How does one enchant items in a trad way? I've seen so many posts about it here but all these "place it with crystals/herbs of corresponding intent/hold it while visualizing/pass the item through incense smoke with matching intent" doesn't sound like actual magic to my mind. I wanna enchant something and I'd love to know some other ways rather than this new age stuff. Many thanks!
In most traditional circles, to enchant something simply means to throw a spell over it. You can enchant a person with a love spell. It doesn’t necessarily mean to give it magical properties.
To create a magical object is usually a more involved process. You can be-spell it to have a certain effect to it, or you could create a power tool. The process of creating a power tool is usually known as “consecration”. It is the creation of something sacred.
Traditionally, the process of creating a sacred object begins by making the object mundanely. Many traditional practitioners prefer to make their tools. You find the materials, combine them, carve them, etc and make the physical object before anything else.
After the object is created, it comes time to make it sacred. This process can be tiring and I suggest spreading it out across a longer period of time, like a few days or even a week.
The first step is to deal death to the object so that it can be reborn. Most bury the object, but some also wrap it in black cloth and hide it. Hold almost a funerary rite for it.
“Mortis, mortu, mors
I lay ye in the ground to rest,
to pass thy trial and my test,
and rise again reborn and blessed,
and wield thy power at my behest.”
After time has passed, you will unveil the object or bring it from the ground.
“Ressurectio anastasis spiritum
Break thy way from graven earth,
return now from Hell’s black hearth,
enter here and be rebirthed,
return now with witch’s worth.”
When it is unburied, it often seems changed; somewhat more powerful or mystical than before.
Then it is time to empower and charge the object. I use those two words separately because I use the word ‘charge’ a bit differently. Charging, for me, is not giving it power. Charging something is giving it a task. You give it a charge, a duty, to serve.
You will use herbs, fire, spit, bone, breath, oils, powders, string, and whatever else to help you create power for this. You would call spirits and powers to assist you in creating this sacred object. You would make it holy.
You hold it in hand, with eyes shut and mouth muttering, speaking to it of the tasks to do, the qualities it must possess, the powers you give it. You ask different spirits to impart different qualities. You ask your ancestors to band together behind you and make this thing holy with all of your power and all of theirs. You sleep with it, and if you can’t, you put it under your bed. You touch it and hold it often, pushing your own flames into the tool.
And if you really want to be connected to this object, you will mark it with your blood.
When it is done is when the object is seething with magic. When you’ve anointed it with oil, charged it with tasks, given it powers, and now is ready to serve.
And the first thing to do when it is done is to use it immediately. Its first use will cement all the work you’ve done to it and truly set in place the consecration. Then, if you’ve done it right, you will have a sacred object that will serve you just as much as you will for it.