Real Spells for Real Witches : Love & Money Magic

The perception of witches as a negative force is a commonly held belief that has its roots in the Middle Ages. However, this portrayal is largely a product invented by the Christian Church. Throughout history, witches have been a part of our societies and references to witchcraft can be traced back as far as ancient Greece. 

In ancient times, witchcraft was widely practiced, and this is evident from the various references to it in myths and literature. Archaeological evidence has also shown that curses, love spells, and clay dolls were commonly used. In response to the widespread practice of witchcraft, laws were created to forbid it.

The rise of the Christian Church and the decline of paganism during the Middle Ages led to an increase in persecution against witches. Although pagan beliefs were blended into some Christian practices, witchcraft was still seen as a threat to the Church. Women were particularly targeted as they were perceived to be more vulnerable to evil forces due to their "weaker compositions." However, in truth, women were targeted for a variety of reasons.

The records of the witchcraft trials from this period provide a glimpse into the world of magic at the time. These historical references and archaeological findings allow us to learn about the real spells and rituals that witches of the past used in their practice. Some of these spells have been adapted for modern times, and although they may differ in their form, they are still based on ancient practices and beliefs.

Clay Balls and Money

There are two approaches here. The first spell deals with having money returned to you by someone who has stolen it. The second uses a similar method to create a money charm that can be used to draw in money.

To Have Money Returned to You from a Thief Spell

You will need the following:

  • Clay
  • Parchment paper and pen
  • A pot and water

Begin by writing out the name of each person you believe may have stolen from you. For each name, you will create a clay ball. Take the paper with the name written on it and place it in the center of the clay ball. Take your pot and water and bring it to a slow simmer. Drop the balls into the simmering water, and call out the names of each person. As you do this, turn up the heat until the water is boiling. Command them to return the money to you.

Create a Money Charm

You will need the following:

  • Clay
  • A small piece of parchment paper and pen
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Basil
  • Nutmeg powder
  • Magnetic Sand (optional)
  • Chamomile
  • Money Drawing Oil (Optional)

Write out your petition on a small piece of parchment paper. Then mix your herbal ingredients. Take your clay and take a pinch of the herbal blend and mix it into the clay. Then, place your petition into the center of the clay, and gently roll a small ball of clay. Anoint it with a few drops of Money Drawing Oil. Don’t overdo this. If you use too much oil, it can affect the drying time. When it completely dries, take your ball and carry it on you. Anoint it once a week with a drop of Money Drawing Oil.

A New Moon Prosperity Spell

Although this spell was initially intended for the planting of seeds for an abundant harvest, it can be easily adapted to any prosperity of abundance ritual. 

You will need:

  • 7 seeds of wheat, barley, or rice
  • 7 coins
  • A white handkerchief
  • A felt pen
  • To be done during a new moon.

Begin by writing your intention out on your handkerchief. Then, place your 7 coins and 7 seeds in the handkerchief.  Gently fold the handkerchief around the seeds and coins. Go outside during a new moon. Dig a small hole and place the handkerchief and its contents inside the hole.  Then recite the following:

“Sower peason and beans in the wane of the moon

Who soweth them sooner, he soweth too soon.

That they with the planet may rest and arise

And flourish, with bearing more plentiful wise”

With the handkerchief, seeds and coins inside, cover the hole with dirt. 

Love Spells 

A Love Spell From Spain

 You will need:

  • A small orange (this may also be done with a small figure made of wax)
  • 3 pins
  • A small piece of parchment paper.
  • A cast iron cauldron or a fire-safe pot of some kind
  • Materials to burn a small flame or fire.

Write the name of your love interest on a small piece of parchment paper. Cut one slice into the orange and insert the parchment paper with your target's name into the orange. Take three pins and pierce them through the center of the orange. Next, get a small fire burning. When ready, place the orange into the fire and state the following:

“Let name of target  heart burn with love for me just as this orange is burning now”

A Love Spell for A Man to Attract a Woman

 You will need the following:

  • An egg
  • Rosewater
  • Saffron
  • Dragon’s Blood Resin
  • Love & Attraction Oil
  • Cologne

Grind the saffron and dragon's blood into a fine powder. Add in a bit of rosewater to make ink. Use this ink to write the name your target onto the egg. Place it in a safe place to dry. While it is drying, recite the psalm of David (psalm 23) followed by the following (optional):

“sic ardeat cor meum in amore meo sicut ardet diabulus in inferno”

(the translation: so let my heart burn in my love, as the devil burns in hell)

When the egg is completely dry, anoint it with a drop or two of your cologne to the egg and bury it in your backyard or near your front door.

A 16th Century recipe for Witches Ointment

Although the actual instructions for making the ointment is not in the original text, you can easily discover a number of recipes for a basic salve in any good natural remedy book or on the internet. I prefer to use this blend for making a conjure oil. Known by many as the witch's flying ointment, it can be used for spells related to hexing, love & seduction, divination work, or astral projection. Please note that both Wolfbane & Hemlock are poisonous and should never be ingested. If you do choose to work with them, wear gloves as they can be irritating to the skin. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly and place them in a secure place where no children or pets will not come into contact with it. You would be better off replacing it with either QueensAnne’s Lace, tobacco, or mugwort.

Toxic Version

1 part Hemlock

1 part Wolfbane or Aconite

1 part crushed poplar leaves

1 part soot

Non-toxic Version

1 part Mugwort

1 part Cinquefoil

1 part Queen Anne’s Lace

1 part poplar leaves


Wedeweck, Harry. Treasury of Witchcraft. Philosophical Libr., 1961.

Tausiet María, and Susannah Howe. Urban Magic in Early Modern Spain Abracadabra Omnipotens. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Paynter, William H., and Jason Semmens. Cornish Witchcraft: The Confessions of a Westcountry Witch-Finder. Jason Semmens, 2016.

Milnes, Gerald. Signs, Cures & Witchery: German Appalachian Folklore. University of Tennessee Press, 2011.

Wilde, Lady, et al. Irish Cures, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions. Sterling Pub. Co., 1991.

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