Balancing the Magical and Mundane

I was browsing through my Encyclopedia of 1001 Spells for an interview spell, and I realized that that book has a spell for every situation I could imagine. And that’s just in one book! For every situation, every problem we could face, there’s a spell to help. But should we be looking for a spell for literally everything when there’s a perfectly simple, albeit mundane, solution?

witch doing a spell in the woods

Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of living and breathing my craft to the point where I have a spell for everything and every moment of my live is filled with magic, but at some point I think it’d become exhausting. Magic still takes effort and time to perform. Yes, we all have little spells for luck, glamours, etc. that have become a part of out regular routines, but there is still a lot of our days that we approach non-magically because it’s just easier.

Not only that, but I think it’s important that we don’t get too caught up in the idea that magic can do everything for us and solve all of our problems. Magic is an aid, not a solution. It’s important to take the mundane steps to solve your problems, as well as use magic to help it along…

Hanging ivy in your home for protection, but still lock your doors. Light a green candle to bring in money, but still apply for jobs and actively look for work. Most importantly, use your magical herbal remedies to promote health, but still go to the damn doctor! For those of us who work with deities, it’s a good idea to remember one simple idea: the gods won’t help those who won’t help themselves. Use the mundane and magical together.

Story Time…

burning insence

When I was a baby witch in high school, I was also in a pretty bad relationship. I wanted out, but I still cared about him and didn’t want to hurt him. So, instead of just sucking it up and dealing with the initial pain of breaking up with him, I tried to do a break up spell on us. The idea was to get him to break up with me because I was too scared to do it myself.

I found a few ideas for breaking up abusive relationship spells, and compiled bits of them together to make a spell that I thought aould work for my relationship. I honestly think the spell worked, but, of course, not how I had intended it to…

I felt more and more just how much I wanted out of the relationship, and I resented him for hanging on so tightly. Our fighting increased, along with my displeasure with the whole relationship. Despite all of that, I still couldn’t bring myself to break up with him. I was still afraid if how hard it would be and how much it would hurt both of us.

Long story short, the relationship lasted way longer than it should have because refused to just approach it with a mundane solution and opted for a magical one. I thought it would make it easier, but it only prolonged the inevitable. Finally, I did some growing up and realized that the only solution was to communicate and end things with words rather than magic.

Sometimes dealing with a situation non-magically is harder and takes a little more effort in the beginning, but relying solely on magic won’t do enough to solve the problem. Looking back on it now, I could have used a spell for emotional strength to help me suck it up and break up with him myself. That could have helped save a lot of pain and heartbreak, but without that experience, I wouldn’t have learned the very important lesson of balancing the magical and mundane in my life.

This week, I want to hear from you. Where do you find magic tends to occupy your life, and where do you choose to keep the mundane solutions in the forefront? Do you try to involve magic in everything you do, or keep it a little more balanced?