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Let’s Talk Witch – The Components of Magick

A Witch and Her CastleThe Components of Magick

A spell can technically be cast with three things: a goal, stemming from a need or desire; focus and visualization; and a gathering and release of energy toward that goal. However, just as the use of props facilitates drama and theater, spellcasting benefits from the addition of energy-rich ingredients to enhance the effects and results. These ingredients are also called components, and they possess specific corresponding energies that you can use to help achieve your goal. The system of correspondences is a classification of objects, entities, and energies, which affect one another or evoke certain outcomes.

The system of correspondences arises from a sympathetic association: by using components or ingredients that demonstrate a certain kind of energy, you can attract more of the same energy, thus illustrating the “like attracts like” principle.

Conversely, by using components possessing one kind of energy, you can push away the antithetical energy, like using a magnet to repel another magnet with the same polarity, for example. (For more examinations of magical methods. A correspondence is an identification of what an object’s energy represents: for example, a correspondence for sandalwood is purification. Thus, if you were creating an incense to help power a purification spell, you might choose to use sandalwood in it. Using sandalwood enables you to draw on the energy of the wood to help power your spell; since sandalwood is associated with purification, it also employs the sympathetic magic principle and draws your goal closer to you.

Components are the elements you use in the act of spellcasting to help gather energies associated with your goal. Looking through other spellbooks, you’ve likely noticed spells calling for a variety of components such as herbs, flowers, stones, incense, oils, candles, dolls (also called poppets), cords, and other objects. Some spells have elaborate lists of ingredients. However, a perfectly good, powerful spell can be performed with a comparatively short list of components. More components are not necessarily better. Remember, it’s how you use the energy of your correspondences that increases the power of your spellcasting, not how many correspondences and associated energies you can plug into it. It’s definitely an issue of quality over quantity.

Power Spellcraft For Life: The Art Of Crafting And Casting For Positive Change
Arin Murphy-Hiscock

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Let’s Talk Witch – Spellcasting No Different From Everyday Life?


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 Spellcasting No Different From Everyday Life?

 

Spellcasting is really no different from living your everyday life. You make decisions, you act on them, and you live with the consequences. For some reason, however, the use of spells sometimes tempts people to throw their established ethical systems out the window. Perhaps it’s connected to the realization that spellwork creates a different point of view, and empowers the caster to work “behind the scenes” in secrecy. Perhaps it derives from the bad press spellcasters have suffered over the ages, or the accusations of manipulation, or misuse of power.

Wherever it comes from, it’s a serious issue. Knowing that you can use energy for pretty much any goal you choose can be empowering, but it can also tempt you to use it for less ethical goals. Imagine if you discovered you had superpowers. Would you use your powers to protect others and preserve peace, or would you be tempted to loot a bank?

Trust me, it crosses everyone’s mind at some point. Thinking about it doesn’t make you a bad person. In Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, the protagonist Jean Valjean steals a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving family. In a desperate situation, you’re often forced to choose between the various values that you uphold. How you choose to proceed is a result of your values operating within your system of ethics.

A value is a quality that you cherish, such as honesty, freedom, peace, charity, justice, and so forth. A cultural ethical system is a structure of common values within which a community operates in order to maintain some sort of civilized society. Within that cultural system, every individual also has a slightly different system of personal ethics, because everyone has a slightly different point of view regarding how the world works, and what constitutes right and wrong. A choice is rarely purely right, or purely wrong. Instead, we’re forced to choose between what is more right or less wrong. Sometimes it seems as if there is no correct answer, only answers which differ in their degree of incorrectness.

Every religion has some sort of moral structure guiding its adherents, although ethics function independently of religion as well. The basic guideline found in most religions is some version of what is known as the Golden Rule: do unto others, as you would have them do unto you . This rule functions on the basic belief that what goes around comes around, and that we reap what we sow. If we put goodness and positive energy out into the world, goodness and positive energy is what will come back to us. Remember the analogy of the spider web that I used in the first chapter? That web of energy is one of the ways in which spells function. If that web is how we can affect our lives and environments by use of willpower and spellcraft, then everything and everyone connected by it are affected by what we do. If we perform a thoughtless action, then everything connected by that web suffers, including ourselves. If we perform an unethical action, then the repercussions travel throughout the web as well.

Don’t mistake “goodness and positive energy” for weakness . Love and light can be expressed with a good sharp wake-up call, or a colossal life-changing event. If you’re angry, or seeking to harm others because it makes you feel better or justified in your own actions, then what you’re doing is reacting instead of acting. You’re striking back at someone or something because you feel hurt or wronged. If you’re looking to intentionally hurt someone, then your ethical system had better support it in spades, and you’d better not come crying when someone intentionally harms you. You’ll still have to deal with all the harm coming back to you in some way, shape, or form, thanks to that cosmic web of energy.

What it comes down to is that ethics determine what you consider morally right and wrong. An ethical system has to have consistency; otherwise it isn’t reliable. If you oppose murder one day and condone it the next, that’s an inconsistency that weakens your system of ethics. An unreliable or fluctuating system of ethics isn’t a system; it’s convenience. Hypocrisy is introduced when you are morally angered if someone else performs the same actions that you yourself perform. Make sure your ethical system is consistent; otherwise you’re adrift without a rudder upon the sea of life.

Situational ethics are unavoidable due to the fact that sometimes you’re choosing what’s less wrong. Sometimes the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

Ultimately, however, your ethical system exists in order to make you think about your actions, and to take responsibility for them.

How does this relate to working with spells? It can be tempting to use spellcasting to obtain goals that aren’t very ethical. An example used to illustrate this point is casting love spells. If Michaela has a crush on Jake, crafting a spell to make him fall in love with her is considered unethical, whereas crafting a spell to increase her attractiveness or draw a new love to her is ethically acceptable. Why?

In life, everyone has free will. Sometimes we are given the responsibility of making decisions for others, such as children or someone who has assigned us power of attorney. When we make decisions in those cases, we attempt to make the best decision for the individual in our care, to the best of our ability. If someone has not granted us that right , then ethically we have no right to interfere in how they choose to live their life. Michaela might believe that Jake would be happy with her, but using a spell to cause him to fall in love with her robs him of his free will. And, honestly , do you think you’d be happy with someone who loved you simply because you’d forced them to? Frankly, love is more magical when it happens without being forced. On the other hand, if Michaela works spells to increase her attractiveness and to draw new love into her life, the only person she is directly influencing is herself. She’s creating the opportunity for Jake to notice her and think about her in a romantic fashion.

As discussed previously, acting in the physical world to reinforce your spells is the best way to help things along. If you do as Michaela does and craft a spell to enhance your attractiveness , then ask the object of your affection out for coffee or dinner. Spells work best when you give them the opportunity to function.

A good rule of thumb is to not use spells for anything that you wouldn’t try for in person in the physical world. Spellcasting isn’t a way to cut down on work, or to avoid responsibility; that’s far from the truth. By now you’ve discovered that spellwork is as successful as you allow it to be, and that spells work with the natural order, not against it. Now, you’re probably already living an ethical life; you presumably value concepts such as honesty, freedom, and compassion, so the ethics applied to your spells aren’t likely to be very different. Just be sure that you take the time to consider what you’re doing so that you can make the best moral judgment possible under the circumstances.

The ethics of spellcrafting involve two very basic ideas: the use of common sense, and pausing to think twice. Both these concepts exist to reduce the possibility of error or bad judgment.

Power Spellcraft For Life: The Art Of Crafting And Casting For Positive Change

Arin Murphy-Hiscock

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Life As The Witch – Things that Weaken or Ruin Spellcasting

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Things that Weaken or Ruin Spellcasting

There are some circumstances that can weaken or even destroy the spell you have worked so hard to cast, so you want to be aware of and avoid the following:

Drug or alcohol use: You should never cast a spell with anything other than a clear head. For one thing, it is insulting to the Gods to come into sacred space under the influence of mind-altering substances. For another, it interferes with focus. (Yes, there are some folks who believe in the use of drugs to deepen spiritual practice; they are entitled to their opinions, and I would never argue with them, but it has been my experience that nothing destroys magickal concentration and focus faster than coming into circle high or drunk.)

Extreme emotional states: As I said above, you need to have a clear head in order to do your best spellcasting. Coming in to your sacred space filled with anger or fear or any other very strong emotion will not only stand in the way of clarity and focus, but you may cast a spell you later wished you hadn’t. This doesn’t mean that you can’t do spellwork when things are bad—sometimes this is when we need magick the most. But try to achieve as calm a state as possible before starting the work. Do some meditation, take a long bath or walk, repeat some calming affirmation. At the very least, take slow, deep breaths and concentrate on the light and love of the Gods until your head is in a better place.

Mixed feelings about the spellwork: If you’re not sure whether the spell you are casting is the right thing to do or not, that doubt may undermine the will you need to feed the spell. Never cast a spell unless you are certain of your path in that instance. This is also true of the times when you are uncertain of your goal. That confusion will sap your spell of strength, so it is better to wait until you have a solid goal in mind, and the will to back it up.

Negative intent: This is not to say that you can’t cast a spell that would have a negative impact on someone else; for better or for worse, free will allows for this. However, you should bear in mind that not only do the powers of the Universe often not allow these types of spells to work, it is not unusual for them to rebound on the one what casts them–either immediately or sometime down the line.

Lack of focus: This is the main reason for not coming into circle under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or heavy emotions; they will simply make it too difficult to maintain the focus needed to create a powerful spell and send it out into the world. But other things can get in way of focus, too. If you can’t find a quiet, private place to cast your spell (the kids are running around screaming, the dog is barking, the neighbors are arguing at the top of their lungs) you are better off waiting for a different time. It is almost impossible to get good results when you cast a spell in the midst of chaos.

Writing and casting your own spells can be a fun and empowering part of a well-balanced witchcraft practice. If you follow the few simple suggestions laid out above and sidestep the (easily avoidable) pitfalls that can stand in the way of successful spellcasting, all Witches can create spells to enhance and entrance their lives.

 

Reference:

Excerpt from

“Writing and Casting Spells for the Best Results”
by Deborah Blake
Lllewellyn’s 2013 Magical Almanac
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We Are Going To Smother You With Our Love, Love Spells That Is!

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Since Valentine’s Day is next week, we decided we would start posting Love Spells & Potions for you. We drew straws and I got the short end of the straw. I hope you find my spells useful. If you don’t get enough Love Spells & Potions today, we will posting more in a few day.

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, WOTC!

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Life As The Witch – Things That Can Weaken or Ruin Our Spellcasting

 Things that Weaken or Ruin Spellcasting

There are some circumstances that can weaken or even destroy the spell you have worked so hard to cast, so you want to be aware of and avoid the following:

*Drug or alcohol use: You should never cast a spell with anything other than a clear head. For one thing, it is insulting to the Gods to come into sacred space under the influence of mind-altering substances. For another, it interferes with focus. (Yes, there are some folks who believe in the use of drugs deepens spiritual practice, they are entitled to their opinions, and I would never argue with them, but it has been my experience that nothing destroys magickal concentration and focus faster than coming into a circle high or drunk.)

*Extreme emotional states: As I said above, you need to have a clear head in order to do your best spell casting. Coming in to your sacred space filled with anger or fear or any other very strong emotion will not only stand in the way of clarity and focus, but you may cast a spell you later wished you hadn’t. This doesn’t mean that you can’t do spell work when things are bad–sometimes this is when we need magick the most. But try to achieve as calm a state as possible before starting the work. Do some meditation, take a long bath or walk, repeat some calming affirmations. At the very least, take slow, deep breaths and concentrate on the light and love of the Gods until your head is in a better place.

*Mixed feelings about the spell work: If you’re not sure whether the spell you are casting is the right thing to do or not, that doubt may undermine the will you need to feed the spell. Never cast a spell unless you are certain of your path in that instance. This is also true of the times when you are uncertain of your goal. That confusion will sap your spell of strength, so it is better to wait until you have a solid goal in mind, and the will to back it up.

*Negative intent:  This is not to say that you can’t cast a spell that would have a negative impace on someone else, for better or for worse, free will allows for this. However, you should be in mind that not only do the powers of the Universe often not allow these types of spells to work, it is not unusual for them to rebound on the one what casts them–either immediately or sometime down the line.

*Lack of focus: This is the main reason for not coming into circle under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or heavy emotions, they will simply make it too difficult to maintain the focus needed to create a powerful spell and send it out into the world. But other thing can get in the way of focus, too. If you can’t find a quiet, private place to cast your spell (the kids are running around screaming, the dog is barking, the neighbors ae arguing at the top of their lungs) you are better off waiting for a different time. It is almost impossible to get good results when you cast a spell in the midst of chaos.

Reference:

Excerpt from:

“Writing and Casting Spells
  For the Best Results”
  By Deborah Blake
Llewellyn’s Magical 2013 Magical Almanac

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The Witches Magick for November 16th: Become Closer To Your Cat Spell

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I am doing a little substitution here. Friday is ruled by Venus thus being a day which magick should be casted involving the heart. Love spells, in other words. I am not a huge fan of love spells. Instead of a love spell today, I would like to offer the following substitution.

SPELL TO BECOME CLOSER TO YOUR CAT

Preparation:

Work with brown candles. Take the following herbs and empower each with its meaning and becoming closer to your pet/familiar in mind.

– Catnip – Helps create a bond between you

– Vervain – For Peace and Protection

– Gardenia – For Spirituality

– Saffron – For Strength

– Love Seed – For Friendship

– Passion Flower – For Friendship

Working:

Take 1/2 of the empowered herbs and wrap in a small square of brown cloth and tie it off with a brown cord or string. Take the other half and make a smaller sachet for your pet. Wear yours four days meditating with your pet at least once a day.

You can tie the pets sachet on while meditating. After those four days take all the herbs and burn as an incense while sharing a meal with your pet.

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Mechanics of Spellcasting

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 home.
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.
Most medicine today can be broken down into two broad categories,
emergency medicine and that which is not needed for immediate life-
threatening situations. Emergency medicine has excelled at
stabilizing the body’s condition so that it can repair itself at its
own pace. Most other forms of medicine consist of treatment through
surgery or chemotherapy or a combination of both. The procedures
noted above work on the physical body and do not take the other
levels into consideration. Psychic healing works at healing the
higher levels of the person so that the physical heals itself or
allows the person to let go of their physical body if it cannot be
repaired. In either case, the choice rests with the person who is
being healed and not the healer.
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 with
the understanding that it is not to bring harm to anyone or any
being. For this reason, spells have a habit of working in very
unexpected ways.
To assure that the power we have unleashed does not inadvertently
cause harm, we 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 directed. 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 ALWAYS affects the person who sends it no matter whether it
affected the person it was sent at or not.
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Theory of Spellcasting

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.
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 who is manifest in all things. Union with the Goddess
comes through embracing the material world and all the gifts that She
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 sacred
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