Pandora's Spells and Rituals
Below you will find spells to protect pets, spells to protect the kitchen and cook, and a purification broom ritual which is traditional for many witches during Ostara. There is also a binding excercise to help you develop concentration for your binding spells. As time permits, I will continue to add pages from my Book of Shadows. Look for my tool cleansing and consacrating ritual soon. Remember that spells nad rituals are very personal things. Feel free to modify these in any way that will make it feel "right" for you.
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With some level of emotion hold the image of your kitties being safe in your mind. Feel your desire for their continued safety. If one is gone from your side imagine what it will be like when your pet returns. Rough out the images as clearly as you can. You can incorporate this technique into other, more structured, ritual forms. (Submitted by Barbara)
To keep your cats free from fleas, soak garlic in olive oil and mix a tablespoon of the oil in with their food daily. (I would add that, while you soak the garlic and whenever you place it in the cat's dish, you might visualize the fleas jumping off the cat and never coming back.) (Submitted by Dan)
Take some fur of the cat (shed fur will do nicely). Tie fur into a bunch with some red thread (silk by preference, although cotton or even acrylic will do). Invoke the blessing of your patron deity. Place consecrated fur into a cannister (the following is imperative!). The cannister must be reflective on the outside, but NOT on the inside (If the cannister is reflective on the inside, it will focus malicious intent on the cats!). Seal the cannister with red wax (just a dab will do) Place cannister next to cat's usual exit. Red is the color of protection, silk is an insulator, the reflective cannister reflects malicious intent, the blessing is for extra whammy to the spell.
To Safeguard the Cook and Kitchen
Aloe has long been considered a magical/medicinal plant. Grow one in your kitchen, or as near your kitchen as you can, to safeguard you from nasty kitchen accidents such as cuts and burns. Dab some aloe gel on your major kitchen appliances, tools, doors and windows to safeguard them as well.
Garlic is well known for its protective qualities. Place a bulb of garlic on your kitchen window, or hang a rope of garlic in your kitchen. Do not ever use these for food--remember, they are there collecting negative energy. Periodically, remove the garlic and bury in the earth. Remember to thank the garlic and the earth for their service to you.
A Kitchen Witch Bottle will protect your food from contamination or burning. There are many ways of constructing these, but I like to put three needles, three pins and three iron nails into a jar filled with salt. Seal it tightly and shake it vigorously nine times. Place three dabs of red wax along the seal. While you're constructing your Kitchen Witch Bottle, visualize your kitchen as a peaceful, safe place, full of delicious aromas, and savory food. Place your Kitchen WItch Bottle on a top shelf of your cupboard where it will not be disturbed.
To Make a Purification Broom
From time to time it is necessary to purify our home because of sickness, conflict in the home, etc. Many witches also like to purify the home in the spring, and Ostara, the upcoming Spring Equinox, is a traditional time to make our brooms and use them. I like to make short brooms for this ritual because they're easier to use, but you may make a longer one if you like.
You will need a straight branch, approximately 12 to 18 inches long and 1/2 inch in diameter (if you can't find a branch, a dowel will do), scissors, raffia and a bowl of salt water.You will also need bunches of any of the following plants: cedar, fennel, lavender, rosemary, or broom. Ideally, these plants should come from your magickal garden. (Read more about planting and using herbs in a magickal garden in this month's issue of Cauldrons and Broomsticks.)
Assemble your tools and materials and create a sacred space to work in. Charge the branch and plant materials by taking each in turn in your hands and sending purifying energies into them. Visualize a white cleansing light emanating from your hands and being absorbed by the branch and plants. Take the raffia and tie three circles on one end of the branch while you say: "I bind you in purification." Now take several stalks of the plant materials, leafy ends down, and place them around the end of the branch with the three loops of raffia (to form a round broom shape). Visualize the white light, and tie three loops around the branch and plants. Place another layer of plant material around the branch, tie three more loops while you visualize. Do this until your broom is as full as you want. Tie the end of the raffia three times around the branch and plants, pull the end through some of the loops and tie three knots. Snip off the excess raffia. Thank the branch and plant materials for their sacrifice.
Sprinkle some of the salt water on the broom sweeps and visualize all negative forces melting away. Now walk to your door, open it and vigorously sweep close to the floor (you don't actually have to sweep the floor). Visualize all negativity being swept out the door. Now moving clockwise around the house, sweep each door and window and at the upper and lower corners of each room. When you've made your way back to the door, open it again, sweep out, then shake your broom vigorously three times to shake away anything that stuck to it. Leave it outside your door, do not bring it in again. At your first opportunity, take it apart and bury all the materials.
Sit in a comfortable place away from noise and distraction. Close your eyes and visualize a white silken cord in your hands. Now visualize tying a knot. Watch your fingers lacing the ends of the cord around each other, feel the cord's silken texture between your fingers and on the palms of your hands. Watch as you slip one end of the cord through a loop and pull both ends into a secure, tight knot. Do this excercise often. You will use this technique in binding spells.
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This page was last updated February 10, 1997.
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