The first day of the new year is always a time to make promises or resolve to make the year a positive and prosperous one. With the help of the Roman God of new beginnings, Janus, and the Goddess Diana’s influence, you can step into the New Year with viable resolutions for the year ahead.
Diana was worshiped in the countryside, and gifts and offerings of fruit were left in forests or at crossroads. To invoke the power of Janus, salt and cakes were placed on a sacred altar. For this spell you’re going to combine the ingredients necessary into one special enchantment.
What you will need:
A handful of earth taken from each of the following places and gathered in a paper bag. (If you can’t get to any of these places, then three handfuls of earth from your own or a friend’s garden will also work.)
- A crossroads
- A forest, woods, or park
- Beside a river, stream, or lake
You will also need the following:
- 3 cupcakes
- A tiny cup of sea salt
- 2 white candles
Place the bag of earth in the corner of your altar to invoke the power of Diana’s abundance. Then place the three cupcakes in front of the bag, and lastly the tiny cup of salt at the front.
Now light the two candles to invoke your deities, and as you place them on either side of your offering, say or whisper the following:
“Diana, Janus, hear my prayer
and bless this sacred altar.
For all year long let earth’s riches empower me.
Let abundance bring me happiness.
Let your wholeness bring me prosperity.”
Say this three times, and then thank your deities.
“Thank you, Diana for your help.
Thank you, Janus, for your direction.”
Now leave the candles burning for a few minutes while you gaze at your altar and calm your mind.
When you feel the spell is complete, leave the cup cakes at a crossroads or cemetery. If those places are not available or accessible to you, put them out for the birds. Empty the bag of earth somewhere outside where you feel really happy to be. As you sprinkle the earth on the ground, Janus and Diana will start to work the magick of prosperous living into your life.
This spell can be done at any time during the year when you are wanting to make a fresh start, or if you are heading out in a new direction.
From: Spells For A Magical Year
This is an old fashioned black candle Hoodoo revenge and retribution spell. Use with caution (if at all). These types of spells can easily rebound onto the spell caster.
Cut the top off a black jumbo candle, turn it upside down, and carve a new tip at what was the bottom. Carefully heat it a section at a time and press 99 whole pepper corns into it, all over the surface.
Place the candle in a saucer on top of the enemy’s name written on a piece of paper, and dress it by pouring a whole bottle of Crossing Oil over it.
At midnight, this mess is carried to a deserted crossroads, or, if possible, to the enemy’s yard while he or she is away. It is set down in the middle of a large X inside a circle made by walking backward while sprinkling Crossing Powder diagonally from one corner of the crossroads or yard to the other, and then around the X in a circle.
As the candle burns, a detailed list of the enemy’s sins is spoken aloud followed by the spell caster’s requirements for true, justified, and lasting retribution.
Source: Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic
As we travel we are all faced with choices. Hecate is the goddess of the crossroads. Go to her if you need to make a decision in matters having to do with travel or life opportunities.
Take three apples and go to a three-way crossroads that is not busy with traffic, ideally at night. Cut each in half so the pentacle formed of the seeds is showing. Thinking of your choices, place one-half of an apple at each intersection. Then make your wish and place the last three halves in the center, where the roads join. Ask for Hecate’s help in making your decision.
Go home and eat an apple or drink an apple beverage before bed. Dream of possibilities. Save apple seeds to plant in the crossroads area next spring, and ask again for Hecate’s blessings.
By: Nancy Bennett
Here is a simple ritual to invoke the power of Hekate to unlock doors which until now have been closed to you, to create openings in the impenetrable areas of your life, or to open and unblock areas in your self that have been locked away:
You will need the following:
- A three way crossroads in your area that offers some privacy.
- Bake or buy a small cheesecake – this will be left as an offering
- 13 small black candles
- A black candle large enough to burn through the night.
- Wine, honey, or milk (or a mixture of the three) to offer as a libation at the crossroads.
- Three keys – also to be left at the crossroads.
Spend some time thinking about what it is that you would like Hekate to unlock for you in your life while gathering your supplies. When you have everything gathered together, light the larger black candle and begin chanting:
You walk with me
Like no other
Continue chanting as you leave your house and go to the crossroads. Once there, spend a few moments in silence allowing the Dark Mother, Hekate to make herself known. You might hear dogs barking, you might see shadows in the trees, you might hear horses, or the wind might speak.
When you feel that She is there, explain that you are leaving the cake as an offering, ask for Her help in unlocking whatever it is that you need help with. Use your own words, speak out loud and with confidence.
Place the cheesecake on the ground, light the candles, and then pour a libation. If it is inappropriate or a fire hazard to leave the candles burning, pour the libation over the lit candles and the cake, if not, pour the libation in a circle around the cake.
Now, explain that you are leaving three keys as a demonstration of your willingness to allow the Goddess to work in your life. Place one key at each corner of the crossroads. As you place the key, make a statement of thanks.
As soon as that is done immediately leave the area without looking back. When you get back to your home, spend some time in silence sitting with the candle you lit before leaving the house. Allow it to burn completely down.
The following items can be substituted in a pinch:
If you do not have access to a crossroads, an image of a crossroads, such as a photograph, or drawing will be fine. If you have a private place outdoors, take the image with you and complete the ritual as if the image is the crossroads, leaving everything behind just as you would if you had gone to a crossroads. The next day (if the items cannot remain as is) you can collect everything that was left outside – these items should then be buried nearby or burned.
If you don’t have a place outdoors, the ritual can be done indoors. When it is complete, take the cake, the wine, and the keys outside where they should stay overnight. You can then collect what’s left of them in the morning and bury them nearby or burn them.
Red, white, and yellow are colors sacred to Hekate and can be substituted for the black candles.
If you don’t have keys, you can make them either by forming aluminum foil into “key” shapes, cutting key shapes from cardstock, or finding a pictures of keys in a magazine or newspaper and cutting those out. Alternatively, an old credit card can be cut into 3 pieces.
Spell by Madame Fortuna
The Eurasian spirit Hecate guards the frontier between the realms of the living and the dead, negotiating the sometimes divergent needs of both parties. Although she may not banish ghosts entirely (you can ask, though!), she can enforce their good behavior. Hecate is traditionally depicted having one body but three faces, sometimes that of women but most typical that of a dog, a horse and a lion.
Each month, at the full moon:
- Bring a three-headed image of Hecate to a three-way crossroads.
- Place the image so that each face points toward a road (or as close as possible).
- Place food on the ground including fish, honey and a round cake with candles.
- Make an invocation to Hecate requesting that she make the ghosts behave.
- Leave the meal at the crossroads for whoever takes it.
Source: Coven of Hecate
This is a very powerful spell to break and remove all the bad energy, negativity, bad luck, hexes, and etc. that others have put on you, or that you have inadvertently collected or allowed.
You will need:
- 1 white candle
- 1 smudge stick OR 1 generous handful of dried sage leaves (not the powder)
- 1 lemon (lemon essential oil – pure lemon juice will also work)
- 1 paper plate
- black marker or pen
- 13 straight pins
- 1 black cloth – the size of a large handkerchief
- 1 egg
- 1 potato
Making the spell:
Gather your supplies. Get centered.
Draw an “eye of protection” on the paper plate with the black marker or pen. Cut the lemon in half and rub it briskly over the candle until the candle is coated with the juice, wipe your hands on the black cloth. Now, light the candle.
Next light the smudge stick, OR if you are using dried sage, place the leaves into a fireproof container and light them so that they begin to smolder and smoke.
Once you have some good smoke, take the potato and submerge it in the smoke using a circular, counterclockwise motion. When the potato seems well fumigated, set it down on the paper plate and cover it with the black cloth.
Insert the 13 stick pins through the cloth into the potato. Crack the egg over the cloth covered pinned potato and let the egg slide off of it and onto the plate.
Blow on each stick pin and into the potato. As you do this, recite the incantation, saying it louder each time, until you feel the negative energy has left you and transferred into the potato.
Thirteen pins in the poppet,
Hex be broken. Now I stop it.
Curse be over. Curse be done.
I succeed. I have won.
Bad luck stays within the black.
I am not under attack.
Curse be buried and destroyed.
My life it is now filled with joy!
Dispersing the bad energy:
Unwrap the cloth, being careful to keep the pins intact. If a pin does not come out with the cloth, but stays embedded in the potato, you’ll have to re-do the spell.
This is important. The potato and the black cloth with the pins in it must be disposed of separately, far from your home. The paper plate should be burned, along with whatever remains of the sage. It’s also important to dispose of the lemon (if you used one) and the shell from the egg.
Ideally, the black cloth with the pins will be dropped at a crossroads NOT near your home; the paper plate and the sage burned – their ashes scattered to the four winds; and the potato tossed into a river or sent out with the tide.
Alternatively, the items could be buried near a crossroads (just be sure that the potato and the black cloth are buried separately and at a good distance from one another). Do not bury any of the items in your own back yard!
~Madame Fortuna and Sister Moon
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