Witch Tips--Shortcut: My Favorite Commanding Spell

Author: Quill ofQuillsOccultSupply / Labels: ,

Last week we talked about Licorice root and its powers of persuasion, and I promised to share with you a spell that uses it to impressive effect.  I think you'll be pleased with the pay-off of your patience.

What follows is my go-to spell for all those times when I need to change someone's mind, make them do things my way, give a gentle nudge in the right direction, or outright control their behavior.  Of all the formulas, spells, poppet rituals, and spoken charms I have to make these things happen, I use this little spell twice as much.  It's my own work so although I can't make you credit me (or can I?), it would be nice if you gave a nod to the source when sharing this spell or copying it to your BoS.


Simple Commanding Spell

Cut a piece of jute twine the length of your hand, measured from the heel of your palm to the tip of your longest finger.  Take this and a spoonful of Licorice root to a place where you feel strongly connected to the person you wish to influence.  When in doubt, stand outside your front door.

Take a moment to focus on the situation and your goals.  Pop the Licorice in your mouth and chew it well until it is completely broken down.  The sweetness of the root will make your mouth water--that's okay.  Don't swallow.

Now put the jute in your mouth with the Licorice and chew them together.  This works the root and its juices into the fibers of the cord, permeating it completely.  You might like to visualize your will permeating that of the target, making them malleable and soft as the root.

This bit is a little messy.  Pull the jute from your mouth and spit out the Licorice on the ground.  Straighten the cord so it's ready for knotting.  

Now think intently of what you want this person to do.  Make at one end of the cord the start of a knot while speaking over it a straightforward statement--in present tense--as though stating a fact about this person's required behavior.  Pull it tight to seal your words.   Repeat this two more times (making 3 total evenly-spaced knots) with either a single statement or 3 different but related statements for each knot.

For example, I wanted the boyfriend of a friend of mine to treat her better, so I did this spell using his name and making affirmations with the 3 knots, as: 

1.  "N.N. thinks loving thoughts about his girlfriend, N.N."
2.  "N.N. makes loving gestures towards his girlfriend, N.N."
3.  "N.N. says loving things to his girlfriend, N.N."

When you're done making the knots, ground the remaining energy that you didn't use and walk away.  You can either keep the cord or hide it somewhere that the target will come into contact with it.  

In the above example, I gave my friend the cord to put under his side of the mattress.  The next day, for no reason, he brought her flowers.  After that came a string of romantic overtures and public displays of affection such as I had never seen from him in the years we'd known each other.  As you can imagine, she was overjoyed!


So there's my favorite commanding spell.  Whatever you choose to do with it and upon whomever you choose to impart your influence, I hope you are overjoyed, too!  



Quick Link--Printable Magical Almanac

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Printable Magical Almanac


I am a firm advocate of always keeping an almanac handy for timing your spells and maintaining a magical schedule, but over the years I've met quite a few casters who simply cannot afford such a luxury.  Perhaps you are one of them, or maybe you don't have any local shops that sell almanacs, or you've never used one before and you don't even know if you'll use such a thing.  Well, then you will love this week's Quick Link offering!

Available as a PDF to store on your computer or mobile, to print in its full array, or to print modestly and conserve ink, and designed for either the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, this magical almanac is all you need to get started mapping the movements of the universe--the moon, houses, sunrises and sets, and holidays--as they progress through your year.  Once you've enjoyed the simplicity and helpfulness of your own almanac you'll certainly want one every year!

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My name is Quill and I've been practicing witchcraft for the past 17 years. 10 of those years I've been reading tarot and teaching.  I own a shop on Etsy called Quill's Occult Supply (check it out at QuillsOccultSupply.Etsy.com) full of handmade ritual and decorative items, spell components, and wild picked herbs.

I love to work with my hands.  Magic is a tool to shape our lives, and I'm using magic to shape tools to shape magic.  Cosmic! 

I use a lot of my favorite things in my shop: herbs, candles, wood, fabric, paint, clay.  And I get to carve, burn, grind, mold, think, dream ... I'm in the perfect business!

I've written 3 manuscripts for publication (2 non-fiction and 1 fiction) and am an avid NaNo-er!  I and my husband run a local coven called Orbis Prosapia, and our children are growing up surrounded by magic, mythology, fairy tales, Earth worship, art, open discussion, music, and humor. 

In addition to working on Ex Penna about my experiences as a professional witch, I also write for Scenes from the Circle about being a coven leader. 








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