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Step Four: Choosing Your Materials

Here’s where it really starts getting fun.

If you’re using a spell from a book or a someone else’s spell that calls for specific tools and objects, you can gather up those ingredients.

Because witchcraft is so personal and energy-based, you can absolutely substitute certain ingredients if you don’t have what the spell calls for, or you don’t want to use an item for whatever reason. Regardless of what you use, it’s helpful to know the significance or meaning behind all the tools you use. This can include traditional meanings that you learn from a book or a witchy mentor, or the meaning can be completely personal and intuitive. When you say an item has power, that gives the item power.

For example, I love to spray a certain perfume when I perform a financial abundance spell. This perfume just smells so luxurious and rich to me. To someone else, that smell might give them a headache or make them think of their third-grade teacher.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with unconventional objects. You never know what will give you the best results.

A good rule to follow is if an object or tool conjures up focused thoughts and deep emotions around your intention, include it in your spellcasting!

Here’s a brief breakdown of things you can use during your spellcasting. This list isn’t complete. Use it as a starting point as you begin spellcasting.

Magical Tools

Cauldrons

A cauldron holds manifesting and creation energy. Use cauldrons as centerpieces for spells that require that kind of energy. You can burn incense or paper notes in these magical containers. Traditionally, they’re cast-iron and fireproof, but be sure to take proper safety measures while spellcasting with fire magic. You can also place crystals, notes, or water in your cauldron and leave it out overnight to charge after you finish your spellcasting session. Since cauldrons are round, they pair nicely with moon spellcasting.

Cauldrons are often associated with earth, water, and the moon.

Wands

A wand can focus energy towards a certain point on your altar or in a specific direction. This makes a wand very handy for spellcasting. You can also send energy out around you to cleanse or charge a space prior to spellcasting.

Wands are often associated with earth, air, and the sun.

Athame

An athame can be used to carve symbols on the ground, on a candle or in the air. It can also be used for stirring magical liquids. Another use during spellcasting is to draw a circle around you with the point of the blade to create a sacred space for your spellcasting.

Athames are often associated with earth and air.

Candles

Candles are perfect to use in the process of spellcasting itself, or even just setting the mood for magic. Use colors that you connect with on a personal level or colors you associate with your particular intention. Light five tea lights around you to represent the five points of a pentagram for protection during your spellcasting.

Candles are often associated with fire and the sun.

Herbs

Herbs are used in spellcasting in a variety of ways. You can use them to brew tea, you can burn them as incense, you can sprinkle them on your altar or around your space to prepare the area for spellcasting, or you can anoint a candle with oil and roll the candle in dried herbs. If you are using herbs for divination during your spellcasting, experiment with performing a tea leaf reading.

Herbs are often associated with earth or air (because of the smoke they send out when used as incense).

Crystals

Crystals are so easy to incorporate into spellcasting because they will elevate the vibration of any person, object, or space simply by proximity. Arrange crystals in a circle on your altar or around your spellcasting space, or hold them in your hands while you meditate on your intention. You can look up what crystals are best for different spellcasting intentions. Another way to select crystals is to use whichever ones you’re drawn to when preparing for spellcasting.

Divination Tools

Try using divination tools in your spellcasting, particularly when working with new moon or full moon energy. These tools can include tarot and oracle cards, runes, pendulums, and scrying tools like mirrors, bowls of water or crystal balls.