Before you cast a spell, you should spend some considerable amount of time researching witchcraft. There are various forms of witchcraft, and which one resonates best with you will determine how you cast a spell.
Common Types of Witchcraft:
- Green Witchcraft – Witchcraft focused on earth, nature, and the elements
- Hedge Witchcraft – Nature-based witchcraft featuring elements of shamanism as well as astral projection, midwifery, and healing
- Electic Witchcraft – A blend of various traditions including but not limited to witchcraft traditions
- Neopagan Witchcraft – Typically witchcraft practiced in the service of one’s ancestral deities
- Kitchen Witchcraft – Practical witchcraft focused on the use of herbs and other natural specimens common to every day life
- Gardnerian Witchcraft – The continuation of the witchcraft practiced by the initiates of Gerald Gardner, founder of Wicca
What items do I need to cast a spell?
Witchcraft draws its power from the user’s intentions and the Magick that is within the individual. If you are capable of using Magick, you are able to do so with or without these tools.
Tools, or correspondences, are powerful items that can be used to draw focus and symbolize the power within yourself and within nature, but you don’t need to go out and buy a bunch of things before you start practicing witchcraft.
The best and simplest way to begin practicing witchcraft and cast your first spell is to research. Learn as much as you can about the various traditions and find the correspondences (physical symbols of invisible qualities or forces) that appeal the most to you. A very powerful ritual can be performed without ever spending a dime.
Go to your favorite spot in nature, such as a beach or the woods, and collect stones, shells, leaves, flowers, and other items that have some magickal significance to you. These items cost nothing and are every bit as powerful as pricey correspondences purchased online.
Common Witchcraft Supplies and Spellcraft Tools
- Cauldron – A small pot, typically made of cast iron, used to mix and heat potions for spellwork
- Mortar & Pestle – A small cup, typically made of cast iron, with a blunt grinding implement, used to crush herbs and spices for spells and rituals
- Herbs – A variety of both common and rare herbs are used to add effect to rituals and potions; sage is one of the most common herbs for spells, used to purify and protect
- Flowers – Many spells call for the use of flowers for their powerful symbolism and beautiful fragrances
- Gemstones – Each gemstone has magickal significance, and can be used as a correspondent in rituals or to provide healing
- Crystals – Crystals are commonly used to purify a sacred space prior to ritual, provide healing and protection, and to amplify the magickal properties of gemstones
- Magickal Amulets & Talismans – Powerful symbols that can be used in spellcraft or warn for daily protection and magickal enhancement
- Wand – A stick of wood or some other material used to cast a circle
- Athame – A blade used to cast a circle of protection for spellwork, also used within spells
- Salt – Commonly used to cast a circle of protection, prevent evil spirits from entering a room, and other protective spells and cleansing spells
- God & Goddess Statues – These are used to draw focus to the God and Goddess during ritual, and may be used to call their presence to a ritual circle