One Second Spells

One Second Spells

by Paige Curtin

“I don’t have time” “I’m too tired” “I missed the Full Moon/solstice/other significant event”… these are all things I’ve heard (from myself and others!) to explain a lapse in practice. And then that feels bad because magic makes us feel better, and then imposter syndrome sets in and pretty soon we arrive at “am I even really a witch” and then- I’m gonna stop you (me) right there.

Sometimes it can feel like spells only “count” if they’re a separate ritual from daily life, but when you’re a modern witch who has yet to master timeline manipulation you gotta take whatever opportunities are available! There’s plenty of magic you can do that only takes a sec. 

1. Light a candle

Lighting a candle is my favorite way to “activate” my space. It’s also one of the most powerful spells you can cast: you can choose a color that corresponds to your intention, think about it while you light the wick, and the flame will do the rest!

2. Add an essence

What witch doesn't love a potion? Adding a few drops of a gem essence to your morning coffee, evening glass of wine, bath, shower products, or even just straight up under your tongue is an easy way to elevate a simple task. I recently cleaned out my water bottle (uh, finally) and added a couple drops of Selenite to finish it off and boy did I feel accomplished (and cleansed!) 

3. Make an offering

Before taking a sip of water (which we should all be doing more often) raise your vessel and give a little cheers to the ancestors, spirits, whoever your practice is connected with. It’s a universal gesture that means “here’s to you”, a sentiment that is always appreciated and only takes a second. 

4. Adorn yourself

Hey, you’re getting dressed anyways, right? Putting on one intentional garment is enough to call in energy all day, even if that energy is “don’t you dare talk to me, stranger on the bus” (I’d recommend an all black ootd for that). Colors all have associations with planets and zodiac signs, and crystal jewelry can help keep your vibe aligned!

5. Notice an angel number

It’s a gift to glance at the clock and see repeating numbers- mini portals that opens every hour! Make a wish at 11:11, ring a bell at 2:22, send a quick “thinking of you” text at 3:33… you get the picture! Just take a moment to be mindful when the universe tells you to (or a whole minute, if you have time) 



The days of the week carry just as much energy and symbolism as the months of the year or the phases of the moon, and that can be helpful for witches who like to time their spells with the vibe of the moment!Inside you'll find practices, associations and allies for each day of the week to help you infuse every day with magic.