Small Magics

Let me tell you about two spells I did on the same day.  The first was an elaborate spell bag I planned for days for a very specific purpose.  For the second one, I found out I had to make an emergency trip home, so I threw a few gemstones in a bag, said the fastest possible blessing over them, and threw them in my bag.  Both spells worked perfectly.  In their basics I did the same things: applied knowledge with wisdom, visualized, and believed in the outcome I desired.  But the amount of planning I did for each spell was vastly different.  Mind you, I knew the circumstances surrounding the first spell for a few weeks, whereas the second event was a curveball.

The point is that magic doesn’t have to be crazy and elaborate, because let’s be honest who has time to perform ceremonial magic for everything.  Sometimes you have to work on instincts and let your knowledge guide you.

So, fellow Witches, what can you do to be successful in your spontaneous spells?

  • Take Your Magical Education Seriously: If there is one rule to being a good Witch, it’s never stop reading and learning.  The more you know, the easier connecting your problem to your magical solution will be.
  • Keep Your Tools Well Stocked: Ever go to do a spell and find you are out of the ONE INGREDIENT you need?  Yeah, not good especially in an unexpected situation.  Keep track of what candles, herbs, stones, or whatever your use the most and make sure you buy more when your run low.  If you are new to the Craft and don’t have a handle on your favorite techniques and tools, pick up some white votive candles and clear quartz since both are so versatile.
  • Be Prepared: Try to learn at least one spell for each of your five magical basics: health, wealth, love, prosperity, and protection.  Remember, they need to be quick and easy.  Once you’ve mastered those areas of your life, expand as needed to other needs.
  • Consider Ingredient-less Workings: Sometimes you want to do something instantly, but lack the tools.  So, do what you can with simple techniques, such as shielding.
  • Relax and Evaluate: How much time do you REALLY have to complete this spell?  Are things moving quickly or slowly.  If you have the time to plan, take it.  If not, use your short spells.

© Ariadne Woods

Moving and Spellcraft

As many of my readers know, I’m going to grad school.  For the first time in my life, I am moving out on my own.  No mom, no RAs.  I have big and grand plans (including a permanent altar).  If I can, perhaps I’ll get a cat!

I just need an apartment first.

And this task has been turning out to be more difficult than I first imagined.  Despite sending inquiry emails daily, I’ve gotten rejected, waited too long (and by that I mean two days), and just plain never heard anything.  I admit, I’m starting to get frustrated.

In a talk with one of my friends, she joked, “You’re a witch, just do a spell.”  For some reason, that sort of bugged me.  Is this what my friends think, that I do a spell and what I want automatically goes my way?  That’s just ridiculous.  I have to fill out the forms, go do all the interviews, and wait it out just like everyone else.  Have I done a spell to give myself clarity in what I want?  Yes.  Will I try to get into the apartment before I move in to give it a good physical and spiritual cleaning?  Yes.  But those aren’t necessarily magical things rather that steps in the process of moving.

I guess the best thing I can do is take this frustration as a lesson in patience, Goddess knows something I’m terrible at.

© Ariadne Woods