The art of braiding is one which can be used in spell making to represent many things. In this particular spell it is used to signify the coming together of three people and in the unbraiding an amicable resolution. In the use of colour the spell is focused either on the outcome or on the people concerned.
Casting Instructions for ‘To Clarify Relationships’
Decide before you begin what it is you are trying to achieve. If it is important to bring people together,then as you are braiding you will concentration this. If it is seen as necessary for them to go their separate ways, while you are braiding you will concentrate on the intricacies of the situation and perhaps the ability to bring about open and frank discussion.
Once you have finished braiding, you have completely new object which is a representation of the relationship between the various parties. You should now dedicate the braid to the best outcome for that relationship. Put the braid somewhere safe for at least 72 hours, preferably in constant moonlight and sunlight.
Only when the reason for the spell is fulfilled(e.g.. reconciliation between people, full honest communication, a successful business partnership) can you think of dismantling the braid. As you undo it ask that the people involved can go forward in life in whatever way is appropriate for them, gaining what they have needed from their association.
You may of course wish to keep the braid without undoing it. Do not use the ribbons for other magical purposes. A braiding spell comes under the heading of a knot spell and is a gentle way of affecting the outcome of a situation. It is, of course, not necessarily a quick way of resolving anything but is often surprising in its outcome.