Sunday, September 20, 2020

Feather spell

Lightening the atmosphere with laughter

Because it is a shared space, the living room is often where family discussions or exchanges take place, and these may sometimes be a little "heavy!" Sensitive souls can often detect an unhappy atmosphere after a family argument simply by walking into a room where people have been shouting or quietly fuming after disagreements. Although this can build up in any shared area of the house, it is particularly important to guard against this in the living room, because this is where we should most be able to enjoy rest and respite from stress. This spell is a great antidote to the "heavy weather" generated by the natural tensions of shared living space. It hardly needs saying that feathers represent lightness, but they are also used here as symbols of laughter. This spell calls upon Baubo, the ancient Greek goddess of laughter. Wise old Baubo, so the legend goes, entertained Demeter, the Earth goddess, when she was mourning the disappearance of her daughter, the Spring goddess, Persephone. Baubo was clever enough to know that laughter helps us to forget our troubles when there is nothing we can do about them. 

This enchantment is best woven on the waxing moon, to attract a good atmosphere, and on a Wednesday, the day of the planet Mercury who rules Air.  

What you need

  • Either the Fool card from a tarot deck or the Joker card from a standard deck of playing cards 
  • One yellow candle, approximately 6 inches / 15 cm in length, placed in a secure holder 
  • Matches or a lighter 
  • Three bird feathers, either white or gray, shed naturally 
  • One 18 inch / 45 cm length of narrow yellow ribbon 

What to do

  • Place all the ingredients on the floor in the center of your living room, standing the Fool or Joker card up against the candle so that you can see it throughout the spell casting. 
  • Visualize a circle of pale silvery light completely encircling the room. 
  • Light the candle, saying: Old woman, Wise Fool, Baubo, it is you I call, Cast sadness from this place forever, Make hearts within as light as feathers. 
  • Take the feathers in a bunch and fan them out from the stalks. Tie them in this position, winding the yellow ribbon around and between the stalks. As you do this, chant the following words: From the floor, To the rafters, Lift the roof with, Sound of laughter. 
  • Fasten off the ribbon, and hold the feather "fan" in front of the card so that the Fool or Joker witnesses the completion of the spell. 
  • Place the card back in the pack, allow the candle to burn down safely, and position the fan, feathers upward, on a mantelpiece or shelf in the living room.  

The spell is complete.

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