The Book of Tides

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What is weather magick?


What is weather magick?
Since most precipitation is water-related, weather magick is considered a form of sea magick even those many common weather spells are focused on controlling the winds.

In earlier days, Sea Witches were expected to control the weather for seafarers so they could have a safe voyage. Even today an individual controlling the power of the winds can clear stagnation in his or her life, blow the person in a new direction, or even carry him or her forward to success. Responsibility is essential in weather magick, however.

The main thing about weather magick is that it's complicated. Weather magick involves tampering with nature, and nature is inherently chaotic. Before you start doing anything, you need to understand how the forces of nature interact so you can work with them. There are quite a few variables that need to be tracked before dashing off a quick rain spell. While it is possible to work against natural forces to change things to suit yourself, it is far more difficult than going with the flow. Effect change in the weather takes a lot of work and energy, not to mention that if you disrupt the current weather without considering all the variables, it will have unforeseen consequences. The right spell in the wrong place and at the wrong time can severely alter weather patterns for an entire region. What if one Witch wants rain for the garden while another wants a sunny day at the beach?

Let's say for example that there is a storm coming up but your whole family is coming over for a picnic. Would it be better to try to stop the storm in its tracks or to encourage it to go around the picnic? If you try to stop it, it could cause localized flooding at whatever spot it's at, which will do some major damage. If you nudge it around the picnic, well, it was heading that way anyway, so having it skip one small area isn't really going to hurt much.

Before trying any weather magick, consider about every possible consequence of tampering with the weather. Study your local weather patterns. The more you are trying to do, the greater the chances are that something will go wrong. Calling rain in the wrong place at the wrong time could be disastrous -- is that rain needed in an area of drought? Will that rain cause a flood if brought here?

Always work with Nature, not against Her.

Tools of weather magick

If you practice weather magick, you will quickly discover the need for certain essential tools. Feel free to consecrate them specifically for magickal purposes if they are to be used frequently.

Types of winds

The winds, blowing from each of the four directions, are each possessed of their own virtues. This makes the winds an excellent vessel for magickal energies.

Tip: Before performing any weather magick, consider which way the wind blows. For best results, add a weathervane or windsock to your yard. With a single glance it will be easy to determine the direction of the wind.

Weather omens

Easy Seaweed weather prediction

If you have it, seaweed can be used to predict the weather.

Begin by gathering a large piece and drying it thoroughly. Hang it outside once it is dry. To predict the weather in your area, check your seaweed:

Sailor’s Knot wind spell

Knot magick is commonly used in sea magick for certain types of weather magick. An old way to raise the winds (especially at sea) involves the use of a knotted cord.



Take a length of cording and make three knots in it. As you make the first knot, charge it to raise a gentle breeze. As you make the second knot, charge it to raise a good stiff wind. As you make the third knot, charge it to raise a hurricane. When needed, undo each knot.

Needless to say, the third knot should only be undone in emergencies.

Silver Coin wind charm

A simple spell involving the offering of a silver coin in exchange for favourable winds for travel. The idea here is that offering the coin will "buy" the favourable wind from those higher powers who control the weather.



To cast the spell, throw the silver coin into the nearest body of water while making a wish for fair winds.

Stormy Skies rain spell

Is there a drought in the area in which you leave? Is there anything you might be able to do about it? A simple rain spell might do the trick. However, this spell is not to be done lightly as you are likely to produce far more rain than you bargained for.



Go outside and set the bucket down on a level surface. Dip the mop into the bucket, making sure it gets thoroughly wet. Point the mop in each of the four directions, stating at each point why you need the rains to come. Then, put the umbrella up and run for cover.

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