Photographs can be a powerful tool in spellwork, enhancing the potency and effectiveness of your magic. Whether you’re new to witchcraft or an experienced practitioner, understanding how photographs can be used in spells can boost your magical workings.
The Folklore Behind Photographs in Magic
The belief in the power of photographs is not new. In certain cultures, it’s believed that taking someone’s photograph steals a part of their soul. While this belief may not be widespread in modern society, there is a kernel of truth in it when it comes to spellcasting.
In American folklore, there’s a long-standing belief that you could bring trouble or grief to someone by taking their photograph and tearing it up or burning it. You could even inscribe your intentions on the photograph before destroying it, further focusing the spell’s energy on your desired outcome.
Sympathetic Magic and Photographs
Sympathetic magic is all about creating connections or associations. Using a photograph of your target in your magic can create a strong link, regardless of the distance between you. This doesn’t necessarily mean using the photograph for harmful purposes. On the contrary, photographs can be used for healing and prosperity spells as well.
For instance, if someone you know is sick, you could use their photograph in a healing spell. You might rub a healing salve over the photograph or pin it to a doll, which you then nurse back to health. Or take a little Healing Energy oil and dab it on the four corners of the photograph, fold it away from you (to get rid of the illness) then place under a blue candle that is also anointed with the Healing Energy oil. If a friend is struggling financially, you could surround their photograph with coins or money-drawing herbs like five finger grass, cinnamon chips, or alala leaf.
Photographs in Petitions and Candle Work
Photographs can also be used in petitions or candle work. Instead of merely writing someone’s name, you can print out their photograph and inscribe your intentions on it. This practice can be used to draw attention to a specific person or situation.
For example, if you’re seeking a particular job, you could take a photograph of the building where the job is located and write your spell or prayer over the image. You might also anoint the photograph with success oils like Crown of Achievement or Look At Me oil to draw attention to your application.
Reaching Your Goals with Photographs in Your Spells
Photographs can be used to claim your desires, whether it’s a job, a house, or another goal. If you’re bidding on a house, for instance, you could take a photograph of it, write your petition all over it, and even paste a picture of yourself in front of the house. By claiming it as yours, you’re sending a powerful message to the universe about your intentions. You could even take a photo of your family, burn it, and spread the ashes on the edge of the yard of the house you’re bidding on.
Anointing photographs with oils that align with your intentions can add an extra layer of power to your magic. Whether it’s money-drawing oil for financial prosperity or healing oil for health and wellness, the right anointing oil can reinforce the connection between the visual representation and your magical intention.
Don’t be Afraid to Use Photocopies for Your Spell
Photographs have been used in various spiritual and magical practices as a way to symbolize or connect with the subject of a spell or ritual. However, it’s not always necessary to use original photographs in these practices. Photocopies can work just as well.
The key is not necessarily the physical properties of the photograph itself, but the connection it represents. The image on the photograph – whether it’s an original print or a photocopy – serves as a symbolic link to the person or object it depicts. As such, the power of the spell does not come from the photograph, but from the intention and energy of the practitioner.
This is particularly useful when the original photograph is not available or when it’s important to preserve the original for other reasons. A photocopy, being a replica of the original, still holds the same symbolic value. When imbued with the practitioner’s intention, it can serve as an effective tool in casting spells.
Photographs offer a potent tool for modern witches, providing a tangible link to the target of your spells. Whether you’re working on healing, prosperity, or achieving a specific goal, incorporating photographs into your spellwork can strengthen your magic and bring you closer to your desired outcome. So go through your photographs, think about the magic you’d like to create, and start experimenting with this powerful form of spellcraft. Happy magical photographing!