Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
“Song of the Witches”, from Macbeth by William Shakesphere
Merry meet to all!
Thanks again to everyone who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge- Books, Tomes, and Tales!
There were so many wonderful spellbooks shared- let’s put that new knowledge to the test! Bring out a cauldron, open your apothecary, and take out the mortar and pestle. Proposed by the very creative @LimeBerry, the theme for this week’s challenge is…
Perhaps one of the most symbolic practices associated with withcraft is making potions. From the Macbeth witches to Harry Potter to bubbling Halloween decorations- potions have very strong ties to witchcraft. Those studying magick are very likely to try their hand with potion making at some point in their path!
What is a Potion?
A potion is a combination of ingredients and magickal intent. It can be something consumed, applied topically, added to a ritual bath, diffused into the air, or used as a spell enhancement- potions come in as many forms and have as many properties as there are types of magic- a heck of a lot!
For more details and background information on potions, see:
To complete this challenge you must make a potion!
The type and properties are entirely up to you. You may decide to do some research and find a potion recipe, you can adapt or tweak a potion you already know, or even design your own new potion!
The potion possibilities are endless! To help get you started and spark your creativity, here are some ideas:
Did you know Moon Water is technically a potion? Charged by the light of the moon, moon water is a popular ingredient for numerous spells and rituals. You can use moon water to Bring in the Flow of Money in addition to its Many Other Uses!
Similar to Moon Water in its versatility, Florida Water is a bit more complex to make but just as useful! @SilverBear shares her recipe and how best to use it in What is Florida Water and Why Do We Want It?
[From Magical Recipes Online: Coffee Potions]
While the amazing morning boost of caffeine is a magic in and of itself, you can add an extra dash of intent to consider your favorite brew a potion! You can learn more about Coffee Magic and what your favorite coffee means in the Magical Recipes’ article Coffee Potions shared by @LimeBerry.
For coffee lovers looking to add a little magic, check out the following spell with more information:
Tea is defined here as any edible material steeped in water with the purpose of being consumed. It is a beverage celebrated as a cultural and ceremonial beverage around the world- no wonder that tea can also be imbued with magickal properties and considered a potion.
Tea is a base ingredient and medium for many potions, including:
Vodka and other strong alcohols are stabilizers and can be used in a variety of potions to give them a longer shelf-life and help with both preservation and purpose.
But mixing alcohol of any kind with a little intent can lead to some very delicious and creative cocktails! You can learn more about alcoholic potions in Alcohol + Intent = Potion . It includes:
The only limit to potion making is the materials you have and your own creativity! There are many potions that don’t fall into any of the above categories but are considered potions all the same::
Get Creative With It!
If you choose to make your own potion, why not go all out? As you are writing out your ingredient list, consider using some creative names in your recipe!
A Bone of an Ibis: Buckthorn
A Titan’s Blood: Wild Lettuce
A Lion’s Hairs: Tongue of a Turnip (the leaves of the taproot)
A Man’s Bile: Turnip Sap
A Pig’s Tail: Leopard’s Bane
A Hawk’s Heart: Heart of Wormwood
Aaron’s Rod: Goldenrod, Mullein
Adders Tongue: Dogstooth Violet
African Ginger: Ginger
Aftator Pear: Avocado
(View the full list of Witch Herb Names to see more!)
Some potions are meant to be drunk, while others are for external use only. Some potions for spellwork are not meant for use on or in your body! Make sure you know the intent of any potion you choose to pursue.
If you are making potions with the intent to drink them, please thoroughly do your research beforehand! Not all herbs and ingredients are safe for consumption.
STEP 2: Share Your Potion!
To participate in this challenge, you must share your potion-making experience!
Please tell us what potion you made and a bit about it!!
What was the purpose of the potion? Did you find it, adapt it, or invent it yourself? How did it go?
For your entry to be counted, please write about your experience below and/or create a new post in the forums (in the Recommendations category!). If you create a new post, please tag the challenge by adding a hyperlink or link back to this post- thank you!
For sharing about their potion creations, all participants will recieve a special shout-out and small prize!
To join in, please post about your potion-making endeavors by 7:00 AM CET (Central European Time) on Tuesday, October 6th!
A Props and Presents Post will appear in the forums on Tuesday after the deadline. After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given.
A warm reminder that this challenge is very open- all are encouraged to participate in a way that reflects their unique practice.
There are no right or wrong answers so long as you practice respectfully, and there is no way to ‘lose’ the challenge if you participate!
By exploring new aspects of magick and trying new practices, the hope with challenges is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in fun ways!
In your cauldron, kitchen, and kettles- may you delight in the wonders of the potions you create!
Blessed be and Happy Potion-Making!