A few days ago, me and my sister got quite interested in magic (guess we’ve been watching too much tv). So we started researching it a bit, and ordered some books on how to perform magic (I’m talking about making tea, and lotion and oil and stuff, not the Harry potter and charmed kind.)
I came across a book on the topic, mainly because you could download it for free on Amazon kindle. It was called “the kitchen witch everyday magic book” by Mimi Riser and I found it rather interesting. In the book, Riser explains what magic is and how it can be performed. For instance, you can cast a spell by expressing your goal in words (preferably by rhyming) and saying or thinking these words while visualizing your goal as if it’s already happened. Now, one has to be patient and repeat the spell a few times a day, for several days or more. One can also strengthen the spell by performing rituals or practical spells (making tea, oil, lotions, cooking and so on with certain ingredients). Also, it is very important not to use magic to do harm.
While reading this, it struck me that this will probably work, but not because of the reasons stated in the book. See, Riser claims that magic works because you change the vibrations around you, while I do know that we are indeed surrounded by energies and vibrations of all kind, I do not believe that they can be altered with your mind and utilized to achieve you’re goals the way it is described in many writings about magic. So why do I think that magic works? Because it helps keep your mind on your goals. Think of it this way: you’ve just made a new years resolution to be more bold and try new things. You make this decision and that’s about it. Now, you’re friend made the same resolution, but has a very different approach. They put up notes in their apartment, add notifications on their phone and subscribe to a newsletter for “adventurers”. Who do you think is most likely to succeed? The friend with the reminders of course. Reminders help keep your mind on your goals, which also helps you recognize opportunities. I’ve read that people who are afraid of spiders are more likely to find one in their room. Again, reminders, whether they are notes, fears, things (toys, songs, scents, books…) you associate with certain feelings or goals or spells and magical rituals, help keep you focused on your goals. It makes you more likely to spot and catch opportunities.
Visualization is often used when meditating and reducing stress.
As for using herbs, scents and colors to perform magic, it makes a lot if sense too. I dare say that most people know that many herbs and plants have medical/healing properties, that scents and colors affect us heavily (as do most things that stimulate our senses).
Not to mention the power of conviction: if you are convinced that it’ll work, it probably will.
Also, who wouldn’t feel like a powerful, badass witch making potions in a cauldron?