Spells, Exercises, and Lessons for Beginner Witches
"I Want the Real Spells that Work!"
Many novices will ask Witches for the real spells, as if they think we Witches are hoarding all the good ones. We're not! I promise.
Here is your problem: looking for spells when you haven't studied Witchcraft is like looking for sheet music when you haven't learned how to play an instrument yet.
Unfortunately, a lot of websites just hand you spells— many of which are by people who have not studied the craft from reputable sources, so these spells come off sounding like something from Charmed. But saying a rhyme and lighting a fire doesn't make things go 'poof'.
The following directory of how-to articles and instructional guides has been a labor of love that took me a couple of years to work on (and it's still a work in progress). I respect the craft and want students to learn it properly.
Please feel free to ask questions or email me. I do my best to answer regularly.
Looking for spells when you haven't studied Witchcraft is like looking for sheet music when you haven't learned how to play an instrument yet.
What Makes a Spell Work?
How Do I Learn to Become a Witch?
1. Begin study/reading (begin with the library of articles listed below).
2. Take notes, re-read, research. Start forming and following questions.
3. Begin a regular meditation regime.
4. Begin working/experimenting with energy.
5. Start practicing spells.
6. Find your Witchcraft "niche" (herbal magic, candle magic, crystal magic, etc.).
7. Learn to adapt spells and write your own.
8. Keep reading and practicing— it never stops.
Wicca or Witchcraft?
Wicca and Witchcraft can go hand-in-hand. They can also be mutually exclusive. Wicca is primarily a religion. As a Wiccan Witch, I write about both. The articles here are mainly focused on the skill of Witchcraft and can be applied by any Witch of any religion.
What to Read & How to Study to Be a Witch
A good place to begin is to read the articles below. In my book, 13 Moons to Becoming Wiccan: Making the Transition from Theory to Practice, on my website, and in these articles, I have shared my knowledge. They will explain a few things you need to know right up front and help you adjust your expectations and avoid some pitfalls.
Note: Because I am Wiccan, some articles specify Wicca. However, the techniques I describe and the principles behind them in these articles can be universally applied. You do not need to be Wiccan.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can anyone become a Witch?
What is the first step to becoming a Witch?
Do I need a mentor to learn Witchcraft?
Can I be a good Witch?
Introduction: Understanding Witchcraft for Beginners
- A Witchcraft Primer: Magic and Spellcasting Basics
Thinking about studying Witchcraft, magic, and spell work? Here is an overview of what you need to know, and the things you need to learn.
- Learning Witchcraft: Training the Mind
If you want to learn Witchcraft, you don't need a spell book; you don't need to run out and buy an altar full of tools. What you really need to begin with is training your mind.
- What Is the Witches Pyramid?
The Witches Pyramid is a fundamental philosophy that's beneficial in learning the Craft. It is an important lesson for all beginning Witches.
Advice for New Witches
- Learning Witchcraft for Beginners: What to Look for in a Mentor or Teacher
There are a lot of people who are not what they claim to be. Here's what you should look for.
- Casting Spells That Work: Creating Channels
If you want your spells to work, you can't just cast them and expect things to fall out of the air. You need to create channels for them. Learn what a channel is and how to make one.
- Want to Cast Spells That Work? Then Stop Casting Spells Like These
Maybe the problem isn't your skills, it's your goals. Don't bother with these sure-fire miss spells, and you won't waste your time.
- 5 Common Mistakes Made by Beginning Witches
Even the best of us, no matter how experienced, probably stumbled over at least one or two of these mistakes in the beginning. So for all you beginners out there, forewarned is forearmed!
- Witchcraft for Beginners: 7 More Mistakes Made by Beginning Witches
Witchcraft isn't easy— mistakes can be made. Knowing what pitfalls to avoid can sometimes be half the battle.
Pre-Requisites: The Mind
The most important tool in Witchcraft is your mind— that's what makes it work. The words, the herbs and candles, the tools and gestures— these are all for focus and to borrow their energy. They don't make anything happen on their own.
What makes a spell work is what takes place in your mind. It's of the utmost importance that you train your mind properly. The only real way to do that is through meditation.
Meditating for Mental Discipline
- Learning Witchcraft: Do I Really Need to Meditate?
It's a question that many new Witches— and even some experienced ones— will ask. Everyone has their opinion. Here's mine, with my reasons. You be the judge.
- Learning to Meditate: An Instructional Guide for Beginners
For the newbie, a simple meditation guide. This brief explanation strips meditation down to the bare basics to help you get a start without getting overwhelmed.
- Ways to Meditate When You Can't Sit Still
You keep hearing how meditation is so beneficial to Witchcraft and spirituality, but you just can't sit still long enough to find out. Guess what? You don't have to sit still to meditate.
Advanced Techniques for Training the Mind
- How Witches Can Improve Their Psychic Abilities
If you want to learn Witchcraft, you've got to learn to improve your natural intuitive abilities. Here are some exercises to help you work on those psychic powers.
- Wicca for Beginners: Energy Manipulation Exercises With Crystals
Learning to manipulate energy is a big part of Wicca, Witchcraft, and many other esoteric religions. Need practice? Try these exercises to help improve your skills.
Applying Mental Discipline: Basic Techniques
Now that you've spent some time mentally preparing yourself, here are some basic techniques in magic and Witchcraft that are essential. Start practicing these first.
- What are Grounding and Centering, and How Do You Do Them?
You don't need to be Wiccan to reap the benefits from learning to ground and center, but it is a must for Wiccans to learn.
- Wicca for Beginners: Visualizations for Grounding and Centering Meditations
Grounding and centering can be a very productive activity, not just for ritual but for a healthy, balanced life. These visualizations are a great way to accomplish grounding and centering anytime.
- Wicca Basics and the 3 Cs: Cleansing, Consecrating, and Charging
If you've ever read a book about Wicca, you've probably been told to do any and all of these things— but did you ever really stop to think what they are, or what they're about? Let's take a look.
- Wicca Basics: How to Cast a Circle
Casting a circle is an art; it only comes with practice. Here are some techniques, tips, and exercises you can use to help develop your ability to perform this essential Wiccan rite.
- Witchcraft Spells: 'Why Didn't My Spell Work?'
There's more to spell casting than just following a step-by-step instruction. If your spells are not working, it's time to examine them and the way you cast them.
Magical Timing Guides
- How to Cast Spells Using the Magical Timing of Moon Phases
Some Witches swear by timing spells based on moon phases. Here is a guide for using lunar timing in your spell work.
- Spell Casting Using Magical Timing: Using Moon Signs
Proper magical timing is always a great way to give a boost when casting spells. Try working with the moon signs to see if it improves your efforts.
- How to Cast Spells: Magical Timing by Planetary Hours
Calculating planetary hours can be a bit advanced, but with these reference charts and some basic math, you can figure out the perfect timing of your spell down to the minute.
Types of Spells and Magic
Spells are not just following a script like play acting. You need to understand what you're doing. There are philosophies behind magic that you need to understand before you can expect it to work for you. If just reading words off a page was enough to make something happen, then every actor playing a witch on television would be shooting fireballs.
Here are some basic types or 'styles' of magic and spell casting that you can learn. Even though the technique may stay consistent, you only need change up a few things to apply them to any purpose. The more you practice, the more adept you will become.
- Beginners Guide to Candle Magic
Candle Magic is one of the most beautiful types of magic. It’s perfect for beginning spell casters as well as potent enough to satisfy advanced practitioners. If you’ve always wanted to try it, learn the basics and get started!
- How to Cast Petition Candle Magic Spells for Beginners
Petition magic is a type of candle magic that's good for even beginners in the Craft. Here is how to design and use a petition magic spell in a format you can use for any magical goal.
- What Is a Kitchen Witch and How to Be One
The Craft is not just something a Kitchen Witch does; it's what she lives— it becomes a lifestyle and can make for quite an enchanted life.
- Magical Potions, Brews, and Other Concoctions
What's the difference between a potion and a brew? What's a mojo bag or a witches bottle? Learn the terminology for your Witch Crafting right here.
- How to Cast a Jar Spell
Jar spells are so versatile! Learn the basics and you can use the techniques for just about any magical goal. Here is a thorough, step-by-step guide to designing jar spells for any need.
- How to Cast “Witches Ladder” Spells for Beginners
Witches ladders spells are good introductory spells for the beginner. They can be cast any time, but are particularly appropriate for a Beltane spell.
- Pendulum Witchcraft: How to Make and Use a Pendulum
One handy tool for practicing Witchcraft is a pendulum. It’s actually quite a diverse tool that can help eliminate a lot of guesswork. Learn here how to make a pendulum, and multiple ways to use it.
- What You Should Know about Blood Magic
Blood magic conjures up all kinds of gothic images. It's a topic of controversy within the magical community. Here’s what you should know about it— especially if you want to practice it.
Studying Magical Herbalism
Welcome to your herbology class. If you ever wanted to practice herbal magic, I am building this resource for you.
I lean heavily towards magical herbalism in my practice. I love to grow my own herbs, even though I don't even have land! I have a screen porch full of flower pots on wire shelves that's a bit like a greenhouse without glass. I love to use herbs for cooking, home remedies, and crafts. I also use them for magic.
I enjoy learning about the legends, lore, and mythology associated with plants. Here you can pick and choose whichever plant it is you desire to learn about, and if you don't find what you are looking for, feel free to put in a request. I'll be adding more of these on a weekly basis.
Sage's Herbal Grimoire: Lessons in Magical Herbalism
- Aloe Vera
If you are studying herbal magic or any form of Witchcraft that involves herbs, let me introduce you to aloe! Here are details, how to grow it, and its many medicinal, magical, and folk uses!
It's much more than just tasty. Here are the fascinating details about basil, how to grow it, its many medicinal, magical, and folk uses.
- Bay Leaf
Among the many magical uses for bay are that it is ideal for teas, incense, or potions to aid in psychic abilities or visions. Learn more.
- Belladonna (Deadly Nightshade)
Belladonna, also known to us as deadly nightshade, is one of those exotic, fascinating plants that gets attention. Learn the history and uses for this extremely poisonous plant.
- Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is one of those great plants that can really be worthy of space even in the smallest of herb gardens— learn the many culinary, medicinal, and magical uses of this herb.
Lavender should be a staple in any garden and in every Witch's cupboard— learn more about how to grow it and its uses in magic, crafts, cosmetics; culinary and medicinal.
Mugwort is one of those plants that's almost exclusively associated with Witches. It’s probably not the most common or useful herb to make space for, but it's a fun addition to the garden as well as the magical cabinet.
If you are considering an herb garden, be it to have a few cooking spices or for magical purposes, Rosemary should be a given. It has so many folk uses in spirituality and magic, it’s truly impressive.
The very word “salvia” is from the Latin for “to save” and in the Middle Ages it was the herbal equivalent of modern-day aspirin. In magical uses, it is one of the most common incenses used for cleansing and clearing negativity. Learn more.
Most books on Witchcraft and magic don’t even list stevia, so a lot of the information I’ve compiled for magical uses comes from my own years of growing and experimenting with it.
Miscellaneous Articles on Witchcraft & Magic
- A Witch Who Cannot Hex, Cannot Heal: One Wiccan's Perspective on this Controversial Claim
Reactions to this saying have varied from cheers of agreement to vehement opposition. Here, I explain my personal take on this issue, and the reasoning behind my opinion.
- Is It Wrong for People to Accept Money for Wicca, Witchcraft or Spiritual Services?
Is charging money unethical when it comes to certain services pertaining to spiritual things? Or is it a natural exchange of resources?
- The Power of Magical Places: Witchcraft at Disney World
I visited a place so powerful, I felt overwhelmed at times by the energy. While there I performed one of the most powerful healing spells of my life. Where is this place? Walt Disney World.
- Have a Magical Holiday: Kitchen Witchery for Thanksgiving
Looking to bring a little magic to your holiday season? Try some kitchen Witchcraft for Thanksgiving. Here are some great ideas you can use.
- Witchcraft for Beginners: Valentine’s Day Magical Correspondences
Looking to put a little magic into your Valentine's Day? Here's a general correspondence 'cheat sheet' for you to raid, or add it to your Book of Shadows for future workings regarding love and sex.
We Want Spells! We Want Spells!
Okay, okay! Please remember though, that you should not jump into spells first.
Still, when you're ready to practice, here are a number of spells you can try. I explain them in full detail, including what your mind should be doing, or why you are doing it. Also remember that any spell you see should be seen as a springboard, not written law. As you learn to understand the principles of Witchcraft, you can adapt them as you see fit.
Finally, you'll notice some of these spells were made specifically for Wiccan Sabbats— that's okay! They're just a good option for Wiccans looking for seasonal workings. You don't need to be Wiccan to do them, and you don't even need to do them on the Sabbat (you don't even need to celebrate the Sabbat).
Spells for Prosperity
- A Samhain Harvest Spell for Prosperity
Prosper from the fruits of your own labors and investments this year. Cast a Samhain prosperity spell for abundance and success. Charm this mojo bag to bring with you throughout the year.
- How to Make a Money-Making Charm Bag
Free money. Everyone can use a little extra cash now and then. If Witchcraft is your way of getting a little boost toward the things you need, you may find this charm bag is just what you need.
- New Year's Eve Prosperity Spell
This New Year's Eve, why not bring a bit of Wiccan magic into your life? This prosperity and wealth spell is best timed to take advantage of New Year's Eve energies, but can actually be performed throughout most of the year.
Spells for Health and Healing
Spells for Protection
- Spell to Summon a Guardian Wolf
There's nothing more protective than the spirit of the wolf. Take the opportunity during this 'wolf moon' (waxing crescent moon) to summon a guardian spirit to protect your hearth and home.
Spells for Curse-Breaking, Binding, and to Cease Harm
- Magic and Spells for Imbolc
"Imbolc Hearthfire Purification Potion," "Busting a Bad Habit Spell," and "Spell Break a Curse or Hex on an Object."
Spells for Personal Improvement and Growth
- Wiccan Spell for Mabon: Banishing Unwanted Thoughts
Magic and spells cast on the Sabbats can be particularly potent. The autumn equinox lends energies to your workings that can really boost the effects. Mabon is the perfect time for banishings.
- A Samhain Pumpkin Spell
Gaining wisdom from the ancestors. I don't know about you, but I can always use a little wisdom from those who have gone before. Ask your ancestors to bless you with wisdom as you honor them this Samhain season.
- Magic and Spells for Mabon: Wiccan Spell for Balance
Tap into the unique energy of the Sabbat, which can lend power to your spells. This ritual Wiccan spell for balance can draw great strength from the equinox energies at Mabon.
- A Spell to Help You Transition
Magic for the waning half moon. Is there something or a way of life no longer serving you? Need to make a big transition in your life? Here is a spell to help you.
- Magic for Ostara
Seasonal celebrations of spring can really help shake off the winter doldrums. What better way to celebrate the season than with a little bit of magic?
- Enchanted Oil to Help You Stick to Your Goals
Winter solstice is such a magical night! It’s a great opportunity to take advantage of the abundant energies and certain ingredients that are pretty common this time of year with this yule spell to help you stick to your goals.
Spells for Love and Relationships
- Spell to Bring a Lost Love Back
Do you ever think of the ‘one who got away?’ Do you regret that you never got together with the person, or that the relationship fell apart? Need a second chance? Why not try a little full moon candle magic?
- Easy Love Spells
Valentine's Day is approaching, spring is near, and love is in the air. If not, then it should be, so try casting one of these spells to bring love into your life.
- Full Moon Magic: Free Love Spells That Work
Have I mentioned how I met my husband? I cast a love spell! After about 20 years together (still going strong) I share my most successful spell.
- Waning Moon Break-Up Spell
Looking for a spell to help you with a break up that's been holding you back? Try this one, perfectly timed for this (or any) waning moon.
More Spells and Lessons to Come...
I'm not even close to being finished, and I'm not going anywhere. Even as I write this, I keep stopping to jot down ideas for topics I have not yet covered or spells I would like to pull from my Book of Shadows to share.
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