Ready for a little self care? Get in the spirit of Halloween with these magical and relaxing rituals.
Have you ever blown out a candle and made a wish? That is a version of candle magic. Jack o’lanterns? Originally created to chase away evil spirits.
Just as with stones, the colors of candles are associated with particular intentions. You might light a green candle to attract wealth, a black one to banish negativity and a pink one to bring love into your life. How about a delicious smelling, pumpkin orange one? That is said to help you focus and sharpen your intellect.
Often now, if I want to get in touch with my creative side or remove a little writer’s block, I light a candle and just pause for a moment. I really find that this harmless bit of “magic” works for me.
There are a number of spells in Gillian Kemp’s book, The Good Spell Book. Here are a few…
- For money: light a green candle. Let it burn for five minutes, then snuff it out. Rub your hands in the smoke and imagine money coming to you.
- To find your lucky word: light a white candle, take a dictionary, and face south. Close your eyes and turn the book around several times. Keeping your eyes closed, fan the pages until you feel ready to stop. Let your finger explore the page until you feel ready to stop. The word under your finger is your magic word. Whenever you need a boost of luck or energy, say this magic word. Snuff out the candle.
- For love: on a Friday night (dedicated to Venus, Goddess of Love) take a new, never used pink candle. With a pen in your favorite color and white piece of paper, clear your mind of distractions and write your name and your loved one’s name. Draw a circle around both names. Close your eyes and visualize the two of you happy together. Then watch over your candle for a short while. Snuff it out.
Another simple spell is to cleanse a room of bad vibes by burning sage. You can purchase white sage bundles at Whole Foods and crystal stores for this purpose. Native Americans have been burning sage for who knows how long.
I complained once to a friend that I could not seem to get the smell of my ex out of my apartment. She burned some sage. Poof! The lingering odor disappeared…and I felt as if we had scrubbed his nastiness and bad humor away. A simple ritual but it made me feel a lot better. Try burning sage if you’ve had an argument and want to move on in a positive direction.
So you know about the superstition of throwing salt over your left shoulder to undo the bad luck of spilling salt? That’s a salt spell! Salt is reputed to have magical properties, especially purification and protection.You can rinse something in salt water to purify it of negative energy or get it ready for a spell — crystals, coins and keys are rinsed in this way. Or you can sprinkle some salt in the corners of a room to purify the space (for example, if you had an argument or bad dream while in that room). Throw a handful out the door after a person leaves so they can’t come back and bother you. I imagine some of you surreptitiously sprinkling salt in the corners of your cubicles and offices at work! But, seriously, try it. It feels empowering and it’s not expensive. A ritual like this can help you affirm to yourself that you are not going to let toxic people (or bad energy) mess with you.
There are many divination spells — that is, spells that foretell the outcome, or provide a “yes” or “no” answer to a posed question. The apple and nut divination spells associated with Halloween party games (bobbing for apples, peeling apples, roasting nuts) are age-old examples of Celtic pagan divination traditions.
Try to peel an apple without breaking the peel. Then throw the peel over your left shoulder. The peel may form the initial letter of your love’s first name.
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