I’ve done a lot of spellwork over my magickal career, but until very recently I had never done a sweetening spell. I think I’d skipped over them in the past because they’re often grouped with love spells, which I just don’t ever do. However, I recently got a really fantastic bone casting and the reader told me that I should consider doing a sweetening spell to make the people at my new firm act more favorably towards me. So, I decided to take a closer look at sweetening spells and really liked what I found.
In essence, a sweetening spell is done to make a person or situation more favorable – to make them be sweet to you. Sweetening spells are close kin to love spells, but are a lot gentler and less coercive. Instead of trying to force people into specific actions or emotions (e.g. make Jim love me or make my boss give me a raise), sweetening spells are aimed at making people be nicer, be more open and receptive. Sweetening spells are the magickal equivalent of bringing someone cookies in the hopes that they’ll be more likely to do you a favor. In fact, sweetening spells can be happily used in conjunction with bringing someone cookies ;)
While there are many different types of sweetening spells out there, the one that resonates the most with me is the honey jar. In its simplest form all a honey jar spell needs is a small container, honey, a small piece of paper, and a pen. You write the full name of the person or situation you want to sweeten three times on the piece of paper, then rotate the page 90 degrees and write your own full name across the other person’s name three times. Put the piece of paper in the jar, letting some of the honey get on your fingers. Then suck the honey off your finger saying, “As this honey is sweet so ___________ will be sweet to me.” You can enhance the spell by adding something linked to the spell target to the jar (a photo or signature are your most hygienic options). A bit of candle magick is often added by burning a small chime candle (of the color most appropriate to your desired outcome) on top of the jar, letting the wax drip onto the lid and jar. In most of the sources I looked at, both tasting the honey and the candle burning should be repeated weekly as long as the situation lasts or until you’ve reached your desired outcome.
|Gotta love locally sourced magick :)|
For the honey jar I made, I got a small jar of local honey (purchased from a local vendor very close to where I work) and used both paper and a pen from work. My targets for the spell were pretty much all the supervisors in my department, so rather than writing a bunch of names three times I created a sigil that represented them and wrote it three times on the paper and then crossed it with my own. I also drew the sigil on the lid of the honey jar with a sharpie (an invaluable magickal tool). I folded the paper nice and small and stuck it in the jar. I then burned a small yellow candle on top of the jar, right on top of the sigil. I’ll be doing this every Sunday in an hour of the sun for the foreseeable future.
|Sigils make writing out long lines of text so very much simpler|
Hoodoo Honey and Sugar Spells: Sweet Love Magic in the Conjure Tradition http://www.luckymojo.com/honeyjar.html