A short guide to how I handle missing tools in spells

I’ve seen several new witches asking questions about what will happen to a spell if they don’t have the tools it calls for, so I want to make a mini guide.

Substituting herbs and stones can be easy. Some google searching for associations and a bit of care to not add adverse effects, and you’re ready to go. But what do you do when you don’t have a candle, jar, wand, or other tool?

It’s not that hard if you break it down into WHY you need it. This is both helpful when you’re low on supplies and a great way to lead in to writing your own spells!

Let’s say the spell calls for a candle. What is this candle for? Spices, fire stones, and drawings can represent fire. Electric tea lights work for aesthetic, but in that case, it’s optional anyway. You can smash, cut up, or otherwise destroy things that would be burnt. Herbs can be used in other ways than burning them. Color magic works with common pieces of paper.

And in the end, it’s the intent that matters. If you’re comfortable leaving things out, try it. You may be surprised how well the spell works anyway!