Week 38 – Spell Working

May 9, 2011 at 4:21 am (Uncategorized)

Spell Working

Magical composition that the caster’s will can use at her wish. Spellcraft holds great power and is like a wrench in that it’s something we can use for leverage. Must know what you’re about to do before doing anything. Keep records of success and failures. Choose goals wisely and take responsibility. Desire drives a spell providing much of the direction for your spell. Writing your own spell is the best because it reflects your needs and wants. Casting the spell yourself is also preferred because it is driven by your desires. You can ask someone to team up for group spells if you need their expertise.

First step: Identify desire. Example, new job. If you focus on money only, then the other conditions might not play out the way you want it to. Include as many conditions as you can to gain what it is that you really want. You need to know yourself well enough to be able to clearly identify what it is that you really want.

Second: Say what you mean. Magick lives in the will, but is moved with the words. Witches must be careful with spells because the meanings will be followed more precisely by the Universe. Saying something casually might undermine what your spell. The more honest you are and the more accurate you are will make the spell more powerful with a tighter focus. Positive expressions work better (Wind blow gently) than negative phrasings (Wind do no harm). The Universe does not understand negatives well. Say what you want, not what you don’t want. A spell needs precision and accuracy just like that of a computer program. Say what you mean and nothing you don’t mean. Everything will happen in the spell whether you want it to or not. Use phrases as safety nets to prevent for backlashes. Example, “At the end of the moon, if energy from this spell lingers outside its goal, it shall return to earth with harm to none.” “If it be for the good of all…,” “Give me what I ask for or equivalent or better.”

Casters use their will to affect reality. Spell refers to the words of the spell or the incantation.

3 parts of a spell:

  1. Verbal (Written or spoken words)
  2. Active (gestures and motions)
  3. Materials (supplies)

Most are complex interactions of the three parts.
Hard to write a good incantation without knowing what else is going on within the spell (action and materials). You can put those into the verbal portion.
Like a play: Incantation (dialogue), Action (stage directions), materials (props), caster (director)

Verbal parts of a spell define a spell’s purpose and direct its energy in a detailed and specific way. Must decide what kind of incantation you want. May have one verbal component with different incantations: Stone, herb, and rune in a spell bag.

Prose can be formal or informal. Poetry works with short or medium incantations. Write it so that you are not stumbling over your words, so practice it to make sure that it is smooth. Write out what you want in plain speech first, how you want it to happen. Make it so specific that it is reflecting truly what you wish. Check meanings of words with dictionaries. Add safety catch phrases to make sure that it has no harm. Look up correspondences for colors, moon phases, plants, days of the week. Change, healing, love, prosperity, success.

Communication
Deal in information: conversation, divination inspiration, and telepathy. Verbal component is important. Tarot is a divination tool that can emphasize what you want using specific cards.
Colors: Yellow and blues.
Stones: Azurite, celestite, sapphire, topaz, and turquoise.
Plants: Amber, honeysuckle, lemon, and spearmint.

Change
Personal growth, travel, transformation. Spans motion. Use gestures and actions. Work well with lunar magick.
Colors: indigo, magenta, and purple
Stones: Alexandrite, geodes of any kind, and moonstone
Plants: clove, myrrh, willow

Healing
Affects body and mind for health maintenance, longevity, recovery from illness, and tranquility. Balance different components. Poppets and herbs often used.
Colors: green, blue, and pink
Stones: amethyst, aventurine, celestite, malachite, rose quartz, and sodalite
Plants: Bay laurel, gardenia, honeysuckle, pajoulie, sage, thyme, witch hazel, and yarrow.

Love
Relate to matters of family, fertility, friendship, and romance. Include benevolent bindings and other sympathetic magick. Waxing or full moon
Colors: red, orange, and pink
Stones: agate, carnelian, diamond, geodes, lapis, rose quartz
Plants: clove, gardenia, nutmeg, orange, and rose

Protection
Passive or active. Concerned with banishing, binding, purification, and warding. Waning or dark moon
Colors: Black, white, red, and brown
Stones: Aquamarine, carnelian, diamond, garnet, hematite, onyx, and turquoise
Plants: Bay laurel, dragon’s blood, holly, rose, and yarrow

Success
Attractive spells. Courage, justice, luck, prosperity, security, and strength. Waxing or full moon.
Colors: Red, green, gold, and purple
Stones: Aventurine, blood stone, chrysoprase, jade, opal, and tiger’s eye
Plants: Bay laurel, cinnamon, clover, ginger

Composing the moving parts of a spell
Handling more than just words and need to attend to the actions and materials of the spell. when writing a complex composition, you can choose the order. Have a clear ending in mind lest you might get stuck. Write an outline first, then your incantation, however might limit the incantation. If you write the incantation first, then write everything around it. This strengthens the incantation, but you might not know what materials you’re using, which might then need to change the incantation. However, if you have a strong part of the spell that comes to you, try just starting there. Write it down right away so that you don’t lose the power that came with it.

General Steps for Writing a Spell

  1. Determine topic of your spell
  2. Choose a style that suits your topic and available resources
  3. Symbols and correspondences you want to use. Look in reference books for gestures, runes, stones, herbs, etc.
  4. Consider what things you find personally meaningful, can be more powerful than what books are saying. What works for you specifically is most important overall.
  5. Gradually, shape a beginning, middle, and end for your casting. Figure out where you want the incantations to go, when you want to perform the actions, and how you want to use the materials. Can do magick without a circle or altar, but they boost the power and should be used whenever possible. Putting up a circle – beginning, taking circle down – ending of the spell.
  6. Take it one step at a time.
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