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Urban witch: Using city energy to supercharge your magic


Being an urban witch certainly has some drawbacks. Space can be hard to find and privacy even harder. In addition, you may be unable to burn candles or find a quiet place in nature for rituals. However, there are benefits to being an urban witch. In this article, we will look at one of those benefits – using the vibrant energy of the city to supercharge your magic and manifest your desires.

If you are an experienced urban witch, you will know that performing spells and rituals can be exhausting if you rely on your energy alone. That’s why we often use candles, crystals and herbs as well as calling on deities and energies to give our magic an energetic boost.

Well, cities are brimming with all sorts of energies, from quiet churches and gardens where we can commune with nature, to busy stations and coffee shops. As urban witches, we can tap into this energy and channel it into our magic. There are also city spirits and land spirits we can work with as urban witches.

In this article, we will look at how to channel the energy of the city into our spells and manifestations. But first, let’s take a look at some ways to cleanse and protect ourselves as urban witches.

Cleansing and protections for the urban witch

Most witches like to do regular cleansing and protection work as this can ensure our magic is clear and effective. For urban witches, this can be a confusing subject as we often can’t burn incense or light candles. Luckily there are lots of alternative ways to cleanse your environment and protect yourself ready for magical work.

Here are a few alternative ways to cleanse yourself and your space. This will help rid you of any negative energy and set the space for magical work. It will also create a calm environment to relax. If you already have your own ways of cleansing and protecting you can skip this section and move on to the section on working with city energies.


Cleansing is a vital practice for the urban witch as we often live closely with others. This means that the energy of other people or entities can bleed into our space and affect us spiritually and emotionally. regular cleansing will remove any negative energies that we have picked up from roommates, neighbours, fellow commuters and co-workers.

Cleanse with sound

You can ring a bell or windchimes, or use singing bowls. Alternatively, simply clap your hands to clear negative energy from your space. 

Cleanse with fresh air

Opening a window for a short time also cleanses your space.

Cleanse as you clean

You can incorporate spiritual cleansing with your regular cleaning and showering. You can use items such as moon water or essential oils or just your regular cleaners and body washes. Visualize yourself washing away any negative energy and watch it go down the drain.


Protecting yourself from negativity is especially important for the urban witch. Protection spells can help you not to be overwhelmed by the energy of a city, or soak up too much negativity. They can also be used to protect your home, friends and family from negative influences. You should redo these protections as often as you feel you need to.

Protect your home

You can protect the threshold of your house, flat or room by dipping your finger in salt water and drawing a line across the doorway.

Protect yourself 

Protect yourself by spending a few moments taking some deep breaths and then imagining a sphere or white light surrounding you, above and below and all around.

Make a protective amulet

You can also make a protective amulet with an item of jewellery or a crystal. This will shield you from negative energies while you are working as an urban witch either at home or out on the city streets. Of course, this amulet is not a substitute for keeping yourself safe in the city, so do take ordinary precautions to look after yourself while in the city, too.

  • First, cleanse the item by washing it in running water. 
  • Now in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed (even if that is the bathroom!) sit quietly for a few moments and concentrate on your breath. 
  • Next, rub the palms of your hands together briskly and then slowly pull them apart. You may feel a ball of energy between them. Pick up your talisman and hold it for a few moments feeling its energy as well as the energy in your hands. You can ask the elements of air, earth, fire and water to bless your amulet if you like, using whatever words feel right for you. 
  • Now think about what you want your amulet to do. How do you want it to protect you? Then spend a few moments focusing on feelings of safety and security.
  • You can say thank you to the elements if you wish

Now your protection amulet is charged and ready to use. You can wear it or carry it in a pocket or purse to provide protection wherever you go. At night, put it on your altar or on a windowsill in the light of the moon.

You can cleanse and recharge your amulet whenever you feel it is necessary.

Working with city energies

Now that you are cleansed and protected. It’s time to start using city energy to help you as an urban witch. Read through the following spell before you begin so that you can familiarize yourself with it and prepare anything you need.

Spell – Manifesting with urban energy

This spell will help you to manifest your desires using the energy of the city.

What you need

You won’t need anything to do this spell but you can, if you wish, take a crystal with you to charge its energy and bring it home with you to put on an altar or carry it with you.

If you are unable to get out for any reason you can do this spell by looking out of the window at city streets, or by looking at pictures or videos of your city.

What to do
  • Magic is about intention, so first think about what you want to manifest or create, whether that is a relationship, a tangible object, a situation, or a feeling.
  • Next, set out to find a place in your town or city with a vibe that matches the energy of your intention. For example, find a busy coffee shop full of entrepreneurs if you want to create your own business. If you are looking for love, pop into a romantic restaurant or hang out in the foyer of a cinema after a rom-com showing to tap into all that lovey-dovey energy.  
  • Find a place to stand or sit that won’t be in anyone’s way and take a few deep breaths. Now bring your intention to mind and hold it there, imagining the results you want to see. Some people can create a visual picture of what they want to desire down to every last detail. Not everyone finds this kind of visualisation easy, so it’s okay to simply feel the positive emotions associated with success in whatever is your desired outcome.
  • No, keeping your intention in mind, begin to tune in to the energy of the space and/or people around you. Imagine you are absorbing this energy and pouring it into your intention. Stay in this state until you get a sense that the manifestation is complete or for as long as you feel comfortable.
  • Once you have finished your manifestation, take a moment to ground yourself in reality. Imagine light flowing into the top of your head, down your spine, through your legs and then into the ground beneath your feet where the energy spreads out like the roots of a tree, grounding you to the earth below. Alternatively, have something to eat or drink.

Tapping into urban energy is a great resource for urban witches. If you love being an urban witch, check out my posts on working with city spirits and setting up an urban altar.

Eva May Baker
Eva May Baker
Hello, and welcome to The City Witch, your portal into the magical world that exists within the hustle and bustle of city life. My name is Eva Baker and I am an urban folk witch, author and your guide on this magical journey.


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