6 Magickal Affirmations to Grow Your Witchy Power

What are magickal affirmations?

Magickal affirmations are something probably many of us overlook, regardless of the stage of witchy practice we are in. I know witches and occult practitioners from novice to advanced that use this method to great success, so it would seem that its not just limited to being new at something.

Affirmations are simply positively-oriented statements that we repeat in our heads, or, for even better effect, out loud to directly and consciously change our thinking, perception, and eventually our reality.

Magickal affirmations are just applying this concept to enhancing our magickal abilities or building magickal skills and habits that we particularly want to focus on.

Orienting our thought around the acquisition of a skill or the building or a skill or ability not only puts it in the forefront of our consciousness, it also creates a direct energetic connection between our mind and our energy around this skill or ability.

How do affirmations work?

I like to think of these as a spell you do on yourself.

Affirmations create that conscious connection between our mind and our energy. This could be thought of as bringing our conscious focus to something as opposed to passively practicing something.

Think about the difference between these two statements:

I wish I could learn to read tarot more proficiently.


I am proficient at reading tarot.

One of those is passive and the other is active and takes possession of the act or ability.

You can practice reading tarot all day every day, but if the way you consciously think about being better at tarot is the first statement, a wish, you won’t get nearly as far as if you confidently tell yourself every day before practicing that you are already proficient or skilled at it.

This can be applied to any other skill or ability in your magickal practice, and similar to the way we write out an intention statement in the present tense (“I have acquired $100 to pay this bill” vs “I wish for $100 to pay this bill”), we are setting an intention and sending it out to the universe, but more importantly, to our self that we can and will do this thing.

Usually, affirmations are something we repeat out loud a number of times, maybe in a mirror, or maybe just ourselves upon waking or before bed. Perhaps they are something you say while getting into a trance state before a spell or ritual, or maybe you use them while meditating.

If you are unable to say an affirmation out loud for any reason, you can always focus intently on the affirmation statement in your mind, perhaps in a meditative state, or just while envisioning the desired outcome. Repeat as many times as you feel you need, usually at least 3.

You can also write out affirmation statements in a journal or diary if you are unable to say them out loud. I feel like this method does not work as well for me personally, however, that may not be the case for you, so try it and see.

What kind of affirmations should you use?

First, I think its wise to pick one or two things you want to change. If you have 10 skills or habits you want to make changes to, it won’t be as effective to work on all of them at once, as your conscious energetic focus will be spread thin.

Pick probably two max and think of what exactly you want the outcome to be. There are two main types of affirmations that most people will use:

  1. Obtaining or enhancing a skill or ability.
  2. Changing a habit, whether good or bad.

There may be others, but most will fall into one of these two categories when boiled down to their most basic form.

Just like a goal should be specific, so should an affirmation. ‘I am good at magick’ is pretty vague, but ‘My spells are successful’ is probably much better.

So nail down exactly what it is you are trying to yield from your affirmation practice. I’ve included some options here below, should you not really know where to start.

I am a powerful witch.

This one is kind of vague, but also can be used as a general confidence booster when you need it. If you’re going through a particularly low bout of self esteem or maybe just new to witching, consider starting here for a good all around magickal affirmation. This can also be used when you need to develop better ownership of yourself and your space.

Being a magickal practitioner that doubts themselves or doesn’t own their power and space can set you up for not just failure, but backfires in your magickal efforts. So, believe in yourself, you powerful witch.

I can affect my life in positive ways.

This is if you feel powerless and perhaps don’t think you can make the changes you seek, or don’t think that you really have much influence. Maybe you still live with parents who don’t accept your path, or perhaps you feel like bad things are always happening to you.

You can affect your life in positive ways, and as soon as you start saying it, you can move on from where you are.

I wield ultimate influence over every aspect of my life.

This is a bit more specific version of the previous affirmation statement, and good for when you need to claim yourself, your space, and your power/energy. This is for those who want to break free of toxic people or places, who need to step into their power finally, and for those struggling to realize they are just divine beings inhabiting a physical shell.

I am a successful [insert whatever you want here- profession, type of witch, etc].

Let’s say you need something even more specific to happen. Perhaps you just started out as a writer. ‘I am a successful writer’ or even ‘My work will be published this year’ could be options here.

‘I am a successful kitchen witch’ might be more what you’re looking for, as you learn more about a particular path within magick and witchcraft.

My spells are successful.

I don’t know that this really needs any explanation. If you doubt your abilities and don’t think your spells will work, then they won’t. Try this magickal affirmation each day to build your confidence.

I will learn [insert subject or skill here- tarot, runes, to control psychic powers, etc].

Again, self-explanatory. What magickal skills do you want to improve at? Create a magickal affirmation statement to build your confidence and consciously grow the energetic connection you have to those skillsets.

Hopefully that gives you some ideas for where to start with magickal affirmations. These spells on yourself require nothing other than your focus and energy while saying or thinking them and over time, if you do this for a month or so, you should see yourself gain the things you are asking for simply by applying your conscious focus to those efforts.

5 magickal uses of cloves

It’s fall and winter is fast approaching. The scent of cloves will be all over the place, from retail stores, to holiday-scented candles, to baking spices.

What’s not to love about the way cloves smell? They (usually) make us feel happy, perhaps nostalgic, and even inspired. And there’s a reason for that. Cloves (Sygizium aromaticum) have long been used in kitchen witchery, hedge witchery, and folk magick because of their powerful properties.

Cloves are aligned with the element Fire, associated with Jupiter and masculine energy.

Cloves Attract Wealth and Financial Success

Perhaps one of their best-known magickal attributes is their association with money-drawing and wealth. And, after the year we’ve had in 2020, who couldn’t use a little (or a lot) extra money help?

A great way to attract money or wealth is to use cloves in kitchen spell. You can boil them all day on your stovetop with some fruit (oranges and apples work well), perhaps some mint leaves for additional wealth-boosting power, and some positive affirmations such as ‘I attract wealth and beneficial financial opportunities’ as you stir the pot throughout the day.

The scent of the cloves cooking with those other plants will permeate your house and raise the vibrations, welcoming in opportunities and drawing to you the wealth you ask for.

You can also add them to a floor wash, either as several drops of essential oil, or use the leftover boiled water from your stovetop pot and put it in a spray bottle. Spritz your floors, particularly those around the entrance to your home and mop lightly. If you have carpet, you can also spray the door frame and threshold.

Cloves Bring Mental Clarity

Tough decisions to make or feeling like you aren’t focused? Cloves can be used to clear your mind and focus better on what is important. You can also use them to help you sort out information to make better decisions.

Rub a drop or two of clove essential oil on your temples (you may want to dilute in a few drops of carrier oil) as you take a moment to clear your head and ask important questions.

You can also keep a few cloves in a charm bag or just in your pocket or purse as you go about your day to keep your thinking clear and unobstructed.

Cloves Ward Off Evil Spirits

Cloves are a purifying plant, which can remove spirits with ill intent from a space, so they are often used in banishing or purification incense or rituals for that reason. They can also be placed in charm bags to place above doorways or windows, or ground and sprinkled on your thresholds to ward off those who would do you harm.

As a purifier, you can add clove essential oil to a spray bottle of spring water and spritz in the corners of rooms, on mirrors, or other areas where energy stagnates or seems to get heavy. Cloves will uplift the energy those spaces and welcome in positive energy.

Cloves Attract Love

They are said to be an aphrodisiac and can be added to food you cook for someone you wish to fall in love with you, or can be used in love or sexuality spells to enhance passion and romance.

The scent of cloves alone may be enough to stimulate some individuals’ senses and promote feelings of love or sensuality, as the spicy nature of the plant naturally promotes passion.

Cloves Are Protective

Because they are shaped like nails, they have been associated with protection by several cultures. Nails are commonly used in protection spells or workings, partly for their iron content, but also because of their ability to bind one thing to another.

The principle of sympathetic magick applies to the protection abilities of cloves, as they are not made of iron, which is the principle reason nails are considered protective, yet they resemble and represent iron nails in nature, therefore can be used as symbols of such in magick.

Carry cloves with you if you need some extra psychic protection, place them above thresholds to protect spaces, or grind them and add them to dressings for candles or other items used in protection spells, especially those for protection from illness or bad health.

So, maybe this fall and winter, as you get lost in all the favorite scents of the season, try to pick out the cloves in all the candles, incenses, body sprays, and potpourri.

magickal symbolism of the cow

There are few animals as revered, worshipped, symbolized, and even spiritually elevated as the cow. Across the globe, this ruminant has been featured in almost every culture’s mythology.

In this post, I’ll be discussing just the cow, not the bull, as their symbolism is quite different in most cultures.

It is likely that the cow featured so prominently in spiritual or mythological symbolism due to its many beneficial products which can be derived of it or its body.

The cow provides milk, butter, cheese, meat, hide, and even fertilizer in the form of its manure- all of which could be obtained for nothing more than some pasture land on which to graze, or regular hay or grasses.

And, if that’s not enough, she provided calves, which could be raised, bred, and therefore produce additional cows and bulls, sustaining the human societies who domesticated them.

Because of its extreme value in that respect, it was common to see prices for every major purchase (including people) in the prices of cows or head of cows.

The cow symbolizes life, fertility, motherhood, maternal instinct, reproduction,

Tales of the Cow

There are probably tales of cows in every culture, however, there are several which stand out or are more well-known, probably only because of better historical documentation preservation in those parts of the world.

Cows and the Norse

The Norse primeval cow Audhumla licked away salt blocks, to reveal Buri, the ancestor of the gods. Her milk fed the frost giant Ymir, from whose body the world was formed. This may be where the term ‘Milky Way’ came from, in reference to the galaxy in which our planet resides, however, it is difficult to attribute this to only the Norse stories of the cow.

Cows and the Egyptians

The Egyptian cow-headed goddess Hathor is one of the most prominent in the Khemetic pantheon or path. She gave birth to the son, which was her ‘golden calf,’ and her horns were the crescent of the moon. You may also see this goddess referred to as Ahet. Amulet’s with the head of Hathor or Ahet were worn by women in the Nile Valley to ensure fertility.

There is a triple goddess in the combination of Hathor, Isis, and Nut, representing the heavens, the underworld, and the earth in between.

Cows in India

The Hindu religion includes Dharma, the cow which represents the four stages, or cosmic ages (yugas), the world went through (and is currently in the last stage, the most unstable).

The cow enjoys a peaceful and free existence still today in India, due to its sacred status. The cow is also associated with the god Krishna, who was a young cowherd. They are considered the rain which fertilizes the Earth and the clouds which contain the water of heaven. They were even brought to the bedside of those who were dying, in order to allow them guidance into the afterlife.

Cows in Mesopotamia and Sumer

These often get grouped together as they developed overlapping in this region of the world. Cows were depicted as the Great Mother or Great Cow, and thought to have fed the waters of the Nile and other major life-bringing rivers of the region with their milk.

The cow was very much associated with fertility goddesses in this region. They may have been associated with either or both the Sun (as in Egypt) and the Moon. The cow’s horns were depicted along with or cradling the crescent or full moon.

Cows and Buddhism

Similar to the Hindu approach to cow veneration, Buddhists (many of whom practice vegetarianism and consider it taboo to eat a cow) will often say that to take care of a cow, is to take care of all living things.

Cows in Buddhism were also venerated because they may be the souls of those trying to ascend to higher spiritual incarnations, therefore, if they are killed and eaten, so is the soul within it.

Cows and Magick

History of the cow aside, you may now have a better idea of what the cow symbolizes, therefore, you can probably think of some ways you can use this symbolism in your spiritual or magickal practice:

  • use bones (please obtain them ethically) from a cow in spells, charms, or other works for fertility and abundance
  • use milk in spells for fertility, abundance, peace, motherhood/parenting
  • use milk or cow bones to ask for fertility in a new business venture
  • take a milk bath to cleanse, purify, or uncross yourself
  • add a splash of milk to your tea spells to give them an abundant boost
  • use milk to anoint spell candles for love or other relationship matters as a protective love-boosting ingredient
  • place a bowl of milk out for stray cats to honor any goddesses such as Bastet, Freya, or Sekhmet

and last, you can simply place a cow image, sculpture, or statue on an altar to any of the deities or spirits associated with cows, such as:

  • Hathor/Ahet
  • Krishna
  • Prithi and Prithva
  • Buddha
  • Nut
  • Neith
  • Damona/Boann (Celtic)
  • Phaethusa (Greek)

magickal symbolism of the thistle

Thistle is a flowering plant that you don’t see a lot of in magickal workings, maybe because its not as flashy as the rose, or as straightforward as some of the well-known herbs.

But, if you think about it, the thistle is the perfect element for protection, love, and strength spells.

This prickly flower, its leaves and stalk covered in biting spines, is topped with a beautiful bloom beloved by bees and butterflies, as well as Aphrodite herself, and even attributed to the love of the Virgin Mary.

In some earlier Christian mythology of Europe, the thistle was seen as a ‘gift of the devil’ due to its thorns and its general recognition as a weed by many farmers. Despite its difficulty in removing from crop or pasture-land, thistle is also the national flower of Scotland.

However, its symbolism is as a flower that is barbed or prickly, but underneath all that has a soft, kind heart. I don’t know about you, but that speaks to me. What it says really is ‘If you can withstand my outer armor, you can experience my inner warmth and love.’ That’s the most Cancer thing I’ve ever heard lol.

Thistles are also considered protective and cleansing, so consider using them in your spells or workings that involve those, as well.

Here is a summary of thistle’s correspondences:

  • Element: Fire
  • Zodiac: Sagittarius (I would, however, argue that it has many properties of Cancer, and you would not be wrong in using it in this way if you intuitively sense this)
  • protection, love, cleansing, banishing, passion, romance, strength
  • healing ancestral trauma or working with ancestors, particularly the roots
  • plant them in a bee/butterfly garden (just beware, they can quickly take it over and are difficult to control as well as painful to try to remove)

magickal properties of serpentine

Serpentine is a dark or olive green (but can also be various shades of brown) mineral with black veins that make it look like snake skin, or reptile skin or scales. Some specimens of serpentine are mistaken for jade, as it can look similar, particularly if it does not contain much or any black.

If you’re interested in using serpentine in your magickal or spiritual practice, here are some ways you can work with it:

Correspondences of Serpentine

This stone is associated mainly with the element earth, but could also be air. Due to its deep beautiful green, however, it is more closely associated with earth. It is also referred to as ‘new jade’.

For that reason, it is an excellent stone for grounding before, during, or after meditation or energy work.

This mineral is also associated with Kundalini energy and can be used during meditative exercises to awaken or work on opening and balancing the chakras, as well as leaving you open to spiritual downloads from higher self or the collective.

Here are some other associations of serpentine:

  • meditation
  • spiritual insight
  • chakra clearing
  • crown chakra opening
  • memory of past lives
  • opening to understanding of faerie realm
  • physical healing
  • adjusting/accepting change
  • healing emotional trauma
  • prosperity and finances
  • a stone for healers
  • to assist environmentalists
  • longevity
  • aura insulation against harmful energy
  • healing the heart, including heart chakra

5 ways to use magickal writing

What is magickal writing? Let’s not overthink this: the use of written word or symbols for the purpose of getting what you want from life.

We use magick in many ways. Some magick is to help ourselves or others, some is for material gain, some is baneful, some is to gain knowledge, and some is to attain spiritual growth.

But whatever the intent of the magick, it’s ultimate goal is to manipulate energy and achieve a particular outcome.

Some of us are natural writers. It comes to us so fluidly as if its just another sense, like sight or smell. For others, it may seem awkward or uncomfortable, or perhaps just unnatural. It’s okay to be in any of those groups. I find that while we may not inherently possess a particular skill, we have others that come very naturally. And it doesn’t mean we can’t develop that skill.

What is important here is to understand that words have meaning, whether spoken or written. And when we add our own intent and will to those words, those words take on an energy which we send out into the world, whether we mean to or not.

This is why some people are very particular about energetic cleansing, because many people send the equivalent of a hex or curse without realizing it. Just really really concentrated anger or hatred toward a person, when sent with intent or will, is enough to cause bad things to happen.

Conversely, we can also send really concentrated positive energy toward others simply by thinking those thoughts and applying intent and will to them.

And written words carry the same weight. Once words are committed to writing, they own the energetic signature of the writer and carry that writer’s message forth. When you, the writer, apply your intent and will to those words, they become real.

Magickal Poems

Whether you’re trying to make someone fall in love with a romantic sonnet, or make Kyle’s dick fall off with a baneful limerick, poetry has a solid place in magick.

Many witches prefer to create spells or incantations that rhyme, based on poetic principles and meters (meter is the rhythm of the syllables as spoken, but you can pick up meter even when reading them).

And, not all poetry rhymes. Some poetry simply conveys a very deep and thoughtful emoti0n to the reader. Or it conveys a nice raunchy tryst that makes us giggle.

Poetry itself is an inherently emotionally charged medium of writing, and works well for witches who also enjoy writing. Try writing a love poem to yourself. Recite it each morning after you wake up and see how this changes your self esteem and mood.

Or try channeling your frustrations over something into a funny or comical p0em and watch your frustration become transmuted into laughter.

Magickal Stories

Whether short or novel-length, stories help us process things we experience, deal with human emotions, get over loss, and feel hope or community with others. Stories transcend generations and carry important messages forward as lessons, warnings, or just beauty so that we may share this human condition together.

I wrote a mystery novel and am currently querying it to agents (I know, excite) and it occurred to me that my purpose in writing the story I did was to help process the experiences and emotions I have encountered in my witchcraft and spiritual practice. By examining them in the context of characters and settings, I can work through how I think and feel about them in a way that feels non-threatening and even exhilarating.

But, what if you wrote a story to function as your spell? This is where things get really interesting. Perhaps, you, the protagonist, seek a new job or a better car or want to reconcile with someone in your family.

Consider writing exactly how you want this scenario to turn out in the form of a story, charged with all your emotions, and then read the story out loud or in your mind to yourself by candlelight. Allow yourself to feel all those feels. Meditate on your story and blow the candle out. Spell completed.

Magickal Statements

Magickal statements can be curses, hexes, blessings, affirmations, or any other change you hope to manifest.

Let’s say you experience some kind of injustice at the hands of your co-worker, who we’ll call Jessica. And you feel Jessica needs retribution (if baneful magick isn’t your thing, that’s totally fine. This can apply to positive magick, as well).

Grab a sheet of paper and scribble your retribution over and over and over again until the entire paper is either completely covered (like totally blacked out and illegible) or rips from the intense emotional outpouring. “Jessica your hair will fall out and nobody will sell you a wig” sounds nice.

As you scribble whatever your retribution (or blessing) is over and over and over, the intense emotions you feel transfer into the writing. Once the words are put down to paper, its set in place. Rip it up and flush it down a toilet or throw it in a body of water running away from you. Or throw it in the trash, burn it, or whatever else feels appropriate.

As I noted above, this can apply to ANY intense emotion, so blessings can count here. Let’s say you hope you get the job you just applied for (hopefully its not where Jessica works). Take all that hope, wishing, positivity, light, and love and write over and over “XYZ
Company offers me the job I applied for” until you’ve blacked out the piece of paper and the words are no longer legible.

Magickal Sigils

I won’t go into super deep detail on using or creating sigils in this post, as I’ve already briefly touched on sigils before. But they would function the same as statements of magickal intent in this context.

Instead of scribbling your statement repeatedly until you can no longer read it, you would turn it into a sigil that encapsulates its meaning. Usually, you will meditate deeply on your sigil, committing it to the deepest layers of consciousness in your mind, so that it works for you without you consciously thinking about it.

Sigils are great for taking more complex thoughts or ideas and turning them into something simpler to use.

Magickal Written Art

This would be using written words or symbols to create visual images instead of utilizing lines to draw them. For instance, what if you wrote out the word ‘money’ in the shape of a coin or bag of money, to tie the word to what your ultimate intent is?

Or if you used a positive affirmation phrase such as ‘I am a being of light and power’ to draw the outlines of your body, or the sun, or some other meaningful object?

There are many ways to incorporate written word into art and visuals, beyond just playing with fonts. Get creative and look beyond words and visual art being separate. They need not be mutually exclusive.

Islamic calligraphy is famous for this, using words to create highly stylized and artistic images.

Example of zoomorphic arabic calligraphy, Caligrafia arabe pajaro from Yassine Mrabet

You could also approach this with alternative scripts. There are many scripts out there which are pictorial in nature, the most famous of which is the Egyptian hieroglyphs. The symbols in that language stood for both people and objects, as well as could be used to represent words or even letters.

You could use a script like Ogam or Runes, as well, to construct images out of the words you write in them.

You could also do this with poetry or stories you write. Let the words or letters become the characters or subjects and get whimsical with it.

To summarize, literally anything can be magick if you apply sufficiently focused intent and will. Learning to drill down to exactly what your intent and will are can often be the hardest part, and then all you need to do is focus them in a way that directs them toward your intended outcome.

The reason why not all fiction stories actually come true is that exact reason above. Without sufficient intent and will, Hogwarts will not materialize for us, nor will the shirtless guy with the chiseled jaw and ‘pulsing member’ on the cover of that book our moms are reading.

Another element of magickal writing to consider, which I did not cover here because I intent to write a post on it separately, is the creation and use of magickal inks. This is common amongst many witches or magicians, to use magickal ingredients in inks they make, in order to further seal and set their spells. Those inks might include such ingredients as blood (your own or someone/something else’s), plant extracts or oleums, moon water, essences of crystals, and so on.

If you love writing and it comes naturally, or even if it doesn’t and you want to get better at it, and want to use it more in your magick, but want some more ideas, I highly recommend checking out The Magickal Writing Grimoire by Lisa Marie Basile. She has some really great perspectives on writing for healing, magick, and ritual, as well as its full of writing prompts if you’re not sure where to start in your writing practice.

magickal uses of water

I’m a water sign and have a lot of water in my chart, as well, so, naturally, I find watery stuff soothing and appealing, as well as intuitive to work with.

I wanted to put this quick post together for anyone who hasn’t pondered the ways that water can be used in magickal practice, and this is by no means fully comprehensive, but will include probably the most common, as well as few uncommon, ways to use water.

On Your Altar

This is something that probably all of us do almost all the time because its pretty consistently practiced across most magickal path traditions, to have something representing each of the 4 elements on your altar, including just non-work dedication altars to ancestors or deities.

Most people have either a bowl or a chalice with water. Some people even just put a bottle of water on there, and others still, use just any old random cup. I think as long as its symbolically meaningful to you, it probably doesn’t matter what vessel itself is used to hold the water. Some materials are more symbolic than others to a particular deity, but you can customize this many ways. \I bought an inexpensive set of crystal stemware to use for the water offerings on my altars to ancestors and the deities I do any devotional work with, and I think its a nice touch, but I know not everyone has a budget for those things.

I have known people who use a vase of fresh cut flowers in water to represent their water and earth at the same time, which also beautifies the work space or dedication/offering, if that is what the flowers are for you.

For Protection

Water itself is inherently cleansing, but it also absorbs all manner of negative intentions or vibes, if its charged and purposed to do so.

One of the tips that I picked up from Sophie Reicher’s Spiritual Protection (read my review of it from yesterday here) was to keep a bowl of water by your front door when you are anticipating guests. It will help to grab and contain the energies they are bringing into your home, lowering the chances of them leaving behind unwanted and unpleasant energy.

She also mentions sleeping with a glass of fresh water by your bed each night to prevent unwanted spiritual visitors while sleeping. Dump it out into the toilet and flush it each morning after you wake up, then fill with fresh water again before sleeping. This is excellent for hotel rooms or traveling, when you can’t ward your entire space regulary.

Water can also be blessed to function as holy water or sacred water, and you can either purchase it already blessed from a local religious organization or bless it yourself if you feel comfortable doing so. Holy water doesn’t technically have to be blessed by a priest or holy person, there are a number of non-denominational blessings you can find online (there is an excellent one in The Exorcist’s Handbook by Josephine McCarthy!!).

Water can be used to draw protective symbols on thresholds, windows, and mirrors, as well.

And, then water with salt added, particularly if you have also blessed the salt (that same book from McCarthy has blessings for both holy water and sacred salt), can even further add protection. You can use that to clean spaces, sprinkle in corners of rooms when cleansing and purifying, and to discourage evil or malevolent spirits or energies from entering your home or space.

Water can also be infused with various natural substances, like herbs, resins, plants, and crystals to use in spells involving protection, cleansing, abundance, and more. You can do a simple plant infusion by boiling the plant(s) in question in the water for 20 minutes, then removing from the heat, letting it cool to room temp, then straining the solids out and saving the infused water in an airtight jar in your fridge.


That brings me to my next point, which is that water is a purifier. As it is of the earth, and it is both one of the most destructive forces on earth, yet at the same time stimulates and feeds life, it is inherently powerful. Its all about the intent you put into this element.

I like to use spring water for my magickal work, especially that concerning purification, as it has not been adulterated or altered in any way. It is as close to the truest form of water found in the earth as possible, without actually going and collecting water from outdoors. I feel like spring water in a glass bottle retains better energetic properties than that stored in plastic, but in a pinch, again, its about the intent you instill in it.

Water collected from the earth, particularly that of a source of running water or catching rain water as it falls is even better, and even more energetically charged. If you can get that, do it! I know of people that order water from hot springs all over the country specifically for this purpose, if they cannot find any easily accessible sources in their area. You can also very easily set up a collection bowl or jars outdoors during rain to collect that which is free from the sky.

Moon water is a popular type of water used in spells, too. Put a jar or bottle of water out in the moonlight on a full moon (or a windowsill where the moon’s light will hit it) to charge the water with the energy of the full moon.

But, even if you can’t afford spring water in glass bottles regularly, and there is no clean outdoor source of running water near you, tap water is okay. Don’t worry too much about this. If you get hung up on using tap water, thinking its not magickal, then guess what? It’s not magickal. If you doubt yourself, your magick won’t work.

One caution I have is don’t drink water you collect from an outdoor source unless you sanitize it first by boiling it. While those sources are not typically contaminated by stuff we add to municipal water supplies like chlorine or the lead in our pipes, they are usually overflowing with microbes and other substances that may not be the best for you to consume.

I also recently started doing a ritual purification each day using spring water in a bowl with essential oils or my Release spell oil, along with water-safe crystals as a way to freshen myself up energetically for the day. You could easily do this in your bathroom or kitchen sink with the drain stopped, fill it with water and ritually cleanse your hands, arms, face, etc.

As An Offering

Don’t forget your ancestors and deities! A simple act such as filling a fresh goblet or cup of cool water each day for your ancestors and deities can go a long way to keeping them happy, and in your life, and honoring them with your attention.

This is another place I like to use spring water and my line of thinking is that if I can afford it, I can show them they matter to me by purchasing something higher quality, similar to the concept of burning ancestor money. I don’t view it as throwing money away.

Yes, I could use tap water and it wouldn’t cost me anything, but if I’m in a position to purchase spring water, then I should because my ancestors deserve it. If they make my life abundant, I should share some of that abundance and a $2 bottle of spring water each week is one small token of that appreciation. Plus, one of my grandmas is just petty enough to ignore me if she feels like I’m not making the effort lol

Now, please do not interpret that as saying if you don’t use some foo foo spring water, you don’t love your ancestors. Your ancestors know what you can afford and what your situation is. If it is truly a stretch for you, they are not going to get mad about tap water. I have friends who offer tap water and easy mac. Its not gonna be the end of the world.

However, there is no shame in saying to your ancestors, “I really want to be able to offer you more expensive offerings. Can you help me find ways to bring more money into my life, so that I can honor you by sharing it with you?” This works, really. Try it sometime.

But, I think what I’m trying to say about this is if you make 6 figures and your life is materially wealthy and your ancestors get tap water but they know you could be giving them better offerings, maybe don’t skimp. Its my experience that the more thought I put into what I offer them, the more they reciprocate with blessings in my life and my home.

On the subject of offerings, also consider putting a few drops of your favorite (or your deity’s favorite) essential oil into a water offering to add some beautiful or personalized aroma to the altar space.

So, hopefully you can take away some ways to work with the water element daily or in ritual/spell work!

how to create higher vibe surroundings to be more magickal

if you’re like most people who are drawn to the occult and witchcraft, you’re likely more in tune (or very in tune) with the energy and vibes of people, places, and things around you. call it auras, call it energy, call it vibes, call it what you like, but you can feel it.

and you’ve likely at least unconsciously realized that some people, places, and things are ‘higher vibe’ than others. you go there or hang out with them or are around them and just feel like you’re refilling your cup.

try explaining this to someone who has closed off their intuitive and vibrational self and they’ll think you’re fucking crazy. you’re not crazy and you’re definitely not alone in these observations.

what does this have to do with being magickal?

higher vibes make your vibes higher

some of the smartest people i know in this spiritual pursuit will tell you that science and witchcraft are two studies of the exact same thing, just different perspectives.

and that thing is energy. energy is what holds us (and everything around us) together. its the chemical bonds between the atoms and between those atoms’ electrons, protons, and neutrons.

and some of us feel that energy better than others. and if you are such a person, you’re much more sensitive to your surroundings when they are putting off increased energy, whether good or bad.

in high vibration places, for instance, you can walk in and immediately sense the place. you can sense how old it is, how many people have been there, important events that have imprinted maybe, or maybe you feel deeply inspired, or compelled to take a deep breath to appreciate the view.

or, perhaps conversely, you walk in and immediately want to leave. you can feel negative emotions permeating, or previous negative energies that have existed and left a mark. maybe the people there are what are giving off the negative vibes, or maybe the place itself is. either way, you feel like its draining you, you have to leave, and never come back.

whatever your reaction, you’re picking up on the vibes of the place. and the higher the vibes in a place 0r with a person, the higher your own vibes raise, just by sharing that same energy. if you’re in a good and positive high vibe environment, you’ll not only find you’re more inspired, but usually more productive, and feel better about yourself.

these places stand out to us, and they’re different for many of us, but when we have the opportunity to go spend time somewhere, we usually immediately think of a few places that we intuitively lean toward as our high vibe choices.

make note of this the next time a friend or partner, or even just yourself, asks you ‘hey do you want to go grab a cup of coffee or hang out somewhere?’ what immediately comes to mind? there’s a good chance this is a high vibe place for you.

raising your own vibes to be more magickal

ok so we’ve identified that there are places or people you vibe with more. and hopefully you’ve got a sort of mental list running by now of who or where those are.

the way to use these to build your own magickal self is to strategically be around them more, but with purpose.

if you’ve been going through some ups and downs, or struggle to stay focused, find inspiration, or just need a boost – maybe you’re not that great at replenishing your own energy just now – this may be a great way to do that.*

i’ll use an example. i think we’ve all been to a coffee shop at least somewhere in our travels that just inspired the fuck out of us. like you sat down with your laptop or tablet and started jamming out written or visual content or art, or your brain just switched on and ideas flowed like an open faucet.

instead of this being a coffee shop for you, maybe it was a dusty old book store, or the woods near your grandparents’ house, or a diner downtown.

if you have such a place near you, or one you can get to at least weekly, plan a weekly ‘inspo outing’ and bring all your creative materials, or things to brainstorm with, plus plan on bringing something that you’re going to learn something new (a book, a webinar you’ve been meaning to watch, subscription to an educational website, Nat Geo magazine, whatever). make this an appointment with yourself and keep it.

i like to break up these sessions with a bit of educational stuff first. this gets my brain going and starts to turn on the idea centers. as soon as i find myself reaching for my phone or a notebook to write things down, i move on to creative mode. i write until the ideas stop.

then i go back and start developing some of those ideas a little more. what would it take to make this one come to fruition? can i do some market research on this one to see if anyone else is doing this yet? how many people are using this as a hashtag right now? which of these do i feel the most passionate about?

you get the idea. use your intuition for what you’re most drawn to, what you feel most passionate about, what you’re noticing as trends from others in your industry or field, or anything else that pulls you or compels you to follow a particular idea.

and then make some of these happen. even if they’re not things you’re planning to turn into a business, just create. the more you’re pouring your creative spirit into things you find important, the higher your own vibes will be.

raise the vibes of your own environment

now that we’ve found an external source of high vibes, what about just bringing up the vibes of our own environments?

this can be done through simple things like changing the colors in our rooms, adding plants, improving lighting, opening blinds or curtains, redistributing furniture, organizing items, purging unwanted stuff, and so on.

before you do any of that though, make a list of what the things are about your favorite high vibe environments. try to think of the features you find appealing there. is the building old? are there certain smells? is it the crowd noise? textiles or materials they’ve built things with? comfort? temperature? landscaping (indoor and out)? how many of these are things you can simulate or replicate elsewhere?

here’s another intuitive exercise. grab something to write with and start to answer these questions. you may need to sit and think or meditate on some that an answer does not intuitively come to you:

  • what colors are you most drawn to in your wardrobe?
  • what colors are you most drawn to in furniture or decorations in your home?
  • what sounds/music do you prefer to hear when you relax?
  • what sounds/music get you hyped?
  • do you vibe more in environments with a lot of plants?
  • do you vibe more in environments with a lot of books?
  • what scents do you react most to for things like awakening, calming, focus, etc?
  • are there animals you feel drawn to (besides your pets)?
  • are there archetypes that you feel drawn to, or that you identify more with?
  • are there symbols you feel drawn to or inspired by?
  • are there color schemes you find calming or relaxing? invigorating? exciting? inspiring?
  • are there materials (wood, linen, woven, plastic, metals, etc) that you prefer to be around or decorate with?

these are just a start. you can get really detailed with this. but questions like these should get you thinking and visualizing what an ideal high vibe environment would be for you.

perhaps you only have control over your own bedroom if you live with others. or perhaps your entire living space is up to you. whichever it is, if this is a place that you feel is a retreat for you, then it should vibe for you too.

this includes things like:

  • it should be clean (not necessarily perfectly organized, but not dirty; clean floors, walls, windows, baseboards, dust, trash, etc)
  • if you look at your things and feel stressed or overwhelmed, you have too many things or they are in disarray according to your intuitive self; organize things and consider getting rid of stuff you don’t need or use
  • energy of the space (cleanse or clear it regularly, especially if you live with others whose vibes leak over into your personal space or which do not mesh well with your vibes)
  • it represents who you are (culturally, religiously, personally, ethnically, demographically, technologically, magickally, or otherwise)

you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a space vibe for you. but your money will be randomly spent and potentially wasted if you just buy things that don’t tie into the overarching goal of working together to make your space higher vibe.

a good place to start with ‘how should i change this?’ or ‘what should i buy first?’ is picture what your ideal space would look like if money and time were not obstacles. what are the common themes between this picture and things you’ve already written down?

start with those common themes because, again, your intuitive self is pulling you there.

hopefully this gave you some ideas for incorporating elements into your life and environment that raise your own energy!

*at the time of this writing, the COVID-19 pandemic is still currently going strong in most areas of the US, so understandably, your options for being around people, and even some locations may be limited, so, that in mind, please continue to safely practice social distancing when possible if you choose to seek opportunities in public spaces

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