how to use magical sounds during spells and rituals

i know of witches who practice their craft without spoken words and those who shout their intentions and incantations as loudly as possible.

i think either way is fine, as long as your intent is pure and communicated clearly.

but what about other sounds in spells and rituals?

some of the things that can be used to produce meaningful or symbolic sounds during spells and rituals are:

  • bells
  • gongs
  • flutes
  • cymbals
  • clapping
  • finger snaps
  • music (pre-recorded)
  • other instruments
  • humming
  • anything else you want, really

sound can represent several things during a spell or ritual. it could be symbolic of an element, it could represent an animal, person, or thing, it could simply amplify your intent, or it could be used to increase and amplify your energy during the process.

let’s take a look at the first part of that statement – how sounds can represent elements, because this is really interesting and i’ve found that in this context, sound really enhances my spell work.

earth

  • percussion is ruled by the earth sign
  • clapping
  • drums/drumming
  • tapping
  • these are associated with fertility, career, money

water

  • bells are associated with the water element/sign
  • in addition to a brass bell, try hand bells or blowing on a windchime for something different
  • you could also use actual water sounds, like a small fountain or pouring water from one vessel to another
  • these are associated with healing, fertility, friendship, psychic powers, love, beauty, and happiness

air

  • naturally, air-based instruments like flutes, reed instruments, and brass instruments are associated with the air element
  • whistling
  • singing
  • humming
  • these are associated with business, intellectual pursuits, education/learning, and thoughts

fire

  • stringed instruments like violin, viola, cell, bass violin, harb, lyre, and dulcimer are associated with the fire element
  • think of the reverberating sound of the string’s vibration after being drawn or plucked and the flames moving outward from a central spark
  • these are associated with creativity, passion, sensuality, sexuality, enlightenment, inspiration, self-confidence, and energy

how do you incorporate sound into a spell or ritual?

i don’t think there’s a right or wrong way to do this, and i’ve given some suggestions based on what has worked for me in the past, but play around with these and see what feels and works the best for you.

open your spell or ritual with a sound or sounds to call in the element(s) you wish to work most closely with; example: *slowly drumming on an overturned pot or cup* “i call the element of earth and ask its energy to lend me…”

you can also use a sound throughout a spell or ritual, marking pauses or to emphasize important words or statements; example: *plucking a harp string and letting it vibrate* “goddess of inspiration, guide my work” *pluck the string once again* “reveal my path through your wise counsel” *pluck the string once again* …and so forth.

use a sound as a background noise or foundational element in your spell or ritual, symbolizing the element most important during your work; example: playing a recording of wood flute notes during your spell or ritual to enhance the energy of the air element.

there are probably many more ways to use sounds during spell work or rituals, and the ones mentioned here are only a few suggestions specific to the elements. sounds like chanting and humming can also be used to build one’s own energy, or that of a larger group. if you have more ideas and suggestions, share them! i’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences.

how do zodiac signs affect the full moon?

you may be newish to astrology or the impact that the planets, stars, zodiac signs, and other celestial bodies have on each other, and you might have wondered ‘what exactly does full moon in Libra mean?

here’s how to break it down:

throughout the course of the year (in the 12 month calendar), the moon transits each of the zodiac signs and there is usually one full moon in each of those signs each 12 month cycle.

each of the signs influences the moon’s energy, and your spiritual energy, conscious and unconscious needs, and strengths/weaknesses, differently.

this month, the full moon will be in Libra and all zodiac signs will feel its energy, but Libra and Aries will likely feel it more strongly.

the full moon in Libra is all about bringing or finding balance: balance in your relationships, your job, your life, your finances, and so on. but it doesn’t necessarily guarantee that balance will happen, its merely a facilitator of that balance, should you choose to be open to it and let it into your life by your actions, thoughts, and words.

you will still need to search for or create that balance, but the Libra moon’s energy is the perfect time to do so.

things that will be great for you to pursue are relationships, fertilization (of anything, not just your own eggs – so if you don’t want kids right now, don’t worry, fertilize some plants or your 401K), and the big one: emotions.

this will be an emotional full moon. let that shit out. have all the emotions and embrace them. this is the perfect time to do so. perform your love spells, abundance spells, money spells, and go forth to sow your seed.

the plans and efforts you set now will germinate for the next 12 months until this time next year – don’t waste this opportunity for laying a really solid foundation.

Full Moon in Libra on April 7, 2020: Chart Wheel
image from: cafeastrology.com

the image above is a really good visual of what it means for the full moon to be IN Libra. the moon is actually positioned in the ‘sky’ in the position of Libra, and opposite the sun, which is in Aries (hence why Aries will feel this moon’s energy more strongly, similar to Libra).

as the moon transits the sky around the earth, it visits each of those signs, which will change how it influences us, in turn.

a big theme that many sources you may have read are discussing is the need to bring balance and harmony, especially to relationships. we will be pulled to want to spend more time on our own independently, but also feel compelled to find or keep a partner(s) with whom we enjoy time together.

the trick is to decide how to fairly divide those time resources so that everyone wins (ourselves included).

on the subject of balance is also the influence of Jupiter and Pluto on the moon right now. jupiter and pluto are what is called ‘conjuct’ right now. this means that they are in the same sign, and their energies may balance, but also amplify each other, as well as the moon and sun in that sign.

this is an influence of big changes, passionate pursuit of goals or dreams is ideal, and putting effort into work and projects, or new ideas will be fruitful. its also a time to finally bust past barriers and obstacles, using the really intense transformative energy of this alignment.

this alignment is also considered very lucky and most professional endeavors you begin during this transit will turn out successful with your passion and hard work poured into them.

this is a really good time to dream big and think about where you want to head in life and then put that into action.

if you’re interested in where you can best view the full pink supermoon just over the horizon tuesday April 7, check out this link from the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

a (self) love spell

ugh, babes, how many of you are spending all this time at home, isolating, introspecting, and picking yourselves apart?

a little self-honesty is important, for sure, but there’s a fine line between being honest with ourselves and being horrible to ourselves, right?

i’m usually totally fine with who i am, where i am, what i look like, how i feel, and where i’m going…99% of the time. but lately, i’ve been having trouble resisting the pull of self-criticism and internally imposed limitations. maybe just all this time i can’t spend doing other things or maybe that particularly rough mercury retrograde, or who knows.

so i created this spell to use with my love spell oil and i have to be honest. i cried this morning repeating this to myself, admitting all the years i wasn’t very nice to myself and said terrible things to myself because, well, that’s what we’re taught as young girls all through life…you’re never good enough.

but i am good enough. you are good enough and we are good enough.

what you will need:

  • a crystal(s) of choice (i used rose quartz and smoky quartz)
  • an oil or blend of oils of choice; i blend special spell oils, but a simple rose essential oil in a carrier base such as almond or jojoba will do the trick nicely if you have nothing else on hand
  • a quiet place

dab the oil on your chest, arms, forehead or any other area you want to focus. simply anointing yourself just over your heart is enough. do not rub the oil in yet, let it run as it will over your skin while you repeat the following, as many times as you feel you need:

“i see me now

in present form

and recognize

how my words have harmed

from this point

i look upon me with loving eyes

all past doubt

and self-hate dies

i am glowing, beautiful

from crown to toes

through my veins

only this love flows”

as you recite this, picture a glowing orb, whatever color represents healing and love to you, beginning from the crystals you hold and radiating into your hands, then flowing up your arms, into your heart, and downward throughout your torso, hips, reaching your legs, knees, and finally your feet. as it does this, it also flows upward through your chest, neck and head, covering your crown. you are glowing with this love.

hold this sensation for several deep breaths and forgive your past harsh words. look at yourself through your third eye and see how beautiful you really are. y0u are a gift.

feel free to open yourself, let emotions out, purge them if you need to. now is the time to let them go. the full moon this week should be a time of growth and anything holding you back does not serve you anymore.

once you feel you are finished and your words have indicated your intent, rub the oil into your skin, taking deep breaths in and out. this is the new you. love this version of you unconditionally.

what is scent magick? (and how do you do it?)

i started out writing this talking about how i ended up here in my magick practice, but that became a whole other post on where i started and where i’ve ended. you can read my (re-)awakening story here.

knowing that bit of background on me, let me just start out by saying most of us experiment with many different modes of magick and our craft before we settle on a few we use most of the time, a few we use sometimes, and a few we use rarely – like special occasions only.

scent magick quickly became one of my primary forms of practice, because it is so so simple for me. i have been making perfumed oils for some time. what started out as a hobby eventually became something i realized had some real value to me in my craft.

Scent magick

this is what i call the practice of magick with the use of scents or smells as powerful visualization tools to either directly bring about your intended outcome, or to amplify your energy and intention during your spell or ritual.

scents can come from probably an unlimited number of sources:

  • incense
  • oils
  • body oils/perfumes
  • burning herbs/plants/etc
  • candles
  • real plants/flowers
  • and so on

but what i specifically do is create a spell oil that contains the elements necessary to create an entire setting in which i want my work to function.

let me explain.

if you’ve ever watched a movie or read a book and thought to yourself that the director or author really made the experience real for you, the setting really felt like you were there, you could virtually smell the scents, feel the textures, and so on, you’ve had a potent sensory experience.

and within that sensory experience, there is a bit of magick. much like Disneyland is universally adept at creating sensory experiences for the guests at their park to forget they are in an amusement park and feel as if they are literally in another world, we too can use sensory elements to create something that functions like a very specific setting in which we feel our magick is most potent.

when you think about a bit of magick you want to perform, where do you picture it happening? or where does the outcome manifest? or what things are present during or after?

let’s say i want to perform a spell that requires working with a spirit. when i think for some time and picture the setting i envision, a strong image of a graveyard comes to mind. we often associate graveyards with the spirit world or afterlife, so, naturally this makes sense for me (what you envision may be totally different, and that’s totally fine).

to me, a graveyard smells of earth, leaves, grass, decaying funeral flowers, maybe some smoky elements, as i associate those with spirits myself, and perhaps moss or other outdoor scents.

i would craft this spell oil over the course of a week or two, depending on how strongly i want the scent to sit. it may take me several mixtures to get the balance just right, but what i’m looking for in the finished product is this:

  • instant transportation in my mind to the setting
  • i can close my eyes and ‘feel’ that graveyard
  • i can picture the every detail very distinctly because of the image being conjured
  • i am somewhere else entirely

once i have achieved this, the spell oil is ready. i don’t have to be in that graveyard in order to perform my spell. i can be in my office, my basement, my backyard. it doesn’t matter, because i’m going to be taken there once i begin.

a well-crafted spell oil will take you there.

when it is ready, that spell oil will be so potent that not only do i feel as if i am there, it will call to the spirit i am working with (or the person i want to attract, or the money i want to receive, and so forth).

other scents used in ritual can potentially do this, but i personally have yet to experience the feeling of actually being transported elsewhere when just smelling incense or a candle burning. many scents are simply symbolic in nature, which is totally fine, and can still be used with intention to get what you want.

but, for my purposes, i want that be as real as possible, so that my intent cannot possibly be mistaken.

Make your own

if you’re into making your own scents for this type of practice, a really good habit to get into when you think about a setting is to note not just how it smells to you, but what it looks like. is it an old library? are you in a dark basement crypt? are you in a bathtub of rose petals with your intended lover?

what else is around you? is it dark? light? day? night? indoor? outdoor? sounds? animals present? think of every single element. these are all important details initially.

write it all down, sketch it out, whatever you need to do to create the entire picture, then start adding scents together.

these can be purely essential oils, but it is difficult to create more complex scents without using at least some fragrance oils (think about leather, tobacco, and smoke – these are all blends of other scents but can be difficult to make on your own if you are new to this).

when your spell oil is ready, it meets those criteria above, most importantly, it takes you there. dab a drop on your wrist and let it settle into your skin for a moment. then close your eyes and when you are still, inhale the scent from your wrist.

where do you go? does it conjure the right setting? are there inconsistencies like things that don’t belong? make sure its exactly what you want before you use it in a spell.

Can you use a spell oil as just a perfumed body oil?

why not? i’ve made a few that make me feel particularly empowered or sexy or otherwise just take me somewhere else when i need to escape reality for a moment. and there’s nothing wrong with that.

but again, a well-crafted spell oil will take you somewhere else. if you don’t need to be particularly present at work or hyperfocused on other things, then yeah, go for it. there’s no harm in that in my opinion.

i do find that my ‘lust spell’ oil makes for a potent aphrodisiac if i wear it out with my partner on a date night or if we’re just chilling around the house, (i guess that means it works?), so in that regard, it can be used as both an intention setting element for your magick in addition to a simple sensory element (if my goal is to create a lustful evening, i may only use this potent spell oil and not need additional ritual or spells, tbh).

i recently had a handful of people reach out to purchase some of the spell oils i have made, so i am working on crafting those into products others can purchase. here are the ones i will initially have available:

  • Love Spell (when you need Cupid’s arrow to strike hard)
  • Lust Spell (when you just need some heat, steam, and passion – love is optional)
  • Wood (for him, which is kind of also for you, right?)
  • Fuck me in the Forest (self-explanatory, really)
  • Grave Situation (for darker spells or work with spirits/daemons)
  • Thin Veil (for general work with spirits)
  • Rich Bwitch (for money or financial spells)

if you want to be the first to know about these as they become available, subscribe below to my email list because that’s where you’ll get initial access to purchase them. if you’re already subscribed, no worries – you won’t miss out!

(re-)awakening your inner witch

there are lots of books and articles out there for new ‘witchlings,’ as it were.

if you’re young and delving into the exploration of the craft or associated beliefs and practices, then welcome! i hope that your witchy journey is everything you want to get out of it.

but what about the stories or ‘guides’ for those of us who are older, who already knew this was our calling, but for one reason or another, drifted away from it, forgot it, suppressed it, or just didn’t nurture it for a while.

what about those of us who re-awakened after many years away?

i guess there doesn’t really need to be a ‘how-to guide’ so much as there should be a ‘while you were away’ guide. my lapse was over 12 years, in which a LOT changed.

for starters, social media didn’t exist when i was a very young witch, not even remotely in the form we’re used to now. if you wanted to look up info on witchery, you could probably find some really poorly designed websites from a Geocities template with alternating neon broomsticks and cat faces flashing at you as you tried to ignore them, scrolling through badly formatted walls of text and blurry images (*shudders*)

but coming back into this a number of years ago, i think i was struck most by how well-connected the entire community is in order to create a strength in numbers. i was also glad to see the outpouring of new books and resources for new witches.

everyone was welcoming, supportive, and there is clearly a push within most circles to provide education and personal growth, while dispelling myths and harmful generalizations.

i don’t want to pull a ‘when i was your age,’ but when i was your age, there were not many good books or ‘how to be a new witch’ guides you could just get your hands on (the internet wasn’t much of a thing back then, but certainly shopping on the internet didn’t exist yet).

so you had to learn from someone else, who often had very strong opinions and dogmatic beliefs about the ‘right way to be a witch’, but those were often incongruent with how you wanted to be a witch.

or, like me, you struck out on your own, learned, experimented, and took note of what you liked, wanted, needed, and enjoyed, even if that made you not quite fit in perfectly with other witches around you.

i started out in witchy endeavors much like a lot new witches: as a teenager, a friend of mine who was really into Wicca gave me deck of tarot cards and it was like a gateway to self-exploration and coming to terms with the feelings, urges, and tug of what i had always known was inside me.

i cannot remember a time when i was young, in childhood or adolescence, that i didn’t feel drawn to the craft, or pagan rituals or traditions. it just clicked and felt right, even despite the years that i fell away from it as an adult who tried desperately to conform to what i thought was ‘acceptable’ in my first marriage, or professional colleagues, or my (fake) social circle at the time.

re-awakening my inner witch took many years after that early adulthood of self-oppression and emptiness. as i slowly let that energy burn brighter in me and accepted myself once again, i began to ask myself what kind of witch i was at this point.

certainly, as a young witch, it had been all exciting with cards, candles, poppets that looked like that girl i hated at school, ‘love’ potions, and all the things that are important to you when your life is no more complicated than high school, after school jobs, and getting high on the weekends with your friends.

but now, in my late 30s, my perspective and experience is astoundingly different, as it should be. i’ve seen some shit. i know the true nature of things and people. and myself, more importantly.

i find myself drawn to many different forms of practice. one day i may be more interested in green magic and the next i may feel that crystals or psychic meditation are going to be best for my purposes.

but, in the midst of all of this, i find that i have always always always been drawn to scent and smell. a well-crafted perfume, body oil, or soap can literally transport your mind, body, and soul somewhere else if you are open to it.

because of that, i started creating ‘spell oils’ for lack of a better term, that are geared toward creating the setting in which i wanted my spell or craft to function. they create the setting for me, as a powerful visualization tool that amplified my intent and i find they are quite potent at getting me the results i want from my spells.

and then i began bwitch. it started out as a creative project, something to let my inner artwitch out to play, but it morphed into something much more powerful: a movement, an ideology, a purpose. and so, there is my abbreviated story of witch > self-oppression > witch again.

if you’re like me, and have experienced a re-awakening for any reason, you may be returning to practice your craft from a totally different perspective than you did at an earlier time in your life. and i think that’s cool. we should all be evolving.

if you have a re-awakening story, i would love to hear it (or even feature it)!

zesty immunity herbal tea

i love herbs. i’ve worked with them for over a decade in my ‘day job’ as a clinician. they can be quite potent and medicinal if you use them correctly in the right doses.

a really great easy way to incorporate herbs into your self-care and health/wellness routine is in the form of herbal teas.

even if you aren’t using herbs for any medical or health reasons, herbal teas are still an excellent way to get antioxidants and beneficial nutrients that aid in liver detoxification, cellular immunity and repair, and even promote anti-aging effects like cell regeneration and improve skin appearance.

this particular herbal tea is one i make a lot lately, because it has a number of properties that i think are really important right now for me:

  • immune boosting antioxidants and herbal extracts
  • anti-aging antioxidants (i ain’t getting any younger)
  • adrenal-balancing compounds (stress has been redefined for me, personally)
  • cellular health compounds

here’s what i put in it, but feel free to play around with ingredients to your own taste:

  • ~1 tsp hibiscus
  • ~1-2 tsp schisandra berries (dried)
  • 1 small slice ginseng (dried root)
  • ~1-2 tsp dried goji berries
  • ~3/4-1 tsp rhodiola
  • ~8-10g fresh ginger root
  • 2-3 fresh lemon slices

here are some of the important properties of the ingredients that i take into account when i choose what to put in a particular herbal tea:

Hibiscus

hibiscus is a tropical plant whose red calyces (the pods that form after the petals drop off) are used medicinally for a variety of reasons. it is considered a ‘cooling’ herbal ingredient in many cultures, for ailments that result from too much ‘heat’ or which are referred to as ‘hot’ conditions.

it has been used to lower blood pressure naturally in human trials [1] and has undergone cancer chemopreventive trials in animals [2].

the main antioxidant compounds in hibiscus are polyphenolic acids, flavonoids, protocatechuic acid (PCA), and anthocyanins. these come from the pigment-associated plant components, especially the deep dark reds. i’ll bring up anthocyanins again when i discuss schisandra berries. these are all compounds that reduce inflammation by either directly binding to reactive oxygen species (ROS) or inhibiting those free radicals from doing things like binding to cells and DNA, which is super bad, trust me.

Schisandra berries

for real, if you’re not eating or consuming schisandra berries all the time right now, start. these are like level 9000 super food status, and not many people know much about them outside of herbal communities and alternative medicine experts.

these little berries are native to parts of Asia and they have a (pause for suspenseful effect)…deep dark red pigment to them. yes, these are also high in anthocyanins, the antioxidants associated with red, purple, blue, and black-pigmented plants.

not only that, but they also have antiviral activity [3] and contain a phenolic compound called Schisandrin C, which is hepatoprotective (supports the liver and helps protect it from damage) [4]. other important antioxidants include Schisandrin A and B (Sch A; Sch B) and gomisin A (Gom A).

and then, if that’s not enough, they also support the immune system by stimulating a specific type of white blood cells to produce certain cytokines in response to inflammation, which causes other immune cells to differentiate into helpful or beneficial responses [5].

*caution: because schisandra can stimulate TH-1 immune response, i would definitely not recommend taking this plant or its extracts if you have an active COVID-19 infection; if you take it as a preventive before contracting the virus, it will be harmless and can absolutely help boost your immune system, but during active infection in some individuals, it could increase cytokine storm, which can lead to severe complications; consult a healthcare professional before taking any new supplements, herbs, medicines, or nutraceuticals

Ginseng

this is a root that is pretty much a staple for me, and i recommend it to many of my patients for its multifaceted value in both anti-aging/longevity medicine and its cellular support properties.

ginseng comes in several forms, but generally for those two purposes, i recommend using Panax ginseng, also referred to as Asian ginseng or Korean ginseng. this form of ginseng is the most costly, but worth it. you can purchase it already dried and sliced, or you can purchase the root dried and cut it yourself if you want to save some cash.

important constituents of ginseng and why i add it to herbal teas so frequently are:

  •  over 30 different compounds classified as ginsenosides have been studied with effects ranging from cardiovascular, neurological, hepatic, endocrine, to immune function
  • supports memory, learning, focus, and neuroprotection [6]
  • immune-modulating properties like anticancer actions and increases production and action of immune cells such NK (natural killer) cells and T cells [7]
  • has longevity (longer life span properties) and stress reduction properties, as well as stress-modulating properties [8]

who doesn’t want to look and feel younger, while living longer and being super chill?

Goji berries

i think most people have jumped on a variety of ‘super food’ trends over the years, and goji berries definitely had their time in the spotlight. you guessed it: they have anthocyanins in them because of their pigment! they taste great and i add them mainly for the extra antioxidant boost and their contribution to flavor.

Ginger

ginger is another one of those non-negotiable wonder roots that i feel like everyone should be consuming in addition to ginseng. ginger has such powerful digestive benefits (high doses of it can alleviate constipation in some people). it also has anticancer properties, as well as some strong immune boosting properties due to its antioxidants (gingerols, shogaol, and paradols) and anti-inflammatory effects [9].

Rhodiola

and last but not least, we come to rhodiola, a potent adrenal adaptogen that many people use in lieu of caffeine and other stimulants. if you’re feeling sluggish, fatigued, and burned out, rhodiola may just be your bff.

i add it here to give the whole tea a bit of a high energy vibration, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t drink this later in the day. i find that it will not keep you up or prevent sleep the way caffeine would. what i do find is it really helps me turn on the creative centers of my brain and focus my passion and creativity, which i can more easily channel into something productive.

Lemon

fresh lemon slices are always welcome in herbal teas, IMO, because they can help to take the bite off bitter-tasting or smelling herbs, as well as help to boost the antioxidant content even further, as lemons contain a phenolic compound called limonene, which aids in supporting the liver.

phew. got all that? if all you came here for was how to make the tea, thanks for sticking around for the rest.

all content contained in this article and on this site is not intended to be used as medical advice or a substitute for medical attention. always check with your healthcare provider before changing or beginning any herbal protocols such as those mentioned herein.

which crystals are best to meditate with?

if you’re newish to the world of magick and metaphysical subjects, you’ve still likely run across at least a few articles or posts about crystals and their various uses.

i prefer to use them to meditate, as i find they really enhance the experience and, when used correctly, can create an exceptional amount of energy and improve focus.

that being said, are all crystals equal in that statement, and, if not, are there any that are better or more effective?

Why are you meditating?

answer this question before asking which crystals are best for meditating. Here are some common reasons people meditate with crystals:

  • self growth/introspection
  • health promotion
  • contact with the spirit world
  • contact with a spiritual guide
  • visualization of goals, wants, needs, etc
  • stress management
  • divination

depending on your reason, you may want to choose a crystal that has properties that align better with your intended outcome or purpose.

Crystals and their properties

as a general rule, i find that crystals that align well with the third eye chakra are always a good choice, no matter what you’re meditating for. these crystals are usually going to produce some powerful experiences, as the third eye is like a gateway to that deeper consciousness

Crystals that align with the third eye chakra:

  • fluorite
  • clear quartz
  • amethyst
  • moonstone
  • kyanite
  • black obsidian

i had a particularly strong and vivid session a few weeks back with a nice chunk of raw fluorite, but i have also had some great results from quartz and smoky quartz, as well, so experiment with what works best for you and your purposes

Crystals for clairvoyance

if your purpose is to enhance your ability to see clearly things that may come or have not yet happened, crystals that are known to enhance clairvoyant tendencies or talents include:

  • amethyst
  • labradorite
  • fluorite
  • quartz
  • lapis lazuli

Crystals for contacting or communicating with spirits/spiritual guides

  • selenite – excellent at promoting intuitive dreams and aura cleansing
  • amethyst – great for protection during spirit communication, as well as balancing the third eye and crown chakras
  • charoite – aids in enhancing your channeling abilities and intuitive interpretation of messages
  • clear quartz – powerful for intuition and connecting with spirit guides
  • shattuckite – esp good for connecting with ancestors or specific spirits of lost loved ones

Crystals for visualization

you may find that you lack direction or a clear purpose sometimes and meditation with certain crystals can aid you in finding which path you should be pursuing right now, or perhaps shed light on what your heart truly desires.

  • green tourmaline – to help you let go of inhibitions; also for visualizing success and financial matters
  • clear quartz – a sound choice for any subject of visualization, if you just aren’t sure what to focus on
  • rose quartz – specifically if you’re unsure of your love life or its trajectory
  • citrine – specifically for financial matters and matters of prosperity
  • amethyst – for enhancing or stimulating your intuitive senses, which you should be listening to right now
  • Azurite – to clear your mind of clutter and distraction, so that you can focus on what matters to you
  • obsidian – to help you explore not so much where to go, but what/who/where you should be letting go of

hopefully that gives you some options to get started (or maybe now you have way too many choices and need to meditate in order to figure out what to meditate about?)

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a general protection spell for these weird times…

so, wow, things are kinda strange for all of us right now, right? I’m sure there’s nobody reading this (if you’re reading it in March 2020) that hasn’t been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic at this point, in some small or large way.

Protection is on everyone’s mind. Whether its protection from illness, protection from economic disaster, protection from social unrest, or other possibly terrible outcomes we may all be afraid of at this time.

I’ve put together a very basic protection spell that you can use as is, or which you can adapt to further personalize for your own needs.

If you want to read a little bit about protection spells in general, or want something you can do quickly that does not require anything other than yourself, check out this post on what protection spells are.

What you will need:

  • an oil or two of your choice. These oils are great for protection magick:
    • basil
    • cedarwood
    • geranium
    • lemon
    • oregano
    • sandalwood
    • thyme
  • an herb or two of your choice. These herbs hold great power and symbolism in protection magick:
    • basil
    • black pepper
    • coriander
    • fennel
    • garlic
    • lime
    • rosemary
    • there are lots of others, so please feel free to substitute based on your specific needs!
  • a pot of water or a mortar and pestle (choose one, you don’t need both)
  • if using a mortar and pestle to grind your herbs and oils, I recommend getting a small piece of fabric (at least 6″x6″) and a string, in which you will place the contents to keep with you or to hang above the entrance to your home
  • salt, to cast a circle in which to work

How to cast the spell:

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Optional: you can dab a few small drops of each of the oils you’ve chosen onto your forehead, heart, belly, wrists, or other places on your body before beginning. I’m a huge fan of scent magic, and find that our sense of smell can play an enormous role in how powerfully we channel our energy and get into our best state of mind for spellcasting!
  3. Gather all of ingredients
  4. If using a kitchen pot, sprinkle a circle of salt around you and your workspace (this is probably the space immediately surrounding your stove). Fill the pot with ~2-3 cups of purified, spring, or distilled water. Place a couple tablespoons of each herb and 5-6 drops of each oil in the water. Bring the water to a boil.
  5. If using the mortar and pestle, sprinkle a circle of salt around you and your workspace. Place a tablespoon of each herb and about 3-4 drops of each oil in the mortar. Grind them together thoroughly, turning the mortar bowl clockwise as you do so with your free hand.
  6. As your spell mixture either boils or is ground, feel free to call upon any deities or energies with whom you work or feel compelled to entreat with, then repeat the following words five (5) times:

“Encircle [name what/who you wish to protect] in your mighty arms

Protect [name what/who you wish to protect] from all harm

Reflect back and return all ill

I have spoken, this is my will”

7. If you are boiling on the stove, leave your mixture to boil for at least one hour afterward, permeating your home and all its corners. Hint: sometimes I let this cool off after a couple of hours and then put into a spray bottle, which I save and re-apply to the doors, windows, and passageways periodically throughout the next month. If not saving to spray later, dump the content out into your garden or other outdoor space to return the herbs and oils to the earth.

8. If you are using the mortar and pestle, scrape your mixture from the mortar bowl and place into the center of the fabric scrap. Bring all 4 corners of the scrap together so that it makes a pouch and tie the string around the fabric to create a sealed charm bag. Keep the bag with you, give it to the person you are protecting, or place it near the entrance to your home, depending on your desired target of protection. When you feel like you no longer need this, or if it has been a year, empty the contents of your charm back to the earth.

what is a protection spell?

Protection spells may be one of the first types of spells you work when you’re new to witchery. And they are quite simple to construct, as spells really can be fluid and of your own making. They just need to include the items or words that are meaningful to YOU in order to be meaningful when performed.

Protection is considered a ‘constructive’ magick, which means it is most powerful when performed during the waxing part of the moon cycle, but, certainly, you can do it at any time of the moon cycle you feel necessary and it will still be productive.

These types of spells can be used to clear away negative or harmful energy or to protect your space, item(s), or a person/people from negative or harmful forces.

Most protection spells have the follow elements to consider:

  • timing
  • strong feeling/emotions/will/intent
  • a flame (candles, sage, palo alto, etc can all be burned to produce a flame)
  • a scent (can be incense burning, a scented candle, scented oil, fresh or dried herbs, etc)
  • a spoken direction, request, intention, or incantation,
  • other optional items:
    • a charm or talisman to imbue with protective qualities
    • crystals

A note on timing, because I know some people have strong feelings one way or the other about this:

Both timing and feeling are important, but feeling or emotional will far outweighs the affect that timing can bring to a well-constructed spell, or can even enhance the effectiveness of a poorly constructed spell performed on the wrong night.

In other words, its more important that you use your emotions and willpower or intent in a concentrated way to manifest the outcome of your spell than it is that you perform it on exactly the 11th hour of the 2nd full moon of the 14th year preceeding the return of Jupiter.

Protection spells don’t need physical items or elaborate rituals.

Try simply casting a circle around yourself and/or your intended subject(s) by visualizing a bright light starting from your heart chakra or third eye chakra, and allowing it to grow larger and brighter until it surrounds you or those you wish to protect.

Visualize the negative things around you deflecting off your shield, or simply disappearing as they come in contact with it, like a force field zapping them into oblivion.

This simple technique can work to create a barrier that allows in the positive and beneficial things you want, but filters the negative or harmful vibes, things, or people you wish to keep away. Picture it like a sieve or pasta strainer in which most things run off, but a few good things remain.

Remember to allow for this barrier to be fluid enough not to block absolutely everything that may come your way. This can yield an exceptionally heavy protective spell to carry around and will not be sustainable to keep up at all times.

all the women in my life were witches

Everyone has their own kind of magic. I don’t mean like Harry Potter and wingardium leviosa. I mean like the kind of inner magic that other people can just feel. They can tell that there’s something really exceptional and amazing about you, but can’t always put it into words.

This isn’t charisma and it isn’t charm or beauty. It’s just…magic. It’s your inner energy and will, making itself known and establishing itself in, on, and around you.

My grandmother on my dad’s side had magic that made you feel comforted and loved and cared for. She ran a farmhouse full of kids, cooked for everyone, and kept things tidy. There were always fresh muffins or bread or lemonade in her kitchen. And she had a way of making you feel special, even if you were helping her do chores.

My grandmother on my mom’s side had magic that broke social barriers. She was a microbiologist in the 60s and 70s when women just didn’t do those things. She got her PhD and traveled the world. Grandma’s apartment was full of curiosities and information and science. She inspired you to learn things and never told you that your idea would never work or that you couldn’t be whatever it was you wanted to be that week. She inspired at least one little girl to be strong, passionately pursue her goals, and never care what others thought.

My mom’s magic was togetherness. She managed to bring the family together around the dinner table at the end of every single day. Even if we didn’t want to eat the canned spinach she put on our plate, we were still a family and we learned about each other’s days. We did things together and we learned the value of that contact and family connection.

Plenty of other women in my life had their own magics, as well.

And none of these women considered themselves witches. Indeed, my grandmothers would have panicked at being referred to as such, one being devoutly Catholic and the other a staunch atheist. My mom, tattooed and neon spiky hair in her 70s, would likely smile and embrace it, honestly.

But, to my point, magic is not always flash and spells. Its not a grimoire of incantations or a ritual practiced in secret. Its energy and how we use that energy with our will and intention. And some of us do so without even realizing it.

I have been a healer in one way or another all of my adult life. That is my magic. I have helped people stay physically fit, overcome physical barriers or limitations, and finally, as a clinician, heal from chronic diseases they had given up hope of finding answers.

I rarely take new patients these days, but I believe that its still my duty to contribute to the greater good and health of the people around me.

My own practice is kind of all over the place, really. I can’t call myself only one or two types of witch. I love herbs for their potent healing properties; I love energy concentration; I love divination; I love using my will to concentrate on bringing about the change I want to see; And so many more ways my craft has evolved.

So, here’s to the women in all our lives who were witches, even if they didn’t know it. And to their magic, be it emotional, physical, metaphysical, or any other kind.

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