1. Write down a list
of your current passions, interests, goals, and beliefs. Knowing
this information can help you to develop your witchcraft and to make it more
personal. It’s important to feel a deep
connection to your own style of craft, so it is incredibly helpful to
incorporate the things that you love in life.
While it’s a good idea to think of and list serious things, it’s 100%
okay if your list mostly contains entries like ‘shiny things, stuff that smells
good, My Chemical Romance’; you should definitely add entries like that,
because that right there still tells you that you’ll probably enjoy using reflective
objects, aromatherapy, and music in your witchcraft. The entries on your list can help you to
creatively think of ways to make your magick yours, while still helping you to identify any pre-existing styles
and paths of witchcraft that incorporate elements of your list.
2. Keep a regular
journal, along with any magick journals that you might have. Keep track of your health, your dreams, your
moods, your habits, your life in general.
When you are first starting out, it can be difficult to automatically
see how magick affects you. By keeping a
mundane, regular journal, you’re better able to reference past events against
your magick journals, to see if any changes or unusual entries (negative or positive) occurred at the same time
as something witchcraft-related.
3. Sign up for as many
guided nature walks and talks as you can. It’s
always a good idea to know the nature around you, especially if you’re a witch. Guided walks and talks can give you
first-hand experience when it comes to identifying plants, animals, and other
things that you can find in your area.
If it is allowed, remember to bring along a camera and / or a notebook
so that you can record and reference your new knowledge afterwards.
4. Take an interest in
cooking. This is an especially good tip
for any witches that are looking to hide their witchcraft. Learning to cook is a life skill, and doesn’t
tend to draw unwanted attention. The
food, herbs, and spices that you use all have their own magickal
correspondences and associations, so it really comes down to figuring out some
ingredients that match your magick’s intent, and then finding an actual recipe that
calls for those ingredients.
5. Start your own
garden, no matter how small.
Seeds can be affordable purchased at most stores with gardening centers,
and you can grow some herbs in a leftover tin can. Really, you don’t need a lot of space or cash
to be able to start some sort of garden, whether indoors or outdoors. Just make sure that wherever you are
planting, you have permission to plant there!
6. Develop your DIY skills. Crafting, sewing,
upcycling – spend some time learning about the ‘Do It Yourself’ culture. Aside from being an excellent way to learn
how to create your own tools and witchy stuff, a lot of the skills that you
will learn can be incorporated into your spells. So can any supplies that you have on hand for
regular arts and crafts, for that matter.
And when you get right down to it, nobody has to know that your handmade
lavender lip-balm is actually an enchanted item and a dual healing / beauty
spell. Making anything by hand helps to
give it power, and can be another great way to practice witchcraft
under-the-radar; unless you literally announce that your felt-and-an-old-sock
plushie is actually a poppet, how can anybody know?
7. Find places to
source your witchy ingredients and supplies.
Look up and scout out any local:
Box stores (like Walmart, Target)
o Farmer’s markets
Garden stores / Nurseries
Metaphysical / New Age stores
Tea / herb stores
Rock / crystal / mineral shops
8. Build a non-fiction
library. Cookbooks, how-to books, field
guides, books that teach you skills.
History books, scientific magazines and journals, textbooks on any
topic. Read about first-hand accounts,
theories and practices, facts and trivia.
Read educational books meant for kids, and encyclopedias meant for
months of study. Don’t be afraid to
check your material against a different source, either. Finding multiple sources citing a piece of
knowledge is a good habit to develop, especially
if your knowledge deals with the safety or danger of anything. Whether it was posted online or published in
a book, make sure that the author’s information is accurate!
9. Collect and upcycle
bottles, jars, tins, and other storage. It’s a running joke
here on Tumbler: ‘witches love jars’.
But wow is it an accurate
joke. There have been a couple of times
that I’ve come home with new loose supplies like shells or acorns, only to
stand there and realize that literally all of my other storage is taken and
that unless I want to stick them in a plastic bag, I have to temporarily store
them by taking the last few Piroutte cookies out of the tin and giving it a
quick cleaning (and now you know the exact moment that I thought of posting about this tip! lol). Practicing witchcraft can
be a really quick way to turn into a self-powered miniature recycling plant; it’s
a lot cheaper to clean that jelly jar than it is to go buy an actual Mason jar,
and it’s usually better for the environment as well ^_^
It was a little door
set into the tree. It was disguised as part of the tree, covered with bark and
with a little acorn cap for a knob. It was just the smallest little door,
something only a child would think to look for.
My niece Jessie tugged my hand. “Look, a little door! Let’s
go see who lives there!”
I let her pull me over. The door had been placed over a
little hollow in the tree, so cleverly that I couldn’t even see the hinges.
Jessie opened it and made a disappointed noise when there were no fairies, just
broken acorn shells.
“Nevermind that,” I told her, “why don’t you leave something
for the fairies?”
I took a gum wrapper from my pocket and my eyebrow pencil
and told her to write a secret message. She did, with her back turned to me,
giggling the whole time. When she was finished she rolled it up real tight like
a scroll and we stuck it in the knothole.
Jessie went to one of those new-age schools where they were
all about the wonder of nature in this hippy-dippy druid kind of way, so we
walked at this park near the river a lot. I figured one of the teachers or
maybe a parent had made the door, and maybe they’d talk about it in school.
I was going to tell my sister-in-law Tara about it when we
got to her house, but she started off the minute she opened the door.
“Jessi-ca,” she said. The way she said my niece’s name,
emphasizing the last syllable, always made me want to flap my arms and go ‘caw
caw caw.’ “Mr. Gold hasn’t been fed yet. Do you think he’s been lonely waiting
for you to get home?”
My sister-in-law never yelled at my niece, but the way she
talked to her, I almost think yelling would be an improvement.
Jessie waved bye as she went inside. I said an awkward
goodbye to Tara, who closed the door before I even finished speaking.
I forgot all about the door until the next day. I walked to
pick up Jessie and saw her giggling with her friends in a pack.
“Can we go see the fairy door?” she asked when I drew
I just wanted to say I love and adore my Sheldon plush!! I do have a question though how should I clean him if he gets dirty?
I’m glad you like him! I don’t actually quite know the best way to clean the plushes I’m afraid, I’ll see about getting some information from the manufacturer if I can.
The plushes are pretty well made and sturdy, but I would advise against placing them into a washing machine or washing them roughly. The acorn shell is attached with a number of threads that could wear out from that. Spot cleaning is probably your best bet if you want to be safe.
I’ve always thought a voice might be content
to dwell inside the place it finds itself.
A voice could just belong to where it is,
to how the creek along its down-dipped stones
becomes the only song of answering
a voice might want to offer to this world.
A voice could be that faint, could find small things
like buckeye bits that fell away on moss,
or leaf-stems stitched to dust, or acorn shells.
A voice need not become a haunted thing,
intent on rectifying how it’s been
misunderstood or set aside. A voice
might find its way by being led along—
in hummed belief for being here, then gone.
Jeff Hardin, “Concerning a Small Thing,” Hudson Review (vol. 70, no 1, Spring 2017)
~Ingredients: white or silver tea light float-able candles, quartz, (rose quartz), moonstone, shell or acorn if green witch), rose petals, bowl of water.
~Incantation 1: “By the brightest of days and the darkest of nights; let my inner-power rise by this light.”
~Incantation 2: “Silver moon above, let me learn your love. Fill me with your glowing light, and help me shine–full and bright.”
Place crystals in front of you with the candles; forming a crescent shape.
Each candle will represent a positive attribute of yourself, that you want to strengthen and draw power from.
As you light each candle, speak of this attribute or characteristic; and your intention with it. State Incantation 1 as you light each candle.
Focus on the light reflected in the crystals, visualize the light growing with strength and aligning with the light and power of the moon.
Touch your fingertips to your crystals and feel the warmth and light coming to you.
If using shells or acorns, feel the power of the sea/Earth joining you and the Moon goddess’ energies as well; complimenting, invigorating, and strengthening them. You may add these items to the offering bowl of you wish, or just have them incorporated into your grid.
Take the rose petals. For each one, state what you want to love more about yourself and the attributes represented by the candles.
You can light each petal by the flame of the complimentary candle if you wish, before dropping it into your offering/spell bowl of water for your ritual.
As the petals float in the water, draw the moon goddess’ love to you, while also offering up your love to her. The petals serving as both an offering as well as binding.
Place the candles in the offering bowl, visualizing the positivity expanding and being imbued with the love from the petals; all amplified by the water.
Stir three times while chanting Incantation 2.
Finish by stating: “As I will it, so mote it be. Love and strength come to me; three times three.”
Optional: allow all items to stay afolat in the “offering” bowl throughout the remainder of your ritual.
At the end of your ritual, preform a Full Moon Release spell; in which you light candles in representation of any negativity you wish to let go of. Place those candles in the bowl of water, envisioning the negativity dissipating and being drowned out, while the positivity washes over and replaces it.
These spells can be like “bookends” of your ritual.
If I could craft a boat for you
I would pinch its matchstick mast into place
thumb prints permanent grain
and drop down a new-grown leaf
to float gently into place
to take your boat where ever you wish
Cupped in my hands
in a bed of water
the acorn shell of a body would rock
its little rigging ragging out in the exhaled breeze
tussocking at the corners of adventure
I would blow a kiss
and slowly release my hands into the air
and watch your boat sail away
Into that boat I have put
all that I could ever say
In it is my laugh
and my half grin
and my complete desire to make you adore me
as I adore you
See how I stand
hands in prayer as your boat starts to sail away
and then suddenly my eyes are open
and I am looking up at the sky
smile at the ready
Hello! I was wondering if you had any tips for witches who don't have access to most crystals and plants? I'm not exactly able to get my hands on these things because I'm a minor and my parents aren't exactly supportive. If you had any tips on ways to use magic without their notice, they'd really help. But you don't have to, of course.
There’s magic in lots of things besides fancy crystals and plants! Here’s some things you can use in your craft that may be easier to get your hands on.
Pebbles, rocks, and stones you can find on the ground are just the same as crystals. They all come from the earth. Sure, some driveway gravel won’t be as aesthetically pleasing as a sparkling amethyst point, but if you go on a walk and find a stone that speaks to you, that has a power all its own. Plus, collecting rocks is super common and no one will think it strange!
You can find an amazing amount of witchy things out in nature. Acorns, shells, pinecones, they can all be used in your craft.
Candles are a great tool, and a pretty common thing to have in your house. Maybe try to get a lavender or rose or some other kind of nice scented candle for your room!
Trinkets and treasures like jewelry, marbles, beach glass, keys, can all be your charms. You can enchant anything just with your mind and spirit and will.