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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Finnish Healing Spell

Color of the day: Scarlet
Incense of the day: Maple

The epic poem, Kalevala, is celebrated by the Finns this day with parades and readings from the poem. The Kalevala recounts a battle of wits between three wizard brothers and the witch goddess, Louhi. It is a treasure trove of ancient shamanistic practices including the following healing spell.

For this ritual...

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Kalevala Day

Themes: Creativity; Tradition; Fertility; Beginnings
Symbols: Egg; East Wind: Poetry
Presiding Goddess: Luonnotar

About Luonnotar: A Finno-Ugric creatrix, Luonnotar closes the month of February with an abundance of creative, fertile energy. Her name means "daughter of earth," and according to legend she nurtured the cosmic eggs from which the sun, moon, and stars developed. In the Kalevala...

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Create Your Own Ritual Bath


The purpose of a ritual bath is to cleanse Yourself, both inside and out. It is a rite in and of itself. Here is a general outline of what a ritual bath might consist of:
  • The bath water can be infused with saltsherbsoils that are in harmony with your purpose. 
  • Candles are lit - these too are chosen for color and scent that are appropriate to the moment. Also to set the mood and create an atmosphere of sacred mystery.
  • Incense might be burned as well, to infuse the room with a specific aroma, to cleanse the room with the smoke, or as a fragrant offering to a deity.
  • Music can be used to aid with meditation or visualization....
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The Goddess Hygeia

"Bright-eyed mother, 
highest queen of Apollo's golden throne, 
desirable, gently-laughing Hygeia."


Hygeia is traditionally envisioned as a beautiful young woman feeding a large snake entwined around her, often from a vessel held in her hand.
  • Sacred Animal: Snake
  • Roman Equivalent: Salus
  • Feast Day: February 26
Hygeia is the goddess of good health and healing. She protects against all potential dangers to health. The word hygiene derives from her name. She is the daughter of the divine healer Askelopios and may be venerated alongside her father. A theory exists that Asklepios' family is cobbled together of various independent healing deities, who were then worshiped together as a mini-pantheon. Although Hygeia is worshiped alongside her father, she is not particularly subordinate. (The Orphics claimed she was his wife.) She is a goddess in her own right who works with Asklepios. She may also be venerated independently. For more information, see also The Festival of Salus.

Offerings: People traditionally offered their hair to Hygeia in her shrines, attaching it to her statues. Clothing or fabric was apparently attached, too.

Invocation to Hygeia: 

"Hygeia, most revered of the blessed ones among mortals, 
may I dwell with you for what is left of my life, 
and may you graciously keep company with me: 
for any joy in wealth or in children 
or in a king's godlike rule over men 
or in the desires which we hunt with the hidden nets of Aphrodite, 
any other delight or respite from toils 
that has been revealed by the gods to men, 
with you, blessed Hygeia, 
it flourishes and shines 
in the converse of the Kharites (Charites, Graces);
 and without you no man is happy." 

~Ariphron, Fragment 813

A Ritual Bath for Hygeia's Day

According to various sources, February 26 is Hygeia's Day. I did not, however, find any specific rituals associated with the Goddess Hygeia. However, because bathing is so fundamental to basic hygeine, and Hygeia is the goddess of Healing and Hygeine, a healing ritual bath seems appropriate.

Healing Ritual Bath


Take a lit silver or white candle, some salt, and a healing oil (such as carnation, violet, sandalwood, or narcissus) into the bathroom. By the candle's light run a tub of very warm water. Cast some salt into it, add a few drops of healing oil, and then step into the tub....

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Monday, February 25, 2013

The Goddess Mut

Titles: Lady of Heaven; Queen of Deities; Mother of the Mothers
Origin: Egypt
Attribute: Ankh, the symbol of life
Flower: Blue water lily
Bird: Vulture, especially the griffon vulture

Her name means "mom." Mut, the vulture goddess, is the spirit of maternity. So potently fertile that she conceived and gave birth to herself, Mut, an extremely beloved goddess, was venerated throughout Egypt. She bestows personal fertility and protection.

Although originally a local goddess, she became a national goddess during the New Kingdom (approximately 1550 - 1070 BCE). During this era, the brides of Pharaohs, queens of Egypt, served as Mut's chief priestesses. Originally venerated as an independent goddess, as Mut became increasingly popular, she absorbed characteristics of other goddesses. Eventually a marriage was arranged between mut and the state deity Ammon and Mut assumed the role of the less popular Amonet. Mut is sometimes identified as the Eye or Ra.

Manifestation: Mut appears as a crowned vulture, a white vulture, or a woman who may have wings and/or wear a vulture headdress.

Iconography: Later depictions of Mut portray her as a lioness, a cow, or a cobra-headed goddess, but this may derive from identification with other goddesses, especially Sekhmet.

Offerings: Incense. If you wish to give a traditional  lavish, offering, give two hand mirrors: one silver, one gold. You are symbolically giving her the moon and sun.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Praying To The Gods

In praying to most gods, the Greeks stood holding the arms upward. When praying to a sea god, the arms were held forward; to an Earth or underworld deity, the arms were held down toward the ground, at the same time stamping on the Earth to attract the deity's attention....

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Incantation to Protect Against Demons

From an ancient Chaldean Magical Tablet we have this incantation against the entrance of Demons (and other bad spirits) into the house.



Talisman, talisman, 
boundary that cannot be taken away, 
boundary that the Gods cannot pass, 
barrier immovable, ...

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A Simple Terminalia Celebration

Themes: Earth; Home
Symbols: Owl; Geranium
Presiding Goddess: Minerva

About Minerva: This Etruscan/Italic goddess blended the odd attributes of being a patroness of household tasks, including arts and crafts, and also being the patroness of protection and war. Today she joins in pre-spring festivities by helping people prepare their lands for sowing and embracing the figurative lands of our hearts, homes, and spirits with her positive energy....

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Friday, February 22, 2013

A Garden of Love

Long term relationships are like a garden. They need to be sowed, fertilized, weeded, and watered to grow beautifully. Even if you're doing all of those things, storms can come along and jostle things up. That's part of what makes a long term relationship both difficult and rewarding.

Here's a bit of old time gardening magick that can work wonders when it comes to nurturing a relationship.

To begin, you need three seeds from a flowering plant that speaks to you of love....

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Babble Fish

This dish accents creative communications, especially with those ever-annoying know-it-alls, wiseacres, gossips, conversation hogs, and those who are quick to jump into discussions just to hear themselves talk! The yellow parsnips, carrots, and pepper reflect the air element, which empowers our words.

Ingredients:
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 medium parsnips
  • 1 yellow pepper...
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Pisces Begins

Themes: Foresight; Divination; Inspiration; Femininity; Psychic Abilities; Kindness; Tradition
Symbols: A Cup; Fishes; Water
Presiding Goddess: Saga

To Do Today:
Tend your sacred journals today. Write about your path, your feelings, where you see yourself going, and where you've been. Saga lives in those words - in your musings, memories, and thoughts - guiding them to the paper to inspire you now and in the future....

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Pisces Oil

Add the following essential oils to 1/8 cup of a base oil. Visualize as you mix and smell.  For best results, don't use synthetics.
  • 3 drops Ylang-Ylang ...
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Magickal Items and Their Uses


What follows is a list of items and their uses as charms, fetishes, talismans, or amulets:

  • Acorn: Attracts the opposite gender, increases income, divine powers, and prosperity.
  • Akhet: Ancient Egyptian amulet representing the rising sun. It is held to give the wearer the vigor of the sun god Ra.
  • Alligator Teeth: Protection from sorcery and danger....
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Ash Youth Preservation Spell


Ash is among the trees most associated with fairies, and fairies are associated with eternally extended youth. Crumble ash leaves into bathwater to receive blessings of extended youthfulness and longevity.

Ash Hexbreaker Spell


Gather fallen ash leaves. 
Murmur your concerns and fears over them. 
Then take them to a crossroads ....

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Acorn Cup and Ashen Key


  1. Find an empty acorn cup still attached to an oak leaf or twig.
  2. Gather ash seeds (the keys).
  3. Murmur over them: "Acorn cup and ashen key bring my true love back to me."
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Sign of the Ash

People born between  February 18 and March 17 are said to belong to the Sign of the Ash.

Gemstone - Coral
Animal - Black and white gull or common tern
Deity - Lir
Flower - Wood Anemone
Tree - Ash
Planet - Neptune

Characteristics:

Ash people have a duality to their nature. On one side they are artistic and appear vulnerable, on the other they are quite pragmatic. They possess a great deal of...

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Black and White Divination

This divination is best suited for questions that have a "yes" or a "no" answer, or for questions regarding a positive or negative outcome to a general situation..

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Every Man's Birthday

The seventh day of the Chinese New Year, traditionally known as Rénrì (人日, the common man's birthday), is the day when everyone grows one year older.

In some overseas Chinese communities in Southeast Asia, such as Malaysia and Singapore, it is also the day when tossed raw fish salad, yusheng, is eaten for continued wealth and prosperity.

This day is filled with omens about human fate. For example, any person or animal born on this day is considered doubly blessed and destined for prosperity....

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Bay Leaf Divination


The oracle at Daphne, near Tarsus was obtained by dipping bay leaves or branches into a sacred spring, and bay leaves remain an ingredient of many magic spells and a tool for divination. Here's a simple bay leaf divination spell that doesn't require a magical spring....

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Simple Bay Magicks

An all around successful herb, bay or bay laurel was originally offered only to the gods. Later on it was used to crown the victors of the ancient Olympic games. It is still considered an herb of success and victory.
  • Add bay leaves to bathwater or crush them into powder and burn them for success.
  • Sprinkle it around a place of business to draw customers. 
  • Add bay oil to green candles for money spells. 
Bay leaves assist petitions, messages, and wishes to reach the spirit realm quickly and clearly. 
  • Write your wishes on bay leaves and then burn them.
  • When you find a bay leaf in your soup bowl, bite it between your teeth and make a wish. 
Bay is considered a dual-fold herb and can remove evil from a dwelling as well as bless it with positive energy. Cook bay leaves in soup for protection. Lay dried bay leaves flat over your mattress and cover them with a fresh, white sheet. This draws luck as well as promoting sound sleep.

From: The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients and other sources

Solar Oil

This oil blend is specifically for healing, vitality, strength, promotions, and all Solar influences. For best results, don't use synthetics
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon, ground
  • 1 tsp. Juniper berries, mashed
  • 1 Bay leaf, crumpled...
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Victoria's Day

Themes: Victory; Success; Excellence
Symbols: Wings (or feathers); Laurel
Presiding Goddess: Victoria

About Victoria: Victoria, as her name implies is the Roman goddess of attainment. Early in the year she inspires resolve within us to do everything we undertake, with excellence as a goal. In works of art, Victoria is often depicted with wings that allow her to surmount any obstacle or problem....

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Celebrating The Lupercalia

Themes: Love; Passion; Romance; Sexuality
Symbols: Doves; Flowers; Berries; Trees; Pine Cones
Presiding Goddess: Venus

About Venus: Venus was originally an Italic goddess of blossoms; hearts and flowers have slowly become attributed to her loving, passionate energies. In fact, her name became the root for the word venerate - to lift up, worship, or esteem. So it is that Venus greets pre-spring efforts for uplifting our hearts with positive relationships.

To Do Today:

During Lupercalia, an ancient predecessor of Valentine's Day, single girls put their names in a box, and unmarried men drew lots...

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To Get Another To Agree

Light a pink candle for love and a blue candle for healing on a Friday evening. Say the following incantation:

Please (name of person), do think again.
may the consequence heal my pain.
Grant my request to me and you'll see...

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Gypsy Mojo for Love

Collect a few rose leaves and petals, three or seven apple or pomegranate seeds and a small gemstone, which can be turquoise, emerald, or aquamarine (this doesn't have to be genuine; if you really can't obtain one, use colored glass).

Also gather a heart-shaped object (maybe a charm or a naturally shaped stone), a feather from a dove or pigeon or gathered from ...

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Love Of Mother-In-Law Spell


Whether or not you're married, everyone will be happier if your partner's mother loves you. You can win your mother-in-law over by sending your love to her.

Choose a Friday evening when the moon is waxing. Take a pink candle and write your wish around it. Your wish should come from the heart. It could be something as simple as:

"(Mother-in-law's name), love me."

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To Win Another's Love


Open a bird that is soon to be roasted,
Draw from its body the shining heart,
Let it with drops of blood be basted,
Seethe it in wine and set it apart...

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Fruit Salad with Love Spell

Make a salad of the below-listed ingredients, concentrating on the love you wish to share. Chant the Spell Incantation as you chop and slice.

Fruit Salad Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Mango
  • 1/2 cup Pine Nuts (optional)
  • 1 cup Pineapple, to be cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1 cup Apple, to be cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1 cup Peaches, to be cut into bite-size chunks...
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Shooting the Moon

The arrow was sacred to Artemis (Diana), and was considered to carry special powers and blessings. This is a very old spell, which incorporates symbols which are placed along the shaft of an arrow. Traditionally this was performed on the shore of a lake, or other calm body of water (such as a Bay). It was necessary to be able to see the "path of the Moon" in the water. This "path" is the reflection of the moon, stretched along the surface of the water.

 Instructions:  For this spell you will need a bow and arrow. Take a new arrow and draw symbols of your wish/desire along its shaft. Meaningful words or phrases may also be added. On a night when the Moon is full, go to the shore, and face the water....

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The Legend of Pancake Marion


There's been a lot of talk of late about Pancake Marion, and the whole "Shrove Tuesday" phenomenon. But just who is she? And why did she do the horrible things that she did? Historian Marcus Ploughmans looks back at the history of one of England's darkest secrets.

"Pancake Marion, Pancake Marion
Now's the time to fry them
Pancake Marion, Pancake Marion
Now's the time to fry...

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Story of the Sacred Lily

The "sacred lily" (Narcissus) that blooms at the Chinese New Year is the emblem of happiness, and whoever finds his lily blooming exactly on that day, is sure to be lucky. There is a legend connected with it that is more than a thousand years old.

Once there lived in China two orphan brothers. The eldest inherited the largest share of the ancestors' estates and also wickedly seized the younger brother's inheritance, leaving him only a few acres of rough, pebbly soil upon which nothing would grow. At one end of the ground was a marsh overgrown with rank weeds and rushes. For years the younger brother bore with magnanimous patience the rapacity of the eldest. Poverty and hunger at last broke him down...

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Snake Safety Spells

Although no animal is more associated with magic than snakes, in general, the vast majority of magic spells for snakes involve methods of repelling them and warding them off. Here we have a number of simple protective devices the warding off and protection from snakes.

Agates: Agates are carried as talismans of safety from both snakes and scorpions. Although plain agate is allegedly effective, the talisman is more potent if engraved with either the image of a snake or of a person, preferably you or at least someone resembling you, riding upon a snake.

Alkanet: Among its magic powers, alkanet not only allegedly protects against snakebite but also helps counter and control fears of snakes.

Ash leaves and twigs: Allegdly snakes will not cross over a boundary formed from mingled ash leaves and twigs. If you live in a snake infested area, it might be worth a try.

Black Snake Root: Make an infusion of black snake root (black cohosh) and add it to your bathwater, so that your aroma will allegedly repel snakes. (Note: Black snake root is not safe for use by pregnant women).

Contraveneno: Contraveneno is a large black bean, marked on one side with a cross. A staple of Latin American magic, there is apparently n o English nickname for Fevellea cordifolia. The bean is poisonous but is used as a magical weapon to prevent snakebite and attack from other venomous creatures. Carry it in a charm bag around your neck. Do not consume it.

Galbanum: The aroma of galbanum allegedly repels snakes. Burn it as incense or warm the essential oil in an aroma burner. You may also add it to your perfume.

Elder: Elder magically guards against snakes and all manner of fierce creatures, including (allegedly), mosquitoes. Carry elder twigs in your pocket or conjure bag to prevent attack.

Juniper: The aroma of burning juniper wood and leaves also allegedly repels serpents.

Plantain: This refers to the common garden herb, not the member of the banana family. Charge plantain with it's mission of protection. Carry it in your pocket to guard against snakebite.

Raspberry: Carry a piece of root from a raspberry vine to magically protect against snakebite.

Serpentine: Serpentine is named for its affiliation with snakes. Carry it as a charm for safety from them. Serpentine may also be used to cement  a relationship with snakes. It provides safety without repelling.

Shark's Teeth: Fossilized shark's teeth were once believed to be snakes' tongues. They are still believed to have a magical affinity for snakes. Soak a shark's tooth in wine, and then drink the wine to assist in healing snakebite.

Tamarisk: Burning tamarisk branches allegedly wards off snakes.

Wild Dagga: Wild dagga, an African plant, allegedly repels snakes. Maintain living plants in snake-prone areas and burn the dried leaves as needed.

From: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

What You Should Know About Snakes

While researching snakes, I came across this nifty little tidbit. It's a list of do's and don'ts when it comes to snakes.

A. Don't cross a snake's path unless you slide or shuffle your feet.
B. You'll have leg aches - other diseases - bad luck.

A. Don't eat in front of a snake.
B. When you get older, your throat will close.

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Snake Beckoning Spells

The snake is the totem animal of prophets, so it's no accident that the staffs of Asklepios, Hermes, and Moses were embellished with snakes. Over the centuries, magical divining women, from the Minoan snake goddess to Marie Laveau, have danced with serpents. There is even a traditional divination system that interprets the movements of snakes.

Because snakes are the repository of Earth's wisdom, there are may reasons why one would wish to communicate with them. Snakes are among people's primary magical teachers and are invoked in spells for childbirth, fertility, healing, protection and financial well-being.

That said, it may be easier for most people, for a variety of reasons, to access that knowledge through visions rather than actual contact.

The scent of lavender allegedly invokes the spiritual presence of serpents and the legendary Serpent Spirits. Here's how to use it:

Place an image on an altar, either of a snake or of an affiliated deity - the Minoan Serpent Goddess for instance. Surround  this with fresh lavender or warm the essential oil in an aroma burner. Call the spirit. Be prepared to explain why you have issued the invitation.

Do this spell before bedtime, to receive a visitation in your dreams.

Alternatively, you can  burn yarrow. Yarrow smoke allegedly stimulates visions of shakes. Burn yarrow and allow the smoke to permeate the area. Have your questions or goals ready.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Herbal Remedies For Toothache Pain

A toothache is one of the most annoying and painful experiences that one can have. It can really put a damper on someone’s entire day if he or she cannot find something to tame it. Because of the infection that can spread to other parts of the head, without treatment, a bad abscess and toothache can be life threatening. For this reason, it's important to see a dentist as soon as possible.

If you're desperate, these inexpensive, effective and easily accessible toothache home remedies may help alleviate your pain before you get to your appointment.

There are quite a few natural herbal remedies that work excellent for calming down a toothache. Whether a person’s pain is from a cavity, recent dental work, injury, or pure sensitivity, herbs provide a safe and natural way for pain management. Listed here in alphabetical order are some very effective herbal remedies for toothache pain....

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Old Fashioned Cures for A Toothache

I am so grateful for modern dental care, and the fact that is readily available. There was a time, however, when a toothache was a major ordeal. For this reason, there is quite a lot of folklore that covers an amazing array of cures for a toothache. Some of them might even actually work - and if you really don't want to go to the dentist, you might want to give one or two of them a try. The first one, oil of cloves, actually works really well when applied directly.

  • Oil of cloves for a tooth ache.
  • Bite into a hot raisin right on the tooth that aches.
  • To cure tooth aches, hold whiskey over tooth in the mouth.
  • Take blood from around the tooth that aches and carry that to an oak tree that's been struck by lightning. On the north side of the tree, pull the bark down, put the blood in there, and then shove the bark back up. This will kill your toothache....
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Friday, February 08, 2013

Festival of Broken Needles

In the Hari-Kuyo ceremony, Japanese women gather once a year on Febuary 8th at Shinto shrines or Buddhist temples to thank their worn out needles and pins for good service.

It is also a time to value the small, everyday objects of daily living and to wish for progress in one’s needle work. In what is known as the Festival of Broken Needles, women gather to offer a funeral-type service by laying the needles to rest ...

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Hestia's Needle Divination

In the aura of candle light
string a needle on a thread of white
then let the needle hang in the air
asking any question that you dare...

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Make a Magickal Needle Compass


This isn't really "magick" in the strictest sense of the word but if you don't have a Compass to know which direction is North so you can set up your altar, here's how to make one:

You will need

  • A glass or bowl of water 
  • A magnet 
  • A steel needle 
  • A small torn square of paper (torn is best) 
Rub the needle tip on the magnet for a few minutes....

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Sewing Needle Spell

The following spell is for drawing someone into a sexual relationship. Here's how to do it:

Lay two sewing needles together, with the eye of one beside the point of the other. Wrap them in a mint or basil leaf, wrapping it toward you. Secure with a red thread, knotting in your desire.

Wrap this in a piece of red silk or satin, again rolling or...

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Bridal Protection Spells

Here are two simple needle protection spells for Brides:

Needle in the shoe: Wrap a needle and a little salt in a piece of red silk. Place this in the bride's right shoe to promote her magical well being.

Needle in the gown: A Russian spell recommends that you break the eyes off new needles and stick them into the underside of the bridal gown.

From: Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells
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