(Still writers blocked. Here’s an old story I’ve never posted before, it’s good but I always felt like it deserved a second part and could never come up with one. It works as a one shot but it just could be… y’know?) Eighth Year fic, 3K word count.
“Welcome to detention, lads,” Ruz Yarrow, their new Potions professor, said with a pleasant smile and a lovely Scottish lilt.
Draco kept his gaze locked on his hands in his lap. Harry bit his lip nervously. Professor Yarrow didn’t give detentions out often and they were rumored to the worst. Only no one would say what happened in them, and a bunch of kids with active imaginations only conjured the worst possible scenarios. It was all a little unsettling.
Professor Yarrow had that way about her. She was only five foot five and slight as a wisp, with curly brown hair that was almost always tied back, brown skin and eyes; and yet she was always a bit unnerving. It might have had something to do with the way she always seemed to be smiling like something delightfully awful was just about to happen. She was a very good teacher but took an inordinate amount of glee out of cauldron explosions. Sometimes she even caused them herself, as teaching examples. It was most of the student body’s opinion that the new Potions Professor had a very strange personality indeed.
Professor Yarrow circled around behind them, “See those cauldrons?” she stopped between their shoulders and pointed to the stack of cauldrons reaching the ceiling, stinking of sulfur and dragon liver.
They both nodded and relaxed just a touch, scrubbing cauldrons wasn’t that bad, it was sort of what was expected in a detention.
“Good,” Yarrow went on, “Keep them in mind now, y'hear? During this detention the two of y'are gonna play-” she paused, apparently for effect, “-a compliment game.”
“A what?!” They both blurted, turning around to stare up at her.
Professor Yarrow smiled that gentle unnerving smile of hers, as she walked around back in front of them, “Y'heard me. It’s simple, y'ken. Just take turns give'n each other compliments. If'n y'can’t, or y'say somethin’ a bit rude or cruel, y’ll washs a cauldron wit a dollop of elbow grease, while the rest of us watches you wit scorn and maybe mockery for bein’ a right silly bugger.”
Harry and Draco looked at each other with apprehension.
I was asked to make a post about some basic information for beginners. This post covers a lot of information to start you off on. :)
I suggest you pick out a topic and start there by studying it and practicing it, and don’t forget that it’s your journey and you decide what you believe to be most important and don’t have tunnel vision ; feel free to expand your horizons. Some subjects: Symbols, Animal magic, History, Sacred geometry , Herb magic, Crystal magic, Spells, Potions, Amulets/charms/talismans, Animal spirits, Deities , Elemental magic, Esoteric, Angle magic, Numerology, Poison path , Hexes, Alchemy
Some wonderful authors
I do have a list of great beginner books that I suggest . :)
Candlelight spells -dunwitch
Spells for the solitary witch -Holland
Mrs Bs guide to household witchery -Kris Bradley
The way of the green witch -Murphy-Hiscock
Book of Witchery -Dugan
Cunninghams book of shadows -Cunningham
Practical Protection Magic -Dugan
Pure magic -Illes
1. Do your own research.
2. Don’t be afraid to read about ‘taboo’ topics.
3. Libraries are great places (if you can’t find a book your looking for , you can get one shipped from another library for free).
4. Their are many magical subjects to study.
5. You don’t need any tools.
6. You can work magic in the kitchen with everyday ingredients.
7. You can write your own spells.
8. Don’t do anything your not comfortable doing.
10. Don’t forget to Take notes (book of shadows)
A book of shadows is a book that one uses to wright about there experiences, there path, and anything they feel is important to add.
Some info for your Book of Shadows (BOS) and you can put anything you’d like in it. :) few subjects you can go over in the book:
Info about Your deities
Book protection spell
Recipes Notes from your craft
You can wright about anything in your book as each book is individual to the owner who wrights it. You can also have many BoSs and it’s ok to keep your old ones. :)
~THE BASIC TOOLS OF A WITCH~
**tools do not need to be used but make casting easer and this is not a complete list, as different paths have there own lists.
THE CHALICE the chalice is often made of silver, tho it can be made of any material. It is associated with water, and feminine energies.
THE CAULDRON A tool of fire, often used to burn offerings , fire magic, or mixing potions. Many use cast iron cauldrons as cooking vessels.
DOWSING RODS A divination tool often used to find lost objects or find underground water for well making.
MAGICAL JOURNAL A magical journal often called a book of shadows due to pop culture , often used to keep a log of magical experiences, practices and recipes. Many believe the power of the written word, I personally believe that there’s more power in writing down it all by hand. You can use you book any way you want and name it what you want. It’s supposed to be personal and over the years you may have a series of books written by you.
THE WAND A can be made with a verity of materials as well, many use certain woods and crystals while others use copper. They have masculine energies and considered tools of fire/ air. They are used to direct magical energies. WILLOW: lunar magic OAK: fire magic APPLE: love magic To name a few woods and magical uses.
THE ATHAME A double sided blade that is never to be used to cut any physical surface. The Athame is usually considered to be a tool of air/fire. Used to direct energy , it is masculine
THE BESOM A broomstick it combines both masculine and feminine energies, used to “sweep away unwanted energies” never to be used for mundane but only for the magical, or else you risk loosing any magical power stores in it.
THE SMOKE FAN Used to move magical energies in a space, a tool of air as it can be used in combination with sage for a cleansing ritual.
~BASIC TOOL CONSECRATION~
Prior to consecration I rub the wand with fresh lavender ,eucalyptus or mint leaves.
When I consecrate my tools I hold the tool (wand) in my hand and visualize it absorbing my energies, then I purify the tool( wand) from its old energies with the elements , I choose to use the smoke method. While I smoke cleanse the wand I usually say aloud a blessing of the elements.
Elemental blessing: I HOLD IN MY HANDS THE (tool), WHICH I DEDICATE AS A TOOL OF THE (name of element) ELEMENT. I DEDICATE IT TO POSITIVE USES AS I WALK THE PATH OF THE WISE
A list of tools and ingredients that you may be interested in.
BASIL (Ocimum Basilicum) Gender: Hot Planet: Mars Element: Fire Deities: Krishna , Vishnu Basic powers: purification,protection, exorcism, love
CAMOMILE (Anthemis Nobilis) Gender: Hot Planet: Sun Element: Water Part used: Flowers Basic powers: Prosperity, meditation, money, induces sleep when burned
CATNIP( Nepeta Cataria) Gender: cold Planet: Venus Element: Water Deity: Bast Part used: leaf Basic power: love, animal connection, relaxation
HONEYSUCKLE (Lonicera Caprifolium) Gender: hot Planet: Jupiter Element: earth Part used: flowers Basic powers: prosperity, clairvoyance
LAVENDER(Lavendula Officinal) Gender: hot Planet: mercury Element: Air Part used: flowers Basic powers: love, protection, purification
MUGWORT( Artemisa Vulgaris) Gender: Cold Planet: Venus Element: Air Deities: Artemis, Diana Part used: herb Basic powers: protection, clairvoyance
THYME ( Thymus Vulgaris) Gender: cold Planet: Venus Element: Air Part used: Herb Basic powers: clairvoyance, purification
YARROW(Achillea Millefolium) Gender: cold Planet: Venus Element: water Part used: flowers Basic powers: love, clairvoyance, exercisum
Powers: protection, peace , eloquence, healing, courage
All purpose, unity, purity, cleansing, peace, balance, spirituality, healing, innocence, rain, magick involving young children, truth, consecration, balancing the aura
Passion, vitality, strength, survival, fertility, courage, sexual potency, mercy, action, danger, war, fire element, conflict, sports, independence, assertiveness, competition
Communication, will power, focus, forgiveness, good fortune, weight loss, truth, fidelity, patience, domestic harmony, organization, removing bad vibrations, sincerity, astral projection, water element
Masculine divinity, great fortune, abundance, prosperity, male energy, understanding, divination, fast luck, solar/sun energy, positive attitude, justice, health, attraction, luxury
House blessing, animal/pet magick, earth magick, concentration, material goods, stability, locating lost objects, earth element, real estate, construction, food, financial crisis
Grounding, wisdom, learning, protection, safety, reversing, uncrossing, unhexing, repelling black magick, banishing negativity, releasing, shapeshifting, defense, scrying, pride
— Casting circles
Using an athame draw a circle around your working area , and then invoke the elements and chosen deities ( optional) then proceed eith your magical workings. There are may ways of casting a circle, everybody does it there own way.
-Invocation of the Elements Via Cunningham’s book of shadows
Air,Fire,Water,Earth Elements of astral birth; I charge you now; attend to me!
In the circle, rightly cast, Safe from psychic curse and blast; I charge you now; attend to me!
From cave and desert, sea and hill By wand, blade cup, and pentacle I charge you now ; attend to me! This is my will, so mote it be!
-Dismissal of the elements Earth, Water ,fire and Air Elements both strong and fair, Return to your abodes now; Flee! This is my will, so mote it be!
To be centered means it balanced physically spiritually and then all the set-top bodies as well this concept is a bit intangible most simply know the feeling when we reach it. to use stones to aid centering like those Used in meditation ,stimulate the mind and is recommended for spirituality clear fluorite is a good choice for this task, and restaurants are that are good for both sending and grounding hold the stone hearthstones while the meditate practice breathing exercises are use this out and like music or bells you can also gaze at the stones and practice centering this way in addition using prayer beads can help one become centered and focused.
Chant: Body mind and spirit now align center focus on this goal of mine subtile bodies balance to the core clear and strong I’m ready to explore
-Chan can help create a sense of connectedness
To the sky spirit , rise with my voice Lift my eyes, see the sun, moon, and stars touch them all, mine and ours
Via Book of Crystal spells by Amber Grant
Circle of protection incense
Designed to protect a person, home, or place of business from evil influence.
1 oz powdered sandalwood 1/2 oz powdered 5 finger grass 1/4 oz. powdered frankincense 1/4 oz grated orange peel 1/4 tsp. saltpeter 1 dram of gardenia oil 2 dram tincture of benzoin
1/8 Fl. Oz =1 dram 1/4 Fl. Oz = 2 dram
Tincture of benzoin 2 oz powdered benzoin 4 oz water 12 oz alcohol
Keep this mix in a bottle for 2 weeks and shake daily, then strain the liquid for use.
— Ray T. Malbrough
You’re well grounded you’re cleared of excess energy you’re probably connected so any excess energy flows to their lack of grounding during Ritual is Dangerous, there are symptoms and nervousness ,short temper, fatigue ,illness other symptoms may be exhausted at your immune system my weekend so that should does may include dizziness and unbalanced feeling ,being confused ,chakra balances and chakra energy disturbances in the aura or subtle bodies.
Select stones to ground and think heavy especially talk Ors Load Stone Scalia and Hematite, bronze and Brett are less commonly used that are both heavy and also good choices aground. Dark Colors like black tourmaline, smoky quartz and Onyx can also be used. experiment, with everyone to fill which one works for you. hold the stone your hand cupping one palm over the other. Popular visualization for grounding it’s imagine yourself as a tree roots digging into the soil, you can also visualize yourself a stone.
Chant: To The ground I am bound see my roots reaching down to the weight of the stone one with earth, flesh and bone
Via The book of Chrystal spells by Ember Grant
“A Witch’s Kitchen”
If you didn’t know I was a witch, coming over for dinner would certainly be a surprise.
Pc: me/ @barberwitch
And yes, before you ask, this is in fact my kitchen and no, I wasn’t boiling children
“Littari was Prince Kassardis’ second wife, and though she was not quite as young and vigorous as his wife Vastoki, nor as patient and wise as his wife Ipreski, her bloodlust was the strongest by far. Where Vastoki was thin and lithe, and favored traveling clothes, Littari wore a full set of eidolon-wrought armor, which she cleaned and polished constantly, and gave her the appearance of a gargantuan demon. She was twelve spans tall, and had enormous teeth. Her bulging muscles meant tailoring for her was a nightmare for her maids, so she spurned their service, and preferred to travel with her cook, sandal bearer, and sword-master only. Littari was far too strong to use a sword, for any normal weapon would break and shatter with the immense force she put upon it. Instead, she dragged around with her a great and heavy iron cauldron, with which she would beat opponents to death quite savagely. It was to this pot which the prince’s other wives had promised to chain her and force her to serve as a scullery slave, and so she had taken an oath of revenge to pulp, cook, and eat them. Littari was by far the least popular of the prince’s three wives, and so she only learned of his escape after the young Vastoki had started her pursuit. Nevertheless, by the second day, she was not far behind her quarry, and her steps shook the dust from the eaves of peasant homes as she passed.” – Tales of the Silver Prince
Florida Water is valued as a multipurpose cologne-turned spiritual water. Originally, it was known as unisex cologne, suitable for men and women. It was touted as “The Richest of all Perfumes” and “The most Popular Perfume in the World” by Murray & Lanman, the company that created it.
In Hoodoo, Florida Water is used in spiritual cleansing and home protection. It can be worn on the body, used as an ingredient in magical works or by itself as a cologne, put in the bath water and misted in the environment to purify it. In fact there are so many ways Florida Water can be used it is no wonder it remains a favorite conjure item among practitioners. Here are some ways Florida Water can be used to make your life more enjoyable.
1. Add to spiritual baths to enhance spiritual cleansings; 2. Wear as a cologne for a protective shield that leaves a delicate scent. 3. Mist in the environment to repel negative energy and negative spirits. 4. Mist in the environment to attract good spirits. 5. Add to floor washes for its cleansing properties. 6. Place a bottle on your altar as an offering to the Spirits; 7. Use to wash a pair of lodestones in preparation for use. 8. Add a few drops to a bowl of water and place on your ancestral altar as an offering to your ancestors. 9. Use after showering for an exhilarating rubdown and toner. 10. Use as an astringent and skin lotion to tone the skin, leaving it with a feeling of freshness. 11. As a rubdown for the sick, Florida Water has a beneficial, stimulating effect similar to alcohol rubs but much more pleasant due to its aromatherapeutic qualities. 12. Applied to insect bites it provides some relief. 13. For high anxiety it can be applied to the forehead and used as a rubdown, providing some relief for nervous tension. 14. Use to cleanse and bless candles prior to use (be sure the candles are completely dry before lighting).* 15. Use to wipe down altars and altar items to keep free from negative energy. 16. Pour a little in a cast iron pot or cauldron and light it to aid in spirit communication through fire. 17. Pour a little in a cast iron pot or cauldron and light it, then place your hands over the flames warming them before engaging in money drawing activities like working and gambling. 18. Pray the 23rd Psalm over it and use in place of Holy Water. 19. Periodically spray a little on your altar to keep it receptive to the spirits.
*CAUTION: Florida Water is highly flammable. Use extreme caution when working with it.
(Yes I know it’s 6 weeks away, but it’s her favorite holiday and I regret nothing)
PART 1: “Cara Mia” (Halloween 2004)
GOMEZ: “How long has it been since we’ve waltzed?” MORTICIA: “Oh, Gomez … hours.” –The Addams Family
Holidays for the first few years are muted affairs.
Clarke is four when they move to Massachusetts, and the move is as
great a shock to her system as the loss of her father. The entirety of
her small young life, undone and turned inside out. Neither of them have
the stomach for Thanksgiving or Christmas that year; Jake died in April and
eight months is not enough time for them to face the misery of attempting to
replicate holiday traditions without him. New Year’s, Easter, Valentine’s
Day, their wedding anniversary, Father’s Day, his birthday. The endless,
endless repetition of moments for which Jake is supposed to be there, but
Then, a year and a half later, the terrible thing happens, the
worst day of all their lives, and Marcus arrives at their doorstep with ash in
his hair and kisses Abby’s mouth like she thought no one would ever kiss her
again, and something, ever so faintly, begins to click into place.
He’s still there a month later, when the leaves begin to turn from
green to gold to crimson, and the town begins to don its autumnal finery for
the fall festival.
I have the utmost respect for folks that understand the art of cooking with live fire. The Hubs and I have a small fireplace where occasionally we’ll try our hand at some basic cookery, but spending this evening leaning to cook by a real hearth was truly eye opening.
It was mostly women who tended to this important daily task and they must have had some serious guns. Tending the fire, shoveling embers, constantly shifting around the cast iron pots - it’s exhausting and dangerous!
Our class made quite a meal: cornbread, cranberry sauce, root vegetable soup, rotisserie chicken using a reflector oven, and a bunch of other period English recipes (like…handchurned butter: https://vine.co/v/ijx72hHlvaB -and - steamed pudding: https://vine.co/v/ijPxH3bWLA6) that I couldn’t get good photos of (because fire photography is so annoying without the right setup.) This was the quintessential slow-food movement experience and every dish turned out really surprisingly delicious.
One day, I have a fire pit big enough to cook like this. In the meantime, I am just happy I have a small fireplace to do some basic cooking indoors in the event I lose gas or power.
For those who use cast iron for a cauldron/ burn vessel, when was the last time you oiled it? Cast iron will rust and breakdown if not properly cared for! Remember to oil and bake you cast iron every once in a while!! DON’T use soap, use salt and a scrubby to clean instead!!Salt is also a good purifier so it work on a magical cleaning too
From time to time we all need to cleanse our sacred space where we connect to spirits and the divine. When this happens for myself, I brew up a little something I like to call Séance Water. This water is meant to cleanse surfaces or mirrors that are used in divination or any type of trance. It keeps your area cleansed of physical and spiritual dirt while simultaneously allowing the good woo woo back in. Here’s how you can make some:
I like to start off with a nice cast iron cauldron or dutch oven. If you don’t have one that’s okay. Put your cauldron on the stove and add the following:
2 cups water
¼ cup vinegar (I like to use apple cider vinegar)
1tsp lemon juice
1tbs dried mugwort
1tsp dried juniper berry
¼ cup dried rose petal
Once you have these ingredients in your cauldron, you want to just warm them up. Don’t boil them as this isn’t good for cast iron, just heat them on low for about ten minutes. I like to give them a good stir at this time and make sure my herbs are being blended into the mixture. Once it’s warm remove from heat and add 7 drops of Rosemary essential oil and 7 drops of Cypress essential oil. This step is optional of course.
Let the mixture cool some and then strain (or don’t) into a bowl, jar, or spray bottle where you can easily distribute the mixture onto a wash cloth. Saturate your wash cloth in the potion and cleanse away all of those spiritual, and physical, nasties. I find that this solution works wonderful on highly, let’s say used, surfaces and mirrors. Once the surface is clean, allow to air dry.
You of course have the ability to change or substitute any of the listed ingredients. I would say only that I never like to use salt or white sage in my Séance water or any cleansing solution that is for dealing with objects connected to my spirit guides. We wouldn’t want them to leave forever, now would we?
Help! Josh, I’m looking at all of these witchy supplies, and I can’t afford them! What am I going to do? How can I afford an altar? I’m on a college budget, for Goddess’ sake!
Calm down, love! It’s all going to be alright!
Like hell, it’s alright! I have to pay tuition! I can’t do that if I’m paying for cauldrons and statues! Have you seen the prices on cauldrons lately?!
Breathe. Stop panicking. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to be a witch. In fact, most of us started off with nothing for our altars!
It’s sort of misleading when reading many books available for starting up in witchcraft state that an altar has such and such items on it, or when many spells call for gems, semiprecious and precious stones or metals, or even hard-to-find plants or spices - many of which tend to be exotic or unavailable depending upon the locale of the witch. I’ve read plenty of spells and books that have placed heavy emphasis on having a cauldron (which, I might add, many cast iron cauldrons can run between $10 (American) and $200 (American) depending upon size, quality, and style). And while I’ve been privileged enough to live near several gem and crystal shops, I still see crystals the size of my pinky finger selling for close to $500. It can be a bit disheartening for the new witch. I was there. We all have been.
But I’ve found that it can be a matter of perspective. Either one can perceive the situation as a hindrance, or one can approach it as an opportunity to get crafty! Thus, the crafty witch, the kitchen witch, and the newbie witch all have something in common: the ability to supply herself with all that she needs without spending to pretty a penny.
But how?! I’m not particularly artistic! I don’t even have time to weave a Brigid’s cross!
As a low-budget witch, you don’t even have to be very artistic. Just practical. And with that practicality comes the ability to save time, as well. To get you started, let’s take a look at some supplies that can be appropriated easily for cheap, and then at some other items that can be substituted for others, and of course, at some supplies that can be picked up in dime and dollar stores!
Herbs: Cheap and Easy to Get!
Something that, as a kitchen witch, often bothers me is that there are many books out there that state that you have to use herbs and spices that are fresh or wild, or have to be kept in glass or natural packaging, or have to be organically grown. To all of that, I say bullshit!
As it is, organic herbs are often marked up in price. Glass packaging is also a mark-up in price. Using fresh herbs and spices limits you to a certain time of the year for many of these plants, or renders you incapable of using them at all (shiitake mushrooms have many uses, but are practically impossible to find fresh in my area, so they always are bought dried). Using wild herbs places you in a somewhat dangerous predicament, as any herbalist or botanist would warn of similar yet poisonous or toxic plants that may be found (a great example is the wild fennel that grows on California’s central coast: the seeds are delicious and particularly useful for teas and cooking, but look nearly identical to hemlock seeds, which also grows wild in this area and is extremely toxic). Another risk to wild gathering is that some herbs have a particular period of time in which they’re safe to consume: elderberry is only safe when completely ripe, for instance, limiting harvest time to a few weeks out of the year.
Rather than forcing yourself to go to the nearest Whole Foods or organic market, I would instead say that what you have in your cabinet works just as well! Dried herbs in plastic packaging picked up for ninety cents at the dollar store? Use it! Can only find ground herbs? Use them instead of the whole herb!
If you’re a witch who leans toward gardening, dollar stores often have inexpensive seeds for herbs and veggies! The college witch who wishes to have fresh herbs and plants can easily have a small herb garden on a windowsill. For years, all of my needs for basil - culinary and witchy - were met by the one basil plant I’d been growing, and it always had more leaves to offer!
If you live in an area where a certain herb is difficult to obtain, research substitutions with herbs that have matching correspondences. There’s no way for me to acquire star anise inexpensively where I live. However, if I need to improve a social situation, I can replace anise with an herb like lavender or rose hips.
Rocks, Crystals, and Gems
Herbs and stones are extremely prevalent in magic. For every intent, it seems like there are two or three stones that correspond to it. But it’s not easy on the wallet, nor necessarily practical, to go to a gem shop and buy a chunk of lapis or citrine or amethyst. On top of that, many witches (myself included) will often provide a word of warning, as budget shopping for stones can be misleading. Some stones, such as turquoise, amethyst, citrine, rose quartz, and lepidolite tend to be swapped out with similar stones that have been dyed to match the colors of the real deal, then sold under the different name. Instead of lepidolite, for instance, you may find yourself buying dyed mica. Instead of amethyst, you could be buying clear or smokey quartz that’s been dyed purple. And more common is finding that your inexpensive turquoise is actually epoxy!
For the sake of budget, I’m the kind of witch who recommends using herbs and spices instead, and building your collection of stones slowly. Many of the stones I use have been gifted to me, and the ones I’ve bought were done so on special occasions. If you’re set on using stones, gear yourself toward clear quartz, which is generally fairly inexpensive and is the jack of all trades in witchcraft.
In addition, there is absolutely nothing wrong with using stones found in your local environment! Work with the stones as intuition guides you. Sometimes, the most powerful magic is derived from local stones. A great example is chert. While common, it is a very hard stone capable of forming sharp edges. It’s rarely seen or used in witchcraft, but can make for a powerful stone for protection, well-being, hexes, and grounding. If you’re a flint knapper, you could even craft an athame from chert!
Cauldrons, Chalices, Athames, And Offering Dishes
I have a beautiful chalice and offering dish that I use in my rites. I’ve also got a cute little cast iron cauldron. But I’d acquired these after a year of saving up. Going out and buying these may be impractical for the newbie budget witch.
Cauldrons are ancient and synonymous with witchcraft, but when you get to the bare bones of what a cauldron is, it’s simply a metal pot. For centuries, if you didn’t have a cauldron, you were in trouble because it was your go-to cooking implement used for everything from boiling water to making soups and stews to even slow roasting meats. Many kitchen witches are aware of the power their pots and pans have. If you have a rite that calls for using a cauldron, you can use a pot or other fire-safe container!
Similarly, a chalice, when bare-bones, is no more than a cup. A glass or cup from your kitchen would work just as well as any brass goblet!
Athames are somewhat tricky depending upon the tradition. For a kitchen witch, your athame could by synonymous with your chefs knife, but for many other traditions, an athame is never used to cut material substances. Your finger works just as well, but if you feel the need to use a knife solely for magical properties, simple knives can be acquired at dollar stores, or you can set aside a knife from your flatware and use it only for magical purposes.
Offering dishes are entirely optional, and not every witch uses them. These can be any simple plate or bowl.
All of these dishes can be bought at dollar stores, thrift stores, or discount markets.
Jars, Bottles, Vials Galore!
This is a fun one! It allows you to get crafty and thrifty at the same time! Jars, bottles, and vials are easily purchased inexpensively at dollar stores and thrift stores, and Amazon has a lot of options for small bottles and vials in bulk for less than $10 (American). But say you want to avoid buying such bottles and jars. Reuse what you gain from grocery shopping!
As someone who likes to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, I come across plenty of herbs in glass jars and bottles. Jellies and preserves are almost always sold in glass jars. Soy sauce and sometimes ketchup are sold in glass bottles. Wine, beer, and some vinegars are available in glass. And keep an eye out for other, less conventional options that might appear in your kitchen! I occasionally buy caviar if it’s on sale and I feel particularly indulgent (and living on the coast, it is easier to obtain inexpensively depending upon the grade). Since the flavor of caviar is best preserved in glass, it’s almost always sold in little glass jars which I then reuse.
Even some condiments are useful! As I work in a restaurant, tabasco sauce bottles are thrown out all the time. I will occasionally “rescue” the little bottles, clean them out and remove the labels, and use them for my witchy projects. If you find yourself at a restaurant and finish off such a bottle, be sure to ask if it is alright for you to take the bottle home with you!
Thrifty and Frugal
Thrift stores, dollar stores, swap meets, and dime stores are your best friend if you’re a budget witch. Much of what I have today is a result of browsing through such stores on days when I’ve been able to set aside fifteen dollars. Candles can always be found in dollar stores, and if you enjoy using spirit candles, saint candles, or seven day candles, you’re guaranteed a good supply of them at dollar stores. Same thing with tea lights, tapers, and even emergency light candles and matches!
Thrift stores are ideal for anything ranging from crystals to small tables for altars, and are perfect for getting that wine glass or set of jars!
Swap meets are a little more pricey, but give you the opportunity to haggle if need be, or to find what you would least expect at a steal (my boyfriend has a Marseilles tarot deck that I was able to get for about $3 - a deck like that could easily go for five times that price).
Just be sure to cleanse anything you get from thrift stores and swap meets, as you never know what kinds of energy may be attached!
It’s easy to be overwhelmed at the sheer cost of getting started in witchcraft, but if you know where to look and what to look for, you can cut that cost down significantly and make it easier to supply yourself. And there’s never anything wrong with building up your altar over time. My own altar is the result of nearly a decade of collecting and buying in very small amounts, and much of what’s present on it had been gifted to me by friends and fellow witches.
I even know several witches to delight in creating their own supplies from scratch, carefully crafting the pentacle on their altar or whittling their own god and goddess statues from the wood they had left over from various projects.
Keep an eye out, and you’ll see opportunities left and right! Have fun, and remember that it’s not the quality or origin that matter. It’s the magic within yourself that makes for the most powerful spells!