Lists of Spells
Old Mother Goose, when
She wanted to wander,
Would ride through the air
On a very fine gander.
Today, Mother Goose is limited to the nursery, her rhymes intended to entertain only the youngest, least sophisticated children, yet MotherGoose’s namesake bird links her to a host of powerful spirits: Aphrodite, too, rides through the air on a goose. The bird is sacred to Egyptian Hathor and Roman Juno, both valiant protectors and advocates for women.
In the Middle Ages, the once sacred goose became associated with witchcraft and disreputable women. Attempts to discredit Lilith and the Queen of Sheba depict them as dangerously beautiful, seductive women, with one goose’s foot peeping from beneath a skirt.
Interestingly, the recent backlash against “nursery rhymes” being taught to our children has a lot to do with the content of the rhymes; if you’ve never read them as an adult, you may not realize just what they actually “say.” In fact, most of the “nursery rhymes” were not originally intended for children!
Why is Mother Goose never portrayed as a plump Grandmotherly type bouncing a grandbaby on her knee? Why always an elderly hag? Gasp! Could Mother Goose be the prototype of the stereotypical “witch”?
Witches were the keepers of knowledge for the common folk– it was she who nursed the sick babe as well as birthed calves or treated illnesses. She was a “wise woman”. She was a valued member of her community; but, as in any human endeavor, she was not infallible. It was when things went wrong that this woman – often old with no close family ties – was accused of heinous acts. (We are all human and tend to blame others for our misfortune. In today’s society we hire a lawyer and go for blood… in earlier times… they just went for blood.)
One thing is certain… if “she” were one individual, she was passing down oral history, lore and adages… from people of other eras. In the early days, before they were “collected” into the somewhat familiar form of today; these rhymes were actually methods of preserving history, customs, lore and fears for the common man. (We need to recall that the majority of people in the earlier centuries could neither read or write. That is why roving troubadours, bards and minstrels were so popular.)
Here is a short grimoire of Mother Goose spells, charms, chants, and divinations, taken from the 1916 edition of “The Real Mother Goose.”
Hawthorn Beauty Spell
The fair maid who, the first of May,
Goes to the fields at break of day,
And washes in dew from the hawthorn-tree
Will ever after handsome be.
Rain Begone Chant
Rain, rain, go away,
Come again another day;
Little Johnny wants to play.
Bridal Protection Spell
Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a sixpence in her shoe!
Bee Omens and Luck
A swarm of bees in May
Is worth a load of hay;
A swarm of bees in June
Is worth a silver spoon;
A swarm of bees in July
Is not worth a fly.
Storm Prediction Lore
As the days grow longer
The storms grow stronger.
Lucky Pin Spell
See a pin and pick it up,
All the day you’ll have good luck.
See a pin and let it lay,
Bad luck you’ll have all the day.
Friday Dream Divination
on Saturday told,
Is sure to come true,
be it never so old.
Sneezing Divination for the Days of the Week
If you sneeze on Monday, you sneeze for danger;
If you sneeze on a Tuesday, kiss a stranger;
If you sneeze on a Wednesday, sneeze for a letter;
If you sneeze on a Thursday, something better;
If you sneeze on a Friday, sneeze for sorrow;
If you sneeze on a Saturday, joy tomorrow.
A sunshiny shower
Won’t last half an hour.
Saturday Night Love Ritual
On Saturday night
Shall be all my care
To powder my locks
And curl my hair.
On Sunday morning
My love will come in.
When he will marry me
With a gold ring.
Counting Love Divination
One, he loves;
Two, he loves;
Three, he loves, they say;
Four, he loves with all his heart;
Five, he casts away.
Six, he loves;
Seven, she loves;
Eight, they both love.
Nine, he comes;
Ten, he tarries;
Eleven, he courts;
Twelve, he marries.
Health Wealth and Wisdom Ritual
Cocks crow in the morn
To tell us to rise,
And he who lies late
Will never be wise;
For early to bed
And early to rise,
Is the way to be healthy
And wealthy and wise.
To Stay Young
Tommy’s tears and Mary’s fears
Will make them old before their years.
Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for its living,
But the child that’s born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.
Perhaps one of the most ill understood and belittled types of Everyday/Mundane Magic is exactly Love Magic, that is, the Magic one makes use of to attract Love, Sex and Emotions to one’s life. I myself cannot understand why so many sneer at it. Frankly, I find the act of casting a spell and making Magic to attract one’s Heart Desire and Soul Counterpart one of the most serious and divine acts of worshiping the gods in a human being. Just recall a time when you were deeply in love and you will remember how human it felt and yet so close to god(dess)head. It felt like this both ways too, because the keyword for eternity as far as love is concerned is reciprocation.
To be truly in love is an act of complementary that transcends all dualities, it is the Pursuit of Pleasure, a joyous and willing surrender of selves in a Battle where both partners are winners, it is sharing, intimacy and play. Who teaches whom, it is impossible to say. Lover and Beloved become united in the Explosion of Senses, Tastes, Textures and Colors, in the Adventure of Lovemaking, physical and emotional to experience then the Divine manifest within and without themselves. Have you ever thought that the Universe is always making love to itself, ever changing, and that this is also called Evolution?
Therefore, as far as my experience goes, love and lovemaking within the context of Mesopotamia was and still should be seen first and foremost as a religious experience. One cannot forget the fact that the Sacred Marriage Rite was at the core of Mesopotamian Religion, and it was the celebration of the Bond of Heaven and Earth between Lover and Beloved represented by the union of the king and shepherd of the land and his heavenly consort, the High Priestess of Inanna/Ishtar, the Great Goddess of Love and War, and shared by all Mesopotamians in the privacy of their homes in sacred dates.
For when the right stars shone in the skies especially to announce the return of springtime, in the first New Moon of the season it was the sacred duty of the king to wed the High Priestess of Inanna/Ishtar in the Holies of Holies of the sacred man-made mountain, the ziggurat, to ensure fertility for the land and the people in all levels and spheres. Indeed, if we study carefully Mesopotamian love poetry of the Third Dynasty of Ur, especially the Bridal Songs and The Courtship of Inanna and Dumuzi (the forerunner of the Song of Songs), we may perhaps find some reasons to propose a proto-Tantra centered in the prototypal couple Inanna/Ishtar and Dumuzi/Tammuz.
In what follows, love spells as quoted in the literature will be presented for your joy and delight. Please note how spontaneous and uninhibited are the male and female voices that long for the Beloved and the Lover united as One. These spells are indeed more than 3,000 years old, and it is clear to me that Mesopotamians were a much jollier lot than us as far as love and singing the Beloved was concerned.
Incantations are as follows:
Be aware that some of them are quite explicit and may not be suitable for everyone.
- Get up
- I Have Made A Bed
- Becoming More Explicit
- Seated on Her Thighs
- May I Not Miss My Prey
- Against Arousal
- The Harpstring
Great Lover and Beloved who is reading me right now, and yes, I am talking to you, Reader of Mine, start making love be in your life NOW, open up the doors of your mind, heart, body and soul to Seduction and Allure. Indeed, I am inciting you to be practical: if your partner is around, blow him/her a kiss, treat him/her with something thoughtful. If he is away, there are so many forms to communicate these days. Use them then!
If you don´t have a partner, treat yourself then! Waiting for the Beloved to come your ways must be a magical time. Bride or Bridegroom of the Perfect, Sacred Marriage of your Dreams, this is who you are. Value yourself. You are everything you need to start, continue and live happily ever after with your prospective Beloved. Did I make myself clear?
Most of all, wish and witch and wait for results to come your way. Keep the flame of desire alight, wait in perfect love and perfect trust, in stillness that is not idle and get results that do show potential. Be creative too. The Sure Thing is Happy Expectation and Delight, not anger, power-over or frustration. Remember this and embrace the future now, at this very moment.
May Joy, Laughter and Creativity, the Sources of Inspiration for Love Everlasting that you also make be in the physical world be yours to share in all spheres!
To Inanna and Enki, in love and laughter, trust, humor and dare, as it was, is and will always be.
Exerpt from an essay by Lishtar
- Lay thorny branches on your doorstep to keep evil from your dwelling.
- Eat a pinch of thyme before bed, and you will have sweet dreams.
- Place chips of cedar wood in a box with some coins to draw money to you.
- Carry an anemone flower with you to ward against illness.
- Hang a bit of seaweed in the kitchen to ward evil spirits.
- Keep a jar of alfalfa in your cupboards to ensure the prosperity of your house.
- Burn allspice as an incense to draw money or luck to you, as well as speed healing.
- Cut an apple in half, and give one half to your love to ensure a prosperous relationship.
- Carry an avocado pit with you to let your inner beauty shine outwardly.
- Avocado is an aphrodisiac.
- Strawberries are an aphrodisiac.
- Place a piece of cotton in your sugar bowl to draw good luck to your house.
- Celery is an aphrodisiac.
- Place almonds in your pocket when you need to find something.
- Scatter chili peppers around your house to break a curse.
- Carrying a packet of strawberry leaves will help ease the pains of pregnancy.
- Scatter some sugar to purify a room.
- Throw rice into the air to make rain.
- Carry a potato in your pocket or purse all winter to ward against colds.
- Eat five almonds before consuming alcohol, to lighten the effects of intoxication.
- Place a pine branch above your bed to keep illness away.
- Chew celery seeds to help you concentrate.
- Carry a chunk of dry pineapple in a bag to draw luck to you.
- Ask an orange a yes or no question before you eat it, then count the seeds: if the seeds are an even number, the answer is no. If an odd number yes.
- Eat olives to ensure fertility.
- Toss oats out your back door to ensure that your garden or crop will be bountiful.
- Eat mustard seed to ensure fertility.
- Place lilacs around your house to rid yourself of unwanted spirits.
- Eat lettuce to drive lustful thoughts from your mind.
- Rub a lettuce leaf over your forehead to help you sleep.
- Add lemon juice to your bathwater for purification.
- Eat grapes to increase psychic powers.
- Carry a blade of grass to increase your psychic powers.
- Smell dill to get rid of hiccups.
- If you place a dill sachet over your door, those who wish you ill can not enter your home.
- Place cotton on an aching tooth, and the pain will ease.
- Buy cotton to cause rain.
- Place pepper inside a piece of cotton and sew it shut to make a charm to bring back a lost love.
- Carry a small onion to protect against venomous animals.
- Eat grapes to increase fertility.
- Place a sliced onion in the room of an ill person to draw out the sickness.
- Place an onion underneath your pillow to have prophetic dreams.
- Place morning glory seeds under your bed to cure nightmares.
- Walk through the branches of a maple tree to ensure that you will have a long life.
- Mix salt and pepper together and scatter it around your house to dispel evil.
- Smell peppermint to help you sleep.
- Hang a pea pod containing nine peas above the door to draw your future mate to you.
- Eat a peach to assist in making a tough decision.
- Carry peach wood to lengthen your lifespan.
- Carry a walnut to strengthen your heart muscle.
These spells work on the concept that the feet are an entry point for the body and soul. White socks should be used unless stated! Wear the socks all day and sleep in them if possible discarding the contents/herbs/salt in the morning, in any way you please.
Protection, Breaking Bad luck, Removing Hexes
Wear white socks with sea salt in them to break curses and protect from evil. This works really well so in the morning put a 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of salt in each sock and wear until the next morning. Either wash the salt down the drain or throw it away outside. This will break any curses or bad luck around you.
Wear either brown or green socks with a pinch of any of these herbs: Cinnamon, Basil, or Rosemary. Wear as often as you like! Just a pinch though, you don’t want to smell like a green grocer and these herbs are very strong magically so you don’t need much.
Wear either pink, red or white socks. Love heart socks are great too of course but white is just fine and works just as good. Put 2 rose petals in each sock while visualizing yourself with your intended lover or current love. Imagine love coming to you and surrounding you both. You can also use lavender or lilac. If you use these herbs use two pinches of each but rose petals work best. Dry or Fresh.
Health and Healing
Wear white socks stuffed with 1 tsp of sea salt in each with a pinch of lavender or rosemary. Visualize yourself healthy and happy. In the morning throw out the salt and herb and re stuff, repeat until you are well again.
White or Yellow socks. Put a pinch of dried lemon rind or lemongrass in each sock while visualizing yourself with the perfect body. Do this only during the waning moon which is from full moon to new moon.
Wear green or brown socks if available. Put 1 basil leaf dry or fresh into each sock and wear. If you cant find whole dry basil leaves use 1/2 ts of dried basil. Visualize yourself surrounded by cash and good luck.
Found at: Spell of the Day
Herbs are often worn or carried in order to tap their specific powers. Following are several traditional herbal amulets, some of which are questionable, some fanciful, but all fascinating and potentially useful.
- To See Ghosts: Carry lavender and inhale its scent.
- To Allay Fear: Carry a mixture of nettle and yarrow.
- To Detect Witches: Carry a sachet of rue, maidenhair, agrimony, broom-straw, and ground ivy.
- To Be Courageous: Wear a fresh borage flower, or carry mullein.
- To Avoid Military Service: Wear a four-leaved clover if you wish to avoid duty.
- To Ensure Safety And Protection On A Journey: Comfrey worn or carried will safeguard you.
- To Prevent Storms And Wreckage While At Sea: Put a garlic clove in your purse or in your pocket. In the South Pacific or in Hawaii wear a garland of ti leaves.
- To Guard Against Rape: Wear heather to avoid all acts of passion.
- To Keep One From Dreaming: Hang a sprig of lemon verbena around the neck.
- To Conceive: Wear mistletoe, cyclamen, or bistort.
- To Prevent Weariness While Walking: Put mugwort in the shoe.
- To Keep Venomous Beasts And Wild Animals Afar: Wear avens or mullein.
- To Keep Others From Deceiving You: Wear pimpernel or snapdragon.
- To Keep Disease Afar: Wear a sprig of rue around your neck.
- To Enable a Soldier To Escape His Enemies: Wear vervain and you shall accomplish this.
- To Avoid Being Sent To The Gallows: Wear or carry a carnation.
- To Ensure Victory: Wear woodruff to win.
- To Ensure That Friendly Words Are Spoken To You: Wear heliotrope.
- To Enter The Underworld: Carry an apple, or the branch of an apple tree that bears buds, flowers and fully ripened fruit.
- To Regain Lost Manhood: Carry an acorn or mandrake root.
- To Remain Faithful: Carry an acorn.
- To Prevent Drunkenness: Wear a chaplet of saffron, crocus, parsley, or rue to prolong your enjoyment.
- To See Faeries: Gather wild thyme and carry it with you, or put it on the eyelids (with your eyes closed) and sleep on a faeri hill.
- To Be A Successful Fisherman: Carry a bit of hawthorn.
- To See A Unicorn: As this beast usually lives among ash trees, carry a bit of the wood or leaves and you may see one. Or lie down among ashes and place one of its leaves on your chest and wait for one to make itself known.
Do the dead rest easy? Flowers and flowering shrubs may be planted on the grave to serve as barometers. Allegedly if the flowers thrive and bloom, there’s no need to worry about whoever’s in the grave. Of course some plants are considered better barometers than others. Marjoram is believed to provide a good guarantee – if it thrives on a grave, the person within is certain to be content.
Other grave site plantings include the following:
Plant Aloe Vera on the grave site in order to soothe the deceased, ease any sense of loneliness or abandonment, and prevent their longing for the living.
A carpet of chamomile planted over a grave encourages the dead to sleep and also eases their passage to the next realm.
Cover graves with a carpet of daisies and blue bells to bring peace to the deceased and joy to the bereaved, and to invite the presence of benevolent guardian spirits.
Plant rowan trees in the cemetery, especially overlooking graves, to watch over the spirits of the dead.
To encourage the dead to sleep peacefully and deeply, strew wild poppy seeds throughout the cemetery.
Asphodel is allegedly among the favored foods of the dead. Asphodel is sometimes planted on graves, however the legend is also taken literally. Prepare asphodel – it’s typically roasted – and leave it atop a grave to comfort and satisfy the deceased within.
Tansy is described as an herb of life everlasting. It allegedly comforts the bereaved while assuring the dead that they will not be forgotten.
For hundreds of years the Psalms have been used with surprising results for helping to solve many of the problems that arise from daily living. Pow Wow, or Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Magick, uses the Psalms extensively with good success. If you would like to try it, the following list will aid you in deciding which Psalm to use for your problem.
When using the Psalms, it is important to softly sound the words so that the vibrations gently fall or vibrate upon your ears. If you can chant the Psalm in this soft tone, so much the better. At the end of the Psalm, imagine/petition your desire with as few words as possible.
- To bring peace or blessings to the home – Psalm 1, 128
- To cast out evil influences from another – Psalm 29
- To change an unhappy situation into a happy one – Psalm 16
- So daily needs can be obtained and avoid harm – Psalm 77
- For defense against enemies, rivals, and assailants – Psalms 3, 59, 70
- To do good and avoid evil – Psalm 87
- For anyone who drinks too much – Psalm 87
- If enemies caused you to lose money and be mistrusted – Psalm 41 and 43 (3 times daily for 3 days with appropriate prayer to your situation.)
- For possession by an evil spirit – Psalm 66
- If appearing before a judge and want a favorable verdict – Psalm 20
- To free yourself from harmful or evil habits – Psalm 69
- To have good luck in all you do – Psalm 57
- To receive grace, love, and mercy – Psalm 32
- To bring harmony between people or groups – Psalm 133
- To receive Holy Blessings – Psalm 62
- So idle gossip will not harm you or cause agitation – Psalm 36
- For illness or bad health – Psalm 23, 35, 38
- If the law is taking measures to punish you – Psalm 35
- To be respected and loved by others – Psalm 47
- To keep the love of friends and acquire more friends – Psalm 133
- To make your home lucky – Psalm 61
- To petition for material needs (money, food, clothing, etc.) – Psalm 41
- To have more friends – Psalm 111
- Before moving into a new home for luck and blessings – Psalm 61
- To rid yourself of strong negative influences – Psalm 19
- To overcome an enemy in a just manner – Psalm 70
- To overcome trouble and loss from business partners – Psalm 63
- To bring peace and harmony between families – Psalm 98
- For protection from an enemy who will not leave you alone – Psalm 109
- To receive justice and a favorable hearing from a lawsuit – Psalm 119
- For reconciling between man and wife – Psalm 45, 46
- To reconcile with an enemy – Psalm 16
- To release from the heart deep seated hate, envy, and spite – Psalm 137
- To remove negative influences you feel around yourself – Psalm 10
- To be accepted, liked, and respected by all – Psalm 47
- To revenge yourself from secret enemies – Psalm 53 – 55
- To be safe from any planned robberies or danger – Psalm 50
- For safety if traveling alone at night – Psalm 122
- For someone in prison to be released early – Psalm 26
- For a person who wishes greater spiritual awareness – Psalm 99
- For spiritual support in stress or affliction – Psalm 3, 25, 54
- For thanksgiving or recovery from illness – Psalm 30
- For a safe ending in your travels – Psalm 34
- For trouble by slander – Psalm 38, 39
- For all your undertakings to be fortunate and advantageous – Psalm 65
- To protect against unjust slander – Psalm 36
- To win a lawsuit if opposed by an unjust or revengeful person – Psalm 35
From: Charms, Spells, and Formulas
Qasīdat al-Burda (Arabic: قصيدة البردة, “Poem of the Mantle”) is an ode of praise for the Islamic prophet Muhammad composed by the eminent Sufi, Imam al-Busiri of Egypt. The poem whose actual title is al-Kawākib ad-Durrīya fī Madḥ Khayr al-Barīya (الكواكب الدرية في مدح خير البرية, “The Celestial Lights in Praise of the Best of Creation”), is famous mainly in the Sunni Muslim world. It is entirely in praise of Muhammad, who is said to have cured the poet of paralysis by appearing to him in a dream and wrapping him in a mantle or cloak.
I decided to post the “Virtures and Specialities” here in the Book of Shadows because they read like magick spells, because I have posted something similar based on the Psalms (Using the Psalms for Solving Problems), and also because the Muslim world is rarely represented in pagan, wiccan, or other magickal circles. An english translation of the book can be found here at Wikipedia, if you feel inclined to try your luck with it.
The Virtures and Specialities
The virtues of Qasidat al-Burdah are innumerable. Some of its virtues (and specialities as appear in famous books)
are mentioned here:
- For blessings in life (long life) recite 1001 times.
- For the removal of difficulties recite 71 times.
- To remove drought recite 300 times.
- For wealth and riches recite 700 times.
- To have male children recite 116 times.
- To make easy all difficult tasks recite 771 times.
- Whoever recites it daily or has someone else recite it, and thereafter makes damm (blow) on him, will be
safeguarded from all hardships.
- Whoever recites it once daily and makes damm (blow) on his children, they will be blessed with long life.
- Whoever recites it 17 times on a Thursday evening for 7 weeks will become pious and wealthy.
- Whoever recites it in his bedroom for any work or special purpose, that purpose will be shown to him in a
- Whoever recites it 41 times in an old cemetery for 40 days, his enemies will be destroyed.
- Whoever reads it once daily on rosewater for 7 days and gives it to someone to drink, that persons
memory will increase tremendously.
- Whoever is afflicted with a great calamity or hardship, should keep 3 fasts and daily recite it 21 times.
- Whoever writes it with musk and saffron and hangs it around his neck, will be safeguarded from seventy
afflictions and difficulties.
- The house in which it is read 3 times daily, will be protected from most difficulties.
- If a person has important work, he should recite it 26 times on the night of Jumah (Thursday evening) and
give 26 things in charity.
- The house in which this qasidah is kept, will be safe-guarded from thieves, etc.
- Whoever recites it 7000 times in his lifetime, will live up to the age of one hundred years.
- Whoever reads it over rose water and sprinkles it over his clothes, will become respected and loved by the
creation of Allah Ta’alaa.
- On a journey if recited once daily, one will be protected from ail hardships of travel.
- Whoever is in debt should recite it 1000 times.
- If someone reads it 41 times, or has someone else read it for him on the night of Jumuah, for a certain aim
or purpose, will have his aim or purpose fulfilled.
- The house in which this qasidah is read regularly will be saved from seven things:
i. From the evil of Jinn.
ii. From plague and epidemics.
iii. From smallpox.
iv. From diseases of the eyes.
v. From misfortune.
vi. From insanity.
vii. From sudden death.
- The house in which this qasidah is read daily, its inhabitants will also be bestowed with seven benefits:
i. Long life.
ii. Abundance in sustenance.
iii. Good health.
iv. Help (from Allah).
v. One will see the NUR (splendour) of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam.
vii. Happiness and contentment.
- Whoever wishes to know whether he will derive benefit or harm from a journey, should read the qasidah 3
times, and before reading it, he should recite durood Shareef 1000 times He will thereafter be informed in
a dream by Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam whether it would be beneficial or harmful to travel.
- Whoever wishes to know the condition of a traveller, should recite the Qasidah 3 times together with
durood Shareef on a Thursday night.
- To remove the evil effect of jinn, read once daily for 40 days and make damm (blow) on the affected
- If a child is born, then read it 9 times on sea water and bath the child with it. The child will be saved from
all types of calamities.
- For labour pains (child birth), read 3 times and blow on rose water. Mix the rose water with ordinary
water and drink it. Place a little on the loins as well and ease will be experienced immediately.
- Whoever reads it once after embarking on a ship and passes through a severe storm, will be safeguarded.
whoever is imprisoned, should recite it continuously and he will be freed.
- If land is infertile, read and make damm (blow) on the seeds, thereafter plant them, abundant crops will
- If farmlands are infested or plagued with locusts, then read it 7 times on sand and sprinkle it through the
lands. wherever the sand falls, that land will not be infested again.
In conclusion we find that for whatever purpose “Qasidat al-Burdah” is read, Insha-Allah that purpose will be
fulfilled, with the precondition that ones earnings and food is halaal. One also becomes constant in eating,
sleeping, and talking less. May Allah Ta’alaa through His infinite grace and mercy accept this humble effort, grant
us death with Iman, bestow us, our Ma’shaykh, and our families, eternal love for Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu
Alayhi Wasallam through the blessings of this qasidah.