~ SHADOW WORK MAGIX: BURY YOUR HAPPINESS ~
This spell is a long term, twofold spell for protecting your happiness while you heal from traumatic situations. It can also be used for purifying/cleansing purpose if you choose to do so. I apologize for typos ahead of time, I haven’t gotten much sleep due to health issues.
Mechanics and Concepts of the Magix
It took me a long time to get this tutorial, mostly because this is a very long spell! The prep work is quick and simple, but the time period over which the magix actually takes place is long, and will test your patience (which is intentional). The core idea is that when you are healing (primarily from social situations that were emotionally and mentally damaging), you may not always do what is best for your or your recovery. Much the way addiction is hard to beat–we are addicted to certain habits and patterns by nature. Either because we have never known anything but those patterns (ex: grow up in abuse, find yourself in an abusive relationship as an adult), or because we are used to the way they feel and anything outside of that is scary and uncomfortable. Sometimes even when we are on the road to recovery, we believe we are not worthy of good things or recovery, and hence don’t have the strength to protect our boundaries. The point is that sometimes you may find yourself running headfirst back into the problems for one reason or another–and that sets your recovery back, if not completely reverses any progress you’ve made.
So, the first aspect of this magix is dealing with the strength it takes to withhold and abstain from the situations that are unhealthy. Which is where patience comes in–it can be very hard to continue to stay away. Change and anything outside of habit can make one feel antsy, especially if you are used to the emotional extremes, highs and lows, of a given situation, the absence can feel foreign and wrong. Essentially, you will be putting your happiness (however you wish to define that) out of your reach in a controlled manner, to keep your focus on healing, and prevent yourself from further damage. The magix will not only put your best interests in a safe place so to speak, but create a defense system carefully tailored to a) destroy the things already there and in the way, and b) prevent further intrusion. Because of this, you may choose to alter the materials used based on your tradition. Anyone with herbal witchery experience, or a background in hoodoo, or kitchen magick will likely have associations to certain materials that will work better for them.
The second aspect of the magix functions as a purification system. The defenses serve a dual purpose of leeching out the traps and habitual failings that continually thwart progress. You can leave this process be, or take it further by specifically tailoring the written part of the magix to include a cleanse of yourself or your life (again, whatever suits your needs). If you are choosing to include the purification process, the time frame will be elongated, and the magix will be broken into two phases. This will be discussed later in the guide.
A final note before moving on to actually creating the magix; I highly advise keeping this as singular/solitary as possible. If you practice or worship deity, they can aid you surely, but I personally believe that a strong function of this magix is that it is you taking control of the wheel; you getting yourself up on your feet again; and you consciously becoming aware of the ways in which you hinder yourself. Rely on your background/deity for support and fortitude, but try to rely on your own strength as much as possible. This will build you up for better in the long run. Again, my opinion, feel free to disregard.
Please be aware that in doing this magix you may end up unleashing holy hell as you are effectively calling out for all things bad for you to come to the surface so that you may eliminate unhealthy actions and cycles. The magix is intended to be performed during a point of moderate stability, when you are looking to really commit to that stability wholeheartedly and have already made some progress.
Materials and Set Up
You may follow my supplies list, or substitute as necessary:
Black Salt (home made or confectionery)
Pink Salt (May use white sea salt)
Pepper Corns (or any element of spice)
A mortar and Pestle (or use the grinder caps on the salts)
A small trinket box/container (Must be opaque)
Pen (Make it a special one)
Flower cuttings (Optional. Small, must fit in the trinket box)
A stone/crystal that is either an absorbent or a purifier
String of a color that relaxes you
Note: I do not advise using dirt in this magix. While I am frequent user of dirt, and the concept of “burying” something would make dirt an appropriate material, dirt is a binding agent in my magix. Since you are following my guide–I would be wary of the association carrying over. Dirt can act as an anchor to the location of its origin, locking you down in your troubles rather than clearing them. You will be grinding the salts and spices to create a layer of “dirt”.
If you have tendinitis like me: Do not be cocky. Use the the grinder caps on the salt and pepper (or use a pepper mill). Mortars are super witchy, but grinding salts down can be really rough on injuries.
Paper: If you have a dedicated notebook to spells, prayer, or deity devotion/communication, use paper from there. You want something that is well charged with power and your energy, and the energy of things that are good for you/make you happy (hence if you have a turbulent and emotional relationship with your devoted spirit or deity, that might not be good paper to use because you want to keep the magix as clear from tribulations as possible). I used a notebook I use to write prayers and letters to the Wolf Man. (But L, you just said avoid turbulent relationships–yes but I only use this notebook to write positive and wishful things to him).
Box: Definitely make sure it is secure. It will be the overall shell to the magix, so you do not want something see-through. You may want to take this all the way and use a metal or heavy duty box. I used one that artistically matches my energy/identity.
Crystals: Use your expertise or whatever calls to you. You only need one for inside the box (so make sure it is not a stone you use frequently, because you will not be seeing it for a while). You may choose to use a second one later at the end of the magix, outside of the box.
Flowers: They are standard in most of my spells, in this case they are used culturally (flowers for death/loss, since you will hopefully be shedding the things/life behind you that were not good for you), as well as energetically for the intention of better and beautiful things to come. Flowers in my practice are always transformation tools, as they embody the process of shadow work rather well. But if you do not have the available, or don’t want to use them, you can skip this.
Put aside some time on a day when you are feeling particularly well (clear head, emotionally balanced, healthy–or as much as possible on any of these things). Preferably, have some privacy so that you can think in peace and quiet. On the paper write down your intentions and what you will be burying, and what you want to come out of it. In my case since I tied cleansing into the magix, I wrote a very brief prayer to bury the particular situations I was having trouble moving on from (that were affecting my ability to function in day to day life). Then I added a request to be cleansed, and to deliver me to the point in time in which those issues would no longer affect me. I folded up the letter small enough to fit in the box, drew a sigil for purity on the outside, and tied it closed. Take your time with this. The letter/prayer should be simple. You don’t have to explain or justify why those things need to be gone–you are putting your health first ultimately, and that’s all that matters. As long as that intention is clear, you’re good to go.
Now grind up enough pink salt to create a thin layer over the bottom of the trinket box, with some left to spare. Then put a layer of solid pink salt crystals over that. This is your cleansing “dirt”. It is going to keep the intention of your letter pure and untouched by any forces that wish to work against you. Place the tied letter on top of this layer. Then sprinkle the remainder of the crushed salt over it to “bury” it–sealing it in a clean space.
Over the letter you will want to place a thin layer of ground black salt, followed by solid black salt crystals, followed with a generous layer of more ground black salt. (You may choose to throw anything extra in this layer). Black salt for me works like a blindfold–it conceals your letter and creates a barrier between the outside world, and the inside safe space you created for the letter with the pink salt.
Now you will crush your spices. The spicier/stronger the better. I used a mixed pepper corn collection that stings the eyes as soon as you open the cap. Really–you want the spices to be unpleasant. This is your ward and deterrent. When placing this, you want to focus on your dedication to your health and how strongly you are backing your own boundaries. You essentially want the spices to absorb the nature of “don’t come within ten fucking feet of me.” Fill it with danger if you have to. The end goal is to make the energy of the pepper “spike”, and flare upon impact with ill intentions thought or sent by others.
Each layer should be done with patience and concentration. Take your time. Take days to do each layer if you need. You are setting up for a long haul, so you want everything to be accounted for.
I put a layer of whole, uncrushed, spices on top of the ground layer just to finish things off cleanly and disguise the “dirt” layers, so that when you open the box it looks like it is just a box full of pepper corns and nothing more. Again, it’s that hidden element of hiding your good things away for safe keeping.
Spend some time grieving after you have finished all the layers; because at this point, you are accepting that a better life is not in your cards right now, but is in the future and you are preparing it. You are suspending hope, and accepting that you’re going to embark on a journey to better yourself and work through your issues so that when that future time comes, it will not be in danger of being compromised.
Long Term Set Up
Now that you’ve done the burying part, you’ll want to place the crystal(s) and flowers over the peppercorns. Much the way flowers on a grave represent that what has been buried has not been forgotten, the crystal and the flowers help to anchor the intentions of the magix. That while you have just figuratively buried your happiness, you will one day come back to it. I advise using a crystal that can help absorb the negative and unhelpful things from your letter and outside influences.
After you’ve added any extra materials (I added a dusting of ground black salt to cleanse the whole process, because it was imperative for the type of prayer I wrote), put the cover on the box, find a safe location where it can remain for several months (potentially), and set up a ward of your choosing around it.
For my ward, I just put a circle of salt crystals around the box, and anchored it with a “keystone” crystal that is used for healing. I kept mine simple because I have layers of complex wards around this space in general, so I did not need anything complicated for the box itself. You can use a crystal grid, a sigil grid, or even “bury” the box itself by nesting it inside other items (this may be impractical though for the next part of the magix).
You’ll want to let this sit for some time. Check in energetically–if you feel a lot of activity (good or bad) going on, continue to leave it be. Let the magix do its thing. Once you feel that the energy and activity has died down and feels “empty”–you will want to give the box a little shake daily (or as you feel compelled to). When shaking, be mindful of your intention and radiate that you want good things for yourself, and that you want to feel better. No more than that–you do not want to weigh it down with any heavier thoughts than that. The longer the magix goes on for, the less you may feel the need to shake the box.
When a time comes when you realize you have forgotten the box (which should, if the magix worked properly, align with the time at which you have moved on from the issues that were troubling you), and you have ceased to shake it for a few weeks, you can move on to the second half of the magix. Do note that by “moving on”, I do not necessarily mean the situations were resolved. What it means it that the effect those situations had on you that you wished to be rid of are under control. For me, I was literally unable to sleep. I would go to bed with my mind reeling over the situation, and when I’d wake up in the morning after restless sleep, the first thought in my head would be that situation. So while I have no moved on or resolved that situation entirely in life (partially because what happened is out of my control), I reached a point where I made enough changes in my life that I was no longer reminded of anything related to it, and I was sleeping and had honestly forgotten about the situation for a while. It worked–and additionally my life was much better and I was finding small bits of happiness starting to arise. This is when I remembered my box and that I hadn’t touched it in a solid month.
After reaching a point of balance, open your box. Take note of what you observe. When I opened my box, my letter had un-buried itself. It was sitting at the top, much to my surprise. Even with shaking the box, I did not think the letter would move quite that far–but it was time and everything was ready to move forward, it was just waiting on me. Take out your letter, brush off the dust. Discard the now dead flowers, and put your stone somewhere to cleanse. Empty your box of the materials in whatever way you wish (they’re going to feel kind of nasty). Now you may pick one of two paths:
1) Untie and unfold your letter, read it, make peace with it, and observe if you feel you are indeed at the point you wished to be when you originally wrote the letter. If not, you may need to bury it again, or contemplate why the process did not work (divination is great for seeing the aspects you may have overlooked on your journey to recovery). If you are wary of your progress at all, I suggest taking path 2.
2) Clean out the box thoroughly of any residue and remains. Cleanse energetically as well. Place the letter still tied and folded back into the box, with a completely clean and clear stone (as in energy can pass through it). You are now giving the magix space to breathe and expand, giving it strength to take place and manifest in your life. I did this because when I unearthed my letter, I felt that the negative obstacles had definitely been removed, but that it wasn’t time yet where I felt I could wholeheartedly back my own happiness and fully believe I deserve it. I didn’t have the strength yet, I needed more time.
Put the cover back on the box, and let it sit in an open space for some time. No need for the extra wards this time, nor is there a need to shake (unless you feel like it. I’m sure throwing a tiny cat bell inside there and shaking it would add some nice feelings to the magix).
When ready, and you have forgotten about it because you have successfully been busy rebuilding your life, take out your letter and proceed with path 1 of reading it.
What May Happen During
I mentioned in the beginning of this guide that you may unleash holy hell on your life by performing this magix. While you are putting your happiness in a safe space for later manifestation at a better point in your life–you are also inviting everything that threatens that ideal, to come confront you. Think of it like capture the flag. Everything in your way that either passively or actively works against you will know you’ve set out the intention to have a better life and recover from bad things (that may have the desire to control you like an abusive friend, or a controlling employer). You’ve hidden it, but they’re going to search like hell to try to get to it first before you.
But you’re ready. That’s why you’re doing this magix, because you know that is not how you want to live your life, and you’re ready to do what you must to take your flag for yourself and stick it on your territory with assurance and confidence that it is yours, and no one and nothing has the right to take it from you.
These things take time, and it really will not work if you are not already on the road to that point. So it is not suitable magix for someone just beginning shadow work, or someone stuck in mid-relapse, as tempting as it may be. The magix is designed to sort of “graduate” you from healing to stable. If you are still fighting or struggling to just get to the point of healing, it may not be time for you. However–you are free to do this magix during a time of duress, and just extend the period of burial for a long long long time (like a year or more) and see what happens. However, I’d use my Get Out magix for that cause instead.
You can expect some major shifts in your life during this time, as you move closer to building a life that is sustainable for you, there may be changes you never thought of or previously seemed unfathomable and out of reach.
I created this magix because there was a lack of spells out there for post-recovery. Most spells are for getting you to the point of recovery or stability, or to target the individual issues in your way (such as curses against your foes, and prosperity spells so you can afford some health care). Recovering is hard, but keeping stable post-recovery is almost harder. It is scary because you are well aware of the world you just left, and the prospect of relapsing and falling back into it is enough to make you falter. It can be hard to have faith that you can continue to keep up a relatively normal and healthy life–but it’s worth a shot.
Thank you for reading~