5 Steps To Write Your Own Spell

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I have noticed a lot of interest on spells. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with using other peoples’ spells — and in fact there is an entire industry devoted to publishing books full of them — there are times when you may wish to use your own. I loved this 5 steps guide from Patti Wigington because if you can’t find what you’re looking for in a book, or you might just feel a need to use original material you have the option to write your own.

Whatever your reasons, it’s not as hard as you may think to write your own spells if you follow this very simple formula.

1. Figure out the goal/purpose/intent of the working.

What is it you wish to accomplish? Are you looking for prosperity? Hoping to get a better job? Trying to bring love into your life? What is the specific aim of the spell? Whatever it may be, make sure you’re clear on what it is you want — “I will get that promotion at work!”

2. Determine what material components you’ll need to achieve your goal.

Will the working require herbs, candles, incenses, or stones? Try to think outside the box when you’re composing a spell — and remember that magic relies heavily on symbolism. There’s nothing wrong with using unusual ingredients in a working — Hot Wheels cars, chess pieces, bits of hardware, sunglasses and even old DVDs are all fair game.

3. Decide if timing is important.

In some traditions, moon phase is crucial, while in others it’s not significant. Generally, positive magic, or workings that draw things to you, is performed during the waxing moon. Negative or destructive magic is done during the waning phase. It may be that you feel a certain day of the week is best for the working, or even a certain hour of the day. Don’t feel obligated to drown yourself in the details, though. If you’re a person who feels confident doing magic on the fly without worrying about timing, then go for it.

4. Figure out your wording.

What words or incantation — if any — will be verbalized during the working? Are you going to chant something formal and powerful, calling upon gods for assistance? Will you simply mutter a poetic couplet under your breath? Or is it the sort of working where you can simply ponder the Universe in silence? Remember, there is power in words, so select them carefully.

5. Make it happen.

Put all of the above together into a workable form, and then, in the immortal words of the Nike commercial, Just Do It.

Llewellyn author Susan Pesznecker says of crafting a spell on your own, “When you build a spell yourself, from the ground up, you infuse it with your deliberateness, your preferences, your wishes, your thoughts, and your energies. This spell won’t simply be something you read from someone else’s pages—it will carry your own signature and resonate through your very core. It will be much more powerful and complete than any ready-made charm could ever be, making you an integral part of the magick from start to finish.

When we practice spellcraft, we use magick as a way of altering reality. We do this by working with as many of the corresponding realities as possible—time, date, place, elemental correspondences, the support of deities, etc.—in hopes that we can shift reality in one direction or the other and alter the outcome. Nowhere is this more elegantly done than in handcrafting spells, charms, and rituals, because in these instances, we put our essence into the magick and make it our own.”

Tips:

  • Despite the above five-step method being a very bare-bones and simple way of looking at spell construction, it does work effectively. You may wish to keep a magical journal or make notes in your Book of Shadows during the spell construction phase, and then keep track of results as they begin to manifest.
  • If a working hasn’t begun to manifest within a few weeks — some traditions say within 28 days, a lunar month — you may want to stop and revisit the working. Figure out what variables may need to be changed.
  • The Universe has a quirky sense of humor, so make sure anything you cast a spell for is worded correctly. In other words, be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it!
  • Remember that magic is a tool and a skill set, but some common sense should prevail as well. You can cast all day to get yourself a job, but your chances of success are greatly reduced if you haven’t pounded the pavement and sent out copies of your resume!

Last but not least important… Remember to practice, practice and practice.

9 Ways to Cleanse Negativity

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Negativity is a pain in the neck and every-time you try to accomplish something, negativity might block you. That’s why I decided today to share this short but insightful article published by The Alchemist. Original source: magicalrecipesonline.com

You must be wondering, there should be a way to cleanse negativity. Of course there is. 9 to be exact (if not more). Here we are going to present you easy ways to banish and cleanse negativity.

Is negativity around?

The First question you have to answer is “does negativity surround me?”. Well to answer this we have to go one step back. Here you can find 10 Signs (and symptoms) when negativity is around. Have you answered yes in more than 5 (out of ten) questions? Then, it is time to make a change and try and see how your magic can help you rectify the issue.

And here is how to get rid of Negative Energy and Cleanse Negativity:

    1. Setting the intention to get rid of all this negativity is step one. The stronger your will, the stronger your magic.
    2. Forgiveness. Simple acts of letting go and forgiving our selves and others have extremely healing properties. All we need to recognise is that everybody tries the best they know how and let things go.
    3. Using the power of water for its cleansing properties. Best solution is to prepare a hot bath, use some salt (or Epsom salts) and add essential oils of herbs with cleansing and healing properties such as eucalyptus, achillea, sage, myrrh and peppermint. Please remember to dilute and do not apply directly on your skin. Dive in and soak your body. Feel the cleansing properties of water removing all the debris from your body and aura and take deep breaths to allow the aroma of the oils replenish you.
    4. Ask assistance from your Deities, the Universe and any higher forces that you work with. The first step is to recognise that you need help, put your pride aside and ask for it. When you ask they will listen.
    5. Carry crystals which ground negativity and have protective properties such as onyx, obsidian, black tourmaline or tiger’s eye. Remember to cleanse them every so often as they all have storing capacities.
    6. Time for a good house cleansing.
    7. Cast a purification and cleansing spell.
    8. Cast a protection spell.
    9. Use the upcoming ritual of the chalice and the athame

Always remember to take baby steps and keep going, asking for help is not a sign of weakness and whatever the situation you are stronger than you think and you can always surpass your expectations.

How to Become a Wiccan: A Guide for Beginners

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After sharing blog post “For the beginner pagan, wiccan & witch: Tips & resources to get started”, many questions came through our Instagram account about how to “become” a Wiccan. I should start by saying that you don’t really “become” a Wiccan. You could say we all are white witches, black witches, wiccan, mages, etc… You already are what you feel that you want to be. We are just remembering how to be. Your path is already written.

In this blog post found in www.explorewicca.com is explaining how to become a Wiccan. Remember, you already are, here we are just going to help you to remember it.

The path of Wicca is one filled with excitement, mystery, and wonder. If you’re seeking to become a Wiccan or learn more about what a Wiccan does and believes, you’ve come to the right place!

This article is meant to be a complete, in-depth guide for introducing you to the world of Wicca.

How to Get Started in Wicca

Getting started in the world of Wicca doesn’t have to be a complicated affair.

It simply begins with a desire to learn more about the craft.

Memorizing spells, buying supplies, performing initiations rites—all that comes later.The first steps on the path of Wicca involve keeping an open mind and having a thirst for knowledge.

Becoming a witch is more about cultivating a spiritual mindset and embracing the magick of the world, as opposed to doing and saying specific things.

CREATING YOUR BOOK OF SHADOWS

However, one formal thing I would suggest you do to get started in Wicca is begin a book of shadows. This is one of the most important supplies a Wiccan has in her possession.

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Put simply, it’s a place where a witch keeps everything she learns—spells, correspondences, spiritual insights, nagging questions, and anything else deemed important.

The book of shadows is a deeply personal, living document that charts your journey through the craft.

Your book of shadows can be a traditional journal or notebook, or you can create one digitally—what’s important is that you have a place where you can jot dot down everything you learn in your study of Wicca.

To begin your book of shadows, I recommend a dedication page. Write down today’s date and a short statement about your intention. For example, you might write:

“This book of shadows is dedicated to my spiritual journey.”

USING YOUR BOOK OF SHADOWS

How you structure and organize your book of shadows is up to you.

Some witches prefer to write everything down in chronological order as they learn.

Others break theirs up into different sections—one area for spells, one area for gods and goddesses, etc. Everything about your book of shadows should be a unique representation of yourself.

Ultimately, getting started in Wicca is all about marching to the beat of your own drum and searching for truth, wherever the path may lead you.

Wiccan vs. Witch vs. Pagan

When you’re just beginning the study of Wicca, it can be easy to get tripped up by the terminology. There’s no need to be embarrassed by it—we all go through the “what in the world are they talking about?” phase.

By far, one of the biggest sources of confusion is the distinction between a Wiccan, a witch, and a Pagan.

These three terms are very closely related, and it can be very challenging to keep them straight.

First, the good news—if you use the terms “Wiccan”, “witch”, and “pagan” interchangeably, 99% of the time people will know what you’re talking about. Outside of the magickal world, these three words frequently all refer to someone who practices some type of witchcraft.

However, in Wicca, words matter.

We say certain things at certain times and in certain contexts because we understand the power that language has to shape our world.

Words are powerful, and words are magickal.

For this reason, I think it’s worth learning the distinction between these three terms.

WICCAN

This is the easiest one: a Wiccan is simply a person who practices the religion of Wicca.

This religion was developed by British occultist Gerald Gardner and is considered a distinct branch of witchcraft. But while it might be the most well-known branch of witchcraft, it is not synonymous with witchcraft in general.

While Wiccans may incorporate other belief systems into their personal practices, there are in fact some teachings within witchcraft that are considered exclusively Wiccan.

WITCH

This refers to anyone who practices any branch of witchcraft. This means that all Wiccans can also be considered witches. (For our purposes, a witch is anyone who believes in and works with the power of magick.)

But the reverse is not true—all witches are not Wiccans.

PAGAN

Here’s where things get a little tricky.

Paganism is a broad umbrella term for religious practices that developed in the folk religions of rural areas (particularly in Europe).

Originally, the word “pagan” was used as an insult by Christians of the ancient Roman Empire towards people who continued to worship their traditional Gods and Goddesses instead of the Christian God.

Over time, people began to self-identify with the term Pagan, and it’s rarely used as an insult anymore, though.

KEEPING THE TERMS STRAIGHT

If you’ve been keeping track so far, you should have been able to deduce the following:

  • All Wiccans are witches.
  • Some witches and Wiccans.
  • All Wiccans are Pagans.
  • Some witches are Pagans.
  • Some Pagans are Wiccans or witches.

For example, a witch who only works with the traditional deities of ancient Egypt would not be considered a Pagan because that pantheon does not come from a folk religion—it comes from the highly developed religion of a highly developed society.

On the other hand, if someone worshipped the traditional Gods of the British Isles, they would be considered a Pagan but not necessarily a witch, if they didn’t utilize magick in their religious practices.

These are very minute and challenging distinctions to make. And like I mentioned before, it’s okay to mix them up or use them interchangeably.

You’ll rarely encounter a Wiccan, witch, or Pagan who will berate you for innocently using the wrong word.

Core Beliefs of Wicca

It can be hard to pin down any beliefs that all Wiccans share. This is mostly because diversity of thought and practice are a hallmark of the religion.

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THE WICCAN REDE

However, if there’s one unifying belief that unites all of Wicca, it’s the Wiccan Rede.

This statement, though it looks deceptively short and simple, actually contains deep philosophical and moral insight. And it goes like this:

“An [if] it harm none, do what ye will.”

For those of us who aren’t well-versed in old English, this can be rephrased as something like, “Do what you will, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone.”

In some ways, this statement is similar to the ever-popular Golden Rule:

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

This is because it takes into account how our actions can impact others. However, the Rede adds a truly Wiccan twist to things—do what ye will.

Witches and Wiccans love their independence. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that, historically, folks have not had a lot of tolerance for us.

From the Christian church dictating (quite often, violently) which God was acceptable to worship to the struggle for governmental recognition of our religion, we’ve rarely been given the opportunity to be left to our own devices.

Finding your own path, doing your own thing, discovering your own truth—these are all important aspects of the Wiccan experience.

However, compassion for all forms of life on this planet informs our experience as witches, too. And with the Wiccan Rede both of these conflicting ideas are brought into harmony with one another.

THE RULE OF THREE

Another common (but not universal) belief in Wicca has to do with the Rule of Three.

This is simply a belief that the energy we put into the world will come back to us threefold. This idea is slightly different from the Wiccan Rede, but it is absolutely consistent with it.

So, if you’re promoting peace and prosperity in your witchcraft, you should expect that good energy to return to you in some form.

And if you’re promoting negativity and evil, that will find its way back to you as well.

It’s important not to get too hung up on the “three” portion of the Rule of Three, though. Just because you do one good deed doesn’t mean you should expect three to come your way!

This is rarely an exact science—rather it’s more of a general reminder that karma exists and you can’t escape the consequences of your actions.

Wiccan Deities

Wicca has two primary deities of its own that hold a special position within witchcraft.

They are the archetypal (classic or traditional) representations of divine feminine and masculine energy. These deities are known as the Triple Goddess and the Horned God—or you might also hear them referred to as the Lord and Lady.

THE TRIPLE GODDESS

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Take a look at the image above—that’s the symbol of the Triple Goddess.

She is depicted as the three phases of the moon, and each of those phases corresponds to a different representation of the Goddess.

Over the course of a month, the moon enters different phases, and we can observe this by watching its light gradually get larger and then smaller night after night.

The Maiden

When the moon is moving towards being full, this is known as the waxing moon. And within the triple goddess, it represents the Maiden.

The Maiden is a young woman and is a symbol of purity and beauty. We as Wiccans turn to the Maiden for things like:

  • A fresh start
  • The blessing of people or objects
  • Beauty spells

Basically, she represents all that is good and wholesome within the world.

Within the cycle of the seasons, the Maiden is celebrated on the spring equinox—with a Wiccan holiday known as Ostara.

The Mother

When the moon is full, it represents the Mother—the second face of the Triple Goddess. As our spiritual Mother, she represents fertility and maternal protection.

In traditional times, witches and pagans would turn to the Mother to ensure a good harvest and a healthy family.

We might not have crops to worry about now, but we still turn to this manifestation of the Triple Goddess for the guidance and comfort that only a Mother can provide.

We celebrate the Mother at the time of the fall equinox—as this was traditionally part of the harvesting season.

The Crone

Finally, as the moon nears the end of its cycle, it moves towards darkness.

This is known as the waxing moon, and it represents the third part of the Triple Goddess—the Crone.

Crone” is a term sometimes used to refer to a witch of advanced age. Some people may use it as an insult, but within Wicca, the elderly hold a position of importance.The Crone represents all the spiritual and magickal wisdom that experience brings.

A witch is at the height of her power as she nears old age, and the Crone is a celebration of that power.

She is celebrated at the winter solstice—a time when we remember that life is a cycle of death and rebirth.

THE HORNED GOD

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(image via Wikimedia Commons)

The Horned God is the classic male nature deity within Wicca.

He is commonly depicted as having the antlers of a stag and represents harmony with nature and the power of the natural world. Sometimes, you will hear witches refer to him as “Cernunnos”, which is the name he is given within Celtic witchcraft.

There are some people who like to claim that the Horned God is the Christian Devil. However, this is not the case.

The Wiccan God has no ties to Christianity whatsoever—in fact, he predates the religion by centuries. Cernunnos is not some malevolent entity who is going to poke you with a pitchfork and send you to Hell!

He is our protective Father who helps us attune ourselves to the natural world.

The Horned God is classically associated with the Underworld, so as with the Crone, we celebrate him at the winter solstice. You might also see Wiccans invoke Cernunnos and his protective power during memorial services for the deceased.

Seeker Ritual

If you’re interested in giving Wicca try but aren’t sure how to get started, I’ve created a simple seeker ritual just for you!

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There’s nothing formal or binding about this ritual—you won’t have to sell your soul or swear allegiance to witchcraft or anything like that.

It’s simply a way to symbolize your intention to grow spiritually. You’ll be asking for Divine guidance in your quest to find truth, and that’s something beneficial whether or not you decide to become a Wiccan.

This seeker ritual is also a good introduction to what Wiccan magick looks like.

While magick can range from incredibly fast and simple to incredibly detailed and complex, Wiccan spells and rituals have some components in common.

These include:

  • Symbolism that affects one or more senses (sight, smell, etc.)
  • Invoking of a deity (like the Triple Goddess)
  • Particular words and actions that must be performed

This seeker ritual illustrates all three of these things, and I’ll be sure to point them out as we get to them. But for now, let’s get started!

COLLECTING YOUR ITEMS

To begin with, you’ll need to collect a few items to use during the ritual. These will provide a visual representation to help strengthen the symbolism and spiritual energy of the process.

In this particular instance, you need to find four items that represent the four primal elements of magick—firewaterearth, and air.

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These four elements have traditionally been seen as the four building blocks of all life on earth.

Within Wicca, they each represent different attributes. For example, fire is a symbol of passion and desire, while earth is a symbol of wisdom and stability.

They show up pretty frequently in rituals, and you’ll be invoking these elemental spirits to assist you with different aspects of the seeker’s journey.

As far as the items you choose, feel free to get creative with this process.

Traditionally, a witch might choose a candle to represent fire, a flower to represent earth, incense to represent air, and a bowl of water to represent water.

But as long as the objects represent the elements in your mind, it’s fine to use them!

In addition to these four items, you’ll also need a candle—a white one, if possible. It represents Divine energy and will be used near the end of the ritual.

Don’t forget the matches or a lighter! (And always use precaution when dealing with fire!)

So to recap, your item list should look like this:

  • Object representing fire
  • Object representing water
  • Object representing earth
  • Object representing air
  • 1 white candle
  • Matches or a lighter

PERFORMING THE RITUAL

Clear a space and place your four elemental objects on the ground, as if they were the four points of an invisible square.

Stand in the middle of that square (with the candle near your feet). Clearly say the following:

All spirits of goodwill are welcome here to join me on my spiritual journey. May I learn the truths you have to teach me.

Now, move to your object representing fire. Stand in front of it, and with your palms up in the air, say:

Element of fire, giver of passion. Light the flame within my soul that I may always desire to seek the truth. So mote it be.

(FYI—“So mote it be,” is a phrase you’ll see a lot in Wicca. Without getting into all the details, it’s basically the witchy equivalent of a Christian saying, “Amen.” It’s a phrase we use at the end of some invocations to reemphasize our desire for the words to become reality.)

Next, move to the air object. Once again in the same position, say:

Element of air, giver of flight. Move me closer to the truth with your gentle winds. So mote it be.

This time, stand in front of the object representing earth and say:

Element of earth, giver of wisdom. Plant the seeds of knowledge within my soul. So mote it be.

Finally, move to the object representing water. Repeat the following:

Element of water, giver of purification. Cleanse my soul that I may be worthy to embrace the truth. So mote it be.

If you were paying attention, you probably noticed that all four of the previous invocations followed the same basic structure—they began by addressing an elemental spirit and followed with a request to that spirit.

This ties into the idea that I mentioned earlier of particular words and actions being an important component of spells.

By creating repetition and rhythm in our words, we attune ourselves to the rhythm and flow of magickal energy all around us.

Finally, return to the candle in the middle and light it. As you do, say this:

Divine spirit, accompany me on my journey. Show me the road towards truth that I may come to love all the wisdom of the Universe. My intention is set, my will is sealed. This is the path I have chosen. So mote it be.

And now we’ve reached the end of the ritual!

It may not seem like much, but these words and actions you’ve just performed have serious spiritual significance.

Even when we don’t notice it, the energies and spirits of this universe are always in action—so you can rest assured that your intention has been telegraphed loud and clear.

Learn More About Wicca

So that about does it for our crash course in the world of Wicca!

You’ve discovered the basics, but there is so much more to learn about this exciting art! Deities to discover, incantations to memorize, spells to write—your options at this point are wide open!

If you’re looking for resources that delve into the advanced specifics of Wicca, you’ve come to the right place!

Five Steps for Casting Spells Essentials for Beginner Witches

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I found this interesting article and decided to share it with all our community. It is recommended for any witchcraft level. You will found in detail steps for casting a Spell. Published by Sage at Exemplore she explains spells as simple steps that can be followed by witches of any level of knowledge. The use of a spell is meant to 1) change the ‘inner landscape’ to prepare you for going after your intent and 2) to direct the conducive energy that will draw your intent to you, or ‘clear the path’ for you to reach it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Casting Spells

The way one designs and executes a spell can vary greatly, but the underlying principles are the same. I like to think of it like buildings—all over the world there are buildings with completely different designs. No matter what they look like outwardly – tall or short, brick or steel, ornate or simple — they all have to adhere to basic engineering principles for a sturdy frame and foundation to hold them up. Likewise, a much about the way one designs and executes a spell can vary. A lot depends on the Witch’s methods, religion, philosophies, preferred tools and components, etc. but underneath there is a common framework and foundation that is what actually makes it hold up. There are essentially five essential parts to casting spells.

How to Cast Spells

Spell Casting Part 1: Preparation

Preparing for a spell is pretty much all the pre-spell work that you’ll be doing. This begins with defining your intent, which involves identifying your need and determining the ultimate goal of the spell. I have found the best intents are:

    • Personal (the spell is cast on you, or someone close to you with your permission, rather than others who aren’t actively cooperating).
    • Specific (no “wish” spells or “just make life better” spells – think about your actual needs. This is no time to be ambiguous).
    • Focused (if you can’t say what you want in a few words, you’re not focused enough).
    • Positive (always strive for positive goals— never use negative language like not, won’t or can’t. For example, instead of a spell to not be lonely, cast a spell to find a friend or romantic interest).
  • Broken down into small goals when your overall goal is complex (just think about how many steps or how many changes it would take to achieve your intent; do a specific spell for each one of those rather than one big spell to try to change everything at once).

Find, or write, a spell. Review it, tweak it and familiarize yourself with it well. You don’t have to memorize it (you can if you want), but you should really be familiar with the steps and what you have to say so it flows naturally. Even if using notes, you should not be stumbling over them because you barely glanced at them.

Determine timing if you wish to work with magical timing.

Gather materials and supplies. Make a list; check it twice.

Prepare your space. Clean the area, cleanse and purify it if you feel the need. Set up your tools and supplies. Send the kids to grandmas, walk the dog, feed the cats, turn off the phone, put a ‘do not disturb’ sign on the door if you think it’ll help.

Prepare yourself. On the day leading up to the spell you may want to eat light or fast, meditate and center yourself, take a cleansing bath or purify yourself in some way.

Spell Casting Part 2: State of Mind

Your state of mind needs to be conducive to your goal from the earliest preparation stages, through the spell and until your intent is manifest. State of mind is everything, which is why it’s so important to have mental discipline (a regular meditation regime helps).

In the weeks/days leading up to the spell, keep positive thoughts. The worst thing you can do is walk around worrying, “Will it work? I hope I don’t screw this up! I’m scared of what might happen!”

During the spell, you want to achieve the ALPHA state, the most conducive for magic and energy work. Alpha is a meditative state of relaxed awareness. It opens the way to the subconscious while you still maintain consciousness. You know the feeling—it’s when you run on ‘autopilot’ and are so focused on the moment. You don’t notice the time passing. You’re not thinking about what you need to do in the future, or what you could have done differently in the past. You’re not worrying about your chores or whether you feel cold or hungry; you are completely and fully absorbed in the activity. You’re in the zone.

After the spell, you need to keep your thoughts positive. Thinking negative thoughts or letting doubt creep in just sabotages the results. It’s best to not think about it at all, but if you do think about it you must think about it in a positive way. You need to banish doubt and worries, and know you not only can achieve your goal, but — on some level — you have achieved it.

Spell Casting Part 3: Linking to Your Intent

During the spell, when you’re in the ALPHA state, you need to establish both a psychological and metaphysical link between you and your intent. There are multiple ways to do this, and you can actually throw several into the mix:

    • State your intent. By saying and hearing it, you make it part of your reality and thus begin to forge a connection between yourself and the intent.
    • Sensory stimulation. Pick image, scents, sounds, tastes and objects with the feel that reminds you of your goal. For example, if satin sheets remind you of wealth, use a satin altar cloth for a money spell. On the flip side, a lot of healing spells utilize blue. If blue just reminds you of depression and having ‘the blues’, then it’s not a good option for you and you should pick a different color.
    • Creative Visualization: the more detailed you can envision your intent already manifested, the better.
    • Symbols and imagery have a powerful effect on the subconscious. Use something that makes sense to you. For example, if you work with runes, you might see FEHU as symbolizing material wealth and career success. That’s great—use it. If you don’t work with runes, then don’t use FEHU just because someone else says so. Perhaps a dollar sign, or the amount you want written out on a fake check.
  • Objects. In sympathetic magic, you might use a poppet, or in candle magic you might use one candle to represent yourself and one to represent your intent. Personal items are a great way to infuse personal power and link it with your intent. This is why you find so many spells that call for using nail clippings, hair, blood or personal belongings.

Spell Casting Part 4: Raising, Directing and Releasing Energy

Once you are focused on your intent and have connected yourself to it, it’s time to begin raising energy. Part of this energy comes from internal sources—your emotional state, your thoughts and desires. This is why it is so important to keep your mind exactly where you want it: on the intent. The rest of this energy is drawn from external sources—your tools, correspondences, components, the Elements, other participants (if any), deities you might invoke, the Earth, Moon, Sun or other planets. Basically, everything in existence has energy, and you can draw from one or more sources when casting your spell.

Energy should build up slowly but surely by your chosen method(s) for raising it. Work on raising energy for as long as you can, until you feel it’s reached a crescendo.

How long does it take? Some people feel they can do it for as little as 5 or 10 minutes; others will spend hours. This will take time for you to experiment to see how you personally are able to build a sufficient amount.

At that point, you direct and release. To direct it, simply keep focused on the intent. There are a number of ways to release energy. Some people might stomp and shout. In sex magic, achieving orgasm is the release. Burning or breaking something is a great way to release energy. If you’re using an infusion or potion, you’d drink it. “Seal” the spell with a final thought or gesture to formally signify it’s done. This might be saying something, such as, “So mote it be!” It might alternatively be a gesture, such as throwing up your hands or making the sign of a pentagram with your finger or blade.

Make sure to ground as well, once you’re finished, as a final step of working with energy. Just envision pouring out any last bit of excess into the earth, a tree or a tool.

Ways of Raising Energy

  • Drumming
  • Chanting
  • Dancing
  • Rocking
  • Visualizations
  • Sexual aarousal

Spell Casting Part 5: Creating Channels

I go much more into depth about channels is in my article, but essentially a channel is creating ways for that energy to flow freely between you and your ultimate intent. For example, if I cast a love spell to meet a compatible mate, I then create ways for the spell to take effect—I join a dating service online, I start going out by myself to coffee shops or museums, I take classes at a community center or volunteer at a charity, putting myself in the position in which the energy can help manifest my desire.

Thus, you put yourself in the perfect position for your spell to manifest.

A Visual Aid:

Witchcraft: Beginner’s Guide to Candle Magic

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This article by Mackenzie Sage Wright gives an excellent description of candle magick. Original Source: Exemplore.com

Candle Magic

Candle magic harnesses the power of fire to bring change. Fire is the Element of transformation. Think for a moment how fire transforms things: it melts wax. It renders many organic materials (leaves, wood, flesh and bone) to ash. It softens hard metals to make them malleable for forging. It can heat substances, turning them from liquid to gas (water to steam, for example). If you mix ingredients together and put them into the fire, it can transform your batter into cake, your dough into bread. It brings light to the darkness and warmth to the cold.

Since human beings discovered fire, they were in awe of its power. They sought to harness that power, mostly to use its power of transformation. We continue this ancient tradition when we practice candle magic.

If you’d like to learn candle magic, this guide will take you through it step-by-step. Remember: the moment you begin planning a spell, you are in the process of casting it. Always keep your good intentions and a positive attitude, because you’re pouring your energy into the goal.

Step 1: Determine Your Magical Goal

As with all magical workings, it’s very important to put thought into your goal. Some tips to keep in mind when setting a magical goal:

  • Be specific (no ‘wishing’ or ‘make things better’ type goals)
  • Be realistic (don’t venture into the realm of fantasy here)
  • Consider the ethics of your actions (always act ethically and don’t interfere with free will)
  • Use positive language (avoid words like ‘don’t’, ‘can’t’, ‘won’t’ and ‘not’)
  • Break bigger goals down into a series of smaller goals

Try to write your goal in a single sentence, such as ‘I need to earn extra money to pay the electric bill’ or ‘I want to be protected from harm when I travel’.

Step 2: Design Your Spell

Use your goal to help guide you in designing your candle magic spell. Let’s say I’m doing a money spell for the electric bill. I’m going to do the most basic candle magic spell: I’m going to visualize my goal and light the candle to release the energy.

I’ve decided to keep components simple and to a minimum: a taper candle in a holder, some oils to dress the candle, maybe a few herbs and spices to lend some power

Finally, I want a chant to help raise energy. I can use one of the many chants found online, or I can custom-design one. The only important thing about the chant is that it has meaning to me. I also personally like to use rhymes, because they’re easy to remember and to get into a rhythm.

If you use magical timing, you could check a lunar calendar to decide the best moon sign or planetary hour for your spell.

Here’s a Chant I Might Use:


This is a chant from my Book of Shadows that I wrote when I was out of college, trying to get my finances in order, my career off the ground and pay off student loans:

Money, money, come to me

I seize the opportunity

With this spell the tables turn

What I need is what I earn

Increase paychecks I will see,

This is my will so mote it be!

Step 3: Collect Your Components

Choose components aligned with your goal. For our money spell, we already designed the spell to use one candle, a holder, and some oils, herbs and spices to lend power. We want to find a candle in the color to correspond with our goal. We also want to use oils, herbs and spices that correspond to the goal.

Looking in my magical cabinet, I might find:

  • A green virgin candle – candles should always be virgin, or never used, in candle magic. As for the color choice, use your instincts or see the *quick color correspondence guide below.
  • A gold candle holder – gold also represents wealth (it’s not real gold, it’s just gold-colored, but it’ll do)
  • Patchouli oil – an oil associated with prosperity
  • Ground cinnamon – a spice associated with wealth
  • Dragon’s blood – a resin that lends spells power
  • Ground ginger – a spice used to speed up results

How do I know correspondences? Part of learning Witchcraft is learning to choose correspondences appropriate to your goal. There are lots of correspondence charts in books and on the internet which can come in handy. A quick Google search will yield and abundance of them. The most important thing to remember, though, is that the correspondences have to have meaning to you.

A good thing to ask yourself when choosing correspondences is, “What things do I associate with my goal?” Green reminds me of money and wealth; if gold or brown or red remind you of money and wealth, you could use those colors. If I didn’t have essential oil, I might just use corn oil— corn reminds me of cash crops and prosperity. You might use olive oil– it’s expensive, so you might see it as a luxury item.

I use ginger because I have had success with it speeding up results of spells. Let’s say you hate Chinese food because it makes you sick, and the smell of ginger reminds you of that. Then ginger would not be a good correspondence for you, because you associate it with being sick.

*Quick Color Correspondence Guide

Red
assertiveness, courage, creativity, energy, passionate love, sex
Orange
ambition, concentration, eloquence, legal issues, intellectual pursuits, success
Yellow
attractiveness, clarity, happiness, intelligence, persuasiveness, travel
Green
growth, fertility, harmony, health, prosperity, wealth
Blue
dream work, healing, intuition, loyalty, peace, spirituality
Purple
connecting to the higher self, communing with higher beings, meditation, psychic abilities and development
Pink
beauty, compassion, femininity, partnerships, romantic/innocent love
White
all-purpose (can be a substitute for any other color), cleansing, purification, truth, reflecting energy
Black
absorbing energy, banishing, breaking things (bad habits, hexes, etc.) discovering hidden wisdom, protection, self-defense
Grey
invisibility (not literal), loneliness, neutralizing energies and spells, wisdom
Brown
abundance, family, friends, gardening, grounding, pets, stability
No list is written in stone. What’s most important is what colors represent to you. This is just a general guide– feel free to tweak it, expand on it, or toss it if it doesn’t resonate with you.

Candle Magic: Dressing the Candle

This is one of the most important parts of doing candle magic. You have to establish a psychic link between the candle, you and your goal. The process for doing this is known as ‘dressing the candle’.

Dressing the candle requires the candle and some oil (whatever you’ve chosen based on your goal). You have to pour the oil on your hands and rub it on the candle. There are a lot of different opinions on the ‘proper way’ to rub the oil on the candle. Here are some variations:

  • Rub the candle with oil from top to bottom
  • Rub the candle with oil from bottom to top
  • Rub from top to bottom to draw things to you; rub from bottom to tip to send things away
  • Start at the center of the candle and with oil from center to top, then from center to bottom.
  • Start at the ends of the candle. Rub oil on from the top end to the center, then from the bottom end to the center.

So which one is right? I think this is one of those things in which various methods work and you need to choose the one that works best for you.

The more important thing is your mental state as you rub the candle. As you rub the oil onto the candle, you should be strongly visualizing your intent and mentally ‘pouring’ that energy into the candle. You can use your chant at this point if you feel it will help and feel the energy building. Your hands may actually begin feeling tingly or the candle may begin to feel like it’s pulsing with energy—this is good, it’s working.

Do this for a couple of minutes, maybe 50 to 100 strokes, until you feel the candle is sufficiently charged. You can dress your candle well ahead of time if you like, or you can do it just before casting the spell. It’s up to you.

I Demonstrate Dressing a Candle On My Youtube Channel:

Candle Magic: Adding Power – Optional

We talked about using herbs and spices to help lend power to the spell, but how do we do that? It’s pretty easy, really. After you choose herbs and spices that correspond with your goal, hold them in your hand and charge them with your intent. Roll the dressed candle in them, or sprinkle them over or around the candle.

Another way to add power is to scratch names, numbers or symbols in the wax of the candle. You can use a pin or your ritual knife to scratch things into the wax. For our money spell, I’ll scratch my name (to further connect myself to the candle) and I’ll add the ancient rune FEHU into the wax– FEHU is a rune that symbolizes prosperity.

If runes are meaningless to you, you might choose a different symbol, such as a dollar sign or money bag. Of course, you could always just write ‘money’ on it. That’ll work, too.

Candle Magic: Casting the Spell

When the time has come to cast your spell, sit before your candle and follow these steps.

  1. Meditate as long as necessary to relax yourself. Take a few deep breaths, release tension and let go of intrusive thoughts and worries. If you want, you can imagine these thoughts are helium-filled balloons, and visualize yourself letting go of them.
  2. Begin to visualize your goal, as if your mission has already been accomplished.
  3. Try to feel the feelings you would feel if your goal were accomplished—you probably would be happy, relaxed, relieved. Imagine what you’d look like, what your life would be, if your goal were accomplished.
  4. When you have a clear visualization in mind, repeat your chant as often as you feel is necessary to raise energy. When you feel yourself bursting with your goal in mind, light the candle.
  5. Imagine the candle’s aura—the light aura right outside of the flame – is growing, getting bigger and bigger, filling the whole area. Imagine it growing out, expanding into the universe to bring you your goal. You may continue chanting if you desire.
  6. Spend some more time visualizing yourself having your goal. Hold the visualization as long as possible.

A Guided Meditation for Manifestation may Help

Candle Magic: Wrapping it Up

Allow the candle to burn out on its own. Make sure it’s in a safe place when you do this. It might go out before it’s finished, or it might completely melt away into nothing. It’s okay either way—don’t re-light it.

Bury the remnants and know that it’s done.

More on Candle Magic

This is only one candle magic method. There are other methods as well. Some people like to write or draw a picture of their goal on paper and place it under the candle. Some people like to write down their desire and burn the paper, lighting it from the candle flame. Some people put a pin in the candle and, instead of letting it burn down to nothing, they extinguish it when it gets down to the pin.

Other more complex candle spells may include performing the chants and visualizations for multiple days in a row. You would extinguish the candle each night and re-light it the next day when you continue with the spell.

Still other candle magic methods involve using multiple candles—one to represent the caster, one to represent the target, and one or more candles to represent goals or situations.

That’s part of the beauty of candle magic: it’s flexible so you can really design your spell to suit your needs, but you can keep it fairly simple with a minimum of supplies. Keep practicing and you may be surprised at how helpful this skill can be.