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If you’re a frugal witch, found objects probably feature heavily in what you do. It’s nice to surround yourself with glittery crystals and exotic herbs, but nobody I know has that kind of money all the time. Besides, I’ve written before about how awesome regular old rocks can be, and there are plenty of plants considered garden weeds that have magickal properties.
That’s not the limit to the found objects you can use in a spell, though. For example, I have a little brass key, gone green with age. It’s not very large, and I’ve no idea what it may once have unlocked. It’s like a skeleton key, but stubbier. I wish I knew about its history, but I have absolutely no idea.
Keys are pretty strongly symbolic– look at the phrases they appear in. “The key to someone’s heart.” “The key to success.” You could use a stray key as the focus for any number of spells. Today, I decided to do one to unlock more opportunities for myself.
Since this is basically a road opening spell, I used some herbs that have a history of associations with removing blocks:
- Lemon balm, to clear away negative influences.
- Clary sage, an herb I like using for cleansing.
- Cinquefoil, whose leaves represent love, money, wisdom, power, and health.
- Lemon, an uncrossing herb. I like to picture its acidity dissolving the things in my way.
I was originally tempted to put the key into a honey jar, but I like being able to look at and hold it. Instead, I’m going to do what I often do– charge and empower the key, attach it to a small sachet of the herbs and a petition, and keep it on myself when I need an extra push.
Do you use found objects in spells? What’s your favorite magickal found object?