Our dead cells not only contain the physical memories of the time they were a part of our bodies via the DNA of which they are made, but they also contain a psychic memory. Both positive and negative emotions, memories, and energy are stored in dead cells, particularly dead skin and nail cells. The dead skin on the soles of our feet probably store the most psychic build up. To combat this, treat your feet to a magical pedicure. If possible, do this with a partner so that you can fully relax (and then return the favor). However, this is also a good solitary ritual.
Set up a relaxing ritual space in an area where you will be able to soak your feet. Call in your deities and elementals as you would for any other ritual. Breathe deeply, and at each step of the ritual make sure to think about your intent.
If you do not already have pedicure items, visit your local pharmacy or dollar store. Ritual tools, in this case pedicure items, should not be expensive. If your budget is super limited, only get nail clippers, a nail file, and clear fingernail polish. If you have a little bit more money, invest in a foot file, pumice stone, or a Pediegg.
Step 1–Removing negativity
Start by clipping your toe nails. As you clip, say one thing for each nail that you are letting go of. After you’re done, collect the pairings and save them to bury after the ritual. There are many traditions about what to do with nail pairings, but giving them back to the Earth keeps them out of the wrong hands and is easy. Plus, the earth is a good neutralizing element for the negativity you are removing from your life. Then file your toe nails. As you do this, focus on how you can file away any rough edges in yourself that may be getting snagged on the fabric of your life. Finally, take your Pediegg (or you can use your nail file in a pinch), and file away the dead skin on your soles in counterclockwise circles. In most traditions, widdershins or counterclockwise is the direction for banishing. Think about removing all the negativity that your feet may have accumulated as the dead cells are filed away. If you wish, you can chant.
In a large basin or other foot soaking vessel, prepare a foot soak. The easiest foot soak is warm water with Epsom salts. However, any salt will do. Don’t spend money on this step. Just use what you have in your kitchen. Salt and mint is a good revitalizing foot soak. Salt and rosemary or tea tree oil is an excellent anti fungal soak. Salt and oatmeal is good for soothing itchy skin. Be creative and experiment. Don’t be afraid to use aromatherapy. As you soak your feet, meditate on healing any ailments you are experiencing physically as well as emotionally/spiritually. Envision the warmth from the soak moving up your body to heal and strengthen you. Finish this step by rubbing lotion on your feet. Any lotion that you want to use will work (if you don’t have lotion, you can use cooking oil, butter, or Crisco). Rub the lotion on the top and bottom of your feet in a clockwise or deosil motion since you are attracting healing into your life.
Step 3–Attracting Magic
Now comes the fun part. Using color magic, choose the color of nail polish that will help you attract the good things you want/need in your life. If you need money, choose green. If you are a student, choose yellow. If you are not really into nail polish or you can only afford to buy one shade, go with clear. Just like a white candle or a quartz crystal, clear nail polish can be used to represent any color. As you paint each toe, envision yourself walking towards what you want to attract to your life. If you are looking for money, see yourself walking into work and later walking into a bank to deposit the money.
To end the ritual, give thanks to your Deities and close up your circle. Once your nails dry, don’t forget to bury your nail pairings.