Witchcraft and Switchwords: How to Combine Them in Spells
Switchwords are a very simple concept. They are based on the work of a man called James T. Mangan. 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 switchwords. I have written another article, “How To Use Switchwords” which explains how they work and which words and combination of words to use to help you get a 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 a 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, 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 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, another method is to incorporate the switchwords into the actual sigils.
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 a 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 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 them, you can put a lot of energy into them. 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
Got a Question?
Please feel free to ask me anything about spellcraft and switchwords. Please do check that your question hasn’t been asked and answered already.