Updated: Jan 2

 

Many witches prefer using spells that have already been written. There are many reasons for this, the most common being that they are not exactly sure how to go about writing their own spells.

 

It is fine to use someone elses spell, but I have always felt that writing my own spells gives them extra power. After all, it is your energy that goes into casting that spell, so it makes sense that putting extra energy into writing it yourself, would give it a little extra power.

 

A spell can be as simple, or as complicated as you would like. For me, it depends on the result I am seeking, as to how complex my spell will be.

 

At the very least, you need a candle, anointing oil, a chant/prayer verse, and most importantly, your intention, to cast a spell.

 

 

The following are the basic steps to creating your own spell:

 

  1. Determine your intention. What is your goal? Be very clear when stating your intention.

  2. Determine the timing. Time of day, day of the week, and the moon phase, can be very important in spell casting. Do your research as to the best time to perform your spell for your desired result.

  3. Determine the tools and ingredients needed for your intention. Will you be casting a circle for your spell? If it is a spell for financial gain, what are the herbs, crystals, incenses, and color correspondences used for money spells? Will you be calling on a deity or spirit guide for assistance?

  4. Write your chant/ prayer verses. Your chant does not need to be long. The purpose of the chant is to release your energy and intention into the universe. Your chant does not need to rhyme, but if you prefer rhymes, there are rhyming dictionaries online that can help. https://www.rhymezone.com

  5. Cast your spell! And don't forget to keep a record of all ingredients used, as well as the result.

 

A Spell Worksheet can be very useful when writing your own spells.

 

**Click the photo below to download a free Spell Worksheet!**

 

 

 

 

 

  • Diana

Updated: Jan 14

 

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The first thing any witch needs to master before beginning spell work, is Protection. It is one of the reasons we cast circles.

 

Although circle casting isn’t necessary, or preferred by every witch, protection is still necessary before beginning any ritual or spell. Especially those that call upon the assistance of spirits or deities.

 

Incense and oils are the easiest way to protect yourself during your rituals. Both can be made from combinations of Protection herbs.

 

If you are performing a general protection spell, such as adding herbs, and/or crystals to a Protection Sachet, it is best to use dried herbs.

 

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The following are the best herbs, flowers, and trees for general Protection:

 

  • Agrimony

  • Angelica

  • Lavender

  • Solomon’s Seal

  • Cinquefoil (5 finger grass)

  • Orris root

  • Frankincense

  • Rosemary

  • Calendula

  • Garlic

  • Agrimony

  • Cedar

  • Sage

  • Acacia

  • Hawthorn

  • Willow

  • Sandalwood

  • Sea Salt

  • Black Salt

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We have many of these herbs in stock to help you with your Protection Spells and Rituals.

https://www.witchspirations.com/herbs

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Source: Complete Book of Correspondences by Sandra Kynes.

 

  • Diana

Updated: May 24

 

 

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So what exactly is a tincture? The simplest definition is a medicine made by dissolving a drug in alcohol.

Example: “the remedies can be administered in the form of tinctures”

In this definition, the “drug” is an herb.

 

When making a tincture, you are using alcohol to extract the medicinal properties of the herb.

 

For some, using alcohol to make tinctures isn’t possible, so the best substitute is Apple Cider Vinegar.

 

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You do not use water in a tincture. Water will make it rancid.

 

 

The purpose of a tincture, is to preserve the medicine so that it has a much longer shelf life. Tinctures are also much more potent than using the herb alone. A tincture made using alcohol can last for at least 3 years. Most of the time, they will last even longer.

 

This is a great solution to keeping herbs that you don’t often. Dried herbs generally only have a shelf life of about 2 years, so making an alcohol tincture will keep you from having to waste them. Using apple cider vinegar, a tincture will usually only last a maximum of 6 months.

 

You are never supposed to use fresh herbs because of the water content, and always make sure your jars are clean, and completely dry, before adding your herbs.

 

 

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There are some items that you will need for making tinctures. Herbs, of course, are the most important.

 

We have a selection of organic herbs in our store's Herbs section:

https://www.witchspirations.com/herbs

 

The other basic supplies needed are the following:

✧Mortar and pestle (for large root herbs)

✧Pint sized jars

✧Alcohol or apple cider vinegar

(Without alcohol - Use APPLE CIDAR VINEGAR)

✧Cheescloth

✧Dropper bottles (for bottling tinctures)

 

*Here are some links to Amazon for supplies, if needed.*

Cheesecloth - http://a.co/d/ayttkVn

Jars - http://a.co/d/hEhTFEw

Bottles - http://a.co/d/9JW1Eqv

Mortar and pestle - http://a.co/d/3FRdaWA

 

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When making your tincture, you will add your herbs, and just enough alcohol to cover the top of them. The herbs should be completely submerged. The jar lid needs to be tightly closed, and the jar stored in a cool, dry, dark place.

 

About every 2 days, the jar needs to be shaken a few times. If after a week or so, the liquid is below the top of the herbs, you can add a little more. Always make sure you label the jar with the type of herbs used, and the date started.

 

Tinctures take 4 to 6 weeks to be ready. I usually leave mine for a full 6 weeks.

 

 

 

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*DISCLAIMER*

 

HERBS SHOULD NEVER BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR ANY SERIOUS PHYSICAL, OR MENTAL AILMENT THAT REQUIRES MEDICAL ATTENTION! ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR.

 

HERBAL TEAS AND TINCTURES SHOULD ALWAYS BE AVOIDED DURING PREGNANCY.

 

 

Sources: https://www.kismet-sf.com/blog/2018/1/15/wellness-tinctures-101

https://wellnessmama.com/8168/herbal-tinctures/

Tincture definition from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tincture

Magical Herbalism by Scott Cunningham