Let me begin this post by saying that the only requirement for spellwork is your intention. I know, I know. You probably clicked on this headline because it’s catchy and piqued your curiosity. You wanted to see if you have all of the must-haves on this listicle – and if you don’t have it all, maybe seeing if it was worth getting.
In my many posts shared between Printable Witchcraft and my other blog over on Candle Cross Coven, I always strive to make the point that YOU are the magick. Crystals, wands, incense, powders, potions, oils, etc. are the tools and supplies that help your magick along. That’s it. And this is coming from someone who makes and sells said tools and supplies.
So instead of this being a post where I list these fabled “must-haves”, I’m going to share what I use in my personal spellwork. And I invite you to chime in with your go-to supplies in the comments! Let’s open a dialogue about our tools and why we use them in hopes that we can help beginners and seasoned practitioners alike along their path.
- My Mind
Though not tangible, for me everything starts here. It is where I get clear and focused on my intentions. I imagine barriers and perimeters to protect me. I brainstorm and daydream. I read to better my understanding of things. All of these activities (plus a lot more!) I do with my mind.
As such, I take the time to properly care for, clear, and rest my brain regularly. I know that a tired mind is no good to me. Cultivating healthy habits and setting strong boundaries changed the game – physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and magickally.
Do not underestimate the power of the mind. This is where your magick comes from.
- My Grimoire
A grimoire, Book of Shadows, magickal tome, spellbook – whatever you want to call it, for me is a must-have. I write down spells, herbal profiles, quick brain dumps, chants, magickal successes and failures, and much more. I even started designing Book of Shadows pages to print out to make my collection much more manageable and aesthetically pleasing.
This is a tool I value highly. I am able to reference and look back on previous workings and castings, ideas I have for elixirs, spells I want to create, how that lavender smoking blend tasted, etc. It is a curated collection of me, as a witch and practitioner, for me, by me.
- My Tiny Silver Bell
I have been playing music since I was three years old. I started on piano, then trumpet and marimba, and taught myself how to play the ukulele. I’m currently a month into self-taught guitar lessons. I was reading sheet music before English. Music makes it for me.
My tiny silver bell gets used every single day. I wake up in the morning and part of my ritual is to ring that bell three times over my altar – once for my Memaw, once for my ancestors, and once for Hecate. I use this bell to sound cleanse myself, my cat, and my partner. I ring this bell to begin and end meditations. I use this bell before reading Tarot. And on and on and on.
Her tinkling majesty makes everything more magickal to me. Her music brings my connection with music to the forefront of my everyday life. A must-have that works wonders, many times over.
- My Altar
A dedicated workspace that is all mine, used only for casting, and respected by all members of my home is another must-have for me. This is where I commune with the Divine. This is where I discover and rediscover sacred parts of myself. This is where the magick happens.
By giving myself a defined space, I am able to concentrate my power and effort. I also enjoy expressing my creativity in decorating for the Sabbats and dedicating my altar to specific causes and entities. Sometimes it is simple, while other times elaborate. But all of the time, it is mine.
This must-have comes in many forms. Communicating with other practitioners, reading stacks of books, browsing the Internet, building boards on Pinterest (LINK!), watching videos on TikTok, scrolling Instagram, etc. There is so much information out there – some great and some not so great – that it’s silly to believe we are close to knowing it all.
With the Mystic Arts rooted in esotericism to begin with, it’s hard to imagine being able to learn everything in one lifetime. This notion is exciting and appealing to many witches, mystics, and occultists alike.
What are your go-to must-haves for your craft? Did any of mine ring true for you?