Witchy Wednesday - Spells

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.  ~William Shakespeare ~ Macbeth

This week we're talking about spells.  Specifically banishment or binding spells.  Now some people believe that you shouldn't do magic on people without their consent and without causing harm.  I am more of the "A witch who cannot hex cannot heal" variety myself.   For today's chat I'm looking at a book called The Spells Bible by Ann-Marie Gallagher.  A small disclaimer, I don't use this book.  I'm merely using this as a reference for this blog post.  I believe that a witch should write their own spells. Sometimes you might need a little nudge to get you in the right direction but a bit of research and then let the words come from you.  I find that speaking from the heart is much better that uttering a specific set of words written by someone you never knew.  That being said, let's get started.

The banishment section of the book starts on page 366 and has an assortment of ways to get things back under control.  You can bind someone to their actions, send those energies back to the sender (my favorite) or cancel out the harm done by another.  In this case (and because it is the type of spell I do most often) we'll have a look at what this author calls the Bird's Nest Spell.

The Author's Supplies
1 charcoal disk in a fireproof dish
1 black candle 6-8 inches tall
1 white candle 6-8 inches tall
Matches or a lighter
1 teaspoon of dried juniper berries
1 intact bird's nest

I won't add the incantation here but basically the author has you repeat a phrase while running the nest through the smoke of the juniper berries and then leave the nest on your enemies porch/doorstep over night. If you're interested in the spell, I recommend using the amazon link above to pick up the book.  We should support our witchy authors.

I have one issue with this advice.  While I get that you may want your magic to be close to them, if this is a dangerous situation do you really want to be traipsing up to their house in the middle of the night leaving something on their property? My advice would be no.  Negative.  Stay far away from that.  There is plenty you can do from the safety of your own dwelling vs. rolling up on their property and putting yourself in physical danger.

Why not instead reflect that behavior back to them from your own doorstep. Mirroring is a great way to not only protect your space but also do send that magic right back where it came from.

My Supplies
4 Tea Lights
Enough Salt to circle your property
4 Apples
4 Mirrors (compacts are fine, better are mirrors with handles that you can stick in the ground)

Prepare your ritual space as you normally would (Call the quarters, call the gods, call the goddess)
Light each of the candles in the north, south, east and west directions on the ritual space
With your salt, apples and mirrors, focus on seeing your mirrors reflecting negativity away from you.

Repeat the following 3 times:

Sacred Salt
Protect my home.
Evil is stopped
Negativity is gone.

Mirror Mirror 
Reflect it back.
Stop this energy
Return this attack.

Open the circle and take your supplies outside.  (You may need an assistant)
Take the salt and use it to create a line around your property (See 1. Below)
As you get to the four corners stop and place an apple and a mirror while saying the incantation.

Once you complete the circle around the property go back inside and close the circle.

Mirror spells are a great way to protect yourself from things that may be coming to you and adding just a bit of justice back to those who may be on the prowl.  I would recommend that this be done on a full moon.  I like to use the full moon in October for this spell work.  Traditionally working with this type of magic is usually handled on the dark moon however I find the full moon to give me a bit more energy.  Remember to be mindful of your safety.  If you are in physical danger please reach out to someone you trust locally or to law enforcement for assistance.  Magic shouldn't be your only work if you are in real danger.

So there you have it.  A nice spell to take care of your space and return that negativity back to someone. If you try this feel free to drop me a note or leave a comment on how it worked for you.

1. Some of stated this is a bad idea due to the animals that may be harmed by the salt. Personally, I believe salt is needed, but you can symbolically drop the salt if you wish.

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