How to Cast a Legit Happiness Spell on Yourself, Explained by a Real-Life Witch


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Long before modern medicine existed, it was common practice for people to look to spiritual guides to remedy their ailments, both physical and mental. Pagan witches, despite their nefarious reputations, were a particularly powerful source of healing. "For as long as we know, witches have been healers, midwives, and spiritual forces in their communities," explains Skye Alexander, a practicing witch for more than 20 years and the author of 13 books about witchcraft, including The Modern Guide to Witchcraft and The Modern Witchcraft Spell Book (from which three of the following spells were excerpted). "They understood … how to use herbal remedies to aid everything from a broken bone to a broken heart. … Following a Wiccan path helps us connect with our own power, which can ease depression and anxiety."

Of course, you don't have to be a full-on Pagan to benefit from alternative rituals or "spells." Just take it from Reshena Johnson, an integrated energy therapy practitioner known as The Homegirl Healer in Washington, D.C. "When you think about ritual, it is very spiritual, but it is also very orderly," she says. "When the steps of a ritual are provided to you, it allows you to focus your energy and thinking. This … can give you a reprieve from the thoughts and emotions that can trap us." Certainly, balance is important, and seeking help from a traditional doctor for mental health concerns is sometimes very necessary. Even witches know that. Their point is not to do away with contemporary medicine—instead, it's to encourage us to approach our mental health with a sense of mindfulness and self-possession. "While the science of modern medicine is an important part of managing things like depression, anxiety, and mood disorders, nature's medicine fortifies our healing process," Johnson explains. "Our current knowledge of spiritual healing is simply a modernized version of what our ancestors knew all along: Nature heals."

With that in mind, we consulted our trio of witches to put together this list of mood-boosting spells. From mind-clearing baths to energizing crystal therapy, here are six magical rituals to make you a very happy witch.