Courage Spells


In my last blog post I wrote about reclaiming our power in the aftermath of the election. Here are a collection of courage spells that might be helpful to you.


Some people wait for someone else to identify them, to recognize them and tell them who they are, what they should do and what they shouldn’t do. Usually it starts with our parents and then continues in school, religion, marriage, work, and friendships. Witches practice our craft to reforge our identity, to choose who we want to be, and to take responsibility for ourselves and our own happiness.—Laurie Cabot’s Book of Spells & Enchantments

Relax and meditate. Chant softly, getting louder for about three minutes and courage will come to you. Chant the following:

Burning flame,
Cooling wind,
Summon courage from within,
I call on all my strength and love,
Send me power from above.

In the gloom of winter we all feel discouraged by the snow and cold. Light a black candle or a white, and surround with salt. Feel a protective light surrounding you say:

Demons of doubt
Who nip at my hells,
Although you’re not real
Get thee behind me.
Get thee away
From my circle of light.
You are banished this day.

Purpose: To help you pluck up the strength to go out and do what you need to do.

Step One – Find an acorn and hold it in your hand. Recite:
        The mightiest of trees springs from a tiny acorn.
        Help me to remember that the small can be vicious.
        Bless me with strength and will of the oak.
        Grant me the voice of the thunder.
        Help me to roar when I would normally squeak.
        And help be to make my voice louder than my insecurities.

Step Two – Keep the charm on your person whenever you need to call on strength.

This ritual will increase your magical powers and energy. The purpose of this ritual is to tap into your own personal lifeforce and amplify it into a personal statement of self confidence and strength. Afterwards, when you feel yourself dragging in one area or another, concentrate on the appropriate symbol in the appropriate color for a bit, and you will find yourself tapping back into the energies you established in the ritual.

A set of crayons including red, orange, yellow, green, sky blue, dark blue, violet, black, grey, white, silver, and gold.
A medium to work on–cloth or paper on which all the colors will show up.
A red candle
A fiery scented incense, such as sage or cedar.
Face the east and say: Spirits of the East, powers of Air, we ask that you be present at this spell-working. Help us find inspiration and visualize the symbols clearly that we may partake of their essence.

Face the south and say: Spirits of the South, powers of Fire, we ask that you be present at this spell-working. Help us find the spirit within to empower the symbols and tune into their color energy.

Face the west and say: Spirits of the West, powers of Water, we ask that you be present at this spell-working. Help us to seek the mystery within, that the symbolsI draw here may work upon my emotions for my Highest Good.

Face the north and say: Spirits of the North, powers of Earth, we ask that you be present at this spell-working. Help us to manifest the symbols in the third-dimensional world so that their energies may become a part of our physical existence.

Face the sky and say: Father Sky, we ask that you watch over us in this spell-working. Lend us your wisdom so that we may safely link our inner vision with our outer selves.
Place your hands on the earth and say: Mother Earth, we ask that you watch over us in this spell-working. Let us ground ourselves deeply in you and draw on your strength and energy to sustain us in our work.

Face your altar in the center of the circle and say: Sacred center, Spirit of all that is, of whom we are all only aspects, unite this sphere into a protected space for the spell-working we plan to do here.

Using the red crayon, visualize the color as life essence. Draw the first symbol below the body shape that comes to your mind when you think of strength and power.

Now take the orange crayon. This color represents vitality, potency, courage. Draw the first symbol of these qualities that comes to mind slightly above and to the left of the last symbol.

With the yellow crayon in hand, concentrate on intellect, and your request for knowledge. Draw a symbol of this directly to the left of the human body shape.

Using the green crayon, visualize expansion, abundance, prosperity, growth, love. When you have felt its energy, draw a symbol of above and to the left of the human body.

Take up the sky blue crayon, and feel it’s energy of expression, communication, spiritual gain, joy, and self-achievement. Draw a symbol of those directly above the human body.

Using a dark blue crayon, draw a symbol to the lower-right of the last symbol. This one should represent synthesis and inner wisdom. It should align with the green shape.

In violet, which represents spirituality and guidance, draw a symbol of those traits directly to the right of the red central sign.

White is used to link the life-force. Draw a symbol that represents a cycle or strong bond below and to the right of the central symbol.

This main pattern is complete. It should resemble a circle of colors and symbols surrounding the body.

Now, trace from the central body, directly to the left. Here, you should come upon the yellow symbol. To the left of that symbol, you will draw another sign, in silver. Hold the silver crayon and feel it’s energy, imagine the journey you are embarking on, and draw a symbol of it.

Take the gray crayon and visualize flexibility, endurance, persistence and resolve needed to accomplish the changes you desire. When you feel it’s energy, draw a symbol of those strengths at the very top/center. (above the human body, and above the light blue sign.)

The gold crayon represents activity. Draw your symbol of activation to the far-right (lined up horizontally with the silver symbol).

Using black, feel and see the changes you want occurring, the power of this ritual going to work. Draw a symbol of this directly beneath the red symbol under the body. (The bottom of the page, centered.)

Give blessings to all invoked gods, goddesses, and spirits, using a chant to each quarter like this:

“Spirits of the east, powers of air, thank you for your presence and aid in this work. Depart in peace, my thanks and blessings.”

Open the circle, release the energy, and say:

“To all spirits visible and invisible that have been present in this ritual, depart in peace, my thanks and blessings.”

Hang the resulting picture up somewhere where you can see it often. When you need any of the specific traits energized in each symbol, simply think of that particular color and symbol as depicted in your masterpiece!

About David Taliesin

My name is David Taliesin. I'm an writer, teacher and retreat leader who explores the connections between Christian and Pagan Spirituality. E-mail me with any personal comments you'd like to share and I will do my best to answer them. You can also contact me through my Facebook page
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