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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Your Holiday Helpmate (Wiccan)

Magickal Remedies for Shopping Safely this Holiday Season

Black Friday has come and gone for another year, however, there are still several more shopping days until Holiday---which ever one you observe, or not, as the case my be.

Even now all across the country, and perhaps the world, patrons at various Temples of Commerce offer up the mighty dollar to commercialized-gods in hopes of keeping up with the Joneses; a name, interestingly enough that has become synonymous with “an addiction or fixation for someone or something.”  That’s something to think about.

Already there have been numerous reports in the media concerning violence and other unsavory behavior being carried out in pursuit of the next big must-have item that will most likely be forgotten by New Year’s. However, if you are determined to throw yourself in the fray this holiday season then plan ahead so that you can shop securely if not wisely. Some of the tools which will allow you to remain unscathed include, but are not limited to, the following:

Getting Off on the Right Foot 

Getting off on the right foot is a very old expression that you probably have heard many times but which you gave little consideration. This phrase has it origins in the ancient Romans who believed that the right side was associated with the male creative power, which protected one from evil. In addition, since the heart was on the left-side of the body, the right-side was thought to be free of inhibiting emotions such as fear or apprehension. The ancient Romans also believed that kindly spirits accompanied a person on his right side and if one should begin a journey or venture on the left foot, that the good spirit would be left behind and an evil one would take its place.

So as you rise in the morning for your day of shopping, be sure to set your right foot on the floor first! Throughout our day, whenever you stop walking and then start again, be sure that you start with your right foot as well.

However, starting out on the right foot means more than this simple gesture. It also means being prepared by doing the following:

  • Get enough sleep the night before.
  • Make a list of all the places you need to go and what you need to get there.
  • Dress appropriately for the occasion (layered clothing, no high heels, etc..).
  • Allow yourself more time that you think you’ll need in case there are delays.
  • Make sure you have your wallet, check-book, credit/debit cards, and proper identification before leaving the house. If you plan to make several purchases, be aware that some companies will limit the number of purchases you can make on a certain credit or debit card as well as the number of checks you can write in a day. 
 These are just a few ways in which you can ensure that your day of shopping gets off to a good start.

Be a Master of Time

Witches have always known the secret to mastering time. When a witch casts his or her magick circle they are creating a “sacred space in a place that is not a place and at a time that is not a time.” What this means is that they are setting their intention in the “here and now” by shutting out all the distraction of the work-a-day world. The witch declares that outside that circle is another world, but within it he is the master and creator of his own world.

Like the witches in their magickal circles you must set you intention by consciously deciding that you will be the master of time and not let time master you! Remember that time only exists because we measure it with our clocks and calendars and feed so much power into the thought of time. To master time, you must strip away the power you have given it by thinking of it as a fleeting thing. Instead of thinking about all the time you don’t have, focus on all the time that you do have.

On the Road

Navigating the roads during the holidays can be a stressful experience. The weather is usually wetter and colder, traffic is usually more congested, and because everyone is so stressed they don’t think about how their negative behavior can affect others or even spiraling out of control causing an accident.

It is the wise witch who wards his or her car and empowers it for safe travel. Ways in which you can empower yourself include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Making an offering to the gnomes before you leave your house.
  • Carrying a protective mojo bag that includes comfrey root, wormwood, and bay leaves. 
  • Hanging a safe-travel talisman from your review mirror.
  • Visualizing yourself in the center of a bubble of protective energy. 
  • Petitioning your spirit guide or totem animal to protect you on your journey.

When you find traffic moving too slow, or that your way is blocked, use this spell to end gridlock and open up the flow of traffic. Visualize an open road before you and firmly chant:

By Mercury the god of travel,
I command this jam to now un-ravel;
open up the way for me,
to get to where I wish to be!

Once you arrive at your destination you might find a good parking spot difficult to locate. Lucky for you modern city-dwelling witches have come up with just the remedy. I am told that the ritual to Squat has been around for many years and, until recently, was a closely guarded secret. Squat is known as the Goddess of Parking Spots and some writers describe her as looking like a large, African-American female meter maid. To invoke Squat, you chant “Squat, Squat, find me a parking spot.” as you make your way to your destination.

When you get a parking spot, it is customary to leave Squat an offering. Some choices include adding extra time to a strangers parking meter, or leaving an offering of a partially opened chocolate bar on the ground near your car.

Since you’ll likely be going to several different places to shop, it is reasonable to assume that you’ll keep packages in your car. Law-Enforcement officers often put out tips this time of year telling people to make sure their cars are locked, and to keep any packages out of plain sight. You can reinforce your protections by drawing a protective symbol on the car’s doors, trunk, locks, etc…and don’t forget to lave a few Cumin or Caraway seeds in your car to deter theft of your valuables.

Of Products and People

Once inside the store, chances are that its going to be crowded, people are going to be rushed, and impatient. Remember to maintain your calm, and mind your manners. There is nothing in this store worth getting into a physical fight or possibly being killed over. Maintain your circle of protection around you and if you find yourself getting nervous or upset simple chant to yourself:

“I stand in circles of light,
through which no evil can hope to fight!”

If someone does get confrontational or overly aggressive with you, visualize a flaming-blue pentagram on their forehead and mentally chant:

“By this star set aflame,
I banish you in the name;
of universal harmony,
that you no longer trouble me!”

If you desire, you can also make the sign of the horns inconspicuously to reinforce this spell.

With all the extra people vying for the same deals, it can be quite difficult locating a specific product. When this occurs, visualize the specific item in as much detail as you can. See it far away and out of your reach and then bring it closer to you in your mind as you say:

“(Item) is somewhere in this place,
yet I cannot find its trace;
whether it be far or near,
before me now, let it appear.”

Then move on to the next item on your list and you can be assured that you will find what you are looking for before you leave.

If you find that you require assistance from a store employee, but cannot find one simply stand in one spot and say:

“Spirits of commerce,
Spirits of trade;
bid your agent
now come to my aid!”

Now keep your eyes peeled and you’ll soon spot or be approached by a store-employee. When dealing with the employee remember that they are probably under a great deal of stress, are probably working harder and for much longer hours that usual. They are the ones on the front lines, enforcing the policies and rules set down by the corporation. So be patient, be understanding, and focus on making the salesperson your ally and not your enemy.

At the counter, there will probably be long lines. Again, don’t blame the cashier. Try to be patient and use this time wisely to go over your lists and make sure you got everything that you needed or simply stand firmly on both feet, ground and center pulling up a reserve of energy from mother earth. Take some cleansing breaths and congratulate yourself on a job well done.

When you get to the front of the line, have you check, cash, or debit card ready. If you pay with cash, remember to fold it in half and kiss it before handing it over to the cashier so that it will return to you two-fold. If you write a check, you may want to draw a rune for prosperity in the memo column for the same reason.

The Road Home

You’ve made it out the store in tact. Now all you have to do is load up the car and make your way home. But where the hell did you park the car? Relax, this happens to all of us. Just remember the spell to find lost items. It consists of focusing on that which you wish to find and chanting, Jochebed, the name of Moses’ mother over and over again while you search for the item.

Once you locate your items, load up your car and reinforce the visualization for your circle of protective energy. When you get home, unload the car, and give yourself a few moments to rest. Then go to your altar and light a candle to the God and Goddess for their protection and blessings. 

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