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Isolde’s “Sleepy Hollow” inspired spells #1

Katrina Van Tassel’s « Evil Eye » Enchanted Shoes
For the one who wants to walk home safe and feel reassured at night

When I was 13, my French teacher made our class watch a movie before the Christmas holiday : Sleepy Hollow, by Tim Burton (2000). It was my first horror movie ever, and even know and then I can remember perfectly the intense shivering that crawled on my back while being shocked by what I saw. I was stroke both by the stunning atmosphere of the film (with this incredible gloomy, gothic photography) and the frightfulness of the severed heads and bodies. The Headless Horseman haunts me since, and I can honestly say that he kind of embodies all my deepest, darkest fears – and I’m now 23. For years I had nightmares about him, and sometimes it still happens to me. Well, I guess the turmoil is all mine !

           Anyway. I own this pair of shoes – adorable little boots with diamonds, stars and strass that glitters on the tiptoes. Because of this characteristic, they remind me of a bright night sky, when the stars watch over us, and so I wanted for a long time to enchant them for protection. I want them to keep me safe from harm when I walk with them on, especially at night.

           You may know that Katrina Van Tassel in Sleepy Hollow is a witch : she gave Ichabod Crane a small, pale blue grimoire that lately saved his life, but she also tries to protect people (including him and her father) from the attack of the Headless Horseman. To do so, she draws on the floor, with a pink chalk, a magical pentagramm full of symbols and sigils, that first seemed to be the evil eye itself until Ichabod discovers that it is in fact a spell especially designed to protect a loved one.

Here’s my spell, inspired by hers.

You will need : 

- a pair of shoes to enchant

- pink chalk or Posca to draw on the sole

- (optional) silver and gold glitters or sequins

- … and a strong faith and intent !

The Enchantment :

1) Draw Katrina’s pentagramm on the sole of your shoes, thinking of all the « Headless Horsemen » you want to keep away.

2) If your shoes have no stars (and I suppose they won’t, since the moon herself gave mine to me *mischevious smile*), you may want to « add » them. You can sprinkle glitter upon the shoes to consecrate them. You can draw some stars on the sole too with the pentagramm. You can perform the spell under a night sky. Whatever feels right for you to incorpore stars power and invite them to protect you.

3) Finally, chant or say the following :

« Twinkle twinkle little stars

While I walk très tard le soir*

I am free from harm and fears

No Horseman shall bring me tears

When I wear those magic shoes

I am safe from head to toes. »

* « late at night » (yes I’m French, and I wanted a rime, so what)

4) Keep your shoes under the stars for one complete night, for they can soak their energy.

Here you go ! Enchanted shoes, all yours !