Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac
For the past several years, ever since I discovered it, I’ve purchased the “Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac.” I refer to it frequently and each year I try to do every spell in the book. I never make it all the way through. Eventually, there’s a week of vacation, days I’m not in the mood, etc. However, this year I am trying again to get through the whole book.
The almanac lists a variety of spells in different categories throughout the year – health, protection, success, heart/love, clearing/cleaning, home, meditation/divination. Besides spells in the these main categories, there are also spells for the New Moon, Full Moon, abundance, things having to do with your altar, balance, the garden, money and prosperity, protection, relationships, travel and communications, and the elements of air, earth, fire, spirit and water. There are some spells that involve tarot, scrying or other divination methods. Each day also lists the phase of the moon, astrological symbol, and color and incense of the day.
Some spells will resonate with you better than others. Some help with goal setting and keeping, honoring the gods, and helping those around us. Some days honor people who changed the world, such as February 15 – Galileo’s birthday in 1564. Did you know he spent years of his life under house arrest because the Pope accused him of heresy for reporting his celestial observations? On this night, bundle up, grab a mug of hot cocoa, go outside and gaze up at the stars. Some days call for a meditation, special tea, ritual bath or candle burning. Other days will bring you to a beach or a forest to perform a little ritual work or simply appreciate the space. I enjoy the days that have little crafts or recipes – but not too many in one week because then it becomes a chore.
For the good of all and harm of none
I want to stress that nothing is evil. Everything in the book is for the good of all and harm of none. This is part of the Witches Creed or Wiccan Rede: An’ ye harm none, do what ye will. The Law of Three that the above scroll refers to means that whatever you do will come back to you threefold, so you always want to bring about positive change and never do anything to hurt anyone.
Supplies for spells
A few basic, simple supplies are needed, such as small taper candles in various colors. These can be found in any metaphysical shop or online. Certain days may call for items such as crystals, incense, oils, etc. A quick look into the month ahead for a shopping list can head off being unprepared or spending too much money on supplies needed immediately.
As much as possible, I make my own supplies. This is always the way to go with spell casting. Of course, witches of hundreds of years ago didn’t make a special trip WitchMart to buy official supplies for their spells. They made their own. You can too. Candles can be made – although the small taper candles pictured above are so inexpensive (25-50 cents) that it would cost much more to make – plus I am a paranoid nut about heating wax and the potential for fire. Oils can be made very inexpensively. If a day calls for lavender oil, for example, don’t just run out to the store – gather some lavender (you do grow your own, don’t you? This can be done easily in a pot), place several buds in a dark glass bottle, fill the bottle with olive or grapeseed oil and let sit for a week. Strain the herbs out and, there, you have “free” lavender oil that smells great, has your magic built into it, and cost basically nothing.
If you haven’t started the Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac yet, it is not too late to begin. You can pick it up and begin at any point. If you buy the paperback book (currently a bargain at $8.69 on amazon) now or soon, if you wish, you can make up the spells you missed. Just take note of what type of spell it is and do it on the same type of day. There are little illustrations on each day to help you see what category they are in.
Try this super easy Beer Bread recipe from bettycrocker.com. Mix 3C Bisquick with 1/3C Sugar and 12 oz. beer. I used Blue Moon, which gave the bread a nice sweet flavor. Whisk in a large bowl (it will fizz up) then pour into a 9X5 buttered bread pan. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 45-55 minutes. Light, fluffy and delicious!