Magic for Waxing Crescent Moon: Guardian Wolf Spell for Protection
For most of us, January is one of the coldest months of the year. Most of us spend a lot of time indoors, huddled up with dreams of spring. It’s when our Pagan ancestors would rest, regroup, and focus mainly on their survival through the long, cold season.
January is also known as the Wolf Moon, and it’s the perfect month to work with powerful spirit of the wolf. Wolves, by their very nature, are very territorial animals and highly protective of their ‘pack’. Inviting a wolf into your home as a guardian spirit is a potent way to cast a protective sphere around your entire property, and your family within.
You don't need to wait until January to perform this wolf spell.
While the January moon is ideal, any waxing crescent to full moon will be fine-- particularly when the moon is in Cancer.
Wolves are Very Protective
A Great Incense for Any Ritual
I like to use myrrh in a lot of my incense blends, but unfortunately it's one of the few things I use that I can't grow myself.
You Will Need:
1 tbsp myrrh
1 tsp patchouli
6 dried bay leaves
Picture or statue of a wolf (print and use the image above if desired; framing it is a good idea)
2 white pillar or taper candles
Self-igniting incense charcoal
A bowl with raw meat (an ounce or two will do)
Meditation music—optional (CD player, Mp3 player, whatever gadget you like that plays music)
NOTE: If you can’t make raw incense, or don’t know how to use it, just burn an incense cone or stick of myrrh.
Set up an altar or place on a table for your magical working. Place the wolf figurine or framed image before you. Put a white pillar or taper candle on either side. To the right (or left, if you’re left-handed) of the wolf figurine and candle, place your censer. To the other side, place the meat.
Cleanse, consecrate and charge your herbs to aid meditation and bring visions. If you’re not familiar with this process, you should learn about it here before you proceed.
Add the myrrh to your mortar and pestle. Ground it going deosil (clockwise). Add the patchouli, which should already be pretty loose. Keep grounding to blend it with the myrrh. Crumble in the bay leaves and ground them into a powder with the other herbs.
Place a small bowl of herbs near your censer. Light your charcoal and you’re ready to begin.
Any Wolf Image or Figure Will Work
I love this one. It should be something that draws you. It doesn't have to be expensive or big.
How to Cast the Spell
If you like, you can perform your usual rituals and rites—or you can just get to the spell if you prefer. If you’re casting it within a ritual, proceed with your usual ritual until you are ready for spell work. Otherwise, proceed as follows:
Light the incense charcoal and the candles. Dim the overhead lights.
Sprinkle some incense on the coals.
Sit down and relax for a few minutes, focusing on your breath.
Stare at the wolf’s image and allow it to completely engage you. Think of the Two candles as the gate posts—the threshold to the spirit world.
Go into a meditation, turning on the music if desired.
Go Meet Your Wolf
Visualize yourself walking down a forest path at night. In one hand, you carry a torch. The torch burns bright with ethereal light—the very essence of the element of fire. As long as you carry this torch you will be protected, warding off any and all malevolent spirits. In your other hand, you carry the plate of meat in order to attract a wolf spirit.
The forest is alive, and occasionally you catch a fleeting glimpse of curious onlookers. In the distance you hear the haunting cries of the wolf, prowling and hunting in the night. Above you, in the sky, hangs a perfect crescent moon.
Eventually, when you’re in a deep meditation, you’ll come to a clearing in the woods. Sit in the clearing and call to the spirit of a guardian wolf. You may have to sit and wait for a while.
When a wolf spirit comes, talk to it. Tell it your situation and that you’re welcoming it to share your territory in exchange for its protection. Invite the wolf to dwell in the image or statue, noting that it would be free to come and go whenever it desires.
If it does not agree, thank it for its audience and bid it farewell. Wait for another.
When a wolf does agree, make it an offering of the plate of raw meat and treat it with respect.
Take your torch with you and return home. The wolf may walk with you, or may creep behind you keeping its distance. It may be talkative, or it may be silent. There’s no telling the personality of the particular spirit you encounter.
Return to the present moment.
Great Background Music for This Meditation
I Love This Music
I bought this first as a cassette tape at the Museum of Natural History many years ago; then the CD. Now I have the digital download. It helped inspire this spell, and I still love to listen to it-- so does my guardian wolf! I play it when I honor him!
Blow out the candles and let the incense safely burn out. Carry the wolf figure around the home, inside as well as outside—all the way up to the boundaries you want it to protect. Once you’ve welcomed the wolf spirit and given it the grand tour, place the image or figure somewhere prominent. Preferably, create a small household guardian shrine with candles, flowers, perhaps a small bowl or cup for offerings. No one has to know it’s a shrine—it can look just like a decorative little area on a shelf or side table somewhere.
Soon, introduce the other members of the household to the wolf figure. Again, you can be discreet if you’re worried your family will think you’re crazy. Just point at it and say, “Do you like my new wolf picture/state? He’s our new watch dog. He’s going to protect us.” You can make it sound like you’re joking if you like—but you know the truth. However, if your family is open to your beliefs, let them know about the wolf and his purpose so they can honor him as well.
And don’t forget to occasionally honor the household guardians. Once a month, you might light a candle and make an offering to the wolf (they love meat in particular). The longer you make your wolf feel at home, the longer he’ll stay and do his job.
Addendum: Letting Your Wolf Go
As I am revising my hubs, I realized I never mentioned what should happen if you choose not to continue your relationship with your guardian wolf. It's not a good idea to simply stop making offerings and honoring him, as many guardian spirits can see this as offensive and rude. Some can even get testy and may cause problems in the house. You did, after all, invite him-- he expects to be treated as a guest, not a slave.
If for any reason you're ready to sever your relationship with your guardian peacefully, repeat the spell, go into meditation, and talk to your wolf again. Thank him for his help but tell him that you are setting him free so you can both go your own ways. When you're done, dismantle your altar/shrine.