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Weather Magic

I live in New England, and one of the sayings around here goes a little something like: “Don’t like the weather? Wait 5 minutes.” You can wake up to freezing temps and frost on your car in the morning, and by mid afternoon need to crank the AC. Where I am we have all four seasons and following the Wheel of the Year is a core spiritual practice for me. Following the Earth’s cycles and watching as nature changes around me is one of the ways I stay grounded in the present.

Using the weather can be a wonderful way to tap into your spirituality on the daily, especially if you are new to witchcraft. Keeping an eye on the skies and the ground helps to connect us to Mother Nature, helps to attune us to the energies around us, and allows you to trust your intuition by choosing what magick to work based on the weather conditions outside. All of these things help to strengthen our ability to use energy and intuition, which in turns helps us to use these tools and practices for our own empowerment practices!

This is one of the reasons why I like to combine witchcraft and Paganism with my empowerment coaching and mentoring. The two play together so beautifully and this blog post is going to help you get some ideas on how to weave weather with your magick. Comment on this post if you have any seasonal or weather practices you’d like to share with everyone as well!

Raining: Collect that rain water!! Rain water is lovely for healing work – I’ve placed a few drops on my palms during Reiki work for extra soothing properties.
Water from thunderstorms really packs a punch and is great for cleansing, especially when mixed with salt. You can use this water in cleansing room sprays, spellwork, to make elixirs, or to trace sigils onto your skin or other objects (make sure the rain water doesn’t have harmful chemicals or icky roof runoff in it.) I do NOT recommend drinking it, unless you’ve taken the proper precautions.

Snowing: Snow can be collected and melted down so you have a gentle cleansing water. Think about those cozy, snowy days. The image of being bundled up reading a book and drinking tea in front of a fire comes to mind – that’s the energy that gentle snows often have.
Blizzard snow has buzzy energy and can be really awesome for freezing hexes, curses, or other zippy type spells and rituals you may have.

Sunny: Use the power of the sun to charge tools that you want to have a solar alignment with, like your athame, or sunstone. Be careful not to leave them out too long, as the sun as a bleaching effect. On the other hand, if you want some SERIOUS cleansing, leave the object out in the sun for that bleaching power – I’d write whatever you are trying to remove on a piece of paper and leave it in the sunlight to have it fade away.

Foggy: Use the fog for glamour work, for cloaking, hiding. You can use the fog clearing as a way to see the truth of a matter at hand, at unveiling someone or something.

Cloudy: You can use the cloud cover for similar things as foggy, or you can choose this time to do cursing or hex work to be “under cover.”
Cloudy days are great for introspective times as well and are often gentle, calming times to focus on journaling, meditation, prayer.

Windy: Strong wind storms can be used in a few ways!
1. Send messages to the universe. Write prayers, intentions, affirmations, etc. onto leaves and throw them into the wind. You could also write notes to loved ones who have passed, notes to your ancestors or to your spirit guides. Know that they will reach the ears and eyes of the intended parties. I have also written these petitions on paper, burned the paper and scattered the ashes.
2. Banishing. Write any traits or things you wish to remove from yourself or your life on the leaves and toss them into the wind. Throw them, turn and walk away. Don’t look back and know that it is done. I have also done this with burned paper ashes and have had great success!
3. Collect fallen branches to make tools. A fallen branch could present a new wand to you, or a new tool for inscribing candles. Be sure to leave and offering as thanks for the gift(s).

No matter what type of weather you decide to harness for the magickal remember to ground yourself, stay present for any intuitive messages you might get, and journal about your experience and process so that you can look back at your notes to be aware of any changes or developments, and to track progress!

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