The Art Of Spell Casting
project your will and intention into the universe to create change
you desire. Some spells involve the use of natural ingredients
such as crystals, herbs and incense as well as objects such as
photographs, signitures or anything that has been in contact with
the person you wish to influence or the changes you wish to
happen( ex, you go for job interview and get hold of an object of
the interviewer and then do a spell to secure the job with the
object). These items for some are an intergral part of spell
casting, as they serve to connect the willpower of the magickian
with the energy of the Universe. However the most fundemental
catalyst for a successful spell is thought, just pure thought and
projecting that thought into energy.
Magick is based on the idea that the events that take place in the
physical( mundane world) are just one aspect of reality, that is
what we perceive with our five senses are simpley the external
manifestations of deeper processes at work.
The human mind has many levels of awareness: On a conscious level
it takes things at face value and discerns meaning and on an
unconscious level it is capablof of picking up on people's thought
and transmitting them to others.
Recent advances in quantum physics have shown that thoughts are
energy and like electrical impulses they jump. Your thoughts are
affecting the people around you as well as shaping your life( the
power belongs to you). Most of the time people don't attempt to
control their thoughts, they jump from issue to issue , subject to
subject in a rapid way which makes most people's lives seem
Spells allow you to concentrate, and direct your thought energy
toward a specific goal and purpose. When your intention is clear
and your thoughts are charged with passion and determination you
instantly ascend to a level of awareness where you can create for
yourself whatever it is you desire. This level of awareness is
known as the universal energy field a domain where the unconcsious
minds and mental processess of all human beings are linked. By
tapping in the universal energy field when you cast a spell, it
influences a person's thought process on an unconscious level and
affects their behaviour accordingly. We only use a dime's worth of
our brain, we naturally can project thought without candles,
incense ect.... However it is harder done then said. Our brain is
capable of transmitting our thoughts and feelings therefore
influencing our desire and will.
The Art Of Casting
ďA spell is a symbolic act done in an altered state of
consciousness in order to cause a desired change."
To cast a spell is to project energy through a symbol. It is
important to note that the energy is what is key, not the symbol;
too often, the symbols are mistaken for the agent that casts the
spell. While props are useful at times, it is the mind that works
Correspondences between colors, planets, metals, numbers, plants
and minerals, and musical notes make up a great deal of magical
lore, and particular objects, shapes, colors, scents, and images
do work better than others to embody certain ideas. The most
powerful spells are often improvised from materials that feel
right or that simply happen to come to hand, however.
Theory of Spellcasting
Spells are an important aspect of magical
training. They require the use of the combined faculties of
relaxation, visualization, concentration and projection. The
casting of spells provides practice in coordinating these skills
and developing them further.
Spells are extremely sophisticated psychological tools that have
subtle, but important, effects on a person's inner growth.
Spells may highlight otherwise hidden complexes of the person
casting the spell. A person who has conflicts about success will
find great difficulty in concentrating on a money spell, for
example. Many times the practical results of a spell are far less
important than the psychological insights that arise during the
magical work, for discovering our inner blocks and fears is the
first step in overcoming them. Spells also go one step further
than most forms of psychotherapy, in that they allow us not only
to listen to and interpret the unconscious, but also to speak to
it in the language it understands.
Symbols, images, and objects used in spells communicate directly
with Younger Self, who is the guardian of our emotions and who is
barely affected by the intellect. We often understand our feelings
and behavior but find ourselves unable to change them, but through
spells, we can attain the most important power - the power to
change our lives as we wish them to be.
Spellcasting also forces us to come to terms with the material
world.Many people attracted to the spiritual path of the Craft
find themselves uneasy with using magic for practical or material
goals. Somehow it seems wrong to work magic for oneself, to want
things and to get things. This is an attitude which is a holdover
of the Judeo-Christian world view that sees spirit and matter as
separate and that identifies matter with evil and corruption.
In the Craft, flesh, the material world, none of what is commonly
thought of as matter is separate from spirit. The universe is made
up of the Goddess- God or deity of one's choise who is manifest in
all things. Union with your deity comes through embracing the
material world and all the gifts that it has placed in it for us.
Our major task on this plane of existence is to become masters of
this realm of manifestation. We do not fight self-interest; we
follow it, but with an awareness that transmutes it into something
Mechanics of Spellcasting
Spellcasting is the lesser, not the greater magic; but the greater
magic builds on the lesser. The paradox is that in spellcasting we
may start out working with the personal self, but in order to work
the magic we are forced to expand and recognize the Self that
moves through all beings.
Magic involves the deliberate self-identification with other
objects and people. For example, to do a healing, we must become
the healer, the one who is healed, and the energy that is to do
the healing. To attract love, we must be able to love ourselves
and to become love its self.
Spells work in two basic ways. The first is through suggestion;
symbols and images implant certain ideas in Younger Self, or the
subconscious mind, and we are then influenced to actualize those
ideas. Spells can also influence the external world.
The theoretical model that witches use to explain the workings of
magic is a clear one and coincides in many ways with the "new"
physics. It is simply an elaborate but extremely useful
metaphor.The metaphor is based on a world view that sees things
not as fixed objects, but as vortexes of energy.
The physical world is formed by the vortexes of energy, and if we
cause a change in the energy patterns they, in turn, cause a
change in the physical world. When our own energy is concentrated
and channeled, it can move the broader energy currents. The images
and objects used in spells are the channels. They are the vessels
through which our power is poured, and by which it is shaped.
As energy is directed into the images we visualize, it gradually
manifests physical form and takes shape in the material world.
Directing energy is not a matter of simply emoting. Emotion can be
likened to a strobe light which provides a very inconstant light,
while directed energy is more like a laser beam. Even concentrated
power is a small stream compared with the vast surges of energy
that surround us. The most adept witch cannot be successful in all
her spells, for the opposing currents are often too strong.
The craft teaches to first identify the flow of energy and then to
decide whether or not it is going where we want it to go. If it is
not, then we can try to deflect it, or we may have to change our
own course. Sensing the energy climate is a matter of intuition
and experience. Some witches make a study of Astrology in an
effort to plan their magical workings at the optimal times, while
others prefer to work when they feel the time is right.
Of all the planets, the Moon's influence on subtle energies is the
strongest. Subtle power increases as the Moon waxes, so the time
of the waxing Moon is best for spells involving growth or
increase, such as money spells. The power peaks when the Moon is
full and that is the best time for workings of culmination and
love. During the waning Moon, power subsides and turns inward. The
waning Moon's period is used for banishings, bindings, and
discovering hidden secrets.
The practical witch soon learns to adjust her spells to fit the
time of the Moon. If, for example, she needs to do a money spell
during the waning Moon, she would put a little 'English' on it and
make it a poverty banishing spell.
Energy pursues the path of least resistance. Material results are
more easily achieved on this plane of existence through physical
actions than through magical workings. For example, it is simpler
to lock your door than suffer the constant drain from maintaining
psychic seals on your doors and windows while you are away from
Of course, once you have locked your door, you might feel more
reassured by placing seals on it.
No magic spell is going to bring results unless channels are
opened into the material world. For example, a job spell is
useless if you are not willing to go out and interview for jobs or
at least let potential employers know that you are in the market
for one. In the same vein, a healing spell is no substitute for
medical care, but certainley aids in recovery, sometimes a spell
using chakras will open up the bodies natural will to heal itself.
Mages have been known to perform healing on relatives that were in
accidents and slated to pass on, in which the spells brought the
reletive out of comma's and helped the bodies natural agents heal,
and at times the healing was quickley, again it was the
psychological energy involved.
Visualization used in creating a spell should focus on the desired
result, not the individual steps leading up to the result.
We give the spell free rein in how it goes about achieving the
results,spells have a habit of working in very unexpected ways. If
you don't wish to harm another to assure that the power you have
unleashed does not inadvertently cause harm, bind the spell. This
serves to 'set' the form we have created so that the energy
becomes fixed in the pattern we desire.
The energy we project to others affects us even more strongly than
the other person. This is because we have generated the energy,
and thus we have become the object at which the energy is
If healing energy is sent out, then the health of the person
casting the spell is enhanced. By the same token, any hex or curse
that is sent out may affect the person who sends it, if
percautions are not taken such as sheilds, also the words of the
curse and hex may be thought out, at the end of a curse one may
bind the curse to ensure it doesn't reverse on them.
MAGIC IS NOT TO BE USED TO GAIN POWER OVER OTHERS. Magic is a
technique used in developing your own 'power from within.' Spells
that are directed at gaining power over others weaken the 'power
from within.' Aside from the damage done to oneself, it is
important for another reason. Many people who do not understand
the laws of magic are afraid of being attacked magically and are
given to paranoia.
The witch's main stock-in-trade used to be removing a competitor's
hexes and preparing charms to protect their clients. Do yourself a
favor, and resist the temptation to 'help' these types that are
prone to paranoia. They will never let you rest or give you peace
there will be always something more they need your energies for.
If you must help set a guideline for yourselves on how much and
how far your willing to help each individuel person depending on
Most magical formularies consist of formulae gathered and tested
by witches as well as many charms to protect the common man from
those same witches who sold them their charms.
Times and Correspondences
Over the years, systems of Correspondences were developed which
assigned certain attributes and aspects to the seven ancient
planets of Astrology. Each planet was assigned a God or Goddess,
who embodies the attributes the ancients wished to invoke. Each of
the Gods and Goddesses were assigned an hour of the day, color,
incense, metal, number, signature, plant, mineral, musical note,
and animal or bird.
General Guidelines for Casting Spells
( Note this is a general guideline and does not have to be
followed to a tee... there are some that don't have an extra room,
make the provisons and substitutions that you feel is best for you
when you try to create your altar or space.)
Set aside a room for your magical work. Decorate it with things
that put you in a magical mood. Remember to use things that
stimulate all five of your physical senses. Some obvious things
would be the use of appropriate colors for sight, incense for
scent, music for hearing, wines for taste, and textures for feel.
If you do not have a room you can set aside exclusively for your
magical work, then choose a room that can be locked while you do
your work. This will allow you to work undisturbed. In any case,
you should clean your work area periodically with a purifying
agent, it can be a poweder, floorwash, sage,ect... whatever you
feel will keep away negative vibrations.
Set up an altar to be used as your worktable. It's size and shape
should be those that appeal to you. Placing candles and other
items that assist you to concentrate on the work at hand is a good
practice. Some people like to cover their altar with a white cloth
and place fresh cut flowers on it every day.
The subconscious is very good at making do with raw materials that
one has and it can shape to its own use. ( the most expensive
materials doesn't mean you will get the best results) Any
materials that you feel comfortable with and you can afford is
suitable.... for example how good of a result will one get if they
have spent to much money on items... that one couldn't afford...
it would more likely take away from what you are trying to
accomplish because your subconscious would be harbouring on the
cost of the materials.
Never cast a spell until you have a clear and concise picture of
what it is you wish to accomplish. This ties in with the saying
"Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it."
Always ground out any extra energy you raise for the spell, and
release it back into the universe to go back with love whereever
it is needed.Once you have cast the spell, do not discuss it with
any one until after it has worked. Most spells peter out because
the person who cast it speaks about it to so many people, or they
have doubt and want reassurance, that the spell is robbed of power
before it has a chance to work. The ancient bond placed on the
magician was to dare, to know and to keep silent.
love and peace,
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