Magickal Symbolism of the Iris

This flower is found in depictions and art dating back to as far back as people drew flowers. Renowned the world over for its beauty and sensuality, the iris features in many magickal or spiritual contexts, as well.

Irises are some of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, symbolizing transformation, renewal, and hope. They are brightly colored and showy, reminding us to show up for ourselves, and to let our own true colors shine.

And, irises are here to remind us of our own sensuality. Their leaves are harsh, sharp, and phallic, juxtaposed next to the soft, delicate, and sensual petals opening in layers, just like a vulva. In fact, it is common in many cultures, such as Japan, to drink tea of iris petals and bathe in a bath of iris blossoms to ensure virility and good health.

Irises were planted on the graves of women in Greece, so that their souls could be guided by the goddess Iris, who shuttled them between the physical world and the Elysian fields of the afterlife. The goddess Iris was the female equivalent of Hermes, with her own wings and caduceus. Her symbol was the rainbow, which was how she traveled between the Earth and Olympus.

Irises are also considered protective, especially against disease and evil spirits. The flower can be planted on the sides of your porch or front door to ward off spirits and misfortune, and to welcome prosperity and protection. The blossoms are also placed upon the roofs of homes in Japan to protect against evil spirits.

The iris is also the flower depicted in the French fleur de lis, and the three petals of the flower shown symbolize faith, wisdom, and valor.

Irises can be found in virtually every hue of the spectrum, and, depending on what color they are, can symbolize more specific things for you beyond just beauty, transformation, femininity, balance, hope, and power.

What can’t the iris be for you? …that’s probably a better question, because these powerful and unique flowers are excellent for all kinds of spiritual or magickal uses.

Here are just a few suggestions:

  • use a red iris in love spells, especially those involving passion or lust
  • use an orang iris for friendships, knowledge, and educational pursuits
  • use an yellow iris for creativity and inspiration
  • use a green iris for money, finance, and career spells
  • use a blue iris for communication or psychic dreams
  • use a purple iris for power, intuition, or connection to your higher self
  • use a black or white iris for protection
  • use a white iris for purification or protection
  • use any color iris for good health, beauty, lust/sexuality, and confidence

9 magickal alphabets

I love linguistics and the way language morphs and changes over time as peoples carry it from one location to another, mixing and adding new words and ideas.

We can see a little of this in alphabets and how they share commonalities, but also in how they differ.

And alphabets that are commonly used for magick or occult practices share some of those same characteristics, especially those that once (or still) functioned as linguistic alphabets, such as Greek, Hebrew, and Runes.

So here’s a quick run down (in no particular order) of what alternative alphabets are out there that you might encounter in your occult or witchcraft studies or practices:

Hieroglyphs

This is arguably one of the oldest alphabets or systems of writing documented that has been used in spiritual, occult, or magickal writing, dating back to at least 4000 B.C.E. Hieroglyphs were the formal and intricate writing system used by the Ancient Egyptians until sometime around 600 C.E., at which point all traces of Pagan spiritual or religious writings and references were abolished, banned, or suppressed in that region, and they were essentially lost until later in the 1800s when discovered by archaeologists.

Ogham

The origins of ogham (also can be spelled ogam) are unknown, but it appeared in the Celtic world first on stone markers such as memorials, burial stones, and stones at crossroads. It is a script based on trees in the Celtic world and each of the original 20 symbols represents a letter or sound, but also a type of tree. Ogham can also be used as a divinatory method, similar to Runes.

Ogham is often referred to as the ‘oracle of the trees’ and as an artistic script its quite beautiful. Legend tells of its creation by Ogma, the Celtic god, and one of the legendary Tuatha De Danaan. Part of the divinatory element of the ogham symbols is knowing what characteristics and correspondences are possessed by each tree, but also the folklore associated with that tree. Ogham, when read as divinatory symbols, can be read upright or reversed, similar to other systems like Runes or cartomancy.

For instance, Ailm represents the pine or fir tree, which is a tree of ecstasy and elation. This is a symbol of letting joy and elation lead you through an experience. Adopt a sense of wonder, as you’ll be struck by many realizations. The pine varieties are all evergreen, bringing their color to even the coldest winters. They pre-date most other trees in the Celtic region, as they are part of an ancient group of conifers. Pines are revered as protectors, mystical, enduring, and even terrifying in their size and breadth.

Hebrew

Long used by occultists due to its use in some of the earliest writings in mysticism, such as the Qabbalah, Hebrew has even earlier origins dating to possibly even before the 10th century B.C.E. Those forms of Early Hebrew vary significantly from what became the more commonly used Hebrew script around the first or second century C.E. Modern Hebrew alphabet was influenced on the Early Hebrew alphabet, but is more closely connected to Aramaic, which it eventually replaced as a dominant form of writing.

Hebrew is a worthwhile alphabet system to learn and understand if you follow Qabbalistic writings or practices, as well as if you want to be able to read some of the original Judeo-Christian writings and not rely on the (heavily mistranslated) Christian bible. It also comes in handy when working with any of the deities, angels, or demons which have Solomonic seals or sigils.

Greek

The Greek alphabet, originally derived from the Phoenician alphabet, has been around since about as long as the Hebrew alphabet, dating to around the 9th century B.C.E. Greek differs from all other ancient alphabets due to its inclusion of letters representing vowel sounds, which none of the other older alphabets did.

Greek also spawned Latin, which is the alphabet used by most Western societies, or those who speak/write any language based on any of the Indo-European languages such as English, French, Spanish, German, and Gaelic. Greek was also the first alphabet to denote upper- and lower-case letters.

Prior to the Roman conquest of most of Europe and part of the British Isles, Greek was the dominant alphabet used to write pretty much everything, but especially religious texts. There are original versions of the Hebrew texts and what would eventually become the New Testament books of the Bible written in Greek, as well as many other mystical writings, especially concerning the Greek and Egyptian pantheons of deities. If you want to be able to read these in their original context, Greek may be worth your while to learn.

Runic

Runes date back to ancient Germanic tribes and practices, estimated to appear around the 1st century B.C.E. and lasting for another 800-1000 years until the Latinization of language occurred across the region as Rome gradually conquered peoples and converted their linguistic and spiritual practices to those of the Romans.

The type of runes most commonly used today for divination is the Elder Futhark runes, however, at various points in history, multiple runic alphabets existed due to a lack of homogeneity among the broad lands covered by Germanic tribes and peoples. Other runes systems that were common were the Anglo-Saxon (Futhorc) and the Younger Futhark varieties. There are still some traditions that use those other two runes systems for divination.

Similar to the Ogham script, each rune represents a letter or sound, but also represents a spirit of a concept. They can be read upright or reversed, and even the way that you can read the bones, position of where they land when throwing them lends further interpretation.

Astrological and Planetary Symbols

I bet you didn’t immediately consider that the astrological and planetary symbols are an alphabet unto themselves, but they are! Think about how many people’s IG profile reads something like this: ♋︎☀︎♏︎☽♋︎⇑♑︎⇓ ? Well, I basically just described myself in detail for you with a set of symbols.

The astrological and planetary symbols used in the western astrological system date back to codices in the Byzantine period. These were symbols assigned to represent celestial planets (which includes the Sun and Moon, even though from an astronomy perspective stars and moons are distinctly different from the label ‘planet’).

The system we use today was solidified in Greece sometime before or just at the beginning of the Renaissance period. These were, and still are, commonly used to note the positions of the planets upon the zodiac at specific time points relating to a notable event or during a particular ritual or magickal working. Many old grimoires and Book of Shadows will have these notations letting the reader know under what astrological conditions something occurred, in case one wanted to correlate specific occurrences or outcomes to that.

Angelic/Celestial

This alphabet was created by H. Cornelius Agrippa, specifically for occult use. He based the Celestial alphabet on the Hebrew and Greek alphabets, hence why it may look familiar to you, even if you’ve never read it before.

Agrippa used this alphabet primarily to communicate with angels and higher beings, an application that is still in use today. Another element that may seem familiar to you is that the symbols are based on star constellation patterns.

Theban/Honorian

The Theban alphabet is also attributed to Agrippa, even though there is no documentation definitively proving its origins or creator. It was used mostly by occultists and witches to disguise the content in their Book of Shadows or grimoires before it was safe to be publicly ‘out’ about being an occult practitioner.

Theban is still commonly used by many occultists and witches today, even though there is less need to hide these aspects of our lives in the Western world, many of us still face prejudice and bias in our communities or families who are not open-minded or do not share our beliefs or an open tolerance for beliefs that differ from their own.

Theban script is still taught in many Wicca 101 type of books for that reason, as many witches still use it, having learned it as a new witch a long time ago, and, therefore, you may encounter a mentor or teacher who wants you to learn it simply because its something they use to communicate.

Enochian

Enochian script or alphabet was created or recorded by John Dee and Edward Kelley. They allegedly wrote it and recorded it from visions and work in which they invoked or commanded spirits. It is important to note that it is not derived or written by the same source as the famous biblical text the Book of Enoch, but it is related in that Dee and Kelley developed the script in order to uncover the secrets they felt the Book of Enoch was hiding from all but the most astute readers.

John Dee’s journals stated that the Enochian alphabet and script was the language God created for man to speak with God, and also which was used to create the world and all of its inhabitants and contents. Enochian waas later discovered and began to be used in the late 19th century by members of the Golden Dawn.

There are lots of other alphabets that have been used in magickal or occult practice at various points, so this list is not completely exhaustive, but the ones I left out are more obscure and used by a more limited number of people, and, therefore, not as likely to be encountered frequently by occult practitioners in the modern era.

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.

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.

magickal properties of rosemary

I love this evergreen herb for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that its also the namesake of one of my grandmothers, which in turn became my middle name.

Rosemary is a powerful cleansing herb that not only removes negative energy or entities, but also fills the energetic void with its own uplifting and powerful high vibration energy. You can plant it around your porch or doors, or make a spray or herb bundle to burn and get the same effect.

Part of its protective and purifying properties are because of its magickal symbolism, linked to Venus, the Virgin Mary, and even Jesus Christ. It also contains a high level of the phenolic compound camphor, which is a strong purifier of spaces and deterrent for all manner of negative energy and spirits.

It is also an astringent herb, and makes a good tea, a toner for your skin, or additive to your cleaning solutions.

Rosemary can aid in psychic development, dreaming, and even in preventing nightmares. Dream pillows made with lavender, mugwort, and rosemary are common for aiding healthy, restorative, and psychic sleep.

Correspondences of Rosemary:

Associations: dreaming, purification, cleansing, protection from unwanted spirits, love, fertility, memory; linked to Venus, and later, the Virgin Mary

Planet: Venus, also the Sun, as it later became associated as a masculine herb

Element: Fire

Chakras: solar plexus, heart, third eye

how to make your own wand

If you choose to use a wand as a magickal tool in your practice (and its optional, so if it doesn’t resonate with you, then don’t feel compelled to do so), its perhaps one of the easiest tools to make yourself.

Wands act as an extension of the energy of the bearer, much like the ceremonial athame can. Wands can be used to direct and channel the energy you have raised.

What you will need:

  • a length of wood from a tree or bush, usually between 8-12″ (20-30 cm)
  • a knife for making cuts and optional carvings
  • a length of twine, but you can sub this for literally anything else you like better, such as ribbon, metal wire, leather cord, or natural vines, etc
  • glue (this is kind of optional; theoretically you can make the wand without the glue, but the glue just makes it more efficient)
  • other optional items you may want:
    • a crystal for the point
    • a crystal or large bead for the handle
    • other embellishments such as paint, glitter, stickers, charms, etc

What you will do:

  1. Please make sure you have permission from whoever owns the land the tree is on to take a branch if it is on a tree that is not on your property. If you are an animist like me, I would also ask permission from the tree and explain what the branch will be used for, and that I will honor the tree in its sacrifice to me.
  2. Decide how long you want the wand to be and whether you will add any crystals or other embellishments that will alter its length. Make any necessary cuts to the wood to bring it to the appropriate size.
  3. If you are adding a crystal to the top, using your knife, make an ‘X’ shaped cut about 1 inch deep on the tip that splits it into 4 ‘prongs’ when they are pried apart. Place the crystal in the prongs to ensure it at least partly fits into this spot. Some of the crystal will obviously hang out from the tip. If it is a larger crystal, you may need either a longer piece of branch, or you may need to make the X cut deeper into the branch.
  4. If you are happy with where the crystal sits, take out and set it aside for now.
  5. Sand the branch with 60 or 80 grain sandpaper to remove bark, if you want to remove the bark. Then sand it two more times, once with 120 grain and then once more lightly with 240 grain.
  6. I find it is helpful at this point to soak the wand in water for a few hours to a day, depending on how pliable you want it. When the wood is softer, its easier to bend it around the base of the crystal and shape it a little.
  7. Once the wood has dried out a bit, put some glue in the setting you cut for the crystal and place the crystal back in it. Let the glue dry completely before doing anything else. If the wood was very wet still when you added the glue, you may need to bind the prongs and base of the crystal with decorative twine or ribbon now, in order to hold it together and ensure it dries in the right shape.
  8. At this point, you can begin deciding how you want to adorn the wand. I would recommend wrapping a decorative twine, ribbon, or otherwise around the tip where the crystal and prong cut-outs are if you didn’t already when you glued it.
  9. You can also choose to paint the wood or add glitter. I would then recommend using something like Mod Podge or a craft clear coat spray (a few coats of either) to seal any of that, as you don’t want it to rub off all over you every time you handle it.
  10. You can also just leave the wood bare and/or seal it with something like a polyurethane clear coat or stain it.
  11. As for the handle, some people like to leave it bare, others like to wrap some decorative ribbon, twine, or metal wire around it, adding charms or beads. Go with your gut and intuitive thoughts on this.

That’s it. Consecrate your wand before using.

magick you can do on Thursdays

Magickal timing matters sometimes, but not always. But, since its Thursday, what types of magick are best to perform on a Thursday, regardless of moon phase or time of year?

Planetary Correspondence to Thursdays

Jupiter is the planet associated or corresponding to the Thursday on the calendar. Jupiter’s energy is expansive and brings us growth.

Thursday is also most closely associated with the element Earth, which relates to material gains and money or wealth.

It is the 4th day of the week (in the traditional calendar format which began the week on Monday). So is associated with the number 4 numerology.

Deities Associated with Thursdays

The most well-known deity for whom Thursday is associated is arguably the Norse god Thor, for whom the day is actually named.

Other deities with associations or correspondences to Thursday include:

  • Oya
  • Jupiter
  • Enlil
  • Lord Vishnu
  • Lord Brihaspati
  • Amon
  • Poseidon
  • The Winter King

Other Magickal Associations with Thursdays

  • Colors: Blue, purple
  • Zodiac: Pisces and Sagittarius
  • Good for money and wealth spells
  • Spells for growth of any kind, particularly personal growth, but can be career, family, health
  • Spells for success and prosperity
  • Spells for legal matters
  • Spells for courage, strength, and resolve

magickal properties of red jasper

I recently acquired a couple nice polished red jasper pieces, because who doesn’t need more crystals? I thought it would be a good topic to put together some quick facts about this powerful mineral for those who don’t know all the great ways you can use red jasper in your magickal work.


Element: Earth

Chakra: Root, sacral, solar plexus

Planet: Mars

Properties and Associations

Because red jasper is associated with the element earth, it is excellent as a grounding stone. Carry it with you or keep a piece nearby if you need a little help staying grounded.

Because it is associated with the lower three chakras, red jasper is also a good stone for feeling secure and stable. If you feel a bit turbulent or unsettled in life, consider meditating with red jasper.

Red jasper can also help to clean and balance the aura.

The color red is associated with creativity, and many people use red jasper for creative inspiration, or finding creative solutions to problems.

Red jasper is also associated with strength and courage, and can provide those attributes to those who use it during both spiritual work and mundane life.

For that reason, it can also help you to feel more bold, especially if you have an upcoming project or job that requires you to be in the spotlight or to stand up for yourself, such as setting boundaries.

You can also think of red jasper as a creative road-opener, as it helps you to remove creative blocks while simultaneously providing inspiration.

It is also considered a stimulating stone, as it can be used to stimulate the chakras by clearing and balancing the root chakra first. In addition, it is considered stimulating in that it can help to awaken kundalini energy.

a quick guide to candle magick

Candle magick is by far one of the easiest and most accessible forms of spell work. It requires so very little actual items or tools and can be done anywhere.

This will not just be another guide to which color of candle to use for a certain type of spell. This is more a process that you can begin to use right away to implement candle magick easily and safely.

Candles are an inexpensive magickal item and you can even find them at most regular stores, craft stores, and even places like Target. They’re typically cheap, come in a wide range of colors, and maybe even scents.

Besides a candle or a few, you’ll only need something to light it with. That’s it. Anything else you want to include in your candle magick is optional.

How to Perform a Basic Candle Spell

Preparation

  1. You will need to define a specific outcome that you want. This is your intent. You should be able to write this out in one basic sentence. If you write it out and its more than one sentence or its longer than maybe a standard line on a piece of physical paper, its probably too long.
  2. Your intent should also only contain one outcome or goal. If you make it about two different things, your intent and will may have a hard time finding a specific target and you could risk muddling the results or getting nothing, or, worse yet, things going wrong.
  3. So, be as specific as possible in your intent.

The Candle Spell

  1. Center and ground yourself. (*hint, a wrote a book review previously about Spiritual Protection by Sophie Reicher and she gives very simple and easy to perform centering and grounding technique suggestions, but you can use anything you like that works for you).
  2. Once you feel you have sufficiently arrived into your body, you are focused and have cut the strings attached to whatever you were doing prior to this, let your mind clear, taking deep breaths until you feel your heart rate slow down and you are relaxed.
  3. At this point, you will need to raise energy. You can do this a myriad of ways. Dancing, drumming, singing, listening to music, chanting, visualizing, etc etc.
  4. Once you feel you have sufficiently raised your energy, hold your intended candle in your hands however feels intuitively the most comfortable to you. I like to put one hand above the other along the length of the candle, wrapping fingers tightly around it and pressing it into my palms, covering it completely.
  5. Now, you’ll visualize transferring as much of that wonderful energy you raised into the candle.
  6. As you do so, repeat your phrase of intent or a mantra (I just think it intently over and over, but you can also say it out loud), or simply something that symbolizes your intent. You should feel the energy transferring to the candle.
  7. After a few minutes, there will be a definite point where you feel the energy transfer slow or stop, and the candle has reached its saturation. You can choose to say a few words such as ‘This object now knows its purpose, my will be done’ but you don’t have to.
  8. Place the candle in a safe base and light it. Let it burn all the way down. Make sure you can be near it to monitor that it is safely burning. If you have to leave, blow it out and re-light it when you return, repeating your intent statement mentally or out loud as you light it.

That’s it!

Now, you can of course make this much more elaborate by adding herbs, oils, resins, carvings, symbols, or other things to the candle before lighting it, but it’s not required. If your intent and will are sufficiently infused with the candle, that’s really all you need.

Color Associations

Even though I said this post would really not be about which color candle is best for which type of spell, it also doesn’t hurt to include some basics here so you have it all in one place.

Red

  • confidence
  • drawing attention
  • good fortune
  • passion
  • lust
  • courage
  • change
  • excitement
  • energy
  • fire element
  • celebration
  • victory
  • sex
  • transformation
  • seduction

Orange

  • happiness
  • friendship
  • intuition
  • creativity
  • sexual potency
  • material desires
  • warmth
  • fire element
  • attraction
  • celebration
  • business success
  • stimulation
  • new ideas/inspiration
  • abundance
  • optimism
  • wisdom
  • memory
  • kindness
  • legal issues
  • ambition
  • uncrossing
  • confidence
  • charm
  • encouragement
  • lively conversation
  • increase productivity

Yellow

  • creativity
  • energy
  • learning
  • intelligence
  • wisdom
  • focus
  • attention
  • concentration
  • memory
  • logic
  • reason
  • clairvoyance
  • cheer
  • confidence
  • abundance
  • sun/solar energy
  • fire element
  • warmth
  • comfort
  • astral projection
  • harmony
  • faith
  • optimism
  • friendships
  • business matters
  • intuition
  • persuasion
  • removing obstacles

Green

  • finances
  • money and wealth
  • business
  • career and employment
  • earth/environmental
  • earth element
  • luck
  • prosperity
  • success
  • fertility
  • garden
  • plants
  • growth of any kind
  • spring
  • health
  • heart
  • learning
  • jealousy/envy
  • starting something new
  • material goods

Blue

  • peace
  • communication
  • calm
  • water element
  • spiritual communication
  • angels
  • commitment
  • wisdom
  • the moon
  • intelligence
  • tranquility
  • devotion
  • healing
  • astral projection
  • will power
  • dreaming
  • guidance
  • justice
  • forgiveness
  • inner peace
  • truth

Purple

  • third eye
  • wisdom
  • intuition
  • spirit communication
  • astral travel
  • manifestations
  • knowledge
  • magick
  • royalty
  • air element
  • confidence
  • success
  • enlightenment
  • meditation
  • ascension
  • open-minded
  • psychic
  • spiritual protection
  • divination
  • justice
  • healing
  • power
  • removing curses
  • influence people of power

Black

  • protection
  • focus
  • grounding
  • hexing
  • survival
  • cursing
  • banishing
  • binding
  • uncrossing
  • separation
  • cord cutting
  • releasing
  • assertiveness
  • strength
  • afterlife

White

  • can substitute for any other color if you only have white candles (white contains the entire color spectrum)
  • purification
  • cleansing
  • consecration
  • clarity
  • innocence
  • protection
  • divination
  • guidance
  • healing
  • wisdom
  • communicating with your higher self
  • hope
  • optimism
  • peace
  • new beginnings
  • lunar magic
  • air element
  • spirituality
  • confidence
  • spirit communication
  • truth
  • inspiration

Silver (also includes Gray usually)

  • psychic power or ability
  • manifesting
  • release negativity
  • protection
  • purification
  • divination
  • divine feminine
  • prophetic dreams
  • astral travel
  • astrology (to learn)
  • intuition
  • air or water element

Gold

  • success
  • wealth
  • financial gain
  • money matters
  • luck
  • vitality
  • masculine divine
  • solar energy
  • power
  • earth element

Pink

  • self-love
  • romance
  • attracting a partner
  • love
  • family relationships
  • friendship
  • peace
  • harmony
  • water or fire element
  • creative pursuits
  • marriage
  • sex
  • relationships
  • feminine
  • beauty
  • compassion
  • health (mental and physical)
  • healing a broken heart

Brown

  • protection of the home
  • home matters
  • hearth
  • material gain
  • business
  • career
  • legal matters
  • justice
  • pets
  • animals
  • physical healing
  • earth element
  • stability
  • grounding
  • concentration
  • learning new skills
  • making decisions
  • retribution/revenge

magickal uses of iron

Pretty much everything in the natural or mundane world has a real or symbolic use or meaning in the magickal world as well. Metals are no exception.

Magickal History of Iron

First, know that to our ancestors and the ancients, iron was often considered a gift from the gods, as the first iron used by humans to make items was actually taken from meteorites that landed on Earth. The ancients did not know that the Earth actually contains a LOT of iron.

Because of that, iron was, at one time, actually more valuable than other metals we consider precious, such as gold or silver.

Iron was used fairly regularly in craftmanship, but it is difficult to know exactly when it came into regular use in human civilization, as it rusts and corrodes much more easily than other metals we typically find in archeological sites, and is, therefore, often hard to find in ancient artifacts.

The earliest records of the use of iron by humans date to about 5000 B.C., but it wasn’t until the beginning of the aptly named ‘Iron Age’ that iron deposits were discovered and humans learned how to smelt it, and it became far more cost-effective to use in weaponry and other goods, around 1300 B.C.

Magickal or Spiritual Associations of Iron

Now that you know that little bit of history, especially pertaining to iron’s supposed divine origins, it may make more sense why you see or read about tools or items made of iron used in rituals, given its precious meaning and limited availability in antiquity.

  • considered to be of divine origin by the Egyptians
  • Lodestone, a naturally occurring oxide of iron, is magnetic, aiding sailors as a compass before compasses were invented
  • its magnetic properties can be used in magick to ‘attract’ what you want
  • because iron is responsible for carrying oxygen in the blood (as part of the ‘heme’ molecule), it is critical for human life, and an integral symbol of our life force, blood
  • iron is also considered to be the ‘life force’ of the Earth, due to how much iron is buried in our planet, and its magnetic effects on all life on the planet
  • iron is said to be magickal in part because it can withstand both an extremely hot fire and freezing cold
  • horseshoes made of iron were used by hanging on one’s door to repel unwanted ghosts and evil spirits (but also thought to repel witches; its more likely that the iron was used to repel curses or the evil eye)
  • iron was (and still is sometimes) used in iron bars around cemeteries and prisons to ‘contain’ the ghosts and spirits of the inhabitants (or in the case of prisons, previous living inhabitants)
  • It is also thought that iron bars and gates keep ‘negative’ or ‘bad’ energy contained within a space
  • because of its aforementioned protective properties, iron boxes, or even cauldrons, have been used in magickal practices to contain dark, negative, or malevolent energies
  • its commonly said that fairies do not like iron, or are repelled by it, but because of the large amount of naturally occurring iron found in the earth, its more likely that fairies are actually repelled by iron that has been corrupted by man (steel, or any of the other amalgams or composites we typically use)

So, while iron certainly has some magickal symbolism, it is also considered a desirable material from which to make magickal tools, such as blades/athames, dishes, implements, cauldrons, and other containers.

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