Overcoming your shadows

This spell, which signifies letting go the hurts of the past in a way that allows you to move forward with fresh energy into the future, can be performed at the time of the New Moon. By carrying it out every new moon you are gradually able to cleanse yourself of the detritus of the past, often as far back as childhood.

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You will need
•    CEDAR OR SAGE SMUDGING STICK OR CLEANSING INCENSE
•    WHITE CANDLE
•    ATHAME OR RITUAL KNIFE
•    BELL
•    CAKES AND WINE OR JUICE

Method
Cast your circle using the smudge stick or incense to ‘sweep’ the space as you move around the circle clockwise.
Think of your space as being dome-shaped over your head and cleanse that space too.

Ring the bell.
With your arms raised, palms facing upwards, acknowledge the Goddess and
say:

Great Goddess,
Queen of the Underworld,
Protector of all believers in you,
It is my will on this night of the new moon
To overcome my shadows and bring about change.
I invite you to this my circle to assist and protect me in my rite.

Hold your athame or knife in your hands in acknowledgement of the God
and say:

Great God,
Lord of the Upper realms,
Friend of all who work with you,
It is my will on this night of the new moon
To overcome my shadows to bring about change.
I invite you to my circle to assist me and protect me in my rite.

Light the candle and say:

Behind me the darkness,

in front of me the light

As the wheel turns,

I know that every end is a beginning.

I see birth, death and regeneration.

Spend a little time in quiet thought. If you can remember a time either in the last month or previously when times have not been good for you, concentrate on that.
While the candle begins to burn properly remember what that time felt like.

Now concentrate on the candle flame and allow yourself to feel the positivity of the light.
Pick up the candle and hold it high above your head.
Feel the energy of the light shower down around you, the negativity drain away.

Now draw the power of the light into you and feel the energy in every pore.

Pass the candle around you and visualize the energy building up.
If you wish, say:

Let the light cast out darkness.

Now ground yourself by partaking of the food and drink.

Thank the God and Goddess for their presence.

Withdraw the circle .

This is a very personal way for you to acknowledge the God and Goddess in your everyday life. While on first acquaintance it appears to be a protection technique, it is actually one to enhance your energies and to allow you to be healthy and happy in all levels of existence.

Ensure to write your process and experience in your Book of Shadows.

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