Domestic witchery is a fascination of mine, I think because it seems like it would be the oldest and most common form of witchcraft. Or maybe it’s just the lazy part of me that appreciates being able to accomplish two tasks in one.
This spell is one I’ve been working with over the last year or so, no only as I write Sew Witchy, but also in my daily life. When you are facing a great task ahead—a job interview or a court case, say—the odds can feel overwhelming. Using the spell below and visualization you raise energy to overcome all the small obstacles that can come between you and your goal and also provides you with a magickal talisman attuned to your task.
- A wrinkled piece of fabric or clothing*
- Steam iron
- Ironing Board
*Circumstances should dictate the fabric you choose. Clothing that you will be wearing during your challenge is ideal. For example, a skirt you’ll be wearing to a court case or a shirt you’ll be wearing to an interview. You could also choose a fabric scrap; about 18″ by 18″ is ideal.
Cotton and linen are best for this spell as they tend to wrinkle naturally. Synthetics and non-wrinkle clothing is not recommended.
Clear space and cast a circle according to your tradition. Call on any spirit helpers or deities you wish to aid you in the spell.
Place the wrinkled cloth on the ironing board. Use a heat setting that is appropriate for the cloth you are using (consult the iron’s operators manual to find out what that is).
As you iron see the wrinkles as the obstacles you face. See the steam and iron as you press as smoothing out not only the physical wrinkles, but those obstacles. Visualize the obstacles clearly. Name them as you work: people’s preconceived notions are smoothed away, distance becomes a non-issue, doors that were closed will now open, even traffic will not be a problem.
Continue working, ironing out all the wrinkles. See the path you are treading becoming smooth: the road you travel is paved, the ocean you cross is calm, the sky you fly through is clear. Everything is crisp and pristine, just like the cloth is after you press it.
When you are finished, hang up the clothing, or cloth. Wear the piece of clothing to the event you are preparing for. If it is a piece of cloth, hang it near your altar until the event—and your need for it—has passed.
Make your spell more potent by using a linen spray. Before beginning, make a spray by mixing 1 ounce of witch hazel, 3 ounces of water and ten drops of essential oil together in a spray bottle. Choose an oil aligned to your goal. Spritz a light mist onto the part you are going to press then go over it with an iron. If using on an article of clothing, test on a small, inconspicuous part first, like an inside hem, to make sure it won’t stain the fabric.