Witchy Tip Magical Substitutions
According to my dash, magical substitutions is a hot topic right now. What if I can’t find meadow sweet or true heather doesn’t grow in my area. Do I have to special order horsetail fern? The problem is that a lot of spells don’t explain why they want you to use a certain herb. Witches usually base their herb, color and other choices on correspondences, so if you know where they pull the correspondence from, you can find a wide selection of substitutions.
Magical correspondences are often based on planetary correspondences. And the planets are associated with different types of magical influence. Meadow sweet? That’s associated with Venus. Venus is associated with love, pleasure and perhaps a bit of luxury. Rose and daisy flowers are both possible substitutes. Heather is a Mercury herb and lavender or rosemary might be your substitute.
Now the spell writer might combine different planetary influences to make a spell work better. Sometimes you can back track by learning the planets and then figure out what elements the spell writer is pulling together to create the spell.
Now not all spells are written based on planetary correspondences, but they are a tried and true method of creating spells and a great resource to learn to write your own.