Part 2 – Preparing for Spellcraft/When and When NOT to Cast:
There is a time for a spell and there is a time to wait. Sometimes knowing when, and when NOT, to cast is just as important as the components of the spell itself. Following are some tips to help you determine when is the right time and to prepare for the spell you want to cast. (The inspiration for this particular tip comes courtesy of Bernadette Montana, fabulously witchy proprietress of Brid’s Closet in Cornwall, NY and High Priestess of her own rather phenomenal coven. Check her out!)
6. Question Everything.
Once you’ve an idea to work a spell, start questioning it. Play your own devil’s advocate, so to speak. Ask yourself why you want this outcome. Try to ascertain whether you REALLY want it with your WHOLE Will. (See #4)
The depth and breadth of your questioning, of course, should be commensurate with the scope of the spell.
If it’s a simple spell for some fast cash, you may not spend as much time on this step as you would if it is a spell to change your whole career and start a new life.
Broad scope spells have a much higher chance of yielding questionable results. Explore the possible outcomes. You may have in your mind that a great new job is offered to you in your chosen profession in a city where you’d love to live.
But what might happen instead is that you lose your current job, causing a move to another city to be necessary to reduce expenses, followed by a struggle to obtain a position in the career of your choosing. (Note: this type of result can be largely mitigated by practicing step 4 above.)
And if you’re okay with either route, then that’s fine, but just ask the questions and be sure, at the outset that you’re ready for the possibilities. And, by the way, knowing yourself, as is facilitated by steps 1-5 is extremely helpful in this endeavor.
7. Clean Your Side of the Street.
If your spellcraft involves other people and if your working has anything to do with something that was done by someone else, you’ll want to pay special attention to this step.
Check your intentions and motives. Examine the situation as objectively as you can and look for the possibility that you may have misunderstood something or that there may be a way to solve this issue with relationship work, talking or a simple apology and an opening of a door to healing.
Make sure that you’ve done all you can, personally, to solve the issue before resorting to magick. Which brings us to….
8. Actual WORK.
There is footwork to be done in the mundane world in order to set the stage for any magick to work.
If your spell is about a job, you’d better get your resume in order and be searching the want ads, or networking in your field.
If your spell is to sell your house and find that home of your dreams, you’d better have contacted a realtor, saved up some money for closing expenses and tidied up and repaired your house to the best of your abilities.
Do the earthly work that will help your magic work. You MAY even find that taking this step eliminates the need for magick. Do everything in your power in the material realm first. Then do your spell, if you still need to.
Part 3 – Now that You’ve decided to Wield that Magic Wand:
Ok, so you’ve decided to do a spell. Let’s get down and dirty with the crafting of something truly magickal!
9. Study the Greats!
I struggled a little with the idea of including this step with the top five. It sort of belongs in both places. By “the Greats”, what I mean is great magicians of literature, wise sages of magickal workings, those powerhouses of mystical theory and history that have forged the way for the witchy revolution that is taking place these days.
Gerald Gardner, Alex and Maxine Sanders, Dione Fortune, Doreen Valiente, Aleister Crowley, Eliphas Levi. And go back further to Hermes Trismegistus, Heraclitus, Plato, Ptolemy, King Solomon. The list is endless and study of their work and philosophies is valuable any time.
But before your spell begins, try to do some research into the specifics of that spell in history. We have modern greats too! There are so many great magickal “cookbooks” out there! Check out the work of Judika Illes in the “Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells” and Dorothy Morrison in “Utterly Wicked”. The point is, study up on the type of magick you wish to perform. Gather ideas. Check correspondences. Do your homework.
10. Align With the Cosmos.
Timing can be very important to some spells. You must pay attention to things like moon phases, astrological positions, void of course intervals.
I don’t plan every single spell that I do around all of these factors, but I do consider them and decide whether to postpone or speed up my process depending on the positions and influences of the celestial bodies.
It is a great idea to do a divination regarding the spell you want to cast. You can gain information about the possible outcomes and the things you need to know or do to help make it a success.
I usually use Tarot, which is a great indicator as to your own psyche’s readiness for the outcome as well as advisor on possible components to include in the crafting of the working.
But if your preferred form of divination is something different, have at it. Grab your pendulum, crystal ball, runes or Ouija board. It’s just a good idea to do this before casting for those extra insights you may need. And upon divining you should…
12. Use your Intuition!
Once you’ve done all of this footwork, then, trust yourself. Use your own innate wisdom and intuition, fueled by the personal power you’ve cultivated in steps 1 thought 5, the introspection and mundane channels you’ve gained from steps 6 through 9 and all of the knowledge acquired through this step to decide exactly how to cast this fabulous spell. You’ve done the work, now waive that wand, witch!
13. Look for Synchronicities – and Acknowledge Successes!
Once you’ve cast your spell, with confidence in its outcome of course, keep aware. Notice the small synchronicities that usually show up while the magick does its work. You may see little indications that your magick is afoot!
For example, after casting that new career spell, perhaps you will see a logo for a company you’d love to work for which has an image that precisely matches something you used in your spell. Take that as the sign that it is and get your resume in front of a decision-maker in that company. You have to pay attention and see what channels your magick may open up and then follow them!
Acknowledge and appreciate when you see these indications of the change you desire.
Now get out there and put your wonderful magick out into the world and share your successes with me! I’d love to hear your stories! With permission, I’d even love to share them with my audience in future blogs! E-mail me at Renee@WitchintheWorld.com!
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