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Suggestions for Low Budget Witchcraft

Postby MysticDreamFaerie » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:31 am

I've been running low of money, I'm on disability and I can't buy all these tools at once but I'm wondering what you're basic tools would be. The goal I'm going for is making healing spells; oils, spells, etc. I know my depression won't completely go away but I want to help other people around me as well and I've been interested in Witchcraft ever since I was nineteen years old. Right now I feel behind because I haven't bought any books as of lately but I'm working my way around to it.

Does this make me any less a witch cause I'm behind on things? Right now I'm trying to heal from certain things, I've been traumatized and each time I come on here I feel bad cause I feel so behind on my life in general and can't reply to a few of the topics cause I haven't gotten anywhere with my spells as of yet. The one thing I do is I meditate, use my tarot cards and listen to a lot of new age music and try to put myself in a calm place. Should I be feeling this way? Is this in any effort putting my energy out there? I need your help. Thanks! :flyingwitch:
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Re: Low Budget Witchcraft...Any Suggestions?

Postby Holdasown » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:46 am

An easy way with no tools to do healing spells is to just imagine yourself or someone else in white light. You can use a candle and when you blow the candle out imagine the energy going out to the person. I don't think there is such a thing as behind. I started witchcraft at 37. Just do what you can when you can. It's not a contest and most here don't post count. The things you list like meditation and cards are great daily things to do. If you are looking for oil basic olive oil can be used to dress your candle and for healing.
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Re: Low Budget Witchcraft...Any Suggestions?

Postby hecate8 » Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:34 pm

The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram works well for some people for depression. Have you tried that?
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Re: Low Budget Witchcraft...Any Suggestions?

Postby loona wynd » Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:15 pm

As for tools why not use something you already have? A besom could be your house broom. Athames can be letter openers. Wands can come from trees in your yard or in the area. Your chalice could be a regular cup that gets consecrated with use. I wouldn't focus on the tools so much as I would what you have available. You can always use your hand as an athame or wand for directing energy.

You might have some stuff in your spice cabinet you could use for ritual and spell work. Witchcraft is using what is available to you and working with it in a way that works for you and achieves the results you wish. Look at what you have around you and you will be able to find something that you can use.

I use a lot of paper and wrapping paper ribbon, but it works.
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Re: Low Budget Witchcraft...Any Suggestions?

Postby Zili » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:07 pm

Not having tools or books doesn't make you less of a witch. Its not the appearance that matters but what's in the heart.

I know when giving dorm living witches advice on safe altars they're allowed to have in the dorm room is to use pictures of candles and if they don't have money for statues to use either stones they've found when walking around or printed out pictures too (or hand drawn remember it doesn't have to be perfect).

For working with the healing aspect have you experimented with energy healing?
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Re: Low Budget Witchcraft...Any Suggestions?

Postby Spirit Caller » Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:03 am

(In full moon) A low budget healing spell is voodoo! Make a doll from green colour, you can use green thick paper for that, then get a niddle and put it where the one need to heal, then concetrate upon it,say some words like "Oh Goddess please heal <name> so he/she will fell no pain"! You shold have 2 black candles lighted during the spell!! Good luck and tell me if it worked!! :)
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Re: Low Budget Witchcraft...Any Suggestions?

Postby AnaisStar » Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:57 am

The tools dont make a witch, the intention of the witch does.

You dont need all those tools to practice your craft. But if you feel you need them to aid you, then look around your house as Loona mentioned, and create your own from everyday common things. Or look in places like thrift stores (just cleanse and consecrate the items before use to remove others energies).

Creating your own tools will actually make them stronger for you then if you just bought them off of some website. Be creative!
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Re: Suggestions for Low Budget Witchcraft

Postby MsMollimizz » Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:12 pm


I do surveys online and average at least $20/mo from one site
and $20 from another site about every 6weeks or so...I belong
to four different survey sites; they keep me in books since I get
the used ones on amazon. I've recently purchased different stones
for crystal grids...etc.
If you'd like I can give you links or...?
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Re: Suggestions for Low Budget Witchcraft

Postby random417 » Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:32 pm

@dream have you tried the LBRP? If that's helping, I'd suggest adding the Middle Pillar to it.
@MsMollimizz I could use that if you don't mind, you could pm me so we don't sideline the thread
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Re: Suggestions for Low Budget Witchcraft

Postby Vesca » Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:04 pm

The definition of "witch" tends to vary from one person to the next, it's probably worth mentioning that it may be worth looking at what the term "witch" means to you.

Personally, while I have several tools to hand (both handmade and not), I rarely use... any of them beyond my oil diffuser. If I could go back, I probably wouldn't have even bothered purchasing the majority of them. Most of what I do doesn't require any tools beyond what I can make at home on a whim, or what I can improvise with out in the natural world (aside from the aforementioned diffuser). The actual oils I put into the diffuser are becoming more and more my own handmade product.

Being a witch doesn't have anything to do with what kind of props, altar, tools, or fancy home-decor temple room you can afford. It has to do with your inner self, your connection to the world around you (depending on your own particular path), and your beliefs.
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Re: Suggestions for Low Budget Witchcraft

Postby Katiara » Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:49 am

One is never behind, as life is never a race but a journey... and you should enjoy each day discovering new things. Our ancestors did not have a Wal-Mart or whatever store to just run to, to buy everything. I prefer to use what is at hand, or easily gotten (ie free or low cost via thrift stores). If you feel you need candle holders, hit up the Dollar Tree, they are $1 each, can't go wrong with that. or check out yard sales and thrift stores. Also an awesome resource is Freecycle. As far as books before buying anything check your local library. it is amazing what you can find there. Also there are plenty of free resources online. If there are other like minded people/friends near where you live you can always try a book swap program? As for tools, I do have an athame but only because it was gifted to me (and over the last 18 or so years I think I may have actually honestly used it a dozen or so times), my chalice came from a thrift store.. it is a pretty green wine glass (and I have seen similar at the dollar store).

Talking about oils and herbs for healing.. as someone else mentioned olive oil has been used for centuries in various religions for healing and anointing oil. I like to use a light oil (either veg or cheapest olive oil not extra virgin) for infusions (take some oil put in a seal-able usually glass container, add herbs and let sit for a few days-week turning once a day or so until the herbs have perfumed/infused the oil), by light I mean barely to no scent. For salves I find myself turning more to coconut oil for a base.

I hope you find some of these useful.
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Re: Suggestions for Low Budget Witchcraft

Postby AnaisStar » Sat Nov 08, 2014 8:57 am

Another idea...take a walk and just pick up things that draw your attention. Great way to get close to nature and bring it into your work.

A stick can become a wand. A shell can become your cauldron or censer.
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Re: Suggestions for Low Budget Witchcraft

Postby SpiritTalker » Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:20 pm

There are spells that require very little in materials. For example, a nine foot piece of string has potential. Knot spells are obvious. By knot one, the spell's begun. You know that one! Use knots to make a poppet: tIeing a knot for third eye, heart, groin, feet. Use knotted string to encircle a candle spell, and wear the string; or encircle to capture the essence of an object.

Drawing sigils that are composed of letters from your written goal minus any duplicate letters or vowels, is inexpensive. Use any paper and a red pencil, crayon or pen. Soak the paper in a potion, and/or make a paper pendant of it to be worn for a moon phase,then burned. Recycle envelopes as spell packets.

Make a candle poppet: use any size taper candle (even birthday cake candles) and some straight pins to mark the third eye, 2 hands, heart, 2 legs; do something similar with a tea lite, one at the top for the 3rd eye, 2 hands, the wick/flame is the heart, and 2legs. It makes a pentagram like DaVinci's Vetruvian Man.

If you don't have colorful chakra-oriented crystals, use marbles. Use marbles as color representations of the elements on your hidden-in-plain-sight altar, along with a flower in a vase.

Use a spiral bound recipe card pack for a portable BOS. Its better to have information at your finger tips, in an easy to use format, than to have a fancy book you're afraid to write in. Or use recipe cards of different colors to color code your spells by the Elements, or by subject, and keep them in any box. You can write on both sides. The cards come in 3 sizes. Use the smaller size to make a Witch's divination deck.

Use flat pebbles and a permanent marker to make Runes. A pendulum can be made from any piece of string with a weight tied to it, or use a necklace.

You can make your own Full Moon incense with saw dust (pine small pet bedding) lemon oil and vanilla (grocery store baking isle) mixed together. Moisten the sawdust with the blend and roll into peanut sized bits. Dry and burn on a coal. Experiment with other spices that smell good with the lemon, like cinnamon. The pine shavings can be powdered in a blender or coffee grinder, then stored in baggies or jars until needed.

Recycle gift wrap to use for spell papers, or use paper bags, or a discarded roll of wall paper, and use it like a scroll.
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