Magical Correspondences in Witchcraft
Updated: February 12, 2023
Magic is enhanced and empowered by our environment. Many witches work with the energies of plants, animals, celestial events and the unseen, and the connections that are made between the energetic objects and their ritual magic are what many refer to as magickal correspondences.
As with all magic, feel free to make these your own. Take time to work with each element and object that interests you and draw your own correspondences to them.
These definitions are merely meant to give you a starting point to work from as you develop your own craft in a way that is deeply personal.
Herbs are one of the most common items on many altars. They are profoundly powerful and meaningful, because the come directly from mother earth.
There are too many herb and plant variations to count, so I think the best way to get to know herbs is to work with them personally.
Here is a list of 145+ correspondences to get you started.
Flowers are another very common altar item and we tend to work with them very often in our spells and rituals. They offer a unique energy that niceley accentuates our intentions for various magic.
As with herb varieties, flower varieties are seemingly limitless, so it may be best to start working with the ones that are already meaningful to you.
This list of flower correspondences will help you broaden you understanding as well.
The symbol for the earth has deep ties to mother earth, sustenence, the divine feminine and fertility and wealth. Use it to draw deep energy and power from these ideas in your rituals and to promote growth and life and to enhance the work of nature.
The crescent moon symbol is the sign of the moon, which is the obvious sign of the goddess. The crescent itself specifically represents the waning and waxing phases of the moon and can be used in moon magick rituals specific to those moon phases. Creative power is intensely rooted within this symbol.
The triple moon is a symbol of the divine feminine as maiden, mother, and crone, and represents the moon in its waxing, waning and full cycles.
The triple moon symbolises the aspects of female power in a way that is united, powerful, and mysterious.
The aether element (also called ether or spirit) is the element that represents space, balance and is universal and immaterial. It deeply connects all things in spirit and represents joy and well-being. Its direction is universal as is its masculine and feminine energy and it’s used commonly to create the pentacle as the outermost circle element.
The triple moon symbol is used in rituals as a powerful way to draw down the moon and to honor the divine feminine and womanhood. Alltogether, the triple moons represent the phases of the moon, as well as the mother, maiden and crone phases of the divine feminine.
The fire symbol is one that represents the direction of the south and can be used in magick for purification, new life and new beginnings. This symbol also represents masculine energy and destruction that creates new life and new opportunities for those who choose to use it in their craft.
The horned god symbol represents masculine energy and the embodiment of the lord of the forest and the invocation of the god himself. This symbol is often used in fertility rituals and to bring about masculine energy and strength.
HOW TO USE WITCHCRAFT SYMBOLS
These symbols won’t be worth much to you if you don’t know how to use them in your witchcraft.
Don’t stress if you don’t know how. Relax. Ponder their signifigance to you personally. Let their meaning reveal itself deep within you.
And from there, use these symbols practically in these ways:
Inscribe these symbols onto your ritual items with a knife or sharp pointed object. Candles, bark, tools and the earth itself are all wonderful places to inscribe these symbols upon.
Writing these symbols in ink is another useful way to invoke their power and bring them into your conscious world. Write them in your grimoire or sketch them onto parchment to use them in your daily practice.
Forming layouts of these symbols on your altar or within your circle is a really great way to use them in your craft. Crystals, candles, salt, tea leaves and the formation of your alter itself can all bring these symbols to life for you in ways that are deeply meaningful.