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What is a Spellcraft: Creating & Casting Spells

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

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.


Spellcraft is the practice of using rituals, symbols, and metaphysical tools to influence specific outcomes or intentions.

It’s a component of various spiritual and magical traditions, such as witchcraft and Wicca.

Practitioners set intentions, perform actions, and often call upon spiritual forces to help achieve their goals.

Spellcraft can be used for purposes like healing, protection, love, prosperity, and personal growth.

It relies on focused intention and energy manipulation, with the practitioner’s energy and belief playing a significant role in its effectiveness.

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.

DefinitionSpellcraft is the art and practice of using metaphysical techniques, rituals, and intention to bring about specific outcomes or changes in the physical, emotional, or spiritual realms.
Intentions and OutcomesThe primary purpose of spellcraft is to manifest intentions, desires, or goals, which can range from love and healing to protection and personal empowerment.
Diverse PracticesSpellcraft encompasses a wide variety of practices, including but not limited to witchcraft, ceremonial magic, folk magic, and various cultural or tradition-specific approaches.
Ethical ConsiderationsPractitioners of spellcraft often emphasize ethical considerations, such as the principle of “harm none” and respecting the free will of others.
Tools and SymbolsSpellcraft may involve the use of tools like candles, crystals, herbs, oils, runes, and symbols, each chosen for its specific energetic properties.
Table: Overview of Spellcraft

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

Clarify Your Intent:

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.

Understand Correspondences:

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.

Correspondence Tables: Seeing Energetic Relationships
Table of Color Correspondence

Ritual Preparation:

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:

Engage in a ritual bath or meditation to cleanse yourself. Employ tools like a magic broom, incense, or burning herbs to purify your sacred 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.

Also read:

Difference Between Evoking and Invoking [Spirits]
What is a Deity in Witchcraft? How do They Help Witches?
Which Deity am I Connected To? Here’s How to Find This Out

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.

Magickal Working:

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.

Cakes and Wine:

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.

About Morningbird (Witchipedia's Founder)

I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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