the signs as fairy tale aesthetics
  • aries:stolen treasures, flashing swords and thunderstorms
  • taurus:wild woods, hidden curses and fur gowns
  • gemini:gingerbread cottages, wildflowers, and potion vials
  • cancer:glass slippers, enchanted springs and gemstones
  • leo:sleeping dragons, secret keys and gold crowns
  • virgo:pressed flowers, wild hair and fairy wings
  • libra:ermine trim, magic mirrors and a throne
  • scorpio:eternal love, haunted forests and crushed velvet
  • sagittarius:red roses, magic lamps and a castle steeped in fog
  • capricorn:swan feathers, ice palaces and a string of pearls
  • aquarius:leather-bound spell-books, wooden cabins and mason jars
  • pisces:mermaid tails, crescent moons and a raging sea
New Skin Enchantment

This enchantment will help you call on power to help support you between changes. This can be used to help with any sort of transition, be it habit breaking, physical changes in your body, or self love.

This enchantment is a bit more complicated than my usual spell so feel free to substitute anything with what you see fit.


Reptile skin - You can find these outdoors, at local pet stores, or purchase them. To shed their skin does NOT harm reptiles. They do this as they grow. Choose a reptile you feel best represents your situation. For bad habit breaking I’m using snake skin.

Egg shells -  I’m using humanely gathered eggs (and therefore eggshells). If you can get them from a local farm or something of that nature it will be better. Grocery store eggs will also work, but I feel like the better treated the animal the better the results.

Strawberries - Strawberries have a history of clearing toxins and fertility. This is a great boost for any spell involving new changes.

Something you can wear - Ok so I’m big on jewelry but you could do anything. It could even be socks. Something you can wear (preferably every day). I would lean more towards jewelry or something of that nature because clothing must be washed. Washing away the enchantment means you’ll have to cast it again.

And a bowl - I’d use the nice bowl, the one you like. Yes that bowl.

How To Proceed:

Grind the shells and the skins into a fine dust. If you do not have access to a mortar and pestle or any other grinding tool breaking them down small will be fine.(Please wear safety materials such as a face mask if you have respiratory issues. The skins and shells can be dangerous of inhaled.)

Set down the trinket (I’ll refer to it as a ring from here on out) in the bowl. Cover the ring in the powder. Set the strawberries down in a pleasing manner around the ring. Use a number that makes sense for your goals, I use 3 a lot in my magic for personal reasons so here I’d use 3. If you’re unsure just think about it yourself.

If you feel an incantation would help you focus your magic something along these lines will suffice:

“Skin of old, the tales you tell
I must break from my shell.
The me beneath grows alive.
I must free it in order to thrive.
So my _______(object) retain 
So my enchantment shall contain.”

Let the ring sit for some time after that. Once you have finished blow it off and put it on. Whenever you feel yourself slipping back or away call on the power of the enchantment in the ring. Pull the magic over you like a shawl. Draw power from it as you wear it. Only take it off when you  must (to bathe and so on).

I would redo this magic as you feel it fade, typically it is every two weeks or so but some people can pace themselves better.

It is significant that the Latin word for poetry, ‘carmen,’ is also the word the Romans used for a song, a magic spell, a religious incantation, or a prophecy—all verbal constructions whose auditory powers can produce a magical effect on the listener.
—  Dana Gioia on the enchantment of poetry in The Dark Horse.