I will be sharing some witchy tips every now and then. The first one concern bay leaves.
Most of us have bay leaves in the kitchen cupboard. I’ve always loved bay leaves, long before actually assuming to myself that I am a witch. The scent, the texture, the taste.
But what if I told you that is also my go-to herb for spells when I need to cast a spell that does not take me long?
Bay leaves can be used for several purposes. According to The Village Witch, you can use them for “protection, psychic power, divination, success, money and wish magic”. According to Scott Cunningham, in Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, you can use bay for protection and purification, prophetic dreams, clairvoyance and wisdom, to ward off negativity and evil, protection against lightning, to remove curses and evil spells, for love spells (to ensure a love will stay), for strength, for wishes and to ward off bad luck.
So, what do I do for a quick spell? I write my petition (usually one or two words on in sigil form) on the bay leaf (or bay leaves) and I burn them while focusing on my spell.
For example, imagine that you want prosperity: write prosperity in your bay leaf, focus on it happening, set the leaf on fire and see it burn. Don’t do it in the middle of a forest, obviously. The point is not to set a forest or a tree on fire – just a tiny bay leaf. 😉
Please, always engage brain and keep your spellwork safe for you and the world around you.
Today’s post pertains to magic and spellwork. After all, I am a witch.
But first, let us start with defining magic. In its simplest form, magic is an action that will tilt the odds in your favour, as John Beckett from Under the Ancient Oaks would say.
To quote The Village Witch, «Magic is within us all. It isn’t something that only ‘special’ people have. We all have the ability to live a magical life. It’s a choice whether we do or do not. Magic is strength, your passion, your anger, your soul. It comes from the very core of your inner most self and can be changed depending on how you are feeling and what you want it to do. Magic isn’t something that creates glittery fairy dust and whooshes of rainbow coloured clouds. It is a primitive desire to want something to happen or not happen.»
I confess it took me forever to learn how to make effective spells. To the point I thought I was a crappy witch. I was wrong. I discovered that, with the right facilitators, we can be great at spellcrafting. The issue lies in actually finding a good facilitator/teacher to help you discover that.
I can tell you I didn’t find it in the countless witchcraft (wiccan-based) books I studied. I had a great friend helping me finding this ability within myself (Bexz, I am looking at you! Thank you! <3).
I can tell you you don’t need athames, wands, swords or any tool other than yourself (although spoons of different sizes, lighters, herbs and roots, and candles might help). You don’t need to cast circles or wait for a specific date/day of the week, time of the day or moon phase – I would never get anything done that way, as I can’t be arsed to plan that far away.
Casting a spell is basically like baking a cake. There are steps to take (that you might call rules), but intention is primarily the key to success.
What steps are those? i) To Know – Preparation is paramount for success. Do you know what is it exactly that you want to do? What kind of spell? What is your purpose? What ingredients are you going to use in your spell?
ii) To Will – Think about it really well. Not because of any rule of three, but because there are consequences you have to live with. Here’s an example in extremis, are you willing to live with the guilt of having your worst enemy’s death, should you decide to cast a death spell on them? Wouldn’t it be far better to give him a bad case of the shits with cough to go with it whenever they are out in important meetings or going on dates?
iii) To Dare – Turn your ingredients into cake.
iv) To Keep Silent – It helps not to share your plans, be it magical or in life. We never know who is listening and we don’t want anyone working against us.
Preparation of a Spell
So, you decided you want to go ahead and cast a spell. Good. What kind of spell do you want to cast? What is the purpose of your spell?
Do you want to ease the communication with a friend or family member? Do you want to find a partner? (If you want an ex-lover back, don’t go there, as it will only end up bad and with even more heartache on your side – the ‘ex’ is there for a reason.) You have been trying to have kids and you want to increase the chances to have one? Or, for example, you want to protect yourself and your family? Or do you want to banish negativity and negative people out of your life? How about a pay raise, a better job or the lottery?
Also, have you worked out your petition? A petition is what you want to happen in writing and, no, it does not have to rhyme.
You can just write it down in full, you can write it in the form of a poem (have fun with that), you can create sigils (a symbol for the purpose of your spell) or even with a magical alphabet such as Theban (also known as the Witches Alphabet).
What ingredients will you use, if any?
You can do honey jars (to soften a situation or a person, or to bring something good into your life), or sour jars (to make your enemy’s life a living hell, for example), or protection jars (for example, to protect your home).
Or you can make a witch’s ladder.
Or perhaps just a candle spell (although you might choose a particular colour for a specific spell, white candles also work as all purpose).
Have you chosen any oils or powders to give your spell some extra oommph?
But now you ask me: “Where the heck am I going to find all this stuff?” That’s somewhat easy to reply.
Most of it you can find it in your kitchen’s cupboard or in the supermarket. Simple infusions (for example, chamomile, melissa, mint, etc), herbs and spices (think nutmeg, chillies, cinnamon, pepper, cayenne pepper, cloves, ginger root, etc).
Also, if you’re useless at identifying herbs and/or live in the city (like me), you have to buy what you can find in the supermarkets. Where? Witchy stores. Currently, I only use one: The Village Witch (you would never have guessed it!). Not because it belongs to a friend of mine, but because their products are top quality and I really like the products. Trust me, I have Witchy stores a lot closer to home, but I don’t trust them to have the same quality. And you can always contact them for advice on products for a specific spell, because I guarantee you their aim is to have a satisfied customer, regardless of the value of the purchase.
Remember I do have the Ask a Witch section. Thus, should you have any queries regarding spellwork, do contact me, be it through the form or through email. 😉
See you soon!
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