HOW TO CAST A HAPPINESS SPELL ON YOURSELF,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
Witchcraft Spell Book . “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.
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.
Sage is often the go-to herb for smudging because it works to clear out old, stagnant energy. But it’s so powerful that
it also clears out positive energy too, so after smudging, you’ll need to replenish the space with good vibes, using .
materials like palo santo or sweetgrass. According to Dr. Sanam Hafeez, there is specific preliminary support for the use
of sage in that of mood and memory. “A 2005 study showed that common sage improved memory and cognition