How to Do a Candle Spell: Candle How-To Guide

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Getting Started with Candle Spells

Are you just getting started in spells and witchcraft? Don’t yet know the right way to do a candle spell? I’ve written a book all about this topic called The Book of Candle Magic which has everything that you need to know. But if you want to get started right away, you’ve come to the right place. Check out this handy Candle How-To Guide I’ve made just for you.

Choosing a Candle for Your Spell

When it comes down to it, you can use any candle, even a birthday candle, to do spell work; but spell work is an art, and like any art, if you have the right tools it is much easier to create what it is that you envision.

Quality really does matter. I’ve worked with thousands of candles over the years and I love the candles that we create here at the Parlour of Wonders because they are what I like to call “witchcrafted” – created by magic workers and loaded with intention that supports your spell work.

When you choose the candle that is aligned with the work that you wish to do, you know that you are choosing a candle crafted with the correct colors to support your intention. Add some spiritual  oils and magical herbs that support the work and you ready to activate what it is that you desire. When you start out with the correct tools, you give your work an amazing burst of power.

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Are Beeswax Candles the Best for Your Spells?

Are the beeswax candles that we make here at the Parlour of Wonders the best for your spells? The short answer is yes. Of course any candle can be used for a quick spell, but if you have very important intentions that you want to amplify with positive energy, I recommend the candles we craft for you here at the Parlour of Wonders. Why? You truly are purchasing an empowered item for your spell.

To do your very best spell work, it is best to start with tools that are aligned with your intention. With our candles you get access to three times as much positive power in your spell. With a witchcrafted beeswax Parlour of Wonders candle you get the empowerment of the magical energy of the bees, the energy of our magical candlemakers as we craft a candle just for you, and the energy that you yourself put into your spell. A mass-produced paraffin candle can never compare with a lovingly hand-poured beeswax witch-made candle like the ones we make for you.

However, no matter what candle you choose for your spell, it is essential that it is a new candle, not one that you have burned before and especially not one that you have burned for another spell. You don’t want to confuse and dilute the energetic intention!

Beeswax Taper Candles

Choose a Candle Color That’s Perfect for Your Spell

When you choose a candle that is already dressed with oils and herbs and blessed for a certain outcome, you do not have to consider the importance of the color of the candle. But if you are choosing a pure beeswax figural, pillar, or taper candle and dressing it with oils and herbs yourself, you may want to choose a color that corresponds to your intention.

Here are candle colors and their corresponding intentions:

  • Green – Prosperity, money luck, growth, fertility, gambling luck, business, a good job, abundance
  • Red – Passionate love, energy, action, attraction, sexuality
  • White – Cleansing, clarity, blessing, healing, connection to spirits or the spiritual world, purity, rest
  • Black – Cursing, banishing, protection, reversing, repulsion, dark thoughts, sorrow, freedom from evil
  • Blue – Harmony, peace, calming, ideas, joy, kindly intentions, healing
  • Pink – Romantic love, friendship, sweet feelings, heart connection, affection, clean living
  • Purple – Empowerment, success, controlling, commanding, mastery, power, ambition
  • Lavender – Healing, calming, tranquility
  • Yellow – Optimism, prosperity, happiness, gambling luck, attraction
  • Orange – New opportunities, success, new ventures, change of plans, opening the way, prophetic dreams
  • Brown – Court case work, justice, balance, grounding
  • Gray – Neutrality, invisibility, working in “gray areas”

There are also double-action pillar candles that are half black and half another color. These special candles are used in reversing spells to send negativity back to its source and bring in blessings.

  • Black and White – Removing general negativity and bringing in blessings
  • Black and Red – Removing negativity surrounding passion and bringing in love
  • Black and Green – Removing negativity surrounding money and bringing in prosperity
  • Black and Blue – Removing negativity surrounding health and bringing in healing
  • Black and Pink – Removing negativity surrounding relationships and bringing in heart connection
  • Black and Purple – Removing negativity surrounding empowerment and bringing in mastery
  • Black and Yellow – Removing negativity surrounding happiness and bringing in optimism
  • Black and Orange – Removing blocked energy and bringing in success
  • Black and Brown – Removing negativity surrounding court cases and bringing in justice

 
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When Do I Light My Spell Candle?

My belief is that if you need a spell RIGHT NOW, then do your candle spell right away. But, if you can wait a few days to work with a time that aligns best with your intention, you can harness an extra boost of energy to add to your spell.

There are a few choices that you have when it comes to when to start your candle spell.

timing your candle spell to the phases of the moon

Working with Moon Phases

There are two basic phases of the moon that can be harnessed for candle magic: the waxing and the waning moon.

Waxing Moon

The time when the moon appears to be growing larger, from New (dark) Moon to Full Moon.

The Waxing Moon is the time to do spell work about invocation, attraction and bringing in; for example, attracting a lover or bringing in more abundance.

Waning Moon

The time when the moon appears to be growing smaller, from Full Moon to New (dark) Moon.

The Waning Moon is the time to do spell work about clearing, removing and banishing; for example, clearing out negativity and removing unhealthy patterns.

Some candle spells should ideally only be used at the Waning Moon (such as a Curse Reversal Spell) or Waxing Moon (such as a Lovers Passion Spell or Seven Treasures Spell) but others (such as a Change of Heart Spell) can be used at either time of the moon, either to release heartache or open your heart, for example.

If you are working with the waxing or waning moon, it is best to light your candle toward the early part of the moon phase and completely burn it before the phase of the moon completes. if you’re unsure of what phase the moon is in, check an online moon phase calendar for your area.

Ideally, to really create some powerful magic, do two candles working with the waning and then the waxing phase of the moon. First, use a clearing candle in the Waning Moon phase, clearing the way for something new and then, use a drawing candle to invite in what you want in the Waxing Moon phase.

Here are some examples:

Waning Moon – Removing poverty-thinking – Waxing Moon – Creating abundance

Waning Moon – Banishing self-limiting beliefs – Waxing Moon – Inviting success

Waning Moon – Clearing out old relationship baggage – Waxing Moon – Attracting a soulmate into your life

Using astrology to time your candle spells

Working with Astrological Phenomena

If you are familiar with astrology, you might want to coordinate your candle around the Moon, Sun or planets being in certain signs to enhance your work.

For example, you might want to do love work when Venus is in the sign of Cancer, professional success as a performer when the Sun is in Leo, or enemy work when Mars is in Aries.  The Moon goes through a new sign every couple of days, so it’s easier to coordinate an auspicious timing.

Astrology is a fascinating topic to explore and you can use even a basic knowledge to coordinate your candle work. 

days of the week can be used to time your candle spells

Working with Days of the Week

Traditional rootwork relies not on the phases of the moon or planets but on days of the week to coordinate when to light candles.

  • Sunday – Healing, blessing, general positive work, optimism
  • Monday – Women’s concerns, childbirth, fertility, psychic work, spiritual work, marriage
  • Tuesday – War work, enemy work, break ups, banishing, strength, health
  • Wednesday – Communication, business, travel, negotiations, faster results, gambling
  • Thursday – Power, wealth, success, money, business, legal issues
  • Friday – Love, sex, beauty, prosperity, business, admiration, creativity
  • Saturday – Enemy work, binding, blocking, clarifying, creating structure, revenge, justice

There are many more ways that you can choose a time to start a spell, but these three are the most popular.

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Altar Preparation

Prepare an altar space in your home on a small table or nightstand. Using water and a paper towel, wipe down the area of your table that you intend to use as an altar in a counter-clockwise motion, with the energy and intent that you are clearing space for your magical work. Arrange a pillar candle in a votive candle holder, jelly jar, or cup (anything that will contain the wax as it melts). Place a figural candle on a tray or dish large enough to contain the wax that will melt. Taper candles can be placed in candle holders or affixed to a dish or tray by softening the wax on the bottom.

Once you’ve arranged your candles, add anything else that represents the focus of your spell on the altar in a way that is pleasing to you. You can add gemstones, incense, candle snuffers, cauldrons, or bells for extra magical support for your spell.

Candle Preparation

For all candles (except Vigil Candles) unwrap the candle removing all paper and plastic. Sit with the candle in your hands and meditate on your intent. If you are working with a free-standing candle, take a nail, wax inscriber, pencil, knife or some sharp object and carve words representing this work into the sides of the candle. You may choose to inscribe it in a downward motion from wick to base for a clearing candle or in an upward motion from base to wick for an invoking candle.

Dress your candle with an appropriate oil, stroking it in a downward motion for clearing or an upward motion for invoking. After dressing your candle, you are ready for the spell. (For more information on working with Spiritual Oils, go to my “Spiritual Oils How To Guide“)

 For Vigil Candles, which are already dressed and blessed, just remove the lid and sit with the candle in your hands and meditate on your intent.

lighting a spell candle

 

Lighting Your Candle

Place your candle in the holder or on the tray. Light incense that is pleasing to you and use it to clear the energies surrounding you and your altar space.

Pray, chant, sing to focus your energy before you light your candle. When you feel ready, light your candle and speak your spell words.

 
using a snuffer to put out a candle

 

Candle Maintenance

Your candle will need to be put out when you leave your house or go to sleep, but the effectiveness will remain if you snuff your candle instead of blowing it out. When you need to snuff your candle, use a shotglass, cup, dish, candle snuffer or pinch out the candle with moist fingers. Do not blow out the candle.

When you relight your candle, repeat the key message from your spell in a few words or a sentence. Repeating the focused words from your spell will actually help empower it and keep the energy high.

Correcting Candle Problems

Whenever you are doing a candle for spellwork, you are working to shift something to go in your favor; therefore, you want to work to make the candle comply with your wishes. The ideal candle burn is for a candle to burn with a middle-sized flame, not too high and smoky and not so small that it goes out. If your flame is too high, trim the candle wick to about 1/4″ tall. If the flame is too low or the flame goes out, pour off some of the excess wax so that the wick is a little taller.

If you are working with more than one candle, such as two figural candles, and burning them over the course of several days, the ideal is that they burn at about the rate. If one candle is burning faster than the other, snuff the faster burning one out earlier than the slower one and let the slower one catch up.

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Candle Interpretation

One of the wonderful things about a candle spell is that it can give you feedback from the spirit realm as to what to expect from your spell. The primary way to interpret candle remains are to look for soot or smoke on the glass (if applicable), to look for excess candle wax and to read the candle wax remains.

For Vigil Candles and Candle Burned in Glass Holders:

Black soot or smoke indicates spiritual blockages around your intention. The amount of soot indicates the level of blockage (a small amount indicates small blockages, a lot of soot indicates heavy blockages). Re-do your spell again or start with a candle dressed with Energetic Purification oil, Block Buster oil or Open Roads oil to remove spiritual blocks and then, when this cleansing candle has burned cleanly and completely, light another candle for your original intention. Additionally, you may want to enhance your work by doing a series of cleansing baths on yourself with Energetic Purification Bath Crystals.

Grey or white smoke indicates that your spirit guides are surrounding you on this issue and would like to help you with your situation. If you would like more help connecting to guides, listen to Magic and the Law of Attraction podcast episodes 9 and 10.

Wax remaining in the bottom of the glass indicates that there is material world work and effort that needs to be done to support your outcome. Wax burned completely indicates that there is no extra work or effort that has to be done on your part.

A broken glass indicates that someone is working against you having your good outcome or that breakups and banishing work has been effective.

Looking at any candle remains such as wax, glitter, or herbs, you can see shapes or symbols which can be interpreted as you would interpret tea leaves in a tea leaf reading

Parlour of Wonders Vigil Candle Altar

 

For Free-Standing Candles on Plates or Trays:

Wax spilling over the side of the tray or dish indicates that you are revealing too much in the situation – either too much information or too much emotion.

Wax “pillars” standing up indicate blockages or areas that need your attention – large or tall wax pillars indicate large blockages, short ones indicate small blocks. Many pillars indicate many blocks, a few indicate only a few hurdles. Wax pillars that were standing at one time but have fallen over by the end of the spell indicate blockages that have been removed or overcome through the spellwork.

Excess wax drowning your candle flame before it has burned completely indicates that there is material world work and effort that needs to be done to support your outcome. Wax burned completely indicates that there is no extra work or effort that has to be done on your part.

A broken dish or tray indicates that someone is working against you having your outcome.

Looking at any candle remains, you can see shapes or symbols which can be interpreted as you would interpret tea leaves in a tea leaf reading.

If you are working with a figural candle, you can see any particular parts of the candle that remain as a message also. For example, if the feet are remaining, you interpret that symbolically as you need to get your “foot in the door” or you’ve got your “feet on the ground” or that you need a “better footing” in the situation or that you are “standing on your own two feet.”

Candle Wax Reading

 

Candle Spell Completion

When your candle has completely burned down, you may choose to recycle the entire glass container with the wax in it. However, if you would like to reuse the holder, take any remaining wax out of the holder. This can be done by placing the holder in hot water or by placing your holder (if it’s oven safe) in an oven set at the very lowest setting (usually “Warm”).  Alternatively, you can use a hair dryer to soften the wax in the glass. Once the wax is soft, it may be scooped out or even wiped out with a paper towel.

You may dispose of the leftover candle wax by throwing it in the trash (your own trash if the spell was to bring something to you or a trashcan away from your home if you were doing uncrossing or banishing work), however, if you would like to dispose of your candle in a more ceremonious way, you have several options:

  • If you have been working with an invoking candle, you may keep it in a bag and place it in an appropriate place (such as your bedroom for a love spell or your office for a prosperity spell) until your spell comes to fruition.
  • Alternatively, you may bury it on your property or in a potted plant in your home or workplace.
  • You might want to form the leftover wax into symbols such as hearts or dollar signs and place these wax talismans on your altar or add a small piece of the wax to a mojo bag.
  • You can also soften the wax with a hair dryer and use it to form a poppet or doll baby.
  • For an uncrossing or banishing candle, you may want to bury it somewhere away from your home or bury it in a graveyard.
  • You can also leave it in a crossroads, that is, leave the spell remains in the center of a quiet intersection where two roads cross.

In any case, once your candle has burned completely, your spell work is complete. Your work now is to envision, expect and receive the positive results.

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How Long Does It Take a Spell to Work?

How long it takes for a spell to work depends on the circumstances surrounding the situation. Often, more challenging situations require a longer time to turn around. I was taught, as a general rule, to look for three signposts indicating that your spell worked: Message, Movement and Manifestation.

Messages

A message for a spell is a signal from your guides, deities, or the universe, telling you in some way that you’re on the right track. A message is a small positive sign (such as hearing a special song on the radio, seeing a word on a billboard, a special number on a clock or seeing a symbol of some kind) within three days of completing your spell work. Keep your eye open for these special spiritual messages that come from the otherworld.

Movement

Movement is an event which moves you slightly closer toward your goal. For example, movement could be getting a like from your target on your social media or for a job to call you in for an interview. Movement is not the end result but it’s a step toward your end result. Look for movement toward your goal within three weeks of finishing your candle spell.

Manifestation

Manifestation is your final outcome. The manifestation of your spell should occur within three months of completing your candle spell. If, at any point, you are not seeing one of these messages, movement, or manifestation, then you probably have to go back and give your intention more energy, employ a new strategy, light another candle or do some more spiritual work around your situation.

Think about this: not every disease is cured with one dose of medicine; sometimes it requires another dose and sometimes several – the same is true for spiritual work. If you would like to know more specific timing for your particular case or a spiritual assessment of how challenged the situation is, I recommend getting a tarot reading with a trusted reader.

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How To Make Crystal Waters: Gem Elixir How To Guide

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Gems can be used to infuse water with magic

What Are Gem Elixirs?

Have you heard about gem elixirs, gemstone-infused water, crystal waters and were curious about how to make magical crystal waters? Well, I got you! This Gem Elixir How To Guide will show you how to make crystal waters in very easy and safe ways with things you probably already have at home.

Water is the perfect transmitter of energy. When we make a tea, we are imparting the essence of the herbs into the water and then taking it into our body (which is made up of 60% pure water). The essence of the magical properties of these blessed herbs then becomes part of us! 

We are able to do the same with gemstones! Crystal energy can be added to water to make Gem Elixirs. Gem elixirs, which are also sometimes called called crystal essences or crystal waters, have been been a part of medicine and magic throughout the ages. They are very simple to make and can be stored for later use.

gem water or gem elixirs are easy to make

How to Make Gemstone Waters

There are two methods of making Gem Elixirs – the direct method and the indirect method. In the direct method, you place the stone directly in the water to be charged with the crystal energy. In the indirect method, you place the stone in a container and that container in the water to impart that crystals energy. Neither method is better or more effective than the other. Gemstones charge whatever they are near, so whether the gem is in the water or in a jar makes no difference. The only caution you should have is that some stones can dissolve in water and others can leech toxic chemicals when placed in water, so if you choose to use the direct method, make sure your stone is safe to put in water (see below for a list of stones that are too toxic to be made via the direct method). 

To Make a Gem Elixir (Indirect Method):

Any gemstone can charge water through the indirect method, and there are no safety concerns making a Gem Elixir in this way. To make a Gem Elixir through the indirect method – you can follow these instructions:

You will need:

  • One or more crystals
  • A small clean glass jar or bowl to hold your crystals
  • A large glass or ceramic bowl to hold the water and the jar of crystals
  • A large clean glass bottle to hold your Gem Elixir once you have made it.
  • Water – The water you use can be spring water (bottled spring water can be purchased, though if possible, from a glass bottle), distilled water, rain water, or morning dew. Try to avoid tap water, as it has been treated with chemicals.
  • 80 proof (or higher) Vodka or vinegar of any kind – to use as a preservative and to “fix” the crystal vibrations
  • Sunlight, moonlight or a sacred space such as a personal altar or a public temple, or a natural energetic space such as standing stones, a mountain top, a crossroads.

How to Make a Gem Elixir

  • Before starting, clear your crystals by placing them in a bowl of dry sea salt or in bowl with a tablespoon of sea salt dissolved in water.
  • Program your crystal with your intention by holding it between the palms of your hands and speaking out loud what it is that you would like the crystal to help you with.
  • Put your crystals in the small jar (or small bowl), fill with water, close the jar and place the jar in the large bowl.
  • Pour water into the large bowl without allowing any of the water to get into the jar or small bowl containing your crystals.
  • State your intention out loud – that is, what you would like your Gem Elixir to do.
  • Leave the containers in the sunlight, moonlight or sacred space for four or more hours.
  • Remove the jar or small bowl and pour the charged water from the large bowl into the large bottle – filling it to about 90%.
  • Fill the bottle the rest of the way with the vodka or vinegar as a preservative.
  • Empty the water in the small jar onto the earth to give back to the earth that produced the gems.
  • Use your Gem Elixir in magic spells, cleansing baths or add to your potions.

Crystal-Infused Waters

Crystal waters are similar to Gem Elixirs but are made without a preservative and are for immediate use. You can drink them or use them in a cleansing bath, as an ingredient in spells, or added to your potions to bring the energy of the crystal to your magic.

To make a Crystal Water (indirect method):

  • Before starting, clear your crystals by placing them in a bowl of dry sea salt or in bowl with a tablespoon of sea salt dissolved in water.
  • Program your crystals with your intention by holding them one-by-one between the palms of your hands and speaking out loud what it is that you would like the crystal to help you with.
  • Place a glass or jar of water on an altar or table
  • Place crystals around the glass or jar of water in a crystal grid pattern.
  • State your intention out loud – that is, what you would like your Crystal Water to do.
  • Leave the jar or glass in the sunlight, moonlight or sacred space for one hour or up to 24 hours.
  • When the water has been charged, it is ready to drink or used in your magical practice immediately.
  • Crystal Waters can be stored for a few days in the refrigerator in a sealed container, but should be used quickly.

General Precautions for Gem Elixirs

  • Soft stones (anything with a mohs hardness of 4 or lower) should not be placed in water as they will dissolve. You can check regarding the hardness of the stones you wish to use by looking them up at mindat.org or gemdat.org.
  • Do not make conventional, direct gemstone elixirs, gem waters, massage oils of any stone containing metal (lead, copper, etc.) Use an indirect method instead. FYI: Polished stones are less likely to allow elixirs, etc. to leach any potentially hazardous materials. Rough stones are most likely.
  • In general, almost all blue and green stones, especially brightly colored ones, contain copper and/or arsenic and are potentially unsafe to use for conventional gem elixirs, etc. Shiny, metallic stones should be avoided. Don’t handle stones containing arsenic, such as realgar, or mercury, such as cinnabar without protective gloves. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling them. These stones are extremely toxic.
  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke while handling potentially toxic stones. Keep all potentially harmful stones (including small, bite-sized stones that aren’t necessarily toxic but can cause choking hazards!) out of reach of children for safety.
Brazilian Agate Tumbled Gemstone

Some Gemstones Are Toxic

Approach any unfamiliar gemstone with caution. You may find contradictory information elsewhere as to the potential hazards of crystals. I recommend being cautious and using indirect methods for making elixirs and other consumables unless you’re absolutely certain of what you’re doing. To be on the safe side, consider the stones listed below, and any stones you are not 100% sure about, to be toxic to eat, drink, or otherwise consume.

The following stones are toxic and gem elixirs should only be made with the indirect method with them:

  • Actinolite – asbestos
  • Adamite – zinc, copper 
  • Amazonite – copper
  • Amber – toxic dust, fumes, possible trapped bacteria or virii, possible ingestive toxicity
  • Angelite – lead, sulphur
  • Anthophyllite – asbestos
  • Aragonite – sometimes contains lead
  • Atacamite – copper
  • Atlantisite – contains Serpentine (see below)
  • Auricalcite – zinc and copper
  • Azurite – copper
  • Boji-stones/Kansas Pop Rocks – may contain sulphur
  • Bronchantite – copper
  • Celestite aka Celestine – aluminum
  • Cerrusite – sulphur, molybdenum 
  • Chalcantite (aka “blue shit”) – copper
  • Chalcopyrite (Peacock Stone, Peacock Ore) – copper and sulphur
  • Charoite – barium, strontium 
  • Chrysacolla (Chrysocolla) – copper 
  • Chrysotile – asbestos
  • Cinnabar – mercury, VERY TOXIC
  • Cobaltocalcite (Pink Cobalt Calcite) – cobalt 
  • Conicalcite – copper
  • Copper – copper
  • Coral – organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials in the water it forms in 
  • Chrysoprase – nickel
  • Crocidolite – asbestos
  • Cuprite – copper
  • Diopside – copper
  • Dioptase – copper
  • Eliat Stone – copper
  • Emerald – aluminum
  • Feldspar – aluminum 
  • Fluorite – source of dangerous gas hydrofluoride
  • Garnet – aluminum 
  • Gem Silica – copper
  • Galena/ Galenite – lead 
  • Garnierite (Genthite, Falcondoite) – nickel 
  • Hematite – iron
  • Hiddenite – aluminum
  • Howlite – boron, boron oxide, borate
  • Iolite – aluminum 
  • Jade (Jadeite) – aluminum, iron
  • Jade (Nephrite) – aluminum, iron, titanium
  • Kambaba Jasper – cyanobacteria and possible cyanotoxins
  • Kansas Pop Rocks – may contain sulphur 
  • Kunzite – aluminum
  • Kyanite – aluminum
  • Labradorite – aluminum 
  • Lapis Lazuli – may contain copper, sulphur
  • Leopard (Skin) Jasper – iron
  • Marcasite (Markasite) – sulphur 
  • Magnetite (Lodestone) – iron in large quantities
  • Malachite – copper
  • Merlinite – barite, iron
  • Meteorite – may contain many toxic substances 
  • Mohawkite – copper, arsenic
  • Moldavite – aluminum 
  • Molybdenum – molybdenum 
  • Moonstone – may contain aluminum or other toxic substances
  • Mother of Pearl – organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials in the water it forms in 
  • Ocean Jasper – iron
  • Opal – toxic dust for inhalation at least
  • Paraiba Blue Quartz – aluminum in the tourmaline component
  • Pearl – organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials in the water it forms in 
  • Psiomelane – barium 
  • Pyrite (Fool’s Gold, Inca Gold) – sulphur
  • Quartz (all types) – toxic dust for inhalation
  • Realgar – sulfur, arsenic
  • Rhodocrosite (Rhodochrosite) – lead 
  • Rose Quartz – iron / titanium
  • Ruby – aluminum 
  • Sapphire – aluminum 
  • Sepentine (fibrous type) – asbestos
  • Sodalite – aluminum 
  • Spinel – may contain aluminum, zinc 
  • Stibnite – lead, antimony 
  • Smithsonite (Galmei, Zinc spar)- zinc, may contain copper 
  • Spinel – aluminum
  • Spodumene (incl Kunzite, Hiddenite) – aluminum
  • Strawberry Quartz (natural) – hematite/iron inclusions
  • Stromatolite – cyanobacteria and possible cyanotoxins
  • Sulphur – sulphur
  • Sunstone – Aluminum 
  • Tiger’s Eye – asbestos
  • Topaz – aluminum
  • Tourmaline – aluminum
  • Tremolite – asbestos
  • Turquoise – copper 
  • Unakite – aliminum/iron
  • Uranium – radioactive mineral 
  • Vanadanite – lead 
  • Variscite – aluminum 
  • Wulfenite – lead, molybdenum

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How to Use Personal Concerns in Spells: A How To Guide

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Witch Bottle with Personal Concerns

What Are Personal Concerns?

When researching rootwork spells, you may hear the phrase “personal concerns” being used as an ingredient in your sympathetic magic spell.

Personal concerns are items that have some intimate connection to a target or the person you are working on. Think of them as literally or figuratively adding the DNA of the person to your spell. If you are doing a spell on someone or something other than yourself, of course, working with personal concerns is going to give you a link to that person, place, or thing and make the spell work stronger!

 

nail clippings are one example of a personal concern

Examples of Personal Concerns 

If you want to know specifically what personal concerns you can use in your magic, here’s a list of the most common personal concerns used in spells in order of most powerful and intimate to least powerful and least intimate. 

 

  • Semen, vaginal fluid or menstrual blood
  • Blood, saliva, sweat, mucous, or urine
  • Feces (for negative work)
  • Body hair or hair from the head
  • Toenail clippings, fingernail clippings or skin scrapings
  • Clothing that has been worn by the target and not washed (the more intimate and closer to the body, the more powerful)
  • Dirt from a foot print or foot track of your target
  • Handwritten signature
  • Something that was owned by the person
  • Photograph of the person

This list is not a complete list of personal concerns that are possible to use in your spells, but is a list of the personal concerns that are most commonly listed in spells throughout the ages. You may encounter other personal concerns such as teeth, ear wax, or something that the target touched, for example.

Another class of Personal Concern is graveyard dirt, that is dirt taken from the grave of someone and allows you to connect with the spirit of the deceased person.   

A similar type of magic ingredient to personal concerns can be found in taking something from a building or location to affect a spell on a place.

Footprints in dirt are another form of personal concern

When to Use a Personal Concern

Personal concerns are not just from other people. You can add your own personal concerns to mojo bags, candle spells and other spell work when you want to strengthen the ties of the benefit to yourself.

For example, if you are doing a spell to draw money and customers to your place of business, you can add a little of your own urine to a floor wash made with Abundant Prosperity Bath Crystals, or if you are carrying a Fame and Fortune Mojo Bag to draw popularity, respect and success to yourself, your career or your project, you might add fingernail clippings to ensure that work that you do with your hands draws the success.

Add someone else’s personal concerns to your spell work when you want to work on them remotely. For example, if you would like your child to succeed on a school test, you can place a piece of their hair along with your petition under a yellow Beeswax Wise Owl Candle dressed with Grand Success Oil.

You can add your personal concerns and another person’s personal concerns when you want to work on something for the both of you. For example, you can tie a strand of your hair around a strand of your lover’s hair to tie him or her to you before placing it in a honey jar spell.

One of my teachers once said that getting a piece of hair is your relationship “insurance policy” – get a piece of your beloved’s hair as soon as possible and hold it aside. You may have a great relationship and you may never need to use it, but if the day ever comes that you need to use it for a spell, you will have it. I have many clients who wish to do love poppets and honey jars and are only missing the personal concern. Yes, you can set candles and do other sorts of spell work without a personal concern but not having that piece of hair limits the kind of spells that you can do. Don’t let that be you!

 
You can add personal concerns to mojo bags

What If I Don’t Have a Personal Concern?

When working on yourself or someone you are close to, it is easy to get a personal concern. But what if you are working on someone who is far away or is estranged from you?  If you can’t get a personal concern, then my recommendation is to choose a type of work where a personal concern is not required.

Spell Work That Requires a Personal Concern

Examples of work that require a personal concern are honey jars and poppets or doll babies. You can most certainly try this type of work without a personal concern, but traditionally they are done with a personal concern and will have the strongest possible effect with one.

Spell Work That Does Not Require a Personal Concern

Examples of work that do not require a personal concern are candle spells, incense spells, spiritual baths and working with spiritual sachet powders or spiritual oils.

These are not traditionally done with personal concerns, though if you wish to add a personal concern to a candle spell for example, you may.

Spell Work Where a Personal Concern is Optional

Examples of work where a personal concern is optional are floor washes, vigil candles and some mojo bags. Depending on the type of working your are doing, you may add a personal concern, but it is optional and not always necessary.

So, if you have a personal concern of your target, you have the full range of choices as to the kind of work you can do.  If you do not have a personal concern, then your best bet is to choose a type of work that doesn’t require one rather than choosing one that does and, in a sense, doing it only halfway. 

If you have more questions about working with Personal Concerns, I offer magical instruction either in group workshops, in private coaching and mentoring or in my free Live Magic Q&A each week.

I also suggest checking out the books that I offer that can teach you in depth about working magically with candles, oils and herbs.

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Making a Mojo Bag: A How To Guide

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You can add personal concerns to mojo bags

What Is a Mojo Bag?

A mojo hand, gris-gris bag, toby hand, medicine bag or charm bag is a flannel bag filled with magical items designed to bring the desired objective to the person who wears it in a secret place – in the pocket, tucked in a brassiere, or pinned to the undergarments.

A mojo bag comes to us from African-American hoodoo and is traditionally made with a flannel bag filled with a mix of herbs, curios, minerals, talismans and petition papers unique to your desire.

If you order a mojo bag kit, you receive a combination of items that will be most effective for your intention. If you order an assembled mojo bag, Madame Pamita hand-assembles your mojo bag, blessing each items and asking the spirit of the item to work on your behalf.  

When you put together your own mojo bag, just add a pinch of each herb in the flannel bag asking it to do its work for you. Remember that a pinch is all you need! A mojo bag is meant to be small, flat and easily worn in secret. It should not be a big overstuffed bean bag – less is more!

Everything You Need to Make Your Own Mojo Bag

You can buy a mojo bag kit or craft one from scratch. If you’d like to see videos showing you step-by-step how to make a mojo bag and how to make a petition paper for your mojo bag, please visit the Hoodoo How To Videos page.

You can purchase a flannel mojo bag and ingredients for making your own mojo bag by going to the Herbs page or you can purchase a ready-made Mojo Bag kit, which includes a handmade flannel bag, Parlour of Wonders premium spiritual oil, specially selected herbs and talismans for your intention, and complete printed instructions, all put together especially for you. 

Adding Personal Concerns to Your Mojo Bag

To link a mojo bag to you or someone else, you may add personal concerns. Personal concerns such as nail clippings, hair or bodily fluids can be added to a mojo bag along with a petition paper stating your wish for your spell.

After you’ve added herbs, curios, talismans and personal concerns, the next step is to breathe into the bag, giving it life to work with you and for your intention. Breathe gently into the bag several times with your eyes closed, focusing on your wishes.

After breathing into the bag, pull the cord tight and tie the bag shut while whispering your intention over it. Finally, you can anoint it or feed it by touching it with a few spots of a Spiritual Oil aligned with your intended outcome. 

How to Care for Your Mojo Bag

Your mojo bag should be treated with the utmost care and respect, as you would a powerful spirit or beloved pet. Give your mojo bag a name and speak to it to ask it to work on your behalf.

For the first seven days that you own it, you will keep it as close to you as possible, wearing it next to your skin and sleeping with it under your pillow only setting it aside when you shower, bathe or go swimming.

After seven days, you may continue to wear it next to your skin, carry it in a pocket or purse or keep it in a special place and only carry it when you need its effects.

About once a week, you will need to feed the mojo bag. Each mojo bag kit includes a spell kit-sized bottle of Madme Pamita Spiritual Oil to “feed” it. Feeding a mojo bag can be done by passing it through incense or by dabbing it with five spots of a spiritual oil, whisky, cologne, or bodily fluids.

It is traditional to put a small amount of oil on your finger and touch the mojo bag in a five-spot pattern like the spots on the 5 side of a die – once in each of the four corners and once in the middle. 

Your mojo bag should never be seen or touched by anyone else. If it is seen by someone else, re-establish your connection to it by feeding it daily and wearing it next to your skin for seven days. 

Touching by another person will kill a mojo bag. If yours is touched, it should be remade or replaced. Once a year, you should have your mojo bag refreshed by a rootworker with a new bag and fresh herbs while keeping and reusing the hard talismans and curios. 

Join the Spell Squad

If you’ve enjoyed this free how to guide, I’d love to invite you to get more free magical instruction sent to your email inbox! Join the Spell Squad and you’ll get a free 33-page eBook – “Seven Secrets to Supercharge Your Spellwork” plus the code to join me for my Live Magic Q&A Tea Party where you can ask your questions about magic.

Sign Up to be a part of Madame Pamita’s SPELL SQUAD and get

  • Exclusive Spell Squad discounts on fabulous spell supplies
  • Emails with secrets, spells and tips for life-changing magic
  • A FREE copy of her ebook “Seven Secrets to Supercharge Your Spellwork” (a $20 value)!
  • Free access to Madame Pamita’s weekly Live Q&A where you’ll meet live on Zoom and learn and get your questions answered about magic, the law of attraction, tarot, spells and MORE!

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