Free witchcraft supplies: Nine tools of the craft that are totally (or nearly) free

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Free Witchcraft supplies

Magickal stuff is all around us, and some of it doesn’t cost a thing. The thrifty Witch knows that successful magick doesn’t need to be expensive. Here are nine easy ways to stock your altar without even touching your wallet:

1. Scrap paper

Blank spiral notepad

Paper has endless magickal uses. Filling a Book of Shadows, recording affirmations, automatic writing, and drafting sigils are just a few examples. Every time you mark an empty page, you are performing a magickal act—the creation of something from nothing.

Store-bought paper is inexpensive, but re-purposed paper is free! Try saving scrap paper at home or collecting paper waste from local businesses. When you use it in your magick, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping the Earth at the same time. If regular printer paper doesn't seem magickal enough, you could try tea-staining it for a rustic parchment effect.

2. Salt

Handful of sea salt

Salt is an age-old ingredient for rituals of blessing and protection. Salt’s exemplary reputation reaches back into prehistory, when people first noticed that it keeps food from spoiling. It wasn’t too much of a stretch for early humans to ascribe magickal properties to the stuff.

A pinch of salt is an ingredient in many traditional charms against evil. Salt and water make a cleansing wash for ritual tools and sacred space. Salt is excellent for grounding yourself quickly. And the list goes on and on.

Sure, there’s ritual black salt, Himalayan pink salt, and exotic sea salts gussied up with herbs and essential oils. But even regular old table salt will do the job if you’re in a tight spot.

3. Water

Old water spout

Water is a sacred resource that most of us are fortunate enough to take for granted. But don’t underestimate its magickal power. If you have a running tap, you have access to a tool for scrying, cleansing, healing, devotional practices, and more. One popular folk magick remedy for “freezing” an enemy involves water, an ice cube tray, and a photo or personal effect...I’m sure you can guess the rest.

4. Stones

Pile of beach stones

When people mention magickal stones, they’re usually thinking of gemstones and crystals with their various energetic properties. But even garden-variety stones can be helpful magickal partners. They embody the energy of Earth—patient, protective, and steadfast.

Try using blessed stones for circle-casting or setting up wards around your property. Flat rocks can be painted and charged as talismans. Ordinary rocks are also an empath's best friend. They're happy to absorb excess energy when you’re feeling jittery or ungrounded. Hold the stone between your hands while visualizing the unwanted energy flowing outward. Then put the stone back on the ground to mellow out.

5. Books

Stack of old books

One of the best steps you can take to increase your magickal knowledge is to read. Independent bookstores and public libraries sometimes have a discard box where they offer damaged and out-of-date books for free. If you have friends who are also interested in witchcraft or Wicca, you might consider organizing a book swap to make the most of your book collections.

No book exchange near you? Many ancient texts (and older books on witchcraft) are available online for free. Signing up for free trials with an e-book service is another way to score witchy reads at no cost.

6. Firewood

Wood burning fire

Few things stir a Witch’s heart as much as a dancing flame. Thanks to the generosity of trees, you needn’t spend a lot of a money to keep the hearth fire burning. Learn to identify different woods and their unique energies to add another layer of correspondence to your spellwork.

Gathering fallen twigs and branches outdoors is a moving meditation—one that will also feed your cauldron or brazier. If you’re so inclined, leave a token of gratitude for tree spirits and forest fae. City-dwelling Witches can often pick up wood curbside, especially after storms.

7. String

Spool of twine

Believe it or not (heh), string is one of the oldest magickal tools in the world. Magick using tied string was first recorded in Babylon and Assyria over 4000 years ago. Knot magick is simple, discreet, and very powerful. You probably have all the supplies you need for knot magick in your kitchen, garage, or junk drawer.

String is especially useful for binding spells and love spells. Tying the knots seals the spell, while cutting or untying them releases it. The number of knots and color of the string can be chosen according to the need. A chant or visualization helps to weave the spell while the knots are put in place.

Some Witches use special ritual cords for knot magick. However, if you’re truly broke, any string or ribbon from around the house will do.

8. Mirror

Mirror with makeup brushes and roses

Mirrors make an appearance in lots of fairy tales and horror stories. And with good reason—a mirror is one of the most magickal items in any household.

Mirrors may be used for reversal spells, to reflect negative magick back to its sender. A mirror in a darkened room—perhaps illuminated by candles—makes a cheap and easy scrying mirror. Mirrors also have a place in the magick of glamour, beauty, and illusion.

Mirrors can be gateways into the past, future, or Otherworlds. There are plenty of unsettling anecdotes about mirror magick—so make sure you’re in good mental and spiritual space before venturing through the looking glass.

9. Scissors

Silver scissors

Scissors symbolize fate, endings, and the Goddess in her aspect of Crone. In Greek mythology, the Fates ended each person’s life by cutting a thread with a pair of shears. Scissors are domestic cousins of a flashier witchy tool, the blade or scythe.

Use a pair of silver-bladed scissors to harvest herbs and plants. (Preferably under the waning moon, of course.) Keep scissors in your altar for trimming candle wicks, paper, and string. They’re also good for energetic cord-cutting and separation spells.

There are many superstitions surrounding scissors: You can break any spell, it is said, by dropping an open pair of scissors behind your back. Sleeping with scissors under your pillow (or hung on the wall) is supposed to prevent nightmares and psychic attacks while sleeping.

Everything is magick!

While there's nothing wrong with buying witchcraft supplies from a magickal shop (in fact, we hope that you do!), store-bought tools are never necessary to walk the patch of a Witch. With a little ingenuity, you will begin to see the hidden power and secret lore in everyday objects.

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  • If anyone has any books or supplies dealing with witchcraft or wicca that they no longer use, I’d appreciate them. I’m a single mom on a tight budget. Blessed Be

    Michele Mullins on
  • Please anyone with amulets, crystals for banishing negative energies and protection I would appreciate it if you would send to me also any spells that are simple but strong would help

    NIcole on
  • Please anyone with amulets, crystals for banishing negative energies and protection I would appreciate it if you would send to me also any spells that are simple but strong would help

    NIcole on
  • Please anyone with amulets, crystals for banishing negative energies and protection I would appreciate it if you would send to me also any spells that are simple but strong would help

    NIcole on
  • Hi, I am a 52 year old woman. I am also a witch / Wiccan.
    Recently after 22 years of a very happy marriage, my husband became a devout Christian. His preacher Minister whatever they are called told him that he must leave me or he would go to hell and take our 18 year old autistic son with him.
    Needless to say, he took his advice. Leaving me with absolutely nothing. Except the shirt on my back. no soap, no shampoo, no conditioner. Threw away my protection pentacle amulet as well as my earrings and my bracelet leading me with no protection and you looked or pentacles
    no antiperspirant , no lotion, no clothinif anyone is cleaning out their closet or simply tired of some of or simply tired of some of their items, I would greatly appreciate them. You have no idea how much I would appreciate just a few items.. My ritual dresses, and anything else relating to my craft. I would especially appreciate a pentacle necklace. As I feel unprotected it without it.
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    I would be most grateful for anything that anyone no longer used due to the fact they were cleaning out their closet over changing sizes of clothing.
    If anyone knows of a safe haven for a an older chrome with multiple health problems and their 18 year old autistic son along with my son’s cat, Alex with diabetic, please let me know.
    I have a black cat, her name was Jaguar come my husband killed her ass his Minister said that she was FMLA lawyer. And that she must be put down immediately. Needless to say, he obliged presently, I am couchsurfing. Would anyone be willing to help a fellow paying out? Believe me, in return I will do anything in my power to help anyone else who becomes in my same situation.
    Sincerely and with great gratitud Michelle Shults, 122 shady Glen way, Cosby, Tennessee 37722

    Darla Michelle Shults on

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