Spell for Keeping or Strengthening Your Resolve

A simple sewing spell to help you keep and strengthen your resolve when you face difficulties. All you need is a needle, thread and button.

Buttons, when used as fasteners, are associated with the element of Earth. They keep things together and secure. Tap into that energy to help you keep or strengthen your resolve.

This spell works best if the button is functional, but if that isn’t possible, add the button as a decorative touch or even in the hem or lining of the garment where it won’t be notice. Pick a button and thread that match the existent buttons (or you can even remove a button and sew it back on). If you are adding it to a hidden spot on the garment, you can choose a metal button to double up the earth energies of the button.

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Autumn is for Letting Go

Spell for letting go that which no longer serves you. Good for releasing emotions, thoughts, habits, etc. taking up space in your life.

Last year I wrote how Autumn is for mending. This year, as I’ve been doing a lot of introspection and work on my emotional and mental health, I am approaching Autumn with an added perspective. Autumn is the time of the harvest, and once some farmers have brought in their crops they set fire to the stubble to clear it for the next season. I’ve found my thoughts turn to the idea of clearing the landscape as the temperature has dropped.

One insight that I’ve been mulling over this year is that I need to release the bitterness that fuels obsessive thoughts. I can often fall into a pattern of dwelling on past events, replaying memories over and over again with new commentary or coming up with new responses. The exercise is pointless. I can’t go back in time to change things, and more importantly I am not going to get an apology or closure from those who harmed me. Fixating on those past instances only keeps me stuck, unable to let go.

I’ve come to recognize my reluctance to let go of my bitterness because doing so might be construed as exonerating those who harmed me. It has taken me several months to get comfortable with the idea that releasing that rancor doesn’t deny or forgive the harm done to me in the past. It clears the way for more useful thoughts and emotions to grow.

All of these realizations, brought about by introspection and therapy, have been key to discerning the ways I can bring witchcraft into my healing.

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The Land Shapes the Witch

Blog Post: As a hedgewitch, I’m used to getting my materia magica from the land. In new territory, there are lessons learn from my foraging.

The yard of my old home was not manicured in the least. It was haphazardly maintained, more wild and weeds than anything else. Chickweed, field penny-cress and bindweed grew right alongside the daisies, morning glories and basil I planted on purpose. One year catnip sprung up in a neglected patch and took it over. I still don’t know where it came from. The lemon balm I did plant, and it soon overran the sage and tulsi I had planted in the same bed. Similarly, my spellcraft evolved with what I could forage from my yard and the small, wild places in the neighborhood. I used dandelions and smartweed and Queen Anne’s lace in my magick because that is what I had on hand and I was too poor to buy magick supplies.

Backyard Abundance
(Clockwise from upper right hand corner.) Sunflower, bindweed, chickweed and flower-of-the-hour. Just a sampling of the wildflowers that sprung up in all the corners of my yard.
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Medea’s Invocation

Oh night thou confidant and guide Of secrets, such as darkness ought to hide; Ye stars and moon, that, when the sun retires; Support his empire with succeeding fires; And thou, great Hecate, friend to my design; Songs, mutt’ring spells, your magick forces join; And thou, O Earth, the magazine that yields The midnight sorcerer…