QUESTION - I have been on my path since March and have questions I have been holding off getting an answer for.
I have been using 2013 Llewellyn's Witches Spell A Day book My question is what do we use for colour of the day and what if you do not have the incense of the day?
ANSWER – Hmmm. I may not be the best witch to answer this question for you. You may do better with some fluffy little cutie wearing glitter bells and holding a sparkly wand… I’ll be blunt, colour of the day means very little. Actually I’ll be even more blunt, it means absolutely nothing. YOUR colour of the day, yes that I can get behind. A witch who wakes up and defines her own feelings with reference to the colour spectrum or who describes her emotions using colours, that has some validity and truth to it. A book/website saying lavender is the colour of the day for everyone, sorry I don’t buy it. It’s a bit like reading your horoscope in the paper, vague, largely nonsensical and a bit of a waste of time for all concerned.
My advice to you is to allow the creativity in your mind free rein. Choose your own colour of the day. Just because Llewellyn or anybody else tells you something doesn’t mean its right. An accomplished witch listens to her inner voice and thinks for herself. So what do you use for colour of the day? Any damn colour you feel like using.
Same with the incense. If you don’t have what a spell requires – improvise! Any good correspondence table (google “magical correspondences”) will be able to suggest sensible substitutions. But again, go with what you think is right. I don’t care how many people tell me to purify using sage, I’m going to carry on using sandalwood. Build up your own associations and your own meanings and don’t be afraid to experiment.
I’ve used this analogy before but it’s a useful one –think of witchcraft as more like cooking than baking. Baking is a precise art, you need to use the right ingredients in a certain order or it all goes wrong. Cooking, you can mix it up a bit and tweak the recipe as you go along. Your beef stew won’t suffer because you’ve run out of thyme and you whack a bit of sage in instead. Same with spells, magic isn’t an exact science, you can put all the ingredients together exactly as the book says but if you don’t believe in what you are doing and you don’t know why you are doing it, your spells simply won’t work.
The art of the witch is to improvise, to create and to control. Take hold of your own power and put your faith in yourself, not what some book tells you.
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