Oooold topic I know. Here's my two bits, keeping in mind that the original poster wanted to be discreet & penny-wise
, which are good ideas at any time.
is a tool to direct our thoughts and balance energy. Gear is used as symbols of the divine, the elements of earth, water, air and fire, & our intent. Worship is never mandatory. Substitute an LED candle🕯for live flame - since that’s an issue; it represents the fire element form of electricity & the visual symbolism is obvious. In magic the symbol is as real as the thing itself.
the table by 1st wiping it with DIY blessed 4-element aerosol
*; then magnetize with energy
. Tools -if any- then are immersed in the element they represent & their intended use is stated. Candles can just be wiped down to remove shop handling vibes.
* aerosol - add a pinch of =, 1/2 tsp citrus juice=, a pinch of cinnamon=, to 2 oz bottle of .
A discreet altar
will not look "Witchy" or use flashy paraphernalia but would substitute household items that attract no attention. A nice cup can substitute as a chalice. Project with your finger
or use a laser pointer to make the eye-hand-power connection.
Rites can be done by using silent gestures. Ground & center by tracing an X on forehead, heart &' groin. Use see-hear-speak no evil hand gestures
to purify yourself & sweep
to clear a
circular area. Spritz the DIY 4-Element Aaerosol mist instead of lighting incense. Pull power on the breath to your belly to load-aim-&-shoot
& cast circle. The Moon's influence is there even when it's cloudy or day-time so ritual can be done day or night, indoors or outdoors. Lay offerings right on the ground.
My own preferences
: I find herbs at grocery stores & use plants from my back yard. I like pumpkin spice for psychism, fog-busting coffee, white clover, rose petals & mint. The pharmacy carries sweet-oil used for anointing spells to hold a psychic charge
. My cast iron cauldron is multi-tasking cook-out gear from sporting goods. The straight sides let me bake bread or water-gaze with it & it holds fire. I found a maple branch for my wand & find unique stones in nature & at garden supply & local witch shops. A tea lite candle in a clear glass bowl represents Divine Illumination better than any statue.
Animal guides and familiars
: Concepts of animal spirit guides
come from the reconstructed paths of indigenous, shamanistic cultures. The concept of familiar spirits
was recorded in witchcraft trial records from the mid-1300-1800s. They were either the Fae working on the witch's behalf or ancestral deceased spirits. Meditation, dream-journeys & a cast circle ritual of invitation can be used to meet your guides. Beloved pets are always curious about what we’re doing in my experience. I would not place the magical burden on a pet.
: These spells - candle, bottle, petition/sigil, stone - use elements of Fire, Water, Air & Earth respectively. They’re discreet (anyone can light a Glade air freshener candle) & adaptable to any need. To magnetize
& set an intention: pull power on the breath to belly - load, aim, shoot - through the
All purpose incantation - Earth, Water, Air, Fire; work Ye now as I desire; X I now acquire by Earth, Water, Air, Fire.
: Use a candle with the desired burn time. White is all-purpose or use your own color symbolism.
. Dress & Charge the candle
: dab on oil & roll the candle between your palms & magnetize
as you say your incantation. Stand the candle in it’s holder.
. The spell
: Light the candle and sit quietly while gazing on the flame for a minute, knowing
the task is done. Give thanks. Let the candle burn completely (it’s ok to snuff a flame and relight if needed). Discard stubs in the trash.
. LED candles -
Anoint & charge a petition or sigil instead of the LED🕯. Dab the paper with five spots of oil to represent the quartered circle (:-:). Magnetize the paper with intent
& place it under the LED candle; set the timer & when it times out the spell is done. Shred & discard the paper to free the power. Reuse the LED candle again & again.
The witches bottle
is a protection spell in which a small bottle or jar is filled with bent pins to deflect harmful intent, rusty nails to protect from psychic interference, a strand of protectee's hair as a tag lock, bits of tin foil confetti as mirrors to scatter ill-wishing, salt to protect & pepper to banish harm. Top it off with vinegar. Cap it or seal a cork stopper with wax. Set intention with your incantation. Then bury or hide the bottle near your most used entrance. Retrieving & dismantling the bottle cancels the spell.
- write a goal on a 3-inch square of paper
. Turn the paper 1/4 turn & overwrite the goal with the recipient’s name & if it’s you then use your initials & DOB, turn the paper again 1/4 turn & overwrite all with your signature. What is over dominates what is under.
- Write the goal in a few words. Cross out vowels - a,e,i,o,u - and any duplicate consonants. Rearrange the remaining letters and embellish to make an artsy glyph. Draw a circle around it &
cut it out. Sigils can also be drawn on anything you want to enchant.
A Stone Stroking
spell is used to relieve stress and induce light trance. Sit & sway side-to-side while stroking a water-smoothed stone. For a health Spell, chant: ”Stone to stone, bone to bone, flesh to flesh, vein to vein, (name) is whole again.”
You could be seated on a swing or rocking chair, or just swaying your body to induce light trance. When you fade out mentally you can stop. Rinse stones in flowing water to reset the stone before another use.
Any little pieces of advice?
. Leave an offering whenever taking something from Nature for magical use.
. Keep the altar elementally balanced when working spells for best results.
. Make your own tools (or decorate them) to strengthen magnetism.
. Don't cast when you're sick or angry because what we send out does return.
. Never burn poisonous plants as even the smoke can harm.
. Do as you will but harm none. And so it is done.