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Sixteen Steps for Successful Spellcrafting

1. Clearly understand and define your magickal goal.

2. Plan your visualization and other wording.

3. Choose your catalysts and begin to empower them. Catalysts include particular types of herbs, stones, candle colors, etc. that are apropriate for the kind of spell you are doing. For example, rose quartz crystal and pink candles for a love spell.

4. Decide when you want and need to do a spell.

5. Be sure of the ETHICS of your goal. For example, you may want to do a tarot reading to get a feeling of the spell's outcome. This can help you decide whether it will be a good idea to do a particular spell, or if you have to think more about your goals.

6. Gather all your equipment and go to your magickal place at the appropriate time according to: day, moon sign, and planetary aspects if applicable.

7. Prepare your magickal space. This can include: setting up the objects you will use for the ritual, cleansing/smudging the space, and purification of yourself, and dedicating the altar and tools.

8. Ground, center and begin clearly visualizing.

9. Raise magickal energy.

10. Do whatever physical actions your spell requires.

11. Release the magickal energy towards its goal.

12. End your spell and close the sacred space.

13. Ground excess energy into the earth.

14. Record your experience in your Book of Shadows.

*15. Back up your action on the physical plane. Alot of people tend to forget this part. Many think a spell "takes care of itself" like a magic trick, but it takes will on your part to make sure the spell is manifested. If you do not do this, the spell simply will not work.

16. Rework the spell as needed.

17. Break the spell when necessary.

The Art of Spell Casting

~Raven Grimassi

When creating your own spell, or embellishing ones that already exist, it is important to consider any correspondences related to the work at hand.

The art of Spell Casting incorporates many different aspects. Most spells ]include the use of various types of candles, herbs, charms, oils, and so on.

Also common to most Spells is the verse or incantation. Here we will examine The spell itself and each of the ingredients, as it pertains to the casting of the Spell.
A spell is a simple, or basic, work of Magick which incorporates the use of Personal power and / or "other world" power (known also known as drawn power). In a spell, the mind is conditioned by each step or phrase of the spell. This allows the mind to draw upon its inner powers. The spell is a focus for the mind and a catalyst. It enables the mind to create changes in the Astral substance, which will then cause changes to occur in the Physical world.

The forces which work together for the success of the spell are basically these: the trained mind, the Magickal current, and the Astral substance. The mind is trained in visualization, concentration, and imagination. These are the keys to raising personal power. The Magickal current is a Plane of Forces, and is sometimes called the Elemental Plane. It is a "current " flowing to and from the Astral Plane. Anything which enters the flow will manifest in the realm opposite its origin. The Astral substance forms around any energy which stimulates it. Thus does it transform the energy of mental Magickal images into formed thought. Once a thought form is firmly established within the Astral Realm, a corresponding will occur in the Physical Plane. When the spell employs the aid of a God or Goddess, the formula is still the same. The Deity involved simply uses the Astral Realm as a mediator and "responds" to the spell from another Realm.

Spells can be used for many different reasons. They may be used to heal or to harm. They can bind a person from performing a certain act, or they may remove an obstacle to allow a person to accomplish a goal. The power of a spell is limited to the power of the spell caster, and to his or her own ability to formulate and direct the spell. The casting of spells involves the employment of the four Elements. Candle Wax is symbolic of the Earth. Oil represents Water. Incense smoke is symbolic of Air, and candle flames/ritual flames represent Fire. The use of these Elements serves as a "battery" of power. Together with the spell caster's own mental/emotional energies, this "battery" supplies the drive needed to accomplish the Magick of the spell. It is important to visualize your desire as you work the spell, Concentration is also very important to visualize your desires as you work the spell. Concentration is also very important, for it will "fix" and "bind" the spell. Symbolism Is also essential in the art of spell casting. You must incorporate all colors, scents, images, personal links, and so on, which pertain to the person or situation for which the spell is intended.

In conclusion, you must symbolically release the power of the spell. An example would be to visualize a sphere of energy forming before you (or perhaps between your Palms). Then mentally project the sphere off in the ether, or in the direction of the spells "target". Finally, you must dispose of any melted wax, ash, or debris in a manner suitable to the nature of the spell.

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