When wanting something to vanish without a trace, fire is a no-brainer. So for the banishing of negative things, like bad habits, for example, we’ll turn to the element of fire for a simple spell with a big impact.

You will need:

  • Time to focus and meditate
  • A small bowl or plate you don’t mind getting dirty
  • A white candle
  • A red candle
  • A black candle
  • A piece of paper and pen
  • A pair of tweezers

Make sure to work in a well-ventilated space as there will be plenty of smoke. Windows open, witches.

Begin by writing down the thing you’d like to banish on the piece of paper and curling the paper tightly into a tube shape. It should be roughly the size of a cigarette, if a little longer and thinner. With your tweezers, secure the paper and then light the end of the paper on fire, using the flame to light the black candle. Once the candle is lit, quickly stub the paper out onto the plate. Because you have wrapped the paper tightly, it should burn a little slower, but still be careful because the flame can get out of control fast and burn the whole paper away within seconds. It’s okay to have a few practice tries and a bowl of water handy!

Once you’ve got it and the black candle is lit, it’s focusing time. Slowly roll the paper between your hands (it should still be in the shape of a tube) and close your eyes. Say aloud, “I am so much happier in my life now that I’m _____” or however you’d like to phrase it, making sure to a) stay positive and keep ALL negative words out and b) keep it in the present tense. For example, if the bad habit you’re trying to quit is smoking, you’d phrase it like “I am so much happier in my life now that I can breathe.” Repeat your sentence quietly, and mentally focus on your life without the negative influence. Imagine it gone. Imagine all the good things about your life now that it’s gone.

When you feel you’ve meditated enough, hold your piece of paper with your tweezers again and light the end on fire using the black candle. Use this flame to light the red candle and then let your piece of paper burn down over your bowl or plate, letting the ashes fall there. Let every single corner of the paper turn to ash. Whatever you wanted to banish is gone.

Blow out the black and red candles and dispose of your ashes as quickly as possible — down the drain is fastest!

Now light your white candle.

You can let this burn for as long as you like. White symbolizes new beginnings and purification and will promote your new life, free of the negative thing you’ve banished. So let it burn! I like to play uplifting music during this time and do things that make me feel happy and peaceful, like painting or reading or eating something. This should be a time of relaxation and calm — enjoy it!