Commonly Used Spell Components
"Herbs" is a catchall term, commonly used in reference to any plant substance such as bark, root, leaves, resin, flowers or stems. Often they are used in incense recipes, in mojo bags, ground and sprinkled as powder, or hung in bunches. Some herbs are used as tea, for a combination of medicinal and magical purposes. Since essential oils have the same purpose as their source herbs, I will only list those herbs which are used solely in herb form, or have medicinal value.
- Acacia: Stimulates psychism
- Adam and Eve Root: Useful for spells to get married or heal a broken marriage
- Asafoetida: Use sparingly in exorcism and banishing incense and powder
- Balm of Gilead: Burn to cause spirits to appear
- Bear Berries: Carry to increase psychic abilities
- Black Snakeroot: Carry for courage
- Buckthorn: As a tea, makes an excellent cathartic
- Copal: Used in image magic to represent your target's heart
- Damiana: As a tea, acts as a mild aphrodesiac
- Dittany of Crete: Burn to cause spirits to appear
- Fava Beans: Also called Mojo Wishing Beans
- Hand Root: Used in mojo bags for good fortune, especially six-fingered
- Hyssop: As tea, oil, or incense, used universally for purification
- Jalap Root: Carry to increase power and courage
- Job's Tears: Wish on seven of these, and throw them into running water
- Mandrake: Either may be used in image magic
- Male Mandrake: Used to stimulate one's personal power
- Female Mandrake: Kept in one's house for protection and good luck
- Orchid Root: Carry to attract love, or powder and sprinkle on the object of your love
- Orris Root: Used in mojo bags to attract and keep a lover
- Patchouli: May be used in some cases where Graveyard Dust is called for
- Raspberry Leaf: As a tea, used by some to relieve menstrual pain
- Tonka Beans: Wish on one, and throw it into running water
- Yew: Bury a wand of Yew in a grave for one full moon to raise the deceased's spirit
Many practitioners of magic using traditions like to use scented oils. Oils are either "essential" (pressed or extracted from real substances) or "fragrance" (substitute or synthetic scents). The essences on this list may also be used in whole-herb form for the same purposes.
- Allspice: Used in money sachets and incense
- Catnip: Good for psychic bonding with feline familiars
- Cinnamon: Burned as incense, or used as anointing oil, to stimulate spiritual power
- Clove: Attracts the opposite sex
- Frankincense: Burned or used in anointing oils for purification and power
- Galangal: Used in anointing oils to stimulate spiritual power
- Jasmine: Stimulates psychic powers, and also induces sleep
- Lavender: Used to induce sleep, also attracts men
- Lemon Verbena: Attracts the opposite sex
- Lotus: Stimulates spiritual power
- Mastic: Burn to cause spirits to appear or stimulate psychic powers
- Mint: Used in mojo bags to attract wealth
- Mugwort: Rinse scrying devices with an infusion to activate them
- Myrrh: Used as an oil or incense to consecrate altars or ritual tools
- Rosemary: As oil or incense, used to purify a space
- Saffron: Drunk as an infusion to become prescient
- Vetiver Root: As oil or incense, use to break hexes
- Wormwood: Burn as incense to increase psychism
Precious and semi-precious stones and crystals are very important to many magic-using traditions. Often they are used as amulets and in mojo bags.
- Amber: Amber absorbs the vital essence of its owner. Amber is good for generating powerful solar energy.
- Amethyst: For clarity of mind. From the Greek "A Meth"--"without drunkenness"
- Bloodstone: For physical strength and health, closes wounds
- Calcite: Amplifies one's magical energies
- White: For use in meditation, adds focus
- Pink: For calming and balancing the emotions
- Blue: For healing and purification
- Green: For prosperity and wealth
- Orange: For protection and power
- Jet: Like Amber, Jet absorbs the vital energy of its owner. Amber is the blood of the earth, while Jet is the body. Excellent for physical robustness.
- Moonstone: For divination and psychic enhancement
- Onyx: Protection and "cloaking"
- Quartz: A natural generator. Quartz crystal is excellent for powering amulets with unbiased energy.
- Obsidian: An excellent stone for scrying mirrors and also for protection. Arrowheads of obsidian are especially powerful
- Pyrite: Although "Fool's Gold", Pyrite is commonly used in spells to attract wealth and prestige.
- Ruby: A deep red jewel, the Ruby is very potent with Mars energy. Ruby is excellent for protection and personal power.
- Sapphire: Sapphires are good for psychic ability, especially telepathy. Sapphires are also rumored to protect the health and heart.
- Star Ruby: A beautiful stone with a six pointed refraction inside, the Star Ruby is associated with Chokmah, the Supernal Father, and the universal Masculine.
- Star Sapphire: Like the Star Ruby, the Star Sapphire is a deep rich color ranging from bluish to a dark grey, with a six pointed refraction inside. Associated with Binah, the Star Sapphire represents the Supernal mother and the universal Feminine.
- Sunstone: Power and protection, solar power
- Tiger's Eye: Courage and strength
- Topaz: Draws wealth and protects against accidents
- Blue: Cools the body, worn next to the skin
- Gold: Warms the body, worn next to the skin
- Pink: Draws love and friendship
- Red: For protection, will and courage (rare)
- Green: Draws money to wherever it is kept
- Blue: For peace of mind, or to induce sleep
- Black: For absorption of negative energies
These are some of the components commonly used in practical magic. Learn them well, not from any list but from your own experience. Books are well and good, but only as springboards--your best magic will come not only from within, but with time.