By Amber C. Snider
Spells to help students, parents, and teachers regain focus, amplify creativity, reduce stress, and manifest success this fall season.
For students, parents, and educators, the typical “Back to School” jitters can feel a bit more stressful this year. Perhaps you’re stressing over the decision to send your kids back to school, navigating homeschooling/ virtual learning for the second year, or preparing to go back to campus yourself.
Here are some age-appropriate spells to manifest academic success, concentration, creativity and a touch of joy to kick off this new school year.
For Academic Success (At Any Age)
We recommend using the Emperor Candle or Academic Success Kit. The Emperor candle is about expansion, divine guidance, luck, and growing confident in your work. It's great for when you really need to 'hunker down' and get a project completed.
The 7-day Emperor candle is especially good for those preparing for a big exam, long research project, and/or bringing recognition for a job well done. The Academic Success Kit , a smaller version of the Emperor with candles that burn between 7-12 hours, helps promote intellectual pursuits.
For Art Students & Artists
Success in the Arts kit is a great tool for those in the performing arts or creative industries. For those working on a specific creative project and need a little “inspirational boost” try the Song of the Elder Gods 7-day candle (especially great for artists, musicians and performers; provides inspiration, focus and creativity and helps to achieve success) or Song of the Elder Goddess (a Goddess-based candle for creativity, inspiration and success in the arts).
To invoke the creative muse while you’re working on a project, try Divine Muse oil (or Divine Muse Bath) or Inspiration oil.
For Elementary School Students
It’s tough for kids to sit in front of a screen all day, especially when they’re missing the social interactions of their peers. Alternatively, wearing a mask all day at school can be tough, too. If you’re a parent who practices magic with your wee witch, try doing a 7-day Solar Blast Candle together (or kit). It promotes happiness, friendship, growth, and positivity all around by invoking the energies of the sun.
You can also try using Sun Oil in a diffuser during the day to encourage these qualities and keep the energy in the home positive. For bath time, try a Sun Bath (a solar blend for energy, positivity, vitality, inner strength, and self-confidence). For Pagan families looking for age-appropriate magical reading material for younger minds, check out the beautiful book Wee Witches, by Ted Enik and Beth Roth.
For Junior High Students
Honestly, if you could do it all over again, would you go back to middle school? (I can hear you cackling through the screen right now shaking your head NO). Middle school is a tough time because kids are figuring out who they are, where they fit into the world, and developing a stronger sense of self. With all that pressure, sometimes their self-esteem can take a hefty hit, especially if they’re trying to make a good impression.
Try the Self-Esteem Kit, which comes with two 120 candles, self-esteem oil, and a sample hand-blended incense. It’s great for clearing negative emotions, as well as promoting self-love and self confidence. Star oil also helps attract new friends and gain recognition.
For High School/College Students
The Academic Success Kit (or 7-day Emperor candle) is also great for high schoolers and college students, as well as the Solar Blast Candle and Self-Esteem kit.
For stressful times (especially when SAT prep comes along, college apps, and exams), try incorporating ritual baths into your practice. Some great baths for academic success include Crucible of Courage Bath (which helps in facing and overcoming fears, building courage and inner strength), Fast Luck Bath (increases luck in all areas), and/or High Conquering Bath (also known as High John the Conqueror) which attracts luck in all areas and strength to overcome obstacles.
Try a 7-day Success Candle (or the kit here) or the Peace & Protection 7-day candle (or kit here). The Success candle promotes success in all areas, but as with any magick, you have to add/focus on your specific intention. Perhaps you want a successful school year in general, success with navigating virtual learning, or success in overcoming a specific difficulty or new challenge.
The Peace & Protection 7-day candle (or kit or bath) is great for reigning in a sense of calm during challenging times, as well as preventing physical or psychic attack. But remember folks, magick does not and cannot create some invisible shield to make you invincible from a disease like COVID-19 – so in addition to your spellwork, be smart: keep your hands clean, wear a mask, and practice safe social distancing. It should go without saying, but it's a good reminder.
For Anyone in Academia
Stress Relief & Relaxation Kit can help bring serenity and peace of mind. All Enchantments kits come with two 120 candles (which burn for about 7-12 hours), a dram of oil, and a sample hand-blended incense. You can use the contents of this kit for short ritual and also keep the dram of oil to use (as you would perfume) throughout the month when you need a dose of calm.
You can also add magickal oils to your daily routine by diffusing them in your work/study space, anointing yourself with them (as you would perfume), or adding a few drops to your bath. Some great ones to try are Concentration oil, High Conquering oil, Crown of Success oil, Jupiter Oil, Motivation Oil, and Star oil.
*Story originally published 9/20, but updated on 8/21.
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Because you can never have too many tarot decks...
Whether you're a practiced divinator wanting to add to your collection or a novice in search of something new, each of these 9 decks offer something unique for the modern witch. Of course we also have a huge collection in-store (with all the classics), but here we bring you a roundup of our end of summer sale tarot decks, available in-store only.
Game of Thrones Tarot
Featuring 78 illustrated cards based on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, we're thinking this would be an ideal gift for any Westeros fan. It also comes with a hardcover book inside, written by tarot expert Liz Dean with illustrations by Craig Cross.
The Raven's Prophecy, by Maggie Stiefvater
If ravens are your spirit animal, this is definitely the deck for you. On sale for $18, the deck includes a booklet for beginners (and novices, too) and features beautiful images of ravens. Created by Maggie Stiefvater (NYT's bestselling author of the Raven Cycle series), The Raven Prophecy Tarot is great for harnessing your intuitive powers and challenging the wisdom of the raven.
The Gill Tarot, by Elizabeth Josephine Gill
Yes, this price is even cheaper than Amazon (support local NYC businesses!) Featuring archetypal images in a beautifully illustrated deck with roots in the Tree of Life (based on the Kabbalah), creator Elizabeth Josephine Gill offers detailed meanings behind the symbolism of each vibrantly colored, high quality card.
Easy Lenormand, by Marcus Katz and Tali Godwin
Ever want to learn Lenormand, which dates back to the 19th century? Well this beginner's deck is a great place to start. Up your fortune telling game with this 36-card deck and guidebook, which includes techniques for building up to the Grand Tableaux spread. Practical, accessible, this deck is great for everyday divination.
Tarot Grand Luxe, by Ciro Marchetti
Calling all Leos! It's your birthday season, so you might as well treat yourself to a new tarot deck (you know you deserve it). Designed by artist Ciro Marchetti, the Tarot Grand Luxe is loosely based on the Rider-Waite-Smith decks, but incorporates a bold, fiery visuals across 78 cards. Includes a guide booklet.
Silver Witchcraft Tarot
The Silver Luna Witchcraft Tarot Kit comes with a 78-card deck and 160-pager guidebook to help you uncover the ancient magic of the moon. The deck weaves the phases of the moon and holidays into each suit, making it perfect for your Full Moon Ritual or New Moon Ritual. On sale for $15.
Mermaid Tarot, by Leeza Robertson
If water magick is part of your practice (or if you're drawn to mermaids), check out the Mermaid Tarot deck by Leeza Robertson. On sale at Enchantments (in-store only) for $18, this deck uses the imagery of mer-folk to guide you on your divination journey. Mystical and ethereal, this deck is great to incorporate into any water rituals, especially for the end of summer.
Steampunk Tarot, by Barbara Moore, Illustrated by Aly Fell
Based on the Rider-Waite deck and published by Llewellyn, this steampunk-themed deck plays on the dichotomy between "man and machine, nature and technology, science and alchemy, and romance and fashion." Created by award-winning tarot expert Barbara Moore, the deck also comes with a book to help guide you through the cards. On sale for $17 (in-store only).
Z Tarot, by Alejandro Colucci
Sure, we just went through a pandemic, but if a zombie apocalypse is still looming in your mind, you may want to check out the Z Tarot deck. Primal, powerful images of the undead are woven throughout this 78-card deck, which is based on the Rider-Waite-Smith system. Great for collectors and on-sale for $16.
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