Basil Water by Quinn Dombrowski.
Serenity is a state of peace, when troubles no longer bother you and stress fades away. Many people struggle to reach a place of serenity. Meditation, exercise, and rest are all physical methods to achieve it, but simple spells can help encourage more peace in your life as well.
For this spell, you'll need:
- a small bowl of water
- a pinch of salt
- dried herbs: rosemary, dill, caraway seeds, and/or lavender
The water should be warm, or at least neither very hot or very cold. Add a pinch of salt, and let it settle on the bottom without stirring. Gather the bowl and the dried herbs you've chosen to use in a quiet place where you won't be interupted.
Sit over the bowl and add a pinch of the herb(s). As you add a pinch, watch the water move and ripple, and note any images or patterns that appear. As you add each pinch, focus on the peace and relaxation you're seeking. If there are any pressing issues that are holding you back from serenity, focus on the resolution of these as you watch the dried herbs float or sink in the water.
Once you have added all of the gathered herbs, use your finger (or a wand or athame, if you prefer) to trace a pentacle on the surface of the water. Continue to focus on the peace you are seeking, and draw a heart on the water. As you do so, make a conscious effort to relax. Imagine letting all of your stress and worry out into the water, through the finger you're drawing with. Continue to do so, drawing more hearts or other symbols of your choice, until you feel that you've drained as much stress and anxiety as you can.
When the spell is done, take the water outside and pour it into the earth. Wash the bowl immediately, if possible.