January 11, 2013
Revealing and Removing Roadblocks
Happy New Year, everyone!
We all survived the Mayan ‘apocalypse’, and have watched the calendar turn from 2012 to 2013. A new year always seems to bring such wide open potential….it is a fresh start, a new chance, a do-over. It is the time to say, “my resolution this year is to ______” and really mean it. The New Year’s Wishing Spell from the newsletter on December 28th helped you to set down those goals and prioritize them, then send them out in the ether to manifest.
Of course, we all know that making those New Year’s resolutions is the easy part. It is usually the follow through to manifesting those goals that gets a little tricky. Failed resolutions can happen for a number of reasons…..lack of willpower or discipline, lack of knowledge of how to reach your goal, or other ‘roadblocks’ – mental, emotional or physical impediments to reaching your goal.
So, if your ideas for the New Year don’t seem to be going in the direction you had hoped very quickly or easily, do you just give up? Absolutely not! Just because a roadblock is your path doesn’t mean that it needs to stay there.
The first thing you must do is figure out what exactly your roadblocks are. Sometimes this can be really difficult, as it means admitting some things about yourself that you don’t like, or don’t really want to think about. But remember, the whole point of this ritual and the associated spellwork is to break down barriers, and you need to start from the inside and work out. No matter how many outside impediments you have to your goals, your single worst enemy can often be yourself. Do you lack the confidence to ask others to help you reach your goals, or are you too arrogant to listen to the people who do want to help? Are you a procrastinator who puts off important deadlines? Do you work poorly with others? Are you afraid to stand up for yourself, or are you the type that tromps all over other people without a care? Identifying the less than stellar qualities about ourselves is the biggest step in breaking down barriers to manifesting our goals through both magickal and mundane means.
The following ritual is quite lengthy, and can be exhausting. It should be performed at the New Moon.
Use this spell to reflect inwards, and find the blocks that are keeping you from happiness, harmony, or success with what you desire. This spell requires a very quiet environment, with nothing to distract you, such as a phone, radio, tv, or children. It also helps if the room is fairly dark. You need to be able to see well enough to write, but the bright lights of open windows or light fixtures can be distracting. A small lamp in one corner of the room is just about right. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time, so that you don’t feel rushed to finish. It can be performed on the new moon, or up to 72 hours after, while the new moon energy is still in force. You must be ready to face things you might not want to when you perform this, so make sure you are open to learning things about yourself that you might not like, or things you might already know but have been unwilling to accept.
What you will need:
• Sage or smudge stick
• Black mirror – if you do not have a black mirror, a black iron cauldron or black bowl filled with water will work just as well.
• A picture or amulet of Ganesha, the Hindu deity known as the Remover of Obstacles and Lord of Beginnings. A picture printed off your computer will be fine.
• One white candle, on dark blue candle and one black candle with holders (6″ or taller or small pillars work best for this)
• White paper and a pen – in this instance, do not use recycled paper, as you do not want whatever the previous paper was used for to come through in your spell
• Candle scribe or toothpick
• An oil to open the third eye chakra, such as Pisces, Frankincense, Jasmine or Sandalwood
• Incense used for divination, such as Divination, Lemongrass, or Apollo. To make Apollo incense, mix together 4 parts Frankincense, 2 parts Myrrh, 2 parts Cinnamon, and 1 part Bay. Grind in a mortar and pestle and sprinkle over hot charcoal just before you begin your ritual.
Using the sage, smudge yourself, your supplies and the area you will be working in well. You want to remove any residual energy, negative or positive. Like the New Moon, you want the area you are in to be a blank slate, with as little to influence you as possible. Place the mirror or bowl of water in the center of your altar or workspace. This spell is best done sitting down, so if your altar is tall (like mine), you may want to move your altar cloth and supplies to a table or the floor.
Place the black candle to the top left of the mirror or bowl, Ganesha in the center top, and the white candle to the top right. Using your scribe or toothpick, on the black candle, starting at the top, draw a picture of an eye and the Dagaz rune, below that your name, and at the bottom the words, “I accept what I see”. On the white candle, starting at the top, draw a picture of the Sun, the Jera rune, your name and the words “New Beginning”. Place your incense and burner above Ganesha.
Call your corners, cast your circle, or any other opening to your ritual that your tradition requires. Anoint your crown, third eye and heart chakras with the oil, as well as your inner wrists. Seat yourself before the bowl, and light your black candle. Repeat these words three times:
I call upon the blessed air,
Blow deep within and lay me bare.
Show me what I need to see,
Give me strength and clarity.
Let me face what I am shown,
And have no fear of the unknown.
I set this spell three times three,
As I will, so shall it be.
Gaze into the black mirror or bowl, clearing your mind and focusing on allowing yourself to see what it is that is blocking you from peace, harmony, success, or the things you desire. This experience is different for every person – it is the facing of the black mirror I have mentioned before. You must be ready to explore truths about yourself, your relationships, or situations your are in that you don’t like or find very hard to admit. Finding these truths is crucial to breaking the barriers that are keeping your from what you want. As they come to you, write them down on the paper. Makes notes about what you are seeing and feeling, and any images you see in the mirror.
The length of time this process takes varies. When you feel it is time to stop, then do so. You may feel tired, angry, or depressed. Don’t be. Breaking down these barriers is a crucial part of manifesting what you truly desire.
Using your candle scribe or toothpick, carve your name into the dark blue candle. Anoint it with the same oil you used to open your Third Eye. Place the notes you took during your black mirror meditation underneath the holder.
Light the blue candle, then the white candle and say these words three times:
Ganesha, this I ask of you,
Let me now begin anew.
Untie the ropes that hold me back,
Shown here now in mirror black.
With wisdom of the aging crone,
I face now the great unknown.
I set this spell three times three,
As I will, so mote it be.
When the candles have burned down completely, take the leftover wax and wick of the blue candle and the picture or amulet of Ganesha and place them in a small charm bag in your car. Take the wax and wick leftover from the black candle and bury it in the ground. Take the leftover wax and wick from the white candle and place it near the front entrance of your home, such as under the welcome mat or in a flower pot.
Have a marvelous, magical, and blessed week!