Winter Magick Rituals & Spells for Purification, Cleansing and Letting Go

Posted on January 29, 2019 by AUTHOR (edit in theme settings)

Even though you slow down in the cold winter months, your magical rituals do not need to come to a standstill. Winter offers a number of advantageous circumstances that align with the power of elemental magick, particularly those of Air and Water. Using the the forces of air and water, a profound shift, for your benefit, can happen.

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Basil in Hoodoo, Voodoo Wiccan & Pagan Rituals: Folklore and Spells

Posted on July 23, 2015 by AUTHOR (edit in theme settings)

When it comes to conjure, Basil is thought to be one of the more versatile kitchen herbs to work with. Known to aid in matters of luck, money, purification, banishment, love and a number of other magical uses, Basil serves as the perfect herb to always keep on hand. It has a vast history with numerous connections to ancient lore. In modern times it continues to be widely utilized for it's powerful effects, and this is certainly true when it comes to kitchen witchery.


Basil, once believed by the Greeks to have the power to aid in divination, once was used as a means to detect witches. One of the more popular methods employed by the ancient Greeks was to simply name out suspected witches while Basil was being burned. When it made a crackling sound as a name was called, it suggested who was practicing witchcraft. The ancient Hebrews used Basil for courage and strength while other middle eastern cultures used it as an herb of mourning.


The ancient Roman's, however, had quite a different take on Basil. The Romans used Basil as a means to curse their enemies. One of their rituals was to curse their enemies as they sowed the seeds. They believed that the more you mistreated the herb, the better it would grow. To ensure a good crop, one was to curse the herb and pray to the gods that the herb would not grow.


In India, on the other hand, both Basil and Holy Basil have is associations to Vishnu and Krishna. It is considered to be a sacred herb and is kept in the home to protect against Evil. It is also believed to have wonderful healing properties. Not only is basil used for it's medicinal properties, it is commonly prayed to.


When it comes to love, Basil also served many purposes. A husband could find out if his wife was unfaithful by having her hold a sprig of basil. If the leaves shriveled, the woman was believed to have been unfaithful. Another common belief maintained that if you smelled basil, you would attract a new lover. And another popular myth that suggested if a young maiden wanted a husband, she merely had to plant some basil and in a years times a new suitor would show up.


In Santeria, Basil can be for purification and luck baths. It is also widely used as a fumigating herb, known to remove spirits from a home. Mixed with passion flower, it can be made into a powerful cleansing bath. It is also commonly used in a number of sacred objects and talismans.


With so many magickal attributes, the use of Basil in spells can still be used today. Below, I mention a number of them:


Purification Spray:


Simmer cut lemon and fresh basil in water. When cooled and added to a spray bottle, it can be used to clean sacred objects, candles, altars, spaces, the work environment, etc.


Purification Bath:


Mix basil, eucalyptus and rosemary into some epsom or kosher salt. Add 3 tablespoons of this mixture into your bath. To banish bad habits or negative energy, perform a spiritual bath by lighting two black candles at each side of the tub. Mix the salt mixture into a warm bucket of water and pour over your body, from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet.


Exorcism Incense (to remove evil spirits from the home):


Mix basil, rue, hyssop and myrrh and grind to a powder. Burn over a charcoal making sure you fumigated every corner of your home.


Banishing Incense or Banishing Bath (to remove negative people or bad habits)


Mix basil, pine, lemon peel and Devils Shoestring. Either grind to a powder and burn over charcoal for incense. Or Simmer in water for a bath wash.


Harmony, Love and Forgiveness Incense:


Mix basil, marjoram, lavender and balm of gilead and grind them down to a powder. Burn over a charcoal in the center of the home. This same recipe can be used for reconciliation, particularly if you add a bit of violet.


To Draw in Money:


Carry a basil leaf in your wallet.


Simmer basil, cinnamon and chamomile. Once cool, use as a floor wash for your home and/ or business.




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Before a Love Spell, Remember to “Cut & Clear”: The Hoodoo Cut & Clear Oil

Posted on November 14, 2013 by AUTHOR (edit in theme settings)

During any attempt to manifest love, particularly in love divination and rituals, I often recommend performing a cleansing a purifying ritual before you begin your love work. I recommend this because even though we may find ourselves single, we are not always completely detached from our pasts. This is often true in relation to our love lives. Although we may feel completely ready to embark on a new love adventure, there still may be some old residue left behind from a past relationship. Feelings of anger, hurt feelings or unresolved emotions often lie just beneath the surface.

Clearly some people take the approach to simply letting sleeping dogs lie. In theory I wouldn’t be opposed to this at all. However, when it comes to relationships you never know what is going to trigger you, particularly if you have old wounds from a past relationship that you have failed to acknowledge or address. Sooner or later, past attachments and their negative interactions are going to impede on your current relationship or attempts at a new relationship. In reality, the best approach to finding a perfect relationship is to make peace with your past ones.

To help rid yourself of some of these old attachments, there are two rituals Art of the Root recommends. The first is a purification and cleansing ritual to literally help you clear away past attachment and residue from old relationships. The second process is a healing ritual to help you firmly let go and help you become more available in the present.

The Cut & Clear Oil and Bath does exactly what its name implies. It Cuts the past and Clears you for the here and now. Obviously there are a number of methods and approaches to how one might do this. There really is no wrong or right approach so long as it works. I personally had to work a Cut & Clear Ritual Bath weekly for three months to help me let go of an ex-boyfriend. That may seem like a long time, but let me tell you, it was a long relationship!

Here is one of my favorite Cut & Clear Spells that I like to work with. You will need the following:

Cut & Clear Oil, A Scissors, a piece of paper, a black candle, a whole lemon, salt and a black piece of fabric and some black string & small bowl of water.

To begin, take a piece of paper and write down everything you wish to let go of right in the middle of the piece of paper. This can be specific people or it can be feelings, concepts or beliefs. Then take your scissors and cut out your list from the rest of the paper. In the center of the paper, add a pinch of salt and a few drops of Cut & Clear Oil. Then, fold the paper in half, making sure you fold the paper away from your body. Do this a couple more times and until the paper is small enough to fit inside your lemon. Take your scissors or use a small knife and carve a small hole in your lemon. Squeeze a bit of the lemon juice into your small bowl of water. You are going to also want a cuple drops of the Cut & Clear Oil and and pinch of salt into the bowl of water. Next, put the paper inside the lemon and add a few more drops of Cut & Clear Oil. Wrap the lemon in your black fabric and tie it like your tying a book or present. Go one way, and then criss cross and go the other. This part of the rituals is done.

Next, take your black candle and anoint it with the Cut & Clear Oil, beginning at the middle and pushing its way down towards the bottom of the candle.

When you feel completely ready, light the candle. Always make sure the candle is in an appropriate holder. Next, take the candle and you are symbolically going to imagine all the negativity and attachments dissolving. Take the candle and hold it near your head and then move it down your body, slowly. And make sure you don’t get the flame to close to your body! I really like Psalm 17, lines 1-3 for this particular cleansing ritual. But you may also choose to say your own prayer or simply chant, “I let go” over and over.

When you have completed this step, place the candle near your wrapped lemon. Let the candle burn out on its own. You are going to place the lemon on a window sill for 7 days. Take any excess wax and stick it in the bowl with lemon, salt and Cut & Clear Oil. This will help to continue the Cleansing effect. Leave it next to the lemon for all 7 days.

When the seven days are up, you can either leave everything at a crossroad or throw it into a stream or river, just make sure the water is moving. FYI, do not throw anything up river from where you stand, always throw things down river, away from you.

You can finish up with a Healing Bath right after your Cut & Clear ritual. I recommend doing this as a bath soak.You can repeat this for three days if you feel compelled to do so.

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