Two weeks ago, a friend called me in panic because a relative left some expensive equipment in her home and it had gone missing. After taking her through some meditative techniques to calm and center her energies, and teaching her my own visualization technique for finding lost items, I did a small candle spell to booster and support her efforts and that was that. I haven’t heard back from her yet, so I don’t know the outcome, but I had my own little troubles to distract me.
In fact, that same day I’d used exactly what I taught her to find a book I was sure I owned, but couldn’t find. And like her, I was POSITIVE I’d looked everywhere. Including the refrigerator! Alas, I could not find the book and was feeling really frustrated. But once I calmed and centered my energies, extending them through the house and “looking” in every nook and cranny while seated calmly in my living room, I “saw” the book in my guest room, a room in which I hadn’t actually looked.
Sometimes we’re positive about something that just isn’t so. We “see” what we have conditioned ourselves to see. I had conditioned myself to believe I didn’t put books in my guest room and so subconsciously eliminated it from my search, and yet considered my search POSITIVELY complete! The end result was that I obviously had decided at some point to stash a couple of stacks of books in the guest room (I’m sure only temporarily!) and then forgotten them.
Also two weeks ago, I purchased several new dish towels, because all my dish towels had, one by one, snuck off to points unknown. The new dish towels are perfectly serviceable, but not nearly as nice or pretty. So this past weekend I decided to leave a small offering to my house faeries to see whether they would coax my delinquent towels out of hiding. As to why I didn’t do this BEFORE buying replacements — well, I’m getting old — that’s the only excuse I can think of and apparently it’s time to start doing some memory spells.
Happily, the house faeries were successful and three towels have already been corralled! One I found in plain sight and the others I found peeking out of a stack of papers and a stack of books. They look rather sheepish and ashamed, but smell and look fresh and clean, so I’m not putting them into the wash again for fear they’ll get together to canoodle another escape. They’ve been penned up with the new towels and hopefully are exchanging personal information in a nice little “getting to know you” coffee klatch in the kitchen cupboard.
Here’s my favorite rhyme for asking my house faeries to help me find things I’ve misplaced in my home:
Something’s gone, lost somewhere,
It simply vanished into air!
If its whereabouts you ken,
Would you bring it back again?
Leave a small, shiny object on your altar or your house faeries’ favorite meeting spot to reward them for their efforts.
Here are some other ideas (collected from various sources around the Internet without attribution) for finding lost objects:
Anoint a yellow candle with lemongrass oil from the base up to the top. Light the candle and some jasmine incense. Sit quietly and say:
Object I seek, come to me,
Wherever ye hide, I shall see.
And as my word, so mote it be!
Close your eyes and focus your attention on your third eye (center of forehead). Be open to any impressions you receive as to where your object may be. If you don’t see much at first, don’t get discouraged. It just may jump out at you later.
Keeper of what disappears,
Hear me now, open your ears.
Find for me what I now seek,
By Moon, Sun, Earth, Air, Fire and Sea.
Say or chant:
I now invoke the law of three,
What once was lost returns to me.
This can be spoken as needed when you have lost something:
Bound and binding,
See the sight,
Hear the sound.
What was lost,
Now is found,
Bound and binding,
Then think of what the object looks like and how it sounds.
Earth, air, water, fire,
Help me find what I desire.
Candle, cup, wind, seed,
Help me find what I need.
Remember to think about what you want to find very hard.
Cast a circle as you normally would. Then say:
By the powers of Moon, Sun, Earth, Air, Fire and Sea,
What once was lost return to me.
Release the magic and wait.
Concentrate on the item you have lost and recite these words at length:
What is lost, must now be found,
Take my luck and turn it around.
Repeat three times.
You might want to try this spell:
Black candle (for solving mysteries and drawing away the negativity of the loss)
Orange candle (for luck and precious objects)
Cast your circle and invoke the Elemental Guardians. Light the black candle first and then the orange candle. Visualize the lost object(s) in the mirror as already being found. Place the magnet between the two candles and stroke it towards you as you say the following three times:
By the wavering flame of this black light,
Grant to me of my (name lost item) a sight.
By the power of this orange flame,
Give me luck to find the same.
In this mirror the (name lost item) I see.
Make the magnet draw them to me.
Close the circle, but let the candles burn down with the magnet between them.
If your item still eludes you, try this approach. Under a full moon say:
Wolves and fairies, dragons and ghosts,
Help me find the thing I need most.
My (name lost item) is lost and cannot be found,
Whether lost above or below the ground.
Bring it back to me, So mote it be!
Here’s another spell:
Purple, cinnamon-scented candle
Tea tree oil
A brush made out of the tail of a squirrel
Under the light of a purple, cinnamon-scented candle, drip tea tree oil on a piece of paper. Hold the paper so that the oil flows downward. When it falls off the paper, take the brush and dip it in the ink. Trace the route made by the oil on the paper with the ink, forming a squiggly line. Recite the following spell:
Tipping on my toes,
Crouching on my knees,
Looking in burrows,
And the hives of bees.
The matter misplaced,
Recover I must,
Before time turns it
To dirt, grime and dust.
The location of the lost item will appear on the ink stripe upon the paper, along with its name, and the time and date when it was lost. The location will appear only shortly, so concentrate. If, however, you wish to extend the period of its appearance, then along the line formed with ink draw another line using lavender oil.
This spell originated in Greece, where it is used to locate lost objects. All you need is a handkerchief made of natural fabric, some soil, and your powers of concentration. To begin, picture the lost item in your mind. As you visualize the lost object, tie the handkerchief into a knot. Then take the knotted handkerchief out to your garden (apartment dwellers may use a potted plant) and press the knot into the soil while reciting these words:
Back to the earth, back to the ground,
I won’t untie you until my (name lost item) is/are found.
Leave the handkerchief undisturbed until you find the lost item. When it is found, give thanks and untie the knot. Launder the handkerchief and put it away in a safe place to use again as needed.
Cast a circle and sit in the middle of it. Visualize yourself on a great map, where you are the compass needle. Close your eyes and allow your inner vision to go in all directions. Clearly visualize what you have lost. Try to remember the last time you had it in your possession. Allow your vision to point your inner compass and when you feel heat or a hot sensation, your “needle” should stop. “Look” for your item in that direction and chant:
North and South, East and West,
Find the source of my unrest.
Help me find what I have lost,
A value that defies its cost.
Return to me that which I need,
As I will, so mote it be.
One last spell for lost and mislaid possessions:
Possessions lost to another dimension,
Return to me now, that is my intention!
Possessions lost to borrowing friends,
Return to me now, the borrowing ends!
Possessions lost to memory failing,
Return to me now, heal this ailing!
Possessions mislaid now need to be found,
Return to me now, all safe and sound!
I call on the Goddess Mnemosyne
For memory boosting, now and all time.
I pray to thee now and hope that you hear,
Please help me to find all the things I hold dear.
To find my possessions, I need clarity.
As I will it, so mote it be!
Once the possession is found, please remember to thank the Goddess Mnemosyne and praise her for all the wisdom and clarity she has shared with you!