The pineapple has long been a sign of hospitality and generosity in the Southern United States. Bring that symbolism, and its attendant energies, into your own home. | For this spell, you'll need an image of a pineapple (I found my pineapple mandala online) and your favorite coloring tools. You'll also need a frame. As you color your image, mentally see your home as more open and welcoming, a place where friends old and new enjoy hanging out. When finished, frame your picture and hang it near the door to your home. Anoint the edges of the frame monthly with a welcoming oil, such as lemon.
The holiday season can be full of fun or turmoil, often both. We have many tasks to do, and most of us spend time with our families. It helps to get a handle on the hectic times with some common sense and a little magic. Here are some practical tips. | Plan your schedule in advance. Make your most important commitments first, then plan around them. Take breaks as needed. Do fun things with family. Remember, it's okay to say no. | For this spell, you will need a strand of thread and some mixed beads, with which you can make a bracelet or other charm. Choose a bead for each of your relatives. As you thread each bead onto the strand, picture a happy memory with that person and concentrate on making happiness the focus of your time together. When you finish stringing all the beads, knot the strand and keep it with you.
This spell will help you communicate with the deceased. You should perform this ritual with respect. You'll need some white sage, a small bell, a magic mirror, and a white candle in a holder. Begin by casting a protective circle and burning the sage. On a table or altar, place the bell, mirror, and candle. Light the candle and gently ring the bell three times. Call the deceased by name, and ask if they'd contact you through the mirror. Say: | "(Name of the deceased), | if you can leave death's gentle embrace, | Please show me your face." | The mirror may mist over, then watch for the deceased's face to appear. They may look younger than you remember. Quietly ask any questions; their responses will be gestures. Then thank them and let them go. Ring the bell again, clear the circle, and snuff out the candle. If this didn't work, try again. Keep your sessions short.
Many of us struggle to get a decent night's sleep. It can be hard to turn off our brain after a long and hectic day. It can sometimes help to tuck a lavender pillow under your pillow. You can write out this spell and put it inside one, or say it right before bed: | "Gentle goddess of the night, | Who fades the day and dims the light, | Grant me safe and peaceful rest | That I might rise again refreshed | With naught but gentle peaceful dreams, | Cradled in your moon's soft beams."
Select or sew a light- or neutral-colored | tablecloth that is made of cotton or a cotton blend, is not too bulky, and fits your favorite table. Use the tablecloth for meals, rituals, or other important gatherings. Afterward, give each guest or participant a permanent ink pen to write on the tablecloth, signing their name and adding a date and perhaps a comment, a sketch, a design, or whatever inspires them. | After they leave, trace over their work with a fine-point permanent marker, then embroider the tracings with brightly colored embroidery floss for permanence. The tablecloth will become a growing memento of important occasions as well as a gathering point for magick and memories. | To use your magickal table cover, lay the decorated cloth over the table with reverence and ceremony. Reflect on the energies within, saying: | "All these people, all these times, all | these intentions, be here with me now."