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Dear Friends,

A common complaint that I hear among many witches is that their spells are failing to be successful and they feel like everything they do is rejected. It can be a very difficult thing to deal with, and often may make you feel like you are a failure at performing a decent spell.

Dealing with rejection is never easy. But the fact of the matter is, there are some times when your spell is going to be “rejected” and fail to work. In some cases, it very well may be a failure on your part. Perhaps your mind wasn’t truly focused. Maybe you rushed through the spell, or your intentions and wishes were too vague. Magick is not an exact science by any means, but there are some important factors which must be met in order for your spell to work properly, if it is meant to work at all.

You see, that is another reason why your spell may be rejected. There are sometimes when we perform a spell with the wrong intentions. Remember, when we work a spell we are invoking the powers of the universe to provide for us what we are asking. There are some times when those powers are simply going to refuse what we ask. These powers are just as mysterious as they are complex, so there is no understanding why some spells, even if they are harmful, are allowed to work while others that may be purely benign will not. It is just the way things work and something that we as witches must accept.

Even so, not having our requests met can be a difficult pill to swallow. In fact, I know many novice witches that at first completely turned away from the path they were following because none of the spells they were performing would work. In some cases, these “witches” were merely playing at being a witch and they were not serious about what they were trying to do. They immediately then viewed witchcraft as a hoax, because none of their work ever bore any fruit. In other cases however, the young witch was serious about following such a path, but had yet to learn to truly focus their intent and energies into what they wanted.

When it comes to magick, you cannot do anything half-way. Magick is not a game, and is not something to take lightly. The works that you perform can have serious consequences. If you are not fully aware of these consequences, those powers that you are attempting to invoke can see right through your exterior to your mind and heart, and may prevent your works from taking place. Other times, they may grant your request to teach you a lesson which is why it is so important that you be serious in what you do.

If you’ve been working with magick for some time now, it may be disheartening to not have your spells work successfully for you, but that does not mean you should give up hope. I have known many witches in the past that spent years learning their craft before they were able to perform a spell that worked successfully. Others have a knack at tapping into their magickal talents, and were able to start working right away.

Rejection happens. Failure happens. But as long as you learn from your mistakes, and evaluate each situation for what it is, you will soon discover that everything happens for a reason. It can definitely be emotionally trying and sometimes a real blow to the ego, but once you can learn to accept that it is a part of life and most certainly a part of magick, you will learn to read each situation for what it is which will help you to determine which way you need to go in the future.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne,
Your Warm and Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”


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Dear Friends,

Last week I talked about how to break a spell that you yourself have cast. While very effective at it’s job, that spell will have no impact on breaking a spell or curse that has been placed upon you by another. While it would be nice to believe that our fellow practitioners of the craft are all benign and all follow the Wiccan rede of harming none, sadly that is not a reality. There are those out there that follow a darker path and will have no qualms with placing a curse upon you if you are not within their favor.

Sometimes you may know the person has put a curse on you because they have told you so. Other times, you may not know for certain but have a feeling of such because of the way things are happening in your life. In either case, there is a spell that you can cast yourself which will help to break a curse that has been placed upon you, and it is a very good spell to familiarize yourself with.

This particular spell is an uncrossing spell that will work to break the curse. You will need to gather a few tools first to perform the spell which include fresh or dried St. John’s Wort, white sage and dragons blood resin powder. You will also need your athame, one white candle, one black candle, a bowl of salt, a bowl of water, a sachet to put your herbs in and one whole ripe lemon.

Cast your circle and light the candles. Holding the lemon in your hands, focus on the lemon drawing the curse away from you. Dip your athame into the bowl of water and then use the athame to slice the lemon into three separate pieces. Hold the three pieces of lemon in your hands, and once again focus on the lemon drawing the curse away and absorbing it into the pulp of the fruit. Repeat the following three times:

Let this lemon do it’s task
Remove this curse is what I ask
Remove from me this dark despair
As this lemon dries in the air

Remove his/her spell, I break this curse
I wish no harm, no spell reverse
Do not return this spell of pain
My only intent is to be free again.

Dip each slice of lemon into the salt so that it is completely coated. Set the coated slices onto a glass or ceramic plate to leave upon the altar. Place the herbs into the sachet, and tie securely closed. Your spell is now complete, and you can give thanks and remove the circle.

The slices of lemon need to be left upon your altar until they completely dry out. If they begin to rot, you need to repeat the entire spell and try again as the lemon was not able to absorb the curse. During the time which the lemon is drying, keep the sachet of herbs with you at all time for protection from the curse. Once the lemon is completely dried out, you can throw the lemon away or bury it, and stop carrying the sachet with you as the curse has been removed.

This is a very handy spell to have around, though I sincerely hope it is one that none of you ever need to use. Having a curse put upon you is not a pleasant thing and it is something I hope that none of you ever have to deal with.

There are other spells that can be used to break a curse that someone has put upon you, but you must be careful with such spells. Some spells are used to break a curse, others are used to reverse a curse. You never want to perform a spell that reverses the curse back upon the person, as that can cause harm to come to them. Even though the individual was malicious in their intent to harm you, that does not make it acceptable to break the rede and place harm back on them.

Remain true to yourself and the path you are on, and only perform a breaking spell. Though it can be a traumatic experience having a curse put upon you, and it may be a tempting thought to just reverse the curse and send it back, do not give in to the evil. Instead, break the curse that has been cast upon you, and perhaps perform a blessings spell for the lost one that needs to find the right path.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne
Your Warm and Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”


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Dear Friends,

As witches, it is our responsibility to think long and hard before casting a spell to determine whether or not it is the right thing to do. Spells can be very powerful, and magick is not to be misused, which is why it is so important that we do not run around casting spells willy-nilly. However, there are of course going to be those times that we cast a spell and at some point down the road find ourselves with the need to remove or break the spell. Hopefully, this is not something you will have to do often, but in case the need should arise it is best to be prepared.

Removing a spell that you have cast is not really that difficult. You will first need to gather a few items that are essential to this particular cast. First, you will need something which belongs to you. This can be a bead from a piece of jewelry you own or even a piece of jewelry such as a ring or pendant, or some other personal item which is small and can easily be placed in a small piece of material. While it is only natural that you would not want to give up something that is highly valuable to you, in order for your intentions to be made clearly and show that you are serious, it is a sacrifice you must make.

You will also need a few white candles, rosemary oil, dried or fresh Angelica (which has exorcizing properties to help exorcize the spell), a small piece of black fabric (about 4-5 inches square), and a length of string for tying the fabric shut. To start the ritual for breaking the spell, prepare your area as you normally would for any other spell or ritual by casting the circle, etc. Anoint the candles with the rosemary oil before lighting.

Now you must appeal to the powers that be that granted the initial spell to you in the first place. To do so, say something along the lines of:

“The I once cast, I now ask to have removed. As a show of a true spirit and pure intentions, I offer a piece of me to hold the powers of this spell. I sacrifice this so that I may transfer the spell into it, where it can lie sleeping for the rest of it’s days. No further power shall this spell have. I ask you to grant this favor for me. As I will, so mote it be.”

Place the object which you are sacrificing into the center of the cloth, and sprinkle the Angelica around it. Wrap the cloth around the object and Angelica, and then wrap tightly with the length of string so that it is firmly closed shut. Knot of the ends securely, then pour some of the hot wax from the candles onto the knotted ends. Give thanks for the favor of having the spell broken, and close the circle.

Now you will need to dispose of the item. I prefer to take it out into the woods and bury it in an area where it will not be found, though you can just as easily take it and throw it away some where that is far away from your home. The choice of your disposal is completely up to you.

And that my dear friends is how to remove a spell that you have cast that now needs to be removed. Remember, just because it is possible to perform such a spell does not mean you should just run around casting spells because you can later take them back. This behavior is not something that is pleasing to the powers that be, and can come back to haunt you severely in the future. Be responsible, and only cast those spells which you are certain are needed, and hopefully you will never find the need to remove the work which you have done.
Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne,
Your Warm and Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”


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Dear Friends,

While it is true that true magick lies within us and is contained in us wherever we go, being what I call a “portable witch” is something a little different. While I do primarily perform the majority of my magick in my own home or on my own property, there are occasions while I am out and about and find myself in need of some of my ritual tools for something that has popped up.

For that reason, I have a little portable ritual kit that I like to carry with me whenever I leave the house. Just as most people keep their car stocked with emergency items, I do too, however some of my emergency items include the tools I need to work a little magick! My portable kit consists of just the basics and is in no means comparable to the items I keep stocked at home, but I have found it to be suitable in just about any situation I am placed in while on the road and have never found the need to make any adjustments to what it contains.

My portable kit consists of a small travel bag that I picked up at a garage sale for a few bucks. It is not so big that I have a hard time finding room for it in my vehicle, but it is large enough to hold the tools I want to carry and it is strong and durable so I don’t have to worry about my tools being damaged if it falls apart. (Which can happen if you use something like a thin cloth bag or a cardboard box.)

I have a handful of tools that I keep in the bag that are basically a mish-mash of objects that I find work well together but also travel easily. I have a good size quartz crystal stone, and a tiny wand that I made specifically for my portable kit that is only about 6 inches long. There is a large clam shell that I can use to hold water and salt for cleansing, and of course salt to be used in the shell or for other purposes. I keep the salt in a simple plastic container with a tightly sealed lid so I don’t end up with salt all over the bag.

I have a small package of mini-taper candles in a variety of colors because they are more easily transported than large candles. If you cannot find mini-tapers, small tea-light candles or even a package of birthday candles made for birthday cakes will work just as well. I prefer to keep the candles in a little plastic storage bag, that way if they melt I don’t end up with candle wax sticking to everything and damaging any of my tools.

Finally, I have a small athame that is no more than three or four inches long, and a variety of different stones that I can use for various purposes. Most of this gets wrapped up in a small altar cloth that I made which is only about one square foot around, and then everything gets placed in the bag.

There is no way I could begin to tell you how many times my little portable witch kit has come in handy to me. I will say that I do not leave it in my car permanently as I would never want any harm to come to it, but I do take it with me every time I leave the house. Over time it has become such a habit to me to grab it as I head out the door, I rarely ever forget it. It is an invaluable set of tools to me, and something that I think no witch should leave home without. A portable kit is something that is very easy to throw together, and will help you in more ways than you could ever imagine.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne
Your Warm and Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”


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Dear Friends,

A question I am routinely asked is where is the best place to perform a ritual. The easiest answer to this, is anywhere. A ritual can be performed anywhere that has been properly cleansed and consecrated, regardless of where the location is. I know many people that have choice but to perform rituals in very close quarters, such as in a small closet or in their bathroom, and still have great success with their work. However, there are some places that are more ideal than others, and things that need to be taken into consideration when determining the best location for you to do your work.

In my personal opinion, the best location for performing a ritual is outdoors. I feel it is the spot that is most conducive to the energies that I am appealing to and helps to make my work more powerful. I do realize though, working outdoors is not an ideal option for everyone. Some people are unable to work outdoors due to physical limitations, or simply because they live in an area where it is not possible for them to have the privacy that they need. It can also be quite difficult to focus on your ritual when it’s 20 degrees outside and your teeth won’t stop chattering, or it’s a hot and balmy summer night and the mosquitos are buzzing in your ears.

If you are performing your spells outdoors, there are a few things that you will need to consider. If you are with a group of people, is there ample room for everyone to park and gather? Will anyone have a difficult time walking to where the actual ritual will take place? If you are meeting in a public location, are there any special permits required for group gatherings? Will your privacy be respected or will your ritual be interrupted by people passing by? All of these things should be considered when you are planning a gathering, even if you are planning on performing your ritual in your own backyard either with a group, or by yourself.

Some people will say that in order for you to successfully perform your ritual, you must do so in a place that is considered sacred. In all honesty, I have mixed emotions about these sentiments. I myself believe that any spot can be consecrated and deemed as sacred to an individual. However, those supporters of this belief often feel that the “sacred” place is a spot that is completely devoted to your worship or ritual only, and other acts are not performed in this location, thus helping the spot to remain sacred.

There is a part of me that does somewhat believe with this sentiment. While I do believe that with the proper cleansing, consecration and mindset a person can make any spot sacred to them, I do personally find that having a designated area that is devoted to worship and ritual does help to make rituals more effective. I also believe that there are certain sacred spots that hold so much power due to the devotion people hold to the place. Even so, I realize that it is not always possible for a person to have a devoted location for their work which is why I personally try to stress the point that you can make almost any spot sacred.

As long as you are dedicated to properly cleansing and consecrating a space, and have the mindset that while you perform your ritual there that place is sacred, I think you can perform your rituals most anywhere. After all, one of the key elements in our craft is that we can personalize it and do what works and feels best for us. Choosing where you perform your rituals is one of those personal choices. As long as you do so with a pure mind and heart, the location isn’t as important as some people make it out to be and you can still have a very meaningful and powerful ritual.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne
Your Warm and Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”


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