After a spell, I usually have a candle stub, or at least a pile of wax, some bits of paper, herbs, stones, ashes, etc. Is there a “proper” way to dispose of these things?
How you dispose of used spell components will depend on the spell. But before we “dispose” of our used components, let’s plan ahead a little.
First- Always make sure that you are using safe, biodegradable materials. No plastic bags, no Styrofoam, etc. Choose candles made from tallow, soy or beeswax versus paraffin or gel which are petroleum products. Choose natural fibers for any fabric you are using in the spell for poppets or mojo bags or whatever. This way, when you dispose of these items, they will be able to degrade into the Earth and cause no harm to it.
Many times a spell will tell you what to do with the components when you are done. If it doesn’t, or if you are writing your own spell, then you can use these guidelines:
If you are casting a spell meant to draw something toward you, your home or your place of business, I suggest you bury your spell components nearby, in the yard. They will continue to draw energy as the items biodegrade into the Earth. (Also, if you’re trying to draw energy toward someone else, it would be their yard.)
Burying them on the East or Southside will utilize the sun’s energy to help grow something with the East being better for things like communication, bringing in new customers, etc. The South is best for things like love and creativity. If your spell is focused on creating a solid foundation or security, I would choose the Northside. And if your spell is about deepening existing relationships, or bringing in joyful energy to combat melancholy, I might choose West. HOWEVER, it doesn’t matter all that much. You may decide to bury it on the side of the house closest to where the target sleeps OR you may only have access to a little plot of land on one side of the house. All of that is okay. It’s not that big a deal. Cunning folk use what they have an don’t sweat the small stuff.
Alternatively, if you have no yard. You could bundle it up and put it inside an outside wall of the house, in the back corner of a closet that touches an outside wall, or tuck it into your box spring (of course you want to make sure that none of the materials you choose for this particular spell are going to rot and stink).
You can also tuck them into the crotch of a tree or hang them from a branch. If I choose this option, I like to reduce the “creep out” factor by making it a little more decorative, so the neighbors can just go on thinking I’m weird rather than graduating to all-out creepy. I like to tuck these into a duck egg (I have ducks) assuming I can make it fit, and tie it with a ribbon and hang it in a tree. However, if you’re cursing someone, then, by all means, make it look as creepy as possible before you hang it in their tree.
If your spell is designed to send energy out into the world, you can burn your items (again, choose items that are safe to burn) or send them out into the world by tossing them into moving water, like a river or a storm drain (please make sure they are safe for the local wildlife).
This also works for banishing spells. As does flushing the items (assuming they are small) down the toilet or down a drain.
For binding spells, I like burying, but not near the house. Or tucking the bundle under a large rock or paving stone.
Some non-disposable items can be re-used with a good cleansing. Use your judgment on this. Sometimes it feels too weird to reuse something.
I think that about covers our possibilities, please someone correct me if I missed something.