Spellcraft is the art and craft of creating and casting spells.
Spellcraft honors the power of the well-crafted word. Once, it was perhaps comparable to oratory, a highly esteemed talent especially among honor societies, the ability to speak in a way that roused people to act, to think, to not think, to not act, according to your Will.
But spellcraft is more subtle as the words are not written or spoken to people, but to Nature, or the energetic Universe, in order to bring about a change.
Spells are spoken, often in accompaniment with other ritual actions and movements, in the privacy of the magic-user’s sacred space, rather than in a public place.
Crafting and Performing Spells
While there’s nothing inherently wrong with using spells found in books or on the internet, they are better used as guides for crafting your own personalized spells. Merely reciting a spell word-for-word from a book fails to establish a deep connection, and it will lack the energy imbued when writing your own incantations.
It’s crucial to understand that the power of spells resides in the desire and energy you infuse into them, not solely in the words you speak. Here are the essential steps for crafting your own spells and rituals:
Know the Basics:
Familiarize yourself with the fundamentals of magic, such as charging and discharging energy, centering, grounding, and creating a magical circle
Before embarking on a spell, gain a clear understanding of what you aim to achieve. Whether it’s healing, enhancing concentration, attracting love, selling a house, or celebrating a Sabbat, your intent must be well-defined.
Time Your Spell:
Explore the influences of the moon’s waxing and waning phases, the new moon, the full moon, and the days of the week on specific types of magic.
Study how these celestial phenomena can affect the outcome of your spells, allowing you to choose the most opportune moments for casting.
Familiarize yourself with the symbolic associations of colors, plants, and elemental magic. Learn which colors elicit particular results and delve into the magical properties of plants.
Determine the timing, clarify your intent, and choose the methods for gathering energy—whether through dancing, singing, or other means.
Additionally, decide how you will draw and open the magical circle.
Purify Yourself and Your Space:
Draw the Circle:
Create and consecrate your magical circle, marking the sacred space where you will perform your spell.
Invocation of Deities:
Invite and invoke the presence of deities relevant to your spell’s purpose, stating your intentions clearly.
Statement of Purpose:
Communicate with the deities, explaining why you have called upon them within the circle and articulating the specific goals you wish to achieve.
Build energy through singing, dancing, drumming, or any other method that resonates with you. Direct this energy using candles, herbs, stones, or other elements aligned with your intent. Release the energy once your spellwork is complete.
Restore your energy by consuming a small piece of bread or biscuits and drinking wine, milk, or juice.
Express Gratitude to the Deities:
Conclude your ritual by expressing gratitude to the deities for their presence and assistance.
Remember, this is a framework to guide your spellcrafting journey. Over time, you’ll develop your unique style and adapt these steps to suit your personal practice. Embrace the transformative power of spells and witness the magic unfold within and around you.