There are many ways to add extra power and strength to our spells and enchantments. Magickal knowledge has been passed down through thru the ages to help us do this. What many witches and other magickal folk refer to as “correspondences” are various colors, objects, scents, deities, oils, tarot cards, herbs, crystals or anything else that symbolizes our intended magickal outcome. I like to think of these items as arrows directed at a target. This process of using symbols is sometimes called “sympathetic magick”. In other words, these items have a sympathetic link to the desired goal. It is speculated that the theory of sympathetic magick was first developed in the late 1800’s by Richard Andree, as explained by Sir James George Frazer in his book, The Golden Bough. Frazer writes:
“If we analyze the principles of thought on which magic is based, they will probably be found to resolve themselves into two: first, that like produces like, or that an effect resembles its cause; and, second, that things which have once been in contact with each other continue to act on each other at a distance after the physical contact has been severed. The former principle may be called the Law of Similarity, the latter the Law of Contact or Contagion. From the first of these principles, namely the Law of Similarity, the magician infers that he can produce any effect he desires merely by imitating it: from the second he infers that whatever he does to a material object will affect equally the person with whom the object was once in contact, whether it formed part of his body or not”.
Where the traditional correspondences we use today came from is a matter of debate. I believe they are culled from many ancient sources, including Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy, originally published in 1531. This is certainly where our ‘Planetary Hours’ came from, as I happen to own a copy of the Three Books, which contains a Planetary Hours chart.
So what does all this mean to you as a magickal practitioner? What it means is that there many tools at your disposal that you can use to add energy to your spells. The study of correspondences and sympathetic magick could literally take volumes, and a website all to itself, so for now we will focus on what are known as “Daily Correspondences”.
Each day of the week contains it’s own special magick and specific correspondences. Tapping into these energies when casting your spells will ensure greater success of your desired outcome. These correspondences have been used for so long because they work. While it is also true that some correspondences can be individualized or changed (as some of them can mean different things to different people), we must take care not to stray too far away from a system that has worked for so long, for so many. It is the “momentum of the past”, as Raven Grimassi writes, and I love this description. When you use the color Red on a Friday for love, you are connecting to the same flow of energy used by all other magickal practitioners of past and present who are also using Red on a Friday for love. That is a lot of energy to call upon!
Here are some of the traditional correspondences for each day of the week. There are many more that can be included in each category, but I will list just a few. I am not including the deities here, since I work with the same deities on a regular basis, and I’m not fond of calling on deities randomly just because it’s their day of the week. At the end of this article, I have listed other resources for further study.
MONDAY (DAY OF THE MOON)
Colors: White, Silver
Herbs, Flowers and Plants: Moonflower, Jasmine, Irish Moss, Myrrh, Sandalwood.
Crystals: Moonstone, Pearl, Clear Quartz
Oils: Myrrh, Sandalwood, Gardenia, Jasmine
Incense:Myrrh, Sandalwood, Jasmine
Tarot: The Moon
Other: Mirrors, white sand, white cotton clothing, water, divination tools (crystal balls, tarot decks, runes, pendulums).
Magick: To increase one’s intuitive and psychic skills, meditation and visualization, divination, astral projection, path working, journey work, spirit guide contact.
TUESDAY (TYR’S DAY)
Colors: Red, Black
Herbs, Flowers and Plants: Dragons Blood, Red Clover, Holly, Damiana, Cinnamon
Crystals: Red Jasper, Carnelian, Black Onyx, Black Tourmaline, Jet,
Oils: Dragons Blood, Ginger, Cinnamon, Holly, Musk
Incense: Dragons Blood, Pine, Musk
Tarot: The Hierophant
Other: dragons, fire, male symbol, masculine/male images, phoenix, blackthorn wood
Magick: bravery, strength of will, character, courage, resolving disagreements, manhood/male spirituality, male bonding, assertiveness, persistence
WEDNESDAY (WODEN’S DAY)
Colors: Yellow, Orange
Herbs, Flowers and Plants: Lavender, Lemon Grass, Mint, Clover, Horehound
Crystals:Tree Agate, Fuchsite, Opal, Goldstone, Rainbow Moonstone
Oils:Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Amber
Tarot: Ace of Wands
Incense:Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Mulberry
Other: parchment paper, phrenology head, sigils, numerology, throat chakra symbol, quills, pens, ink, writing instruments, tools used in creative endeavors
Magick: Communication, travel, expressing ideas, creativity, self-confidence, writing, singing, acting, painting, drawing, artwork
THURSDAY (THOR’S DAY)
Colors: Greens and Browns
Herbs, Flowers and Plants: Cinquefoil, Hyssop, Sage, Oak Moss, Patchouli
Crystals: Aventurine, Tree Agate, Emerald
Oils: Oak Moss, Patchouli, Clove, Sage
Incense: Sage, Patchouli
Tarot: 4 of Pentacles
Other: Money, coins, photos of necessary material needs (home, vehicle, job), Thor’s Hammer, Runes, Norse symbols, drinking horn
Magick: Success, prosperity, employment, money, finances, images or symbols of trees, green man, stag, Cernunnos, antlers
FRIDAY (FREYA’S DAY)
Colors: Reds and Pinks
Herbs, Flowers and Plants:Rose, Rose Petals, Rose Hips, Lavender, Dittany, Magnolia, Apple, Willow, Daffodil
Crystals: Rose Quartz, Diamond, Pearl
Oils: Hyacinth, Rose (Pure essential rose oil is very expensive), Lilac, Vanilla
Incense: Rose Musk, Jasmine, Lotus
Tarot: The Lovers
Other: Hearts, photos of loved ones, red ribbon, red candle holders, the female/venus symbol, red sand
Magick: Love, romance, sex, intimacy, relationships, friendship, family, restoring broken relationships, eroticism (both gay and straight), hearth and home, nurturing
SATURDAY (DAY OF SATURN)
Colors: Black, Deep Maroon, Dark Purple
Herbs, Flowers and Plants: Belladonna, Hellebore, Wolf’s Bane, Datura, Yew (Note: These are highly poisonous and must be with used with caution). Non-poisonous substitutes are Comfrey, Elm, Pansy and Solomon’s Seal.
Crystals: Hematite, Black Tourmaline, Hypersthene and Onyx.
Oils: Ylang Ylang, Myrrh, Patchouli, Clove
Incense: Dragons Blood, Copal, Amber
Tarot: The Chariot
Other: X symbol, equal armed cross, broken twigs, shards of glass, iron nails, knotted twine
Magick: Protection, binding, banishing, removing harmful influences, confrontation, removing obstacles, issues of a threatening nature, deflecting harm
SUNDAY (DAY OF THE SUN)
Colors: Yellow, Bright Orange, Gold, Bright Red
Herbs, Flowers and Plants: Heliotrope, Sunflower, Pumpkin, Marigold, St. John’s Wort
Crystals: Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Clear Quartz
Oils: Heliotrope, Frankincense, Sweet Orange, Amber, Mistletoe
Incense: Frankincense, Sage, Juniper
Tarot: The Sun
Other: yellow flower petals, images of the Sun, deity images, yellow sand, pumpkin powder
Magick: Deity communication, seeking divine wisdom, enlightenment, spirituality, divinity, learning, chakra work, healing, bringing something hidden to light
These are some of the traditional magickal associations for each day of the week. So, what if you’d like to do magick for prosperity, but you don’t want to wait until Thursday? You could use the strength of Mars on a Tuesday, or remove those financial obstacles on a Saturday. If you can’t wait for the perfect day, just use whatever energies are present when you need them.
For further studies about magickal correspondences, I recommend:
*The Complete Magician’s Tables, by Stephen Skinner
*The Magician’s Companion, by Bill Whitcomb
*Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences, by Sandra Kynes
*Book of Witchery, by Ellen Dugan