This issue’s spell coordinates with Lughnasadh, but is also appropriate anytime you wish to offer gratitude. It can be done without a ritual, or it can be substituted for the magickal working in the Lughnasadh ritual published in this edition.
Choose a candle that is yellow, golden, orange, red, or color of your choice to represent the first harvest of summer. If you wish to dress it, consider rosemary, safflower oil, chamomile, frankincense, and sandalwood – all correspond to the sabbat. Aventurine, citrine, peridot, yellow diamonds, and citrine are gemstones associated with Lughnasadh. You may also want something with which to write on or carve the candle. If it is in a glass container, pictures can be glued on as a visual representation of your intentions.
If you are called to, wear something that makes you feel happy and confident, and clear and bless your working space. Ground in the present moment and open to wisdom that can guide you as you craft this spell. It is two-fold, offering gratitude for what you have and the attraction of more. Think of the abundance, blessings, gifts, and accomplishments you are harvesting at this time … and be prepared to offer gratitude for that which you wish to manifest or accomplish, knowing those are blessings already on their way.
When you are ready, connect with the candle by holding it. Meditate on what you have and feel yourself filling with gratitude, then move that energy into the candle. Continue the outpouring of gratitude for those things you are working to manifest. Claim them as yours, feeling grateful as if they are already in this dimension.
After you are done, you can dress the candle with oil, taking your finger and starting at the bottom and moving to the top to send forth your gratitude. You can roll a taper in herbs (If they don’t adhere to the oil, you can soften the taper with a hairdryer for some extra help.) or sprinkle a pinch into the container. Small gems can be placed in or on the candle, while larger ones can surround the base.
Light it and see fire transforming your thoughts and the smoke releasing your gratitude to the Universe. If safe to do so, let the candle burn out; otherwise, snuff it out and renew your intentions when relighting it.
Merry part. And merry meet again.
About the Author:
All my life I have known magic was real. As a child, I played with the fae, established relationships with trees and “just knew things.” In my maiden years I discovered witchcraft and dabbled in the black-candles-and-cemeteries-at-midnight-on-a-fullmoon magick just enough to realize I did not understand its power. I went on to explore many practices including Zen, astrology, color therapy, native traditions, tarot, herbs, candle magic, gems, and, as I moved into my mother years, Buddhism, the Kabbalah and Reiki. The first man I dated after my divorce was a witch who reintroduced me to the Craft, this time by way of the Goddess. For 11 years I was in a coven, but with retirement, I have returned to an eclectic solitary practice
When accepting the mantle of crone, I pledged to serve and teach. This is what I do from my skoolie – a 30-year-old school bus converted into a tiny house on wheels that I am driving around the country, following 72-degree weather, emerging myself into nature, and sharing magic with those I meet. Find me at thewitchonwheels.com, Facebook and Instagram.