When creating a magical potion, one could argue that there are unlimited possibilities for ingredients. This is true, but when the word "magic" comes into play, I would then argue that there are four main ingredients that, while not able to be physically placed within a bottle, are what carry the most power in a magical blend.
The word "magic" is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as, "A mode of rationality or way of thinking that looks to invisible forces to influence events, effect change in material conditions, or present the illusion of change." When creating a magic potion, the main reason for this magical brew is to influence change. The word "potion," as defined by Oxford Languages is, "A liquid with healing, magical, or poisonous properties." Here we see the word "magic" in this definition. So, in order to create a "magic potion," there will always be the ingredient of invisible or unseen forces. Below I examine those four magical, unseen ingredients.
I have personally been creating magic potions for many years, and I have found that the key to determining the first ingredient (or ingredients) into the bottle is that of intention. There is no way to create a magic potion without an intention—otherwise it would not be magic. The first questions you must ask yourself are, "Why am I creating this potion? What is my intention behind the blend?" Stating your intention sets the foundation for the blend. Asking yourself the question, "What am I wanting to create, call in, or embrace in my life?" will help you to determine the intention behind the potion. Do you want to call in abundance? Are you wanting a specific job or a new home? Do you want to create through writing or art? Maybe, you want to become a tarot reader and need to take the next step forward, but you can't seem to get past fear, anxiety, and insecurity. Step number one is to write down what you want—your intention.
Let's use the scenario of an individual who wants to become a professional tarot reader. Their intention may be, "I want to become a professional tarot reader and build up a solid clientele." First, we must change the statement to a positive affirmation, something like, "I am a professional tarot reader with a solid clientele." Here is our intention behind the blend. Now, what is stopping you from stepping into this role? Perpahs it is fear or self-doubt? Choosing a keyword or keywords will be your next step forward. In order to shift the words of "fear" and "self-doubt" into a positive state, I would replace them with their antonyms, "courage" and "confidence." Through the statement of your intention, you have created a foundation for the blend and you have now come up with your first two ingredients for the blend. The first two ingredients are courage and confidence.
Now that you have the words courage and confidence as the first ingredients into your magic potion bottle, the next ingredient that you must place energetically into the bottle is trust. This is a key ingredient for the magic to work. You must have faith and believe that your intention is becoming a reality. Placing your trust in the bottle allows for you to be open to receive. As you trust in the process and allow the magic to work, opportunities and synchronicities will often present themselves to you. You will also want to remember that magic does not always present itself in the manner you think it should. This is where being open to receive is important. Pay attention to what presents itself to you and be willing to say yes and step outside of the box. You must move out of your comfort zone a bit in order to step into new beginnings. Welcome the innocence into your life. Now that you have confidence, courage, and trust, you will be more open to step into those situations that offer the opportunity for growth and forward movement. Because of these keywords (courage, confidence, and trust), you will be more inclined to take that next step towards your intended goal.
Gratitude is the next ingredient. Being grateful for what you are about to receive and placing that gratitude energetically into the bottle prior to receiving it is magic in itself. It is truly amazing what one thought, prayer, or word can create. Allow yourself to feel grateful for your life, for the opportunities that are on their way to you, and for all the magic that surrounds you. Now, energetically place your gratitude into the bottle as well as stating it out loud for the Universe, Spirit, God, Goddess, or Deity of your choice to hear and receive.
4. Elemental Energy
Now that you have courage, confidence, trust, and gratitude energetically placed in your bottle, there is one more energy upon which to call and ask for assistance in creating your potion. This is the elemental ingredient; which of the four elements (earth, water, fire, and air) can best support your intention? This can be determined by your first ingredients in the bottle. Look at the words that were chosen as the first ingredients. In our above example, we chose courage and confidence. These two words are supported by the fire element. By studying the four elements and their properties, we can easily determine the energy we wish or need to call in for support. Let's take a look at each elemental energy and their characteristics. This will help you to make a clear choice.
Now that you have the power of your chosen elemental energy with you, you can now research and find your physical ingredients, such as, herbs, essential oils, stones, and carrier oils.
The power of the elemental energy is the key to your blend, so finding the final ingredients for your blend is based off of the elemental energy. This is where the power of research is key. There are many magical books out there to help you to discover which herbs, essential oils, stones, and carrier oils to use based off of the elemental energy with which you have chosen to work. Here is where I offer up some of my favorite books for research in this manner. Of course, number one on my list is my new book The Tarot Apothecary: Shifting Personal Energies Using Tarot, Aromatherapy, and Simple Everyday Rituals. In my book, not only do I give you several resources and correspondences for essential oils, herbs, stones, and teas that relate to the elements, I offer the knowledge of the tarot as an archetypal tool for your advancement, and I have a chapter or two that will teach you how to blend your potion successfully through several techniques in blending. Choosing to work with a tarot archetype gives physical form and character to emulate the qualities that you wish to embrace through the potion. You can choose whichever tarot archetype that relates to the elemental energy you wish to embrace and therefore enhance the magic of the potion. Some of my other favorite books are Mixing Essential Oils for Magic by Sandra Kynes and Magical Aromatherapy by Scott Cunningham.
So, as you can see, there is a lot of power in a magical potion. Creating your potion in this manner, of selecting the non-tangible ingredients first, will give foundation to your potion as well as to create a container of positive and powerful reinforcement for your movement forward. Magic is the power to shift energies and create change. There is magic all around us, and we as individuals have the ability to shift our energies by embracing and manifesting the change we wish to see in our lives. Creating a magical potion with the key ingredients of intention, trust, gratitude, and the power of the elements will only be of benefit to your goal.
Working with the power of the scent three times per day, whether you are inhaling or wearing the scent, will reinforce your intention through creating a daily reminder of where you are going and what you are creating in your life. In a sense, you are creating a new memory with this scent that automatically calls in your powers of courage and confidence each time you work with your potion. You have created magic, and through this magic comes power and the changes you wish to embrace in your life.