When the new moon is in Aries on April 5, we receive a one-two punch of power: a moon phase that encourages us to get moving, and a sign to give us the energy to do it. This means change is likely coming—which is almost always be a daunting prospect—but with Aries‘ bold sensibilities, forging ahead is a natural act. Should you need a bit of help, this appropriately fiery clearing ritual should help make room for a welcome dose of daring. You’ll need a red candle to represent courage; bay leaves to promote healing, success, and wish fulfillment; and a desire to break free of the frustrations that have held you back for too long. Make yourself known and let Aries’ new moon do the rest.

  • Black non-toxic marker
  • One red candle, any size (for indoor ritual)
  • Fire-safe dish (for indoor ritual)
  • Kindling and logs (for outdoor ritual)
  • Optional: Knife (for outdoor ritual)
  • 5 to 10 dried bay leaves
  • Determine if you will do this ritual indoors or outdoors.
  • Using the black marker, write down a word or two on each bay leaf that represents something you feel has been holding you back.
  • For the indoor ritual: Light the candle. One at a time, grasp each bay leaf by its stem and hold it in the fire. Watch the fire consume the leaf and visualize whatever has been stunting you turning into smoke and drifting away from you. Place the leaves into the fire-safe dish to finish burning. Note: Dried bay leaves tend to burn quickly—grab pair of grill tongs for extra safety.
  • For the outdoor ritual: Build a fire and toss the bay leaves into it. Imagine your restrictions puffing into smoke and floating away.
  • As an alternate ritual, you can use the knife to carve the same words penned on the bay leaves directly onto the firewood. You will not need bay leaves for this version; intention is all that matters.

Happy new moon!

The Witches Magick for Friday, January 18th (perfect for the Full Moon) – 13 Moons Blessing Chain

13 Moons Blessing Chain

Approximate Hands-on Time: 45 minutes

Humans are funny. We tend to over complicate things, making a simple situation a harrowing ordeal. Paganism is not removed from this phenomenon.

Having spent over a decade in Phoenix, Arizona, I sought Sedona—the iconic Red Rocks— as a refuge from the city life. Sedona is a self-proclaimed spiritual mecca, and if you’ve ever visited it’s easy to see why. The landscape is breathtaking, the surrounding mountains carved from rich crimson rock. But it’s not all nature and tree-hugging. There is a plethora of metaphysical stores, some more kitschy than others. Visiting several times a year, I became a fan of one in particular, tucked away at the end of the main drag, somewhat removed from the bustle of tourists. The funny thing was, I mostly patronized them for incense.

As a witch, I definitely went to Sedona for supplies, but I wasn’t all that interested in the crystals and knick-knacks that the countless New Age stores provided. I went to Sedona because the nature was beautiful. It was the natural enchantment I was seeking. So I did what any natural witch would do— I collected loose Red Rock pebbles (where permitted), fallen evergreen boughs, and woody-scented pine cones.

Don’t get me wrong, gemstones and other metaphysical store treasures have their purpose, and I do use such products on occasion. But Penniless Pagan’s purpose is to show you how to worship nature without spending a dime! Therefore, the spell below is completed with supplies provided by nature. If you’re a glitter witch and enjoy the sparkly side of Paganism, simply use crystals instead of rocks and beads instead of twigs. Magick is personal. It’s all about what resonates with YOU.

Below is my simple but effective spell for a 13 Moons Blessing Chain. It’s a perfect spell that harnesses the power of the full moon while lending beauty (and a little magick) to your home!

What You’ll Need:
-String or ribbon (about 2-3 feet depending on desired length)
-13 twigs (cut to any desired size)
-An attractive stone

How to Conjure:
★You’ll want to take a few moments to decide which blessings you want to include in your Blessing Chain. You can write them on your twigs with a marker if desired, or keep a list handy for your assembly and visualizations. If you’re not sure what blessings you desire, here are thirteen suggestions:

Spiritual Enrichment


Creativity Intuition Note: If you have need for one blessing over another, say you’re in a financial struggle and desire abundance, assign that blessing to a larger twig. Otherwise, randomly draw the twigs from a pile and let your Blessing Chain find its own balance.

★Once you have your thirteen blessings chosen, draw a twig from your pile and take a moment to visualize the first blessing manifesting in your life. For example, if you’ve chosen creativity as a blessing, imagine yourself painting, sewing, or crafting with renewed zeal. Picture the creative inspiration physically flowing into your mind from the earth around you as you channel that idea into your chosen artistic outlet. Once you have visualized the blessing manifesting, tie the twig into your chain with a simple knot or adhere with a dot of hot glue. Continue this until all thirteen blessings are knotted into the chain, allowing a bit of space between each twig.

★Once all thirteen twigs are knotted into the chain, you’re ready to attach your stone. Make sure to choose a rock that speaks to you. If you happen to have a witches’ rock (a stone with naturally-occurring holes) a Blessing Chain is a good spell in which to use it! To attach the rock, you’ll need to tie the string or ribbon around the stone in a criss-cross pattern, much in the way you wrap a package.

★After attaching your stone, hold your chain before you and simply say:

So Mote It Be!

★Hang the chain in a moonlit window and know the moon’s energy is blessing your home with your thirteen chosen blessings! This spell is meant to be hung indefinitely, collecting more moon energy with every full moon!

–By the Light of the Moon: 13 Simple & Affordable Pagan Spells & Rituals for a Year of Full Moon Celebrations

Penniless Pagan

Full Moon Scrying Ritual

Full Moon Scrying Ritual

The upcoming summer months are the perfect time for Full Moon Scrying and I’d like to pass on an old, time honored scrying ritual originally written by D.J. Conway that I have used many times during the long summer nights:

Items Needed:
1 bright, shiny silver coin
1 small, black cauldron or scrying bowl filled with water

Perform this ritual outside where the rays of the Moon can fall directly onto the water in the cauldron. If you cannot go outside, stay in a darkened room near a window that the Moon shines through. Place the coin in the water and take the cauldron in both hands. Gaze up at the Moon and say:

“Lovely Lady of the night,
Mysteries old and futures bright,
Give me a glimpse of that to be
And as I will so mote it be.”

Look down at the coin shimmering in the cauldrons water. With your eyes half closed, adjust your vision as if you were looking into and through the coin. Don’t try to analyze anything you might see or that might come into your mind. Just accept it. Some people, rather than seeing actual pictures within the cauldron, will have mental impressions, feelings or pictures. When you have finished, bow to the Moon and say thank you. Pour the water out on the ground. You’re done!

The Perfect Spell for the New Moon – Ringing in the Muses Spell

Egypt Goddess

The Perfect Spell for the New Moon

Ringing in the Muses Spell

5 small bells
1 yard each yellow, red, blue, green, and purple ribbon

Thread a bell on each length of ribbon, then tie the first four ribbons to tree branches in the order listed above, saying with each:

To ring these bells, all breezes blow
Carry their sounds both high and low
To wake the Muses from Their rest
Heed ye now this firm request

Then tie the purple ribbon to a branch, saying something like:

From East and South and West and North
Muses hear me: now come forth
From South and West and North and East
Inspiration now release
From West and North and East and South
Creative powers bud and sprout From North and East and
South and West Heed my call and this request
As these bells ring in the breeze
Let ideas flow forth with ease
Bring inspiration with the wind—
In constant stream without an end—
Unleash Your creativity Muses, bring it now to me

Creative blocks will begin to dissipate within twenty-four hours.


Everyday Moon Magic: Spells & Rituals for Abundant Living (Everyday Series)

Dorothy Morrison