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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What Kinds of Spells Use Nails?

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Have you ever done magic with nails? What kinds of spells use nails? I’m not talking about fingernails (though you can do some great color magic with your manicure!) I’m talking about magical nails, the type of nails that you hammer into wood. This article will teach you how to use a variety of nails in your spell work.

There’s so much to learn about nails and magic. You’ve probably seen nails show up on the Parlour of Wonders website or your local witch store and thought “What are these used for?” As you’ll soon learn, there are all kinds of amazing old-timey nails with magical uses. They come in a variety of materials all with different properties for your magic.

Using Nails in Aggressive Magic

Nails are often associated with aggressive magic. Some examples of aggressive spells include:

  • Curses
  • Hexes
  • Other magic meant to bring harm to someone

Archeological digs have found bottle spells with nails in them from hundreds of years ago. If buried on someone else’s property this was likely an act of aggressive magic. You may also see nails appear in poppet magic. Typically pins are used in poppets, but using a nail would be a much more aggressive and forceful way to work. Aggressive spells will oftentimes call for rusty nails due to their destructive quality. Because the rust is eating away at the nail and the nail is rotting away. Rusty nails are not used only for aggressive magic, but it is a very common use.

Using Nails in Other Types of Magic

Aggressive magic is definitely one magical use for nails but far from the only one. Here are some examples of ways you can use nails in sympathetic magic:

  • Use nails in a spell where you want to spiritually nail something down
  • Drive an idea into a stubborn person’s mind by using a nail
  • Use a nail to link two things together

You can also use nails in property spells. For example, you can use railroad spikes to nail down your property.

railroad spikes can be used in spells to keep property

Using Railroad Spikes

When we use railroads spikes we use them to prevent someone from pushing us out of the place we live. We want to nail down our home. If you’re a renter and you don’t want to get evicted, you could use those little square-cut nails in the corners of your apartment. Or you could use railroad spikes on the corners of your property if you rent or own a house. This is a great spell if you own your home and are fearful of foreclosure, if you’re afraid of the government seizing your property, or you want to prevent family members from stealing your property from you.

This comes from the Lucky Mojo site.

What you’ll need:

  1. A Railroad Spike (or square-cut nails) for each corner of your home. (How many you need will depend on the shape of your home)
  2. A Spiritual Oil that matches your intention (such as Binding Oil or Powerful Protection Oil)
  3. A hammer

First you’ll want to dress each of your railroad spikes with your spiritual oil. As you’re dressing them you should speak your intention. Some examples are:

  • “This land remains in my possession”
  • “This home belongs to me”
  • “Each corner of this property is powerfully protected”
  • “I bind this land to me”

If you’re able to hammer these into the dirt surrounding your home that is a great option. If you’re in an apartment you can drive those smaller square-cut nails into the corner walls. Then let them work their magic! This spell is a beautiful way to work with railroad spikes. If you think about it, railroad spikes are just big nails.

Working With Found Nails

Remember earlier when I mentioned that nails could be used in sympathetic magic? That’s when you’re working on something from a distance. A beautiful way to do this is with found nails. When you find a nail in or on something, you can retrieve it and get the essence of where it was found to use in your magic. This is a wonderful way of retaining an energy to work with later.

Nails Found in Shipping Pallets

Here’s a great example of that. We get lots of shipments at The Parlour of Wonders that arrive on wooden pallets. Those wooden pallets have nails in them. If I see a loose nail, I often take it out. They are perfect for spells involving transportation or communication. They invite in that smooth, open roads energy. Since that pallet transported things to us and got it here quickly we can save that energy and call on it when we need it.

Nails Found in the Home

Another example is if you spot a loose nail in a floorboard or roof. Those flooring nails or roofing nails are perfect for spells where you want to gain a new apartment or new home. Use them to hang onto your home, or effect some change in your home. Or, since your home protects you from the elements, they are perfect for protection spells too. So think about those nails that you find in or around a home as being another wonderful way that we can work with nails.

Nails Found Around Horses

Another type of nail that you might find if you work around horses or around a stable is horseshoe nails. Now horseshoes themselves are very lucky. So a horseshoe nail is a very lucky find indeed, but horses also have a lot of other qualities that we can channel. Some examples are:

  • Movement and Travel
  • Courage
  • Winning

If you went to the racetrack and found a horseshoe nail, that would be a super lucky gambling talisman. So start thinking of those found horseshoe nails and how you can utilize their special properties.

Working With Coffin Nails

Now, a nail that you’re almost sure to have seen if you’ve been around magic any length of time is a coffin nail. Most of the coffin nails you see online are not coffin nails. How many coffins are they really tearing apart to bring you those nails for $3? That’s not happening. They are just rusty nails that they’re calling coffin nails.

True coffin nails found in a graveyard are extremely rare and very, very valuable as a magical tool. They indicate that the coffin itself has disintegrated and the nail has moved up through the land. That’s a super challenging thing to find. If you want to find one you’ll need to check very old churchyards or cemeteries. And if you did find one, that would be an exceptional find.

Now, coffin nails are most often used for malefic magic, for negative magic. They can harm someone. You can use anything for bad magic or anything for good magic. Some things are better for one or the other, but it’s your intention that counts.

You could use coffin nails in the way that we use graveyard dirt. Graveyard dirt is used to connect to the spirit of the grave the dirt is from. Coffin nails can be used for the same thing. They can bring in that spirit, and if you found that nail it may be that the spirit wants to work with you. So that’s a more benign way of working with a coffin nail. But we most often see coffin nails show up time and time again in malefic magic, where people are doing harm against someone else.

Historical Nail Spells

All kinds of nails can be used to represent something else in sympathetic magic. There are some great archeological finds that show this. In the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in England they have a couple of nail displays. With these displays, they always have an explanation of the magic and the spell that they were using it for. One of them explains how traditionally in England they would drive nails them into the ground and leave them there. As the nails rotted away it would cure illnesses in humans and animals.

The idea was to put the energy of that illness into the nail. Hammer it into the ground and have the moisture of the ground eat away at that nail and diminish the illness. In the museum, they have a large rusty iron nail wrapped in paper containing a charm against epilepsy. The nail from that spell was driven into the ground in the spot where the victim fell and had a seizure. So it may have been that there was some belief about the spot also having some negative magic. So they put a charm around that nail, hammered it into the ground with the intention of helping this friend or family member recover from epilepsy.

Using Nails As Symbols

Nails can also be symbols in our magic. So Christian witches, for example, might want to use three nails to represent the nails of the crucifixion. They might put them on their altar or carry them in a charm bag to bring relief from suffering or connect more deeply to the concept of sacrifice. That could be a beautiful way of working.

Nails can also be symbols of building an industry. If you are working on a project, you might have a nail to represent the work that is going to be put into that project. Choose a nail made from a material that has qualities you want to embody. This nail can represent building something physical or building a spiritual foundation. Building a new community. Building an empire, building success. This all can be represented by a simple nail on your altar.

Using Nails to Inscribe Candles

Now, this is how I most often use nails, as tools in my magical practice. My number one use for nails is to inscribe on candles. I have nails scattered all over the place and I use them as inscribing tools. I also own some beautiful handcrafted inscribing tools. They aren’t always handy though, so if I can’t find one, I’ll grab a nail and use it as a tool for inscribing.

It is easy to inscribe on our wax candles. We can write and scratch what it is that we want on our beeswax candles with that nail. And it’s a great tool for doing that. We can also use it for scratching on wood or softer stone, or a painted surface.

Using Nails in Destructive Magic

If you want to do some destructive magic, you can take a nail and use it like a chisel and hammer. Use it on something representative of what you’d like to open up or destroy. You may encounter a spell that requires you to break something in half, like a small piece of wood. Use a nail to break that wood in half.

You can also use nails for their original use. As you hammer them in, speak your intention into that nail. Or you could nail a petition paper to a fence or a wall, or tack a charm on a piece of furniture, or nail a horseshoe above a door. The horseshoe itself is magical, but you can also add magic to that nail. Dress it with some good luck oil and speak your wishes to it, then hammer that horseshoe into the wall.

Easy Nail Spells You Can Do

Now there’s lots and lots of nail spells that you’ll see online. I’m going to share a couple of them here with you:

Ancient Roman Protection Spell

In Ancient Rome they would take iron nails and drive them into the walls of their house. This was to protect them during plague times. So that could be something very useful right now when we still have variants of COVID flying around. You may want to put some iron nails in your walls to protect yourself. To do so is embracing very ancient magic, old magic that is thousands of years old.

Using Nails With Pennies

Another great spell that I love so much and have done with great success is crossing nails over pennies. This is also from the Lucky Mojo website and it’s a great Hoodoo protection spell using nails and Indian head pennies. Do this spell if you want to protect your space from the law, or intruders, or anyone unwanted from coming into your home or your place of business. Nail a row of Indian head pennies, what they would call in Hoodooo “scouts”. These are your scouts that are watching out for you. And you can nail them into the threshold on the floor or around the frame of your door.

Now there are two ways that you can nail them. You could drill a hole through the center of the penny and then just hammer them. But there’s another, even more beautiful way. Get some long nails and put two side-by-side on the penny at the lower part of the coin. Set the penny on them, drive those nails in an inch or two, and then fold the remainder part of the nails in an X-shape over the penny.

It looks amazing. It’s super magical and powerful because it’s X-ing out. It is a symbol of protection. It’s X-ing out negative people, and it looks super, super cool. So that’s a great way of working with nails as well. Those nails and pennies can be blessed with oil on a regular basis. You could put powerful protection oil on them, for example, and keep that protection going in your home or your business.

Working With Different Types of Metals

So let’s talk about the metals nails are made from. So when you’re working with nails, you can have some options when it comes to the metals. Those metals have different properties for magic and they can enhance your magic. Like how colors are used for color magic, we can enhance our magic with the metals that we choose for our nails. So here are some of the kinds of metals that you can find and use for your spells:

Aluminum

The first nail type we will discuss is aluminum. Now, aluminum is a more modern metal. So it isn’t something we’ll find in ancient times or old, old magic. Still, aluminum definitely has magical properties. Aluminum nails can be used to stimulate creativity, to enhance mental abilities, and for safety in travel. Aluminum is also considered the magician’s invisibility metal. It reflects and deflects incoming energies. It makes us invisible to our enemy. So it’s a fantastic metal for protection and when we don’t want anyone to see what we’re doing.

Brass Nails

Brass

Another metal we can find nails made out of is brass. Brass is perfect for healing, protection, and prosperity spells. I love using brass in prosperity spells because it looks like gold. That gold color is going to enhance that prosperity magic magnificently. We can also use brass for defensive magic. If the goal is reversals and sending back negativity to its source brass is perfect. So if you’re doing that kind of magic, you are going to want to hook yourself up with some brass nails for that.

Forged copper nails

Copper

We can find nails in copper, and copper is used to focus our energy. So focus those energy flows with the magic of copper. We can use it almost like a magic wand. We can use those copper nails to focus that energy and get it to a point and really put it into whatever we’re doing. So when you’re inscribing with a copper nail, you really add some extra power to it. We can also use it in healing spells, luck spells, love spells.

Copper is the metal of Aphrodite, so it’s great for love spells. We can also use it for protection and for prosperity spells. It’s kind of a universal positive metal for all of these things. Copper can also be used to draw away negative energy. So if you have a lot of negativity around you and you want to keep it away, you can hammer some of those copper nails into something around your house. Pennies themselves are copper, so they’re also keeping away that negative energy.

forged iron nails

Iron

We see iron nails all the time. Iron is useful for protection, reversing negativity, strength spells, healing spells, and for grounding. A lot of iron nails are treated with something. They have a coating on them to protect them from getting rusty. So if you want to have a rusty iron nail, then you’re going to want to soak it in vinegar for two or three days. That will eat away at that coating so that you have the iron underneath, and then you can let it rust if you want a rusty nail. But a non-rusty iron nail is also a magnificent tool.

Iron has a very interesting quality because it has a spirit element. It’s both of this world and of the spirit world. It’s “as above, so below.” That is what iron is all about. So we can use iron in our spells for out of body experiences, spirit travel, or astral travel. It opens up our connection between this world and the other worlds. Iron is a very, very old metal, so we see lots of old traditional magic around it.

Some systems invite the use of iron and some forbid it. In some systems you’ll see mandates like make your altar without any iron, or remove your iron jewelry before you perform magic. Whether you want to follow this guidance is up to you. Just check with your intuition. Iron is seen as something that we can use to protect against trickster spirits, perhaps fey folk or the good folk. If you don’t want them around causing mischief, you could place iron nails around to protect yourself from that trickster energy.

Rusty Nails

Rusty nails can be used for spells of gradual destruction or for bringing extra luck and power. A lots of times there’s a recommendation to use a rusty railroad spike or a rusty horseshoe for good luck. So depending on what your system is or what you learned, you might hear one way or another way. Follow the system that works best for you.

nickel nail

Nickel

Another kind of metal that we see in nails is nickel. Nickel is useful when you need extra information or energy. So if you’re feeling very depleted, you can use nickel to kind of kick it up a notch or if there’s confusion, nickel will clarify that information for you. If you’re trying to solve a problem, or you need a breakthrough of some kind, use nickel for that.

Steel

Steel is another metal that you may find nails made out of. This is relatively newer kind of metal. Steel has only been around for a few hundred years. It’s used for protection, it’s used for healing, and it’s great for guarding against negativity. It’s super strong, right? So we can use it to represent things like knives and swords that protect us. They’re made out of steel, and that’s what steel nails are perfect for.

Zinc

The last metal that I’m gonna share with you is zinc. Zinc is a metal of magical revelation. It has powerful transformative property. So if you need a total transformation, then you can use a zinc nail. Zinc is really fascinating to work with. You can sense its different energy when you start to work with it, so give it a try!

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How to Use Box Spells for Manifestation

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pandoras box is an example of a containment spell

The universe wants to hand you a great big gift and it’s all wrapped up in a box. In this article you’ll learn about the magic of boxes, box spells, and more. If you’d like, you can check out this article as a podcast by subscribing to Magic and the Law of Attraction. Or you can check out a video of the podcast at the bottom of this page!

You may know about bottle spells, bag spells, and charm bags. Box spells are their own category of spells and they have a very magical energy.

Key Concepts About Box Spells

There are some key concepts that go along with box spells. Keep these concepts in mind when devising a spell. Once you understand them you can create effective box spells. The first key concept is concealment.

Box Spells Include an Element of Concealment

Box spells have an air of secrecy around them. Have you shaken a gift wrapped box to guess what the present is inside? That concealment is delightful. That concealment also keeps out prying eyes. If you need to keep your magic a secret for some reason, a box spell is a great fit. A box spell is a wonderful way of keeping prying eyes away from what you’re working on magically.

Encapsulation is Key With Box Spells

Box spells also have an element of encapsulation. Think of encapsulation as creating a protective bubble around something: you’re taking something and you’re wrapping it up. When you encapsulate your spell, you’re keeping in what’s meant to be there and keeping out what isn’t. Keep this in mind when crafting your box spells!

Boxes Represent Structure

Another aspect of box spells is structure. Most boxes have four sides. That number four is important in magic. Think of the four seasons. Consider the four directions. Remember the four elements. We see that four show up time and time again. In numerology four represents structure. If you need to do a protection spell you can put something inside the box and symbolically protect it from the outside world.

Or we can put something in a box and protect the outside world from what’s inside. Think about, for example, “Pandora’s Box.” In that legend all the evils of the world were contained in a box. Which leads us into our last key concept, containment.

Containment Magic is Powerful

The last concept may be the most important when talking about box spells, and that is containment. A box spell is a container spell. Like a genie in a bottle, we are keeping something inside so that we can have control over it. It can also be about us holding it together, or having healthy boundaries. The main point of a box spell is that the magic won’t dissipate or diminish. It’s really holding something for the long-term.

How Box Spells Differ From Other Types of Magic

Box spells can be very different from some other kinds of magic. They tend to be about longer term work more than many other spells. Think about a cleansing bath. We do that at the moment we need to cleanse something and then go back to our life until our next cleanse. With a candle spell, we light a candle, we send the energy out there and we give it a big burst of power, like sending off a rocket of desire. But a box spell is for longevity. Something that you want to hold on to and keep the energy going, day after day. Some examples of what topics could be good for a box spell are:

  • Commitment
  • Protection
  • Prosperity
  • Peace in the home
  • Relationships
  • Health
  • Well-being

Different Kinds of Boxes

There are many different types of boxes you can use in your box spell magic. Of course, you can use a little cardboard box or maybe a box that some special jewelry came in. An ornate box could also work great or a regular cardboard box that you would prefer to keep hidden and put away. And, you can also use cigar boxes.

Creating Box Spells With Cigar Boxes

Cigar boxes are amazing. I love working with a cigar box for a box spell for two reasons. First, it’s got room for quite a few things. Second, it’s got that old-time feel. Using a cigar box always reminds me of the 1920s and 1930s, a period of time that I’m in love with.

We can think about that cigar box as giving that old-time flavor. Cigar boxes are pretty sturdy as well and you can use them for many, many years. I have cigar boxes that belonged to my dad. He didn’t smoke cigars, but he used them for decades for storing nuts and bolts in his garage. I have some of those that I keep and they’re precious to me because my dad used them.

Cigar boxes can last a long time, they’re super sturdy, and they have that nice little flap that opens and closes. You can turn a cigar box into an altar or just a place to store magical items. That can be a lovely way to work with them.

Wooden Boxes for box spells in the shape of a heart

Working With Wooden Boxes

Another kind of box you might think about is a wooden box. Now, cigar boxes are often wood boxes but you can get other kinds of wooden boxes. These include treasure chests, engraved boxes, decorated boxes, or boxes with a hinge or lid on it. There are some very beautiful wooden boxes out there that you can work with!

A ceramic box that can be used for spells

Working With Ceramic Boxes

Ceramic boxes can also be perfect for box spells. That’s one that people don’t often think of. So those little trinket boxes, those little china boxes that you get, can be really lovely for a box spell. Best of all they look beautiful when put out and nobody needs to know what’s inside. You put your spell work inside, and it can just look beautiful on a shelf or on an altar, and so on.

Other Types of Boxes for Box Spells

I have seen candles that are actually boxes. Yes, it’s true. There are candles created with a hollow interior and you could put things inside. That combines a candle spell with a box spell, but you could just use that wax box by itself without burning the candle.

Jewelry boxes can also be transformed into spell boxes as well. So you might find one at a junk store or thrift store. You may not want to use it for your jewelry but you can use it for a box spell. If it has a little musical music box in there, then you can add yet another magical element to your spell!

Another super-out-there creative kind of box are edible boxes. You might have seen boxes made from chocolate or sugar. Those are perfect for spells where you wish to sweeten something, for example.

So start to get creative and think about different kind kinds of boxes that you can use for your box spells, not just a cardboard box.

What to Put Inside of Your Box Spell

So once you’ve got the box that you’re going to be working with, we have to think about what we’re going to put in those boxes. There are so many things that you can put into a box. Remember that the box spell has the essence of something that’s going to be long-lasting. So you don’t want to put something in the box that’s going to go bad like food.

When thinking of putting something in a box, the first thing that springs to my mind is a petition paper. You can write out a petition of what it is that you want and what it is that you want the box to do. Petition papers can be as simple as you writing out your wish and putting that paper in the box. That’s it. But you can also get very elaborate with your petition papers.

The Magic Wishing Box Spell

One of my favorite spells is the magic wishing box. I talk about this in Episode One of my Magic and the Law of Attraction podcast, “How Does Magic Work?” At the end of it, I give a recipe for doing a magic wishing box. All the wishing box is, is a box that you’re putting in slips of paper with your wishes on them. These can be petitions, images, pictures or keywords, anything that represents what you want to manifest. That box becomes the place to manifest the things that you want.

Now, you can add more than petition papers. You can add more to it – things like crystals or herbs and roots can go into a magic spell box. Dried herbs, dried roots are the ones that you want to use in this case. You don’t want something getting moldy and rotten in there. So you can put something that’s already dried inside.

You can also add talismans, things like coins or charms. The sky is the limit when it comes to the ideas of things that you can put in your spell box as long as they’re things that will be long-lasting.

So, when we think about a general box spell, what do we do with it? We put our petitions of what we want, add a few crystals, put in a few herbs that support our intention….now, what do we do with it?

treasure chests can be box spells

What To Do with Your Box Spell

The first place that comes to mind for putting a spell box is on an altar. If you have that cute little box, you can put it out on your altar. Your spell is going to marinate and charge up on that altar. The more time you spend working at your altar, the more energy and magical power your spell gets.

You can also keep it somewhere in the home that’s hidden. You might want to put it away in a drawer so that nobody else sees it or knows about it, or you might want to put it in a place where that seems appropriate to the spell.

You might want to have a box spell for abundant business and keep it someplace at work. A box spell for love and attraction could be stored in your bedroom. You can hide it away in a drawer, cupboard, or closet where it is safe from others.

treasure chests can also be box spells

Burying a Box Spell

You could also bury a box spell to keep it extra safe. You can bury it on your own property or bury it on someone else’s property if you’re working on another person. If you wanted to do a spell to bring prosperity into your home, bury your box in the front yard to invite abundance into your home. If you have prosperity and you want to keep that prosperity, then bury it in your backyard where it’s going to stay. Dig a little hole, bury it there, and then set it and forget it. There’s your box spell for all eternity until some archeological dig finds it ages from now!

You can also give a box spell away to someone. Either tell them not to open it, or let them open it if you’re giving it to them freely. Either way let them know what’s inside and what it’s for. Such as “I made this box spell for you to have peace in your home.” Or, “I made this magic box so that you have a prosperous business.” “Congratulations on your new job. I want you to have success. Here’s your box spell. Put this in your drawer at work.” That can be an entirely other way to work with a box spell.

The Treasure Chest Spell Box

A favorite of mine is the treasure chest spell. Pirates would gather loot together and put in the treasure chest. They would then bury it somewhere for safekeeping until they could come back and get it at a later time. You can do a treasure chest spell as well. Put your treasures (treasured talismans, coins, your special lucky, charm, etc) inside of a chest and then put it on your altar.

I always think in a treasure chest spell, it looks great to have a box that has that rounded top like a treasure chest. This will really amplify your work. That shape alone invites abundance in. Once you put those magical things in there and get them charged up and going, that magic is going to take off.

Creating Mirror Box Spells

A mirror box is a reversing spell, or it can also be a reflection spell. Mirrors in magic reflect back what’s sent out, so if you look in a mirror and you say to yourself, “You got this,” that is reflected back to you. That’s a real positive, reflective spell.

But we can also face the mirrors the other way and reflect or deflect something negative. That’s another way of working with mirrors. We can use a mirror box to contain someone who’s troubling us. Let all their negative energy bounce off the mirrors and back on them. That’s a reversing spell.

So here’s what you need to do a mirror box spell:

The beeswax is important because you’ll want to create a poppet representing the person, yourself or someone else, who you want to reflect the energy back to.

You can do this spell for yourself if you’d like. You could magnify your success or amplify your good luck. If that’s what you want you’ll make the poppet represent yourself, and put good luck items in the box with it.

Another powerful way to work is to use a mirror spell to deflect negative energy. It’s clean and easy. You’re not doing anything malefic or harmful to anyone else. You are redirecting their negativity away from you and back to the source.
So create a poppet and then use a glue gun to glue mirror tiles to the inside of the box. It’s almost like you’re creating a little house of mirrors in there. Once those have cooled and dried, you place the poppet inside the box and close it.

What to Do With Your Finished Mirror Box Spell

You don’t want to keep a reversing box spell in your home, you want to bury it. Traditionally we would take this mirror box spell and bury it in a graveyard. But you could also bury it anywhere off of your property where it won’t be found.

So, there you have it. A bunch of delicious ways that you can use box spells to make some amazing, long-lasting magic.

If you’d like to get the full podcast, you can listen to Magic and the Law of Attraction or you can watch the original video of the podcast below.

Here are some of our favorite offerings that we have here at the Parlour of Wonders to help you with your box spells.

Hand Blown Glass Hanging Heart Box 

This beautiful box is made from real hand-blown mercury glass embellished with sparkling seed beads, glitter and rhinestones and hangs from a velvet ribbon.

Heart Shaped Wooden Love Spell Box

These rustic wooden boxes are perfect for holding your love charms, secrets and spells. These sweet boxes can even nest one inside the other if you’d like to triple the effect of holding your love spells securely.

Lucky Horseshoe Ceramic Spell Box 

A teeny tiny ceramic spell box to put your most precious spellwork. Write your wishes, affirmations, dreams and spells on a slip of paper and place inside the box to bring yourself good luck of all kinds.

Ask a Witch: Is Witchcraft Evil?

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The Answer I Give Might Surprise You

As a person who has been casting spells and doing divination, such as tarot readings, for decades now, one of the questions I get asked most often is: “Is witchcraft evil?” Now, you might think that as a witch myself, I would automatically say, “No!” but the answer isn’t quite that simple.

What Is Witchcraft?

First, you have to understand what witchcraft is. Witchcraft is a spiritual act of shaping reality to your will. What does that mean? It means that I hold the belief that we humans have more power than we realize to make our lives what we want them to be. There are time-tested systems (which we can generically call “magic” or “magick”) for moving things in the spiritual world so that they go the way that we want them to go.

There are a lot of systems for doing this ranging from spell words, to working with herbs, to making talismans, to lighting candles, to even prayer. Yes, I said “prayer.” Whenever you ask your deity to help you with something, you are doing a spiritual act to change your life in some way – and that’s magick. So, whether you are reciting a pre-written ceremonial magic spell, are speaking a prayer from your heart, or lighting a candle for a certain wish, you are implementing magick. And when you are doing magick, you are doing witchcraft.

What Is the True Definition of a Witch?

A witch is someone who uses the power of their own will along with spells, charms, and magical items to shape their life. They believe that the individual has power to effect changes on the spiritual and material level. They know that their thoughts, beliefs, and will have the ability to manifest the outcomes they would like.

How Can You Identify a Witch?

There is no way to identify a witch except to ask them if they are one. While the popular culture would have you believe that witches are all women and are either old and ugly or incredibly beautiful, the reality is that real witches are just regular people. Some might dress up in clothing to look more “witchy” or for special occasions, but the vast majority just wear normal clothes for their day-to-day life.

What Are the Powers of a Witch?

There is a huge variety of the skills a witch might have. For example, there are witches who can communicate with animals, plants, or the natural world on a deep level. There are witches who use essential oils or herbs for magic or for healing. There are witches who have psychic abilities or are skilled at reading tarot cards, using numerology or other forms of divination.

There are witches who have the power to manifest certain outcomes easily and there are others who are skilled at making a love potion or doing a money spell. There are witches who work with the power of the moon, sun, stars, or other heavenly bodies. There are witches who use spells or rituals to heal or to harm.

Do You Have to Be a Pagan or a Wiccan to Do Witchcraft?

Here’s the interesting thing, most Wiccans and some Pagans call themselves witches, but not all witches are Wiccans or Pagans. Wicca and Paganism are religions that have a strong connection to magick and witchcraft, but I personally know Catholic witches, Protestant witches, Jewish witches, Muslim witches… you name the religion and I can probably connect you up with a witch who follows that faith.

As for me, I’m a New Thought Spiritualist witch, which means that my spiritual system is all about the law of attraction and connecting with spirit guides (mine and other people’s) and my work reflects my belief system.

So, Is Witchcraft Evil?

Magick is neutral and can be taken in any direction. Think of it being like a screwdriver. A screwdriver is neither good nor evil. You can use it for something positive, like hanging a painting on your wall. You can use it for something evil, like stabbing someone. The tool itself isn’t bad or good, it’s the person using the tool who gets to decide. So, it all comes down to free will and a matter of personal ethics. If you want to use the screwdriver for good, you can. If you want to use it for evil, you can. The same holds true for witchcraft. If you want to do spells to shape reality in a positive way, you can. If you want to use it for evil, it’s up to you.

My personal spiritual path is one where I have strong ethical boundaries about doing only positive work, so the magic I do is in no way evil. Every spell that I do is meant to help, heal, enlighten and move people toward their happiness.

What Are Your Ethical Standards?

So, if you are thinking of doing some magick yourself, it’s a good idea to establish what your own ethical standards are. Ask yourself what you want to bring into the world and then do your work in a way that absolutely sits right with your heart and soul.

This article was written by Madame Pamita and was published on YourTango and Medium.

Want to learn more about witchcraft? Check out these easy How To videos.

Pinning Down Your Magical Spells

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Pinning Down Your Magical Spells

In this modern day and age there is nothing like shutting down the computer, turning off the phones and getting into some old time traditional magic. One category of spells I’ve always loved is spells involving pins. No, I don’t mean Pinterest “pins” (Although those are also cool, and you should definitely check out my own Pinterest page for all its magical weirdness). I mean straight pins!

Straight pins aren’t something that you see in every household nowadays, but back when everyone sewed and repaired their own clothes, they were as everyday as a loaf of bread.

Witchcraft Spells With Straight Pins

Spells with straight pins are more common than you might think. Of course, we have all seen the spells in the movies with people poking straight pins into a “voodoo doll.” However, you might not be aware that Zora Neale Hurston mentions several spells involving pins in her book Mules and Men, including a spell using pins in a beef tongue to win a court case.

And equally as interesting, in 2014, archaeologists in the UK discovered a “witch bottle” dated from 1680 that contained urine, hair and fingernail clippings, and eight brass straight pins.

Using Pins as Markers in Candle Spells

But despite all these seemingly intense uses of pins in magic, there are ways to use them that are definitely more benign. My favorite is to use them as markers to turn plain tapers into seven-day candles.

Long before there were seven knob candles, people wanted to mark off a candle in some way so that they could burn it over a specific number of days. Some ingenious magical worker concluded that putting a pin in the candle and waiting till it dropped in the dish below was the perfect way to mark a candle so you could visually see when a certain portion had burned.

I show you how to do this old-time way of working in this Candle Magic Class Powerful Prosperity spell video below.

I hope you enjoy doing this magical old-timey spell to bring powerful prosperity magic into your life!

If you’d like to purchase the items for this spell, they can all be found at www.parlourofwonders.com

Want more candle spell hints, tips, and tricks? Check out The Book of Candle Magic by Madame Pamita.

This article was written by Madame Pamita and was published on YourTango and Medium.

What is Essential Oils Witchcraft and How Do I Do It?

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What Is Essential Oils Witchcraft?

Many people want to do spells, but often they feel like they can’t. And I hear many justifications for this disempowered stance:

“I can’t do witchcraft because what if someone sees what I’m doing?”

“I don’t have the time to do a spell.”

“The equipment and tools that I need for a spell are out of my budget.”

“There are too many steps to a spell. It all seems too complicated.”

“I don’t have a witchcraft supplies shop or metaphysical store near me and I need to do something right now.”

When I hear reasons like these for not doing magic, I actually get excited, because it means that I can teach someone about essential oils witchcraft and empower them on their magical path.

Essential oils witchcraft is a term I use for spells where essential oils are the main (or only) magical ingredient of the spell. While we can use essential oils as ingredients in other contexts, for example in aromatherapy, perfume or as an added ingredient in another kind of spell, when we use essential oils as the primary magical tool, we are doing essential oils witchcraft.

What are Essential Oils?

You can find essential oils almost everywhere nowadays. Essential oils have moved from the health food store, into the mainstream, but what are they exactly?

Essential oils are oil compounds extracted from plants, capturing the plant’s scent and flavor, or what we like to call the essence of what makes up the plant. They are highly concentrated forms of the energy of the plant. It takes a lot of plant material to make essential oils and you can use that concentrated power to really give oomph to your magic.

How to Use Essential Oils Safely

Whenever we are working with an essential oil, we need to be mindful that it is concentrated. That means that if you are breathing it, or applying it to your skin, or using in a bath, you only need very small amounts to reap the benefits.

When you are applying essential oils to the skin, for example, they should never be used at full strength. Essential oils should be diluted in a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, or jojoba oil in at least a 20 to 1 ratio – that means 20 parts carrier oil to only 1 part essential oil.

As a rule, essential oils should never be taken internally. While there are some oils that may be safe if taken internally, it’s a good idea to avoid drinking any oil unless you are under the advice and care of a licensed practitioner experienced in using essential oils.

For inhalation or use with a diffuser, make sure that you are using the diffuser in a well-ventilated room and that you leave the diffuser on for 30-60 minutes on and 30-60 minutes off.

When in doubt about the safety of any particular oil, be sure to research any side effects it may have.

How Do I Use Essential Oils in Witchcraft?

The easiest way to use essential oils in witchcraft is to purchase a spiritual oil blend that contains real essential oils. These blends are already diluted with a carrier oil, so they do not need to be diluted, although if you want a subtler scent, you can dilute them further.

You can also research the magical uses of spiritual oils and make your own blend from scratch. A guidebook to magical herbs can be helpful in giving you a sense of which essential oils you’ll want to use in your witchcraft oil blend. You can also quickly and easily make a tool for your witchcraft spells by taking a single essential oil and diluting it without having to worry about making a blend. Check out our list of magical herbs to give you an idea on what essential oil might be good for your spell.

Essential oil blends can be used for witchcraft by applying them to your body, your environment, your tools (magical or otherwise), adding them to other liquids and so much more.

Anointing with Essential Oil Blends

Do some fast and easy essential oils witchcraft by applying an oil blend or diluted essential oil to your body. Put a few drops on your hands and apply it in an upward motion (from feet toward head) for something that you want to bring in or in a downward motion (from head toward feet) for something you want to clear out. Alternately, you can apply a dot of the essential oil blend to your chakras or to your heart, hands, genitals or whatever body part is most appropriate for the witchcraft that you are doing.

Witchcraft Bath With Essential Oil Blends

Drizzle 3-15 drops of your essential oil or your essential oil blend into your bath water (approx 25 gal.), speak an incantation over the water and use your bath as a place for manifesting your intention.

Inhale Your Essential Oils Witchcraft

Add 3-4 drops of an undiluted essential oil to a quart of hot water in a bowl or basin allow the scent to permeate your space like a smokeless incense.

Magical Massage With Essential Oils

20-40 drops of your essential oil may be added to 4 oz. of Sweet Almond, Jojoba or any other plain massage oil. Apply this oil to your skin or for hot and steamy love spell witchcraft, apply this oil to your beloved while silently envisioning your intention.

Essential Oils Witchcraft With a Room Spray

Add 20 drops of essential oil to 4 oz. of water in a spray bottle or atomizer. Shake to mix the contents and then spray your space.

Doing Witchcraft on Others With Essential Oils

To bring in the results you want from others, such as lovers, clients, bosses or family members, place a little of your essential oils blend on an item which they will touch or add some to a gift of some lotion or shampoo which they will use on their body.

Empowering Your Magic With Essential Oils

If you want to do a quick spell, then essential oils witchcraft can be done in seconds, but also think of these as building blocks that you can add to your other spells. Are you working on a big candle spell? Then add some extra power to it by spraying your room with an essential oil room spray. About to do some focused meditation for manifestation? Think about anointing yourself with some essential oil blends before you start.

Whether your magic is big or small adding some essential oils witchcraft to the mix can make your spell pop!

Ready to work with an essential oils blend? Check out Madame Pamita’s Spiritual Oils.

This article was written by Madame Pamita and has also been published on YourTango and Medium.

Doing Snow Magic to Make Your Winter Wishes Come True

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Wintertime is a beautiful time to enjoy the magic of snow and with all the snow that is dumping down on the Northern Hemisphere right now, I thought it was the perfect time to share a snow spell with you.

Those of you who are lucky enough to live in areas that receive snow, especially those of you who live out in the countryside, you know what I mean when I say that snow is truly magical. Watching the drifting flakes fall down and settle in a blanket of peace all around is something that we only experience in the snowy winter.

Wintertime is the perfect time for doing magic and snow is a beautiful medium for doing wishes and spells. Winter is a time for reflecting and going inward, and this snow spell is lovely way for us to be mindful that not all spellwork is about instant results, but that there is great power in setting long-term intentions in winter and seeing them manifest in the spring.

Manifesting Your Wishes With a Snow Spell

When you are in the countryside, find a secret place off the beaten path that has a fresh clean patch of snow at least a meter square.

Find a stick and in this patch of snow and inscribe the words or a symbol representing a wish that you would like to manifest as the snow melts. As you create this inscription, speak your wish aloud to the snow. For example, if you wanted a new lover, you could draw the symbol of two interlocked hearts or write the words “New Love” and say, “I wish for a new love in my life.”

Leave the patch of snow alone with the intention that when the snow melts, you will see the manifestation of your desire. You don’t need to check in on your spell, but if you can visit it occasionally, you can do a “snow reading” to see what to expect in your spell work.

Doing a Snow Spell Reading

If an animal leaves footprints across your inscription, then you need to do some “footwork” to see your spell come to fruition.

Leaves, sticks or vegetation blown across your spell mean there’s some cleaning up work that needs to be done before your wish comes true.

If your inscription melts to an icy crust but doesn’t melt through, you are poised for a breakthrough.

If the snow melts and the ground shows through, your manifestation will come very soon.

If your inscription gets covered in a new layer of snow, your wish needs time to “marinate” a little and will come true in the spring.

Use Snow to Make Your Wishes Come True

The wintertime is such a beautiful time to do spellwork. Use the magic of snow and the rhythm of freezing and thawing to make your magical wishes come true.

Want to bring more magic into your life? Check out Madame Pamita’s How To Videos.

This article was written by Madame Pamita and was also published on YourTango and Medium.

What Is Ho’oponopono? 4 Spiritual Affirmations That Can Heal Your Heartbreak

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The Hawaiian Reconciliation Practice Can Create Miraculous Transformations

Ho’oponopono (pronounced HO-oh-POH-no-POH-no) is a traditional Hawaiian practice of forgiveness and reconciliation and its positive affirmations can help you learn how to heal a broken heart.

It’s so difficult when we are in the middle of heartbreak to find the healing and the wholeness that we are so desperately looking for. Therapy is amazing, tears can give us some physical relief but the simple but powerful concept that originated in the Hawaiian spiritual practice of Ho’oponopono is absolutely transformative.

Ho’oponopono is Ceremonial

The true traditional practice of Ho’oponopono is a ceremony to bring people together when there are arguments or something wrong has been done. It has evolved into a simplified series of four affirmations that you can do to heal and mend rifts with others or to support healthy self-love.

By repeating these words of affirmations, you can shift your mindset and the energy around a situation to heal your own and other people’s hearts so that you can come to a place of true unconditional love and reconciliation.

These affirmations can be said to make amends to people you may have wronged, to forgive those who have wronged you, to your higher power, or to yourself when you haven’t loved yourself unconditionally.

Before Starting Your Ho’oponopono Practice

Before you start learning how to get over heartbreak with this practice, first think about who you will be sending this energy to. You don’t need to say these affirmations to the other person face-to-face. In fact, most Ho’oponopono affirmations are done from a distance, but that doesn’t reduce their power.

And it’s important to say the affirmations out loud as you think about the argument or rift you’ve had. Saying them out loud, even if you say them quietly, will have a much greater healing effect than just thinking them.

With that said, here are the 4 positive affirmations from the Ho’oponopono practice that can heal your broken heart.

“I’m sorry.”

The first affirmation is one where you own your part of the disagreement.

Even if someone has done something to you or you’ve neglected yourself, there is a part that you played in the drama and saying “I’m sorry” helps you to acknowledge your contribution to the quarrel.

“Please Forgive Me.”

After owning your part in the division, saying “Please forgive me” is a way of reaching out to touch the soul of the other person with gentle and loving energy and asking them to reconcile with you.

“Thank you.”

The third affirmation is one of gratitude.

By having gratitude for the person, the situation and for the possibility of reconciliation, you are able to look at the blessing in the scenario.

“I Love You.”

Love is the greatest power that there is. By saying “I love you” to your enemy, to yourself, or to the Universe, you are healing your own heart as well as the situation. You are giving yourself and the other a supercharged dose of spiritual medicine.

Repeat these four affirmations as you reflect on the situation and see what enlightenment they bring up for you.

Healing with Ho’oponopono

There are many kinds of situations that can be healed by doing the Ho’oponopono.

Practicing the Ho’oponopono will help you to think about your issues in new ways. You can most certainly say the words when you have had an argument with someone else, but it also helps to practice them when you believe someone has done something to hurt you.

As you progress in your practice, you may see ways that you have been less-than-kind to yourself or ways that you could have done better for our earth and its inhabitants.

Ho’oponopono Can Be Miraculous

Saying the Ho’oponopono as you encounter sad or uncomfortable situations will elevate you on your spiritual path. In fact, as you practice these four simple affirmations, you’ll be surprised by the miracles in healing, comfort and spiritual awakening that you manifest and how quickly and effortlessly they come.

This article was written by Madame Pamita and was published on YourTango and Medium.

Do you need a reconciliation? Support your Ho’oponopono practice with a Sweet Reconciliation candle.

3 Traveling Spells for Vacation Magic

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Do These Travel Spells So Your Vacation Goes Perfectly

Traveling to new places is something that I love to do but it can also sometimes make me feel vulnerable. Not knowing the language, the layout of the city or the ins-and-outs of getting around can feel kind of stressful. So can catching trains on time and flying through the air in a giant metal can (no, we’re not going to overthink that one). Yeah, the anxiety alone can spoil the fun of exploring amazing historical places, seeing gorgeous nature and making new friends. So, whenever I hit the road, I do a little spiritual work to keep me safe and make sure my trip is nothing but fun.

If you’re traveling for spring break or getting ready for summer vacation, take along three of my favorite travel spells to make sure your vacation is carefree, safe and trouble-free.

Wear a Magical Oil for Worry-free Travel

Lavender is an amazing herb and its aromatherapy uses for tranquility are legendary, but did you know that its magical properties are also equally special? Lavender oil is used in spells for calming stress and for protection, so applying an oil blend with lavender before and during stressful travel can be both psychologically and spiritually beneficial.

Essential oils are incredibly strong, so never apply undiluted lavender essential oil to your skin. Dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil, sweet almond oil or apricot kernel oil. Make your magic travel protection oil by filling a small bottle (3.4 ounces/100ml or less if you’re going to be carrying it on a plane) with a carrier oil and adding several drops of a good quality lavender essential oil. If you want to make your oil look extra gorgeous and magical, add a small sprig of fresh or dried lavender to the bottle, close the cap and shake to blend.

To use this oil magically, apply a few drops to your hands and rub your hands over your body in an upward motion (from feet toward head) before you get dressed on your travel days. Say the words “I am safe and calm and all my travel goes smoothly” as you apply the oil. You can carry this oil with you too and if things get stressful, you can rub a few drops on your hands and arms and inhale the scent as you repeat your magic words to yourself.

Carry a Mojo Bag for Safety and Protection

I like to carry magical charms with me. They give me a sense of safety when I am feeling out of my element. When I travel, one of my favorite tricks is to carry a specially prepared charm bag that I’ve made ahead of time to ensure that I am spiritually protected as I move through new territory.

A charm bag is a traditionally a flannel bag filled with magical items that you carry with you to bring a certain outcome. Sometimes called a mojo bag, these charms are something that you wear hidden in your pocket, tucked in your bra, or pinned under your clothes. While I don’t recommend wearing a hidden bag when you’re going through airport security, once you arrive at your location, it can be a great way to carry some powerful magical support with you as you explore a new place.

To make a charm bag for safe traveling, take a small circle of flannel about 4 inches/10cm in diameter and place a pinch of each of the following dried herbs in the center: mugwort, wormwood, and cinquefoil. As you do so, ask the spirit of the herbs and your favorite deity to work on your behalf to make sure your travel is safe and that you are protected.

Gather up the sides of the bag to make a small sack and gently breathe into it to bring your bag to life so it can work on your behalf for your safe travel.

Finally, using a ribbon or embroidery floss, wrap the “neck” of the bag tightly so that none of the herbs fall out and it looks a little bit like a comet. Tie the bag shut with three knots while saying “I am safe and protected” three times and then apply a drop of the lavender oil blend above to seal it.

Your charm bag should be treated with the utmost care and respect, as you would a powerful spirit or beloved pet. Give your charm a name and speak to it each day to ask it to work on your behalf. For the first 7 days after you create it, keep it as close to you as possible, wearing it next to your skin and sleeping with it under your pillow. Set it aside in a special place only when you bathe, shower or go swimming.

After 7 days, you may 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 are traveling. About once a week, you will need to feed your mojo bag. Feeding can be done by passing the bag through incense or by dabbing it with a spot of your lavender oil blend.

Do a Cleansing Bath to Clear Negativity

Sometimes when I travel, I may feel like I’ve picked up some low vibes, either from having a hassle of some kind or just being overly tired (jet-lag anyone?). One of my favorite rituals is to take a simple spiritual cleansing bath.

To create a cleansing bath, draw a bathtub full of hot water and add a handful of sea salt and a handful of epsom salt. For some extra cleansing power, you can add some dried or fresh lemongrass to your bath. (One sneaky trick I do is to pack a box of lemongrass tea when I travel and use the tea bags in my bathtub). As you go into the bath, say your own prayer, wish or intention that all negativity is washed away. Visualize all your stress, fatigue and any negative thing that happened to you washing off you and when you empty your tub, all the low vibes going down the drain.

If you don’t have access to a bath, don’t worry. Make a small bowl of your sea salt, epsom salt and lemongrass blend and pour it over yourself in the shower as you recite your intentional words.

Travel Spiritually and Physically Safe and Sound

No matter what I do or where I go, I always make sure that I get good information on the places I am going, follow it up with some common sense and add a dash of spiritual assistance to make my trip effortless, fun and secure. Follow these guidelines and no matter where or how you travel, you’ll always have a trip where you are safe, sound and happy.

This article was written by Madame Pamita and was first published on YourTango.

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11 Ways You Can Make Some Serious Magic with the Full Moon

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Make Some Powerful Full Moon Water to Do Moon Magic

What’s more magical than the moon? Is there anything more beautiful than a full moon on a clear night, the silver light glistening in the crisp fresh air? Whenever the full moon shows her face, it’s the perfect time to do some powerful moon magic.

When I was a little girl, long before the internet let us find anything we wanted at the touch of a Google “I Feel Lucky” button, I was always searching for any information I could find on magic. In a book somewhere I read that witches would spin around three times and bow to the moon on the night when it was full. So, the little girl that I was would go out into my backyard, look up at the full moon, spin around three times and then make what I thought was a graceful, dizzy curtsy.

The Full Moon Is a Perfect Time for Doing Divination

I was born under the sign of Cancer, and Cancers are ruled by the Moon, so it was only natural that I gravitate to what I call my “Moon Mama” but any sign can benefit from working with the Moon. Full moons are the perfect time for doing spells for increasing psychic abilities and powers of divination. It’s the perfect night to dust off the old tarot deck or do a tea leaf reading for your friend, for example.

Make a Powerful Magical Water to Use All Month Long

Full moons are also amazing for creating powerful intentions for love, prosperity and blessings. But you don’t have to limit that kind of magic to just that one night. If you want to carry the power of the full moon over to the rest of the month, you can capture the magic by making Full Moon Water. Full Moon Water is an extremely powerful water for blessing in any context.

Before you get started, check your favorite online moon phase calendar to see when the full moon is going to be at its apex. If it’s early in the morning or during the day, this spell can be started on the night before so that you capture the waxing moon’s magic.

Spell for Full Moon Water

Fill a clear glass or white porcelain bowl with spring water on the night of the Full Moon. You don’t have to go to a spring to get the water (although, that would be amazing). Bottled spring water will work perfectly for you city spellworkers. As an alternative, you can gather rainwater or melted snow for this spell, which is another amazing way to add an extra level of magic to the working.

If you would like to supercharge your spell and really draw in some extra magnetic force, you can place some tumbled moonstones around your bowl of water to amplify the moon energy.

At moonrise, place the bowl outside or, if you’re going to do your spellwork inside, place it next to a window where the moon can shine down on it.

Hold your hands over the bowl as the moon begins shining and say a prayer or intention for the water, for example, “Open my psychic abilities and strengthen my intuition,” “May my true love be drawn to me,” or “Bring bright blessings into my life.” Whatever you are asking for, ask for it with a clear, confident and powerful intention.

Leave your water in the light of the moon for the entire night. The next day, you can decant your water to a bottle to use throughout the month.

Ways to Use Your Magic Full Moon Water

You can use this holy moon water to sprinkle around your house to bless and protect it.

You can add a bit of clear alcohol (such as vodka) at about a 10% ratio to preserve the water. Keep it in the fridge and you can drink it all month long.

You can use it in magic potions, such as teas.

You can add it to your bath water for a spiritual cleansing.

You can use it to bless and consecrate your magical tools.

You can place a cup of it as an offering on your ancestor altar.

You can pour it over your body for a self-love ritual.

You can plant a magical plant and water it with this amazing water to infuse it with your intention.

There are so many beautiful ways that you can use this holy moon water.  Let your inspiration guide you.

This article was written by Madame Pamita and was published on YourTango and Medium.

Want to do more moon magic? Check out this Moon Spell for New Love.