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Transitions can be tricky—it is often hard to let go of the past and move on. Sometimes we can get stuck on a particular part of the past, such as a breakup, death of a loved one, or losing something important (a home, a job, a way of life, etc.). Sometimes we try to cling to what we consider happier times, and sometimes we can’t get over trauma and keep reliving it in the mind.
Dwelling on the past only makes it more difficult to embrace the present or look to the future. As it happens, this time of the year is about letting go (you can learn more about this sabbat here). Apples are associated with the season of Samhain for that reason. Another name for the sabbat is the “Feast of Apples.” Apples have long been considered the “food of the dead,” but when you cut an apple across the center (not down, but horizontally), you find a hidden symbol: the pentagram, which symbolizes that the cycle of life goes on.
Try this simple Samhain apple spell to get rid of those links to the past that are holding you back.
The Magic of Apples
About This Spell
This is a very simple spell; all you need for it is an apple.
When and where you perform this spell is also up to you. It doesn’t have to be Samhain night—it can be in the afternoon or the week before. You can perform the spell during your formal ritual, or if you prefer, you can sit quietly on a park bench and cast it right out in the open. Don’t worry—it all takes place internally, and there is nothing dramatic enough to draw attention to yourself.
What makes this spell work is the personal power you’re able to build up and put into the intent. We call this “raising energy.” It requires working up your emotions and mentally pouring them into an item (in this case, an apple) to forge a connection.
Samhain: Feast of Apples
Performing the Spell
Meditate on the Situation
Think about how you felt in your past situation. If it was a person you loved, think about how you felt when you were with that person. If it was something you lost, consider how it made you feel when you had it. Hold the apple and start pouring those emotions into it.
Make a Mental List
Include in this list all of the good things you took away from the situation. If it’s a person who is no longer part of your life, think about all the great times you had, the things that person gave you. Maybe it wasn’t a good relationship; that doesn’t mean you can’t walk away with something good. For example, If you are trying to get over an abusive ex, what have you learned from the experience? You may have learned you are stronger than you thought, or that you have other people you can count on when you’re in need.
Take a Bite of the Apple
Take a bite for each item on your list. Take it in, chew on it, absorb it. You’re bringing it with you. Consume all the sweet experiences, make them part of you.
What you’re left with are the parts you don’t need: the core, the stem, the seeds.
Think About Those Things From Your Past Situation That You Don’t Need Anymore
It might be the obsessive feelings for an ex, the lingering grief over a death, fear, or anger that continues to plague you today. Envision the energy of all those feelings going into that apple core as you chant:
What’s done is done
what’s gone is gone
I’ve taken my fill,
it’s time to move on.
Chains that restrained
the ties that bind
dissolve and transform
when left behind.
Chant for as Long as You Like
As you chant, think about all those unnecessary things that hold you back. When you’re done, bury it in the ground forever. This portion of the spell is even better if you can do it on Samhain night.
Why Speak the Spell in Rhymes?
Witchcraft in fiction can sometimes be quite comical. A simple rhyme made up on the spot seems to unleash all the powers of the universe. The truth is, there is no special power in rhymes.
Rhymes in spellwork and chants are not necessary, but they’re useful. It’s easier to remember rhymes, so you don’t get tripped up and have to pull out your notes. It’s also easier to get into a rhythm for raising energy.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 Mackenzie Sage Wright