• Crystals are always appropriate, especially in natural stone. All colors are welcome. Give diamonds if you must, but we like cracks and rough edges.

• Help her groom her familiar. Brushing fur is a great act of love. Even greater: If you are very brave and very, very in love, trim its claws.

• Witches adore antique mourning jewelry, especially when it holds tokens from the long-departed loved one. Victorian hairwork weaves this world together with the next, with your witch’s heart in the center of the web.

• Plant a pansy (in French, a pensée) to show him he’s in your thoughts.
Extra love for a black one.

• If you’re feeling creative, paint, photograph, or embroider your witch a personal set of tarot cards. You might be tempted to depict the two of you as the Lovers, but it could be an even more profound declaration to scatter your witch’s portrait among all the major arcana. Even the Fool and the Hanged Man have positive meanings— as long as you don’t present them upside down.

• Black lace is a classic gift, representing the veil between ordinary humans and the spirit world. If your witch prefers solids, think silk chiffon or velvet.

• Witches never get tired of books. Whatever their specialty may be, there is a book to please your witch. You know they’ll love a fat tome about spell casting or a slim volume on poisons, but have you thought of a novel? Witches are rich in imagination, and fiction helps them stretch their powers into other times, other minds.

• There’s nothing wrong with a hug or a kiss either. A loving touch is always magical.

• So is a handwritten letter. Let the ink be your heart’s blood, dripping emotion
onto the page. It’s your own incantation and charm.

• It may sound old-fashioned, but the blood of an enemy is appropriate for any occasion. What will she do with it? Maybe you don’t want to know everything about your witch yet.


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Susann Cokal is the author of four novels, including the award-winning Kingdom of Little Wounds and her latest, Mermaid Moon, in which a mermaid goes ashore to find her mother, only to fall into the clutches of a witch who wants to harvest her magic. Cokal also writes short fiction and essays about oddities, and she lives in a haunted farmhouse with cats, peacocks, spouse, and unseen beings who bump in the night. “I’ve always suspected there was more to mermaids than the shipwrecks and love stories that lead them to land,” she says. “I’m glad I had the chance to figure them out in these changing times—both in the novel and here among the creatures of Enchanted Living.”