Just found this site – Witches Of The Craft. While browsing through it’s pages and posts I found the below article about making petitions to the Gods; solid, practical advice.
Petition Magic A petition is usually a written wish. It involves asking Deities or Spirit for help and/ or guidance in an issue. Writing can be done with magical inks with a quill or brush for an extra boost. If you’ve learned them, you can also write in the magical alphabets that so many books contain. Personally, I’ve never bothered with them, but it may appeal to some. My advice is to only do so if you are comfortable with it and are doing it for a specific reason. Using magical alphabets for no purpose other than wanting to look like a know it all will not impress anyone, least of all Deity. But if you use them, be sure to check and double check your translations and how you’ve written or drawn the symbols. Writing magical petitions so poorly that you come across like a five year old is never a good thing.
Magical inks are available from many pagan stores or there are recipes on the internet for making them if you are that type of person. The most common are Bat’s Blood (for darker magics), Dove’s Blood (for love and growth) and Dragon’s Blood (for power). Bat’s Blood and Dove’s Blood inks may traditionally have been made with the blood of those creatures, but these days it’s a herbal and alcohol based brew. Some like to add a small amount of their own blood (be it 2 drops from a pricked finger or menstrual blood) when writing petitions. Be aware though, that your blood contains links to you and that you should always be careful about how the petition, or any leftover ink, is disposed of.
Many people suggest using parchment for magical writing. As true parchment is made from the skin of a calf or goat, it’s rather hard to come by and expensive when you do find it. Any paper will work, it can perhaps be coloured to work with your purpose, or be recycled and handmade— possibly with appropriate herbs added in during the making process.
As you write your petition, ask for the help you require. Be specific and be careful. If you make promises of offerings or sacrifices be sure that you follow through and understand what it is you are promising.
A picture filled with your own symbolism can be used instead of or in conjunction with a written petition. Explain your need and pour it into the petition. Raise energy and pour that into the petition too.
Petitions to remove things about yourself can be inscribed in scraps of wood and burned in a Sabbat bonfire.
A simple petition spell to make someone back off and take a chill pill, if you like, is to write their name on paper or write them a letter. Put it in a plastic bag and leave it in the freezer. I’ve gotten rid of a stalker this way, he came to no harm, but wasn’t so hot for me anymore. One friend used it to make her ex back off a bit. Leave it for as long as you feel it’s necessary.
What you do next with your petition is entirely up to you. Petitions have been mentioned in a number of uses in previous spells. They can be burned, wrapped around a talisman or bundle of herbs, carried in a bag or pouch, buried, the ash from a burned petition can go into a powder, a body of water, a wash, mixed with oil or ink and painted onto a talisman, or released into the air.
If your petition is to draw something to you, keep it nearby. If it is to remove something, get rid of it.
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Debbie Dawson has been a Witch for many years. Inquisitive and contrary, she has spent most of those years questioning and challenging the accepted forms. She has been an active part of the New Zealand Pagan and Witchcraft community, running coffee meets, workshops and festivals. With her best friend, Debbie runs a small Pagan Supplies business that focuses on providing community and opportunities for beginners and those who also like to question and challenge the norms. Debbie lives on a small farm in North Canterbury New Zealand with her husband, children and far too many animals.