Folk magic is what happens when animist methods like ceremony, craft, altar work and working with spirit helpers are combined.

Folk magic can be very specific to the time period, location and people who are using it; it’s often shared between members of a tradition, and it’s commonly called witchcraft in European areas. It can be subtle or expansive, more or less structured, solitary or communal; it differs from the Occult traditions in it’s open, flexible, changing nature.

Folk magic is useful when:

  • We have been given a spiritual teaching to embody throughout our day.
  • We want to protect our boundaries, at home or abroad.
  • We need an anchor for our power, nature or inspiration to carry with us.
  • We want to affect a change in our lives, such as better health or changing a habit.
  • We want to honour a relationship with a deity, spirit helper, animal, plant, ancestor, place or person.
  • We are working on embodying or invoking a spirit helper’s magic.
  • We need creative inspiration.

Folk magic is the flexible conclusion of animist practices; when we put them together, we have a toolkit for dealing with any situation, and for solving any problem. It is founded on the fundamental tools of animism; ceremony, altar work, crafting, spirit communication, divination.

Once we are comfortable with these fundamental tools, we can play with them to create exactly what we need in our animist practice.

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