Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Rachel Patterson, author of the new Curative Magic.

Rachel Patterson

Anxiety can be triggered by a specific reason or event, such as an upcoming exam or interview. But, it can also be a constant feeling that takes over your everyday life. Having these anxiety issues on occasion is quite normal. If it really has started to take over your life, I offer some magical assistance here. (But, please do go and see your doctor about it!)

Spell to Combat Anxiety
This spell has the purpose of focusing your mind on something relaxing and calming, and channeling the anxiety out through creativity. Just the actions of sitting and focusing on your breathing and working on controlling those anxiety feelings should help. Then following that with the creative activity will give your anxiety an escape route. The action of throwing away some of the spell ingredients at the end should also aid in letting go.

You will need:

  • A flat dish or tray
  • Sand, soil or small seeds (sesame work well) to fill the tray
  • Several crystals of your choice (or taken from the list in Curative Magic) or a selection of small pebbles or shells
  • Music
  • Incense (optional)

Gather together all your items and find a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed. Put some of your favourite music on, preferably something positive and happy. If you have a favourite incense, you can light that, too.

You will need to sit comfortably with space in front of you for your items. Place the tray down and fill it with the sand, soil, or seeds, and level it out with your hand.

Place your feet flat on the floor and just close your eyes for a moment. Try and focus on your breathing (I appreciate that this isn’t always easy when you are anxious). Ground yourself.
When you feel as calm as you can, open your eyes.

Now allow the sound of the music to wash over you. Go past the lyrics and the main tune; delve deeper and find the base notes.

Then allow your intuition to take over, and using your finger (or fingers) draw patterns in the tray of sand (soil or seeds). Swirls, lines, circles—it doesn’t matter what and it does not need to be a work of art. Let your fingers do the drawing.

Take your crystals, shells, or stones and place them in the tray to add to your creative pattern. If you feel the need you can smooth the surface over and start drawing again; do it as many times as you feel the need to.

Let your anxiety drain from your body, through your fingers, and into the sand.

When you feel ready, remove the crystals if you used them (they will need to be cleansed before being stored to use again).

The sand, soil, or seeds will need to be disposed of. If you have a compost bin, then pop it in there; you could also throw it on the earth (although be careful where you throw it if you used seeds). Or it can be thrown into running water, such as a river or the ocean. Alternatively, dump it in the trash.

As you dispose of the spell ingredients, say:
Anxiety that overwhelms me is now gone
Anxiety you are not wanted, be done!

Our thanks to Rachel for her guest post! For more from Rachel Patterson, read her article “A Witch’s Tool Kit for Self-Discovery, Care and Healing.”

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