When doing magical workings, many people find it easier to structure their rituals or spells based upon magical correspondences — the concept that everything has a signature, of sorts, that connects it to symbols and meanings. For example, if you wanted to do a working related to money, correspondences might include the colors green and gold, as well as herbs such as basil and pennyroyal, and stones like emerald and lodestone.
To truly be effective with magic, however, you should learn to find magical correspondences all around you. One exercise we did here on the website was the Magical Mondays series, in which readers were given an ordinary item and asked to come up with magical uses for it. This encouraged folks to think outside the box, and see the magical in the most mundane things. Look at it this way – our ancient ancestors didn’t have catalogs or websites to shop from. They had to create and harness magic using simply what they already owned and what they could gather, nothing else.
Let’s take a lesson from them, and consider some magical correspondences of the things you might find around your home.
Feathers, fans, incense
Scales, batteries, weights, magnets
Flowers, seashells, birds, the moon, dolls, cosmetics
Teddy bears, toys, peanut butter and jelly
Coins, dirt, salt
Doors, business cards, corporate logos, dolls dressed in career-wear, beehive or bees
Baskets, cups, bowls, cauldrons, eggs, baby dolls, baby clothes or shoes, lunar associations
Wallet, purse, coins, dollar signs
Candles, lighters, stoves or ovens, fireplaces, dragons
Dice, playing cards, game tokens or poker chips
Reiki symbols and other energy work symbols, candles, medical supplies
The moon, mirrors, doors and windows
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Hearts, roses, harps and other string instruments, apples, seashells
Dog biscuits, pet supplies like a bowl or collar
Iron nails, fences, gates or walls, arrows, rope or chain, dragons, sweet gum balls
Pillows, sheep, doll beds, moons and stars
Acorns, arrows, shields, swords, heraldry, eagles or other predatory birds
Cups, bowls, seashells, sinks or bathtubs, rain boots
Owls, eyeglasses, serpents
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