Take your magic on the road with one of these simple travel talismans.
Here are five charms that can help protect you and your family while you travel, while also helping to ensure a happy and harmonious trip.
1. A St. Christopher Medal
Although no longer an official saint, St. Christopher is widely beloved as the patron saint of travelers, not just among Catholics, but among many others as well. According to author Judika Illes in The Encyclopedia of Mystics, Saints, and Sages, “Many people make sure to gaze upon his image as soon as they arise in the belief that he guarantees a day without death, sudden or otherwise. Some also chant little rhymes invoking his aid, daily or as needed, for example:
Protect us, Saint Christopher, on our travels and wherever we may roam,
Please keep us safe and guide us always safely home.”
2. A Moonstone
Moonstones are not only beautiful, they also carry a vibration uniquely suited to harmonious travel. Wearing or carrying one can help soothe and relax you while sensitizing you to the subtle energies of the moment. This crystal’s watery energy helps you go with the flow, soak in the beauty that surrounds you, and receive all the many blessings of the moment. Be sure to cleanse this lunar gem by placing it in bright sunlight, and to empower it by holding it in your left hand while imagining and expecting an enjoyable and divinely orchestrated trip.
3. Heather Flower Essence
As opposed to the traditional charm that works its magic when you carry it or wear it, heather flower essence is more of a safe travel potion: it works its magic when you place a couple of drops under your tongue. Magically, heather helps protect us from violence and other forms of physical harm. Imbibing the flower’s vibrational essence adds a dose of this protection to our auric field. While traveling, receive this benefit by taking two drops under the tongue three times daily.
4. A Dried Fig
Budget conscious travelers and thrifty witches will be pleased to know that a single dried fig in a muslin bag (such as a reusable tea bag) tucked into your luggage can help ensure a safe and joyful journey. But before placing it in the muslin bag, empower it in bright sunlight while mentally seeing yourself arriving happily at your destination as well as happily back home again.
5. A Rowan Twig
Even easier on the pocketbook (if somewhat less obtainable), a single twig from a rowan tree can bestow protection on the magical traveler. In The Magic of Trees, I wrote, “A traditional belief indicates that the rowan can prevent a traveler from getting lost. Rowan wood has been a traditional charm on boats to protect against storms and getting lost at sea, and her wood has been used for auspicious walking sticks. In general, her protective and beneficent qualities lend themselves to harmonious travel.” If you know of a rowan tree from whom you can gather a twig, first gratefully pour a libation of water near the base of her trunk. Then follow your intuition to gently snip a small twig from one of her branches. Hold it between your two palms and visualize an aura of protection around you. Then keep it in your pocket or in your luggage during your trip.