5 Most Unusual Spell Ingredients

5-unusual-spell-ingredients5 Most Unusual Spell Ingredients

In this post, I’ll be sharing the most unusual items I’ve used in spells. But what are yours? Let me know in the comments below!

Civil War Musket Shot

 

Used in: a spell to keep Those Damn Kids Offa My Lawn!!! Or in fact, my garden wall and wheelie bins. And also to stop them fighting, swearing and screaming outside my property or in fact actually on it.

 

Other spell ingredients: House Blessing candle, jasper arrow, black salt

 

This one was really on the fly – they just turned up the other day, so I threw down my laptop and shoved some stuff in a bowl and lit a candle. Remember, with curses/hexes/banishings/bindings, the anger and refusal to kowtow to whatever is bothering is worth more than any ingredient.

 

Copper Wire

 

Used in: Any spell that needs a boost. Copper is one of the best electrical conductors, so any spell to do with technology, communication or money is boosted massively by the inclusion of this easy to find material. Get it at DIY or jewelry stores, or here.

 

Souvenir Cowrie Shells

 

You know, those things with the stamps on? Just as good as any other cowrie shell.

 

Used in: money spells

 

Horse Brass

 

Used to be on horses, now on pub walls.

 

Used in: depends on the picture. Wheat, treasure boxes = money, horse = energy, work, Cockerels = love. You get the idea

 

Glass Pearls

 

Because real pearls are waaay expensive. Glass pearls are more expensive that plastic pearls, but that’s a good thing – the more expensive an item, the better it works in a money spell.
Used in: money spells

 

But what are the unusual items that you’ve used in spells? I’d love to know!

Dealing with Burnout

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Fallow times come to us all. We cannot be at the top of our game all the time. There are several reasons why we might be dealing with burnout, and so there are a few solutions. The best thing you can do for yourself is wait and rest, however. Burnout happens when we push ourselves to hard, and pushing through it is pointless at best, and can be disastrous at worst.

 

When I urge people to consistently put themselves first, this is why.

Even if your sole purpose in life is to help people, you cannot pour from an empty cup.

It is difficult, and sometimes impossible to help other people when your soul is hurting. Some pain we can work through, but the worst pain is the one we don’t even feel.

 

Society tells us that by being anything less than 100% all the time we are being lazy, and it’s precisely this attitude that causes so much mental illness and emotional distress amongst our population.  This attitude causes burnout, and we feel we must remove the burnout, instead of this attitude, which creates a sick self fulfilling prophecy.

Let’s look at some of the more common causes.

 

Exhaustion

As described above, the most common direct cause is simply that of doing too much. Or trying to do too much – humans cannot multitask. Science has come forward in the recent months to explain that multitasking is actually detrimental to getting things done. Doing six things at once only means that small progress is made in six things, rather than actually completing one or two tasks which happens when you single task.

Throw out your To-Do list – half of what’s on it you don’t need to do. Yet more of it you can delegate to colleagues or family members.

You need to work smarter, instead of harder.

But first, you need to rest. If you’re thinking about work – you aren’t resting. You are still giving work (or whatever you’re burnt out on) that energy. If you are constantly thinking about work on your day off, you may as well have gone to work for all the rest you’ve got.

Give yourself a respite, and a sacred space to be

Time Out

Sometimes, especially with spiritual work, you can be put into a sort of ‘Time Out’ if you refuse to listen to your body or to signs you’ve been given.

This is simply a waiting game. There is a lesson to be learned while you’re in Time Out – a sort of ‘sit there and think about what you’ve done’ kind of thing.

You’ll be let out once you’ve learnt your lesson. I promise. Be good, now.

Lack of Passion

Sometimes we lose passion for what we’re doing, and discipline keeps us going. But discipline can sometimes take us too far – if we’ve lost passion, it becomes supremely difficult to keep going. What was once easy for us is now a trial, and it’s easy to just try and work harder to try and get the same amount and quality of work done.

However, this is worst thing to do. You need to reignite the flames of passion for your work – or find a different path. Try and remember what drew you to the work in the first place – is there still time in your working life for that? Or have you progressed so far you no longer even do the things you wanted to do? Are you stuck doing paperwork instead of the goals that you had set for yourself? Or has the industry simply changed and you no longer enjoy it?

Taking steps to increase the amount of joy in our lives goes a long way to help failing passion. New books, movies, long walks, museums are all ways to get the brain to fire again.

But the key part is to listen to yourself – what is really making you unhappy? Can you change it, or get rid of it?

And remember, it’s okay to walk away from something that once made you happy. It doesn’t make you happy anymore, so it is no longer right for you. Don’t cling to a dream that has flown.

Lack of Support

 

If no-one understands your path, it is hard to walk it. Instead of trying to convince your family and friends to support you, find those who will. The Internet is vast place, full of support groups for just about every job, business or hobby.

And if your family/friends are really getting you down, it’s okay to walk away from them too.

Six Creepiest Hallowe’en Superstitions

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Six Creepiest Hallowe’en Superstitions

What’s Hallowe’en without scaring yourself silly at nothing?

Ghosts in the pocket

If you go out after dark on Hallowe’en, you must turn your pockets inside out to prevent ghosts hitching a ride in your pockets. This is the sort of Tamagotchi pet you don’t want.

Bats

If a bat circles a house three times, someone inside will die before the year is out.

Footsteps of Death

If you hear footsteps behind you on Hallowe’en, don’t turn around – it could be Death, or a departed soul.

Staring into the face of Death is a good way to join him…

Headless Shadow

If you cast a headless shadow, or no shadow at all, on Hallowe’en, you are sure to die Or you’re the Horseman of Death. Both are situations you want to avoid.

Blown Out Candle

If a candle is blown out as if by a breath, but there is no wind, it has been blown out by a Spirit.

Cats Playing With Spirits

Cats will play with things you can’t see. They’ll stare at them. Miaow at them. Bat at figures you can’t perceive. Hiss at them. Run away from them. Hide from them.

And the worst thing? They do this all year around.

Sleep tight!
What Hallowe’en superstitions scare you most? Share them in the comments!

10 Things to Do on Samhain

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A collection of divinations, rituals and customs you might like to try out this year.

Apple Divination

Take an apple, and peel it. Try and peel it in one go, so it is just one long piece of apple peel and throw it over your left shoulder. If you can’t, take the longest piece.

The letter it forms will be the initial of your next love.

Dumb Supper

A Dumb Supper is a meal shared with your Dead Ancestors or relatives. Cook a meal, leaving a portion and a chair for each of the Dead that you wish to join you. However, you must cook and eat the meal in total silence, or they’ll vanish. Make sure not to season the food with salt either – it may keep them away!

Tarot Readings

Samhain is the end of the year, so it is perfect for Tarot readings or other divination. The results are usually the most accurate on this day about all others. Provided, of course, you use the ancient calendar – each day actually starts on sundown, not sunup. So, Samhain starts at sundown on the 31st. So you have a pretty decent excuse to break out the pumpkin spice candles.

Costume Parade

The original purpose of costumes on Samhain is to fool the wandering Dead that you’re one of them. So, if you’re planning to be out and about, dressing up as a Sexy Cupcake
is probably not your best option.

Although if any dish had a soul, it would probably be cupcakes.

Burn it Down

Building bonfires on Samhain, Hallowe’en and other similar days is something that crosses many cultures.

The two most common uses are to either dispel bad luck, or bring in good luck. I usually make my Black Salt from the ashes of either a Samhain or a May Day fire.

Leave a Light On

Again, there are two reasons to leave a candle, light, or Jack O’ Lantern in your window.

The Jack O’ Lantern is built to ward away evil spirits, again by fooling them into thinking you’re one of them – specifically the titular Jack, cursed to wander the earth with nothing but a turnip for a lantern.

The other reason is to actually signal spirits to you – usually your Dead relatives, to either welcome them into the house or give them a light to move into the proverbial Light.

You … probably can’t do both at once, so I’d choose how haunted you want your house to get – you don’t want some randos crashing the party. As we all know, the Spirits are strongest this time of year.

Mirror, Mirror

Another romance divination you can do, this is best done in a group, in the dark, and scare each other senseless.

If you’re unmarried, you can look into a mirror after midnight, and over your shoulder will be the face of the one you will marry. But beware – if they will die soon, you’ll be face to face with a skeleton instead.

If you choose to do this in a group, only one person should be reflected in the mirror at a time.

Spider Wisdom

Spiders can be great allies if you treat them right. When bad witches are near, they are said to fall into candles and burn to death. If one is scuttling around on Samhain, a Dead relative is watching over you.

And, at Samhain or any point in the year, if you catch a spider in your house and refrain from killing Her, you can ask her a question.

Take her outside, and before you set her free, remind her you had every right to destroy her since she was trespassing. Ask her to answer your question as payment, then ask the question. Look for your answer in the next three days.

(Don’t kill spiders though. That’s rude and unneeded.)

Hazelnut Divination

Another love divination! This one is useful if you are having trouble deciding between lovers. For each suitor you have, set a hazelnut beside a fire. Chant ‘ f you love me, pop and fly. If you hate me, burn and die!’

Trick or Treating

If you are going to be giving out sweets/candy for the Trick or Treaters this year, can I ask you to do one thing?

Keep a few sweets or chocolate behind suitable for kids with allergies or intolerances, not only to nuts but to things like gluten or lactose.

It doesn’t have to cost you any more – it’s getting much easier to find these things now, and a lot of popular, cheap sweets are fine as well.

Your whole stash doesn’t have to be Free From, but if you can keep a few back for anyone that asks.

I’ve heard of some kids who never got to go Trick or Treating because there were very few sweets they could eat without ending up in the hospital, and that broke my heart.

There’s no way you’ll be able to cater for every allergy, but if you could keep one or two things without lactose, gluten freelactose freeand without nuts, as those seem to be the more common ones.

(I also knew an old lady who would give out little bags of about 50p’s worth of 2ps, and some people give out inexpensive small toys or stickers too. Or fruit, but I don’t see an eight year old being too grateful for that one.)
It’s a small kindness that will make someone’s day!

Offerings for Ancestors That You Don’t Know

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Suitable Offerings for Ancestors You Don’t Know

 

It’s not easy to get in touch with your Ancestors, especially if you’re not fond of the ones closest to you.

 

Can you skip your nearest Ancestors and ask for help from ones further back? Of course you can. But the question that has been stumping me is how. How do you not only contact someone you don’t know and then convince them that you’d like a hand, with no prior knowledge of said person/people?

 

The way to start this path is to create a space where Ancestors who are interested in forming a relationship with you to come forward and introduce themselves. Creating a shrine or sacred space can be as simple as setting aside a shelf or portion of a table and filling it with items, images and offerings that might attract add Ancestor. As you get to know them, you can swap them out for things you know your Ancestor likes.

 

The idea that the first gifts must be absolutely perfect or the Ancestor (or Guide/Spirit/Deity) will refuse to work for you is what keeps most people (including me) stuck and prevents us from forming relationships to Unknown Spirits.

 

No Spirit (no Spirit that you would want to work with, anyway) is going to go off in a huff if you don’t figure out their favourite food from one interaction. The best way to start is with items that they might like, and with Ancestor workings that’s easier than you think.

 

Suggestions of Ancestor Offerings

 

  • Images of family mottos or coats of arms

 

  • Figurines of family work – are you looking to contact a particular sort of person? You might add items like needles, or knives, or bullets to attract a person who had a particular occupation

 

  • Money. You’d have to go very far back to contact a Spirit who didn’t understand the concept of cash. Money/coins is a good starting offering for many types of Spirit for this reason, but many traditions have burial practices involving the burial of a person with coins for one reason or another, so coins and Ancestor work go hand in hand.

 

  • Food or drink. If you have a national or regional dish, a family recipe, or other significant food that is a good place to start.  Even if they don’t like the food, you tried, you researched and you cooked a thing/bought a thing. That means something.

 

  • National and regional foliage, flowers or herbs

 

  • Pictures of human figures or skeletons. Giving them a ‘body’ to inhabit is a great thing to make communication easier. It doesn’t have to look precisely like them to be worth getting.

 

  • Shells, beads, and jewelry items. You’d have to go even further back, possibly to before sentience, to get a spirit that didn’t understand or value a gift. Shells in particular are great gifts for contacting Super Old, like pre-Bronze Age, Ancestors.

 

  • Pipes. Tobacco. Coffee. Alcohol. Things that were valued historically will often go down well. Even better if they are still valued now. There is no reason to go pouring a full bottle of Absolut for someone you don’t know, but a small tinny of beer or glass of wine usually grabs Their attention.

What items do you recommend giving to an Unknown Ancestor? Let me know in the comments!

Spell Saturday #10 – Hide Me Glamour

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Hide Me Glamour

You will need:

Some kind of pouch

Mustard seeds

Some kind of make-up item – mascara or lipgloss or a small bottle of perfume is good for this.

Step One

Put your make-up item and nine mustard seeds in the pouch. Carry it with you on a journey where the less people see you, the better.  (Be safe) A walk around the block at dinnertime when most people are indoors is good enough. Do this for nine days/nights.

Step Two

The make-up should be taking on the powers of invisibility (unnotice – ability in the literal sense.. The first time you put it on after the pouch, charge it with your intentions as you apply it. Think about being unnoticable.

Step Three

Carry it with you and apply as needed. Visualise cloaking yourself and disappearing.

Obviously, the glamour ceases to work if you are loud or deliberately draw attention to yourself. Sometimes. Be warned.

(Other obligatory warning: Can’t take responsibility for results, good, bad or ugly. Please be safe.)

Spell Saturday #9 – Workplace Harmony Spell

Workplace Harmony Spell

Workplace Harmony

This is a general workplace bonding thing. If there are a few particular people causing a problem, rather than general disharmony, there is a different spells for that – that will be next week’s.

– candles in white, blueand black

– essential oil of Peony or lavender

sugar, or Sticky Sweet Success blend which is sugar, rose petalshibiscus flowers
and ground juniper berries

Dress the candles with the oils.

Set the candles up as above. The tealight furthest to the front is the blue one. The black one doesn’t have to be a taper, it was just what I had at the time.

You sprinkle the sugar/Sticky Sweet Success in a circle around the candles.

Light them. Imagine everyone being sickly sweet to each other, polite, civil, peaceful.

(My candle correspondences were: blue, communication, white, cleansing, starting afresh and I always use a black and a white candle when doing ritual like spells like this – white to give extra power to the spell and black to burn away any blocks or obstacles away.)

(Usual notice: Can’t take responsibility for you, please be safe with fire and flammable objects. Links in post may be affiliate links.)