Spells & Rituals

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

New Year’s Intentions

Merry meet!

With Samhain marking the end of one year, it’s a time to focus our intentions on the witches’ new year ahead – and help them manifest. This spell will match a wish to each of the elements.



Prepare an altar for Samhain with a candle for each of the elements. Have four small pieces of paper and, to put them in, four envelopes or small glass jars. Add sacred objects, and perhaps items related to your intentions. Put the four aces from the Minor Arcana, which will represent the elements, and the Nine of Cups, the wish card, on the altar.


Burn some incense (something cedar- or cinnamon-based would be my choice) and focus on the Nine of Cups. Think about all you would like to happen in the next year, then pick the most important four based on the elements.

Earth/pentacles: practical finances, your home, a place, or your body

Air/swords: wisdom, communication, positive thoughts, imagination

Fire/wands: transformation, protection, faith, burning ambitions

Water/cups: feelings, healing, emotions, love, dreams)

Write each wish on a piece of paper, roll or fold the paper toward you and put it in the jar or envelope. Seal the container with wax from the corresponding directional candle, then place it on top of the appropriate ace.

You might choose to chant as you work:

By the power of earth, air, fire, and sea
I call forth my desires to come to me
With every breath and every sound
I attract these blessings so profound
I release all lack and limitations
Embracing a year of divine manifestation
These four wishes have come to me
As I will so mote it be

Spend time in gratitude, for the gifts and blessings you’ve received during the year that is coming to an end, and for all you receive in the coming year, including those four wishes. Claim them as yours.

Leave the jars on the altar overnight, then keep them safe until next Samhain when you can burn the wishes and repeat the spell.

Merry part. And merry meet again.


About the Author:

Lynn Woike

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.