Do you believe in magic? I do. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of just how real magic truly is, and because of that, they may hesitate to believe like I do.

The reason for this, or at least the reason that I suspect, is due to the confusion over what magic actually is. When most people here the word magic, they think of witches standing over hot cauldrons filled with crazy ingredients such as eye of newt, or possibly even crazier than that. Others may think of Harry Potter and the sorting hat. Unfortunately, and fortunately at the same time, magic doesn’t work quite like that.

However, I believe if more people understood how and why magic works, they would probably be more interested in learning it. So what is magic really?

Perhaps one of the most well-known occultists can shed some light on that for us. According to Aleister Crowley, magick is the ‘Science and Art of causing change to occur in conformity with will. ‘ He further explains by saying that ‘every intentional act is a magical act.’

If you are entirely unfamiliar with magic, it might help if you keep in mind that everything in the known universe is composed of energy, including the human mind. Our mind sets our intention, and the rest of our existence acts accordingly. While this is much simpler to understand in physical terms, there are many, including quantum physicists that believe our minds also have control over the non-physical. Remember the old term, mind over matter?

Furthermore, our ancestors believed that everything could be subject to being either blessed or cursed by spirits. However, you don’t have to believe in spirits to use magic.

Basically, magicians believe that by the use of certain corresponding elements, that reality can be manipulated to bring about change. And this is exactly where folk magic comes into play.

Almost any form of magic, whether it be complex spell crafting or just a basic candle spell involved correspondences. However, the beauty of folk magic is that you can use the simplest of tools (most of which you probably have on hand) to create tangible change in your life. Needing to find a new career? There’s a spell for that. Feeling a bit low on cash? There is a spell for that too! There are healing spells, money spells, love spells and even protection spells.

Thankfully, with folk magic, you needn’t order an entire spell cabinet online to begin. Actually, most of what you need will be found in your cabinet.

Pantry Magic (List of Magical Household Items)

Basil- Basil can be used for cleansing, exorcism, protection and even for a magical bath. It is known for soothing emotions and anxiety. Try making a bath sachet with basil for cleansing and protection. Ask the elements/spirit to bless the sachet and to cleanse your soul. Toss it in the tub, burn a candle anointed in olive oil and finish your bath when you feel adequately cleansed.

Bay Leaf- While you may typically use this to spruce up your favorite comforting soup, as it turns out, bay leaf is quite the magical tool. It can be used for purification, banishing evil energy, curse reversal, and protection from illness. Try adding crushed bay-leaf to some water that you left under the light of a full moon. Place in a container and sprinkle throughout your home. If you want to step things up a bit, try writing a wish on a dried bay leaf and burn it while you focus your intention on your wish.

Cinnamon- Cinnamon is amazing in that it has the ability to ‘heat up’ a spell. Basically, heating up a spell means that it causes the result to happen more quickly than usual. Try integrating it into any basic spell for optimal results.

Mint- Mint is able to stimulate business, energy, and activity. Due to this, it can also be used to ‘heat up’ a spell. Mint is also good for prosperity. Try sprinkling some in your wallet to attract money, or even around the house you are trying to sell.

Pepper- Protect yourself from evil energy and ensure that trespassers stay away by sprinkling pepper around your property.

Rosemary- Rosemary is a very versatile spell ingredient that can be used for banishing, exorcism, healing, love, protection, and purification. Many people stuff ‘poppets’ or simple homemade dolls with rosemary and decorate them like a sick loved one to attract healing. You can also create a sachet with it to protect yourself from nightmares.

Tea- Tea is perfect for love potions. Also, it can be burned to attract money.

Baking Soda- Baking soda is perfect for cleansing. Try sprinkling it in the tub with essential oils for a cleansing bath, or sprinkle on the carpet to physically and magically cleanse your carpet.

Salt- Salt is used for purification, pre-ritual cleansing, protection and even for holy water. Try sprinkling some around the area you typically meditate in and look forward to one of the most beneficial meditation sessions of your life.

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Of course, this doesn’t even begin to cover the various objects found in your home that can be used to magically benefit your life. And while spell work may seem a bit difficult, folk magic is actually quite simple. If you are looking for a way to introduce spirituality into your life in a simple, yet effective manner, then seriously give folk magic a try. You will be happy you did!

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