Re: No ingredients By: Misanthropy Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 4 Dec 31, 2017
You are probably one of the greatest tools you have when it comes to magical practice. It's your intent, your will, energy, emotions, etc that help make your spellwork a success.
While you do not need items for spells, some use them because they feel it helps improve their chances of success. You will find individuals on both side of the spectrum, from those that just use themselves and the energy they raise/send out and those that use tools to help in their work.
For example, I am very hands on when it comes to magic, and greatly enjoy working with sigils, poppets, candles, and other physical representations of my will. I find them useful tools, and greatly enjoy making them and feel they help me better focus on what it is I'm doing. However, if I am doing a spell and do not have these materials, I do not let that stop me from doing said spell.
I have met and talked with other practitioners that use few or no tools at all. Again, it's really up to the individual and what works best for them. If you can't use tools, that's perfectly fine. Work on raising energy and sending that out to achieve your goal. Some common ways to do that are dancing, chanting, raising emotional energy, or a combination of methods. I'd suggest looking into a few and then narrowing down what you feel would work best for you.
You can do a spell with simple visualization techniques, that's really the basis of any spell after confidence and belief. If you'd like it to be more formal then you can add things like chants, dances, songs, I even like to use hand signs in ritual. You can also make spell sigils, which are magic symbols each used for different things. The only supplies you need for that is something to draw with and something to draw on and again, you need to use visualization and charge the sigil for it's purpose.