i’m tapped out as far as focus and ability goes for the night, but hopefully will wake up ready to do the last two i promised.
this sigil for queenelliott, who wanted its focus to be embodying love, vibrance, and embracing
OH HEY like 100% serious here Jenn owns the middle one!!!!
this sigil is for osipa-pintovic, who asked for something to help with focus toward scholastic success, memory, and studying.
the first of the sigils i promised, to beth samicesaro, to help focus and see through her intent of becoming a strong adult.
i tried to put together simple and dynamic with care in the lines, for this important and mature person.
The River Lethe in Greek mythology is the river of forgetfulness, and one of the five rivers that runs through the land of Hades. Shades of the dead were required to drink from the River Lethe to forget their mortal lives.
Sometimes a spell just requires a little something to make people forget. Maybe you want a stalker to forget about you, or maybe you want that jackass roommate who keeps bringing loud people home to party at two in the morning when you’ve got work the next day to forget his house key. Or half a dozen other reasons why you’d need something embodying forgetfulness. I suppose you could even use it to ward against forgetfulness if you’re so inclined. So, this my my version of Lethe Water, I actually couldn’t find a different version anywhere, so I figured I’d share mine.
*Not recommended for ingestion*
- Chicken Bones (or another type of animal bone, can be scavenged or left overs from dinner, or purchased from an ethical supplier)
- Everclear (or another clear alcohol, even rubbing alcohol would work)
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “How is any of that other than the booze associated with forgetfulness, Lizzie?” Let me explain! Let me explain, good people! And…questionable people ;)
Moss. Moss is typically associated with profit and protection. Yeah, sure. But look at moss. It’s awesome at absorbing noise, which I tend to forget about things when they’re quiet. AND, it grows in places that are untouched, left alone….one might even say….FORGOTTEN!
Ivy. Okay, so another one with protection. But ivy (especially climbing ivy) clings to things. It doesn’t come off. This is to make the spell stick to someone, so it’s not going to wear off quick.
Bones. Bones are tied to divination and death. For me, this strongly ties it to the underworld, clearly indicating that this is supposed to be representative at least of the River Lethe.
So, you soak the moss, ivy, and bones in the everclear for three nights. The night before the new moon, the new moon, and the night after. Strain out the solid bits, store the Lethe Water in a dark bottle, and you’re good to go!
Purpose: This is a ritual to aid one in ridding oneself of grief of any kind. This is a moving forward spell.
Materials: Five of Cups tarot card (these can be printed off the internet); candles in cheery colours, as many as you wish (I recommend tea candles or very small candles for this spell); an old key you don’t need (I prefer skeleton keys, which one can find in home decor stores); a glass of sweet red wine or any sweet drink; running water, such as a river or creek.
This spell is best done…: On a sunny day. Preferably in autumn. The waning moon. A Saturday. If you can find all these conditions in one day, you’ll be set, but don’t worry; they’re not requirements, just suggestions.
Cast circle and call quarters if desired. Ground and centre if necessary.
Place the Five of Cups in its reversed position (upside-down) on your altar or on a flat surface. Place the candle around it, and light them. Hold the key above the candle flames. In your mind, visualize the key being inserted into a lock on a door. The key turns, and the lock is opened, and so is the door. Say:
"No more sorrow, no more grief
I hold the key to set myself free.”
Sip the wine/drink. Allow yourself to once more taste the sweetness of life. When you’re ready, extinguish the candles. Release the quarters and close the circle if desired.
When you’re ready, on a sunny day, go to a river or running water. Toss the key into the water. Walk away, hold your head high, and do not look back until you’re all the way home.
Afterwards, if you still have the candles left, you may want to light them whenever you’re feeling down.
Spell written by: James Kambos
Spell from: Llewellyn’s 2014 Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac
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Potioneers sometimes have need of “claws” such as these in order to more easily manipulate small and delicate ingredients and protect themselves against those which are dangerous but still require extreme delicacy, which cannot be achieved while wearing a glove. Some wix have beautifully ornate sets of “claws” crafted for them.