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“Something combustible” leaves a lot of leeway. Things like petition papers, incense, candles, etc. would all, I think, fall under the definition of combustible for these purposes. While this means that today won’t be too taxing, it also means I’m pretty much going to do something I’ve done many, many times before.
I’mma set some bay leaves on fire.
If you’ve been following my Instagram, this is something you’ve seen me do before.
Bay leaves are useful for simple wishing spells. I take a dried leaf, write my desire on it (I have a set of India ink brush pens in a bunch of different colors that are useful for this), and light it up in a fireproof container. If you really want to, you can add incense, candles, stones, music, or any other aspects you think would help, but I’m going to keep today simple.
Since it’s Sunday, that means it’s a good day for spells for success. Who doesn’t have things in their life that they hope are successful? So, I’m going to write some simple petitions, light them up, and quit worrying. It’s a small gesture, but it’s effective. It’s also an easy way to incorporate something magickal into your everyday life without having to budget for time and expensive supplies– a jar of dried leaves from the grocery store, a Bic, and you’re good to go.
I’m extra careful when I’m burning anything. Not only am I concerned about the risk of fire (or just setting off my smoke alarm and pissing off my neighbors), but breathing in the smoke isn’t exactly my favorite thing to do. Bay leaf smoke smells good– kind of like sage, but woodier and earthier– but I’m not inordinately fond of lungfuls of soot.
If you don’t have bay leaves, a piece of paper will work. Try to use non-toxic ink, and avoid breathing in the smoke. It’ll be acrid at best, and (if you’re using recycled paper) it may contain bits of register receipts and other paper-based items that are chock full of potentially harmful chemicals like chlorine or PCBs.
Do you use bay leaves? How do you use petitions in spells?