How To Use Vision Boards With Your Witchcraft
A vision board is any type of space you use to visually represent what you want your life to look like in the future. It’s a collage of images, quotes, and meaningful items that you arrange on a board (or paper, poster board, bulletin board, wall space, etc) with the intention to bring those things into your life. Basically, a vision board is a tool to manifest your goals.
This tool works based on the Law of Attraction principle — ”like attracts like”, meaning if you are vibrating at a certain frequency, you will attract people and things that are also vibrating at a similar frequency.
What Do Vision Boards Do?
Vision boards are useful for two reasons. They help you get clear on what you want. The process of finding and sorting images allows you to figure out what things you actually want to bring into your life, not just what you think you want.
Vision boards also keep you focused. They are typically placed somewhere you can see them regularly. Every time you glance at your vision board, you’re immediately reminded of what you want. That gentle reminder will strengthen your intention every day.
How To Make Your Vision Board The Witchy Way
Vision boards, though not inherently witchy, are a perfect addition to your magical toolbox because all magic benefits from strong, clear intentions.
Here’s how to go about making a vision board to use in your spellwork.
Begin by gathering your materials. Get creative here, and allow yourself to be led by your intuition. You can pick up supplies at a craft store, or rummage around your home to find what you need.
Ideas for things to potentially include:
A “board” of some kind. A small or medium-sized poster board will work well, but you can also use a piece of wood, the outside of a shoebox, the cover of your journal, a page from your grimoire, a cork board, or anything else that you feel drawn to.
Old magazines, catalogs or books that you don’t mind cutting up.
Images printed from the internet
Markers, pens, and/or paints
Pieces of foil
Glue, tape, or any suitable adhesive for the material you’re working with
Scissors and/or a utility knife
Ideas for magical materials you might consider using:
An assortment of herbs
Essential oils or oil blends (Note: Getting essential oil on your skin can be harmful, so be careful when working with these!)
Colored Ribbons or string
Old tarot or oracle cards (or copies of your favorite magical cards)
Materials you find in nature like leaves, sticks, bark, feathers, or even bits of dirt (Note: Be mindful of where you’re collecting pieces of nature. Some places have laws restricting what you’re allowed to remove, so familiarize yourself with the local laws before you do this.)
How To Weave Witchcraft Into Your Vision Board
Direction & Element Magic
Divide your vision board into four different sections and assign a direction to each section. North can be positioned at the top of your board. East can be to the right. South can be at the bottom. West can be on the left side of your board.
As you look over the different pictures, quotes, and symbols you’ve gathered, organize them by element. North is typically associated with the element of earth. East goes with air. South with fire. West for water. For example: if you have photos of someone hiking the Pacific Crest Trail because that’s something you’d like to do in the future, you might choose to place those images in the North/Earth section of your vision board.
Another example is if you have words like “healing” or “self-love” for your board, you might choose to place those on the West/Water portion of your board because you associate those qualities with the water element.
You can also use this technique when arranging your magical materials on your vision board. Maybe you choose to add a dab of oil to the West/Water area of your board or sprinkle your favorite incense onto the East/Air section.
Certain colors can be associated with different types of magic. You can use color magic when decorating your vision board. For example, if you have an image of the romantic partner you desire to attract into your life, you may choose to outline that image with a red pen. If you have a number representing the amount of money you’d like to make this year, you can shade it in with green or create designs of gold glitter around it.
Here’s some basic color magic to get you started:
Purple—Intuition, psychic connection, and divination
Red or Pink—Romance, unconditional love, friendship, relationships, and self-love
Orange—Courage, creativity, and goal setting
Blue—Communication, problem-solving, and learning
Green or Gold—Luck, prosperity, and power
Black—Ambition, banishing, and home blessing
White or Brown—Abundance, success, or peace
This list is by no means complete, and there are a lot of variations for what colors go with each type of spell. Use your intuition when picking colors. Often times, you find yourself drawn to certain colors for whatever reason. Follow those impulses.
Tarot or Oracle Card Magic
Use images of tarot or oracle cards to add power to your desires. The characters in the Major Arcana are excellent for this. For example, the Hierophant or High Priestess can support your goal of maintaining a regular meditation practice. Place this card (or a photocopy of this card) next to a picture of a person in prayer or meditation. If your intention is to get a promotion at work or complete a college degree, use the energy of the Chariot to bring you determination, strength, and victory. Use the images of your oracle cards in the same way—place cards near images that match the energy.
Another way to use magical cards in your vision board is to ask, “What energy can I embody to achieve this goal?”. Note the cards you pulled for each goal on your vision board, so you can reference that card’s energy each time you look at your vision board.
You can also try this simple spread with your tarot or oracle cards and incorporate the cards you draw into your vision board design.
Card #1: What is the energy of this vision board?
Card #2: How will this vision board help move me closer to my ideal life?
Card #3: A message of guidance from my intuition, spirit guide, or higher power.
Charge your vision board supplies in the energy of the new moon or the full moon. These two lunar phases are also ideal times for creating your vision board. The new moon is helpful for intention and goal-setting. The full moon is a powerful time for manifesting your desires.
Other Magical Materials:
When using your magical materials in your vision board, be creative with ways to include spellwork into your design. To do this, think of what materials you use to perform different spells and see if there’s a way to bring that magic to your vision board. Don’t be afraid to try something new.
Create a circle of protection around the images on your vision board by adhering a ring of salt along the edges of your board.
Glue crystal chips to your vision board. Selenite bits are self-cleansing and self-charging, which are great energies to bring to your board.
Mix dried herbs and spices with glitter and glue them to your vision board. Use herbs that will support your intentions, such as dried basil near a money goal or dried patchouli for a relationship goal. You can also make a tea with your herbs and use the water to “stain” your board or paint interesting designs. Add a bit of dirt in your water to create a rich brown hue.
Diffuse essential oils or light incense as you put together your vision board. You can also adhere incense to your vision board or mix a couple drops of oil into your paint.
Use knot magic to power your vision board. Tie knots in a ribbon or string to represent each goal you’ve included on your board. Glue the knotted string, or poke holes along the outer edge of the board and weave the string through.
Vision Board Candle Spell
Do this spell in a sacred space where you know you won’t be disturbed for at least twenty minutes. Sit in a comfortable position in front of your vision board.
Count how many different goals you have on your vision board.
Take a tall candle and make notches in the wax, so you end up with one section of the candle per goal. Carve a symbol or sigil in each section of the wax that represents your goal. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, as long as it holds meaning to you.
Once you’ve marked your candle for each goal, light the candle.
Notice what section of the candle you’re burning. That will be the goal you will focus on for today’s spell. As that section of the candle melts, visualize yourself having achieved that goal. Allow yourself to immerse yourself in the feeling of having manifested that goal. Connect with all the sensory details of that moment (sight, smell, taste, touch, and sound). The more vivid and emotional the visualization, the more powerful the spell. Use your vision board as a focal point, or gaze at the candle flame if you prefer.
Once that section of the candle has melted, extinguish the candle. Allow the magic to work as you go about your day.
The next day, perform the spell again for the next goal. Repeat this process each day until the entire candle is burned and you’ve visualized all your goals.
Perform this spell for your vision board as often as you feel called.
There are so many ways you can use a vision board with your witchcraft, and I invite you to explore all of them. Hold a ceremony with your fellow witches and make vision boards together. Maybe you’d like to make a vision board for your country or the world. Go as big as you want. What if you made a vision board for things you’d like to banish from your life, and you ended your ritual by burning your vision board? There are no rules when it comes to vision boards, so you are free to tailor your vision board to your personal witchy practice. Enjoy the creative process!
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by Julie Hopkins
Julie Hopkins is a writer, yoga teacher, and founder of Power Within, a whimsical online space created to help others improve their lives with magic. She’s from Chicago, but spends most of her time traveling to cool places.
Julie discovered the world of magic after she got tired of reading personal development books and hearing the same ideas over and over. Looking for a new way to grow, Julie started experimenting with tarot cards and felt an immediate connection to her intuition in a way she’d never experienced before. After that, she began studying magic in all its forms, never looking back. When she’s not writing about witchy things, you can find Julie making candles, daydreaming, and playing with other people’s dogs and babies.