On August 24, 79 CE, Mount Vesuvius erupted. Hot ash and pumice buried the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae. | This is a good time to honor the element of fire. For this spell you need a red candle, a flat piece of igneous rock (such as pumice), and something to mark the stone. Light the candle and set the rock on your altar. Meditate on how fire can be a source of destruction (as in burning a forest) or creation (as in making new land). Mentally assign one aspect of fire to each side of the stone. Mark them accordingly. Then say: | "The power of fire destroys | All things in time: loves, | hates, griefs, joys. | The power of fire creates | All that it takes: griefs, | joys, loves, hates." | Imagine sealing those energies in the stone. Later, when you need to change fireâs manifestation, turn over the rock.
You have chosen, or been chosen by, a spirit animal, totem figure, or guide. But have you chosen someone of myth or legend or historical importance with whom you identify? Is there a particular magical type for which you feel an affinity? The fey? Mer-folk? Pirates? | Pirates may not be considered magical, but many identify with these seafaring men and women. What a life: open seas, layered, comfortable clothing, a healthy diet of seafood, plus hats and scarves to cover any bad hair day, which would definitely happen out in that humid, salty air. Of course, this idea is a little silly, but whatever way of life or whatever magical creature calls to you, embrace it. Fashion a token for your altar, such as âgoldâ coins, real coins, costume or real jewelry, or an eye patch. If you do sincerely love pirates, then join in with the following ditty: | "Yo ho, yo ho, | A pirateâs life for me! | Had I my druthers | And not bound to others, | Iâd spend my life at sea."
Facing a challenging day? Have an enchanted peach for breakfast! Throughout history in many cultures, peaches have been associated with love, immortality, fertility, and protectionâ"all such lucky, positive things. Even the flesh of a peach is a cheerful hue, not to mention they are delicious and nutritious. When we eat a peach with intent, we can bring into us all of its positive traits. | This spell is for those days when you need some extra personal power, luck, and positive energy to get you started. Using a knife, carefully carve your name into the peachâs skin. As you do this, visualize your day filled with joy, luck, and abundance. Eat the peach mindfully, and feel the positive traits entering you and infusing your energy field with sunshine and sweetness. This feeling should stay with you the whole day through, attracting positive people and situations.
When calamity strikes or chaos reigns, blend this powder to bring peace and harmony to any area where it is sprinkled. On a clean white surface, create a peace symbol that is roughly nine inches in diameter out of blue cornflower. Fill the inside of the symbol with dried rose petals and then sprinkle this lightly with rose water. Allow to dry, and as it does, chant this three times: | "Peace to my friends, peace | to my foes, peace by the blue | flower, peace by the rose!" | Collect the flower petals, powder them, and then slowly combine them with half a cup of cornstarch or arrowroot powder and say: | "Floral allies, come to my aid, and with | all my heart the toll be paid. What | once was chaos now make calm, flip | the switch, diffuse the bomb! With | perfect love this powder be made, to | bring peace wherever it be laid!"
By this time in the summer, the bees are happy little campers, dining off the nectar of all the blooming flowers and producing their gift to us: sweet honey. Honey is actually a fabulous natural product. Not only is it delicious on food, but it can also be used for healing. Itâs a little bit like love that wayâ"sweet and healing and wonderful. | Use some honey ( local, if you can find it) to help open yourself to love in all its positive forms. Dip a spoon into the honey and let the sweetness flood your mouth. Then say this spell, visualizing love flying through the universe on its way to you. (Remember that romantic love is only one possibility.) | "Love like honey, | Sweet and sunny, | Fly my way | And come to stay."