Please don’t email me about how to cast spells. Instead, please enjoy this 101 which gives you the basic principles of how spells work.
What Is A Spell?
A spell is a part of your will which you have separated out from the rest of you. It runs in the background, in your unconscious mind, executing whatever specific instructions you gave it.
It burns up your energy until it completes.
Spells take energy from you as needed to complete their work. There are many types of energy, but spells generally run off of life force or ego. Spells which burn life force tend to work on a more grounded, physical level. Spells that burn ego tend to be more focused on changing social stuff.
Life force depletion can manifest as unexplained exhaustion, poor immune system, over-sleeping and over-eating. It is obviously not the only cause on any of these things.
Ego depletion manifests as having unexplained difficulty concentrating, applying self-discipline, or forming new habits. It is, again, not the only cause on any of these things.
For this reason, it is always good to give every magical working a hard expiration date.
It has a measure of its own intelligence.
Most spells have a measure of their own problem-solving abilities. They think in a very limited, very focused way, perceive their environment, and have a measure of consciousness. A spell can always be recalled.
It follows whatever intentions you articulated at the moment you cast it.
We don’t really think about it, but our memory is both imperfect and malleable. Every time you remember a memory, you re-write it, ever so slightly. Even if you think you remember the exact intention, you probably don’t remember it exactly.
Nonetheless, your spell is running in the background, executing exactly what you ordered. It is nearly impossible to get two spells to have the exact same intention. Therefore, if you have two active spells working on the same problem, they may argue with one another about how it should be done, or waste energy repeatedly undoing one another’s work.
Sometimes, you create spells without realizing it.
This can happen in a number of ways. Whenever you really *need* something to happen, on an emotional level, or have perfect belief that it will, you create a spell. Spells can only do what is possible. If the emotional need is unfulfilled or the faith unjustified, it can burn energy in the background until it is released.
We sometimes create spells to self-sabotage. A really emotional, ingrained belief that you are doomed to suffer some particular fate can sometimes manifest like a spell.
What Steps Can You Take To Pro-Actively Manage Your Spells?
If you change the way you cast spells, you can keep track of them and dismiss them at will. Spells do answer when they are called, provided that you have enough specific information about them.
Plan your spells in advance. Keep a written record.
Ideally, when you craft a spell, you should include all the following information:
- Date, Time, Day of Week
- Symbols used
- Physical materials
- Exact words you spoke
There are no right and wrong symbols, colors or correspondences. They are different in every culture. I recommend that you use symbols from your own culture, rather than appropriating them from a culture you do not belong to. But above all, choose symbols and materials that are meaningful to you.
A spell creates a bridge between you and the forces of nature. If you use a spell written by someone who uses symbols differently than you, and their central symbol does not mean to you what it meant to them, the spell very well might fizzle as your unconscious mind says, “You want me to stick what in the where now?”
Create a name for your spell.
Having a name which belongs to the spell and to nothing else you know about can be a useful tool should you decide that you need to call the spell back and dismiss it. “John” is not a great name for a spell because you are too likely to know a person named John. “Duximus” is a good name for a spell because you are unlikely to need that word on a day-to-day basis.
Create a distinctive appearance for your spell.
You can shape how the spell appears to the third eye it with your imagination.
Ceremonial magicians like to use simple geometric figures for this. Really though, as long as you are clear with yourself about what the appearance means, any appearance can be used. It could look like a shadow, or a stag, or a cloud of pink glitter.
You Can Call Your Spells Back
Using the name, astrological circumstances, planetary day and hour, symbols, physical materials and the exact words you spoke, which you wrote down earlier, you can very quickly and confidently summon back the energies of a spell to undo them.
But in a pinch, just knowing what exact effect the spell is having should be enough to call your spell (or anyone else’s spell) back to you.
Write an invocation for the spell, and call it, just like you would anything else you wanted to talk to.
Once it is present, say to the spell: “From me you came, to me return. Whatsoever form I gave you, be free of it and come back to me. Whatsoever task I put you to, desist in it and come back to me. From me you came, to me return.”
Or, if it is a psychic or magical attack, say the following: “To me you were given, now give your power to me. Whatsoever form I gave you, be free of it and come back to me. Whatsoever task I put you to, desist in it and come back to me. To me you were given, now give your power to me.”