Understanding spellwork.

The use of a spell is meant to 1) change the ‘inner landscape’ to prepare you for going after your intent and 2) to direct the conducive energy that will draw your intent to you, or ‘clear the path’ for you to reach it.

The way one designs and executes a spell can vary greatly, but the underlying principles are the same. I like to think of it like buildings—all over the world there are buildings with completely different designs. No matter what they look like outwardly – tall or short, brick or steel, ornate or simple — they all have to adhere to basic engineering principles for a sturdy frame and foundation to hold them up. Likewise, a much about the way one designs and executes a spell can vary. A lot depends on the Witch’s methods, religion, philosophies, preferred tools and components, etc. but underneath there is a common framework and foundation that is what actually makes it hold up.

Because of the very nature of Magick, each working should be highly individualized and personal. Even if following a traditional spell, it should be tailored to your specific needs to be most effective for you. Understanding the basics of Spell Construction will enable you to formulate your own specific, effective spells for any purpose you desire.

Preliminary planning is necessary. The very first step is to decide precisely what your desired end result is to be. Before you can start, you must decide where you are going. You must be very explicit.

It is important, also, that you choose your time carefully. You should take into consideration all Astrological implications, energy currents and Moon phases.

The Moon is the astronomical body closest to us and, therefore, has a profound influence upon us, it is very important to choose a time when the Moon is in an astrological sign which is appropriate for your 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, Capricorn/Authority — Ambitious, Aquarius/Innovation — Social, Pisces/Sensitivity — Idealistic.

The highest energy occurs at the Full Moon and, therefore, this is the most powerful time for magickal workings. The New Moon is the next most powerful time for Magick.

Remember to plan your project for a time of uninterrupted privacy. It is important that you have no distractions. Generally speaking, it is best to work as late at night as possible. A time when there is less frantic energy is most appropriate. You might consider Midnight or later.

In choosing a place to do your magickal working pay particular attention to your needs, for you must be comfortable. Your place should be private, quiet and secure. If at all possible, set aside a special place for this purpose only. An unused room, a special corner of your bedroom, a quiet, secluded spot in your garden. A place that is yours. A place that you can come to whenever need arises and that is as free from intrusion of others as possible.

There are essentially five essential parts to casting spells.

Personal (the spell is cast on you, or someone close to you with your permission, rather than others who aren’t actively cooperating). Specific (no “wish” spells or “just make life better” spells – think about your actual needs. This is no time to be ambiguous). Focused (if you can’t say what you want in a few words, you’re not focused enough). Positive (always strive for positive goals— never use negative language like not, won’t or can’t. For example, instead of a spell to not be lonely, cast a spell to find a friend or romantic interest). Broken down into small goals when your overall goal is complex (just think about how many steps or how many changes it would take to achieve your intent; do a specific spell for each one of those rather than one big spell to try to change everything at once).

1.Find, or write, a spell. Review it, tweak it and familiarize yourself with it well. You don’t have to memorize it (you can if you want), but you should really be familiar with the steps and what you have to say so it flows naturally.

2.Determine  the timing if you wish to work with magical timing.

3. Gather materials and supplies. Make a list; check it twice.

4.Prepare your space. Clean the area, cleanse and purify it if you feel the need. Set up your tools and supplies.

5.Prepare yourself. On the day leading up to the spell you may want to eat light or fast, meditate and center yourself, take a cleansing bath or purify yourself in some way.

 

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