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Secret Spells You've Probably Been Doing All Your Life

Turns out we're all a little bit witchy.

Many people have a knee-jerk reaction to the term “witchcraft,” likening it to necromancy, demonology, or some kind of dark art. This is due mainly to centuries of work by people and religious institutions to connect various pagan and folkspiriwual practices (and the mostly women who practice them) to evil spirits, devil worship, and all kinds of dark deeds. But hand in hand with this insistence that “witchcraft” is an arcane evil comes the religious and cultural adoption of many other pagan rituals, from Yule logs and mistletoe at Christmas to everyday activities you might not even think of as part of the craft.

Do you perform magic? You may not think you do any magic spells, but according to this TikTok witch, we live in a world full of magic, and we’re all doing it as part of everyday life.


“You say witchcraft is evil?” asks this TikTok witch. “That’s funny. You’ve been doing it your whole life.”

He goes on to detail spells and hexes you’ve known since you were a child and never realized. For instance, blowing out a candle on your birthday cake an making a wish has many things in common with candle-based spells in modern witch craft.

You also spent your childhood hexing people. The old playground chestnut, “I’m rubber, you’re glue, whatever you say bounces off me and sticks on you!” is a curse good for any grade schooler who is sick of being called nasty names.

And then there’s “that spell your mom taught you” in order to protect against bullying: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” Like Hollywood taught us all witch’s spells do, this one even rhymes.

What other witchy practices might you be secretly practicing?