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Do you want to learn how to write spells? Do you have a specific need that no spell has ever been written to address?
First, what is a spell? A spell is the method by which one brings about their desires in reality, often taking the form of spoken words, mixed ingredients, and prayers to deities. A spell can be as simple as one word and as elaborate as a high magick ritual that can take hours or even days to fully complete.
Whether you’re trying to learn how to make a spell for love or how to write magick spells to make an original eclectic witch book of shadows, there are some easy templates you can follow. You just need to know the anatomy of a spell to create your own powerful witches spells.
The Anatomy Of A Spell
Do you know what ingredients should go into a spell? For instance, could you make a love spell with honey and cinnamon? How would you use jasmine in a spell?
What phase of the moon is correct for prosperity magic or luck spells? Do you know any real magic words of power?
You can improve your magickal practice with spells that fit your needs, desires, and your unique symbolic library.
Learning magick is all about doing magick, so let’s figure out how to write a great spell.
What Is The Purpose Of Your Spell?
When you’re writing a magick spell, you need to know what your ultimate intention is.
You’ll want to decide how detailed your spell should be as well as what your goal is.
You should think about the different ways a spell affects the material world, the magical and mundane.
So to discover the anatomy of a spell, you need to ask these questions:
- What does the spell do to the world?
- How does it work?
- What is the spell’s impact on yourself?
This last question may seem silly; however, it’s one of the key ingredients of magick.
If you get right down to it, magick is about how things work.
Magick is the art of controlling our actions and perception in a powerful way.
Magic works best when you apply that control in a subtle way to your everyday life and to the world around us.
So, if you want a simple magick spell for beginners, you probably only want two or three ingredients and maybe a simple rhyme to set your intention.
You can even go as simple as reciting your incantation over the flame of a candle.
If you want something more elaborate, you may be mixing oils and herbs, finding the right candle color, deciding the right phase of the moon and time of day for your spell, and setting up a specific choreography of movements and incantations.
Spell Ingredients And Correspondences
Spells are made up of many components that hold intentions, release energy, give your spell power, or hold power.
What you choose to include in your spell will ultimately change how that spell behaves. This is based on their correspondences. For instance, a lemon spell could work with the lemon’s many correspondences.
The basic spell components are these:
|An intention||This is what guides your spell. It is your desire, put into words. Your intention will tell you what other correspondences you should choose.|
|Moon Phase||The phase of the moon has magical correspondences. For instance, spells for fertility are best done during a waxing moon. Spells to banish should be done during a waning or new moon.|
|Time of year||January has very different magical energy than March or October. Each month and season has its own energy that can be used to make your spells more powerful.|
|Day of the week||Like the time of the year above, the day of the week also has its own energy.|
|Time of day||Like the day of the week above, the time of day also has its own energy.|
|Herbs||Herbal magic is one of the most popular forms. Potions, kitchen witchery, and magical teas use the correspondences of herbs.|
|Crystals||Crystals all hold different kinds of energy. They also have magical correspondences. Plus, you can use a crystal to hold onto a spell, especially if it is on a piece of jewelry.|
|Essential oils||Essential oils are similar to herbs in their magical uses. Aromatherapy is actually a very potent form of magic, so approach these oils with care and respect.|
|Carrier oils||When using essential oils, carrier oils allow for proper dilution before wearing your mixed scents.|
|Candles||Candle magic uses smoke and flame to empower your spells and send your intentions out into the universe. Candle magic also relies on color correspondences.|
|Color themes||Each color puts off a different vibration. While the meaning of a color does change from culture to culture, that doesn’t make color correspondences less important or powerful.|
|Deities||Not every witch works with deities, but when approached with respect and reverence, deities can help a spell succeed.|
|Symbols||Symbols can be something everyone recognizes, like a pentacle, or they can be something deeply personal like a sigil.|
|Something to create power||Usually, the thing that creates power is you and your actions.|
|Something to hold power||Crystals, jewelry, dolls, knots, and statues are just a few things that hold onto power for long lasting or timed release spells.|
You can use as many of those components as you like in your spell, based on your intention and how elaborate you want your ritual to be.
Choose An Intention
This is the purpose of your spell. Intentions can be anything from finding love to manifesting money.
You want to be as specific as you can, because magickal energy can tend to spread too thin to be of any use if you go for something general.
For instance, it’s better to ask for a raise at your job than just to ask for more money.
Asking to heal your liver is better than asking to feel better.
Boil your intention down until it’s as strong as specific as you can manage.
Also, resist the urge to translate your intention into another language. While there are ancient words that give power to magic, your simple Google translate job probably won’t help much.
You can’t work good magic with an intention that you don’t understand. Witches spells in TV shows and books may work that way, but they don’t work that way in real life.
Perform Your Spell Under The Right Moon Phase
The phase of the moon directly effects how powerful your spell will be. Here are the general meanings:
New moon: This is the time for new beginnings. Magick to take advantage of the clean slate is best now. Start new projects, start a new exercise program, gather your thoughts, execute plans.
Waxing crescent moon: Set your intentions now. Send out your hopes and desires. This is a good time to start law of attraction magick.
First quarter moon: Kick down obstacles. Now is the time to take action and push forward.
Waxing gibbous moon: This is a time to reexamine the intentions you’ve set and realign them with the universe. This is also when you want to work to bring in money and prosperity.
Full moon: This is the time to reap the rewards of the spells you did in the previous cycle or previous months. This is also the time to do charging spells, and to enhance your psychic energy.
Waning gibbous moon: This is a time of introspection and giving thanks. It’s also the right time to expel negative energy and banish curses.
Third quarter moon: Release and let go of bad habits. Clear out junk and focus on self care spells.
Waning crescent: The time for cleansing. Cleanse the house with holy water or sage. Recuperate and rest. Feel and enjoy the coming emptiness. Release things in your life that aren’t helpful.
Time Your Magic To The Seasons Of The Year
Each month has its own energy, and that energy can empower or dampen the power of your magick.
January: This is the month to work on the root chakra, sexuality, basic physical needs. It’s also a time for new beginnings and fertility.
February: This is the month to cast spells for divination, ambition, aspirations, and balancing communication with emotion.
Reveal the truth with clarity spells. Work on the crown chakra.
March: This is the month for spells of reconciliation, anger management, and unresolved issues.
It’s also a good time for spells that make you more aggressive in the right areas, such as if you’re angling for a promotion.
Protection spells, dark magick, and retribution are also more powerful in March. Focus on the throat chakra.
April: This is a time of transformation, a time to take passion and turn it into manifestation.
Cast spells to banish stubbornness or to strengthen your backbone as you deal with difficult people.
May: May is the time for personal growth, illumination and wisdom.
You may be at risk for some neuroticism in May, so cast magick to unite logic with your emotions.
Magick to banish bad habits and strengthen your self esteem are called for. Focus on the heart chakra.
June: Fairy magick is powerful now. Work on magick that improves communication and movement, transformation, and spells that increase or decrease things in your life.
Focus on the solar plexus chakra.
July: Now is the time to find balance between your ego and your perseverence and organization.
Manifest leadership, banish indecisiveness. Cast spells for long term goals.
August: Reap the harvest of the magick you cast earlier this summer. Powerful, assertive magick should be cast now.
Cleanse yourself and your home before the coming winter. Clear out unwanted emotions and habits.
September: this is a time of feminine energy. Cast magick that draws inward, and magick to draw things to you. Magick that benefits women and female issues are very strong now.
Fertility and protection magick especially so. Cast spells to find lovers and soul mates. Focus on the third eye chakra.
October: This is the time for ancestral and spirit magick. Communicate with your ancestors, or the ancestors of the land that you are living on.
Cast spells for justice, balance, and political issues now. Cast spells to increase and strengthen your ambition.
November: Destroy all things that bind and hinder you at this time. Find freedom with your magick.
Cast spells for release, relief, emanicipation, individuality, and protection.
December: Cast magick to seek knowledge from spirits. This is also the time to reveal true feelings and shed light on dark situations.
As we transition to the new year, work magick that transitions you into your new, and improved, self.
Choose A Magical Day Of The Week
The correspondences of the day of the week can change the outcome of your spell.
Choosing to do your spell on the right day could make it even more powerful!
Color: yellow, gold
Stones: citrine, amber, tiger eye
Astrological Sign: Leo
Energies: Healing, spirituality, male issues, work/employment, power, strength
Color: blue, white
Astrological Sign: Cancer
Energies: Emotions, dreams, clairvoyance, the goddess, feminine issues
Color: red, orange
Astrological Sign: Scorpio
Energies: Aggression, marriage, courage, dominance, power
Color: silver, shades of blue
Stones: clear quartz crystal, malachite
Astrological Sign: Gemini, Virgo
Energies: Communication, writing, art, creativity, mental activities
Color: purple, indigo
Stones: aventurine, moss agate
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius, Pisces
Energies: Expansion, money, legal issues
Color: pink, red
Element: Air, Water
Stones: pink rose quartz, jade
Astrological Sign: Libra, Taurus
Energies: Love, friendship, emotions, beauty, sex
Color: black, gray
Stones: black onyx, apache tears, obsidian
Astrological Sign: Capricorn
Energies: Retribution, banishment, protection
Pick The Right Time Of Day
Morning: Matters of the conscious mind, leadership, intelligence, cognitive functions.
Dawn: Beginnings, refreshing situations, warmth, renewing hope.
Dusk: Closings, endings, finishing projects, self reflection, and death rites.
Night: Intuitiveness, emotions, maternal tasks, healing, fertility, moon magick, wishing on stars, dream magick, spirit magick, and peacefulness.
Midnight and noon: The in-between hours. Communicate with elemental creatures like fairies. Spells for positive changes in life, endings and beginnings.
Should You Use Herbal Magic?
Herbs and plants have elemental and magickal correspondences that help direct your energy and manifest desires.
When doing herbal magic, remember that the most important part of the anatomy of a spell is your intention. Because herbs can have many different magical uses, and some of them are contradictory.
If you’d like to learn more about these correspondences, see my blog posts on them here: Elemental correspondences for herbs and plants
Pick The Right Magic Crystals
Crystals hold vibrational properties and the history of our world.
Essential Oils Can Make Spells More Potent
The scents of essential oils and the magickal meaning of the plants they come from can enhance your spells.
Abundance: Allspice, Bergamot, Birch, Chamomile, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lemon, Lime, Litsea, Mandarin, nutmeg, opopanax, orange, Pepper, Pine, Star Anise, Yarrow.
Aphrodisiac: Cardamom, Ginger, Jasmine, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang.
Astral Realm: Cinnamon, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Mugwort, Sandalwood.
Attraction: Allspice, Angelica, Basil, Catnip, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clary Sage, Clove, Frankincense, Geranium, Helichrysum, Hops, Hyssop, Jasmine, Lavender, Marjoram, Mugwort, Neroli, Oregano, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Spearmint, Spikenard, Yarrow, Ylang Ylang.
Banishing: Angelica, Anise, Basil, Bay, Camphor, Cedarwood, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Juniper, Mugwort, Myrrh, Opopanax, Palo Santo, Patchouli, Pepper, Pine, Rose, Sandalwood, Star Anise, Yarrow.
Beginnings: Angelica, Anise, Birch, Cardamom, Carrot, Clove, Coriander, Fennel, Fir, Geranium, Juniper, Mugwort, Nutmeg, Pine, Rose, Yarrow.
Binding: Angelica, Clove, Cypress, Frankincense(breaks binds), Jasmine, Pepper, Pine, Rose, Rosemary.
Blessing / Consecrate: Allspice, Angelica, Anise, Basil, Bay, Benzoin, Birch, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cistus, Coriander, Cypress, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Lime, Mugwort, Myrrh, Myrtle, Oponanax, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Pepper, Pine, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Star Anise, Thyme, Valerian, Yarrow.
Clairvoyance: Anise, Basil, Bay, Cedarwoo, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Coriander, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemongrass, Mugwort, Nutmeg, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Rose, Sage, Sandalwood, Star Anise, Thyme, Yarrow.
Clarity: Basil, Birch, Camphor, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Nutmeg, Orange, Oregano, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Spruce.
Communication: Allspice, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Citronella, Fennel, Fir, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Myrtle, Rosemary, Spikenard, Valerian.
Confidence: Basil, Bergamot, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange, ine, Rose, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Thyme, Turmeric, Yarrow.
Courage: Black Pepper, Clove, Fennel, Ginger, Thyme, Yarrow.
Creativity: Bay, Birch, Cajeput, Cardamom, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clary Sage, Clove, Fennel, Fir, Geranium, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Myrtle, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Tea Tree, Valerian, Ylang Ylang.
Depression: Basil, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Lemon, Ylang Ylang
Fertility: Anise, Basil, Birch, Carrot, Catnip, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Clove, Coriander, Fennel, Geranium, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Marjoram, Mugwort, Neroli, Orange, Oregano, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Spearmint, Yarrow, Ylang Ylang.
Grounding: Angelica, Chamomile, Cistus, Citronella, Cypress, Fir, Ginger, Helichrysum, Juniper, Lavender, Lemongrass, Litsea, Myrrh, Oakmoss, Opopanax, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Pine, Sage, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Spruce, Turmeric, Valerian, Vetiver, Yarrow.
Happiness / Joy: Basil, Bergamot, Orange, Neroli
Healing: Allspice, Angelica, Basil, Bay, Birch, Cajeput, Camphor, Cardamom, Carrot, Catnip, Cedarwoo, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Fir, Frankincense, Lavender, Lime, Marjoram, Mugwort, Myrrh, Opopanax, Oregano, Palmarosa, Pepper, Peppermint, Pine, Rose, Sage, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Turmeric, Valerian, Yarrow, Ylang Ylang.
Longevity: Fennel, Rosemary
Love: Allspice, Anise, Basil, Bergamot, Birch, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander, Frankincense, Ginger, Honey, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Neroli, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Tuberose, Vanilla, Vetiver, Yarrow, Ylang Ylang.
Luck: Allspice, Anise, Basil, Bergamot, Catnip, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clove, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Spikenard, Star Anise, Thyme, Vetiver, Yarrow.
Magical Energy: Bay, Ginger, Nutmeg, Orange, Pine, Vanilla
Meditation: Chamomile, Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood
Memory: Clove, Coriander, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint, Sage
Money: Basil, Ginger, Lemon Balm, Nutmeg, Patchouli, Sage, Tonka, Vetiver
Negativity: Angelica, Anise, Basil, Bay, Birch, Camphor, Carrot, Cedarwoo, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clove, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Juniper, Lavender, Lime, Mandarin, Marjoram, Myrrh, Opopanax, Palo Santo, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Sage, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Star Anise, Thyme, Yarrow.
Passion: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Coriander, Ginger, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Patchouli, Rose, Turmeric.
Peace: Bergamot, Chamomile, Ginger, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Marjoram, Rose, Tuberose, Ylang Ylang
Physical Energy: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Camphor, Cinnamon, Ginger, Lemon, Lime, Nutmeg, Orange
Prosperity: Allspice, Basil, Bay, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clary Sage, Clove, Fir, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram, Myrrh, Myrtle, Nutmeg, Opopanax, Oregano, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Sage, Spearmint, Vetiver.
Protection (Spiritual & Psychic): Angelica, Basil, Bay, Black Pepper, Clove, Cinnamon, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Fir, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Lime, Mugwort, Nutmeg, Opopanax, Peppermint, Pennyroyal, Pine, Rose, Rosemary, Rue, Sandalwood, Spruce, Tea Tree, Thyme, Turmeric, Valerian, Vetiver, Western Red Cedar, Yarrow
Psychic Awareness: Bay, Cinnamon, Lemongrass, Mugwort, Nutmeg, Star Anise, Yarrow
Purification: Angelica, Bay, Camphor, Copal, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Hyssop, Juniper, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, Lemon Verbena, Lime, Neroli, Orange, Palo Santo, Pine, Western Red Cedar
Success: Allspice, Angelica, Basil, Bay, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clove, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lemon, Lime, Litsea, Mandarin, Myrrh, Opopanax, Orange, Patchouli, Pepper, Sandalwood, Star Anise, Yarrow.
Vitality: Cedarwood, Cistus, Citronella, Fir, Frankincense, Ginger, Lemongrass, Lime, Myrrh, Opopanax, Rosemary, Valerian, Basil, Catnip, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Oregano, Patchouli, Peppermint, Sage, Spearmint.
Carrier Oils For Your Essential Oils
Carrier oils are used with essential oils and sometimes herbs so that they are safe to get on your skin.
They also spread out the essential oil so that you can cover a whole candle without wasting your expensive essential oils.
An ancient carrier oil that was used in magick was olive oil, and it is still one of the best options around.
Learn Candle Magic
Colors play a really important role in our lives and our magick.
The colors lend a distinctive vibration and focus that can aid our intentions as we burn the candles.
I already have a blog post on the candle color meanings. I hope they will work positively within your witchcraft.
|Candle Color||Candle Color Meaning|
|White candles||White candles, first and foremost, can be used for all magick. They are the blank sheet you can use when no other candle seems right, or you’re out of another candle color.|
|Black candles||Black candles are perfect for banishing, absorbing negativity, protection, binding, destruction, cursing, chaos magick, and creating confusion.|
|Brown candles||Choose brown candles for home protection, animal spells, stability, family, material goods, grounding, emotional stability, balance, and trust.|
|Red candles||Red is a great choice for love spells, lust, vital energy, strength, passion, courage, charisma, energy, vigor, anger, eliminating pessimism, revenge, and determination.|
|Pink candles||Use pink candles for romantic love, emotional healing, friendship, caring, nurturing, self love, beauty, glamor spells, sensuality, compassion, forgiveness and reconciliation.|
|Orange candles||With orange candles you can invoke ambition, creativity, and positivity and it is a great color for career spells or spells to assert your strength and individuality.|
|Yellow candles||Yellow candles are the choice for spells for intelligence, success at school, communication, focus, and intuition.|
|Green candles||Green candles are the perfect choice for money spells, but they can be used for spells of growth, health, luck, and nature too.|
|Blue candles||Use blue candles for peace, patience, emotional healing, manipulation, truth, justice, and to hide the truth from others.|
|Purple candles||Purple candles are great for psychic powers, divination, astral travel, wishes, ambition, power, and authority.|
|Silver candles||Silver candles are associated with the moon, and can be used for spells for psychic receptivity, love, rest, dreaming, healing, and represents goddesses.|
|Gold candles||Gold candles are associated with the sun and are useful for spells of confidence, willpower, optimism, generosity, and this candle can be used to represent gods.|
Choosing The Right Color Correspondences
Color correspondences don’t only have to be used through candles.
You can choose to mark your protective circle in a specific color, use specifically colored herbs, wrap your tools in a specific color cloth.
They can give an immensely powerful boost to your spells.
Here are a few different colors and their correspondences:
Red: Love, physical energy, health, power, anger
Pink: Romance, spiritual awakening, partnerships, children’s magic
Orange: Adaptability to sudden changes, encouragement, power
Yellow: Communication, confidence, divination, study, friendship
Green: Prosperity, employment, fertility, health, good luck, creativity
Blue: Healing, psychic ability, harmony in the home, understanding
Indigo: Meditation, clarity of purpose, spiritual healing, self-mastery
Purple: Divination, enhancing nurturing qualities, balancing sensitivity
White: Cleansing, clarity, establishing order, spiritual growth, understanding
Black: Banishing and releasing negative energies, transformation, enlightenment
Silver: Spiritual development, psychic development, meditation, warding off negativity
Gold: Success, health, ambition, finances, good fortune, divination
Brown: Balance, concentration, material gain, home, companion animals
Gray: Complex decisions, binding negative influences, reaching compromise
Working With Deities
The different gods and goddesses one might interact with all have different areas of life and magick that they rule over.
Ares rules over power, anger, and war. Aphrodite rules over love and lust.
Eris rules over chaos.
Appealing to a specific deity during a spell could lend you their favor, putting their power behind your intention as well.
It’s worth it to find a deity you like to work with for spells that matter a lot to you.
Witch Symbols In Magic
When you’re doing a protection spell, a pentacle can increase the protective properties of your magick.
A dollar sign symbolizes wealth and is great to use in abundance spells.
Finding symbols that universally represent a concept is a great start, but what is even more powerful is discovering and utilizing what those symbols represent to you.
When you see a triangle, what emotions or thoughts does that bring up?
When you see a simply drawn bird, what concept does that make you think of?
The most powerful symbol is the one that represents a powerful emotion or memory for you.
Add Power To Your Spells
Often, this is fire or an incantation.
This is something that helps to bring out and use the energy within you to enact your will on the universe.
It’s not technically creating power but digging deep within you and harnessing the power you have within yourself.
Pick Something To Hold Your Spell
This one isn’t always necessary, but this is where amulets, knots for knot magick, and things like potions come in.
These are the things that hold onto the spell you’ve created until you’re ready to use that magick.
If you’re creating a long term or timed release spell, you’ll want something to hold that power until you’re ready to release it, or indefinitely.
What Is A Spell And How Can You Write Your Own?
I hope this information has helped you on your path to being a master spell crafter.
Spells that you made yourself tend to be more powerful than those found in books or online, so this is a worthy endeavor for any intermediate to advanced witch looking for a new challenge.
I hope this has also helped you to gain an understanding and appreciation of various spell categories and the different types of spells.
If you use this information to make a spell,
I hope you’ll share what you made and the results down below! I’d love to know how it all worked out.
And if you want to learn more about witchcraft and spell crafting, I have a long blog post about the best and most cost-effective way to read books about the occult.
You don’t have to break your budget to become a more learned witch!