In Your Hands You Hold an Enchanted Guidebook. . . .
Welcome, magical one. Are you wondering how to cast magic spells? Would you like to be a witch? Well, you already are one if you wish to be.
A witch is someone with special abilities. You do not necessarily need to possess the power to make objects fly or to read minds, though. It is your essential qualities—the elements of who you are—that are magical and can be used in witchcraft if you believe they are powerful. Your kindness, for example, or your intelligence. You are a witch if you feel somehow different or special, and believe that within your uniqueness lies your power.
In centuries past, witches have been those who differed from the norm. They have been nature worshipers, alchemists, healers, quirky artists, cat lovers, and practitioners of magic. Witches can be of any gender, and come from different backgrounds from all over the world. Now it is your time to celebrate your own unique magic and be whatever type of witch you want to be. It is equally powerful to cast spells wearing a black hat and a cloak, or a pink dress, or baggy jeans and a T-shirt.
This book will help you see the magic inside yourself, and will give you tools and knowledge for using the magical powers you already possess within your head and heart. Believe in yourself, because you are more powerful than you might know. If you believe it to be true, so it is!
Love and Kindness Potion
This is a gentle spell to be performed with a family member you love. Make sure an adult is present when using the stove.
1 medium pot
2 cups [480 millilitres] milk or alternate non-dairy beverage
2 pinches cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 stirring spoon
In the pot over medium heat, bring the milk to a low boil. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer, stirring regularly. While mixing, think of the person you’re making the potion with. Take turns stirring, and say,
“I love you more than all the ______ in the world.”
Try to make them laugh. Share one or two of your favorite memories with them. Picture them now as happy as they could possibly be. When you’re ready, pour the potion into two mugs. Savor slowly and feel your love grow stronger with every sip.
Butterfly Bubble-Blowing Spell
When you’re feeling nervous or excited about something important, sometimes it’s easy to forget to breathe. Luckily, there are fun ways to help you remember, and to help you send good vibes out into the world. Blowing bubbles can be a great way to release any negative feelings you might be experiencing.
A bubble wand and bubble solution (see page 44 or Below)
This spell is best performed the day before something important or exciting. If you feel like your stomach is filling up with fluttering butterflies, you can release them into beautiful bubbles, and then set them free.
Sit outside with your materials and take a few deep breaths. Imagine that any nervousness you feel in your body is a group of beautiful butterflies that are trapped inside you and longing to get out. They aren’t going to hurt you, but you’d be happier without them trapped inside, and they’d feel better if they were set free. Sometimes a butterfly needs a special motivation to leave your body, like a shiny bubble gleaming with rainbow colors. Recite this incantation before you blow your first bubble:
Blow the bubble, and as it grows, imagine the first butterfly inside you that cannot resist the bubble’s beauty. Picture that butterfly slipping out of your body and into the bubble. Watch as the bubble gets carried off into the sky, and notice if your belly feels any different. Once the bubble pops, the butterfly is finally free.
Continue blowing bubbles until all of the butterflies are gone. Once you’ve released them all, blow one more bubble as a wish to make your dreams come true.
How to Make Your Own Bubble Wand
Did you know you can use a bubble wand like a magic wand? With just a few simple ingredients, you can make your own to use at home on a sunny day.
1 cup [240 millilitres] warm water
A bowl or dish big enough to hold more than 1 cup [240 millilitres] of water
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons dish soap
A pinch baking soda
2 pipe cleaners
Pour the warm water into the bowl, add the sugar, and stir. When the sugar is dissolved, add the dish soap, and stir again. Finally, add the baking soda, stir for 1 minute, and then let it sit.
Bend one pipe cleaner into a circle, and make sure the ends attach. Then wrap only the very end of the second pipe cleaner to the circle, so that most of it sticks out long like a handle.
Take your wand and bowl of bubble solution outside. Dip the circular end of the bubble wand into the solution, and then blow gently through the ring to create a bubble.
*The Little Witch’s Book of Spells by Ariel Kusby, illustrated by Olga Baumert, is excerpted with permission from Chronicle Books © 2020, and is available where books are sold.