I’m going to refer to my post, How to Write and Create Spells.
A note on research:
Learn to question everything and develop your critical thinking skills. Just because it is written in a book or on a website does not mean that it is true. Ask: Who? What? When? Where? Why? Check your resource’s sources. Go for the academic, scientific, and medical resources first.
When deciding what images, symbols, items, and words you want to use in a spell, you want to know why you’re using them. Understand what significance they have to your purpose. Can you perform a spell without using anything but your own energy? Absolutely! However, this post is meant to help you when you decide you want to use resources other than your own energy.
Here are some topics, with some of my own examples, which might be useful in helping you to decide what to research to create spells, and even develop your own magic practice:
Imagery and symbolism
- Some questions to ask yourself: What do images commonly symbolize? Do I have my own symbolism for certain images? What are my dreams telling me?
- e.g. Storms, being one focus of my craft, don’t always have to happen physically for me to work with them. I can imagine a wind storm around me for protection, to blow away unwanted energies.
- Some questions to ask yourself: How does my own psychology affect my practice? How do I learn best (words, pictures, hands-on, etc.), and can I incorporate this into my spells? Can I recognize my thought processes, and do they hinder or help me in my magic practice?
- e.g. I’m an artistic person, so some of my magic is visual. During the Spring months, I started having problems sleeping. I took a look around my room and discovered that I had a ton of bright, warm colors floating around. Reds and oranges, which many of us psychologically associate with anger and energy. Our face gets red with anger. We often color the sun orange or yellow, and it’s a source of energy. I decided to switch the color scheme in my room to cooler colors, mainly shades of blue. I associate blue with water, particularly the ocean, both of which are calming to me. A few days after I made these changes to my room, I began to notice changes in my behaviors and less problems sleeping.
- Some questions to ask yourself: What is the current geography in my local area? What was the geography in the past? Can I incorporate the surrounding geography in my practice?
- e.g. I live in a river valley. I see the hills as a form of protection, and go to them when I want to see a situation more clearly.
- Some questions to ask yourself: What’s the history of the type of magic I plan to practice? What did practitioners of that magic do in the past?
- e.g. I practice a lot of hearth witchcraft, and am often in the kitchen. Traditionally, the hearth was the center of the home, and center of the family. It kept the family warm, protected them from the cold, and provided nourishment. The kitchen is the place I do spell work for family and friends. Whether it’s brewing a tea for a cold, or protecting a friend from being harmed by jealousy, it’s done in the kitchen.
- Some questions to ask yourself: What arts do I identify with, and can I incorporate them into my practice? Can I use art that already exists, or do I want to create my own art? If creating my own art, how can I further develop my skills?
- e.g. I identify with painting, music, writing, and dance. I’ve developed my own type of divination by reading paintings I create. I listen to different music for different types of spell work. I enjoy making certain spells poetic. I dance during celebrations.
- Some question to ask yourself: What set of ethics is right for me? Do I want to learn about different belief systems and religions? Can I recognize when someone’s information is off?
- e.g. During my undergrad years, I received a minor in philosophy. I was particularly interested in ethics, North American belief systems, and Eastern belief systems. I wanted to get a more in-depth understanding of those topics so that I could really feel I had learned enough to formulate my own ethics and beliefs. I learned to critically think about what I read, instead of reading just a paragraph on a topic and deciding I sort of agreed with it for some unknown reason.
Herbs, Plants, Trees
- Some questions to ask yourself: Can I properly identify this plant? (Hint: If your answer is “no,” ask an expert.) What are the side-effects? Am I allergic? Is this poisonous? Are there laws regarding this plant?
- e.g. Last Autumn, I noticed what appeared to be an elderberry plant growing in my back yard. I wasn’t 100% positive that it was an elderberry plant, although it had many similarities. With some research, I discovered it was probably a different plant, and potentially poisonous if consumed. I decided not to use it in spell work at all.
- Some questions to ask yourself: Is this crystal potentially harmful? Can it be damaged by water or sun? If looking for your own crystals – are there laws against removing the crystals from their natural place?
- e.g. If I cleanse crystals before use in spell work, I use a smoke cleansing, knowing that it is not going to harm the crystals. This prevents sun damage and water damage.
- Some questions to ask yourself: Is this still useful today? If it’s a healing method, what does science say about this method?
- e.g. In researching Pennsylvania folk magic, I found that certain things that have always been in my life, that I may not have related to magic, are considered to be folk magic. My grandma has had a hex sign hanging on her front porch since I was a baby, and hex signs are a form of folk magic. I incorporated this into the practice I am creating – Northeastern magic. Eventually, I plan to create my own hex signs for various purposes.
Mythology, Folklore, Fairy Tales, Superstitions
- Some questions to ask yourself: Am I going to be working with any spirits (deities, fae, angels, demons, deceased, etc.)? What does the mythology or folklore say about them?
- e.g. Two of the deities I work with are Hecate and Aphrodite. I rarely ask for their assistance in spell work. However, if I do, it’s in relation to what they are associated with in mythology. Aphrodite can help with love spells, but I wouldn’t ask for her assistance in a crossroads spell. I’d ask Hecate.
- Some questions to ask yourself: Is the book based on a certain type of magic? What about a certain religion?
- e.g. Since I am not Wiccan, I avoid Wiccan spell books, and go for those that are general witchcraft spells instead.
How to start on energy balls.
Take a long deep breath and focus intently. Block the rest of the world out and move with intent. Hold out your right hand palm up and flat. Pull the energy from the flow around you, with your will. Pull it into the palm of your hand. You will feel a sensation if you have done it right, It is different for every person. Now form it into a ball. Make the edges crisp and defined. Once you have a solid ball rotate it counter clockwise. To end the cycle crush the ball with your hand to disperse the energy. If you drop it or throw it you are sending your energy into the world and it will linger. Your energy is a direct connection to you and others can use it against you. Repeat until you fulfill all the steps in under three seconds.
If you are new to energy work this will wear you out so know your limits. Push to much and you can make yourself I’ll. But the more you practice the moire and more energy you can manipulate.
Now a lot of wiccan teachings tell you to put roots into the earth to draw energy for workings, this only works for some people. Some have better luck drawing it from the air or from water, even fire. Every person is different and their energy reflects this. Try to think of some environment where you feel energized and emulate that until you find what works for you.
And as a side note yes you can hurt people with energy, I’ve seen it leave bruises or cramp up peoples muscles. So take responsibility for your actions, there is always a bigger fish. You can also heal people with energy. Though you can do far more harm than good if your ignorant or untested in that subject. But once you have the basic concepts down you can move energy to fuel workings, create shields, and manipulate your environment.
But that’s a very basic rundown. Have fun.
It’s a funny thing. I use knot/cord magic A LOT but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a book devoted to it (I like Scott Cunningham’s chapter on it in Earth Power, pg.91). It’s so versatile though that there SHOULD be more about it.
As a newer witch, knot/cord magic is something I HIGHLY recommend. Especially if you are in the broom closet/can’t light candles or have a fire to burn herbs. It’s easy to do and it’s inconspicuous. There are so many ways to incorporate it too.
First let’s talk about the different kinds of knot/cord magic:
Braiding: Used for long term, braid three or more colored cords while focusing on your intention and use when necessary.
Knot 1: Tie 9 knots on a colored cord while focusing on your intention and place some place where it will not be disturbed (by storing it, burning it or burying it- so the knots will never be undone).
Knot 2: Tie 9 knots on a colored cord while focusing on your intention to store energy. Release knots one by one in the order they were tied to release the energy when needed, once a day consecutively.
Crochet/Knitting: Use to imbue intention into the item so that the wearer benefits (e.g. warmth, self confidence, protection, etc).
Cross Stitch/Embroidery: Used to imbue intention into the item. Especially useful with sigils.
How to do it:
There are a few methods known when working with knot & cord magic.
Braided cords typically do not get undone, and are stored for long term use. While braiding the cord (typically in 9’ or 9” measurements but if you don’t follow the threefold law this is irrelevant— unless your deity is a triplicate that you plan to invoke). To Do: Concentrate on your intent while braiding the cord, visualizing/thinking about it coming to fruition. Once you’re finished braiding consecrate the cord and put it away until you need it. This isn’t meant for an every day thing, just an as needed cord.
Knots can be harnessed in a few ways but the gist is that you’re using the knots to store power related to the intention of your spell. 1) Where you don’t ever untie them, 2) When you untie them as power is needed, or 3) when you untie one knot each day for consecutive days.
Typically you would tie a bead onto one end of the cord so that you know what your starting end is. You can also melt the ends with fire to prevent fraying. To Do: Pass the cord through a candle flame or incense to cleanse it while saying the words of your spell (i.e. the REASON you’re doing this) then you begin tying the knots in the cord you want to say the following while focusing on the intention/the type of power you are storing:
By knot of ONE, the spell’s begun
By knot of TWO, it cometh true
By knot of THREE, so mote it be
By knot of FOUR, this power I store
By knot of FIVE, the spell’s alive
By knot of SIX, this spell I fix
By knot of SEVEN, events I’ll leaven
By knot of EIGHT, it will be Fate
By knot of NINE, what’s done is mine
Generally knots are tied in this order:
But I have seen other variations, I just find this one easier to follow because it doesn’t start in the middle so you have a reference point for which end contains the 1st knot (the bead). You can also tie things INTO the knot to strengthen the magic even further (hair, wood, stones/gems, etc) just make sure to destroy or bury those items if you choose to untie the knots. Some people use knotted cords as a powerful talisman and don’t untie the knots, if this is the case you want to store it where it won’t be disturbed, burn it so it will never physically be untied or bury it where it will disintegrate in the earth and also never physically be untied. I have done all three methods of handling and I can’t say I prefer one over the other. The really great thing about storing energy is that it’s raised when it will be the most powerful (increases, like success or protection, would be sometime from the new moon to full and decreases, like a binding, would be sometime from the full moon to new) but the power is now stored for use whenever you need it.
Crocheting/Knitting is something I consider part of knot and cord magic because you can purposefully stitch your intention into the item you’re making. A lot of time, if for friends/family, I weave warmth and protection into things I make for them. So I might say something like:
With every stitch that I make,
the wearer of this item will be protected
and warm, but as the need arises
they will be alert until they get to safety.
Never too hot, but not cold either,
This item will keep them comfortable.
By earth, air, flame and sea,
as I say, so shall it be.
And I’ll focus on that while I continue to make the item. Off topic, but notice how I put a clause in there that they will be alert if the need arises until they reach safety. I don’t want them to be so warm and comfortable that they neglect their own safety.
Cross-stitch/embroidery: You can embroider sigils using color appropriate cloth and thread! You can cross stitch spells into your work (like cross stitching an acorn and imbuing it with luck and protection, which actual acorns can represent). There are so many different things you could do, let your imagination do the work!
Color in knot & cord magic:
White: purity, truth, sincerity, spirituality, the goddess, peace, higher self, virginity(as in the woman’s mind is owned by no man), a substitute for any other color.
Red: strength, health, vigor, sexual love, energy, passion, courage, element of fire, career goals, fast action, lust, blood of the moon, vibrancy, driving force, survival
Light Blue: tranquility, understanding, patience, calm, gently moving, wisdom, good fortune, opening blocked communication
Dark Blue: impulsiveness, depression, changeability, protection, spiritual inspiration, reassurance, creativity
Green: finance, fertility, luck, Earth Mother, physical healing, monetary success, abundance, tree and plant magick, growth, Element of Earth, personal goals
Gold: wealth, The God, promote winning, safety and power of the male, happiness, playful humor
Yellow: The Sun, intelligence, accelerated learning, memory, logical imagination, breaking mental blocks, selling yourself
Gold/Yellow: attraction, persuasion, charm, confidence
Brown: hesitation, uncertainty, neutrality, influence friendships, special favors
Pink: honor, romantic love, morality, Planetary Good Will, healing of emotions, peace, affection,romance, partnerships of emotional maturity, caring, nurturing
Black: loss, discord, confusion, protection, repelling negativity, binding, shapeshifting
Purple: tension, ambition, business progress, power, influencing people in high places, third eye, psychic ability, spiritual power, self assurance, hidden knowledge
Silver/Grey: cancellation, neutrality, stalemate, telepathy,clairvoyance, intuition, clairaudience, psychometry, dreams, astral energies, Female Power, communication, The Goddess, moon magic
Orange: encouragement, adaptability, stimulation, attraction, business goals, property deals, ambition, career goals, general success, justice, legal matters, selling, action
Copper: passion, money goals, professional growth, fertility in business, career maneuvers
(Color correspondance Source, please note this is one of many sources on this)
Just when I think I couldn’t find enough to post about I accidently click an pintrest account that literally has boards by the holidays.
Guess I should start the spam of Halloween stuff then shouldn’t I?
Also because we have gotten a ton of new followers, before I post anything else, if you have triggers, such as blood ( like the fake blood cake I just posted) You need to tell us so we can tag them accordingly . I have some fake blood craft ideas I am ready and willing to post but I need to know if I need to tag things for people.-Aurora
Ps: Bring on your theme ideas for weeks, I and Jes will talk about it!
Also help us come up with a witchy fashion tag!
Aurora here spamming your dash with my new blog, A WITCHY HOME CRAFT/FOOD/SELF CARE/ AWESOMENESS BLOG.
You should all go check it out and spam us with love and ideas.
I even post dragon craft stuff time to time!
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