About two weeks ago, city construction workers began setting up shop in my side yard. They unloaded a giant stack of pipes and several backhoes, parked their trucks on the lawn and acted like they owned the place. They practically demanded access to the inside of our house to verify which way our pipes ran from the house and bothered me constantly with their noise. I even found one of them wandering around in the back yard inside the fence without permission.
The best part though? Thursday one of the foreman knocked on the door and told me that one of my wounded trees (which I’d written a healing spell for) was in their way, and he needed permission to remove it. He talked like he was doing us a favor by removing it, but our conversation boiled down to he was telling me they were going to take the tree down despite what I said.
It was gone within the hour. I didn’t even have a chance to take a trimming or look at the pieces to see if any of it was salvageable for crafts. It surprised me how depressed I was the rest of the day, though it shouldn’t have. As Wiccans and witches, we connect with the natural world around us, and trees are an integral part of that relationship; we’re proud tree huggers for a reason.
So I’ve decided to plant a new tree in its place when the construction is finished, and another witchy friend very thoughtfully suggested a spell to honor the tree that came before. This spell can of course be adapted to honoring anyone or anything that came before. Happy Witching! )O(
Ayslyn’s Spell to Honor What Has Come Before
Note1 – this spell is supposed to be customized to the person or thing you are honoring. In this case I’m honoring a tree, so the honorary items are planting soil and moon water. You will need to choose appropriate items for your own adaptation. For a person, I would suggest pictures or special trinkets. For honoring a part of your life you’re about to leave behind, a symbolic item or writing what you’re leaving behind on a notecard.
Note2 – the idea of this spell is to ask the spirit/energy that was contained therein before to stay and protect what’s here now up to the point that the new spirit is strong enough on its own, so keep that in mind throughout the spell. You’re not making a demand and forcibly bending anything to your will, and while you are honoring what’s passed, this spell involves more.
- Yellow candle
- Honorary items (my potting soil, moon water and ribbon)
- Seasonal wine or juice of your choice
Difficulty Level: easy
Moon Phase: new moon, ideally at night
Ideally this spell would be started before the original spirit/object is gone or destroyed, but can still be performed shortly thereafter. (I’m having to wait until the construction workers are finished and we’re ready to plant the new sapling because right now the yard is a big hole in the ground) Fill your chalice with your drink and carry the chalice, candle, a lighter and your honorary items outside.
Set aside the candle and chalice and begin to carefully and lovingly plant your sapling tree with rich soil, watering it with the moon water after it is completely situated. Light the yellow candle and sit it at the base of the tree, careful not to let the flame or heat burn any of the leaves. As you light and place the candle, infuse your own will for the tree’s thriving survival into the little flame, so that as it burns it can pass along your good wishes. Now say: (The parts in parentheses are the parts you should change as need be.)
Here once stood
(a brave old tree)
that shared (its shade) and (gave its breath)
to all the life around.
We say goodbye to our dear friend
as she passes on to the Summerlands
with the knowledge she will be missed
and forever remembered in our hearts.
Blessed be our friend,
may your crossing be peaceful and swift
and on your way please
bless and empower the spirits who remain,
watching over the little one growing here now.
Pour a little of your drink around the base of the tree, then take a sip from what’s left. Keeping your heart light, remember the tree as it was, and think about how similarly strong yet uniquely different you’d like to see the sapling grow to. Drink what’s left from the chalice in a silent and heartfelt toast. Do not leave the candle burning unattended; when you’re ready to go back inside, carry it with you and find a safe place to let it burn down.