice around the circle bound sink all evil to the ground.

So mote it be.

You can do it however you feel comfortable doing it. I only offer this as a suggestion. Additionally, I would also thank Odin and any other helping spirits around profusely for attending you. It is just good form to always thank them. You want to be polite to them.

7. Leave the poppet on the altar and have it touching whatever you are using to connect them to it and leave it like that until the candle and incense have burned out.
8. Take the poppet and use the thread to tie it upside-down to a tree – an indoor tree will work as well as an outdoor one.
9. Make the 5-fold bond, if it is possible to do this with the type of poppet and bindings you have used. You can copy the position of The Hanged Man. Here is a picture of one of my tarot cards depicting The Hanged Man just for your reference:

the hanged man

Say this:
I ween that I hung on a windy tree,
Hung there for nights full nine;
With the spear I was wounded, and offered I was
To Odin, myself to myself,
On the tree that none may ever know
What root beneath it runs.

This is the transformation part of the spell. Leave the poppet on the tree for nine days.
10. Recite the poem to the poppet at least once each day while sending the person strong thoughts about the changes you want them to manifest.
Send them compassion.  Send them enlightenment. Hold a mirror up to the poppet while you recite the poem if you want them to ‘see’
what they have done. Yell at the poppet if you have anger you need to release.

Spells I Have Used

I thought I would make a list of all the spells I have used so far (and how to use them) just so that they would be in one place if anyone needs to use them. I have also made a page for them as well and will keep it updated every time I use a new spell.

Blessings Be!

~Protection and Binding Spell

Ingredients:

1. Black Candle or dark candle (There were no black candles at the +store I was in so I got a black cherry one. It was the darkest one I could find. It doesn’t have to be expensive. A 99 cent candle will do just fine. Also, be sure to carve the name of the person you want to bind into the candle.)

2. Black or dark stone (I didn’t have a black stone on hand, but I had a brown one with red undertones, which I was told would work just fine.)

3. Sea Salt

4. White thread, yarn or embroidery yarn

5. Patchouli incense or white sage (I couldn’t find Patchouli incense or white sage, so I bought some that was sort of earthy smelling. It was similar to Patchouli.)

6. A picture of the person you wish to bind. (You need a picture or something of theirs. Something they owned.)

Twelve hours before you do the spell, put the stone and the salt in the freezer. The cold will cleanse them. Be sure to leave them there for at least twelve hours.

I did the ritual on the last night of the dark of the moon. The Priestess told me that this was a very powerful time and that it would not happen again for a couple of years. Also, that I needed to do the spell before midnight.

After the twelve hour mark and before midnight, get all of the ingredients together and place on a table. Use the salt and put down a salt barrier around yourself and the table. DO NOT BREAK THE CIRCLE ONCE YOU HAVE LAID IT. if you leave the circle or someone enters the circle you will have to start over.

Light your candle and light the incense. DO NOT BLOW EITHER OUT. They both must burn all the way down. If you are carving the person’s name in your candle, do it BEFORE you light it.

Once they are both lit, focus on a white light of protection around you so bright that it takes up the whole circle. So bright that when you open your eyes you have to squint. (What I did was imagine the light coming up from the salt forming a protective “bubble” around me. Then, I visualized my own light coming out of me and focused on making it really strong and bright.)

Then focus on the picture of the person you want to bind. Focus on their face and body and imagine jail or prison bars around them or something similar. (I took my finger *remember you can use your finger as a wand* and felt energy coming out of it and drew bars with my finger over his face and body. I drew so many that he was completely obscured.) You want to build a wall or a fortress around that person.

Then, call the corners (quarters). This is a really simple way to do it:

I call upon East, the direction of Air.

I call upon North, the direction of Earth.

I call upon West, the direction of my ancestors and Water.

I call upon South, the direction of Fire.

I ask that you aid me in these protection workings.

Then, call upon Kali (KAH-li) (If and only if you are binding a man. Kahli is the goddess and protector of women and hates men.) Ask her to aid you. This is where you have to improvise. I told Kahli that I was in fear for my life was being threatened and that I feared for my daughter as well. You must be especially gracious to her. She will hear you! Just tell her what is going on and why you are asking for and need her protection. This is my first encounter with her, but I got the feeling that we shouldn’t be asking her for frivolous things. If my life and my daughter were not being threatened, I don’t think I would have petitioned her. I could be wrong, but this was my impression of her.

Once that is done, take the picture and thread and wrap the thread around the picture until you can’t see any part of the picture. While you are doing this, say:

(Name), with the protection of Kali, you will not harm me or anyone I love.

MEAN IT WHEN YOU SAY IT!! Repeat this over and over until the picture is covered. (I wound up having to fold the picture several times because, as I wrapped it more and more with the thread, the picture would warp and was hard to handle. I figured it would be better just to keep folding it smaller, rather than creating frustration and losing my focus. Also, if I ever do this spell again, I’m getting white yarn. I had white sewing thread which was very hard to deal with and took a long time to cover the picture. The time wouldn’t have been an issue if my daughter hadn’t been awake, but she was and there is only so much time a two year old, even a well behaved two year old, can be still.)

Once that’s done, hold the bound picture in your hands for about five or ten minutes since you will likely be upset and nervous. (I wasn’t nervous, but I was angry. I was livid, so I had to take a few moments to regain my composure and to let the anger dissipate.) While you are holding the picture in your hands, focus on your child/children/home/yourself. Do the white light protection again.

Once that’s done, close the corners (quarters):

East, thank you for aiding me tonight. Go if you must. Stay if you will. Hail to you and farewell.

North, thank you for aiding me tonight. Go if you must. Stay if you will. Hail to you and farewell.

West, thank you for aiding me tonight. Go if you must. Stay if you will. Hail to you and farewell.

South, thank you for aiding me tonight. Go if you must. Stay if you will. Hail to you and farewell.

It is most important to say a gracious thanks to Kali. Bid her sincerest thanks and fare thee well. Tell her to go or stay, but that you would prefer she watch over you as long as she deems necessary.

Once, all that is done, you can break the salt barrier. Put the binding somewhere in a box and seal it. Put it high up where it CANNOT BE TOUCHED.

After the binding is secured, then you need to put the stone somewhere that you can keep it on you at all times. Then, take at least a fifteen minute sea salt bath to cleanse your body of any negativity. After that, you will sleep like a ROCK.

If you have a sachet, put the stone in it and keep it under your pillow at night. During the day, keep it on you at all times. Put it in your pocket; on a chain; put it into a ring. Just keep it on you.

DO NOT BLOW THE CANDLE OUT. LET IT BURN ALL THE WAY DOWN.

~Simple Binding Spells

1. Write the person’s name on a piece of paper focusing on them, your relationship with them and everything that they have done to you. Put all of your anger into the writing of their name. Concentrate on it.  While you are writing, say this over and over: <name of person> I bind you from doing harm. Harm to yourself and harm to others. Keep focusing on that person while you are writing and chanting. Keep chanting while you fold the piece of paper over and over. Get it as small as it can go then put it in a waterproof ziploc baggie and then put the baggie in the freezer.

2. If you are feeling negative energy from a person and are having trouble thinking negative thoughts about them, you can write their name on a piece of paper. Focus on everything that has to do with your relationship with that person. Focus on your anger towards that person. Visualize putting all of your negative thoughts and anger into the writing of their name on the piece of paper. Then, you set it on fire while chanting: <Person’s name> I forgive you for everything you’ve done and I thank you for the lessons you have taught me. I now let you go.  You can burn it over your sink and then wash the ashes down the drain visualizing all of your negative thoughts and anger washing away with it or you can go outside and burn the paper and let the wind catch the ashes while visualizing all your anger and negative thoughts blowing away with the wind or you can burn it over a river/stream/ any body of running water and let the water take the ashes with it while visualizing all your anger and negative emotions washing away with the ashes. If you choose water, the water has to be running. It has to be going somewhere so that it can take the ashes away from you.  You can do this any time you are having trouble feeling negative thoughts towards someone or anger towards someone.  Like draws like, so keeping negative energies close to you will draw the same into your life. You don’t forgive someone for them, you do it for yourself so that you can have peace. Also make sure that you do the chant and forgive them while you are burning the piece of paper, otherwise it becomes dark magic, which you really don’t want to get into.

~Spell for Rebounding Negative Energy

Visualize yourself in the middle of my cast circle and pentacle and with three rings of purple light around me: one at my feet, one at my waist and one at my head. You can also cast your circle with salt if you so choose.

Say this:

Protect me with all your might oh goddess gracious day and night.

Protect me with all your might oh goddess gracious day and night.

Protect me with all your might oh goddess gracious day and night.

So mote it be.

By dragon’s light this (insert month) January night I call to thee to give me your might.

By the power of three I conjure thee to protect all that surrounds me.

So mote it be.

So mote it be.

So mote it be.

(Now point wand/finger to the sky)

Terra, Ignis, Aqua all three.

Elements of astral I summon thee.

Earth by Divinity.

Divinity by Earth.

Give my enemy the power to see the strength of the elements by my side.

No rules magic I shall abide.

Now when My enemy meets his downfall this spell shall have no power at all.

In no way shall this spell reverse or place upon me any curse.

So mote it be.

(now lower wand/finger)

Thrice around the circles bound sink all evil to the ground.

Thrice around the circles bound sink all evil to the ground.

Thrice around the circles bound sink all evil to the ground.

So mote it be.

Then close the circle and thank the spirits for attending you and send them on their way with blessings. You can also tell the spirits to stay or go as they wish, but make sure to thank them politely for attending you.

~Protection Spell From Any Spirit or Demon

Cast your circle with the pentagram inside or cast your circle with salt.

All casters enter the circle.

Say this:

Hear me knights of past.

Knights of ancient law.

Hear me dead knights of an English tongue.

Hear me knights lost in battle whose blade did good.

Hear me knights of old.

Hear me knights of lost souls.

This night i invoke thee.

I summon thee to my arms aid.

Hear me knights.

A new cause be given.

Your body gone now spirit be.

Hear me dead knights I invoke thee.

By your spirit blade I invoke you.

By your might I invoke you.

By your spirit I invoke you.

Come now follow a new cause.

I summon thee.

Each of thee I enlist.

I invoke you dead knights lost.

Hear me and come to my aid.

Hear me and fight at my side.

Protect me from spirit’s harm.

Fight my battles I say to thee.

Hear me spirits of lost knights.

Come to my aid.

Come to my side.

Protect me from spirit’s harm.

Protect me from spirit’s light.

I invoke you.

I invoke you.

I invoke you.

I invoke you.

I invoke you.

Let my army be done.

Let it be.

Let it be.

After you say this make sure to close the circle and thank the spirits politely for attending you. Bid them to stay or go as they wish. You can tell them that you prefer them to stay to protect you as long as they see fit.

When I did this spell, I cast a circle/pentagram and did some more protections for myself before and after I said this spell. I will list them here just in case you want to do this as well.

Before the spell say this:

Protect me with all your might oh goddess gracious day and night.

Protect me with all your might oh goddess gracious day and night.

Protect me with all your might oh goddess gracious day and night.

So mote it be.

By the dragon’s light on this <month> night I call to thee to give me your might.

By the power of three I conjure thee to protect all that surrounds me.

So mote it be.

So mote it be.

So mote it be.

After you say the spell and by way of closing your circle you can say this:

Thrice around the circles bound sink all evil to the ground.

Thrice around the circles bound sink all evil to the ground.

Thrice around the circles bound sink all evil to the ground.

So mote it be.