Magic and Spells for Imbolc
Imbolc Magick Spells
Imbolc is a fire Sabbat, the first fertility Sabbat of the year, and is generally associated with cleansing and purification. It's when our magical ancestors would shake off the doldrums of winter and begin preparing to come out of 'hibernation'. The tradition of 'spring cleaning' comes from this season's association with cleansing and purifying.
It's an ideal time for heavy-duty purification by way of banishing and breaking hexes or curses. Here, you'll find some simple free spells to assist you in those goals. You can combine them with your general Imbolc ritual, or, if you prefer, do them separately from your seasonal celebrations.
You don't have to cast spells like these on Imbolc only-- if it's not Imbolc or if you're planning on tucking them into your Book of Shadows for later use, your best bet is to perform these during a waning moon phase.
Preparing Your Altar, Tools and Components
A Word about Preparing Your Components
Whenever you plan a magical working, it's always a good idea to cleanse, consecrate and charge your ingredients, from your herbs and oils to your ritual tools (if they're not already cleansed, consecrated and charged) to your candles. This essentially blesses the item, aligns it with your purpose and helps get its own 'juices flowing' for maximum benefit.
There are a lot of different ways to go about consecrating and charging. If you've never done these things before, it pays to learn and practice and get the hang of it-- it's a fundamental practice to both Wicca and Witchcraft.
Learn more in detail about it here:
If you do not consecrate or charge anything, they'll probably still work to an extent I just don't feel they ever have the same kind of power as when you do.
Imbolc Tools for Potion Making
Imbolc Hearthfire Purification Potion
If you live where it snows or where you can easily find natural sources of ice (like icicles), collect a big bowl of it. If not, put out a big bowl of ice cubes early in the morning, to take advantage of the sun. The sun will help charge the ice (don't worry if it melts).
Put the snow or ice (or the water, if it has melted) into a cauldron or pot. Place it on the stove or over some heat source and bring it to a simmer.
While waiting for the water to simmer, consecrate and charge a teaspoon of sea salt (or kosher salt), a teaspoon of olive oil, and a sprig of rosemary.
When the water is simmering, add the salt and stir clockwise to banish negative energies. Stir until the salt is melted.
Add the oil and the rosemary. Stir clockwise now, and open yourself to sense the potion's energies. the ingredients should imbue it with powerful energies of balance and harmony. Once you feel it pulsating, it's done.
Set it aside to cool. Strain it and put it into a spray mister to mist your home, yourself, your pets or anything you want to purify or to which you wish to restore healthy, balanced energies. You can also pour some into the bathwater for a purification bath, put it into your wash water or laundry rinse cycle to cleanse and purify your home and clothes.
Keep it refrigerated; it will last for a moon cycle.
Make a Potion!
Busting a Bad Habit
All this working requires is a few black balloons and some privacy. It's best to go outdoors, but if you can't try to do it in a room where you can open a window.
Take your balloon, go outdoors and meditate on the habit that you want to break. Really spend some time focusing on the joy that it brings you (the reason for your addictions) and of the pains or problems it brings you (the reason you want to quit it). Really try to stir up those feelings within yourself. Envision them as energy, seeping from your very cells, gathering together at your center-- that spot behind the navel, in front of the lower spine.
When you feel they are sufficiently gathered, start blowing them into balloons. There is a power in the breath long used in magic for carrying energy. Blow as much as you can to fill one balloon, then tie it off. Fill another if you feel you need to do so. Fill as many as you think necessary, and tie them off, until you feel it largely depleted.
Offer that energy up to the universe to be transformed and pop the balloons. If indoors, hold them out a window to pop them. See that energy scattering and being absorbed into the air, into the earth, knowing it will be changed and find its way to better purposes.
Go take a purification bath. If you did the working indoors, fume the area with a cleansing sage, sprinkle salt, spray a purifying potion or take some other measure to cleanse and restore the room's energies.
As for you-- know that this spell doesn't work on its own. It only works with your honest intent and effort to kick your habit. By ridding yourself of this energy, you've created something of a vacuum-- which can be a good or bad thing. You must fill this vacuum with good intentions and plans on how to kick that habit. If you just go back to your old ways and old mindset, the working will be nullified. The working is only a boost to help you toward success; it can't bring you success without your sustained efforts.
Black Candles are Not 'Evil'
A good size taper, and good quality candle for burning. Some cheap candles just don't do the job.
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Spell Break a Curse or Hex on an Object
It can happen to anyone-- you think you scored a bargain on E-Bay or at the thrift shop, and you find yourself with a cursed or hexed item. You might even know someone with malicious intent who gave you one or planted one in your home.
For this spell you will need five white candles (pillars or tapers in holders); 1 black taper in a holder; 1 plate of salt; small bowl of ground chili pepper; water. You will also need a small to medium sized cauldron or pot, and an extra black candle.
Find a clear space where you can safely leave the candles to burn. Place the plate of salt upon it and place the cursed or hexed object upon that. Next to it, put the cauldron.
Dribble some black wax from the extra candle into the bottom to create a small puddle. Place the black taper into the puddle and hold it until it sets. Give it a few minutes to harden.
Sprinkle the chili powder around the black candle into the cauldron, going clockwise. Do not touch the chili powder, as it's an irritant-- wash your hands well if you do. Be careful not to inhale it or get it into your eye.
Pour water into the cauldron, making sure about 2 inches or more of the taper stick out above the water line. Do not let the wick get wet.
Imagine the pentagram around the set up and put the white candles at the points of the stars. Light the white candles. In this spell, the salt helps loosen the negative energy; the black candle absorbs it. The white candles will keep it confined, they act like a barrier to keep the energy from spreading around the room.
Light the white candles, starting at the top point and working around clockwise, saying for each candle:
Candle white; protective light;
Strength aligned; energy confined.
Once the white candles are lit, carefully reach in and light the black candle, saying:
Candle black; darkness attract;
Negativity absorb; balance restored.
You can chant that for a while if you like, or simply visualize the black candle absorbing the negative energy right out of the object; the water is also absorbing it, and the chili pepper helps to neutralize it.
When the black candle's light reaches the waterline, it will sputter and go out. It's now safe to douse the white candles. Dig a hole, pour in the water with the chili powder, the salt and put in the remnants of the black candle wax. Cover it up good.
It's a good idea to finish off by fuming the room and the object with a cleansing incense, such as sage or sandalwood. Sage the white candles as well if you plan to burn them again, though I wouldn't recommend using them for spells unless you're using them for similar purpose.