Magic Words

Magic Words March 20, 2018

Adapted and reprinted with permission from Weiser Books, an imprint of Red Wheel/Weiser, Madame Pamita’s Magical Tarot by Madame Pamita is available wherever books and ebooks are sold or directly from the publisher at or 800-423-7087.

One of the most powerful spiritual disciplines that you can incorporate into your life is the practice of saying affirmations. Affirmations are positive power words that we can say to ourselves to rewire our brains, making us magical receptors for good things. This isn’t something new. Our word “spell” comes from the Proto-Germanic word spellan, which means to tell. Spells are words. Words create magic. Magic is the act of shifting reality through our will. Therefore, magic spells are words that create our reality.

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Words can shift thoughts and beliefs in the direction that we intentionally want them to flow, and that flow allows good things to come to us.

Your thoughts create your beliefs and your beliefs are infinitely powerful. Imagine someone who thinks that they can’t get into college, who believes that they’ll never get a degree. Now, what is the likelihood that they graduate with a bachelor’s degree? The chances are virtually nil. Because their negative thought was repeated over and over again until it became a belief, it’s very unlikely that they would even apply to college, let alone see it through to graduation. As a result, the belief ultimately created the reality.

The same applies to all of us, from the smallest things to the biggest. The thought is the seed of the result. So, one of the best things that we can do for ourselves is to plant the seeds of the results that we wish to see. That’s where affirmations come in. We can use affirmations to disrupt negative thought patterns and rewire our brain to create positive beliefs that then bring amazing outcomes.

The basics for working with tarot affirmations are simple and you’ll find powerful affirmations for each of the tarot cards right in this book. Beneath the definition for each card, you’ll find “Magic Words,” a suggested affirmation associated with the energy of that card.

One of the ways that you can begin working with these affirmations is to choose a card at random. Find the affirmation listed under the definition of the card, then look at the card and speak the affirmation out loud to yourself several times. Saying it over and over again increases the new neuron connections that you create in your brain.

Vanilla Ice Cream, photo from Max Pixel. CC 1.0 License.

But that’s like a scoop of vanilla ice cream. There are so many ways you can add sprinkles, nuts, cherries, and sauces to your affirmation. Add on some of these extras to supercharge your affirmation, give it power to manifest extra quickly, and just plain have more fun with it.

Tarot affirmation options:

• Instead of choosing a card at random, choose one based on something you wish to manifest.

• Instead of repeating the affirmation listed in this book, make up your own.

• Speak the affirmation out loud while looking at yourself in the mirror.

• Make copies of the card and place them where you’ll see them throughout the day. When you see one, let it be a reminder to repeat the affirmation several times out loud.

• Set an alarm on your phone with the affirmation as the note on the alarm to remind yourself to repeat it throughout the day.

• Take a photo of the card with your phone and place it on your phone’s background to remind you of your affirmation every time you pick up your phone.

• Get a trusted person to speak the affirmation to you.

• Start a special Tarot Affirmation Journal—write down the name of the card and then write down some affirmations and intentions of what you wish to manifest based on the card.

Making Magic with the Tarot

Affirmations alone are powerful but there are ways to build on that power. Remember when I said that magic is the act of bending reality to our will? A really adept magician can manifest with thought alone, but most of us need help. That’s where magical tools come in.

A ritual using a magical tool has the power to focus our thoughts. Think of it like a magnifying glass focusing sunlight into a spot hot enough to set paper on fire. By going through the activity of ritual and using tools that support our outcome, we add power to our thoughts.

The tarot is naturally one of those tools. If you have a deck that you use for readings, then I recommend buying a second deck that you use just for magic or making copies of the cards and using those copies for your spells.

Here are some ways that you can use a tarot card in a spell:

Carry the card with you.

Choose a card that reflects what you would like to manifest and carry it in your pocket or purse—or put it in your shoe.

Place it on an altar.

Set up an altar on a small table in your home or workplace. Place a cloth on the table then arrange a candle, a flower in a vase, and shells, stones, or other talismans in a pleasing way. Choose cards that represent your wishes, dreams, and desires and place them on the altar.

Use it to charge and bless another magical item.

Choose a card that represents your intention and place an item that you wish to charge with that energy on top of the card. The item can be anything, but most people choose things that they can carry such as gemstones, jewelry, feathers, money, flowers, or coins.

Use it to bless your food or drink in a special magical way.

Select a card to represent what you want, then place food such as fruit, vegetables, chocolate, candies, or nuts on top of the card to charge and bless them with the energy of the card. Alternatively, you can place a card over the top of a cup or glass filled with water, coffee, tea, alcohol, or hot chocolate to turn it into a magic potion.

Use it as a meditation focal point.

Set the card of your choice where you can focus on it while meditating. Or look closely at the card, then close your eyes and visualize it in your mind’s eye.

Leave in a special place.

You can place a card in a hidden place to imbue that spot with the energy of the card. For example, you could put a love card or a card for healing between your mattress and boxspring or place a card for safety under the seat of your car. You can also secretly hide these cards in public places, such as putting a card representing a promotion in your workplace, or leaving a social justice card in a government building. Likewise, you can place a card in a visible place, such as a prosperity card placed on display in a business with the intent of drawing more customers.

Give it to someone.

You can openly give someone a card with an intent such a healing or love, or secretly slip it into their pocket while they leave their coat unattended.

Place on the body.

You can place a card on a chakra or body part for imbuing that particular point with the energy of the card, such as for healing or empowering.

Use it for dream work.

You can use a card for dream work, either to invite helpful dreams or to do the work in dreamtime, by placing it under your pillow before you go to sleep.

Use it as a petition paper.

A petition paper is a paper on which you write your wishes or intentions. They can be elaborate with words or symbols written in a specific way or as simple as just writing the word or phrase of what you want to bring in or eliminate. A petition written on a tarot card can be placed underneath a candle in a holder, carried in your wallet, or used in any of the other ways mentioned above.


Madame Pamita is a professional tarot reader/scholar and rootworker. She is the owner of Madame Pamita’s Parlour of Wonders, an old-time spiritualist’s shop in Los Angeles, where she offers tarot readings in her salon, teaches classes in tarot and magic, and creates spiritual-magical tools for transforming lives.

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