Born in deepest Cornwall, now living in wild Wales, Bev has been practising her personal brand of eclectic witchcraft for years and years.
What Is a Switchword?
Switchwords are a very simple concept. They are based on the work of a man called James T. Mangan. As a businessman and motivational author, Mangan was a perpetual student of life and knew how to win it. He concluded that there were certain principles that, if followed, would inevitably lead to a happy and fulfilling life.
He wrote a book called The Secret of Perfect Living in which he explains the principles in great detail. In the book, he also talks about "switchwords" as a way of flicking on the subconscious to get to work for you. While the book is excellent in its own way, it is lacking a proper list and guidelines for using these special words. I have written another article, “How To Use Switchwords”, which explains how they work and which words and combinations of words to use to help you get the desired result.
Switches for Witches
How might switchwords benefit witches and their magickal practice? Well, if you accept that casting spells is no more than the manipulation of energy or universal forces to achieve the desired result, then adding in switchwords will power up the spell. When you think about it, witches use the combination of intent plus emotion followed by detachment to impress their desire onto the natural energy field. Another of those "New Thought" authors, Wallace Wattles, described this energy field as the ‘thinking substance’. Whatever you call it, witches have been tuning into it, working with it, and manipulating it for all time. Jesus (who is sometimes described as the greatest witch who ever walked the Earth) made use of it when performing miracles and healing.
Switchwords will supercharge your spells with their high vibration and power to impress that energy field.
When to Add Switchwords to a Spell
It depends on how you work. I always write down my intent and the desired result. Right after the raising energy phase, I read the words out loud (even better if you can memorize them). Then I add the relevant switchwords just before I say, “As I speak it, so must it be.”
Another method would be to inscribe the words onto a candle and, as you light it, visualize the words burning onto the energy field.
If you enjoy working sigil spells, incorporate switchwords into them.
Master Switchword: Together
There are a group of words that Mangan considered to be "master switches." They are imbued with an even higher vibration than regular switchwords. For magickal work, always use one or two words to add a little high octane fuel.
Together. This is THE highest vibrating word. This is what Mangan had to say about it:
“Every time I said the word (together) to myself, a remarkable reaction took place. The word would touch off a deep prolonged sigh of a quality I had not known for years.”
He then goes on to say that, as he kept saying ‘together’ to himself, he had the happiest week of his life. He describes two sides of himself working together. This is the basis of witchcraft: to get self and universe in perfect harmony. It only has to last the duration of the spell, but if you can keep the harmony lasting, then life just seems to improve.
Other Master Switchwords: Divine and Bring
There are two other Master Switchwords that will assist you in your spellwork. The first of these is Divine. Divine calls on the universe for a miracle. What this actually does is disconnect you from trying to assume the desire will come to you. Use Divine and let the universe take care of it for you.
The second is Bring. Bring is useful when your spell is designed to bring you something you can touch. So for instance, if you were in need of a new phone, use Bring in your spell to speed up manifestation.
Anti-Anxiety Spell Incorporating Switchwords
This anti-anxiety spell is adapted from the book Everyday Magic by Dorothy Morrison. The author recommends making tea with valerian root and reciting the words. However, the taste of valerian root is pretty disgusting and will probably cause more anxiety at the prospect of drinking it. Instead, use a small pink, blue, or white candle. Write down the following:
“Nervous anxiety, you are dead
Together Ice-Blue soothe my head
Bring to me, your calming peace
Allow my worried thoughts to cease.
“As I will, so must it be.”
As you can see, there are three switchwords included in that chant for maximum magickal oomph. Light your candle. Reach for a deep feeling of inner peace and relief to raise the necessary emotion. Repeat the spell words three times. Then repeat the word Together another three times for good measure. Place the written spell beneath the candle holder and allow the candle to burn down safely.
As you go through the day and following week, whisper the word Together and feel deep calm permeate your being. You can repeat this spell as necessary. One day you will forget all about it as your anxiety recedes completely.
In my example spell above, I used a little rhyme (thank you, Dorothy). The reason I try to do this is that rhymes are easily remembered and, as you speak, you can put a lot of energy into the words. You don’t have to use a rhyme, and I’ve done plenty of spells without them. I’d suggest getting yourself a spell-book (the one I mentioned is as good as any and a lot better than most) and adapting the chant for your own purposes.
As mentioned, you can access my lists by reading the article mentioned at the beginning. However, there are certain words that work particularly well for witchy work.
I’ve already mentioned Together, Divine, and Bring so try to incorporate them if you can. Other good witchwords are:
To heal (self or another)
To increase psychic power and intuitive insights
To manifest your heart’s desire
To manifest money
To see clearly; to perceive that which is hidden
To reach a stated goal
Use in any love spell
To find missing objects; to retrieve a memory
To persuade or convince (be careful with this one)
To learn a secret
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
Question: I have fallen in love with someone younger than me. How can I make her love me back?
Answer: The short answer is that you can't 'make' someone love you. And if you try to do it with a spell, you are going to get into trouble, for sure. Manipulating someone's will is not a good thing to do.
All you can do is use the Switchwords to attract love and just be your lovely self. If she doesn't fall in love with you, then it isn't meant to be.
Question: What Switchwords can I use to get back my previous help and make sure she is good for me and will stay?
Answer: "Together Tap." However, make sure you offer to increase her wages otherwise she won't come back. Then treat her well, be kind with your words, show your appreciation with regular wage increases, and she will stay with you.
Question: What Switchwords can I use for my daughter to achieve a suitable match in marriage?
Answer: Personally, I believe you should allow your daughter to find love in her own time. In which case, she can choose her own Switchwords.
Question: So, are these the only Switchwords, or are there more? Because the word "liar" gives me some sort of comfort.
Answer: There are many more, and combinations of Switchwords too. However, the ones listed here come directly from the work done by James T. Mangan. I think a lot of new ones have been identified in quite an arbitrary way. And yes, it's very possible to identify personal Switchwords that work for one person, but don't work for another. Good idea to play around with words to see if they resonate.
More information here: https://exemplore.com/new-age-metaphysics/How-To-U...
Question: Are there any Switchwords to help learn a language?
Answer: Yes, Divine Care. There are others that will help you by increasing your energy and enthusiasm. You'll find more examples here: https://exemplore.com/new-age-metaphysics/How-To-U...
© 2018 Bev G
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 07, 2020:
Hello Brinda, I don't do personal tutoring, however, I have a lot more tarot articles on tarot-study.info.
Good luck with your studies.
brinpatel on March 06, 2020:
This is Brinda I read your article online and feel strange connection with you dear Madame. I would like to learn from you the art of reading Tarot. If you can please let me how can be that possible ?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on December 19, 2019:
Hi Kaz, No, I don't. Believe me, spells are far more effective when you work them yourself.
Kaz Nan on December 19, 2019:
Hi, do you cast spells on behalf of people rather than them trying to do it themselves?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 09, 2019:
Thanks, Leesa :) I have a lot more planned, but do let me know if there is any witchy topic you'd like to read about.
leesa on October 09, 2019:
I love reading your articles, I feel so informed on what i was looking for. Want more
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 12, 2019:
Thank you for your kind words, CosmicJane, much appreciated. x
cosmicjane on June 12, 2019:
Bev G enjoy reading your thoughtful wise prose and commentary on a variety of subjects...i always leave inspired. Thank you.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 19, 2019:
What's an 'iconic personality'?
You can do whatever you like with Switchwords. It's whatever works for you :)
Siddharth Jayakrishnan on April 19, 2019:
I constantly chant the switchword, "marvel", which helps me achieve an iconic personality and also prolongs the feeling of wonder. So, my query is whether I can add the switchword "together" to "marvel"?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 23, 2018:
I don't approve of the way FB (and other social media sites) collects data and manipulates people. I also hate it that young people think they need 'likes' to feel validated. And not to mention the 'fear of missing out'. You'll have to Google some of the recent news that has led to thousands of people deleting their accounts. I never used it much anyway.
Thank you for your kind words. Much appreciated.
Draco from United Kingdom on June 22, 2018:
Thank you for the advice. I look forward to more articles from you :)
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 22, 2018:
Hi Draco, no. A spell to ask for something won't attract negative energy. In case you are worried there are many ways of making sure you are protected. The first and most important is to keep a positive attitude when working a spell. Other ways would be casting a protective circle, or placing certain crystals around the room. Personally, I always go with the positive happy thing :)
Draco from United Kingdom on June 22, 2018:
Hey firstly thank you for this article. I have a question, will I leave myself open for evil entities if I pursue this? At the moment I'm curious yet afraid. Many thanks
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 21, 2018:
Joanna, I avoid FB like the plague. It is the work of the devil ;)
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 21, 2018:
To Agent 73/Paul. I deleted your posts because they are not relevant to the content of the article :)