Creating and Casting Your Own Spells
Creating and Casting Your Own Spells
"As you weave and spin your spell, Three fold return the tale will tell."
Magic spells spring from the observation and consideration of an Earthly paradox. Earth is beautiful and brimming with power and potential. Yet individual existence is often harsh, miserable and limited. There are no guarantees that the forces of the universe will meet or coincide with your needs and desires. Life is not fair. Knowledge of magic, however, is unrestricted – all you have to do is acquire it.
Magic encourages and rewards creativity, curiosity and persistence. To wield magic power, you must possess desire and awareness, as well as knowledge, wisdom and will. Magic is not for the passive – it is employed by those who are unwilling to submit meekly to their destiny or fate.
Magic recognizes that the Earth is full of gifts, that anyone can access Earth’s energy and that there is abundance enough for everyone. In fact, magic power is constantly being generated, and the energy that each individual produces affects and may be drawn upon by others.
Below are a few guidelines to get started.
Know the Intent or Purpose
Preliminary planning is necessary with spells. What is it you are trying to accomplish? Heal an illness? Increase your concentration? Bring love into your life? Sell a house? Celebrate a Sabbat? Before beginning any magickal working, you should have a firm grasp on what outcome you are seeking, and be very explicit. Remember that it is the nature of things that as you send something out it gains momentum, so that by the time it comes back to you, it is three times stronger.
Meditation is a great practice to aid in sharpening your intention and focus. Magick is the manipulation of energy. A thought is a form of energy, and a visualization is an even stronger form. Your visualization can be a method used to intensify and direct your will.
Do not scatter your energy by attempting to do more than one Magickal working at a time.
The most effective spells will have a channel for energy to travel. Consider how channels work in two different scenarios. Imagine two different people cast spells for money.
Hilda casts her spell and provides herself with several channels. She applies for a promotion at work, and she works her butt off to be a stellar employee and get noticed. She writes people who’ve owed her money from the past and asks them to pay her back, in whole or part, if they are able. She puts some garage sale items she found up for sale on EBay. Hilda is creating very strong channels for her energy to take, so that it remains strong and focused.
Henry, on the other hand, doesn’t bother with a channel. He casts his spell, then just goes on with life as usual. No one owes him money. He’s just getting by at work, he’s not applying for better jobs or for a second job. He’s not even applying for loans. In what way does Henry expect this money he wanted to come to him? Did he think a package was going to fall out of the sky into his lap? Even if his spell was performed perfectly, that energy he sent out has no channel, it’s simply going to weaken and eventually disperse.
Some Possible Channels for Magic Spells
Apply for promotions/new jobs, apply for loans or grants, start a new business, put items up for sale
Join an online dating website, go out to more to places you enjoy, work on looking your best and most attractive self, ask friends to set you up on dates, book a single’s cruise
Go to the doctor regularly, follow suggested treatment plans, take good care of yourself (body, mind, and spirit), pay attention to your diet & exercise, seek out and use alternative healers in conjunction with conventional medicine
Don’t speed on the highway, get a security alarm, follow safety regulations and recommendations for your activities, take self-defense, choose unique passwords for each website you have an account for
In choosing a place to do your Magickal working pay particular attention to your needs, for you must be comfortable. It is important that you have no distractions. Your place should be private, quiet, secure, and as free from intrusion of others as possible. If possible, set aside a place for this purpose only. An unused guest room, a corner of your bedroom, or a quiet, secluded spot in your garden can be good choices.
Generally speaking, it is best to work late at night. A time when there is less frantic energy is most appropriate. You might consider Midnight or later.
Choosing your Tools
Prior to the night of your Magickal working, gather together all the things that you will need. If correctly made and used, they can trigger primitive responses from deep within you. They should be chosen with care.
As you consider the purpose of your ritual, choose your tools accordingly. If your Magick is to be sexual, your candles, oils, incenses and so forth should bring forth a sexual response. If the desired result of your Magick is Tranquility, then the tools should make you feel calm, and peaceful.
Know the Best Time to Work the Spell
It is important that you choose your time carefully. You should take into consideration Astrological implications, energy currents and Moon phases.
The Moon is the astronomical body closest to us and, therefore, has a profound influence upon us. Witches often prefer to choose a time when the Moon is in an astrological sign which is appropriate for their working. For example:
- Aries/Action - Enthusiasm
- Taurus/ Renewal -Sensuality
- Gemini/Communication -Curiosity
- Cancer/Emotion - Nurturing
- Leo/Vitality -Determined
- Virgo/Organizing -Studious
- Libra/Balance - Cooperation
- Scorpio/Sexual -Philosophical
- Sagittarius/ Strength - Humor
- Capricorn/Authority - Ambitious
- Aquarius/Innovation- Social
- Pisces/Sensitivity - Idealistic.
Keep in mind that Magickal workings for gain, increase, or bringing things to you, should be initiated when the Moon is Waxing (from New to Full). When the Moon is Waning (from Full to Dark), is the time for workings of decrease or sending away.
The highest energy occurs at the Full Moon, which is the most powerful time for Magickal workings. The New Moon is the next most powerful time for Magick.
Whenever possible, follow natures energy currents. There is a natural time for starting things (a planting time), for maturing things (a growing time), for reaping things (a harvest time) and, of course, a time for rest and planning.
Following these currents will make your Magickal work much easier.
Color can be important to spells, so learn what colors assist in what types of magic. Learn a little about herbalism; which herbs can be used for what magickal purposes. Learn about image magick and how it works. Learn about elemental magick; which elements can be used for what types of magick.
Basic Working Spell Outline
We all have different ways and routines when doing spells and rituals. Below is a basic guideline suggested by many practitioners that you may find helpful if you feel that following a structured routine will work well for you, or if you aren't sure where to start and need a guideline. These are not set in stone and can be changed to suit your needs.
First choose a time that is optimal for your intent. Choose an aspect of the Divine, if you wish. Decide how you wish to raise energy (ie: dance, chanting, drumming, etc.) Choose how to cast and close the circle.
Cleanse Yourself and your Magickal Space
Cleansing yourself can be done with a ritual bath, shower, or swim. Generally water is involved, but how you interpret the cleanse is up to you.
Most often a Ritual Bath is the preferred method, utilizing candlelight, fragrant herbs, bath salts or sensuous oils. A sumptuous hot bath, and appropriate lighting, can create a soothing effect which will help in the very important step of relaxing and clearing the mind of the mundane thoughts and experiences of the day. Some meditation, or deep breathing can assist in this as well.
Cleansing your space can be done with your Magickal broom or with incense or burning herbs (don't forget the corners of the room if you are using smudge sticks!)
Cast the Circle
Starting at the North side of the room, point your finger or wand as you say the following, while imagining white light energy streaming forth from your finger, creating a circle around you:
I cast this circle to create a sacred space.
No unwanted energies can enter this space.
The circle is now cast! So let it be!
By the time you've walked three time around the circle, you should be finished saying that.
You may also choose to sprinkle salt or water on the ground around you or in the four corners.
Invocation of the Divine
Invoke the Dieties by asking them to join you for your magical workings.
"God and Goddess, I ask that you join me here to assist with my magical workings."
Statement of Purpose
This is simply to tell the Divine why you have called them to the circle, and what you are trying to accomplish.
Raise energy, through chanting, drumming, singing or however you have chosen.
Direct or channel this energy by using candles, herbs, stones or other correspondences you have found to fit your needs. Ground your energy when you have completed the working.
If you are able to do something restorative to your energy after your spells, it is recommended. Taking a nap, eating a small piece of food, or drinking a little wine can help regenerate your energy.
Closing the Circle
Starting from the West, walk counterclockwise around the circle three times as you say:
"The circle is open, but never broken.
So let it be!
Merry meet and merry part,
and merry meet again!"
Respect the Effects of Magic
If you do magic, it can truly change things, and you must respect this. You have the power to change things, and can have a major effect on people and their lives. With this power comes great responsibility – to other people, animals, the Earth and to yourself.
If you achieve unwanted results try again and troubleshoot where you went wrong. Common errors may be lack of concentration, lack of belief, unrelated tools, etc if you know what you need to work on then you can learn how to get better. Pretty soon your power will grow and you will be doing amazing spells!