Merry Meet to all!
Thank you again to those who joined in on last week’s challenge: Celestial Exploration! Now that everyone’s stars are in line, it’s time for something new- our topic this week will be…
This week is all about saving money and using the resources around you. Witchcraft can quickly become an expensive endeavor, but the truth is- it doesn’t have to cost any money at all!
While it may be tempting to buy a shiny new cauldron, perhaps you have a perfectly good bowl or pot that will work just as well? With a little digging around and an open mind, you may find that you already have all the tools you need for your craft!
Calling all witches on a budget! Are you ready? It’s…
STEP 1 : Thinking Thrifty
Bring out your creativity this week! Draw on the resources around you- especially things that you may not have considered before! Our challenge this week is to do something as part of your magickal practice that costs very little, or perhaps doesn’t cost any money at all!
If something comes to mind immediately- now’s the time to give it a try! If you are looking for a spark of inspiration on how to keep their practice free or very cheap, read on…
~Not spending a dime~
Your magickal practice doesn’t have to cost you a single penny! Look around your home for things that you can incorporate in your next ritual or spell. Old pots, statues, fabric from clothes you never wear- these are all items that, with creativity, can become part of an altar or made into something entirely new!
Here’s a great thrifty craft to do that will involve some Green/Kitchen Magick:
Herbal Scent Sachets
Head out to the garden and find some fragrant plants- flowers or herbs- to dry, or dig through your spice cupboard for your favorite dried culinary herbs.
Basil, rosemary, thyme, rose petals- there are many petals and/or spices that you can find that will work in a sachet pouch! Consider what you would like the sachet to be used for- protection? Safety? Purification? Good luck? The purpose of the bag will help you to decide what dried herbs or flowers you would like to use!
Find and purify a small bag. I recommend using a light-weight and translucent bag so the smell flows out easier and you can see the plants inside, but a bag sewn from thin fabric will work just as well!
As you place the dried herbs into your cleansed pouch, visualize the energies of the plant you are drawing on. You can say a chant or a few words to help draw out the purpose.
Ta-dah! You’ve made an herbal sachet! Keep them around the house, by your bed, or in your purse/bag to protect you and refresh you with a lovely scent!
When thinking thrifty, consider using materials you have already have:
Such as using tea bags for an herbal ritual bath , or collecting stones from a nearby lake or beach to use in place of crystals for water energy
Consider trying new areas of the craft- if you had a rock collection as a child, maybe it’s time to take a new look at your old collection and dig out some pretty stones to add to your altar
Perhaps you or a loved one has a herb garden - considering looking into new kinds of herbs, and experimenting with new recipes!
For those who would rather not use material tools, there are ways to increase your practice using nothing but the power of your mind ! Practices such as meditation and visualization use no material resources and cost no money at all- all you need is a good mindset and the will to do magic!
You could do a cleaning ritual- cleaning your home as part of a purification process !
There is magick all around and in each and every one of us- you don’t have to spend money to practice your craft, when it is such an essential part of you!
~Spending a little, but getting a lot~
For those of us tempted to buy, but don’t want to break the bank, it is absolutely possible to be a Thrifty Witch:
Consider going to thrift shops to find witchy goods, or things you can give a new purpose to.
The Dollar Store (or equivalent in your country) is full of interesting treasure! Check out what the Crafty Witch found and made use of in their video: Dollar Store Witch Supply Haul
Instead of buying things ready-made, consider making your own tools or altar items. Craft stores are a great place to find everything you need! You could craft your own statues, altar cloths, or other tools. You may even pick up a new skill or two as you go!
Ą few more resources~
Some advice on thrifty witching from other witches to help you find your inspiration:
The “Thrifty Witch” on YouTube talks about Witching on a Budget
The Witch of Wonderlust on YouTube has a great video: Low-Cost Witchcraft Tools (That You Probably Already Have!) with a lot of helpful advice and inspiration
Another video of interest is one created by the Hearth Witch entitled Witchcraft on a Budget
STEP 2 : Share Your Experience!
To submit your experience, feel free to either create a new post in the forum (remember to mention the challenge somewhere in the post or title!) or to write about your experience below!
This challenge will be open for the next 7 days!
If you would like to participate, please post about your thrifty experience by 23:59 on Tuesday, July 21st! After this time you are still very welcome to post, but the challenge will not be issuing any more prizes.
As a reward for their efforts, all participants who complete this challenge will receive a shout-out in a following post and a small prize .
A warm reminder that the challenge is very open- you are encouraged to participate in a way that reflects your 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 !
The hope with this challenge is to help you help yourself- to inspire creativity, promote sharing, and encourage making the wonderful practice of witchcraft accessible to all!
May you always find that the tools you need are right at your fingertips, and may your eyes open to all the possibilities stretching out before you!