Samhain/ new years spell

1. Preparing for the New Year’s Spell

1 – Aries – Seeds, new beginnings, inspiration, new projects, birth.

2 – Taurus – Earthly success, material wealth, physical health.

3 – Gemini – Communication, messages, information.

4 – Cancer – Relationships with self, other people and higher forces.

5 – Leo – Art, romance, luck, free will, creativity, love.

6 – Virgo – Service, family, community, organisation.

7 – Libra – Harmony, balance, negotiations, resolutions.

8 – Scorpio – Magic, philosophy, sex, death, alchemy.

9 – Sagittarius – Spirituality, universal consciousness, law, science.

10 – Capricorn – Power, authority, fame, empire building.

11 – Aquarius – Renewal, evolution, transcending the old, transpersonal.

12 – Pisces – Soul, karmic matters, mysteries, far journeys.

All the Blue highlighted ones are water 

All the brown highlighted ones are earth

All the red highlighted ones are fire

All the yellow highlighted ones are air

Copy out the 12 houses of the zodiac below and consider what you want to have happen for the next year in that department.


For example, 1, Aries, is about new beginnings. What do you want to begin or start afresh? Make up your mind and write it down, for example, I want to start exercising regularly.


Put your desire into this form of spell:


Lord of the Stars

now hear my plea:

Bring (…) to me

in perfect love and harmony

this is my will, so shall it be.


In our example, we could choose to say:


Lord of the Stars

now hear my plea:

Bring wondrous exercise to me

in perfect love and harmony

this is my will, so shall it be.

Work your way through all the 12 houses/positions so you know what you are going to say; write it down if necessary.

*Personalisation Note For The New Year’s Spell: You can choose to direct your spell to another entity than the Lord of the Stars. For example, you can evoke the Lady of the Stars, (God and goddess of choice), “my higher self” or any entity you personally feel will get the job done for you.


2. Gathering The New Year’s Spell/Ritual Ingredients For The New Years Spell

The base pattern for this spell is to light a white candle for each one of the 12 sub-spells/positions. This can be a candle or a tea light and when all are lit, you have a quite wonderful “circle of lights.”


*Personalisation Notes For The New Year’s Spell: For those who can’t manage 12 candles for whatever reason, you can use other markers instead, for example 12 clear quartz crystals, or 12 pebbles at a pinch. The main thing is that something happens after you have spoken the spell. Either you light the candle and place it into the circle, or kiss the crystal/stone/marker and place it in the circle. That concludes the 12 individual sub-spells each time.


There is no need to cast a circle for this spell/ritual as the completed Circle of Lights is clearly its own circle and focuses the energy of the 12 spells by virtue of being an established circle; but if you want to cast one and invite the quarters, by all means, feel free to do so.


If you want, you can mark out the places on your New Year’s Spell clock before you start with chalk/sand circles, or by placing pictures of the Zodiac signs down, or using a ritual cloth or painting with the Zodiac circle upon it. It’s not necessary however as the Circle of Lights comes into being anyway when you light/place the markers.


3. Doing The New Year Spell/Ritual

Be clear in your mind what you are going to ask for on each one of the positions; have it written down if necessary.


Set a nice ambience (many practitioners prefer to take a ritual bath and get dressed in ceremonial clothes and jewellry before they start).


Have your candles ready to hand and the space to place them.


* Personalisation note: You can do this New Years Spell on a table top, or on the floor, and you can be inside the Circle of Lights, or outside of it and make it smaller.


Relax, loosen up any tense body parts, take three deep breaths and evoke:


On this night,

I bless the year to come

My will be heard,

My will be done.


Light the first candle, evoke the requisite spell for the 1 o’clock position and place the candle in the 1 o’clock position.


Take a deep breath in and out and clear your mind.


Pick up the next candle, light it from the 1st and evoke the spell for the 2 o’clock position.


Repeat until the whole Circle of Lights is established.


With both hands over the circle in a clockwise direction, evoke:


On this night

I bless the year to come

My will was heard,

and it is done.


Bow and either blow out the candles or if safe/possible, leave the candles to burn out through the rest of the night.


Additional notes on the New Year’s Spell:

  • You can do this spell with a group, coven or family. Agreeing on mutual aims for everyone in the group so each of the 12 sub-spells is cohesive is a great part of setting up this spell. Members of the group can take turns lighten and evoking the sub-spells, and everyone says the start and finish evocation together, replacing I and my with We and our.

  • With this New Years Spell, which can be as stripped down and simplified as a single person doing this with pebbles on a table top, the preparation of knowing what you’re asking for is all important. Really spend some time to figure out what you really, really want and need on each one of the positions.

  • You can cut out the whole Zodiac thing and do this spell/ritual by the months of the year instead. In the preparation phase, focus on each month and decide what you want to have happen in that month for the complete New Years Spell.

  • Another way of doing this spell is to use the 23 Genius Symbols instead of the 12; the blessing up front and at the end sets the intention and you can stream your wishes, using “Lord of Time,” “Lord of Space,” etc. in the sub-spells.

  • For a really spectacular group version of this New Years Spell you can use fireworks instead of candles. You can write the purpose of each one on the firework; one person after the other puts their unlit firework forward into the circle, ready to go, then steps back and waits until everyone has done the same. At the end, everyone steps forward together and lights theirs so they all go off together.

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