Like releasing energy, a spell needs to be released so it can go off and do its thing. It might need a boost now and then but this is different from leaving it open and hanging around.
Words like “As I will, so mote it be!” are commonly used and they put the stamp of will on the spell. It’s a clear ending place. However , there is still the clean-up that many people forget to do.
If your spell is to draw something to you then whatever form your spell has taken needs to be kept nearby. A charm , bag, petition, talisman or whatever you’ve chosen to use should be worn or placed somewhere of importance to you but still within your vicinity.
If your spell is to remove or banish something, it needs to be disposed of away from you. I’ve thrown things in the rubbish, burned spell remains and disposed of the ash, poured out washes and brews into drains, rivers and the sea. If you do this, please be aware of what is in your brew— you don’t want to poison the waterway or wildlife.
What of the other components or tools used that you plan to keep? The pot you brewed in, the pin or knife used to inscribe or the charcoal still smouldering in your burner with the remainder of your incense. The clean-up is just as important as every other component of your spell. Tools will need to be cleansed of that spell’s purpose and made ready for next time and the energies that have been used need to be cleared away.
Think of your spell as a cake you’ve baked. You’re not likely to leave your mixing bowl and spoon or beaters covered in the cake mix are you? You’re going to wash them and put them away for next time.
Cleansing your tools depends on the type of tool, the type of spell and what methods you prefer. There are many ways to cleanse your tools but one of the most effective ways is to use the elements:
- Air— pass the item through incense smoke or hang in a tree,
- Fire —pass the item through the flame of a candle,
- Water —wash the item or sprinkle blessed water on it,
- Earth— sit the item on the earth, bury it, or put it on top of a bowl of salt.
Obviously, some of these methods aren’t practical for some items. You may want to use only one (and that’s fine) or a combination. You might like to visualise white light completely enveloping the item, and clearing away all other energies leaving the item purified and clean.
When you’ve cleansed your tools and cleared the energy and closed your circle, tidy up all of your gear. Unless you’re specifically leaving an item somewhere, like your altar, try to return the area to the state it was in before you started. This is especially important if you have been working in a public space.
Once you’ve truly finished write the spell up in a magical journal or Book of Shadows. Remember to write how you feel it went, any sensations or visions you may have had, as well as your own account of what you did. Sometimes what you end up doing for a spell differs a little, or a lot, from the plan you made. Document all the changes and why you did them, if you know the reason.
The final step to finishing your spell is to keep silent. As I’ve previously stated this isn’t always literal, just that you shouldn’t talk about your spell. Keep it to yourself and let the magic work.
Source:The Common Sense Spell Book Debbie Dawson