Middle Earth Magic: Inspired Ideas and Seasonal Spells for Your Enchanted Life

I grew up on a farm in West Virginia and learned much about herbs, trees, animals, gardening, foraging  and so much about nature. I incorporate this wisdom I learned from elders in my family into my spellwork. When I finally left the farm, I majored in Medieval Studies, my attempt to emulate my idol, J.R.R. Tolkien. All these influences led me to my own blended brew which I call "middle earth magic," containing a mix of the modern and the time-tested "old ways." 

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Palo Santo Peace of Mind Rite

We live in the age of anxiety. There is so much stress, bad news and soul-crushing chaos; it is hard to know how to get through each day. But here’s the thing; ancient wisdom is the best way to approach to deal with modern troubles. Try the following tried and true rite. Gather together:

2 blue candles

Palo santo incense

piece of plain white paper

blue pen

Palo santo literally means “holy wood” and it is a tree that grows in South America and is similar to cedar and copal. It is wonderfully grounding and also clears energy, including tension and disquiet.


Anytime you feel the need, light the candles and palo santo and speak aloud the following affirmation spell:


             Begone from me, worry and woe!

            I have the strength to break free and the wisdom to know.

            As I breathe this sacred smoke, my calm will grow.

            I call upon my inner guide to help me take it slow.

            My serenity and tranquility will overflow.

With harm to none, blessings to all.


Repeat this three times while the candles and palo santoburn. Inhale deeply ten times and then pass the pen and paper through sweet-smelling smoke of the palo santo. Now, Embrace your intuition and trust it with all your heart and write down what comes into your mind with the blue pen.  You may even feel tingling at the top of your head, which is a very good sign. Knowing the your inner truth from your soul guidance will show you the way through stress-inducing times. Let go of anything that really doesn’t matter to you and your loved ones. Read what you write down and contemplate it. Afterwards, extinguish the candles and incense, Refer to the paper every day for as long as you need. Use the words of wisdom that came through as a guide for your life to sustain you through the stress and strain.

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    Cerridwen Greenleaf has worked with many of the leading lights of the spirituality world including Starhawk, Z Budapest, John Michael Greer, Christopher Penczak, Raymond Buckland, Luisah Teish, and many more. She gives herbal, crystal and candle magic workshops throughout North America. Greenleaf's graduate work in medieval studies has given her deep knowledge she utilizes in her work, making her work unique in the field. A bestselling author, her books include Moon Spell Magic, The Book of Kitchen Witchery, The Magic of Gems and Crystals and the Witch’s Spell Book series.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  


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