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This morning a familiar energy called me into the woods. I woke up feeling whole, balanced and knowing I will be doing some restorative magic. After having a heart-felt conversation with a friend the call of the forest increased and armed with a small white candle and my charged palms (my hands buzz before doing a spell) I stepped on a path familiar on my way to the sacred grove.
At a distance very clearly as I approached I saw a face of a maiden (beautiful she was) outlined at the entrance to the woods, which then changed to a crone’s face. It made me smile and I bowed as I always do entering the forest.
I sat on a familiar Holly tree and created a place for my energies to be sent into a simple white candle with dry leaves around it representing release (a word also inscribed on my candle). Holly tree is very of the season and to me it spoke of unconditional love, resilience and protection. I invited all the elements to assist me with this work. Fire to transform, Air to clarify, Earth to neutralise and Water to cleanse. It felt just right as I recalled names of people who are in need of a release from a soul turmoil right now. Two people in particular. As I released the energy from my palms to all four directions I saw and heard the last remaining leaves falling off trees all around me and I saw a deer just a few meters away from me. We looked and acknowledged each other for a few minutes before he walked off. Deer is sacred to me and they symbolise tender heart, purity, divine energy and sensitive nature. I thought of both, my friend and my sister, both in need of reminding of their prime qualities. I asked for peace in the world and a release of all that is no longer in service to us. It is waning moon right now and the right time to let things go.
As the candle was about to burn out I picked up a couple of leaves surrounding the candle circle and burnt them in the flame and once done I collected it all together and buried it under the tree in rich, most soil. It is one my of my favourite spells, which can be adopted depending on what’s needed. It always feels great afterwards.
I exited the grove and the woods with a bow and on my return I engaged with the water element by taking a shower to reinvigorate my energy back.
Sending blessings to everyone!
The wind is tangled in my hair and my bones are injected with the last sap of warm sunny days. I buzz with energy once again as we go deeper into autumn and Samhain gets nearer. I can feel myself touching other realms with my senses and ancient talk fills my ears. Communication with ancestors is made easier through a very sharp and clear mind and vision that allows me to see past the veil. I am surrounded by whispering energies and tingling sensations in my hands tell me magic is back. Magic is waking up from within me and ready to express itself in wild musings, deep ritual and spell work that makes everything in my life alive with energy and knowing. I cook, I walk, I dance and sing and read into the late hours of the morning. I am hungry for living and content with what it and who I am. This time of year is always grounding, safe, protective and wise. Autumn is an Earth element season for me and an open invitation to go deeper into my roots and into the layers of the underworld where darkness holds gold for me to treasure.
Image: Waterhouse, The Magic circle (one of my favourite paintings)
To reinforce my increasing Fire energy of productivity this month (read my post on Fire element and productivity HERE), which is usually the case on a yearly basis, this morning I am drawn to doing a Success, Business spell. I feel that warm fire burning within me and a spell materialises within my awareness and I feel propelled into action. I sit down and create a spell using my intuition and collecting all the information that is flooding into me this morning and within minutes I know what to do and how. I select the wording I like, collect and prepare all the tools and decide to go out to do this spell work in the woods. You can certainly do it at home too, in your sacred space, whatever you are drawn to in the moment I always encourage going with that, always.
As I walk towards the woods I feel incredibly excited and buzzing with the electricity of the Sun, which is shining bright this morning. It is chilly, but I so very much like the cold. It invigorates all of my senses, I feel alive and ready for action. I walk fast and smile all the way to the place I also knew intuitively I was going to this morning. It is a different place I chose from my usual sacred Nemeton. I felt that, or rather intuitively knew, that switching places for your magic work sometimes can create new energies and it allows for the flow of energy to move freely when, perhaps, it is not confined always to one place. I also had a sense of this big hug, embrace of the whole archetype of the woods, expanding my sense of belonging, if you like. I wanted to include all of it within me. I bow, as I walk into the grove.
I am intuitively drawn to a tree root, which is perfect for this type of spell, as not only trees have been my most vital sources of guidance, support and lessons, but their roots are super important to me, as they are touching Gaia and her energy is flowing through these magnificent forest giants. It is that energy I want to tap into.
I create a mini circle and here is the spell in action: materials you use, the order you do things in, chanting, etc.
Yarrow – for Luck and Bay Leaf for protection and stability
A bee is a spirit animal of success, abundance and also vibes with hard work, perseverance and endurance.
It is a Fire and Earth spell based mainly on the male energies, which are around this time of the year.
Post-spell I am filled with this incredible joy of yet again having connected with the magic of the forest, Earth and nature. I put my arms around a tree and instantly images of luxurious nature come to me. I also had an idea of a new magic book I need to produce come to me in that moment. This is so beautiful in a felt sense I am bursting with joy. As I walk out of the woods I really do feel like I did some serious work and I bathe my face in the winter Sun standing still for a while before bowing to the grove saying ‘I love you so much!’
On my return I drink a blend of tea, which is ‘feminine’ in nature. Intuitively again and this is very important to me in my magic work, I am drawn to balancing the energies. As most of the work this morning had male energy origins and qualities I had to invoke were of Fire predominantly, I feel I need to balance them out with my feminine energy and I drink this tea, which is delicious and ahhhhhh. I have a deep sense of belonging, comfort and home. You can make your own blend of herbs to empower your feminine flow daily.
You can also perform this spell at home, at your altar or other sacred place. Look like this
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I have been attracted to doing some drawing in the last few weeks and I have decided to incorporate that inner pull into my magical workings. Using creativity and intuition are very important to me, as I often find it is the best way to express whatever needs to be expressed in the moment and what can be better than tuning into your inner voice and following your inner guidance to create whatever is calling to be released, expressed or manifested.
Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed and what I suggest is just go for it. Some people find that they prefer preparing themselves for a drawing through visualization first. I go with ‘unconscious’ creating, i.e. putting pencil to paper without preparation or engaging with any thinking process. It is a process, which draws unconscious material out of darkness and into the light. It allows you to see what needs seeing in that moment. More on Creative/Active imagination HERE.
I continue to feel as I go along, I listen to where and what is appearing in my body, but mostly I let it flow and whatever is meant to come up will come up. The only thing I say to myself before I start is – Release what no longer serves me. It lets the Universe know what your intention is and energy will align with what your need is, you just have to go with its flow and create.
You can also produce a list, i.e. words on a piece of paper of what you wish to be released with a drawing, which symbolically represents each of those things on your list.
The Moon is currently Waning and it is New Year’s Eve. It is the perfect time for releasing, letting go, cleansing and ridding yourself of anything or anyone that no longer serves you or wishes to walk alongside you with peace and love. This ritual is very simple, yet very powerful and all you will need for this is:
- Drawing/list or both you prepared
- Cauldron to light the fire in
- White, black or violet candle
- Lavender oil burning (optional)
- Can be done outside or inside
Prepare yourself with a visualization of your goals, needs and desires and set your intention holding your drawing/list in your hand. Light a candle and place it in your cauldron. Roll up your drawing/list and light it slowly. Let it burn chanting
Let what no longer serves me
Fly away Fly away
Release me, Heal me, Cleanse me
Happy New Year everyone! Let the Goddess bless you and your families with joy, love, pleasures and delights, good health and success, peace and kindness in the heart.
Raw Nature Spirit
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