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Everyone dreams of coming across a huge, dusty, leather-bound volume in a second-hand bookstore, with curling yellowed pages of browned script where someone has entered the secrets of power and enchantment painstakingly by hand. Interspected with the incantations and potion recipes are sketches of herbs, charts of colors, and above all, pages and pages of spells with assorted assured results.
It’s just that: a dream. Humanity’s tendency toward nostalgia and romance has created the myth of the grimoire. In today’s modern society, we assume that something new hasn’t been proven, and something old is outdated. We swing erratically from one extreme to the other, now demanding old proven spells, or wanting the latest book incorporating modern tools and easily available ingredients. It’s human nature, of course. It goes along with wanting immediate, tangible results of spellcasting.
The myth of the grimoire encompasses a few misconceptions about spellcrafting. First, a spell doesn’t have to be old in order to be valid. A spell’s validity matters to one person, and one person only, who in this case is you. Second a spell doesn’t have to be published I order to be valid, either. Spells in books exist for one reason only, and that’s to instruct and inspire you, the reader. By now you know that a spell is a set of symbolic actions, which trigger changes on an inner level. Words on the page aren’t what make the magick happen: you’re the essential ingredient, you and your emotions.
An existing spell does not have more validity than a spell you make up on your own. The only difference is that you might trust a spell in print more than a spell you develop, and that’s simply because you assume the author as more experience than you do. However you are not the author, and the components with which you have a stron connection are likely to be different. You probably live in a different climate, so the plants and terrain around you are different. Certain ingredients might not be available where you live. And above all else, the author is not you, and has different needs, intentions and desires.
Three Questions To Ask Before You Use Book Spells
There’s nothing wrong with using a spell that you find in a book. There are a few questions that you should ask yourself before you do so.
Once you have applied these questions to your spells, do you feel comfort using that spell? Does it meet all the requirements of an Ethical spell? Will it effect your Karma or anyone else’s free will? If you have answered these questions, successful. Review the question close to you. Write them in your Book of Shadows and always use them as a guideline in your magickal workings.
Is It Ethical?
What does this spell aim to do, and how? Does it comply with your own personal system of ethics? For example, there are lots of spellbooks out there telling you how to manipulate others, or to get revenge. However, they operate in a moral void. Just because a spell exists doesn’t mean it’s safe, or recommended.
Does it Make Sense?
Take the time to sit down and read through the spell thoroughly. Don’t just look at the title, see that it’s for attracting money, and start picking up the ingredients. Never follow a spell blindly without thinking it through carefully. What does it ask you to do? What does it ask you to visualize? How does it ask you to raise energy? Now that you have a handle on how spells work, you can analyze spells and see where they fall apart or if they go nowhere.
How Is It Put Together?
While it’s gratifying to authors to know that readers trust them, it’s more important for you to be able to understand how the author crafted the spell. Go through the spell step-by-step to figure out why the author chose the particular materials and actions. This will help you understand the deeper symbolism behind the spell, as well as sharpen your own spellcrafting skills.
If it all makes sense, flows well, and everything is fine, if you’re comfortable with the spell as it is, then cast it if you so desire. Keep good note though. Copy out the spell into your spell record sheet, making sure to write down where it came from and who the original author was.
Make The Spell Yours
If the spell appeals to you but you don’t like it as is, or if something in those three steps sets off a warning bell in your head, then use it as a template for your own spell. Instead of just reading the spell right from the book and performing it as is, why not use it as the asis for a spell of your own? It’s more creative, and you’ll have a better chance of capturing a way of addressing your own need and changing your life the way you want it to be changed.
Your Nine-Point Spell Checklist
Alright, you have found your spell, your have went over the three major questions you should ask about the spell, you feel pretty comfortable with it. Right, your finished, time to cast! Not so fast, before you begin your spell, go over the spell checklist below,. After you have covered this list you should be good to go. Happy Spellcasting!
Write down the kind of spell you are doing and for what purpose into your book of shadows or in a magick journal Write down what your intentions and expectations are for the spell or ritual.
Write down the date, day of the week, and time you cast the spell.
.Write down any significant corresponding astroligcal information such as sun sign, moon phase, and so forth.
Father together all of the items you need, and set up your altar.
Prepare you magickal space
Invite helpful Divine energies,, Goddesses, Gods, power animals, elementals, guides and other allies into your circle.
Cast the spell. Keep your note, Book of Shadows or where you got the spell hady.
Write down the results of your efforts. Remember with some spells and rituals, it may be necessary to wait awhile to enter this information.
Write down any additional comments, suggestions, or personal observations.
Excerpts Taken fromPower Spellcraft for Life The Art of Crafting and Casting For Positive Change Author: Arin Murphy-Hiscock The Witch & Wizard Training Guide SIrona Knight
All the information that has been provided on this page is accurate. Witchcraft is a very serious Religion. What we know and what some do has not occurred overnight. We have had to study and commitment our lives to Witchcraft. This is what Witches and Witchcraft are really like. If nothing else, remember, the snapping of fingers or a nod of a head isn’t going to make Magick happen. Witchcraft is work but the rewards are bountiful.