Symbolism and Likeness
– Symbolism: When one thing is used in place of another
– likeness: when one thing or idea bares a likeness to or resemblance of another thing or idea.
In imitative magic you create a symbol of the thing you want, and/or the person your trying to effect. This works as a place holder. The more that symbol resembles the person/idea/thing your aiming for, the more effective it will be. You then ritually demonstration through action and/or incantation what you wish to happen with that person/thing/idea. Colors, herbs, crystals and similar correspondences are all useful in increasing the resemblance the symbol bares to the thing it represents. A likeness can take forms both literal and abstract. But as long as the meanings are clear to the ritual participants everything should work fine.