Greetings, witches and friends! I know, I’ve been a little lax in the publishing department, but I know you understand that things are a little hectic right now.
I feel like it’s fairly typical of me to have massive deadlines during a global pandemic AND retrograde season. F*CK THAT! But them’s the breaks.
Anyway, retrograde season is here to f*ck with us, and I’m here to offer you an easy spell to help you deal with that. Brilliant, right?
Why is Retrograde Season a Nightmare?
Okay, so here’s the situation on Retrogrades right now, everyone:
|Planet||Start Retrograde||End Retrograde|
|Mercury||June 17th||July 12th|
|Jupiter||May 14th||September 12th|
|Saturn||May 11th||September 29th|
|Neptune||June 23rd||November 29th|
|Pluto||April 25th||October 4th|
Mercury Retrograde I’ve covered before, so feel free to head over there and read those ranty-rants. Jupiter Retrograde is manifesting right now in the general clusterf*ckery of 2020, read: Covid-19, financial crisis, economic downturns etc, but it does offer us some opportunities to reflect on what we want to release, and what we want to work on going forward. Saturn Retrograde reminds us to look inward at our emotional responses, and our personal and technological boundaries. Neptune Retrograde rips off the bandaid of emotional cushioning and leaves us exposed to examine our own realities and how we interact with them. Finally, Pluto Retrograde invites us to look at our dependencies on the more material things in life – work, consumerism, capitalism, technology. So overall, it’s a good time to examine our emotional attachments and STUFF.
So, what are we going to do about it?
Glad you asked. This is Witchcraft Wednesday, after all. So we’re going to do a spell that focuses on the following key points:
- What is holding me back?
- What do I need to release?
- What am I hiding from myself?
- How can I be more present in my body and soul?
For this spell, you will need:
A black candle
A purple candle
A pink candle*
3 x bay leaves
A fire-safe dish/cauldron
Matches or a lighter
*Of course, if you do not have access to these candle colours, remember that white subs in for anything else*
What to do:
Cast your circle, or cleanse your space. Centre and ground yourself. Call in your spiritual support system.
Now, take the marker (white would be handy in this situation, or silver/gold) and mark your black candle with a rune or words that relate to what you feel you need protection from. Negative thoughts? Temptation to take the easy option?
Do the same with the purple candle – this time, mark it with a rune or words that reflect a bad habit you want to let go of.
On the pink candle, write a message of self-love. Remind yourself how f*cking awesome you are.
Now, line your three candles up (safely) on your altar, in any order. Write a corresponding message from each candle on each of your bay leaves.
Light the candles, and reflect on those messages, in the present tense. For example, “I release the jealousy I feel over Karen’s big back garden.” Once you’re really focused in on those affirmations, light each bay leaf from its corresponding candle, and let it burn in the fireproof dish or cauldron. Once all three leaves are burnt to ash in the cauldron, wait for your candles to burn down. As always, make sure you’re safe here! Never leave candles unattended etc.
Once your candles are burned down as far as they can go, or entirely, place any remnants of them into the cauldron and mix them up with the bay leaf ashes.
Finally, pop the lid onto your cauldron, or cover the fireproof dish.
Close your circle, thanking the spirits for their help.
Take your ashes and candle remnants and bury them somewhere they won’t be disturbed. You are placing your petitions into the Earth, so be mindful of that, and don’t add anything plastic or toxic. If you don’t have a garden or a local space to safely bury, you can also throw them in the bin and take the rubbish right out of the house, or even flush ashes down the toilet (do not recommend for wax remnants, though). Do what feels right for you.
Your spell is complete! Go forth and conquer Retrograde Season, witches. If you do this spell, post a picture on Instagram or Facebook and tag me!