January 26th is the first full moon of 2013. It is known as the Cold Moon and more commonly the Wolf Moon. Native Americans called this moon the Wolf Moon because oftentimes wolves could be heard howling in hunger outside of the villages. Native Americans named each full moon with a specific quality of nature in each particular month. The night of the Wolf Moon is a good time for Pagans to celebrate and do a protection ritual for their home and family. There are many spells for protection, some simple and some elaborate. This is a basic and easy home protection spell:
- Supplies needed are basil leaves and an image of your particular totem animal. A totem animal is an animal you feel especially close to and that represents protective power to you. An image can be a picture, painting, statue, etc.
- Place the animal totem near your front door and chant the following words to your totem: Protect this home, high to low, fence to fence, door to door, light to dense, roof to floor.
- Finally, scatter the basil leaves around the perimeter of your home.
There are also many herbs that you can incorporate into your protection magick including the following:
- Acacia: protects against psychic attack
Agrimony: useful for returning harmful energy to its original source
Basil: warns off negative magic
Black thorn: reverses a spell
Cayenne: returns negative energy to its source
Coffee: neutralizes harmful magic
Dragon's Blood resin: protection
Hyssop: purification and defensive magic
Mugwort: protects against astral attack, or psychic attack in dreams
Patchouli: returns harmful magic
Solomon's Seal: protects against negative energy
St. John's Wort: purifies and protects against psychic attack
Vetivert: use to break a hex or curse
Wormwood: use in uncrossing rituals, to remove hexes or curses upon you
Yarrow: psychic protection
Yucca: prevents attack via sympathetic magic
Enjoy the new year and new beginning by protecting yourself and washing away any negativity that may be affecting you and yours. Blessed be and many wishes for a fabulous 2013.