How to Deactivate a Spell

Welcome to a little instructional blog ~ this week we’re going to talk about how to break down a spell. 

And the reason for this, is that when I first started on this path one of my biggest worries was getting a spell wrong, and if I did, how on earth was I supposed to stop it? 

If you’ve been on this journey for even a little while, you’ll probably hear lots of witches and spiritual people talk about protecting themselves, and this is very important. But it can also feel overwhelming, and it can also lead you to thinking that there are fifty thousand bad things out there just waiting to attack you.  Which isn’t the case. 

If the magic (spell or manifestation) that you are attempting to work has a deliberate negative outcome for someone else, then you’ve got to expect to get back what you put out. (Normally amplified.) That’s the natural order of things. And even protection will be hard pressed to protect you from an outcome you’ve invited in. 

But protection for the most part, is as simple as visualising yourself wrapped in a protective cloak, or using a (homemade or shop bought) protection spray or lighting a candle — all sorts of things will suffice. It’s all about what works for you. 

And I often think all the negative press surrounding ‘getting the right protection,’ can hold you back from trying to work spells and manifest good things ~ and we don’t want that. Magic is fun and joyful,  so grab yourself and piece of hematite, ask the stone to act as your protector, pop it in your pocket and start planning spells. 

But if you’re like me, and think that you might do something wrong and it will end up raining frogs, then knowing how to stop spells is a good place to start. 

I deactivate my spells with a little box. A pretty little box that I’ve had since I was a teenager. 

If I’ve used ingredients in spells; leaves,  rocks; anything that I can return to the land, river or ocean – I do that. 

If I’ve used crystals I will do my best to cleanse them; give them a blast with a tuning fork, leave them overnight in a jar of Himalayan rock salt, or put them on the window sill over a full moon or bright sunny day. If the spell was very powerful, I’ll do all of the above, just to make sure I’ve cleared any remanedent energy. 

But then I’m left with the written spell… Now I’m a firm believer in the power of words, and that power only grows when written. But I’m not comfortable tearing or burning my written spells. And this is one of the most important things; that we don’t do anything that intuitively we feel hinky about. If it feels wrong, then it is. 

So, I took my little box, wiped it over, gave it a blast with the tuning fork, and rubbed in my own blend of protection oil. Then I sat with the box for a bit, working through what I wanted it to represent  – and that was, when I put the finished spell in the box and closed the lid, that act would deactivate the magic. Letting any residual magic and energy lift into the ether, becoming a positive top-up to the wider universe. 

I’m going to talk about the science behind using sound to cleanse in the future. But for now, I give a full tour of my deactivation box in the vlog. 

Bright Blessings lovely humans. 

J x 

How to use a Pendulum and Divination board.

A pendulum is a weight on a length of string or chain, it can be as pretty or as plain as you desire. (Some folks advise staying away from metal, but i’ve never had any issues.)

Now, I imagine we’ve all got that someone in our family who will have a go at guessing whether the baby will be a boy or girl, using a needle or wedding ring on a thread. (That person is me in our family, in case you were wondering 😉 )

Dowsing has been used to find water, coal and metal, at different points throughout IMG_7157history. It is also the method that we use when working with pendulums to divine for answers.

A pendulum works by linking into the energies and vibrations of people and things around you.  The pendulum then transmits answers, and shows you these answers by moving in different directions.

When using a divining board, (or Answers Board) you can get accurate results to yes and no,  days of the week, time frame and astrological sign questions. And lots more.

Sit with your pendulum and cleanse the energy – either by  leaving her out in a full moon, or by burying her overnight in salt. (Return the salt to the earth once you’ve done this.) Or with a tuning fork, or even, simply by clapping your hands.

It will take a few try’s if you’ve never used one before, but let your intuition guide you. Relax, and let the pendulum dangle above the board. Think or speak your question, and wait for the pendulum to start swinging.

IMG_7158You can even get help finding lost things; like keys for instance… (I’ve tried and tested this MANY times.)  Just tell your pendulum you’ve lost your car keys, and ask for help in which room they’re in. Go and stand in each room, and if the pendulum swings too and frow, they’re not there. When she swings in a cicrcle; let the search begin!

Boy or Girl?

And just in case you were wondering; use the wedding ring of the pregnant Mama, and thread it on a piece of cotton. You can hold it above her tummy, if she’s comfortable with that, but above her open palm will work just as well. If the ring swings too and frow, it’s a boy, and in a circle is a girl.

You can change out a needle for the ring, and some use a strand of hair instead of cotton. It’s an old folklore tradition that’s been around for centuries, and is lots of fun at baby shower’s and pregnancy announcements.

Bright Blessings All,

J x

I sometimes have this divination board and a pendulums in my shop. 

How to dry Rose Petals.

During this time of garden abundance i’m (trying) to gather as much as possible, so I can top up my supplies for the coming year. And today is the turn of the wonderful rose petal.

IMG_7266The rose is such a gentle, nurturing energy, and having dried petals is a must.

I plan to create a thankful alter in the coming weeks. It’s been on my mind for a while now, and the first item that I knew I’d need was pink rose petals – i’ll be scattering them last… But more on that when I come to it.

In previous years i’ve let the petals air dry. But a friend mentioned how she microwaves hers. (I totally gave her my ‘you what?’ face. But i’m up for trying new things.)

Let me tell you, I didn’t have much success with the microwave – mine is older than the arc, so maybe that had something to do with it. I laid the petals separately on a piece of kitchen paper, on a plate, and started with 20 second bursts. They never seemed quite dry enough (still soft and floppy,) then a macro-second later, they were fried.

Three batches on, and I didn’t have the heart to massacre any more petals, so I gave the oven a try. I laid the petals on baking paper on a tray, set the oven to 130 degrees (British speak) and popped them in. Now my oven is a new fangled, fan assisted thingy, and it did the job. Quick.

The petals started to blow about just before they’re fully dried, and each batch took a couple of minutes, max. When you first put them in, they lose all colour, which is a bit alarming. But they soon pinkened up again. IMG_7267

I gave them a good half hour to cool, and i put some kitchen towel in the bottom of an air tight jar, with a couple of drops of rose essential oil. (You could use whatever scent you’d like – perhaps Cypress oil would be good if you were looking to keep love safe… But i’ve kept with straight-up heart centre for this batch. )

IMG_7268Once I was happy they were dry and cool, and scooped them in and sealed the lid. Ready for using.

Pretty pleased with my nice quiet hour in the kitchen and garden. 🙂

J x

(I’ve chattered on about it on my insta story today too. Sharing is caring 😀 )