Tiny Tarot Wisdom for Spoonies: The Emperor

In Tiny Tarot Wisdom for Spoonies, I’ll be going through every card individually and sharing mini insights we as disabled and neurodivergent (ND) witches can take from it.

It’s hard to bring structure and clarity to something as messy as chronic illness or dealing with ableism, but the Emperor’s wisdom for disabled and ND folks is to create structure and routine wherever possible. Your version of these things will likely look very different than an abled/neurotypical person’s, and that’s okay! But, for example, having a quasi-consistent bedtime routine has been immeasurably helpful for me. It doesn’t mean that there aren’t days when I forgo the routine because I’m in too much pain to do more than fall directly into bed. But it does mean that more days than not, I have a plan already in place for how to wind down before sleep. 

What elements of your daily life often lead to snags or cause you particular trouble? Next time you’re in a good headspace/bodyspace, sit down and brainstorm ways you might troubleshoot. If pain flareups make it unsafe for you to drive to work, can you ask a coworker if they’d be willing to carpool with you as needed? If executive dysfunction means your dirty dishes end up piled in the sink, could you save watching a favorite show for while you’re doing the dishes so it’s less boring and painful? It doesn’t have to be a perfect structure or system. It doesn’t even have to help most of the time. If it helps some of the time, it’s worthwhile. 

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Tarot Spread: Asking for What I Need

It’s an easy thing to say, “I should ask for what I need more often.” It’s quite another to actually, yknow, do that. Especially when you’re told, in so many words or through subtle societal messaging, that your needs are too much. A burden. Which is often the case for those of us in the disabled/ND communities. Just getting our basic needs met can be overwhelming, much less asking for anything that feels extra.

I find that this abstract reminder (“ask for what you need!”) can be less than helpful. If I’m in the thick of a pain flareup, EVERYTHING feels like too much. Explaining how I need my laptop plugged in feels just as difficult as just getting up and plugging it in myself. Setting a boundary like “I’m overwhelmed right now, can we wait to talk about this until I’m less flared up?” feels harder than just letting a conversation happen while I struggle to listen. So it helps me a lot to think about what I need ahead of time. Now, obviously this isn’t bulletproof. There’s no way to plan for every contingency, especially with something as unpredictable as minds/bodies that get overloaded more easily. But for regular basics, things that are likely to come up, it can be useful to brainstorm what might help you in the moment. This helps you generate a list to keep on hand. For loved ones (especially those you live with), it can be a lifeline when they WANT to help but don’t know how. And even if you live alone or don’t have a community to rely on, having a plan in place for bad days can prevent you from completely blanking on how to take care of yourself.

But where to start? Well, one option is this tarot spread that I created for the occasion. It will pinpoint a specific need that you aren’t currently addressing well, and give you some methods for troubleshooting.

Image description: a tarot spread with four cards laid out. The first is on top by itself, and cards two through four are in a line directly below the first card.

1.       What need do I have that isn’t being met?

2.       What’s stopping me from asking for that need to be met?

3.       Who could help me meet this need?

4.       How can I best ask for what I need?

As always, I’ve done a sample reading for myself to show you one way the spread might play out. I used my brand new Ophidia Rose deck, which may become a new favorite. I have a special fondness for botanical-themed decks, and this one is knock-your-socks-off gorgeous.

Image description: A sample of the above tarot spread. The cards are laid out on a purple tarot cloth, and the cards themselves are botanical and hand-illustrated. The first card is Strength. The second card is Two of Pentacles. The third card is Justice. The fourth card is Ace of Swords.

What need do I have that isn’t being met? Hilarious to draw Strength for this question, but I knew right away what my deck meant. I love being a source of support and strength for my loved ones, but when I’m going through a bad time, I find it much harder to lean on them. Or even let them know that I need them around for leaning. The Strength card often reminds us that vulnerability is true strength, and I need to let myself be vulnerable more readily with the people I love. This need is unmet because I’m not acknowledging it in myself, especially when it comes to emotional/mental needs. It’s hard enough for me to ask my spouse to get me a glass of water when standing is too painful. It’s several orders of magnitude harder to ask them to hold me while I cry. But that’s what I need to learn to do.

What’s stopping me from asking for that need to be met? Here I pulled the Two of Pentacles. Many of the Pents speak to self-sufficiency and getting your resources in order, but for the Two in particular I think of balancing many commitments and managing time well. In this case, in this spread, I…do not do that well. I get too excited about too many things, I throw myself into helping too many people, and then I find myself spread too thin and flaring up and struggling to admit to myself or my loved ones that I overdid it. My roadblock is poor time management, and a propensity to overdo it when I need to be prioritizing myself sometimes, too.

Who could help me meet this need? Justice is a peculiar draw for this question. It isn’t a card that immediately suggests any of my close confidantes. I think perhaps this points to the incredible community of humans I’ve built up as a whole. It’s easy to worry about overloading someone when you need to vent or ask for a lot of help. But I have so many good people ready to step up if I just hecking ASK them. If one of them isn’t in a good place to assist, I have other people who could jump in. As one of my favorite authors Alix E. Harrow writes in The Once and Future Witches, “She thought survival was a selfish thing, a circle drawn tight around your heart. She thought the more people you let inside that circle the more ways the world had to hurt you, the more ways you could fail them and be failed in turn. But what if it’s the opposite, and there are more people to catch you when you fall? What if there’s an invisible tipping point somewhere along the way when one becomes three becomes infinite, when there are so many of you inside that circle that you become hydra-headed, invincible?”

How can I best ask for what I need? Ace of Swords. If tarot decks could speak out loud, this one would be shouting at me, “JUST SAY IT.” The Ace of Swords stands for clarity and clear communication. Enough said, really. I am perfectly capable of using my voice to help others, so I need to be just as willing to speak up for myself.

As I said, this spread isn’t comprehensive by any stretch of the imagination. But it is a starting place. Once you’ve identified one need that isn’t being met and put a plan into place to address it, you could do the same spread again to find your next step. Or just doing this one time through might set your mental gears in motion and you might not need the full spread—you could just pull one card for “what need isn’t being met right now” and go from there. The important thing is, you have a springboard to jump from.

If you use this spread and find it meaningful, I’d love to hear about it in the comments. Or if you’re feeling especially generous, send me a tip at ko-fi (link is below this post)! 

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Tiny Tarot Wisdom for Spoonies: The Empress

In Tiny Tarot Wisdom for Spoonies, I’ll be going through every card individually and sharing mini insights we as disabled and neurodivergent (ND) witches can take from it.

The Empress always makes me think of a gardener, cultivating delicious vegetables and herbs to use in their kitchen witchery. This is someone who understands that yes, we need our healthy, nourishing meals…but we need them to be delicious, too.

For spoonies, the Empress asks us to nurture and nourish ourselves with that same degree of care. This is easier said than done, of course–sometimes it’s all we can do just to manage the bare necessities of daily life. But look for small ways to make your self-care a touch more rejuvenating. Self-care has become stereotyped into images of face masks and bubble baths.

But for disabled and ND folks, those little indulgences are often further out of reach than they might be for our abled and neurotypical counterparts. We’re doing good to manage a quick shower–how are we supposed to find the spoons for a long, luxurious bath? But perhaps there’s a middle ground. Get a pack of those shower tablets that perfume the shower like a bath bomb. Create a soothing playlist to help keep yourself centered while you’re grocery shopping. Keep an eye out for tiny, low-spoon ways to spoil yourself during otherwise-mundane activities. The Empress wants to help you do more than simply survive. 

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Ritual: Meet and Honor Disabled/Neurodivergent Ancestors

So full disclosure, I originally slated this post for just before March because I had read that March is Disability Awareness Month in the US. Then when I came back to actually write the post, I did a bit of research and it turns out…that may or may not be accurate? Basically in 1987 there was a declaration to make March National something month–but I’ve read both that it was National Disabilities Month and National Developmental Disabilities Month. Which, to be clear, is also very important! But it’s more specific than I originally thought when I was writing this ritual. I’ve also read that October is Disability Employment Awareness Month, so some people see October as the biggest month for disability awareness. And then July is sometimes celebrated as Disability Pride Month! 

All of that being said, I didn’t want to scramble for a new topic today, and anyway we don’t really need an “official” month to be proud or advocate for awareness. So this is a ritual to honor the disabled and neurodivergent people who have come before us. You can do this ritual in March, July, or October if you want to align it with a month when more people than usual are thinking about disability awareness. But ultimately, you can perform this ritual anytime you want to connect with our disabled and neurodivergent ancestors. 

This ritual can be done alone or with a group. If you’re working with multiple participants, make sure everyone knows what the ritual will entail ahead of time–it’s not a bad idea to talk everyone through the steps before you even begin. Not everyone is comfortable with ancestor work, and they absolutely shouldn’t be put on the spot or coaxed into participating. Furthermore, if anyone feels uncomfortable partway through the ritual, they should be able to bow out with no protests from others. Give folks the option to say, “With gratitude, I withdraw” and step away from the ritual. It might even be wise to create some sort of visual sign or safeword ahead of time so if anyone is overwhelmed/uncomfortable, they can still let the leader of the ritual know. 

YOU WILL NEED

  • A space where you can best focus and tune into your intuition. Maybe that means putting on music or inviting someone to participate in the ritual with you for body doubling. Maybe it means finding complete silence and solitude. Whatever works best for you! 

For each person participating in the ritual: 

  • Something you use for self-care that you can make an offering of. Some possibilities might be a soothing drink like tea or hot chocolate that you often make yourself, lotion that you frequently use, or a small craft item like thread or beads from a craft you use to unwind.
    • The goal here is to offer something personal to your self-care routines. But you absolutely should NOT offer something that is costly or hard to come by. Medication of any kind, for example, should not be offered here–not even something like ibuprofen that’s comparatively easier to get than prescription meds. (Plus if you leave the offering outside, which is what I often do, you don’t want to accidentally leave something where animals could harm themselves by ingesting it.) But that includes anything that you spend a fair amount of money on, too. If you have a fancy lotion that you buy as a treat for yourself, for instance, I wouldn’t recommend using it as an offering–not even a small dollop. Err on the side of something personal, but accessible. Even a glass of water can be used in a pinch. Hydration is a self-care fundamental, after all. 
  • Something you can use for divination. This could be a tarot or oracle deck, a set of runes, tea leaves, etc. Or it can just be pen and paper or something you can use for free writing, which is a good all-purpose tool that doesn’t require prior experience.
    • Folks who haven’t practiced cartomancy before can still use tarot or oracle decks if they’re so inclined! In this case, make sure they have a deck with evocative card illustrations. (It’s hard to get intuition from “here’s a card with six swords. Here’s a card with seven swords” if you’ve never practiced tarot before, for instance.)In this case, pay attention to the illustrations on the cards you pull, and rely on your intuition to interpret whatever images are there. Don’t worry about what the Wheel of Fortune is supposed to mean. Just focus on what it means for you in this moment. 
  • Something for each person to take notes with
  • If you have one on hand, obsidian can be a great crystal to keep nearby or hold during ancestor work. 

THE RITUAL

  1. Once everyone participating in the ritual is settled in, begin by casting a circle or creating sacred space in whatever way works best for you/the group. Center and ground yourself to the earth, perhaps. Say an opening prayer to whoever or whatever you’d like. Or simply spend a minute or two focusing on your breath until you feel acclimated to the ritual headspace. 
  2. Since we’re going to be opening a line of communication with ancestors, we want to make sure that we’re protected from anything unwanted picking up the phone on the other end. I don’t personally believe in evil spirits or malicious beings in this situation (though you may, and that’s absolutely valid!) but I do know that there are ancestors who aren’t as healthy in spirit as others. While there are methods for safely working with them, these probably aren’t methods you want to just dip into for a one-off ritual. So before we invite any communication, we want to invoke protection. There’s a few ways this can be achieved.
    1. My favorite method of protection in ancestor work is asking a known ancestor, deity, or spirit to join me in the space and act as a barrier between me and anything else in their realm. I do a lot of ancestor work, so my great-great grandmother Dodo is my go-to for this. If you or anyone in the ritual has a deity, ancestor, or spirit that they know well, ask that entity to join you. Thank them for their presence, and ask them to protect you as you perform the ritual. I usually say something like, “I ask that you stay with me as I reach out, and only allow ancestors who are well in spirit to speak in this space.” (Making an offering for this specific protector is a nice gesture, too.) 
    2. If you’ve cast a circle or otherwise created sacred space, you can simply declare your intention for that space’s purpose. Firmly and clearly say, “In this space I/we are safe from any unwell spirits or beings. When we open ourselves to communication from the ancestors, only those who are well in spirit may come forward in this circle.” 
  3. Invite ancestors who were disabled and/or neurodivergent. You can absolutely use your own script if you’d like, but if you need an all-purpose one, say, “I/we now invite those disabled or neurodivergent ancestors into the space. I am/we are your descendents in spirit, and today I/we seek your wisdom. You are welcome here, and I/we thank you for your presence.” Take a moment of silence/stillness to allow them to connect and arrive. 
  4. Allow everyone in the ritual to introduce themselves to any ancestors who are visiting. Each participant should share their name and pronouns, and any disability, chronic condition, or neurodivergence they’re comfortable claiming. (Make sure everyone knows ahead of the ritual that this will be part of it–you don’t want to put anyone on the spot, after all.) So, for example, I might say, “My name is Ru-Lee. I use they/them and ey/em pronouns. I have fibromyalgia, IBS, and sensory processing disorder.” If it’s more comfortable for folks, they could also be more broad: “I am disabled/neurodivergent/etc.”
    1. If you’re performing this ritual solo, you could go into more details about your conditions or about anything else. Since you have more space to talk, you could share what your passions are, for example. Any visiting ancestor likely wants to know more about you! 
  5. Once introductions are taken care of, everyone should take turns making their offering. You can simply present the item, or if you’re comfortable doing so, you can also offer a few words on why you chose the item you chose, e.g. “I offer this peppermint tea, which I drink when my stomach hurts.” 
  6. Take a few moments of individual reflection. Each person should pay close attention to any sensations that come up, images that come to mind, etc. This is where it’s a good idea for everyone to have their own writing implements or tool for taking notes. If you don’t keep some track of any intuitive hits that come through, it’s way too easy to lose their thread once the ritual is over. Even if it seems nonsensical or peculiar, note them. 
  7. Everyone should now take up whatever divination tool they’ve chosen, whether it’s a deck of cards, a set of runes, a blank notebook page, etc. One person should say, “We invite your wisdom. What strength do you see in me/each of us?”
    1. Allow a few minutes for everyone to pull a card, read the leaves, free write, etc. and take notes on their results. 
  8. Ask, “What can I/each of us do to improve the world for our disabled and neurodivergent siblings?”
    1. Again, allow time for everyone to divine and take notes. 
  9. If you’d like, you can allow a few more moments of quiet reflection. 
  10. Thank the ancestors for their presence and bid them farewell. A possible script: “I/we thank you from the bottom of my/our heart(s) for your presence and guidance. And I/we honor the struggle you experienced in life and your work to pave the way for me/us. Go with our gratitude.” 
  11. Close the circle, let go of the sacred space, etc. Whatever you need to do to come back from ritual headspace. 
  12. Take a few minutes to reflect on your experience–if you’re alone you could journal or meditate on it, and if you’re in a group invite participants to share with one another. What intuitive information came through? What wisdom came from the divination questions in steps 7 and 8? Did anyone make any connections they’d like to keep working with/explore further? 
Image description: a ritual space is set up on a balcony. It's a sunny day. There is a colorful towel and a tarot cloth on top of it, with the King of Cups and the Lovers tarot cards from the Linestrider tarot laid out. There's a small teaspoon, a besom, and a lighter. On a slate plate with the wheel of the year decorating it, there's a mug of tea as an offering, and a green candle.

This was part of my setup when I performed the ritual. I offered tea, and before I invited anyone else, I pulled out the tarot cards that usually represent my dad and my great-great grandmother Dodo and asked them to protect me. 

As always, feel free to adapt or adjust this ritual outline however you see fit. If you want to ask further questions of the ancestors, for example, you certainly can do so! Just remember to be respectful, the same way you might if you were visiting a friendly older relative. 

Happy (possibly?) Disability Awareness Month. Or happy day you decided to honor your disabled and neurodivergent ancestors no matter what month it is! If you liked this ritual, please consider supporting me on ko-fi with the button below.

Have a wonderful week! 

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Tiny Tarot Wisdom for Spoonies: The High Priestess

In Tiny Tarot Wisdom for Spoonies, I’ll be going through every card individually and sharing mini insights we as disabled and neurodivergent (ND) witches can take from it.

The High Priestess is the spokesperson for intuition. When we think of intuition, we usually think of a little voice whispering in the backs of our minds, or perhaps a vague sense of rightness or wrongness as we make choices. I don’t think we connect the witchy idea of intuition with phrases like “trust your gut” as often as we should. I’m very guilty of this, certainly–my body is an achy, exhausted place to live, and I often do my best (consciously or unconsciously) to ignore the signals my meat suit sends me.

But intuition can be the feeling of warmth or tingles when you put your hand over the right tarot card. It can be a tug in the pit of your stomach when you’re considering making an unhealthy choice. I’ve quoted this song on the blog before, but I love Sleeping at Last’s “Body“, in which a repeated refrain goes, “There’s magic in our bones, a north star in our soul that remembers our way home.” 

So when going through your day, the High Priestess encourages you to remain open to intuition from all sources. It’s one thing to try and distract yourself from a bad pain day from time to time, but it’s quite another to ignore every message your body ever sends you. Be willing to listen at  least some of the time. Even if all you can do is hold space for your body to complain, that is still insight. Trust the magic in your bones. 

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This episode can also be found on my blog at https://ruleestory.com/2023/02/21/tiny-tarot-wisdom-for-spoonies-the-high-priestess/

Enchant Cloth for Healing/Recovery (Spell)

I don’t know about you, but when I’m dealing with a flareup or an anxiety attack, I just want to be cozy. I want to put on my softest pajamas, drape my heated throw blanket across my shoulders, and listen to quiet, calming music until my brain or body stop screaming at me. You probably have a different sequence of grounding, recentering, and/or regulating activities, but I’ll bet you have something made of fabric that you use for self-care. Maybe that’s a pair of lounge pants you throw on after work to relax, or a weighted blanket that helps you fall asleep, or a sweater you swiped from a partner that reminds you that you’re loved. 

This spell takes one of those objects to the next level with a little magical boost. The only tricky part is selecting an item. This spell will be infusing your clothing, blanket, plushie, etc. with healing and grounding energy, and while you can repeat the spell anytime the object seems to be losing its oomph, you may or may not have the time/energy to be repeating a spell super consistently. So the factors to consider when choosing your object are:

  • How often you want to use the object
  • How often you expect to be able to repeat the spell
  • How much benefit you’re hoping to gain each time you use the object

Let’s say, for instance, you choose a weighted blanket that you’ve been in the habit of sleeping with every night, and you’re realistically only going to be repeating the spell every half-year or so. That means that you’re spreading out your spell’s energy over every night in a six-month period. So the benefit you’ll see in nightly use is likely to be pretty modest. Compare that to choosing a sweater that you’ll only wear during major flareups every couple of weeks. Even if you’re only repeating the spell every six months, you’ll still be conserving more of the spell’s energy for those especially-bad days, which means there will be more energy per use and you’ll probably see a more significant benefit. 

If this feels like too many moving parts to consider at once, I suggest prioritizing one of the three factors in making your decision. 

  • If you want to use the object fairly regularly, you’ll either need to perform the spell more often to refresh the energy OR you’ll need to be okay with a smaller benefit-per-use
  • If you don’t want to have to repeat the spell too often, you’ll either need to choose an object you can save for especially bad days OR you’ll need to be okay with a smaller benefit-per-use
  • If you want to get a significant amount of benefit from using the object, you’ll either need to perform the spell more regularly OR you’ll need to choose an object you can save for especially bad days. 

Now that that’s clear as mud, let’s dive into what supplies you’ll need and the spell itself! 

YOU WILL NEED

  • The object you want to enchant
  • 2-4 other items you associate with healing, grounding, and self-care. This could be anything from meds you take for your condition, fidget toys, books that have been helpful or meaningful, mobility aids, etc. Get creative here–this is YOUR spell, so even if the item feels silly or frivolous, if it’s been helpful for you, it counts! 
  • A space to work comfortably, ideally where you won’t be interrupted by anyone who isn’t actively participating in the spell

YOU COULD USE (items and tools that could set the mood and build energy, but are not necessary for the spell to work)

  • Something to write with or take notes with (such as pen and paper, a phone or computer for typing notes or making voice memos, etc.) 
  • Something to listen to music with, such as a phone or computer, a bluetooth speaker, headphones, etc. 
  • Herbs: heather (for physical pain), lavender (for mental recovery), peppermint (overall healing)
  • Crystals: Rose quartz, clear quartz, amber
  • Tarot cards: Four of Swords for rest, Temperance for balance and pacing, Nine of Cups for joy
  • If you plan to call on a deity, have an offering of some kind on hand. If it’s a deity you’ve worked with before, you likely know their preferred offerings. If you’re working with someone new, I find that coffee, tea, or wine are pretty good universal offerings. 

Speaking of deities, there are a WHOLE LOT of healing and health deities out there, and only you know which cultures and pantheons you feel comfortable and respectful working with. Here’s a giant list you could start with if you want to research possibilities. Alternatively, if you have a patron deity or someone you already work with regularly, you can ask them to bestow their blessing upon your item instead of calling on a healing deity. Or you don’t have to include deity work at all! As ever, leave off anything that doesn’t fit for you. 

I tend not to time spells around the moon or the days of the week because I never know when a pain flareup is going to hit, so if I have the spoons to do a spell, I just do the spell right away. But if you’re able to schedule times for spells and you want to time this one for maximum healing energy, perform the spell on a Tuesday or Sunday, or wait for a full moon.

THE SPELL

  1. Arrange your working space. I suggest putting the object you’re going to enchant in the center, and arranging the other healing items (meds, fidgets, etc.) around it. The same goes for extras like crystals, herbs, tarot cards, etc. I like feeling that all these pieces are directing their energy to the center of my working space, towards the object being enchanted. But let your intuition guide you here. If there’s an arrangement that feels more Right to you, use it!  
  2. Do you have any particular music or even a movie or youtube series that you turn to when you’re feeling overwhelmed or sick? If so, and if you’re so inclined, you can play that in the background as you work. If it will be too distracting you can absolutely skip this step, or even just turn it on with the volume low or muted. 
  3. If you are including a deity in your spell, this is the time to invite them into the space. Thank them for coming, present them with your offering, and respectfully ask them to bless your chosen item.
    • You can be very specific if, for example, you’ve invited a deity associated with medicine and you want them to imbue your slippers with healing energy to make a flareup pass quicker. I’d suggest being specific like this if the deity is someone you haven’t worked with before, since you don’t quite know their Vibe yet. Think of it like an office gift exchange–oftentimes the coordinator of such exchanges will ask participants to share a few of their interests so that their coworkers )who may not know them as well) have a better chance of getting them something they actually want. 
    • If you’ve invited a deity you know well, you can also simply ask for their blessing and allow them to enchant the object however they see fit. To extend the analogy from above, you’d be more likely trust a close friend or family member to get you a gift you’ll truly like and use without specific guidance. 
  4. Take a few minutes to choose a few words that you associate with recovery, or words to describe the things you’d want when recuperating from a flareup, meltdown, low mood, etc. You want a minimum of three words, and no more than eight. If it helps you keep them in mind, write them down or put them into a voice memo for yourself.
    • Here’s a list of words to get you started, but remember to only choose words that feel appropriate and healing for you: comfort, light, peace, release, grounding, regulating, warmth, security, hope, enough, relief. 
  5. Begin to use the list of words you generated as a mantra, either by speaking them aloud, signing them, repeating them in your mind, etc.
    • As you speak/think each word, imagine the sensation of that word. E.g. if one of your words is “relief,” imagine any physical pain you’re experiencing begin to fade. If one of your words is “grounding,” really feel yourself rooted to the earth and centered by it. 
    • Repeat your entire list of words at least three times. As always, though, listen to your intuition. Feel the energies of your chosen words gathering and building, and repeat as many times as you feel necessary. 
    • If it’s physically comfortable and you’re so inclined, you can also move a hand around your working space, passing over all your additional items in a circular motion as you repeat your list of words. You could even use a tool like a wand or an athame if you want to get really fancy! Make sure you’re moving clockwise to invoke and collect the energy–counterclockwise would be dispersing and moving the energy outwards. 
  6. Once you’ve built up the energies from your words, speak a phrase (aloud or silently) to direct the energies into your item. I suggest: “I infuse these energies of healing and recovery into the folds of this fabric.” But of course you can make up your own phrase, too. Once you’ve spoken this aloud, place your hands (or whatever is comfortable) on your item. Feel the energies flowing into the fabric. 
  7. If you’d like to, spend a few minutes with the item. If it’s clothing, put it on. If it’s a pillow or plushie, snuggle it close. Notice any sensations that arise or insights that come to mind. 
  8. If you’ve invited a deity, thank them again for their presence and bid them farewell. 

And that’s it! If you want an extra boost, leave your item under a waxing or full moon to charge it the same way you would a crystal. This can prolong the spell’s potency, especially if you don’t use the object too frequently. Make sure to keep that list of words you used, though. You’ll need it for recharging. 

That brings us to the question: how do you know when the magic has worn off and needs a refresher? This is, unfortunately, one of those things that you’ll have to experiment with and trust your intuition. The first few times you use your item, make note of any effects or benefits that pop up. Does your flareup fade more quickly? Do you feel more grounded after wearing/using it for a few minutes? And so on. Then, as time passes, keep a sharp eye out for those benefits fading. A good rule of thumb is to consciously check in around the three-month mark, at least as a starting place. If you’re only using your item a couple of times a month, you may still get a significant boost at that three-month check-in. If you’re using it daily, you may notice the effects wearing off well before three months have passed. 

This spell is one you probably want to take notes on, at least as you’re getting used to it and determining how often it needs to be repeated. This can be as simple as keeping a note in your phone where you jot down the date and a couple of words about how it felt to use the item that day. Once you’ve gotten accustomed to your object’s effects and how quickly those effects begin to dwindle, you can probably leave off with the note-taking if you prefer. 

To recharge the spell, you don’t necessarily need to gather all the extra items like you did at first. (Though of course you’re welcome to!) All you need is the list of words that you used when you first cast the spell. Repeat steps 5 through 7, and your item should be recharged and ready for further use. 

If you do this spell, I’d love to hear how it went and what you enchanted in the comments! And speaking of which, keep an eye out–I’m cooking up a new way to connect with fellow disabled and neurodivergent witches, and I should be announcing it here on the blog soon. If you haven’t already, this is a great time to subscribe to the blog so you never miss a post! 

Enchant Cloth for Healing/Recovery (Spell) Tiny Witchcraft