You don’t need to be a 12-stepper to want serenity, courage, and wisdom. These things are most helpful for anyone!
I wrote about my personal journey with sobriety and not-sobriety here. This was a spell I originally designed to support my 12-Step journey, but it is also perfectly appropriate for those with no history in a Program.
You might be familiar with the “Serenity Prayer” (originally written in a slightly different form by Reinhold Niebuhr back in the ’40’s):
God, grant me
the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
The courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference
The beauty of this prayer is how it recognizes the importance of each of these qualities individually, yes, but more significantly, in relation to the others:
There is a problem. Can you change it? Yes! Good, gird up and get going. If you can’t change it, then chill out. But most importantly, are you suuuuure you can or can’t change it? Yeah, sit with that for a bit and figure it out. (That’s my revised version of the prayer, but honestly, the original is much better.)
Here’s a spell to help you increase serenity, courage, and wisdom in *your* life!
A Three-Part Magick Spell for Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom
What you need:
Three Candles of size large enough to write on with a pin
Pin or other carving tool
Charcoal Incense Burner
Muslin or flannel bag
High John the Conquerer Root
Solomon’s Seal Root
What you do:
Begin with the White Candle, the Copal, and the Angelica Root. Light the Copal and take a moment to let the smoke soothe the space. On the White Candle, carve your name 3X, alternating with the word “Serenity”. I usually turn the candle sideways so I am writing along the length of it, from base to wick. As you are writing, call up images of what Serenity looks like, a time that you’ve felt at peace. Place the Candle in or on some kind of fire-proof holder and put the Angelica root in front of it. Chant the word “Serenity” over the root, while holding in mind the image of calm. Do this for 15 or 20 minutes. Let the candle burn out. Put the root in the bag and carry it with you. Do this every day for 3 days.
On the 4th day, gather the Red Candle, the Dragon’s Blood and the High John Root. Light the Dragon’s Blood and let the smoke invigorate the space. On the Red Candle, carve your name 3X, alternating with the word “Courage”. While writing, call up images of your Courage, your strong action in the face of adversity. Again, place the Candle in a safe burning place and put the High John root in front of it. Chant the word “Courage” over the root, holding in mind the image of bravery. Do this for 15 or 20 minutes. Again, letting the candle burn out. Put the root in the bag with the Angelica and carry it with you. Do this for 3 days.
On the 4th day, gather the Yellow Candle, the Frankincense, and the Solomon’s Seal. Light the Frankincense and let the smoke clarify the air. On the Yellow Candle, carve your name 3X, alternating with the word “Wisdom”. While writing, call up images of your Wisdom, smart choices you’ve made from your learning and experience. Again, place the Candle in a safe place and put the Solomon’s Seal in front of it. Chant the word “Wisdom” over the root, holding in mind the image of your good judgment. Again, do this for 15 or 20 minutes AAAAND again, letting the candle burn out. Put the root in the bag with the others and carry it with you.
Repeat for as long as you like! Replace the candles as needed. You can punch this up by adding appropriate oils or doing it at particular times of the moon. I prefer simpler spells, unless it’s a crisis situation.
May this working serve your work, your play and your healing.