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One of the biggest things I see fellow Pagans, witches, and other practitioners complain about is not having time. Life is hectic enough for people who don’t worry about fitting in a spiritual, meditative, or magickal practice alongside everything else they have to do in a day– can you imagine finding the time to cast a circle and get a good chant going on top of that?
For newcomers to the practice, it can be especially difficult to find small ways to fit magick into daily life. There’s a lingering idea that if you aren’t fully turning yourself over to it, finding a block of time in which you can do a lengthy invocation, visualize every step, and go through an entire formal ritual from soup to nuts, you aren’t doing it “right.” In the end, this means that all of the tiny ways a person can fit a little bit of magick in their life go neglected.
These won’t help shift you out of procrastination or sluggishness, but if you’re pressed for time or just don’t feel up for a full-on-chanting-and-circle-casting type deal, I’ve got you:
Load up tealights in advance.
Tealights kind of rock. They’re small, self-contained, and don’t have an outrageously long burn time. It can be kind of time-consuming to sit down, inscribe, anoint, and load a candle before use, but tealights can be handled in advance much more easily than larger candles:
- Set some tealights on a flat pan or griddle.
- Warm them on the lowest heat setting, just until melted.
- Add drops of oil, colorants, or other (candle-safe!**) objects.
- Allow to cool and solidify.
A lot of people dislike tealights because they can be very wasteful– all of those tiny cups! Since a big part of my philosophy involves attempting to live and practice sustainably, I have my qualms with them too. That’s why I hunted around until I found these guys from Wicker Wicks. They’re unscented, soy wax, palm oil-free, have lead-free cotton wicks, use recyclable packaging, and even the cups are 100% recyclable. That’s pretty cool.
**For safety’s sake, it’s important to keep tealights on a fireproof surface in a proper container. Some practitioners add herbs to their tealights, but be careful with this– most dried herbs are pretty much kindling (especially after soaking in all of that nice, flammable melted wax!), and some powdered ones can explode. Use your discretion, and don’t leave any burning candle unattended.
Practice “Guerrilla Gardening.”
Seeds carry a lot of symbolic weight. They represent newness and growth, as well as carrying many of the associations of their parent plant. A quick way to do a little magick on the fly is to scatter a handful of seeds into your garden or other green space (if you do it in a park, wild area, or other place plants may “escape” from, be sure to use only non-invasive, native plant species!) while visualizing your intent.
If you have a little more time, you can try making up magickally-charged seed bombs in advance. Carry them along with you, and toss them in an area that could use a little greening.
It’s the culmination of a lot of longer spells, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it on its own, and all you need are a fireproof container, a candle, a piece of paper or parchment, and a pen.
Write your intention, a wish, a sigil, or whatever your focus is on the paper, hold it in your hands as you picture your goal manifesting, and, once you feel ready, carefully light it using the candle’s flame. Allow it to burn in the fireproof container, and scatter the ashes outside.
Scatter herbs in front of your front door.
Mix together fresh or dried herbs associated with love, money, friendship, or other good things you want to invite into your home (or protection if you want to keep bad things out of it). You most likely won’t need any exotic ingredients to do it, either– check your spice cabinet.
Once you have them mixed together, hold your hands over them and envision your goal coming to fruition. Scatter them in front of your door as you picture your home’s entrance filled with a welcoming (or protective) light.
Get into kitchen witchery.
Everyone has to eat and drink, right? Most common culinary ingredients have magickal associations and a history of use in spellcraft. Picture all of the meals you create as potions; look up the ingredients you have on hand, and cook with intention and mindfulness. You can even add a little extra beauty to your kitchen with a pyrography-embelished wooden spoon like this one from IndigoSpoons, or this one from ERaDeLCreations.
Clear a room with sound.
Shift stagnant energy and draw positive influences into your space using sound. Either play uplifting songs, sing out loud, shake a rattle, ring some bells, or hang a wind chime in your window that you can touch as you walk past. Even when you’re pressed for time and inspiration, you can make a little noise to contribute to your home’s atmosphere. I really like this crescent moon chime from Raven Blackwood:
Charge a stone, and carry it with you.
Do you have a big day ahead of you? Do you need a little extra confidence or luck? Pick up a stone, any stone, and hold it in your hand while visualizing yourself breezing through whatever you need to do with grace and ease. (For a little added oomph, you can use a stone or crystal that matches your intention.) Place the stone in your pocket, purse, or somewhere else you can easily access it during the day.
On the flip side, if you’re having a bad day, haven’t been feeling like yourself, or just have some bad energy you want to get rid of, you can pick up a stone, visualize yourself filling it with the negative energy you’ve been harboring, and release it into a body of running water with gratitude. Let the elements take away the bad things you’ve been holding onto.
Lastly, make an offering.
Quick magick doesn’t necessarily have to be about you and your goals. Carry some water, a pretty stone, or anything else safe for the environment, and make an offering to something you pass by. It can be a tree, a body of water, an outcropping of rock, or the earth itself. Give with gratitude.