I’m not much of one for spells. I don’t really think of myself as a ‘witch,’ or a practitioner of magic. Most of my spells are ritual workings, meant to honor the changing of the seasons in some way, a method of honoring the deities on the High Days.
Occasionally, though, I get crafty and branch out. Nearly two years ago, a friend and I decided to get together at our local co-op, which serves not only as a grocery store, but also as a coffee shop, cafe, and hang-out for like-minded folks. We were both interested in magical crafts, and we decided to try our hand at making witch bottles*.
At the time, I was stuck on a book and in a professional rut, so I opted to make a bottle designed to clear myself of stagnant energies and to increase creativity. A month later, I wrote a new book in a fever of inspiration, one that stands out still as some of my best work.
Did the spell itself make a difference? I’m not sure. Regardless, the MAKING of the bottle hoped to focus me, and having the prettily decorated bottle nearby in my creative space helped to remind me what I wanted to accomplish. Whether you believe in the power of the spell itself or the symbolic, focusing power of the spell’s making, it’s a useful tool, one that ought not be dismissed.
Here’s what I did.
“‘Clean Up’ Creativity Mix”: This mix is intended to soothe one during and draw one through a period of professional and/or creative struggle; to boost recovery of mental stability and creativity, it’s meant to help one regain one’s creative confidence.
Ingredients (choose from what you may have available; the more the better!):
- chamomile: reduce anxiety
- bergamot (Earl Grey tea): confidence booster
- ginger: courage
- barley: stamina, creativity
- cloves: comfort, prosperity; helps to achieve goals
- basil: creativity, success; promotes emotional/mental soothing
- beans: wish magic
- bay leaf: luck
- marjoram: luck, ease for heartbreak
- pyrite: prosperity
- quartz: cleansing, absorbing negativity
- orange peel: luck and energy, successful relationships
- coffee beans: energy, lethargy-breaker
- decorative items for focus; in my case, green ribbon and fresh water pearl beads to draw prosperity
- attractive, clean, clear glass bottle, commonly available at craft stores; an empty jam jar will work just as well!
Drop the following mix into a bottle in attractive layers; keep in mind that smaller spices, such as finely ground herbs like basil and orange peel, will sink to the bottom, as will heavier items such as crystals. Larger, lighter items like chopped cinnamon and dried beans will hold their place and “float” atop smaller or more dense layers.
Once you’ve filled your bottle, decorate it in a way that speaks to YOU of what you’re trying to accomplish; in my case, green ribbon and green leaf beads spoke of prosperity and fertility, while pearl beads reminded me of the triumph of creativity through difficulty. Place the bottle in an area you’ll see it while you’re working. Because the mix is a fragrant one, don’t hesitate to handle the bottle and smell the herbal mixture: it may just give you the energizing, creative spark you need!
Finally, while I’ve provided resources I’ve used, don’t hesitate to refer to books and authors whose works speak to you. Indeed, be sure to use your own instincts and creativity when creating such a spell; since you absolutely are not consuming what you make, you may get creative with ingredients. This spell is for display only, and you can use the items that speak to you of your own needs.
Bradley, Kris. Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery: Everyday Magic, Spells, and Recipes. San Francisco: Weiser Books, 2012. Print.
Cunningham, Scott. Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic. St. Paul, Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, 2002. Print.
— Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Woodbury, Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, 2010.
— Wicca in the Kitchen. Woodbury, Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, 2011
*A witch bottle is, in its essence, a bottled spell comprised of herbs, crystals, and other symbolic items, meant to protect, incite, or inspire. If you’re curious about witch bottles and their history, I recommend reading the above resources, as well as the following websites:
All About Witch Bottles, by Jason Mankey, Patheos.com
Creating a Domestic Witch Bottle, by Kris Bradley, Examiner.com
Opening a Witch Bottle, by Samir S. Patel, Archaeology.org