Allisson writes: Hi, I'm 16 and I've only just got into magic. The problem is, I don't want to tell anyone because my parents would just think I was mad. I don't really get pocket money so I have trouble getting hold of certain books and ingredients to perform spells.
Are there any simple spells I can practice using basic household items to start me off? Thank you for any advice.
In general, there are many spells on this site which need nothing more than a piece of paper, a mirror or a bit of salt. Candles if they are a problem can be imaginary candles, as long as you treat it seriously, "evoke" the candle, light it and treat it in all ways as though it was a hard candle instead of a matrix construct.
Be inventive. Be intelligent. Be creative. USE YOUR MIND. Use your intuition. Build up your ability to visualise, and concentrate. Learn to take basic things like sand, a rock, plain water and CHARGE THEM with intention to become the tool you need.
A handful of rice crispies charged with the intention required for a spell or potion is a great deal more effective than some sort of super-exotic herb that is just chucked thoughtlessly into a pan "because the spell book says so" and that's a fact.
Magic is in essence all about will and intention. All the paraphernalia are only there to help THAT come into being, like training wheels on a bike. The truth is, you don't need anything for magic other than your own self.
Get started, do what you can and learn, that's the way to do it.