The Different Kinds of Spells
Spells have always fascinated me; it's something that I've been interested in my entire life. There are many different types of spells that someone can do, something that I call spell vehicles. I call them spell vehicles because they are the force that drives our magick forward.
So what are the different types of spell vehicles?
Poppets are usually made out of a cloth or fabric shaped in humanoid form, to represent a person. These are popular in the magickal tradition of Hoodoo & Voodoo. Though most of the time they are in human form they can indeed be shaped as pets or something else. The idea is that the poppet represents who the spell is being cast on.
I'll give you an example; several years ago my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I made a healing poppet for her using one of her old shirts and filled it with healing herbs, rocks, and stuffing and cast monthly spells for healing. (she beat the cancer by the way!)
So yes a poppet does represent a person or animal.
I'd wager a bet that most witches cast candle spells; they are fast, easy, and powerful! Afterall the element of fire really speeds magick along!
A candle spell is done by picking out a candle in a corresponding color to the witches need or intention and then carving symbols, anointing it in oils, and then rolling it in herbs.
As the candle is lit a spell is spoken, and sometimes the spell is chanted for sometime as the candle burns.
You can burn a slip of paper with your intention written down from the candle for extra umph!
Just remember fire is dangerous! Never leave a candle unattended, candles that have been anointed and rolled with herbs will flame up and cause a big bonfire type situation so if that is what you are going to do place the candle in either a large cauldron, burn it outside in a fire pit, or place it in another fire proof container keeping anything that is flammable out of the way. I like to keep a fire extinguisher handy as well when I am doing candle magick.
Another fun and easy way to work magick is a jar spell, they have been around for ages. Think of the Witches Bottles found, that are centuries old! Jar spells contain ingredients and personal items (often called taglocks) that represent the person or thing the spell is meant to influence. The jars are sealed and then either buried off the property or on the property depending on the intention of the spell.
Jar spells are also popular in Hoodoo, honey jar spells are meant to influence someone- to sweeten them up to you. You fill out a petition paper, fill the jar with sugar, honey, molasses, and seal it. Then you place candles on top of the jar and burn them until the spell manifests. I've also done this spell with great success. Baby food jars work well in this type of magick!
Mojo Bags & Spell Bags
Mojo bags or spell bags are another spell vehicle. I like them because they remind me of a Shaman's Medicine bag. They are are usually made out of red flannel (this is specifically true in the Hoodoo Tradition), and filled with herbs, crystals, roots, and personal items. Then they are tied shut and "fed" oils to keep the magick active.
Of course you can alter this and burn a candle placing the bag at the base of the candle (as long as it's safe) and use that to feed the spell bag.
Sometimes these bags are sewn into clothing, carried in a purse or pocket, or placed in between a mattress and a box spring on a bed.
Earth spells use earth from various locations. An example would be in a justice spell using dirt outside a court room, a protection spell grab some dirt from a police station, etc.
You can bury spell vehicles in the ground for long lasting magickal results; protection spell bottles are often buried outside the front door of a witches house.
You can buy a seed or a small plant and enchant it, as the plant grows so does your magickal influence.
These are just a few examples of earth spells.
Air spells can be done by burning herbs and wafting the smoke, essentially smudging.
You can enchant a wind chime, flag, or make a prayer ribbon and tie it to a tree. As the wind catches these items your spell is carried through the air to manifest for you.
Another way to capture the element of air in your spells is to do singing or chanting of your spells and intentions.
Ah my favorite being a sea witch! I love water magick, creating magick with teas, baths, washes. Going to the water and casting spells in lakes, rivers, streams, and the ocean.
I go through this a bit more in depth in this post on Ocean Magick!
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Fire spells are like I mentioned above are candle spells.
Burning petition papers
Lighting bonfires and chanting and dancing around a fire.
Jumping over the bonfire is a common fertility practice of Pagan newlyweds.
This is not by any means a complete list, there are as many different ways to do spells as there are witches out there in the world, and trust me i think there's a lot more than we think!
Do you have a favorite way to cast a spell? Are you always burning candles? Maybe taking magickal Baths? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!