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Spells, Exercises, and Lessons for Beginner Witches

Updated on August 10, 2017
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Sage has been a Witch for 25 years. As a teacher and writer, she enjoys writing informative articles to teach others the Craft of the Wise.

"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.

 How to Be a Witch
How to Be a Witch | Source

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?
All of these questions will be answered by the articles listed below.

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.

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.

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.

Green Witchcraft
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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.

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).

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.

You can get updates if you follow me or if you comment and click "Follow this article's comments." I will report periodic updates.

Until then, happy Witchcrafting!

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      Aspen 3 days ago

      I want to make sure I am getting good information and have a solid grasp of Wicca and witchcraft. What books do you suggest for both myself and my daughter? I want to try to get them from my library near me if possible. Blessings thank you

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      kaleb 3 days ago

      I reley casted a spell it was a skyrem spell 2 to be exat sumen flame acranot and fire ball

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 days ago

      Hi Gemma; there's no special candles for Witchcraft. Most spiritual shops sell candles from the same factories that sell them to retail outlets like Target or Walmart. I use candles I get in the dollar store sometimes, or pick up at the salvation army. I mostly work with chime & taper candles I get from Amazon.com.

      Sure there are Witches who hand-craft soy candles with herbs and oils as they pour intent and good energy into them, etc. and that's great if you can afford it and support the Witchy merchants out there, but not necessary.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 days ago

      Thanks Gemma, I appreciate it!

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      Gemma Anderson 6 days ago

      Hi Mackenzie, I'm just wondering if its OK to use plain ordinary candles for witchcraft. I know there are candles that are specifically for the purpose of witch craft, but there prices are through the roof....I just wondered if ordinary candles can be used.

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      Gemma Anderson 7 days ago

      Hi Mackenzie, thank you so much for replying me, I understand that to learning witchcraft is going to be a lot of study, I'm making use of my local Library, to see if I can find books on botany, I want to really study this well, and all your articles are extremely helpful, I'm so glad I stumbled upon your site... Its great. I want to say thank you on behalf of every one, as your a great teacher and invaluable to us.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 7 days ago

      Hi Gemma; there are ways to learn how to recognize herbs and trees-- study botany. Learn to identify plants.

      I wish I could say that we Witches had shortcuts to learning these things, but unfortunately, no. Learning different plants, learning different crystals, learning what they are called and their properties and learning to work with their energy, it takes hours and hours and hours of work for years to become adept.

      Starting a BOS is a great way to begin! Start with herbs that are very familiar to you and that you have easy access to and do research and take notes. If possible, try planting some herbs in pots in the spring-- sage, thyme, rosemary, mint, catnip, etc. I work with these kinds of 'kitchen herbs' more often than anything else, they are no less powerful than the more exotic varieties.

      Same with crystals; start with 1, then add another, then another to your research. It builds in time.

      Hope that helps :o)

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 7 days ago

      Hi Unknown; take a deep breath hon. I totally understand about past traumas and negative people.

      Things can't change overnight; but progress can begin with effort. You might need to cleanse yourself (Cleansing baths or meditations, liked guided ones on YouTube) and learn to shield yourself for protection first. That might give you enough relief to begin working on other things. Then just take it one at a time; I know it's hard and it's an uphill climb, but one little step at a time, each one will be a challenge in itself but will bring great relief.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 7 days ago

      Hi Amy; no one knows where our path will end up... we have to follow it to find that out. But if we stay true to our path, things will turn out well.

      Only you can really find your own path; read, learn, experiment, pray, work on yourself (whatever you feel needs improvement), meditate, learn to listen to your inner voice. It's a life-long journey.

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      Gemma Anderson 9 days ago

      Hi, I'm just beginning in witchcraft, my head is all over the place because I come from a Christian family who would wholly disapprove. I have always felt a pull towards witchcraft but until now have been afraid to take the first steps, I have no friends at all , and no social life to speak of, ...no one I know can help or guide me in witchcraft, there's no one I can turn or speak about it too.... I am currently interested in learning candle ,crystal and herbal magick, ....but I fear when and if I come to practicing it, my chances are few and far between, as I cannot practice at home.

      I just wondered if there was anyway I might be able to recognize the different plants and herbs and trees, and there power and meaning, because I really don't know what I'm looking for. I've already started on meditation, and I'm also trying to keep a book of shadows,I am so lucky finding this website, and I want to say thank you, for years I've wanted to learn witchcraft, but never knew where to start or what to do.

      Here's to my new secret life.

      My email is Andersongemma500@gmail.com

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      Unknown 9 days ago

      I've been through alot through the years by many, I refused to go this way knowing that things could come back! I'm dealing with ruthless people the ones that claim to be Christian! I started reversing back but feel something in the air that's evil and don't know what to do! I remain in constant prayer I let things go way too long I should of done this long long ago things are crazy so my question is if this is part of what I've done to reverse because these people want me dead over crimes they committed towards me there were 2 pregnancies the first I know were twins the other don't know I need help time has passed and many are in jobs with power to ruin many! I had total recall of my childhood traumas on 50th last year!!!!

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      Amy Bloomfield 10 days ago

      Hi, I am new at this and I am a very spiritual person, But don't know where my path is going to end up. Can anybody help me find my path ?. Thank You, Amy

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      Shylah 12 days ago

      I really have a crush on this boy and the more I think about it, I feel like my true self is some where. Then I found out being a witch is my true self, I haven't told my crush what my true self is, I just want him to be mine.

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      Tami Camp 2 weeks ago

      I found your video great tonight. I did the full harvest moon ritual tonight. We had rain all day, but I used my charcoal grill and wood to make a fire. I wrote down on paper things I do not want to carry into this new year. I then wrote positive things I am open to receiving for the year. I then burned them in the fire. I then wrote things (I have) want to attract and burnt them with a lighter, apart of the paper did not burn...I realized I used the lighter not the white candle. I lit the candle and burnt the last piece. I spread the ashes outside in my yard where I find comfort and pleasure. I understand about messing up and fixing things to continue. I'm so glad I found you tonight. I am looking forward to becoming a witch.

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      Monica Merchant 2 weeks ago

      I really want to learn Wicca and how to be a witch

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      Rhoslyn 2 weeks ago

      Hello! Oh gosh this is all so confusing....

      I want to choose a path that was meant for me ... but I'm not sure which one. Does a certain craft 'call' to you after studying general Witchcraft? And how do I know i've made the right decision?

      Last year, when my friend and I discovered Wicca at an art festival I was very interested in star charts, moon patterns and divination but my lack of research and knowledge held me back. Now revisiting this interest months later, that has changed. Am I allowed to explore multiple paths before landing on one?

      I'm so sorry for all the questions, I'm super new at this haha.

      - Rhoslyn

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 weeks ago

      Hi Diana; like I've told others, start at the top of the links and work your way down... what you're asking is exactly what these articles were made for.

      Also I made this video in hopes that it will help people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp5-K86g1WM&li...

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 weeks ago

      Hi Alison; I've put a lot of effort into helping people learn about Witchcraft and get started in the articles here... I would recommend starting at the top and working your way down ;o)

      Please feel free to ask questions along the way, either in comments or in email.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 weeks ago

      Hi Isis Lee; I'm so glad you're finally able to explore your own spiritual path with the support of your loved one.

      You have landed at the right directory here, I would urge you to read through it. If you check out my website at wicclit.com I also teach workshops, make youtube videos, etc., it's my home base for all my learning materials.

      Thanks so much!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 weeks ago

      Thanks Stephanie!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 weeks ago

      Poppy, I'm truly touched, thank you so much. It makes my day to know my writing and videos benefit people. Thanks for letting me know, you made my day.

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      Diana 2 weeks ago

      How do I learn? Where do I begin? A legit source. Everything (not you that's why I'm asking you) seems so scandalous; fake. I've tried before with a book of spells..but it didn't work and frankly I want more. Real, legit witchcraft and spells. To change my life forever. Will you help me?

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      Stephanie 3 weeks ago

      Awesome. Love this page

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      thewanderingpoppy 3 weeks ago

      Hi Mackenzie,

      I just wanted to write and say an enormous thank you for this article, and all the articles within it.

      I am a new new new witch, but have always felt the path inside of me. It has been a tumultuous start, with (as you say) SO much information out there, not all of it good or (in my humble opinion) constructive at all.

      I have literally been stuck on this page of yours with its wealth of information for about 3 days now and it has been a tremendous help and comfort. Your attitude towards the Craft and the way you describe it feels like I am reading the words of an old friend - In that they feel so familiar, right, and they make perfect sense to me.

      Since accepting and joyfully embracing my path as a Witch, I have been in overdrive gobbling all the constructive information my brain can handle each day in theory study, and the bulk of it is yours.

      You have truly given me a great start on this lifelong journey of mine, and for that I am eternally grateful.

      I will continue to read read read and find joy in stepping onto a road that was a long time coming for me - Your book 13 Moons is sitting in my shopping cart, so I am excited to fall down that rabbit hole of insight!

      You being a fledgling witch once yourself must know how much good guidance is appreciated at such a vulnerable but exciting time in life.

      You are a shepherd, and again I thank you.

      -Poppy

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      Cally 3 weeks ago

      (This is a reply to Sarah's comment about wanting to cast a bad luck spell on her friends.) I know I'm no Witchcraft professional, but you should never cast a bad spell on someone. In Witchcraft, every spell you cast will come back to you. So if you cast a bad luck spell, be prepared for some bad luck yourself. Again, I'm no Witchcraft professional so maybe you shouldn't listen to me. :D

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      Kas 4 weeks ago

      Everything i look at says i need a book but i dont have the money.. do i really need a book?

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      Zach 5 weeks ago

      Really appreciate the time you put into this. Haven't got a chance to look at much from this page yet but have just started transitioning into wicca and have been devouring information. Really great to have all of this compiled together. Have been doing energy work for years so I defiantly know what you mean about foundations and research before actual practice. Anyways thank you so much for putting this out there.

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      Sarah 5 weeks ago

      I'm 10. One spell has worked for me so far. I feel like there are many fake spells, I don't know which ones are true. Also, when I told my friends what I wanted to be, and do, they just laughed and were like "Sarah, what the heck!" So, now I want to do a spell of bad luck on them!

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      Rosalinda 6 weeks ago

      I want to learn how to do witch craft

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      Jonas 6 weeks ago

      Hi, I just started with magic.

      I am only 13 years and I havn't done any spells correct yet, witch spells should I start with?

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      Brandy 6 weeks ago

      I sent you a email. I'm a beginner and read the article fully and hope I'm clear. I know my jump start on spells were premature after reading your article. But I need spells and proper way to dress candles and disregard of them properly. I need a good beginner books. So I can increase and grow.

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      Giavona doyle 8 weeks ago

      I've always felt an interest in witchcraft. Almost drawn to it. I have a twin sister and we are so close, we have this crazy energy that lets us feel each other's pain or we can recognize things the other has done. Like we can remember the others memories from the situation. Sometime I believe I'm psychic cause I always have dreams and they always happen and it blows my mind. How do I get started in witchcraft? I would love to learn more. What are some things you can do as a witch"

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      Skylyr 2 months ago

      How do i start? And do you have to be in a cirle or coven?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 months ago

      At the top, lol. Start reading the ones at the top, and work your way to the bottom

      ;o)

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      Angela 2 months ago

      Great information. I am so interested. Please where and how do I start?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 months ago

      That's awesome, Fiona! Thank's for sharing.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 months ago

      Hi Navya; Witchcraft is just a skill; and magic is like a natural resource. It's like fire. Yes, you can burn yourself if you're not careful. Fire isn't malevolent looking to get you, it's just powerful. You can do so much good with it though if you're willing to learn how to work with it.

      Witchcraft isn't inherently malevolent either. There are negative energies and negative entities in the world; but they're everywhere. Witchcraft doesn't make it worse; it can open your awareness to these things, but it can also help you defend yourself and others against them more. Mostly, though, Witchcraft is just going to be a practical skill, helping you along with your goals and personal growth.

      Do's are: read/study, meditate, strengthen your mind, begin working with manipulating energy.

      Don'ts: don't look for power outside of yourself (in a tool, in a spell, etc.; it's not, it's in you). Practice ethically and think about the consequences of your actions. Don't dabble; learn it right or don't bother.

      That's my advice; best of luck :o)

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      Fiona Day 2 months ago

      Great speaking video and article. I started 2 years ago but wasn't ready and didn't have enough faith in myself but now ive learned how to accept that all things change - grief joy lacking and having. Im back into learning my craft and building my mind and psychic senses. This is helpful especially now. Thanks

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      Navya Nischala 2 months ago

      Hi

      I'm navya from India , here in India people treat witchcraft as bad practice, but witchcraft is always fascinating to me . I want to learn witchcraft and your information is so useful . Can you tell me what are main " do's and dont's " ?.

      Besides I have a doubt . Is witchcraft harmful or have any bad influences ? I what are the negatives ?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 months ago

      Hi Cally... I recommend you start with a good meditation regime, because a well trained mind is the only essential tool in Witchcraft. It's also important to truly understand what you're doing, and what your mind should be doing during a spell (because that is what actually makes magic happen).

      Best of luck!

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      Cally 2 months ago

      Edit: I didn't mean "If I didn't talk to my parents about it". I didn't mean to type the word "If". ._.

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      Cally 2 months ago

      Hi! I'm 11 years old and I've read a lot of these, hoping to learn how to do Witchcraft. It seems really interesting, and I want to try it. :) If I haven't really asked/talked to my parents about this yet, but I think they would most likely say yes. So if they say yes and when I read all of these, what would you suggest I start with?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 months ago

      What 'ain't real'? My articles are real, I wrote them ;o)

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 months ago

      You can contact me through my profile page (see above to find it) or email me at mackenziesagewright@wicclit.com.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 months ago

      Hi Natalie... spells are a method to help perform an act of magic. You write them when you need them, or you find ones others wrote and tweak them if you like to suit your specific purpose. There is no set amount of spells, it's just a set of instructions or something like a recipe.

      Of course, the power is not in the spell-- it's in the Witch using the spell (mental discipline, knowing what one is doing, etc.).

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      Natalie 2 months ago

      How many spells r there in witch craft?

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      Viviana Rodriguez 2 months ago

      What's your email so I could message you about it

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 months ago

      Hi, I pretty much delve into that for each specific herb (medicinal, culinary, craft, household, spiritual/magical uses). In general, in any of my articles on spells or rituals, how-tos, etc. if it includes herbs it tells you which ones would be good and how to use them. Thanks :o)

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      Phoebe 2 months ago

      Thank you so much for all of this. You've put common uses of herbs, do you have an article on how to use them that I'm missing somewhere? Thanks again.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 months ago

      Hi Harshita; Witches use incense of all kinds in ritual, because the scent adds yet one more sensory experience that stimulates the mind. But a sealed package of incense sticks-- sounds to me more like they ended up there for an innocuous reason. Do you have any friends/family members who might be trying to encourage you to pray, that maybe put it in there? Is it possible you put your bag down somewhere (work, a store, etc.) that maybe someone mixed it up with another bag, or maybe someone dropped incense and thought it was yours and stuck it in there?

      I mean, yes. Sounds odd, and maybe it is a sign of some sort that you should get more in touch with your spiritual side. But if someone did put them there, I'm guessing it was more with a hope that you'd follow through; not with a spell to force you to do anything.

      If you don't want to use them and don't want to throw them away, why not make a gift to them to someone who can use them? Or donate them to a religious group or something? That way they get used as they were meant to be used but you don't have to feel obligated, or that you did something offensive.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 months ago

      Thank you so much, Rick! So kind of you to say, thanks for commenting. :0)

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      Harshita 3 months ago

      Please help me out. I'm a Hindu by birth, but not very religious. A religious Hindu girl that grew up in India will normally get up in the morning, take a bath, light an incense stick or two, and pray. I don't do that. Last night as I was about to go to sleep, I fumbled in my bag (that I carry everyday to work) for something, and found a packet of incense sticks there. The packet was unsealed. Now, as I have said earlier, I'm not a religious person and I don't light incense sticks. I didn't buy them. Someone must have put them in there. Now, my question is, why would anyone do that? Do you think someone tried to cast a spell on me? They thought I wouldn't be able to throw them away as I am a Hindu and incense sticks are considered holy in my religion? How do I get rid of them? Have you heard of incense sticks being used in witchcraft? Suggest me a way to get rid of them safely.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 months ago

      Hi Cameron; you don't have to be Wiccan to learn magic. Wicca is just one religion, and we embrace magic as a spiritual act. But anyone of any religion can learn magic.

      I wouldn't just look for any old person to teach you. There are scam artists. And there are wanna-be gurus looking to inflate their own sense of self importance. And of course, you have to be careful with strangers online.

      Your best bet is to, first off, start reading and meditating. Because any good teacher is going to expect a student to have taken some initiative to learn.

      You might then want to start visiting some Pagan or occult shops in your area, looking for events such as festivals and psychic fairs, etc. Network and get to know people locally.

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      Cameron 3 months ago

      Can anyone teach me first hand?? I'm not a Wiccan but I am very interested in the magical world.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 months ago

      Hi Marsha; I do hope your legal troubles work out; writing a spell takes some know-how, and so does casting it. If you're new to Witchcraft you might not have the time you need to accomplish this on your own and you might want to seek someone to cast it on your own behalf. I would say try to find a local conjure man/woman (hoodoo) if you can for court cases to come out in your favor and ask them if they'll chew some roots for you. You might try your local spiritual/metaphysical/curio shops to find one.

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      Marsha 3 months ago

      I need to spell that's going to keep me out of prison that's going to help my da and judge give me a lighter sentence

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 months ago

      Hi Petra; real Witchcraft is not like movies or rumors. More likely the storm would have come whether you were angry or not (it's summer... common time for thunderstorms at sea. In my region they happen almost daily).

      Real Witchcraft is a spiritual art rooted in nature and psychology.... it's real easy to tell if you're a Witch. You only need to answer one question:

      Do you practice Witchcraft (intentionally study, work with energy, train the mind, cast spells and perform deliberate magical workings, etc.)?

      If yes, you are a Witch. If no, you are not a Witch.

      If you want to be a Witch, you can be. But don't look for a power. It's not a power. It's a learned skill... learning to manipulate and work with natural energies. Learn it, and you'll be a Witch.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 months ago

      Felix spellbook is just a book where Witches keep spells, and that's pretty much it.

      Book of Shadows was coined by Wicca's founder, Gerald Gardner, and contains a hodgepodge of information pertaining to your spiritual studies, practices & development. It can contain spells, but also liturgy, info about the Gods, your favorite sabbat cookie recipe, coven bylaws, you might write down some vision you had, etc.

      BOS have become popular with non-Wiccans as well. But some Witches just like to keep a spell book and keep it simple.

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      Felixvz 3 months ago

      What is the difference between a spellbook and a book of shadows?

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      jennifer strader 3 months ago

      Love it

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 months ago

      Hi Ghady; not really sure about your question. Who is 'they'? How do 'they' know you have bad energy and spirits? Can you learn Wicca with whom?

      I'm sorry; there are times when we are plagued by some unwanted spirits, or a build-up of negative energy. There are general things you can do-- banishings, cleansings, uncrossings, etc. to help resolve the situation.

      Anyone can study the Wiccan religion.

      Maybe a little elaboration will help me understand your problem better.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 months ago

      Hi King; so glad I inspired you! You can always check witchvox.com to see if there are any local shops in your area. There are also great Pagan/spiritual shops online: Lucky Mojo, Sacred Grove, Magickal Cat, etc. are all known for great quality. A lot of dealers work through Amazon and Ebay as well. You have to be cautious with quality when going through those websites though-- especially with essential oils, as a lot of shops sell fragrance oils (artificial/chemical) and label them essential oils. You can usually tell by the price, or research the company's for their purity rating.

      Making essential oils is a huge endeavor, I have yet to even tackle that as it requires a great deal of herbal product as well as specialized equipment to extract the oils... too involved for me. I personally prefer to make infused oils before using fragrance/chemical/poor quality oil. Infused oils involves mixing herbs (fresh or dry) with a base oil and letting them steep. It can be a less expensive home remedy to essential oils.

      Don't overlook for herbs your local farmer's market, supermarket, or starting your own little pots on the windowsill!

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      302king808 4 months ago

      I've always had a fascination with holistic healing. Growing up i always thanked mother earth when picking flowers for some reason and teach my children that now. I always felt lost as far as fallowing one belief because whos to judge right - I am now a massage therapist. I believe in the power of essential oils and using crystals in healing. I use a pendulum for many different reasons. I even have books pertaining to your site already. So when I came across your website I just Loved It. I feel inspired to learn more about the religion and practice it myself with my 3 daughters. It was fate. Where would I get the herbs, oils, and candles? I already meditate with my crystals. I buy oils but I'd like to try and make some.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 months ago

      Hi Paul. I can't really help, as in all my decades of being a Witch, all my teachers, students, groups I've belonged to, events I've gone to, etc., I've never actually known anyone with any kind of powers like you see in the movies, such as starting fires in the mind. I imagine that unless you're living in a very rustic setting where you need to start fires daily, it'd be terribly impractical.

      You might want to read this article I've written; particularly the section entitled 'Controlling the Elements":

      Elemental Powers and Finding Your Wiccan Element: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Wicca-for-B...

      In short though, I would suggest to anyone who had a psychic ability that the best way towards controlling it would begin with meditation to mentally discipline oneself.

      Best of luck!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 months ago

      Hi Lashun; that depends on a lot of things... For one thing, the person you're in a relationship with gets a say about it.

      I'd need to know more about what you mean before I could recommend a course of action. There are a lot of ways to use magic to help along your relationship.

      If you mean by keeping your relationship together that you want to keep someone around when that person wants to leave, I should point out that this is not a Witchcraft website that promises "I can help you trap the object of affection with emotional bondage , 100% guaranteed". From my perspective, it's better to use magic to let someone go and help yourself move on than it is to use it to emotionally enslave people. I don't recommend it... it never results in a healthy, balanced, happy couple.

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      Lashun 4 months ago

      I wanna know I can keep my relationship together without inference

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      Paul chamness 4 months ago

      So I've learned im a fire starter i can light a fire without it being close to something but how do i make it focussed on a certain area

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 months ago

      Hi Samirah;

      Well, it's good to keep an open mind. So it's possible that you're natural psychic abilities are strong enough to push someone; it's also possible it was a mistake-- a misinterpretation of events. Only time and practice will tell how that plays out.

      There are no age limits. Psychic abilities are not the same thing as Witchcraft, though they tend to overlap.

      Mental discipline is key to controlling anything, so I'd say you need to start with a daily meditation regime.

      Good luck!

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      Samirah glovier 5 months ago

      Hi i am 13 years old and i just wanted to ask is their a age limit to this stuff becase i kinda experienced it. And here is the story i pushed someone without tuching them and is that a good or bad and i was trying to give them a huge and they never talked to me again and non of my parent's did magic and see i never believed in it that much well a little or maybe more i dont know and so what do i do please tell me how i can control my magic or if i am just crazy. My facebook is sam glovier please tell me what i can do......

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 5 months ago

      thanks Dee1

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      Dee 5 months ago

      This was very helpful to me, I'm looking to start studying witchcraft, and I have legit nobody who I can ask or learn anything about it from, and I'm really interested into witchcraft. This was really informative and helpful!❤

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 5 months ago

      Thank you very much Joe, I appreciate it!

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      Star 5 months ago

      I want to become a witch

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      Dags 6 months ago

      Is there something you've got against self defense?

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      Dags 6 months ago

      Is their any way at all you can use your personal energy or whatever to defend yourself my philosophy is that the only true power comes from within.

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      Dags 6 months ago

      What about enchanting weapons for self defense and stuff IV looked everywhere and can't find anything reliable on it if you're really a teacher can you tell me this please

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      JoeD66 6 months ago

      This is such a wonderful starting point for beginning witches. I hope that you don't mind that I direct new people to your hub. It really is very informative. Thank you for your hard work.

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      HollyVictoria 6 months ago

      I always have had this feeling inside me that I knew I was different. I've read loads of your information and it has really helped me but I know this sounds weird but is it true witches can light up a candle with there mind? I don't know it might just be from a movie

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      kitty cat17 7 months ago

      wow it most be hard to be normal.write now my favorite color is black.

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      DaisyDee 7 months ago

      Thanks for a place that teaches. I have had to piece together things for years. This helps!

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      Chris 8 months ago

      I would like to tell me how i can control my dreams

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Like all spiritual beliefs, everyone has their own perspective. This is mine ;o) I encourage everyone to decide for themselves.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Hi, Hi! lol. Yes, many protection spells, it's a basic necessity, casting them over children, family, the self, my home, my car, my stuff.

      There are those that are ongoing (creating a charm is ideal and charging it; you might occasionally recharge it if it seems to need a boost).There are also those meant to give a powerful punch for a specific situation (for example, if you're going for surgery).

      Depends too, what are you trying to protect from?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Hi Mama Tracy, sure a blank BOS is a great gift. Though I would recommend giving it to your friend as a 'blank slate' without any your own magic attached, this is something your friend needs to do to bond with her own tools.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Shape shifting doesn't really work like that, where you can, say, transform yourself into a cat or dolphin or something. That is fiction, so no, can't help with those.

      Shape shifting is more like opening yourself up to the point of view of another, and in doing so taking on some of its essence. It can be a very powerful and moving endeavor, it's more achieved through meditation & practice than spells though (spells don't give us shortcuts with certain things that require work and time; but spells can help us along as we make the effort).

      Hope that helps!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Hi Zeke; I have a philosophy about when someone asks me to help them with something when I'm not that confident in my own knowledge/skills-- if you don't feel ready to teach, then volunteer to learn it with them. Just offer to study together, and since you have a head start, offer that insight. Thanks so much!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Hi Hon; you bring up some good questions.

      As for the emotions, yes it's pretty essential to have basic mental discipline over things like emotions. And yes, people who suffer from mental disorders can overcome the obstacles, though you have to be cautious and sensible and monitor your mental health.

      There are two reasons for problems with controlling emotions: chemical imbalance (in which there are treatments to help bring into check) and lack of discpline (which can be improved through effort and practice).

      Once you get treatment for your chemical imbalance issues, you can put yourself in a place in which you're ready for spells and workings to help that along even further, you can get yourself into an 'upward spiral'.

      Lucid dreaming is loosely related to Witchcraft in that it's a state of consciousness, and Witches need to learn to altar their states of consciousness. A lot of trance work or divination would be done through about the same state of consciousness as lucid dreaming-- going deep into the subconscious, but just hovering enough to maintain conscious thought.

      As for atheism, Witchcraft as I have always understood it is a skill. It can be matched with any (or no) religion. There's no need to call on Gods for spells if you don't want to.

      Now, as for technology/modern things-- sure, it's possible. Our ancient ancestors used what they had at their disposal; they used what was there simply because it's what was there.

      Practices like Hoodoo began incorporating modern conveniences like refrigerators and freezers and gum wrappers. There's also techno Witches who I don't know much about myself (never considered myself a very technical person). It's not a matter of heresy; it's using what works. Everything in the universe holds its own type of power-- what matters is figuring out how that is relevant to you so you can use it toward your goals.

      Do not sell yourself short, you ask great questions that show you're thinking is on a good track!

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      gypsie 9 months ago

      this is hopefully a great start to get the contacts we desire and also share or knowledge with or brothers and sisters that practice the craft......

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      Enerstina 10 months ago

      wow so this is real, then iwill try it.

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      Hi 10 months ago

      Hello:) I was wondering, have u tried protection spells, have it work, and how long will it last for. Because I want to try protection spell as well.

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      Mama Tracy 10 months ago

      Hello!

      Is it acceptable to give a blank Book of Shadows as a gift to a friend?

      And can I cast a protection spell on the book?

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      Kat 10 months ago

      Do you have a spell to physically shapeshift into any animal for beginners? I would really appreciate it if you reply back. Thanks! ♥️

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      Zeke 10 months ago

      Hi WiccanSage, I have been studying witchcraft for about 3 years but I still consider myself a beginner. I currently live in the Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas. I find that lean more towards candle and crystal magic plus I've been recently trying to learn more about herbalism. This article that I discovered only a couple of weeks ago has greatly enhanced my studies. I've been studying on my own without a mentor or teacher which has yielded limited progress I'll admit. I've just had a friend of mine ask if I can help her learn and become a witch as well. I don't believe I'm ready to help her like she asks since I'm still relatively new to it. Do you have any advice to help me in introducing her to witchcraft without screwing it up from the start?

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      abyssalbadlands 10 months ago

      i'm only 15 so maybe i'm too young to truly "get" all this stuff, and maybe all the things i'm about to ask are going to be foolhardy or heresy or just plain ridiculous, but heck i got the strength to do it now and if i don't ask now i might never end up asking.

      first and foremost: is there any real hope for someone who wants to get into witchcraft who has very little control over her emotions? i believe i have some form of on-and-off depression, possibly even bipolar disorder. i often have suicidal thoughts, though i never harm myself. i suppose i could say that i have control over my actions, but not much over what's going on in my head. is there any hope for me with this stuff? like, is there some way to garner more control over this negativity or even work alongside it to bring about something helpful?

      secondly: i'm wondering about lucid dreaming. do you happen to know if that has any connection with witchcraft? i understand that the subconscious is very powerful, but i'm a little worried that perhaps taking conscious control of it may end up being a problem. or maybe it'll help. i don't know. i'm new to this.

      thirdly: uh. im pretty sure i'm atheist. does this mean i can't practice witchcraft, with no deities i believe in to assist with spells? if it counts for anything, i do still believe in energies and the power of nature and the universe.

      and, uh, lastly, this is the one i'm most embarrassed about asking but also what i have the most to say about: is it possible to integrate technology, the modern world, and manmade inventions into witchcraft, or is it a strictly natural thing? i mean this in a lot of ways - spells meant to directly affect technology, using man-made tools to prepare ingredients for rituals, channelling energy with things based in fiction... the last one is the one that's i'm most curious about. take, for example, a clay charm based on some kind of pokemon or something. i associate this pokemon with something connected to my spell, and use it as a way to amplify the energy. would it have a chance of working? is it heresy? is it just a stupid waste of energy? i have a necklace made of polymer clay that i feel a deep connection with, but it's based after something from a video game and made from store-bought clay. does it hold any sort of power at all? and then what about music created through computer programs? i'm certain music has some sort of power, but is it useless if not made through real physical instruments? i'm just wondering if i'm being an idiot about all of this. heck, maybe you may not even be the right person to ask about a question as complex as this.

      im just so confused and new to all this and i'm worried that something that i had thought might potentially work for me may have just been a load of bogus i put into my own mind out of wishful thinking.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 10 months ago

      Hi Nick; There are different opinions on this topic. My opinion is that Witchcraft is a literal craft-- a skill. It's learned. Witches practice a spiritual art rooted in nature and psychology. It requires a lot of learning and mental discipline, and then practice, but I don't think only certain people can do it and certain people can't. We work with natural resources here, to which everyone has access.

      I have never seen evidence of 'powers'... the powers are in nature, not in us. We can just choose to use them, or not.

      Some people have more natural talent to work with than others, just as with any study. But ultimately the people who become adept are the people who put in the serious effort to hone and improve their skills. It takes a lot of mental discipline, a lot of patients, a lot of study, but people putting in the work will see the benefits. You get out of it what you put into it.

      Hope that helps, good luck on your path.

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      Nick Fountain 10 months ago

      Um hello, I'm 13 and very interested in this topic and I believe. I'm wondering if you have to have the ability inside of you or if anyone is able to do this practice?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 10 months ago

      Hi Miserable Girl; I'm sorry to hear of the hard time you're having and I'm glad to hear you'er feeling better. Before trying spells I highly recommend trying to work on your mind and cleansing away some of the negativity with which you're struggling right now. Meditation, mindfulness, getting into a grounding and centering routine could really benefit you most in helping you right now with your frame of mind and dealing with things before jumping into spells.

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      Miserable girl 10 months ago

      Update: I think I feel a bit better after reading ur articles now, I'll try some protection spell, thanks.

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      Miserable girl 10 months ago

      Hi incase if ur wondering, no I'm not a witch... but life has been very unfair and some of my friends have just betrayed me, they did horrible things...i need a banish spell... and a spell that can make them my friends again. im crying right now. i am upset, heartbroken and angry. Please, i need help... i need someone.. what did i do to deserve this?...

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 11 months ago

      I don't know WhiteW. so I can't what she's experiencing or even if she interprets those experiences correctly. It's not for me to say.

      But spells do not work like in fiction, in my experience. You can use a spell to try and help protect yourself, but no, it can't make you invincible. Spells are also not a 'power', they're a skill-- good Witches are people who have learned the necessary skills and honed them.

      But no, people who use Witchcraft are not going to take over the world.