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Endings and Beginnings Spell
To make room for the new, we must let go of the old. This is hard, even when you desire change. This spell can help you let go and start anew.
Dim the lights, pour some pure water into a bowl, and place a white candle behind it to reflect light onto the water. Take some deep breaths, light the candle and visualize the things you are letting go of. Gently swish your hands in the water to release them. Then visualize what you wish to bring into your life and say the spell. Afterward, look into the light reflected into the bowl. Can you see the future? Isn't it bright?
I wash my hands of what once was
To make room for the future
Clearing off the past because
The present I would nurture
The old is out, the new is in
Shining bright before me
I open wide and so begin
Spell Source: Deborah Blake - Witches Datebook 2012
Image by Amanda Clark
Kath Green 4:50in the evenin' Jan 1
A spell for New Beginnings
A spell, or ritual, you could perform to honour and utilise the powerful forces of change.
You will need:
* A piece of black paper
* A piece of white paper
* A pen
* A feather
* A piece of ribbon
* A small fabric pouch
*Any nuts, seeds or dried flower heads
*A large pillar candle, representing the Goddess
* A white candle
* Cedarwood incense
Cast a circle around yourself, to create a peaceful, safe space, free from interruption. You may work on the floor or around your altar. Working outside, somewhere in nature would be ideal but if this is not possible, don't worry. Ensure you won't be disturbed - this ritual requires quiet reflection.
Each corresponding tool above should be placed in the right 'corner' of your circle. North (Earth) should hold the salt; West (Water) should hold the water; South (Fire) should hold the candle and East (Air) should hold the incense. As you place the item in each corner, visualise the element you are calling and invite them respectfully to your circle.
Within your circle, quietly meditate whilst focussing on the Goddess candle. Visualise changes you wish to come to be in your life and yourself; imagine any traits, doubts, worries or fears you wish to let go and bring to mind any positive alterations and outcomes you want to achieve. Ask the Goddess to help you in making these wishes become reality.
Keeping these visualisations clearly in mind, write on the black piece of paper all the things you wish to stop or cast away. Once you have finished, wrap this around the feather and tie with the ribbon. In turn, take the bundle to each of the elemental corners and politely ask the elements to guide your fears and negative behaviours away from you. Sprinkle the bundle with salt and water; move it gently it through incense and flame.
On the white piece of paper, write down all the things you wish to grow, nurture and achieve. Once you have finished, fold this piece of paper tightly and place inside the fabric bag with the nuts, seeds or flowers. Again, ask the elements for their assistance in ensuring your hopes come into fruition.
Close the circle, thanking each element for their help. You will now need to move outdoors - somewhere as undisturbed and natural as possible.
Your black piece of paper, tied to its feather needs to be cast away. If you are lucky enough to live by the sea or a river - even a little stream - these are perfect. Those of you who live in a more urban setting will need to be a bit more creative: think of ways the feather can be carried away on water or wind. It must not be allowed to stagnate near you any longer.
Your little pouch, containing the seeds and your white piece of paper, should be buried - somewhere where your dreams can 'grow' into fruition: beneath a strong tree would be perfect. Pour your 'seeds' into the soil and imagine them growing as strong and tall as the tree. Gently tie the pouch or a spare ribbon to the tree as an offering of thanks. Try to return to the spot through the year to 'water' your seeds with good intentions.
This is perfect for the Beginning of the New Year
To Start—Before hand:
In this ritual you write down what would be the most revitalizing, inspiring, beautiful thing you could manifest in one or all of these four areas: Work, health, relationship, money.
This summary or list is called your Life Arrow.
(Ask the Divine aspect of your inner self to help you be clear as you write your lists and perform the ritual.)
Wrap this, your summary or list, around a crystal or shell or pretty rock and tie it with a green or pink ribbon or sting creating a little request ‘bundle’. Bless it and envision it happening in your life.
Then on another piece of paper write down all the reasons you don't or won't do the aforementioned. Try to find the core fear or issue that blocks you from manifesting.
If you feel this is related to a person or situation, you want to address why you have allowed it in your life and the purpose it has served in your growth.
This is the death arrow. Sprinkle it with a little olive oil and fold it to be burned.
Creating the Space for Ritual:
Now create a sacred space for yourself either inside or out.
Begin by purifying the area by doing one or all of the following:
Creating a circle with salt Smudging* yourself and the area with a sage stick or incense, Spritzing with distilled or spring water to which the oil of sage, or frankincense, myrrh, cedar or elemi has been added. (If you don’t have the oils just water is fine.)
Envisioning the area filled with a white pearlescent rainbow light light a candle or campfire, have a picture of your favorite Deity, God/dess, Saint or inspiring individual, flowers, feathers, shells, etc. or whatever creates a sacred sense of beauty and peace for you.
These should be the center focal point of this space. If you are not allergic, it is nice to keep a stick of incense burning. (The Tibetan and Indian made incense are generally the cleanest and do not create the allergic reactions that some of the cheaper grocery store varieties do.)
Instrumental music can also be a nice addition, particularly if there is a lot of background noise as in the city.
The Ritual itself:
Call in the Great Spirit, the God/dess or your divine self or whomever you make sacred requests to, to be present. You might even ask the devas, protectors and earth guardians, or one or several of the Archangels to be an intermediary to amplify your request. These beings of light must be ASKED for their assistance before they can help us.
The Archangels associated with the signs of the Zodiac* are:
Aries and Scorpio: Phaneul, Uriel, Kamael
Taurus and Libra: Haniel, Anael
Gemini and Virgo: Raphael
Saggitarius and Pisces: Zadkiel
Capricorn and Aquarius: Cassiel, Zaphkiel
Thank them for their previous help and blessings in your life.
If you have a specific memory where you felt divinely aided, mention it. Ask for help manifesting whatever it is that is important to you now.
Create an affirmation for your present request, for example:
"Divine order and love constantly surround me.” “My heart is open to receiving" “I am manifesting _____”, (perfect health, lavish abundance, etc.) “I am at peace with my power.” Etc.
Whatever feels and sounds right for you is best. Repeat this many times like a chant in order to seal this affirmation in your consciousness.
(This affirmation will also help you whenever you might begin to doubt your Life Arrow manifestation at a later time, after the rituals completion, but before you experience its full manifestation in the world.)
Now voice your request by repeating what you've written and wrapped around a crystal or shell, etc. creating a little bundle.
Consecrate your request ‘bundle’ by passing it through the incense smoke or spritzing it with spring water or hold it and envisioning white light surrounding it. Saying your affirmations again, bury this wrapped crystal or shell in the earth to ground it.* Affirm that the forces of heaven and earth are working together to assist in the manifestation of your request.
Or place it in a special box or crystal bowl on your alter.
Then voice what you want to release, that blocks you from manifesting your desire.
This is your ‘Death Arrow’. Again address how this has served you and how you are now ready to be free of its limiting conditions.
Set it on fire (in a safe predetermined place, a fireplace or pot with a lid works well if you are indoors, a campfire or specially dug pit if you are outdoors)
As it burns affirm your positive inspirations and how this ritual serves all beings by removing the blocking energies being released, not just for yourself.
After the death arrow is burned, thank the divine entities that are helping you achieve your inspiration.
Meditate on ‘Life Arrows’ accomplishment and feel the joy of manifesting your request. Songs or music of thanksgiving are nice. As is just drumming.
Try to envision others also benefiting from the manifestation of the ‘Life Arrow’.
Then dedicate the merit of your ritual for all beings.
For example a simple prayer is:
“Throughout my life and in this moment I dedicate the accomplishments of this ritual to be of benefit to all beings so that they too may experience increased wisdom and love, health and prosperity while sickness, famine, warfare and suffering be abolished for every being, so all beings can live in peace and harmony together.
So may it be."
by Ingrid Jeffries