Casting a spell is about focus, intent, and energy. While there is nothing wrong with borrowing a good spell, the ones that pack a punch are those that are written by the caster. This article helps you to prepare to write your own spells and then afterward document them (at least I would.) As it is helpful later to see what worked for you best and what didn’t.
Spells do not have to be complicated but, it is helpful to understand the energy in your body when it comes to casting. Imagine a water hose with a lot of holes poked into the sides. If the water is draining out all over the place it is difficult for the water to develop pressure. This is the way I think of how energy is directed; it needs focus. Some things you may research in addition to planning your spells are the following. I’ll be writing future articles in these topics as well.
- Experiencing personal energy (this is your energy)
- Developing awareness of your flow. (there is a projective and a receptive flow)
- Connecting with other energy sources. (elemental energy, divine energy etc.)
- Drawing up and projecting energy (channeling the energy into your body, raising it and projecting it while focusing on the goal of the working)
Writing and Designing Spells
Spells do not have to rhyme though I do enjoy the way that they flow when they happen to. It also has helped me to memorize them over time. Spells do not have to be overly complex and require mysterious ingredients. What you use in a spell is relevant because symbols have real power in the mind and because natural items such as shells and herbs carry energies of their own. When you become adept at the energy work aspect of spells, you’ll discover that you won’t need items at all. However, I enjoy working with “things,” the colors, symbols, and tools appeal to my inner child. You should know your intention prior to casting a spell. If you are unsure of your motivations and the purpose of the spell a lot of energy will be misdirected. It is important to set clear goals but not to over limit yourself. For example, if I desire to own a vehicle for my transportation needs but limit it to a Corvette only, it may take much more time to manifest (setting up your own blocks in this case.) Visualize the end result and don’t worry about all the details. This was my challenge when I first started to practice magic. I found myself bantering over the tiniest details and attempting to imagine how each thing would unfold. Over analysis can be the death of a good working.
Consider what kind of magic will use. There are various kinds of magic and though we will not be discussing them here, some of them include knot (cord), candle, petition (paper), elemental, herbal magic, art as magic, and combination magic (using multiple techniques such as stuffing a candle with charged herbs. Ask yourself questions (Will this spell take more than one day? Will I need a place to keep spell remnants? Decide upon the timing of your spell. While not everyone plans their spells per the phases of the moon, I’ve found it very helpful. Is it necessary -no. But, I’ll add that attuning my own work to natural forces has been personally enlightening.
As you gather the items for your working, keep in mind what each item is for. When I first began, it helped to tell the item as I picked it up what their purpose would be in the work. I’ve referred to this before as “gathering with intent.” After all your items are gathered and your space is prepared, take a few deep breaths. You might have a special ritual prepared around beginning a spell (such as lighting a candle, clearing the energetic space with a broom or sage, tossing salt or casting circle.) This will differ from practitioner to practitioner. It is important to note that over time, you will develop your own special rituals around your work. Though being spontaneous has its high points, I’ve found great power in the personal rituals that have unfolded with time and remained relatively constant. Now, there are multiple methods to magic, you may read about some of these in the Green Witch series by Ann Moura. She discusses various methods: sympathetic, directive, transference, and comparative. I primarily use directive as a method which requires that personal energy is raised during the spell casting process. For the spell, you are “raising” the energy both from your body and the energy that you draw in from around you. To raise the energy, first, hold the goal in mind, then use one of the many various techniques to raise energy (drumming, dancing, chanting, humming, progressive tensing of the muscles in the body…) At the end of your spell casting, remember to ground out any excess energy that you did not use. This is important if you do not ground, it is likely that you will experience symptoms that are much like withdrawing from caffeine (tiredness, headaches, feeling the need to take a nap…just “zapped.”)
For the last fourteen years, I’ve documented my work as a practitioner. I wish there were words that explained how useful documenting spell work, results, meditations, and experiences has been in my personal growth (especially in retrospect.) Whether you are a planner or your spells just pop in your head spontaneously, try to jot them down and record the results. Be excited to try new things prior to judging them. Most importantly, let your personal experience dictate your work.