Blood and Milk: A Full Moon in Cancer Bath Ritual

This week I hope you’re feeling all the feels like I am, because it’s so fabulous, right? Unless you’re an earth sign that doesn’t feel as at home in your feels (Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo, I’m lookin’ at you đŸ˜‰ ). Maybe I’m biased because I am a Cancer myself, but I’m personally loving it.

But let’s say that you need to feel things every once in a while, as we really all do. Let this week’s full moon in Cancer be one of those times. The Moon is at home in Cancer, which is ruled by it. This is all about those delicious emotions. And 2020 has been a year of….emotions, if nothing else.

Why not go out with a bang as this year ends, the final Full Moon of the year is in THE sign for feeling things, and we can wipe clean that slate of everything we went through, setting a strong foundation for a more stable 2021?

This bath ritual will help you tap into those emotions and channel them into something you want them to be, or something that can help you get what you want, or simply just offload them and wash them down the drain as this year closes out.

I designed this ritual to be both cleansing and empowering, hence Blood and Milk.

Blood is well known for its power in magick and ritual. It represents life force, power, energy, and the element fire. The ritual calls for dragon’s blood essential oil or fragrance oil, but you can certainly substitute a few drops of your own blood for that. Please do not use anyone else’s blood or blood of other animals for this particular ritual, as this is about you.

Milk is commonly used in ritual or magickal baths as a purifier and I’ve explored that a bit here. Historically, this is only attributed to animal-based milks, but I do know of vegan witches who have used plant-based milks such as coconut or oat milk in place of cow milk/goat milk. I can’t speak to whether it has the same intended effects or outcomes personally, though. So experiment with what works best for you.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup milk of your choice
  • 5-10 drops of dragon’s blood oil, fragrance oil, or a few chunks of resin
  • optional: a few drops of your own blood (using a diabetic lancet is the most sanitary and easiest way to obtain this, please do not collect your own blood if you are not sure how to do so safely without harm to yourself)
  • 2 Tbsp rue*, fresh or dried
  • Lilac blossoms**, dried or fresh, any color

What you will do:

  1. Run your bath as you normally would. I like to light candles of various symbolic colors around my tub and turn out the lights. I usually ask for any deities I feel are relevant to my working that night to attend and share with me.
  2. Add all the above ingredients to your bath and swirl around to mix well.
  3. Climb in!
  4. As you sink into the water, think of what you want to cut the chords from or let go of from this year. You might even want to make a list beforehand, and read it aloud or silently to yourself. When I do this, I usually light it on fire after reading it and then drop it in the water before I burn myself, but you can decide if that is safe or appropriate for your situation.
  5. Next think about what energy or emotions you want to call to yourself. Calm, peace, happiness, love, compassion, lust, ferocity– whatever you feel you need more of in your life. Feel those emotions as deeply as you can while you’re in the bath.
  6. Play some music you like, sing to yourself, show yourself love, masturbate– whatever you feel is representative of the emotions you’re feeling right then and the ones you want to face head on, or even those you want to tap into or call to yourself in the coming year. Make this about you.
  7. Stay in there as long as you need to feel cleansed of the past and ready for the future.
  8. You got this, witch.

*I add rue here because rue helps us cut ties and undo connections. She is a wise old crone that knows what we need, not necessarily what we want. She can unbind, uncross, and unblock us. If you feel a different herb is more appropriate for your needs here, please substitute as you desire.

**I add lilacs here because lilacs have so many magickal associations, among them abundance, prosperity, but also repelling negative energy, malicious spirits, and breaking through hardships or difficult times. If you feel another flower suits you best here, please substitute as you desire.

A Drink for the Yule Season

While most of us celebrate Yule only on the Winter Solstice, Yule is actually a season. If you have northern European ancestry, your ancestors likely celebrated Yule for a period of 3-10 days, depending on where they lived and what their cultural customs were.

The first day of Yule in 2020 is December 21st and the last day is January 1st. Throughout that 11 days, any custom you celebrate for Yule is appropriate, so don’t stress over doing things only on the 21st. I know some people who plan a series of family-oriented things or rituals each day to represent or otherwise celebrate the season as long as possible.

Whatever you decide, drinks are almost always part of the festivities, and if you choose not to drink alcohol, most Yule-themed drinks can be made non-alcoholic.

Here is a recipe my husband and I made up, which we nicknamed ‘Krampus’ because why not?

What you will need (makes 3-4 standard mug-fulls):

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 orange slices
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp Allspice
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • optional: 1/2 cup Scotch* (the smokier/peatier the better)

What you will do:

  1. Heat all the ingredients except the Scotch on the stovetop in a pan and bring to a soft boil. Remove from heat and let sit for about 5 minutes, then stir in the Scotch if you’re adding it.
  2. Garnish each mug with one of the oranges and any of the cloves if you want.

*We used Lagavulin 16, as its a nice smooth Scotch with just enough peat and smoke to really complement and contrast the sweet of the juice and cider. Any other Scotch would probably be fine though. You could also optionally substitute 1/2 of the cider with mead.

6 Magickal Affirmations to Grow Your Witchy Power

What are magickal affirmations?

Magickal affirmations are something probably many of us overlook, regardless of the stage of witchy practice we are in. I know witches and occult practitioners from novice to advanced that use this method to great success, so it would seem that its not just limited to being new at something.

Affirmations are simply positively-oriented statements that we repeat in our heads, or, for even better effect, out loud to directly and consciously change our thinking, perception, and eventually our reality.

Magickal affirmations are just applying this concept to enhancing our magickal abilities or building magickal skills and habits that we particularly want to focus on.

Orienting our thought around the acquisition of a skill or the building or a skill or ability not only puts it in the forefront of our consciousness, it also creates a direct energetic connection between our mind and our energy around this skill or ability.

How do affirmations work?

I like to think of these as a spell you do on yourself.

Affirmations create that conscious connection between our mind and our energy. This could be thought of as bringing our conscious focus to something as opposed to passively practicing something.

Think about the difference between these two statements:

I wish I could learn to read tarot more proficiently.

or

I am proficient at reading tarot.

One of those is passive and the other is active and takes possession of the act or ability.

You can practice reading tarot all day every day, but if the way you consciously think about being better at tarot is the first statement, a wish, you won’t get nearly as far as if you confidently tell yourself every day before practicing that you are already proficient or skilled at it.

This can be applied to any other skill or ability in your magickal practice, and similar to the way we write out an intention statement in the present tense (“I have acquired $100 to pay this bill” vs “I wish for $100 to pay this bill”), we are setting an intention and sending it out to the universe, but more importantly, to our self that we can and will do this thing.

Usually, affirmations are something we repeat out loud a number of times, maybe in a mirror, or maybe just ourselves upon waking or before bed. Perhaps they are something you say while getting into a trance state before a spell or ritual, or maybe you use them while meditating.

If you are unable to say an affirmation out loud for any reason, you can always focus intently on the affirmation statement in your mind, perhaps in a meditative state, or just while envisioning the desired outcome. Repeat as many times as you feel you need, usually at least 3.

You can also write out affirmation statements in a journal or diary if you are unable to say them out loud. I feel like this method does not work as well for me personally, however, that may not be the case for you, so try it and see.

What kind of affirmations should you use?

First, I think its wise to pick one or two things you want to change. If you have 10 skills or habits you want to make changes to, it won’t be as effective to work on all of them at once, as your conscious energetic focus will be spread thin.

Pick probably two max and think of what exactly you want the outcome to be. There are two main types of affirmations that most people will use:

  1. Obtaining or enhancing a skill or ability.
  2. Changing a habit, whether good or bad.

There may be others, but most will fall into one of these two categories when boiled down to their most basic form.

Just like a goal should be specific, so should an affirmation. ‘I am good at magick’ is pretty vague, but ‘My spells are successful’ is probably much better.

So nail down exactly what it is you are trying to yield from your affirmation practice. I’ve included some options here below, should you not really know where to start.

I am a powerful witch.

This one is kind of vague, but also can be used as a general confidence booster when you need it. If you’re going through a particularly low bout of self esteem or maybe just new to witching, consider starting here for a good all around magickal affirmation. This can also be used when you need to develop better ownership of yourself and your space.

Being a magickal practitioner that doubts themselves or doesn’t own their power and space can set you up for not just failure, but backfires in your magickal efforts. So, believe in yourself, you powerful witch.

I can affect my life in positive ways.

This is if you feel powerless and perhaps don’t think you can make the changes you seek, or don’t think that you really have much influence. Maybe you still live with parents who don’t accept your path, or perhaps you feel like bad things are always happening to you.

You can affect your life in positive ways, and as soon as you start saying it, you can move on from where you are.

I wield ultimate influence over every aspect of my life.

This is a bit more specific version of the previous affirmation statement, and good for when you need to claim yourself, your space, and your power/energy. This is for those who want to break free of toxic people or places, who need to step into their power finally, and for those struggling to realize they are just divine beings inhabiting a physical shell.

I am a successful [insert whatever you want here- profession, type of witch, etc].

Let’s say you need something even more specific to happen. Perhaps you just started out as a writer. ‘I am a successful writer’ or even ‘My work will be published this year’ could be options here.

‘I am a successful kitchen witch’ might be more what you’re looking for, as you learn more about a particular path within magick and witchcraft.

My spells are successful.

I don’t know that this really needs any explanation. If you doubt your abilities and don’t think your spells will work, then they won’t. Try this magickal affirmation each day to build your confidence.

I will learn [insert subject or skill here- tarot, runes, to control psychic powers, etc].

Again, self-explanatory. What magickal skills do you want to improve at? Create a magickal affirmation statement to build your confidence and consciously grow the energetic connection you have to those skillsets.


Hopefully that gives you some ideas for where to start with magickal affirmations. These spells on yourself require nothing other than your focus and energy while saying or thinking them and over time, if you do this for a month or so, you should see yourself gain the things you are asking for simply by applying your conscious focus to those efforts.

how to make a facewash spell

A facewash spell is probably one of the easiest spells you can do anytime you want and with very little witchy experience and/or supplies.

If you’re a witch on a budget, its pretty useful because you already wash your face anyway, and you may be able to do this with nothing more than common kitchen herbs or plants you wild forage (respectfully and responsibly). You can even use this as a replacement for ritual bathing in many instances.

What is a Facewash Spell?

Don’t overthink this. As you are washing your face, a usually common, mundane task, you are infusing this mundane act with your magickal intent to obtain an outcome you want.

And, any facewash can usually be done as a hairwash, or you can combine the two for more magickal power.

I also really like facewash and hairwash spells for those who do not have the ability to take baths regularly. Bath magick can be fun, but it can be replicated in other ways.

I used to only really ever hear of facewash spells in terms of glamour magick, and they certainly do work for that, but there are so many many more uses for this kind of magick.

Any spell you want to perform could theoretically be done via a facewash/hairwash spell, with the one exception being baneful magick. I would just not recommend doing a baneful spell in the form of anything you’re applying to your face and/or hair, as the potential for backfire can really wreck your life (and your appearance).

How Do You Make a Facewash Spell?

Ok, here’s where you can get creative in a number of ways. I’ll give you a few basic approaches, neither is right or wrong, they’re just different approaches and you can choose what feels most right for your purposes.

Option 1: Make a Rinse Solution

This is one of the simplest methods and is easy on both your skin and hair, as well as can be (and usually is) left in your hair to let it dry, or air dry on your skin.

  1. In a pot on your stovetop, bring several cups of water to a boil and add herbs, essential oils, plants, flowers, etc of your choice. Let simmer for ~20 min. Remove from the heat, then strain through a fine wire mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove all solid pieces.
  2. Let it cool enough to be able to apply to skin or hair. PLEASE DO NOT EVER PUT SCALDING WATER ON YOURSELF.
  3. Using clean hands or a cotton round, apply to your face or gently pour over your hair. Depending on the type of spell, you may want to say a few words or a mantra of your choice. Whatever you decide, while you are applying the wash, picture strongly what your outcome should be. Your intent is the most critical piece of this.
  4. Also depending on the type of spell, you may decide to leave it to air dry, or rinse it out with clean water. Here are some general guidelines, but your own unique situation may dictate something different. Use your intuition.
  • Leave it to dry if you are drawing something to you or hoping to gain something (most constructive magick fits into this category); love, money, luck, success, opportunities, protection, strength, courage, etc
  • Rinse it off if you want to remove, cleanse, banish, or otherwise get rid of something; breaking a habit, ending a toxic connection, cord cutting, uncrossing, cleansing, purification, etc

Now, some exceptions exist. You could make the argument that in a purification wash, letting it dry instead of rinsing off, allows your aura to fully absorb the purifying herbs or essential oils, and, therefore, you want to leave it on. This is where intuition can guide you better for your circumstances.

Option 2: Make a Soap-Based Wash

I would lean more toward this option for all destructive magick (getting rid of, letting go, banishing, cleansing, etc), but you could absolutely use it for constructive purposes if your intent is restated in such a manner that the rinsing off of the solution indicates you ridding yourself of whatever is preventing the good or beneficial outcome you’re looking for.

Example: let’s say you want to do well in an important presentation at work and you need to feel confident. You could change up your spell to banish self-doubt or negative self-talk/thoughts so that you feel confident, beautiful, smart, or whatever you’re trying to achieve.

  1. Get a mild and gentle (ideally all natural or organic) soap base that is safe to use on your skin or hair. A really good option here that should work for almost anyone is organic unscented baby shampoo. This can be used on virtually all skin types, as well as most hair, if you’re choosing to apply to your hair.
  2. An alternative to baby shampoo is castille soap. Its usually gentle for skin. You may or may not want to apply to your hair, depending on how dry or oily your scalp is. You can mix a little castille soap with a little coconut oil for a bit more moisturizing base. It already contains some oil, but play around with adding an extra 1 Tbsp oil per 1/4 cup soap.
  3. Pour out about 1/4 cup soap base into a glass mixing cup and stir in a couple drops of any essential oils or add flower petals of your choice corresponding to your intended outcome.
  4. If you’re only making enough solution to use once, then it would be okay to add solids like minced, ground, or mashed plant matter, but these can spoil rapidly or create a medium in which mold can grow over time, so if it will be a multi-use solution, its best not to include physical plant matter.
  5. Pour into a clean empty cosmetic bottle with a lid of your choice. Label it. It should keep for at least a few months.
  6. Wash your face and/or hair with your solution, say any words or mantras you wish, and leave in/on for however long you feel is appropriate. Rinse off.
  7. It’s a good idea to test a small area of skin before applying any new products or substances, to ensure you are not allergic or otherwise sensitive to anything in the product.

Option 3: Combine a Rinse and a Soap

You can simply create your water-based rinse solution and, once cooled, add it to your soap base in a ratio of 2:1 soap base to water-base. Mix and then let it settle (this can take a few hours up to possibly a day).

This is a good method for when you want to work with a soap base but don’t want to be limited to just essential oils, and want the flexibility of more plants/flowers.

I can’t say enough how the most important element of this spell is being clear about your intent. Use strong mental visualization whenever possible and really feel this intent pouring into your mixture as you’re making it and applying it.

magickal benefits of milk baths

If you’re newish to witchcraft or folk magick, you may have heard of milk baths, but what exactly are they are when should you do them? They are a type of ritual bath, but can be just as varied as any other type of ritual bathing practice.

What is a Milk Bath?

It’s exactly what it sounds like. But, it can be as simple as literally just adding milk to a bath, or it can be as complex as warming milk with essential oils, plants, honey, flowers, and more for specific purposes.

Milk added to your bath softens your skin and just feels good, so you can take a milk for no other reason than you deserve some self-care time. However, milk baths have also been used in many folk magick practices across the world for things like:

  • healing
  • fertility
  • uncrossing
  • honoring a specific deity
  • love spells
  • cleansing/purification
  • prosperity
  • luck

How to Take a Milk Bath

First, this is simply a general guide, but, if you’ve been reading my posts for a bit, you know I’m an intuitive eclectic witch and if something feels right or you want to make changes based on your own intuitive practice, please don’t think that’s wrong!

At a minimum, you’ll need at least a cup of milk and a hot bath. What kind of milk is up to you, though. If you are vegan, I cannot personally speak to whether plant-based milks have the same magickal or spiritual properties as animal-based milks, so I don’t feel like I’m the right person to give you guidance on that.

If you are a vegan and take milk baths often with plant-based milks and would like to chime in, please let me know, I’m happy to share your personal experiences here.

Some people heat the milk first, but if your bathwater is hot enough, a cup of cold or room temp milk will not be a big deal.

Besides cow milk, I have known people to use other milks based on cultural or specific magickal practices, to include (but not limited to): goat milk, sheep milk, camel milk, donkey milk, and even human breast milk.

After adding the milk, you’ll want to completely submerge at least once, so all surfaces of your body are covered. Soak for as long as you want.

Things You Can Add to a Milk Bath

This is not exhaustive, but just some ideas to get you thinking of ways to level up your milk bath:

  • warm the milk with honey and add rose petals for a sweet love spell
  • warm the milk and add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for things like money-drawing, happiness, luck, and so on
  • milk baths or ‘white baths’ are commonly used in some Afro-Caribbean practices to honor or make requests of Obatala; usually these are done over the course of 8 days
  • goat milk is associated with the goat’s fertility, tenacity, and many Pagan deities
  • sheep milk may be a better symbolic option if you’re seeking an outcome that deals with peace, calm, and blessings
  • cows have many spiritual associations across the globe, so if you follow a particular path or symbolism is important to your path, consider how cows are viewed in that practice and what specific benefit they may bring
  • add oatmeal to your milk bath soothe and calm irritated skin
  • fresh flowers, based on associations for your intended outcome (love, money, career, happiness, healing, banishing, protection, etc)

Above all, use your imagination. Your intent and will is far more powerful than anything else you can use. As long as your chosen milk bath has meaning to you, its effective!

a candle spell for courage

This is an easy candle spell (most candle spells are) for courage in any situation.

Whether you want to ask for a promotion, go skydiving for the first time, or move across the country to a totally new place, courage is something that we sometimes struggle with, because of self-doubt, and our inner voice that talks us out of things we truly want.

What You Will Need:

  • At least one, but up to 3 of these dried herbs, about 1-2 Tbsp worth: fennel, borage, thyme, rosemary, st johns wort, nettle
  • Olive oil, about 1/2 tsp
  • a red candle and something to light it with

What You Will Do:

  1. Start out by cleansing yourself and your space however works best for you.
  2. Gather all your items into one location and cast a circle if you wish.
  3. Holding the candle in both hands, center and ground yourself, then meditate as long as you need to visualize what kind of courage, when and how you will need it and use it, and what you need the outcome of the courageous actions to produce.
  4. Transfer all of that visual intent and will to the candle energetically. Once it feels ‘full’, rub the outside of it in the olive oil.
  5. Roll the candle in the herbs to coat the outside of it as thoroughly as possible.
  6. Place it in a stable base or candle holder and light it. As you light it, remember your intent and why you need this courage. Say out loud:

Brave is my heart

Brave is my mind

I have the courage to act

and the courage to win

by this flame I call my courage up

as my will be done

7. Let the candle burn down all the way. If you have to leave and cannot monitor it, snuff it out, then re-light when you return and ensure it burns safely.

how to make a magickal oleum

An oleum is just a fancy word for an oil used for ritual purposes. They are different from infusions in that they are heated to incorporate the properties and components of the plant matter in them, rather than left in a warm location for weeks, such as with an infusiono.

And they are ridiculously easy to make.

What You Will Need:

  • about 1/2 – 1 cup base oil (if just making for yourself, you don’t usually need more than 1/2 cup)
  • about 1-2 tsp of each herb, plant, resin, or other ingredients of your choice
  • a pot, but a double boiler works for this too
  • a stovetop
  • a wire mesh strainer or cheesecloth
  • a clean bowl or glass measuring cup (easiest to get something with a pour spout)
  • a funnel (preferably glass, but silicon or plastic will be ok in a pinch)
  • clean glass bottles with lids or droppers; preferably dark glass to limit how much light gets to the oils inside

What You Will Do:

  1. Bring your oil to a soft rolling boil on the stove.
  2. Add whatever ingredients you have chosen.
  3. Turn the heat down to low and let simmer for 20 min.
  4. Remove from heat and strain into a clean glass measuring cup or other clean bowl through the solid out with a fine wire mesh or cheesecloth.
  5. Let the oleum cool for about 5 min. Pour into the glass bottles using the funnel.
  6. Label them however you prefer and store away from direct sunlight or heat. These can keep for up to a year if you keep them away from sun.

What type of base oil should you use?

Because this will be an oil that you heat up or boil to create it, you will probably want to choose a base oil that is more stable at higher temperature.

Avocado oil has the highest smoke point of most oils you’ll be able to get ahold of, so it makes a great base oil for ritual oleums.

Olive oil also has a decently high heat stability, at least enough to withstand boiling and not break down. Olive oil is also considered sacred in many spiritual belief systems, which is why I tend to lean toward this as my base oil.

Coconut oil can be an option if you use some that is fractionated, which means it remains liquid at room temp, unlike most other coconut oil which is solid at room temp. If your ultimate goal is to create an oleum that is more solid, then you can certainly go with standard coconut oil, though.

Regular old vegetable oil is also very heat stable and if you are on a budget, you can go this route. It’s usually made from corn in the US.

Canola has essentially the same effect as vegetable oil for these purposes and is also affordable.

Any other plant-based oils may not be ideal for high heat (boiling) and I would avoid using them, as they have a higher likelihood of going rancid.

As I stated before, I lean toward olive oil because it has a pleasant aroma, and its magickal meaning is important to me. I find it makes a great oleum, and its vibrations are higher and much more pleasant to me than the vegetable oils.

11 magickal uses of dragon’s blood

If you’ve ever walked into any new age or metaphysical shop anywhere in the last couple decades, its likely that you’ve smelled dragon’s blood incense. It’s a foundational incense aroma used widely throughout the world, and for good reason. It smells amazing.

Where Does Dragon’s Blood Come From?

Not dragons. It is actually a resin, just like benzoin, copal, frankincense, and so on.

Dragon’s blood resin is the resin of the Dracaena cinnabari tree, found on the island of Scootra in Yemen in the Middle East. The tree actually appears to bleed, because its resin is a deep red in color.

However, due to its scarcity, endangered status, and concerns about over-harvesting, there are other trees that dragon’s blood resin may also be produced from, and which still retain the same energetic qualities.

When you buy dragon’s blood resin these days at most stores, it is more likely that you’re actually buying resin of one of these other trees: Calamus, Croton, Daemonorops, Dracaena, Pterocarpus.

The trees are cut or wounded in some way and the sap, or resin, is excreted, then harvested.

Magickal Uses of Dragon’s Blood

Arabian legends actually assert that the resin of the original Dracaena cinnabari was the literal blood of elephants and dragons that perished in battle. It was said to have strong magickal powers, and was used by healers, occultists, and magicians broadly.

It was also used to dye textiles and even cosmetics by past civilizations, and even still in some parts of the world today where the trees are indigenous. It can also be used in magickal inks for spell purposes.

As an incense, dragon’s blood is said to be protective, and can be used to fill in energetic voids left after burning things like sage to clear out negative energy. It is a great incense to use when clearing spaces of energy left by others, such as a former partner or roommate, or when moving into a new residence.

You can also sprinkle the powdered form of the resin across door thresholds and around your home or property to ward off evil or negativity, or negative th0ughts sent your way from others.

**warning: It is an abortifacient if taken internally, so if you are pregnant, you should avoid it.

It is also a carminative, which means it helps to settle an upset stomach or calm a GI tract that has become stressed and overstimulated. Always consult with a trained healthcare professional before using anything for medicinal purposes.

It is also used for luck and prosperity, when burned on a charcoal disk or added to charms or spells.

It is especially good for drawing money and love.

Probably one of its most widely recognized attributes in cultures around the world is its power. Dragons were seen as the ultimate powerful creature and the resin associated with them has retained their power.

Add it to other resins to boost their banishing or protective qualities.

Add it to incense in spells to add power to your spell work.

Dragon’s blood is also said to have seductive qualities, and can be used to attract a romantic partner, as part of a sex magick ritual, or to enhance sensuality or passion.

Put some of the resin in some oil to make a dragon’s blood infusion, which you can dab on yourself or anoint your magickal items.

You can use it to represent the element of fire on your altar space if you are unable to burn candles.

And, finally, you can put some of the resin or the infusion oil of it in a spiritual bath with sea salt and any other herbs of your choice to take a powerful bath to wash away negativity that may be lingering, enhance your own courage and strength, and to bring prosperity and love your way.

how and when to consecrate magickal tools

Consecrating magickal tools is likely one of the first magickal rituals you will do when you’re a new witch starting out. It’s very simple and straightforward, however, its one of those magickal rituals that can be made very complex if you wanted to.

What is Consecration?

Consecration is the act of making something sacred, or dedicating something to sacred use only. This is a practice found in virtually all spiritual paths dating back as far as recorded spiritual practices are found. I won’t go into consecration of individuals, such as that which is performed for bishops, here, as that’s not relevant to what I’m talking about.

The actual act of consecration can be quite ceremonial or rather simple, depending on the spiritual path, what is being consecrated, and what the purpose of the consecrated item will be.

The fundamental common theme among all consecration practices is that the very essence of the object being consecrated is irrevocably changed in the process.

If you are Catholic, you are familiar with the priest consecrating the bread or crackers and wine used in communion. There is often an element of transmutation that comes along with consecration, as one thing is symbolically or spiritually transformed into another.

If you are familiar with most Judeo-Christian practices of consecrating burial land in cemeteries, this is another example of making land sacred so that anyone buried there is then part of that consecration.

In Hinduism, temples are consecrated and then re-consecrated every 12 years.

In Islam, similar to the Judeo-Christian practice of consecrating holy ground, once a temple is built on a particular piece of land, it is permanently dedicated and consecrated for that purpose and that land then can no longer be used to build anything else.

What to Consecrate

There is some debate about exactly how many things you should consecrate and what should be consecrated and what probably doesn’t need to be.

What I will say is this: if you have an item that you will be using only in your magickal or spiritual practice and you will not be using it for anything else, then consecrate it.

If you have items that you are using for spiritual things, but they are also your personal items and you cannot afford to purchase extras (for example, you may only have a couple of nice glasses and you use them to give offerings, but also to drink out of yourself), then I personally don’t think you’re doing it wrong.

However, here are things you should consecrate, but you’re likely not using them for other things:

  • wands
  • cauldrons
  • ceremonial athames/knives/swords
  • permanent altars
  • statues or representations of deities
  • things you place on altars permanently

and then there are things you might want to consecrate, depending on what you’re using them for:

  • crystals
  • chalices
  • feathers
  • incense
  • candles
  • sacred/blessed water
  • temporary magickal work spaces
  • outdoor spaces you use frequently, such as a garden or outdoor altar

Its really kind of up to you if you feel that something should be consecrated. If your intuition says yes, then do it. But, realize that consecration generally does mean that once you do it, that object is now dedicated to your magickal work and shouldn’t be used for other mundane things anymore.

How to Consecrate

This process will vary widely from one spiritual path to another, so please feel free to consult with those in your own spiritual path or tradition first, as they may have specific guidance here.

A general process of consecration in many pagan practices is to present the item to all four elements, asking each element to bless it.

This might look like submerging it in water or sprinkling a bit of water on it if it can’t be submerged, passing it through or over a flame, placing it in a dish of salt, and blowing on it or passing it through incense. You would then state that the item is now sacred and dedicated to serve you in your practice.

You can also choose to consecrate items by calling on any deities or entities with whom you work, asking them to bless the item and then stating that it is dedicated to serve you in your practice. This can be in addition to or in place of presenting to the elements or any other process you prefer.

Some spiritual paths will prefer to make this ceremonial, casting a circle, calling the elements, and involving deities. If you prefer this and you have the time and resources, its also an option.

My practice is really fairly eclectic and intuitive, and I tend to grab whatever object I am consecrating, hold it in my hands (or place my hands on it, if its an altar space) and meditate on it for a bit, sending all my emotion and intention into it, then stating its purpose. I may or may not use the four elements, but I generally do pass it through some frankincense and myrrh resin or incense.

magick for the moon phases

I want to make this post short and sweet, because I’ve posted about moon phases and specific spells before and I’ll link those somewhere below.

But, in case you’re new to magick or witchery, the phase of the moon (and even where other planets are in the sky) can greatly impact your spells or rituals and how effective they are.

Moon Phases

First, a quick run down of the moon’s phases:

Dark moon: this is the first day of the moon cycle; it is the one day that the moon is completely dark and no sliver of light can be seen.

New moon: the first day after the dark moon through approximately day 3-4 after the dark moon

Waxing crescent: from day ~4-7 after the dark moon

First quarter moon: from day 7 through ~10 after dark moon

Waxing gibbous: from ~ 11 days to 14 days after the dark moon

Full moon: 14 days after the dark moon/new moon

Waning gibbous: from ~16 days through ~20 days after dark moon

Last quarter moon: from ~21 days through ~24 days after dark moon

Waning crescent: from ~25 days through ~28 days after dark moon

Dark moon: 28-29 days after previous dark moon

Here is a visual, since that is usually easier for people to look at and understand:

Types of Spells by Moon Phase

The first half of the moon’s cycle is focused on planting, growing, and building, while the second half of the moon’s cycle is focused on letting go, releasing, and preparing.

Dark Moon/New Moon

  • intention setting
  • ‘planting seeds’ literal or figurative
  • starting over on something or some aspect of our life
  • asking for ideas and inspiration

Waxing Crescent

  • same types of spells as new moon, but also
  • growth of any kind, especially self-esteem, self love, relationships
  • intuition
  • healing/health

First Quarter

  • gaining anything
  • jobs
  • relationships
  • recognition
  • opportunities
  • success in an endeavor

Waxing Gibbous

  • still growing and attracting things
  • results-oriented spells
  • clarifying questions and divination

Full Moon

  • you can do pretty much any kind of spell on the full moon; some of the more popular or ‘big ticket’ items usually are:
  • success
  • money
  • love
  • protection

Waning Gibbous

  • now starts the half of the moon cycle that involves letting go or clearing out
  • here is a good post on waning moon magick in general, non-specific to the part of the cycle
  • re-evaluating people, things, habits, situations
  • releasing negative energies or habits
  • clearing out your home/cleansing
  • banishing
  • removing obstacles
  • getting over emotional things or experiences

Third Quarter

  • you can still do things that involve removing, releasing, or letting go
  • moving on from things
  • putting things in the past or rear view mirror
  • clarity (once obstacles are removed)
  • working on your shadow self

Waning Crescent

  • still getting rid of, letting go, releasing, and banishing
  • anything you’re still hanging onto from the rest of the month, now is a good time to let it go and prepare for the next dark moon in a few days
  • shadow work

If you want to read more in detail about this, there’s a great little book called Moon Spells by Diane Ahlquist you can pick up that is full of useful and simple guidance for using the phases of the moon to get what you want and change your life.

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