Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Spells and divining to find lost things

Last week, someone emailed me to ask “I need help finding a missing item. It is very important. Can you help me?”

We all lose things from time to time and it can be very upsetting, even if the item only has sentimental value. But if what you have lost is your laptop with all your work on it, the repercussions can be disastrous.

It is very easy to forget to insure your stuff or back up your files. Even if you have taken these precautions, a loss can still be very annoying.

If you have lost something, you should obviously try practical ways of finding your item before resorting to magic. Search everywhere it is likely to be, ask people who may have seen it, contact your service provider if you have lost something like a mobile phone, check lost property departments and tell the police if you think it might have been stolen.

But magic can help you find lost things – and there are many different ways of doing this.

Dowsing
Dowsing - sometimes called divining - is one of the best known magical means of locating things that are hidden. It is most often used to find sources of water below the ground, but you can use the same techniques to find mislaid or hidden objects.

It is done with a handheld instrument such as a forked hazel twig, a set of metal rods or a pendulum. To use a pendulum to dowse for something, hold it by its chain or cord and concentrate on the thing you are looking for. The pendulum should start swinging in the direction you need to go.

You can triangulate by using the pendulum in several places and seeing where the lines it points to converge. 

If you are using the pendulum over or close to the thing you want to find, it might go round in a circle rather than swing backwards and forwards.

The pendulum pictured above is available from Pagan Magic for £19.

Spells
Candle spells can easily be used to help you recover lost items. You can either cast a spell to try to reveal the location of something that is hidden or concealed, or you can try to attract the item to you.

The nice thing about candle magic is that all you really need is a candle. You either inscribe your wish on the candle, or concentrate very hard on your wish, then light the candle and concentrate on sending the wish into the flame.

Ideally, you should let the candle burn down completely to be fully effective. As it is dangerous to leave candles unattended, you might want to use a small candle for your spell or else burn the candle for a while every evening before you go to bed, repeating your wish.

If you want, you can place a small lodestone or magnet at the base of your candle if you are casting a spell to attract things, or place the candle on or in front of a mirror to reveal hidden things.

Website Pagan Magic has several variations on candle spells to find lost things. Have a look at these links:
http://www.pagan-magic.co.uk/shop/finding-spell-a-870.html?ad=badwitch
http://www.pagan-magic.co.uk/shop/spell-find-lost-objects-a-871.html?ad=badwitch
http://www.pagan-magic.co.uk/shop/chant-find-lost-object-a-867.html?ad=badwitch

Scrying
Scrying is the witch's traditional method of finding the answers to questions and seeking hidden knowledge as well as looking into the future. It can also be used to find lost things. Crystal balls and dark mirrors are best for this kind of scrying, but it does take a little practice to learn the art.

If you don't own a crystal ball or dark mirror, you can use a simple bowl of water. Fill a bowl or cauldron nearly to the top with water. Dim the lights and stare into the bowl, then ask it to reveal to you the location of what you are looking for. After a while you should start to see shapes and images, which could offer clues to help you find your lost item.

Pagan Magic sells a variety of crystal balls, including the aurora crystal ball pictured.

Last resort
If you have searched everywhere and tried everything and still can't find your lost item, you will probably have to consider getting a replacement. However, doing that might be just the trick to help you find the one you lost. Maybe it is just coincidence, but the number of times I have held out on replacing something because I am sure the old one would turn up sooner or later, only to find it does reappear just as I've forked out to buy a new one.

Blame it on the mischevious fairy folk - that's what I do.

Previous related posts:
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2010/06/midsummer-divination-and-mugwort-tea.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2008/10/spells-to-find-lost-cat.html

61 comments:

Anonymous said...

i believe my brother and my moms spouse stole moms jewelry and pitures, they even took great grandmoms and grandmoms engagementrings, what spell could i use, and do i have what it takes to cast a spell for the return of her personal items. when she died she left her things to me, one is a drunk and a thief that has been stealing fromher for years i found out after her death and the other has scammed her out of tens of thousands of dollars, they got mad and ransacked her house. my name is diane

badwitch said...

If you think your relatives might possibly have taken things that you think don't belong to them, then it would be ideal if you could have a discussion about this with them. Maybe this can be cleared up without much fuss. If you are sure that something has been stolen, then go to the police and report the crime. You might be able to claim back for stolen things through your insurance too. Please use normal means of getting items returned before casting any spells.

Anonymous said...

There was a thief in my house and he stole many valuable things including my latop proffesional camera and a bracelet that had a sentimental value to my family. What should I do? Can I cast a spell? Can you help me?

badwitch said...

Anonymous - So sorry to hear a thief stole your laptop, camera and bracelet. How awful! I wrote this spell for someone who had their laptop stolen and it might possibly be of use: http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/11/spell-talisman-to-help-recover-stolen.html

Anonymous said...

I have lost both my nephews Dual Citizenship cards. I thought I put it in my suitcase but it's not there. I have searched everywhere it could be and I still cant find it. Their flight is in a few days and they cant travel without it.
What spell could I use to find them? Please help me.
Thanks.

badwitch said...

So sorry to hear you can't find those important documents. There are various deities you could pray to for help in finding them. Adeona is the Roman guiding goddess for children. She helps children find their way home if they are lost, but she might also help your children find the Citizen Cards they need to travel.

Anonymous said...

Hi I lost my bracelet today and I don't no where it is and it might be in a different country because I came of Holliday today is there any way of getting it back with out my mum knowing I do magic because she doesn't no pleas help it meens a lot
Ps I'm not verry good at magic I have only been doing it for 6 months and my only resort is the Internet and apps I don't have any witches of wicins in my family

badwitch said...

Hi Anonymous. Sorry to hear that you lost your bracelet. To be honest, before using magic, your best bet would be to phone the place you were staying and ask if the bracelet was handed in to lost property. If so, perhaps they could post it back to you in a plain padded envelope without your mum knowing? You could also ask the hotel whether they can give you the phone numbers of any other lost property offices in that area, in case it was handed in locally. If that doesn't work, you could try a little magical scrying (using a bowl of water to scry into) to see if you get a glimpse of where your bracelet is now.

Anonymous said...

i lost my phone yesterday but i know that i let it at home im looking every where for it but i can't find it. if you do a magic is going to be anything bad

Anonymous said...

hello i was wondering if you would help me, i seem to have lost my memory card (went missing 2 1/2 weeks ago and i've look all over for it , also my daughter had gotten to a small bag that i've kept memory cards in and now i cant find another different one ( this one went missin a couple of months ago)again i've looked everywhere for them, is there a spell of something to get them back or reveal to me there locations. (the memory cards have pics on them from when i was pregnant and of my daughter from when she was a newborn to maybe 4-5 months and im goin crazy looking)

Anonymous said...

hello i was wondering if you would help me, i seem to have lost my memory card (went missing 2 1/2 weeks ago and i've look all over for it , also my daughter had gotten to a small bag that i've kept memory cards in and now i cant find another different one ( this one went missin a couple of months ago)again i've looked everywhere for them, is there a spell of something to get them back or reveal to me there locations. (the memory cards have pics on them from when i was pregnant and of my daughter from when she was a newborn to maybe 4-5 months and im goin crazy looking)

Anonymous said...

Hi BW, a year ago we were raided by armed gangsters at our home. They managed to get away with my laptop, mobile phones, other electronics such as dvd player, game console, computer drives; and also cash. Unfortunately I dont have insurance, I reported the matter to the police but to date no one has ever been brought to book/ arrested.

Can I cast a spell or try /learn scrying to locate my property? what advice do you have for me?

badwitch said...

I wrote the spell to recovrer a stolen laptop that might help you http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/11/spell-talisman-to-help-recover-stolen.html

Anonymous said...

I need help my uncle stole my puppy and he refuses to return her I want a spell that would helpe get her back its a very special puppy its a puppy of my other doy who has recently passed on that was killed by my uncle

Sarah R. said...

My I phone is stolen in hospital and I want it back. I have 1800 contacts and 2000 pictures including my bank statements and 8 GB data. I wish to see his face or his address or get my phone at my address or get information from hospital's lost and found section. I have video in CCTV which they don't reveal and I tracked phone earlier but he switched it off now...Please help I am freaking out..

Badwitch said...

Lots of sympathy over your stolen phone. I'm afraid I don't give out my phone number on my blog, but I do hope you get your phone back. Phone your service provider - they might be able to help you by blocking the stolen handset and give info on recovering lost data.

Anonymous said...

My neighbours have been troubling our family a lot, recently my male cat tiny white in colour was stolen then my jolly black and white eas stolen, I have tried everything but cant locate them either they are kept in their houses or left at a far off place, please help me locate them so I can get them, I have nobody who can help me.

Regards,
Nimisha

Badwitch said...

Nimisha, I do sympathise. I lost a cat in the past and it is very distressing. I have blogged specifically about spells to find a lost cat. The link is here: http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2008/10/spells-to-find-lost-cat.html

I hope that helps.

Anonymous said...

I have lost my valuable spiral nite book...n it contains all the details regarding my studies...n examination roll no form too...how can I recover it its urgent....

Anonymous said...

I have lost my valuable spiral note book...it contained my important study material and some plannings for the projects...it also contained my important examination roll no form...how to get it recovered...
plz help
regards,
Zoya

Anonymous said...

Plz help....

Badwitch said...

Anonymous - Retrace your steps and try to remember where you had your notebook last. Ask the people who were with you in those places. Contact your college in case it has been handed in. I'll be wishing you good luck in your exams!

Anonymous said...

During one party at our home my families gold was all taken. I mean all of it! There were only family members invited to this gathering so it had to be one of them. I would love to recover all these items as most of them were given to us by relatives who have already passed and hold a very dear place in my heart. However, it would also be ideal if I could find out who took them in the first place. Thank you so much.

Badwitch said...

That is a very difficult situation and you have my sympathy. You should report the theft to the police as that is necessary if you are to claim back against your insurance, if nothing else. And do check if your insurance does cover the loss. After that, I would recommend doing a spell to encourage the thief to return the items or to own up - seeing as they are a family member then it is possible they are feeling very guilty, so might be persuaded to return them.

Anonymous said...

And where can I find this spell?

Badwitch said...

Your question regarding a spell to encourage a family member to behave more openly and honestly is a very good one. I'll do more research post something about it on my blog after I've come up with a good spell. In the meantime, I would recommend the book The Grey Witch's Grimoire as that has a few traditional spells that might be suitable. You can read my review of the book here: http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/05/review-gray-witchs-grimoire.html

Anonymous said...

hello i was wondering if you would help me, i seem to have lost my memory card (went missing 2 1/2 weeks ago and i've look all over for it , also my daughter had gotten to a small bag that i've kept memory cards in and now i cant find another different one ( this one went missin a couple of months ago)again i've looked everywhere for them, is there a spell of something to get them back or reveal to me there locations. (the memory cards have pics on them from when i was pregnant and of my daughter from when she was a newborn to maybe 4-5 months and im goin crazy looking)
1 February 2013 07:13

this was written awhile ago and i still can't ind them. my mom said that she didn't throw any of them out please help

Badwitch said...

Hi Anonymous. Hope you have now found your memory cards, but if you haven't I've blogged about a few more ideas for magical help to find lost electronic devices: http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/04/lost-data-magic-and-mundane-help-is-at.html

Anonymous said...

Since last one month i have been dearly trying to search a pendant in gold,of our god in red thread n 4 other things in silver in black thread which my son used to wear when he was infant.m v emotionally attached to them bt cant say whether misplaced or stolen. Can u plz help...

Anonymous said...

I posted my request on 16 april2014 , the last in list.plz guide and help me..

Badwitch said...

I do hope your jewellery gets found soon and will think further about any help or advice I might be able to offer in the way of a post on my blog. BB Lucya

Anonymous said...

Hi so at my 15 party my best friend gave me a Volkswagen display car it was an antique and expensive and at the end of my party it was no where to be found my mom and I have many suspects on our mind but I wouldn't like to accuse someone that didn't take it until I know who! Can you please help me

Anonymous said...

Hello my dog is missing and yes I have tried everything he is alive (animal communicator said) what should I try I have a pendulumn which I find hard to use and a crystal ball.

Badwitch said...

For missing dogs, first you have done the right thing to try everything in the usual means of searching. It is right to contact the police, the local vets, animal shelters such as the RSPCA and Battersea Dogs Home and ask the people who live near you if they have seen him. The local council may have records of animals its workers have found. I presume your pet is microchipped. That helps a lot. Put missing dog posters up in your area and go searching yourself. However, it sounds as though you have done all of those things already. In terms of asking for spiritual help, I would ask the Goddess Artemis, huntress and protector of animals with an affinity for dogs to help you track him down before you go looking for him. As her to guide your footsteps to follow his trail.

Deborah Wilbanks said...

I have a boyfriend, whom we are gonna marry...his stepmother, when his father died, persuaded him to sign all his fathers property over to her, so she could get it in her name, he was only 17 at the time and very nieve. He thought she would treat him failrly. As soon as he signed the papers she made him move out and told him to never return, the property was hers to do with as she seemed fit. He had several restored cars his father bought for him and the poopety was to go to him and his siblings, him being the youngest. She has three children whom she gave him property to. I don't know if it would do any good, but before she dies, I would like to cast a spell to see if she will leave him and his siblings the property who it was supposed to go to in the first place, I have no willful gain as I have property left to me by my late husband. Can you help? I know it is a tall order. The woman had been married several times and gained property each time. She is a wicked person. thank you, DSW dvanillacookie@yahoo.com

Deborah Wilbanks said...

I have a boyfriend, whom we are gonna marry...his stepmother, when his father died, persuaded him to sign all his fathers property over to her, so she could get it in her name, he was only 17 at the time and very nieve. He thought she would treat him failrly. As soon as he signed the papers she made him move out and told him to never return, the property was hers to do with as she seemed fit. He had several restored cars his father bought for him and the poopety was to go to him and his siblings, him being the youngest. She has three children whom she gave him property to. I don't know if it would do any good, but before she dies, I would like to cast a spell to see if she will leave him and his siblings the property who it was supposed to go to in the first place, I have no willful gain as I have property left to me by my late husband. Can you help? I know it is a tall order. The woman had been married several times and gained property each time. She is a wicked person. thank you, DSW dvanillacookie@yahoo.com

Badwitch said...

Hi Deborah, I would recommend that you get a good lawyer to check over all the legal matters and see what can be done officially. I would also ask for the help of the Goddess Themis, Greek Goddess of Divine Justice. Her sister, Nemesis, is the Goddess of Revenge if you are treated unjustly, but she really only brings unpleasantness. Try for justice first.

Badwitch said...

Hi Deborah, I would recommend that you get a good lawyer to check over all the legal matters and see what can be done officially. I would also ask for the help of the Goddess Themis, Greek Goddess of Divine Justice. Her sister, Nemesis, is the Goddess of Revenge if you are treated unjustly, but she really only brings unpleasantness. Try for justice first.

Anonymous said...

How should I ask the Goddess Artemis for help (special ritual and how to do it).

Badwitch said...

Well, you could simply say a prayer to Artemis. However, many pagans prefer to cast a circle before petitioning a deity, then perhaps lighting some incense or a candle, pouring a small libation of wine to the Goddess or saying some poetry to praise her, then asking for her help.

Willow said...

I once dated guy, we broke up last year around april. I have been trying for a year to get my grandmothers rosary back, he eather took it himself or let one of his friends steal it while I was at work. I myself am a grey witch (not Catholic tho my fathers side of the family is), I have tried many things to locate or get it back and nothing has worked so I think im missing something. I refuse to lose hope tho, she would never allow me to lol Any ideas?

Badwitch said...

Hi Cloe/Hayley

To be honest, I recommend you get legal advice over this one. Gather as much proof of the loan as you have, and proof that the item belonged to your family, and get a solicitor to write a letter asking for the item to be returned. However, a little candle magic to help your cause would be a good idea. Put a little geranium oil on a candle and light the candle saying "Let that which is mine be returned to me". Then let the candle burn down. You can use a tealight candle if you like for this purpose.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Last week on 17th July 2014 three people came to my home at two different times. Two came together and one came separately. Since then two of my gold rings are missing. They are of 10 grams weight put together. And are very dear to me. I suspect any one among these three people must have stolen the rings. I have also indirectly asked them. But they are saying they have not taken them. I am very upset since then. Please suggest me a way to get my rings back. Thanks a lot for your initiatives.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Last week on 17th July 2014 three people came to my home at two different times. Two came together and one came separately. Since then two of my gold rings are missing. They are of 10 grams of gold in total. And are very dear to me. I suspect any one of these three people must have stolen the rings. I have also indirectly asked them. But they are saying they have not taken them. I am very upset since then. Please suggest me a way to get my rings back. Thanks a lot for your initiative.

Badwitch said...

First, you must report the theft to the police and let them know about your suspicions. Is your home contents insured? If so, then the rings are almost certainly covered under it and you could get them replaced - although I realise that will not replace the sentimental value. Magically, follow the suggestions in my blog post and some of the other suggestions I have made in response to similar comments on this list. BTW - there is no need to post the same question twice on my blog. I have comment moderation switched on, which means that I get to see comments that are left before letting them appear on my blog. Good luck in getting your things back, I really hope you are lucky!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Thank you so much for your prompt reply. I really appreciate this :) I have not reported this to the police yet. I am from Chennai, India. My husband and my sister both are suggesting me not to go to the police. And they are right in saying that as police here are not of great help. And in most cases they end up in harassing the victims instead of finding the guilty.
If you do not mind could you please suggest me some rituals to perform to help me get back my rings. I would appreciate any type of help from your side. Thanks a lot.

Badwitch said...

Have you tried all the suggestions that I made in my original post and in some of my replies to other people's comments to the post? If so, let me know how you got on with all of them. If none have worked, at least let me know what happened as that will give me ideas for what to try that might work better in your particular circumstance.

Cleo said...

Hi Bad witch

Thanks for your advice. Yes, if proof had existed this would have been pursued through the courts at the time, Unfortunately this was all done on a goodwill basis.... And as we know, Possession is considered nine tenths of the law ( spits!) are there no rituals that compel a thief or 'borrower' to return items?

Badwitch said...

Why not try a candle magic spells asking that the person who "borrowed" the item is struck pangs of guilt that will only go away when they return the item? Just light a candle and make your wish. Repeat as necessary.

Linda said...

My mothers ring was stolen. This is the only object I have left from when my mother father were together. Ive tried talking to the person who stole it but nothing, several other people as well. We are getting the cops involved but just on case that doesn't work out could you help me? I can't explain how much this ring means to me. I just found out that he actually used the ring to get married with his newly wife! I Dont understand how you could start a marriage with a stolen object.

Badwitch said...

I feel so sorry for you Linda. Do read replies I have made to similar situations people have mentioned in the comments and see if any of them appeal to you as being suitable.

Anonymous said...

My pet was stolen on wed. He isn't just a pet. He is our child!!! We are desperate and heartbroken. We've tried most everyday ways of locating him or having him returned. We've also tried candle magic. I need advice on the best and most affective way of having him returned to us!!!
Please help. We are broken.

Badwitch said...

So sorry to hear your pet was stolen. I have blogged in the past about ways of finding a lost cat and you can read that post here: http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2008/10/spells-to-find-lost-cat.html

Anonymous said...

I am visiting family in France right now and just yesterday my glasses case got stolen. In there are my sunglasses and two pairs of earrings. None of them are admitting to the theft but I honestly think it was my ain't as we aren't particularly on good terms. This will be my first time doing magic, will that make much of a difference? Also will there be any unusual feelings or side effects?

Badwitch said...

Well some pagans believe in the rule of threefold return, meaning if you do good magic then good luck will come back to you three times over, but if you curse someone then bad luck will come back to you three times over. Doing a spell to locate a lost or missing item is neutral, so there shouldn't be any side effects at all.

Badwitch said...

Perhaps I should also say that some witches believe that begginers' luck can work in a person's favour the first time they do a spell. So if it is your first spell, then hopefully beginners' luck will help you.

Melanie Smithers said...

My workbag, lunchbag and purse were stolen from my car last night. They smashed my window and grabbed it and drove away. It was a white Nissan Ultima (after viewing footage cannot make out license plate). Sentimental things, valuable things, things I treasure and things I need like meds., paperwork, calendar are in those bags. I want my stuff back now. I have filed a police report. I have searched high and low and asked people. I have exhausted all other options. Could you please tell me where to find the bags? I truly appreciate any and all help or assistance.

Anonymous said...

My workbag, lunchbag and purse were stolen from my car last night. They smashed my window and grabbed it and drove away. It was a white Nissan Ultima (after viewing footage cannot make out license plate). Sentimental things, valuable things, things I treasure and things I need like meds., paperwork, calendar are in those bags. I want my stuff back now. I have filed a police report. I have searched high and low and asked people. I have exhausted all other options. Could you please tell me where to find the bags? I truly appreciate any and all help or assistance.

Badwitch said...

Hi Melanie, so sorry to here that your bag was taken. Comments are on moderation in my blog, so I get to see them before allowing them to go live - that's to avoid spam. No need to post the same comment several times, as I do see them. I strongly recommend taking the advice in my blog post about finding lost things and also read the other comments to the post as I have made several other suggestions there. Not knowing you or your items means I am not in the best position to find them for you - but I do wish you good luck and will light a candle to send good wishes your way.

Anonymous said...

Hello. Thank you for answering. The computer kept refreshing and nothing was showing on the screen, I didn't mean to post twice. I have read the above information on lost items and it is helpful. I sent an email to you asking for your assistance. Blessings.

Sarah R. said...

I found my phone ( from thief) after lots of struggle since I received CCTV footage, but I went for interview on August 8th and someone broke my car and took everything including phones again (like debit/money/driver's/electronics)
Please tell me spell for stolen things and also to change my luck as well. I face such situations with no reason :(