“Can I Be A Witch Without Tools?”

[Visual Description: A full teacup, a collection of crystals, and three small pentacle discs sitting atop a wooden surface.]

This is a question that I get quite often, and for good reason. There are tons of videos and blog posts about “Witchy Materialism” and similarly fancy-sounding titles for the culture of consumption we’ve built around witchcraft, so I’m not going to preach that here because I seriously ain’t got time for that.

This post is meant to address the reason I think the question of whether or not you need tools to be a real witch still persists even with all of these resources out there, and it goes on beyond the ‘witches wanting pretty things’ like so many of them suggest.

What Is A “Real Spell”?

My favorite description of spellcasting is the one that views magick in terms of probability. The way it’s described, the energy we send out is used to tilt the scales in our favor to make us more likely to reach our desired goal. Under this explanation, correspondences do not make or break your spell—they can merely bring you closer to its achievement.

Because the herbs, crystals, candles and other tools many of us do use carry their own energy, they can increase our chances of a successful spell.

BUT, this energy can also be pulled from nature or raised from within yourself. It simply take practice. The problem is everyone wants results, but few want to put in the effort needed to reach them—and some people simply don’t have the mental, emotional, or physical resources necessary to put in that work.

So, we get questions from newer witches, dabblers, or those testing the witchy waters like, “What’s a real spell for_____?”

What’s really being asked is, “What are the correspondences for_____?”

To reiterate: the use of correspondences do not determine the validity of a spell. But the reality is so many witches think that they do. The only thing that makes a spell “real” is its existence. A spell from Charmed can be considered real if a witch uses it in real life.

You only need your will, intent, and some deal of resourcefulness to cast a successful spell.


Recommended Reads:

Wright, Mackenzie Sage. “Spells, Exercises, and Lessons for Beginner Witches.” Exemplore. N.p., 15 Mar. 2017. Web. 11 Apr. 2017.


Author: NoahMilan

Noah is a jack of art trades based in Gardena, California. He is an illustrator, a storyteller, an intersectional feminist, and one of the most queer people you will ever meet. He is also a creative writer with a passion for mental health advocacy and gender and racial justice.

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