Poppets

Timing:

This spell is to be started in the waning cycle of the Moon and repeated every Monday for seven weeks. Begin during the hour of the Moon.

Supplies:

an astral candle for the Petitioner

white day candle

three light blue candles inscribed “patience”

three green candles inscribed “health”

one of the following incenses: bay or thyme or juniper berries with rosemary

one of the following oils: cinnamon, myrtle, and olive oil or carnation, rosemary, and sandalwood.

a poppet stuffed with verbena (vervain) and cloves;

a brown wool or brown silk ribbon (21 inches long)

a dish

Directions:

The Poppet, representing the Petitioner, should be made ahead of time and stuffed with verbena and cloves. Breathe deeply and build your ball of protective light.

Before performing this spell take a bath with frankincense, rose geranium, and rosemary or clove, or frankincense, rosemary, and sandalwood oils and/or herbs. While soaking in your ritual bath, meditate on the whole ritual, concentrating on being free of the bad habit.

Enter the Circle in the hour of the Moon on the first Monday and stand, kneel, or sit before the altar. Light the incense. When the Oil, dress the Altar Candles and the Day Candle, while concentrating on the purpose of the ritual. Light your taper; then from that, light the Altar Candles and Day Candle. State your intent:

I am here to help overcome a bad habit;

to gain full control of my life

and to live it to the full,

with love and enjoyment.

With an Awl, inscribe the Petitioner’s name on the Astral Candle, then dress the candle with Oil. With your taper, light the Petitioner Candle and say:

This is me, who has the strength

to overcome all negativity.

Let my spirit burn as surely

as does this flame;

a symbol of the inner strength

that will prevail in all things.

Take up the Censer and swing it, censing the whole area around the altar, while rhythmically repeating the key words “No More!” and building up the energy to that focus. Replace the Censer. Take up the Poppet and hold it in the smoke of the Censer. Say:

I name this Poppet (your name).

It is me in every way.

Anything I do to this Poppet

I do to myself.

With the length of wool or ribbon, bind the Poppet, tying its arms and legs tightly to the body. Again hold the Poppet in the smoke of the incense. Say:

Here is me as I am now;

bound by a habit that I would break.

As time passes,

the bonds will fall away and I will be free.

Place the Poppet on the left side of the candles. With the Awl, inscribe the Light Blue #1 Candle with the word “Patience”. Dress it with oil. Light the Light Blue #1 Candle and say:

Here do I light the first Lamp of Patience,

knowing that a long-held habit

cannot be broken overnight.

May this light ease the burden of

the habit that is still strong.

With the Awl, inscribe the Green #1 Candle with the word “Health”. Dress it with Oil. Light the Green #1 Candle and say:

Here is the Health that will be

improving as the habit is lost.

It will grow and burn steadily as the flame,

bringing peace and joy to me.

With the Awl, inscribe the Light Blue #2 Candle with the word “Patience”. Dress it with Oil. Light the Light Blue #2 Candle and say:

Here do I light the second lamp of Patience,

knowing that a long-held habit

cannot be broken overnight.

May this light add to the first

and ease the burden of the

habit that is still strong.

With the Awl, inscribe the Green #2 Candle with the word “Health”. Dress it with Oil. Light the Green #2 Candle and say:

Here is the Health that will be

improving as the habit is lost.

It will grow and burn steadily as these flames,

bringing peace and joy to me.

With the Awl, inscribe the Light Blue #3 Candle with the word “Patience”. Dress it with Oil. Light the Light Blue #3 Candle and say:

Here do I light the third Lamp of Patience,

knowing that a long-held habit

cannot be broken overnight.

May these three lights ease

the burden of the habit

that is still strong.

With the Awl, inscribe the Green #3 Candle with the word “Health”. Dress it with Oil. Light the Green #3 Candle and say:

Here is the total Health that

improves as the habit flees.

It grows and burns steadily,

bringing peace and joy to me.

Take up the Censer and swing it, again censing the whole area around the altar, while rhythmically repeating the Key Words “No More!” and building up the energy to that focus. Replace the Censer.

Sit quietly in meditation, seeing yourself free of the habit and living happily in love and enjoyment. Extinguish the candles in reverse order.

For the following weeks, repeat the ritual leaving the Poppet bound, on the left side of the candles, as it was after the first time through the ritual. Simply repeat the section as follows:

Hold the Poppet in the smoke of the incense. Say:

Here I am as I am now,

bound by a habit that I would break.

As time passes the bonds will fall away

and I will be free.

Lay the Poppet on the left of the Candles.

On the final week, repeat the ritual, but when you light the Light Blue #3 Candle, say:

Here do I light the third Lamp of Patience

knowing that the long-held habit of (name)

is finally broken.

May the light from these lamps

shine forward on a life of love and joy!

Take up the Poppet and unbind it. Say:

Here once again am I,

now free and unencumbered.

The habit has gone and

life is full and happy once again.

Lay the ribbon/wool in the dish and burn it. With the Awl, inscribe the Green #3 Candle with the word “Health”. Dress it with Oil. Light the Green #3 Candle and say:

Here is the total Health

now complete and whole.

The habit is fled;

gone never to return.

As these candles burn steadily,

so my life is steady and robust,

with peace, joy and love.

Take up the Censer and cense the entire area. Sit quietly and contemplate life without the habit, knowing it to be full, healthy, and happy. Extinguish the candles in reverse order.

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