A spell to call back your energy

What’s up, witches? It has been some time since I’ve written here, and I have no other excuse than I was in a funk. I mean, a deep, apathetic-state-of-mind kind of funk. I’m digging myself out of it, but, in doing so, I’ve been realizing that what started the whole thing was in no small part to me giving away my time, energy, power, and precious space in my head to people and places that didn’t deserve it, or weren’t reciprocating.

And so, I found it necessary to call back that energy. Necessary to call back that power. It wasn’t given freely by me, rather poached and stolen by others who had to intention of giving anything back, or even saying a simple thanks. Energy vampires are all around, and sometimes they end up being some of the people closest to us.

Being that it’s Samhain today/tomorrow, plus its a full moon, you just can’t get much better timing than that to take back what’s yours.

What you will need:

  • a yellow candle (a white candle can substitute for any other color in a pinch)
  • a lighter or matches
  • optional: paper and pencil/pen if you want to write out a list of names/jobs/places etc specifically

What you will do:

  1. If you’re writing out your list of people, places, or things from which you are calling back your energy, write that all down first. Have the list in front of you.
  2. Raise your energy however you prefer.
  3. Light the candle.
  4. Say out loud 3 times:

“I call back my energy and power from those who took it without my consent [here is where you can name specific names, or simply picture those individuals or groups in your mind]

I call back my energy and power from previous jobs or employers that did not acknowledge my contributions* 

I call back my energy and power from regret and guilt of my past decisions*

I sever all energetic ties to those people and places and will no longer let them access my energy and power. On them, I close the door.

I sever all energetic ties to those people and places and will no longer give them my energy power, no more. 

May my energy and power blow back to me on the currents of the air

May my energy and power grow back to me through the layers of the earth 

May my energy and power burn brightly in the flames of fire 

May my energy and power flow back to me on the waves and rains of water”

*these lines are optional, and examples of specific situations you might want to include if relevant, but leave them out if they aren’t relevant to you

5. As you say the spell out loud, create a strong vision in your mind of a high vibration white light flowing into your heart chakra and spreading throughout your body, humming with intensity and energy. Let this light fill you, cover you, and raise your vibrations until you feel full, as if you could not take on any more energy.

6. Once you have completed calling back your energy, snuff out the candle, and picture cutting all energetic ties to the people, places, or things you named or listed.

After the spell, consider taking a ritual bath, spending some time doing things for yourself, and/or just relaxing.

Happy Samhain!!

6 ways to celebrate Lughnasadh in 2020

This Saturday, August 1, is Lughnasadh (also referred to as Lammas in some traditions). Lughnasadh is the marking of the calendar year of the beginning of the harvest season. It occurs approximately halfway between the summer solstice (Litha) and the autumnal equinox.

Traditionally, Lughnasadh is the term applied to this festival/calendar occurrence in Celtic lands. Lammas was the name applied in English-speaking lands, but is the same festival or concept/observance, in practicality.

In Gaelic speaking lands, Lughnasadh comes from the name of the pagan god Lugh, a nature god associated with metal smithing, warriors, and the first grain harvest (hence the association with the beginning of August). He is also associated with artisans and skilled workers of all sorts.

Usually, this festival was a celebration of the beginning of the harvest, athletic contests, matchmaking, and hoping for a bountiful harvest the rest of the season.

Depending on which spiritual path(s) you follow, you may have varying views or degrees of observance. Neo-pagan vs Celtic reconstructionist vs Wicca all have slightly or even very different practices or preferences. Lughnasadh is also one of the 8 sabbats observed by Wiccan practitioners.

But, what about when there’s a pandemic and you need to social distance? How might we still honor the harvest gods and goddesses without contributing to even more cases of a contagious viral pandemic?

  1. Enjoy a variety of berries. One of the historically relevant practices associated with Lughnasadh was to pick and eat bilberries and other late summer berries (blackberries are ripening now!).
  2. Make a garland of dried summer harvest wheat and flowers to hang on your door.
  3. Dance! Even if you can’t celebrate with others, you can still do your own dance and let loose and be grateful.
  4. Challenge yourself physically. Obviously use your best judgment and do not attempt to do anything risky, but if there’s an athletic or fitness-related feat you have always wanted to do, create a plan to achieve it, consulting with a professional when needed.
  5. Take up or continue an art or craft.
  6. Hike in the mountains (or even just smaller hills if you’ve got no mountains nearby!), as this was a common tradition to leave food offerings at the top of mountains for the god Lugh.

These are things you can celebrate with your immediate family or those with whom you live, or even host a virtual Lughnasadh with friends from around the world.

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