Authors: Michael Furie
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About the Author
Michael Furie (Northern California) has been a practicing
Witch for over fourteen years. He began studying witch-
craft at age twelve and at the age of seventeen officially took the oaths of the Craft. An American Witch, he practices in the Irish tradition and is a priest of the Cailleach.
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creating Spells, Brews, Potions & Powders
from Everyday ingredients
Supermarket Magic: Creating Spells, Brews, Potions & Powders from Everyday
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Section 1: Shopping and the Witch
Introduction / 3
Section 2: Magical Fundamentals
Chapter 2: Magical Basics / 19
Chapter 3: Magical Ethics / 43
Section 3: Supermarket Spell Book
Chapter 4: Clearing (and Cleansing) / 61
Chapter 5: Harmony / 79
Chapter 6: Healing / 93
Chapter 7: Love, Lust and Beauty Magic / 121
Chapter 8: Luck / 147
Chapter 9: Money / 159
Chapter 10: Protection / 173
Chapter 11: Psychic Ability and Divination / 187
Chapter 12: Sabbats and Esbats / 197
Chapter 13: Miscellany / 261
Bibliography and Suggested Reading / 267
without a squeaky, wobbly wheel) and walk into the
grocery store with only one thing on my mind; magic!
I know that sounds like a silly notion, but it really isn’t.
A grocery store is a great place to find a wide variety of ingredients for powerful spells! Herbs, spices, oils, foods, and drinks are all gathered in one easily accessible place; no searching out expensive, odd ingredients in various
occult shops or traipsing through the woods desperately
trying to find the correct root, herb or fungus! You have
literally thousands of magical ingredients at your disposal without any of the hassles of trying to obtain them individually from various sources. Much has been written
in the past about herb magic and some things have been
written about food magic, but precious little has been
written about how to work powerful magic with ingredi-
ents exclusively from the supermarket.
Magic; in order to continue to be relevant in our
lives, must evolve and grow as we do and also, as our cul-
ture grows, changes, and expands. The supermarket then;
being our modern marketplace and (almost) apothecary,
offers us a fantastic and ample supply of items to use in
magic, to the exclusion of difficult to obtain and exotic
ingredients. No longer should anyone feel forced to sift
through endless mail-order, internet and catalog sources
searching for just the right herb or oil when such a wealth of magical supplies exists so close to our own homes. The
possibilities are practically limitless.
I spent some time toying with what to call this book.
Some other possible name ideas were, “I can’t find weird
ingredients, HELP!” or “I live with people and I don’t
want them to know I do magic” or “I can’t afford all the
fancy stuff, help!” Any of these names would be appropri-
ate for this book because it covers a wide variety of in-
gredients, ideas, and spells that you can perform at home
after a quick trip to your local supermarket to pick up
all the necessary items. These spells are modern and will
require no complex preparation or ingredients, nor will
there be any grand, overly involved rituals needed.
I prefer a simple approach in all that I do. Witchcraft
is drawn from the magic of the common folk; not the
wealthy aristocracy. Most witches of the past were never
able to afford brass hanging censers, copper pentacle plat-
ing with that spirit, we should use what we have available to us; a large variety of herbs, oils, candles, and foods at our local markets. Not that the fancy or expensive tools
and ingredients are bad; far from it, it’s just that they are sometimes difficult to find and of course they
expensive. When I was first starting out, I used a kitchen knife as an athame and pretty much only worked with herbs,
oils and candles I could buy at the supermarket. I lived in a small town where exotic herbs were impossible to get
and there weren’t any occult supply stores within at least fifty miles, so except for the few herbs I was able to get mail-order, the local grocery store was my witch shop. A
handmade wax pentacle, a chalice I was lucky to find at a
thrift store, my kitchen athame, a stick for a wand, a clay cauldron-shaped pot my mother gave me and ingredients from the supermarket made up my entire collection
of witch supplies and they worked very well. To this day,
oregano is my favorite magical herb.
If you are already an experienced witch or magical
practitioner, I hope this book will add to your practice,
but even if you have never cast a spell, chapters 2 and
3 focus on explaining all the basics of magic and spell
casting, making it a complete volume of both theory and
practice. This book will be broken down by intention and
for each magical intention several options will be given.
This type of magic could be described as kitchen witch-
ery since it is a rather “use what is available and what
works” approach to casting spells. While it is worthwhile
to invest your time in the acquisition of specific ingredients and definitely worth the trouble of making candles
or performing full scale rituals, it is not always possible to do so. In that case we need simple, effective spells that can be used whenever needed.
When I was a kid, I loved to go shopping. Of course,
when you are a child, things often seem a lot more
adventurous than they really are. As an adult, grocery
shopping is usually a weekly two to three hour ordeal for
me; having to stop at four different stores to gather all the essentials. As a witch, being around large groups of people can be a bit of an emotional minefield; all those people,
most of whom are hurriedly searching for their needed
items, just fills me with anxiety. I have made the mistake of going to a supermarket on the day before Thanksgiving
8 Chapter 1
twice in my life and it has become a goal of mine to never, ever do that again. That crowd was just unbearable!
Despite some flaws such as crowds or narrow aisles,
the supermarket can be a wonderful treasure trove of
magical ingredients. They have herbs, candles, oils, food
and drink, things like cheesecloth which can be used
for charm bags and they sometimes even have incense
sticks or oil diffusers which bring added magical atmo-
sphere. Properly prepared, a witch can have a calm, pleas-
ant shopping trip and load up on all sorts of magical es-
sentials. Granted, some stores are larger than others and
to get all the ingredients for a spell may take more than
one stop, but none of the spells included here contain any overly-exotic or rare ingredients. Of course, if you live
near one of those mega markets, everything will probably
be right there.
The first time I walked into one of those gigantic,
warehouse-type supermarkets I was genuinely awe-
struck; I could not believe how many different products
were all brought together in one place. Granted, the place was about the size of a football field and they were loading crates of food onto the shelves using an actual forklift, but it was still all in one building. Personally, I feel that the rise of the mega warehouse supermarket is a mixed
blessing. While it is wonderful to be able to buy such an
incredible variety of food in one place, having to work our way through over a hundred people just to get a bag of
potatoes, a box of cereal and some yogurt is a huge draw-
For Better or Worse: Navigating the Supermarket 9
back. Luckily, there are still smaller “mom and pop” mar-