Happy New Year from London Conjure

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Happy New Year from Sister Enable, La Gitana and our new associate worker, Mama Fien, who will be helping us help you in 2014!

Out with the old and in with the new...

Here is a very simple working you can try yourselves if you feel so inclined. You can do this at any time of year but new year is a great time as you can work it along with your resolutions.

Some people call this kind of work a "Cut and Clear", some call it a Removal and Attraction work and there are other names for it too. People have various ways of doing this. Here is one way you can try...

The basic idea here is to draw in the positive and remove the negative... the negative in this instance being things that you are holding onto that you wish you weren't - things you want to move on from... maybe thoughts of having failed in a situation, maybe thoughts about an ex lover that bring up the past and hurt you, maybe a lack of motivation or inertia or maybe past family hurts... really anything you don't want to hold onto in your life.

You will need three jar candles... a black one, a yellow one and a white one, some brown paper, a pen, a lemon and some thread - preferably black but plain string will work just as well - and some olive oil and a little sea salt.

Take some olive oil and add to it some lemon peel and some sea salt (not too much salt, a small sprinkling is adequate). Or, some lemon essential oil with some sea salt would work just as well.

Dress your black and yellow candles with this oil you have made and add a link of yours (a hair is good) to all three candles by pushing the oil and hair down five holes at the top of the candle - four in a square and one in the center near the wick (you can make the holes using a kebab skewer, a nail, even a chopstick...cleanse the implement first though, along with anything else you are using here). Don't overload your candles, you don't want a fire hazardous set of candles.

Dress your white candle with olive oil you have prayed Psalm 23 over or use a blessing oil or drawing oil of our choice.

Now make three lists : one on the left side of the paper, one in the center and one on the right hand side of the paper. (Lay an A4 sheet sideways so you have the space to do this). On the far left :- write all the things that have troubled you greatly, energies that you have held onto for way too long, the real tricky things; in the center write all the things you want to let go of but which are less intense (but still need canning) and on the right hand side, write down what you want to bring into your life. You can be as specific as you like and the list can be as long as you want.

Once the lists are done, cut the paper vertically, separating one section from another, using scissors.

Spot some of the lemon oil you used to dress the black and yellow candles onto the lists with the things you want to get rid of . Set aside for now.

Next, spot some of the prayed over olive oil or blessing oil onto the list of what you want to draw to you and fold that paper towards you.

Then, take the list of the very tricky stuff (the list that you wrote on the far left side of the paper) and cut it again, cutting it up into two halves, "separating" it from itself in a diagonal cut. Take one half and fold it away from you until you have a little packet and place it inside the lemon and tie that lemon up with a black thread. Set this in front of your black candle. Take the other half, fold it away from you and set it under your black candle, to the left of your work space.

Next take the list of things that are less intense but still need to be gotten rid of and fold that away from you and set under the yellow candle which you will place to the right of the black candle.

Finally, place the white candle over the top of the things you want to draw into your new year and set that to the right of the yellow candle (see picture).

Light your candles from left to right and pray over them any psalm or prayer that resonates with you for this work - alternatively simply state your petition.

If there is a lot of darkness/soot/residue in any of the candles after they have burned out, you may have to re-do this work until the jars burn clear. Keep the lemon until it has dried out. You can hang it at a window after the candles have burned out until it has dried, pre disposal. The theory behind that is when the lemon dries up, so will the issues and once the candle burn clear - or at least end up clear (you may have darkness at the top which clears as the work tarts to work) the issues clarify and dissolve.

You can change this simple working up and make it your own by adding herbs to the mix if you are working for one specific matter (for example, you might like to use balm of gilead to add when dressing the candles if you are wanting specifically to get rid of the pain of an old relationship and draw in a better one - you might add one to each candle for example...and so on).

So be creative, but do be safe - an overloaded candle or an un-supervized candle can be a fire hazard).

May you successfully rid yourself of the old and bring in the new, attracting a positive and blessed 2014.