Cue the spooky music.
In case you haven't already been experiencing it, today is Friday the 13th - a day meant to inspire superstitious dread in the public imagination.
Most mortals believe associate the day with bad luck for a number of reasons. In Christianity, Jesus is believed to have been crucified on a Friday. There are other, less well-known, instances of Friday being seen as unlucky in the Christian tradition: Eve is said to have given Adam the apple on a Friday, and Cain is said to have killed Abel on that day, too. In the Bible, Judas Iscariot is the 13th person at the Last Supper, and he goes on to betray Jesus. In Norse mythology, Loki is the uninvited 13th guest at a feast for the gods, and he causes plenty of chaos. The bestselling 1907 novel Friday, The Thirteenth by Thomas W. Lawson with jump-starting the superstition. And of course, the 1980 movie Friday The 13th didn’t hurt, either.
However, instead of spending the day dodging harbingers of "bad luck" (ladders, black cats, and cracks in the sidewalk come to mind), we suggest you follow in the footsteps of witches.
But Friday the 13th has always been a special day for the witching community as the Norse goddess Frigga gathered the devil and 11 witches (so 13 altogether) together every Friday, which was known as the “Witch’s Sabbath.” Thirteen is also the number of the Death card in Tarot.
Recent findings from Pinterest say that pins relating to witchcraft are up by +281% among Gen Z, Crystals and tarot are now a huge business, the hashtag #witchesofinstagram boats 2 million posts (and rising) and there are even a plethora of Gen Z ‘witchfluencers’. Even high-street retailers such as Topshop and Urban Outfitters are offering the kind of traditional ‘Wiccan’ accessories (think pentagon jewellery and spellbooks) that would have got you executed in the 1400s.
Hot on the heels of mindfulness, crystals and reiki, witchcraft is just another way of exploring wellness. One which asks the question, could witchcraft – a space arguably inhabited by women alone – be offering us a way to vent our frustration at the status quo, and even seek revenge? Lana Del Rey famously admitted to casting a hex on Trump in 2017.
So, if you want in, initiation to a coven is easy as the moment you say you’re a witch is the moment you become a witch - no rituals, or ceremonies required. Three cheers for casual, recreational witchcraft for the busy witch! You can also order sage, crystal eggs, rose quartz and howlite wands (said to help heal, encourage romance and relieve stress, FYI).
Now you're a witch and the fact it's Friday the 13th, below is a spell for beginners that will repel negativity, bad people, and harm (because who doesn't want that?).
A FRIDAY THE 13TH SPELL
What You'll Need:
- An airtight jar with a lid
- Rainwater collected during the waning moon (ok, tap water is just fine, too) for banishing negativity
- Silver nails or thumbtacks to represent the protection around you
- Sunflowers or violets for protection and power
- Fresh basil to drive off hostile spirits and protection
- Fresh mint to banish negative energy
- Ground cinnamon for protection
- Ground ginger for strength
- Pen/marker with blue ink
- Black or dark blue candle
WHAT TO DO:
- Write your intention on a piece of paper. Be as specific as possible about what you want protection from. Fold and drop to the bottom of the jar.
- Drop your nails or thumbtacks into the jar. This might seem aggressive, but you’re not actually using them to hurt anyone.
- Tear up your basil and mix with the ground cinnamon and ginger, then sprinkle into the jar.
- Drop the petals from the violets or sunflowers on top of it all.
- Lastly, pour rain or tap water into the jar, imagining it flooding away the negativity and harm.
- Seal the jar and burn a black or dark blue candle over the top of it. Place the jar somewhere in your home or keep it with you throughout the day
There you have it, now go forth and be spooky.
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