Hi Tarot Bumblebees,
Witchcraft can be expensive if you go out and buy all of the things straight away. It can also be costly if you think you need expensive items to make your magic effective and real, which is not the case. Many witches want to rush out and buy everything, and I totally get the excitement but allow your toolbox to grow as you do.
If you’re looking to build your toolbox and not spend an arm and a leg, here are some tips to help you practice Witchcraft on a Dime!
Book of Shadows
Switch a big bulky physical book of shadows to a digital one. You can move and organize your files with ease and store everything in folders on your computer/cloud/drive. I have a physical Book of Shadows and Journals and a lot online.
If you want to make your own Book of Shadows, get a binder and decorate it any way you like. You can still move your items around in the binder with ease, but you have something physical to work with.
If you don’t have a dedicated space, you can buy or make a wooden box and create a portable altar. You can even use a shoebox and cover it with pretty paper or collage images from magazines. It’s a beautiful way to have sacred space on the go!
It’s true that the better quality candles are usually more of an investment as they tend to burn longer and be better for you (less smoke, etc.) It’s not always possible to budget for an expensive, new candle every time the need arises. Here are some helpful tips to help you shop smarter.
Buy a blank prayer candle at the dollar store, print off an image, or even collage one on some contact paper and make your own custom candle to the deities or work you’re doing.
Wish candles are also a great way to use candles as they are usually cheaper. I even found boxes of white ones at the dollar store. Birthday candles work too! Use what you have.
Herbs, Spices, and Resins
Lots of common herbs and spices that are used in magic can already be found in your kitchen! Do some research if you have to substitute some of them. Check out local resources to find which wild herbs grow in your area. Educate yourself on what you can use sustainably, locally, and responsibly. There’s always more than one way to cast a spell!
Make your own with air-dry clay from a craft store. Draw or paint an image of the guides and deities you want to work with. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and the more magic and love you put into it, the more powerful it will be.
There is no limit to how much you can spend on minerals and crystals. Tumbled stones are a pretty good place to start. Clear quartz can be used for pretty much anything. You can even pick up stones that you find in nature and use them. Research local mineral guides so you can take a prospecting trip. You do not need to have a house full of crystals to be a witch.
Many coven training curricula require the witches to make their tools as they grow in the craft. Many tools of witchcraft were made because they were around the witches’ household. You can learn how to make just about any tool via the magic of the internet. Fallen tree branches can be made into wands and besoms, for example. Sea glass, wood chips, or stones can be made into runes. Paint your own personal oracle deck.
Do you have any tools to add to the list? Comment below!