↳ HOW TO; Portray a witch.
So this was requested, and it actually took me a long time which I apologize for. Let me start off by saying that I am in no way an expert, I do not practice witchcraft myself so the only knowledge I’ve got it what I’ve read online/seen on documentaries. So if I get anything wrong, or if I ramble I apologize.
So first of all, let’s start off by defining what a witch is. The actual definition of the word witch is, “one that is credited with usually malignant supernatural powers; especially : a woman practicing usually black witchcraft often with the aid of a devil or familiar.” And that’s pretty much it. A witch is just a person who is able to tap into magic and use it for their own purposes. They can be good, evil, or totally neutral. They can wear pointy hats and have warts on their noses. Or, if you’re in The Coven, they look completely normal.
Now the rest of this guide is gonna be separated into a few parts, each dealing with a certain aspect of playing a witch. The parts are spells, potions, tools, chants & how they differ from spells, herbs + spices + incense, and a full list of sites to help you along the way. So let’s get started!
Spells are, in a nutshell, spoken words that have magical results. They can be used for thousands of different purposes. They can summon things, curse people, even kill. Every spell has a purpose, which is normally stated in the spell itself. Now normally, for The Coven we use spells written in Latin. What we do is we just say a few words and pop it into Google Translate. Of course, the words probably aren’t accurate. But they’re enough for roleplay purposes. Now trying to figure out how to word a spell can be difficult.
You can choose to say a single word to make something happen. For instance to make an object levitate, a person would focus on said object and say “subvolo” while a witch could say “ignis” and make something burst into flames. Though one worded spells can go horribly wrong if the witch is new at it or if they lose focus even for a second. Instead of having a paper catch fire, they could catch themselves or someone else on fire.
Sometimes it’s easier to say a complete sentence and just translate it into Latin. Say something like, “Chartam hanc comburet.” That translates to “Make this paper burn.” By saying a complete sentence and focusing on the paper, accidents are much less likely to happen.
Spells can also be said in English. Though generally I think it’s more..witchy to say it in a different language. If you don’t want to use Latin I suggest using a languages that are/were mainly spoken in countries that have a strong mystical/magical background or history.
Some spells can be very powerful. Generally speaking, every spells drains a bit of a witch’s energy. Some more than others. Usually spells dealing with death, life, healing, or time travel drain a lot more energy than any other spell. They can even kill a witch if the spell is too powerful. Or it can leave them in a coma. But it will depend on how powerful the witch’s magic is whether or not she can handle a spell of that power.
Potions are basically spells in liquid form. There’s a potion to do just about anything. They are normally brewed in something like a pot/cauldron and involve a lot of different ingredients. Normally people just drink a potion, or slip it to someone else to drink. But they can also be injected like a shot or poured over something. Some potions can even explode if shaken, which is good when you need to protect yourself.
There are literally billions of different potion recipes that could be plausible. Really when I’m making up a potions recipe all I do is take a few different herbs/liquids/whatever that all have the same purpose and I put them together. For example, if I was making a healing potion I’d put a lot of herbs in it that are used for healing. (Though herbs can also just be ground up and rubbed on a wound/on the skin to heal.) Want to make a potions recipe but you’ve got no clue what herbs to use? Look here.
There are a bunch of tools that a witch can use. What is listed below are just what I know of, though there are definitely more than just this.
► CHANTS & HOW THEY DIFFER FROM SPELLS;
Chants, though very similar to spells, are different. They only serve a purpose to the person chanting. Someone would do a chant to calm themselves before a job interview, to let go of their anger, or to clear their mind. But in reality the chants hold no magic. Even regular ol’ humans can chant, and often do. Things like “I can do this” or anything similar are often chanted mentally. Basically all a chant is is just a pep talk that you repeat a lot.
► HERBS, SPICES, AND INCENSE;
Herbs and spices are often used for healing or in potions. Many plants have healing properties, and so they are often used in healing potions or balms. Though there are countless other things herbs can do as well. While incense is burned and can be used to purify things, to calm a person, or to help mentally and emotionally prepare a witch when casting a spell.
► SITES THAT CAN HELP YOU FAR BETTER THAN I CAN;
So that is basically it. I hope this helped even a little bit, and if anyone has any questions feel free to come ask me! I’ll try to answer them if I can. Please reblog or like this if it helped you!