Sometimes we have a need to be under the radar. Discreet altars won’t look witchy and can repurpose kitchen dishes & utensils, & your nature-finds. Pay attention to elemental symbolism when making substitutions. A room or working surface might be arranged with elemental themes assigned to the 4 corners such as placing a bottle of soap bubbles for Air, a single candle🕯 as Fire, a glass of H2O for Water & a rock collection as Earth. Some prefer using no animal parts like bones claws, teeth, fur, feathers or sea shells while others might use them exclusively. A smaller size might have a stone in a bowl of water to represent Earth & Water. Trace a pentagram on the stone with the water & it becomes an Earth-offering - the star discreetly evaporates. Add 4 colored marbles 🟡🔴🔵🟢 to represent the 4 elements. Repurpose Christmas ornaments 🌟🦌 🔔. Avoid flashy ritual regalia & use your hands 🙌🏽 and fingers 👉🏼 (or a laser-pointer for the mind, eye, hand, energy link). Everybody looks under the bed so don’t keep your items there all together in a box unless it's that rock collection - nothing to see here. 😉
. Imagine uses for uniquely shaped 💛🌛& naturally marked⚡️stones; traditionally protective hag-stones have a hole clean through; wish-stones are encircled by one line symbolizing the Magic circle & 3 realms of the cosmic-above, mundane-here-&-now and unseen-bellow; map-stones are cris-crossed by many lines
. Candles 🕯- if flame is OK then use discreet Glade air freshener candles (combining air & fire elements) or substitute LED battery candles - the visual symbolism is obvious & the battery makes electricity which is the Fire element; decorative candle gardens can be spells in plain sight - place anointed and intent-charged sigil notes underneath
. Replace incense smoke with a DIY aerosol mist - mix water & 1/2 tsp 🍋lemon juice in a 2oz spray bottle
. Restaurant packets of salt 🧂, pepper, sugar are convenient
. Repurpose any pointer to direct energy -🍴utensils ✂️, laser-pointer, letter-opener, etc.; a 🥣 bowl can hold trinkets when not in magical use, & 🥛☕️ cups shape energy & hold tea & potions
. Notebook 📒, pens🖌, crayons🖍, scissors ✂️ for drawing spell sigils
. Paper envelopes 💌 to make spell packets; can be drawn on & are biodegradable
. Yarn 🧶, twine or boot laces for knot ➿ spells & tying packets & anything else
. Coffee & 🌿 tea ingredients have magical uses & are ordinary items
The Moon's power is there even when it's cloudy or day-time so ritual can be done day or night. Silent ritual can be done without tools or candles & can be expressed through gestures.
Ground & center by tracing an X on your forehead, heart & belly. Use 🙈🙉🙊 see-hear-speak no evil hand gestures to purify personal space. Circle casting is a matter of pulling power to your belly to load-aim-&-shoot 👉🏼 to project a circular sanctuary. Greet the 4-ways with an inviting hand wave 👋 or dismissing wave when saying farewell. Greet the Lady with the fig ✊🏽 hand sign & Lord with the horns🤘🏼hand sign; press hand-to-heart & bow from the waist to show respect. Then do what you came for. An offering 🍞 for Nature can be made outside before or after the ritual. Thank and farewell the Deities with a bow. Farewell the quarters in reverse order with a dismissing wave. Close with a banishing sign ↗️⭐️ (1st stroke is away from you) & lastly,👇🏽ground the circle's residual energy as a gift back into the Earth, & you're done.
. Sigils - write the intent in a few words, delete vowels (a,e,i,o,u) & duplicate consonants; draw a hieroglyph by rearranging the remaining letters; draw a circle around it;✂️ cut it out. This is your sigil. Anoint & magnetize it. Shred the sigil at a liminal hour (dawn, noon, dusk, midnight) to release the power.
. You can substitute a battery-LED 🕯in your candle spells. Instead of dressing the candle with oil, you anoint & charge a sigil paper & place it under an LED candle; set the timer & when it times out the spell is done; you can reuse the LED candle again and again.
. Mandala designing - mandala coloring books & template kits are sold as toys. Focus on a goal while coloring. Burning or shredding the finished design at a liminal hour releases the power.
. Knots - the popular Nine Knot incantation (By knot 1 the spell’s begun, etc.) is spoken while tying knots in twine. Undoing the knots at a liminal hour releases the power to do it’s job.
. Herbs - add to spell packets, add to food, brew like a tea & use for aerosols, as a hand-wash or for anointing.
. Commercial tea - the ingredients of Bigelow's Constant Comment banish negativity, Twining's Sleepy Time tea aids trance work.
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