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With witchcraft becoming more popular, and so many baby witches needing some basic witch knowledge. I wanted to put together this blog with a quick bit of information that you can implement into your daily life and your witchcraft. We are going to cover the simple knowledge you need to know what you need to reach for in your cupboards, without questioning yourself.

But before we dive in, I want to remind you that this is NOT gospel. The colours of the candles, what crystals you’re using and what herbs you pick, do NOT have to be the same as what is on this list. If a different colour feels right, roll with it. Follow your intuition. If you don’t have what is on the list, set the intention and pick what you feel drawn too. The intention is the most important thing to focus on when doing any kind of practise.

Personally, I take this knowledge and apply it to my craft but I also just going with my intuition and doing what feels right at the time. I very rarely follow any written spells, only if I’m looking for something super specific. Putting your witch powers into practice doesn’t have to be a scary process if you have the support and guidance you need. We are not gate keepers here, everyone is welcome and we will share our knowledge with you.


We are firstly going to take a look at some simple knowledge behind protection. Protection is generally associated with the colour black. Black candles, black crystals, black cloths etc… When you feel like you need protection, reach for your black crystals such as obsidian, tourmaline and smokey quartz. You can also turn to crystals such as clear quartz and selenite because of their cleansing and amplifying properties.

When it comes to herbs and spices, salt will be one of you main ingredients for protection, any salt will do. We are about using what we have to hand, not having to spend a fortune to practice our craft.

Other herbs you can use include:

Self Love

Loving yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a witch. Love is the most powerful magic of all, so by loving yourself you become one of the most powerful forces you could possibly be. Self love or love in general is associated with the colour pink. In candle magic you may opt to use a pink candle. Rose Quartz is the main self love crystal, the holy graile of them all. You can also use crystals such as; Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Citrine and Smokey Quartz.

With Rose Quartz being the holy graile of crystals for self love, of course Rose’s are the flower of love and one of the main ones to be used in self love practices.

Other herbs you can use include:


Living in abundance is one of the most incredible things that you can do for yourself. To live in abundance is true happiness and where you will find your life will grow to phenomenal heights. The colour yellow is associated with abundance. In candle magic you can use a yellow coloured candle. Citrine is an incredible crystal for the energies of abundance. Other crystals you could use for abundance are; Pynite, Green jade/Green Aventurine/Green Moss Agate, Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz, Selenite, Emerald, Ruby and Amazonite.

Other herbs you can use include:

Spiritual Enhancement

Enhancing your spirit is vital for your journey to progress. The colour purple is associated with spiritual awakening and growth. Use a purple candle in your candle magic. Use crystals such as; Labradorite, Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Clear Quartz, Aquamarine, Sodalite, Fluorite, Blue Lace Agate, Moonstone, Kyanite and Turquoise. Calendula flower is an incredible addition to your spell work for spiritual enhancement.

Other herbs you can use include:


Cleansing your space can make all the difference to your practises. There is a few different ways that you can do this.

You can burn cleansing herbs (smudge sticks) or incenses, such as;

  • White Sage
  • Palo Santo
  • Cedar
  • Juniper
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

If you choose to use the burning method, simply light your herbs or incense and use the smoke to cleanse and purify the energies around you. Please be careful when using this method and do it over a fire proof dish. Making sure you extinguish the tool of choosing properly.

If you are not comfortable with using fire for cleansing, then you could also make a spray using any of the essential oils listed for a 100% safe cleansing of the energies around you.

Enhancing Your Magic

There is many different ways that you can enhance your magical practice. Of course we love to use cannabis to enhance ours.


Hemp is a variety of cannabis sativa which can be used as a versatile material that can be used for clothing and textiles. The hemp material can be used as an alternative to cotton or other cloth materials to store magickal items, divination tools or to use as everyday or ritual clothing, altar cloths, bags, etc. Hemp oil and hemp hearts can be used in ritual as offerings and also to add to food, which is an excellent alternative to add to some recipes made by any green or kitchen witch. Hemp products and hemp oil are legal in many places and can be more easily attained than cannabis products because it contains the lowest amounts of THC and CBD.


Cannabis can be used for different rituals and spell work such as;

  • Astral Projection
  • Moon Rituals
  • Feminine Energy
  • Honouring Deity
  • Manifestation
  • Spiritual Healing
  • Self-love Magic
  • Sex Magic
  • Shadow Work
  • Shamanic Journeys
  • Spell Bags
  • Spirit Communication
Safe Magic and Cannabis

While using cannabis with witchcraft, magic, ritual or spell work it’s important to make sure your work area and space is safe, clear and suitable for the type of working that you’re doing.

This ensures that:

  • Working with candles, incense or any flames are safely guarded to avoid accidents.
  • Uninterrupted to perform the ritual or working where you’ll be “indisposed” to outside commitments or obligations for the duration.
  • Any hazardous materials (herbs, oils, etc.) are safely out of reach of pets.
  • You know how the strain will effect you before attempting any spell work or ritual.

Other things you can use to enhance your magical practices are things such as;

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