Spellcrafting

WOTC Extra – When Your Spell Works, Finish It


Witchy Comments & GraphicsWhen Your Spell Works, Finish It

Like releasing energy, a spell needs to be released so it can go off and do its thing. It might need a boost now and then but this is different from leaving it open and hanging around.

Words like “As I will, so mote it be!” are commonly used and they put the stamp of will on the spell. It’s a clear ending place. However , there is still the clean-up that many people forget to do.

If your spell is to draw something to you then whatever form your spell has taken needs to be kept nearby. A charm , bag, petition, talisman or whatever you’ve chosen to use should be worn or placed somewhere of importance to you but still within your vicinity.

If your spell is to remove or banish something, it needs to be disposed of away from you. I’ve thrown things in the rubbish, burned spell remains and disposed of the ash, poured out washes and brews into drains, rivers and the sea. If you do this, please be aware of what is in your brew— you don’t want to poison the waterway or wildlife.

What of the other components or tools used that you plan to keep? The pot you brewed in, the pin or knife used to inscribe or the charcoal still smouldering in your burner with the remainder of your incense. The clean-up is just as important as every other component of your spell. Tools will need to be cleansed of that spell’s purpose and made ready for next time and the energies that have been used need to be cleared away.

Think of your spell as a cake you’ve baked. You’re not likely to leave your mixing bowl and spoon or beaters covered in the cake mix are you? You’re going to wash them and put them away for next time.

Cleansing your tools depends on the type of tool, the type of spell and what methods you prefer. There are many ways to cleanse your tools but one of the most effective ways is to use the elements:

  • Air— pass the item through incense smoke or hang in a tree,
  • Fire —pass the item through the flame of a candle,
  • Water —wash the item or sprinkle blessed water on it,
  • Earth— sit the item on the earth, bury it, or put it on top of a bowl of salt.

Obviously, some of these methods aren’t practical for some items. You may want to use only one (and that’s fine) or a combination. You might like to visualise white light completely enveloping the item, and clearing away all other energies leaving the item purified and clean.

When you’ve cleansed your tools and cleared the energy and closed your circle, tidy up all of your gear. Unless you’re specifically leaving an item somewhere, like your altar, try to return the area to the state it was in before you started. This is especially important if you have been working in a public space.

Once you’ve truly finished write the spell up in a magical journal or Book of Shadows. Remember to write how you feel it went, any sensations or visions you may have had, as well as your own account of what you did. Sometimes what you end up doing for a spell differs a little, or a lot, from the plan you made. Document all the changes and why you did them, if you know the reason.

The final step to finishing your spell is to keep silent. As I’ve previously stated this isn’t always literal, just that you shouldn’t talk about your spell. Keep it to yourself and let the magic work.

Source:

The Common Sense Spell Book
Debbie Dawson
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Let’s Talk Witch – When None of The Time is Right for Spellwork


Witchy Comments & Graphics When None of the Timing is Right

 

If you’ve done your homework and want to get the timing right but it’s the wrong day, planetary hour or season, it can be easy to feel hamstrung by the timings. However, consider the way you’ve planned or worded your spell. A spell to ensure success (a building spell) can be reworded to become a spell to remove obstacles (a banishing spell).

In one of the laws of physics, “nothing is ever created or destroyed, it is transformed”. You can tailor the wording and the spell to the timing, rather than waiting until the right time which may be months away.

Remember that the timings can only aid in the success of your spell. They aren’t the only factors and while it is advisable to do banishing when the moon wanes or during the winter months, a banishing can still be done at New Moon. Just be aware that you’ll need to work a little harder and not draw on the New Moon’s beginnings/ creative energy. Magic isn’t about what is easy or what can be done right now . Sometimes you need to work harder to bring about success and sometimes the hard part is to wait.

Source:

The Common Sense Spell Book
Debbie Dawson
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Let’s Talk Witch – The Structure of a Spell


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Let’s Talk Witch – The Structure of a Spell

Spell Structure While every spell is (or should be) different and unique, there is still a basic structure to follow. A statement of intent, the making of the spell in whatever form you choose, empowering or charging up your spell and the clean-up. Following is a list of things to consider when writing your spell.

Purpose of the spell— what results are you seeking and how will they come about.

The type of spell —what method will you use to cast your spell.

Inclusion of Deities or other supernatural entities— Do you need or want their help?

Timing of the spell —does it require a particular time or day of the week, moon phase or sign or time of year.

The materials for the spell— what do you have to hand, what can you use or improvise with, or what can you get easily. Or is this a spell that must wait for that extra rare first blossom after the rising of Sirius?

Do you need to cast a circle ?—consider not only your spell and your ability to contain energy, but also other potential disruptions like children, pets and noisy or nosy neighbours.

How you will raise and release energy to power your spell— many of the same considerations as circle casting but also natural abilities are important.

How you will close, bind or end your spell— is it one to go on forever , or one with an expiry date. What do you need to do to finish it off and clean up.

There are a lot of considerations to be made before leaping head first into performing a spell. If you are truly serious about bringing about your Will then you need to spend the time doing everything in the power to ensure that it will be a success.

 

 

Source:

The Common Sense Spell Book
Debbie Dawson
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Let’s Talk Witch – Spell Structure


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Let’s Talk Witch – Spell Structure

 

While every spell is (or should be) different and unique, there is still a basic structure to follow. A statement of intent, the making of the spell in whatever form you choose, empowering or charging up your spell and the clean-up. Following is a list of things to consider when writing your spell.

• Purpose of the spell— what results are you seeking and how will they come about.

• The type of spell —what method will you use to cast your spell.

• Inclusion of Deities or other supernatural entities— Do you need or want their help?

• Timing of the spell —does it require a particular time or day of the week, moon phase or sign or time of year.

• The materials for the spell— what do you have to hand, what can you use or improvise with, or what can you get easily. Or is this a spell that must wait for that extra rare first blossom after the rising of Sirius?

• Do you need to cast a circle ?—consider not only your spell and your ability to contain energy, but also other potential disruptions like children, pets and noisy or nosy neighbours.

• How you will raise and release energy to power your spell— many of the same considerations as circle casting but also natural abilities are important.

• How you will close, bind or end your spell— is it one to go on forever , or one with an expiry date.

What do you need to do to finish it off and clean up. There are a lot of considerations to be made before leaping head first into performing a spell. If you are truly serious about bringing about your Will then you need to spend the time doing everything in your power to ensure that it will be a success.

 
The Common Sense Spell Book
Dawson, Debbie Dawson (2013-11-27).

 

 

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A Quick Word About Spells

A Quick Word About Spells


Always remember, when casting spells, to mind the rule of three. Some believe that it will come back three times what you send out. Others believe that it will come back equally. Whatever you believe, know that it W ILL come back to you. Always do good deeds. Good will always return. Casting spells on others, even if you think that they are good spells, should never be done without that person’s permission. No matter how good the spell, it ca always turn out bad. Make sure that after each spell chant thrice:

In no way will this spell reverse
Or place upon me any curse.
So mote it be!

Spells are almost always performed within the cast circle and may be performed during any ritual except the dedication ritual.

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The Dedication Ritual

The Dedication Ritual

Ritual portion from Celtic Magic by D. J. Conway

(special tools: chalice of wine, white taper candle in cauldron, piece of magical jewelry, perfumed oil)

The dedication ritual should be performed when you have decided to devote your time and being to the craft. You do not have to perform a dedication ritual in order to be able to perform spells and rituals just as a Baptist does not have to be Baptized in order to pray. It is simply a symbolic self-dedication to your new way of life, should you choose it as your path. Prepare yourself beforehand with at least one hour of meditation. This ritual should be done on the full moon. For the dedication ritual, one should be skyclad. You may have a piece of magical jewelry chosen at this time which will stay with you and be worn under your clothing and during ritual and spellwork in the future. This should not be worn, but placed on the altar for the dedication ritual.

Begin by casting the circle. Insert the following where the sample circle casting states: “proceed with the planned spellwork or ritual.” Put a pinch of salt on your tongue and say:

I am a mortal, loved and cared for by the Triple Goddess and the Great God. Through the Great Mother, all things are born; to her all things, in their season, return. Through her sacred cauldron, I enter and leave this physical world, until by my actions I no longer must return to learn.

Set the perfumed oil on the pentacle. Kneel before the altar and say:

I, (magical name), come into this sacred place willingly. I come to dedicate my life to the pagan way, to the Old Celtic Gods, whose power is still strong and vital. Here I give my word-bond to follow the ancient paths that lead to true wisdom and knowledge. I will serve the Great Goddess and give reverence to the Great God. I am a pagan, a stone of the ancient circle, standing firmly balanced upon the earth, Yet open to the winds of the heavens, and enduring through time. May the Old Gods witness my words!

Rise and go to the eastern quarter.

Behold, O powers of Air! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.

Go to the south.

Behold, O powers of Fire! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.

Go to the west.

Behold, O powers of Water! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.

Go to the north.

Behold, O powers of Earth! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.

Return to the altar. Take the perfumed oil and, with a drop on the forefinger of your power hand, anoint your forehead. Say:

Let my mind be open to your truth.

Anoint your upper lip. Say:

Let my mouth be silent among the unbelievers.

Anoint your heart. Say:

Let my heart seek you always.

Anoint the center of the palms of your hands. Say:

Let my hands lift in praise of you.

Anoint the tops of your feet. Say:

Let my feet always walk your sacred paths.

Stand in silence to receive a blessing. Lay your piece of jewelry on the pentacle, saying:

This emblem shall I wear for all things magical. Bless this (name of jewelry), O Great Ones, that I may be blessed and protected in all ways.

Place the wine chalice on the pentacle for a few moments. Then lift it high, saying:

To the Old Gods! Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again.

Drink the wine, saving some to be put outside for the little people..

Now is a time for meditation.

Close the circle.

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Closing The Circle or Dismissing the Watchtowers

Closing the Magic Circle (dismissing the Watchtowers)


When you are ready to end the ritual, go to the east and extinguish the yellow candle. Say:

Depart in peace, O powers of Air. My thanks and blessings.

Extinguish the red candle in the south. Say:

Depart in peace, O powers of Fire. My thanks and blessings.

Extinguish the blue candle in the west. Say:

Depart in peace, O powers of Water. My thanks and blessings.

Extinguish the green candle in the north. Say:

Depart in peace, O powers of Earth. My thanks and blessings.

Return to the altar and say:

To all beings and powers of the visible and invisible, depart in peace.
May there always be harmony between us.
My thanks and blessings. .

Cut the circle with a backwards movement of your tool to release all remaining traces of power for manifestation. Say:

The circle is open, yet ever it remains a circle.
Around and through me always flows its power.

Put away the tools and clear the altar. Make sure to wash all dishes and put the remainder of cakes and ale (if you choose to do a dedication ritual or holiday ritual) outside for the little people. Leave any objects which must remain either to burn or be empowered for a stated period of time.

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Casting the Circle for Your Ritual or Spellwork

Casting the Magic Circle (or calling the quarters or Watchtowers)

Parts taken from Celtic Magic by D. J. Conway

 

When properly drawn, with the candles of the Elements at the cardinal directions and the altar in the center, the circle becomes a mandala, or sacred drawing, upon which the magician stands. The circle is drawn by the dagger, sword or index finger of the power hand as protection against potentially dangerous forces or spirits. It concentrates the cone of power raised within its boundaries. In magic, a properly drawn circle becomes an invisible boundary, having power in this and other realms. Once cast and sealed, it is unwise to cross the boundary until the ritual is finished and the Elements dismissed. Cats and small children for some strange reason are able to cross the boundaries without upsetting the power flow.

Casting the Circle:

Holding your ritual tool of choice in your power hand and beginning in the eastern quarter of the area to be circled, aim the weapon at the ground or floor while visualizing an intense silver-blue flame coming from the point. “Draw” a circle clockwise with that flame, overlapping the ends of the line in the east. More important than a perfectly round circle is that you see, at least with your inner eye, the boundary of silver-blue flame around you.

The actual area of the circle may be marked out with chalk or masking tape, but should be redrawn each time it is used for ritual.

The symbols and/ or candles representing the four Elements are set just inside the circle at the four directions. Use a compass to establish the correct cardinal points. Walking deosil, sunwise or clockwise within the circle is for positive magic and walking widdershins or counterclockwise is for banishing or cursing. After the circle has been cast and sealed, it is important to the power flow that you turn or walk within the cast circle according to the type of magic you are using. When the magical procedures are finished, “cut” the circle by a backward or reverse movement of the sword or dagger across a section of the circle. The silver-blue flames will wink out of existence.

Set the altar up facing east and have everything ready before you enter the circle from the east.

Take up your tool or use your finger to draw the magic circle, beginning in the east. Visualize the silver-blue flame and draw the circle, remembering to overlap the ends in the east. While you are drawing the circle, say:

I consecrate this circle of power to the Ancient Gods. Here may they manifest and bless their child.

Move back to the altar, facing east. Raise your tool in greeting. Say:

This is a time that is not a time

In a place that is not a place On a day that is not a day. I stand on the threshold between the worlds, before the veil of the Mysteries May the Ancient Ones help and protect me on my journey.

Set the water chalice on the pentacle disk. Hold your dagger over it and say:

Great mother, bless this creature of Water to your service. May I always remember the cauldron waters of rebirth.

Hold your dagger over the salt, say:

Great Mother, bless this creature of earth to your service. May I always remember the blessed earth, its many forms and beings.

Sprinkle a little salt into the water, touch the chalice briefly to the pentacle disk, then hold the chalice up high, say:

Great Mother, I give you honor!

Beginning in the east and moving clockwise, sprinkle the water-salt mixture lightly around the edges of the circle. Replace the chalice on the altar. Hold your dagger over the lighted incense burner, say:

Great Father, bless this creature of fire to your service. May I always remember the sacred fire that dances within the form of every creation.

Hold your dagger over the incense. Say:

Great Father, bless this creature of air to your service May I always listen to the spirit winds that bring me the voices of the Ancient Ones.

Put a little incense on the charcoal. Touch the burner briefly to the pentacle disk, then raise the burner high, saying:

Great Father, I give you honor!

Carry the burner around the circle clockwise, beginning in the east. Return it to the altar. Go to the eastern quarter of the circle, light the yellow candle, and hold your hand up in greeting.

I call upon you, Powers of Air, to witness this rite and to guard this circle.

In the southern quarter, light the red candle and greet the element.

I call upon you, Powers of Fire, to witness this rite and to guard this circle.

In the western quarter, light the blue candle and greet the element.

I call upon you, Powers of Water, to witness this rite and to guard this circle.

In the northern quarter, light the green candle and greet the element.

I call upon you, Powers of Earth, to witness this rite and to guard this circle.

Move back to the central altar, and stand facing east. Raise your arms in greeting:

This circle is bound, With power all around. Between the worlds I stand With protection at hand.

Proceed with your planned spell working or ritual ceremony. When complete, hold your hand or dagger over the altar and say:

By the powers of the Ancient Gods

I bind all power within this circle into this spell. So mote it be.

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