Magick Correspondences

Correspondences: In magick, practitioners use what are known as “correspondences” to create symbolic magickal links. These links between the intangible and the physical, which a practitioner forms with the items (tools, ingredients, crystals, sigils, etc.) used in spell-workings, the time chosen to cast it, and more. Most items have their traditional associations others, however, are more contemporary. These associations can change depending on the personal beliefs and experiences a practitioner associates them with.

Correspondence tables can help you select which stone, crystal, tool, botanical (herb, flower, plant, wood), resin or other item to use in a ritual or working. The concept is that everything has an energy, that connects it to symbols and meanings.

· Crystals & Gemstones: Crystals and gemstones are used in workings because every stone is connected to some aspect of the human experience. Different traditions attribute various therapeutic and magical properties to each stone, but you can learn which correspondences work best for you. Write down any workings you do in your Book of Shadows so you can keep track of your results later.

· Botanicals: Herbs, plants, flowers and woods

· Herbs: Used for thousands of years, both medicinally and ritually, every herb has its own unique characteristics, and these properties are what makes the it special. Many practitioners use herbs as part of their regular and ceremonial rituals.

· Flowers: For hundreds of years, the plants that we grow have been used in magick. Flowers, are often connected with a variety of magical uses. When your flowers begin to bloom, keep an eye out for some of these flowers around you, and consider the different magical applications they might have.

· Woods: in magick, trees (woods) are assigned various properties that make it useful for ritual and spell-work. By using correspondences, you can include different woods in your magical workings.

· Colors: Did you know that every color has its own symbolism? In many magical traditions, color magic is used because colors have certain associations. You may wish to keep a variety of colored paper, fabric, ribbons, or ink on hand to use in different magical workings. Also, bear in mind that some traditions may set their own correspondences.

· Numbers: Many Pagan spiritual traditions incorporate the practice of numerology. The basic principles of numerology hold that numbers have a great deal of spiritual and magical significance. Some numbers are more potent and powerful than others, and combinations of numbers can be developed for magical use. In addition to magical correspondences, numbers also tie into planetary significance.

· Animals: In many modern Pagan traditions, animal symbolism — and even actual animals — are incorporated into magical belief and practice. People have welcomed animals into their magical practice throughout the ages, as well as specific animals and their folklore and legends.

· Moon Phases: Every full moon is surrounded by legends and lore of its own. Learn about the monthly full moons that emerge each year, and the magical correspondences for each.

· Elements: In modern-day Paganism, there is a good deal of focus on the four elements – earth, air, fire, and water. A few traditions of Wicca also include a fifth element, which is spirit or self. Each of the elements is associated with traits and meanings, as well as with directions on the compass. The following directional associations are for the Northern hemisphere; readers in the Southern hemisphere should use the opposite correspondences.

· Celtic Tree Calendar: A calendar with thirteen lunar divisions. Most contemporary Pagans use fixed dates for each “month”, rather than following the waxing and waning lunar cycle. If this was done, eventually the calendar would fall out of sync with the Gregorian year, because some calendar years have 12 full moons and others have 13. The modern tree calendar is based on a concept that each letter in the ancient Celtic alphabet corresponded to a tree.

· Metals: The use of metals as magical correspondences is hardly a new concept. Delve into any of the older occult books, and you might encounter references to the seven noble metals of the ancients or seven metals of antiquity. Alchemists assigned planetary correspondences to each of the metals they used.

· Feathers: Associated with the element of air, Feathers are used in spells and ceremonies to promote change. They are used as catalysts to help focus concentrations while caring out spells and wishes. In fact, if the smell of incense bothers you, or you are unable to smudge because you live with other people or you are traveling, you can replace the smoke with a feather to represent air. Like with candles, thread, and many other magickal ingredients: the color of a feather is one of the most important aspects.

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