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Monday, May 5, 2008

Spell Writing Pt 2

Spell Writing Part 2:
Energy & Timing

We have learned from our First Degree studies that everything in existence is composed of energy. All that exists vibrates at different frequency levels. As we consider the seven levels or planes of existence, we see that the highest vibrations exist at the highest level, or Deity, and the lowest exist at the lowest level, that being matter. We now see that a Spirit being will have a very high frequency of vibration and a stone will vibrate at a very low or subtle frequency. A good way of relating to this concept is to consider radio waves. They travel in an up-and-down roller-coaster type of movement. Higher frequency vibrations make the waves closer together and very steep. Lower frequency vibrations make the waves further apart and more like gentle slopes.

So what has all this to do with magick? Well, our First Degree lessons teach us that magick is the manipulation of the energy around us to bring about change in our lives. Each ingredient that we include in our spell-working will have an effect upon that energy, sort of like ripples in a pond. Each stone, herb, color, incense, or oil that we include in our spells, will bring its particular properties or energy to that spell. How much of an effect is determined by the number of ingredients we use and their properties. We also know that thought and emotion have an effect upon energy. Thought and emotion, like spirit, vibrate at a higher frequency than physical things such as stones and herbs. Proper timing can also boost the intensity of a spell’s energy. The greater effect we have upon this energy, the more power we will be introducing into our spells. That is why it is important to understand the concepts of energy and timing. We must also remember that any spell, regardless of how long it is or how many ingredients are involved, is nothing more than words written on paper if we do not do the visualization and personal energy work involved. The power of the spell is relative to the amount of energy we put into it. We must empower the spell and all the ingredients to our intention. As we have learned from our First Degree studies and exercises, we must practice and exercise our psychic muscle to become powerful witches. Yes, the ingredients we use do bring their properties to our spells, but the more personal energy we pour into the spell, the more power it attains and the more energy it has when we send it out to the Universe, the more successful it is apt to be. It is of vital importance to every witch to practice and become skilled at visualization and raising power. Diligent practice of your First Degree exercises is the beginning. As this course deals with the writing of spells, as opposed to the working of spells, we will leave discussion of raising power to future courses.

Timing is a matter of determining the proper time of day or night, season, hour, moon phase, or even tidal motion for performing a spell for a particular intention. There are mountains of information on magickal correspondences for timing to be found on the Internet as well as in books. In our final Lesson of this course, we will deal with the basic lists of timing correspondences as well as correspondences for all ingredients, which you can add to your personal Book of Shadows as a start. With time you will collect more and your lists will continue to grow.

To address the issue of how to incorporate timing into our spells we need first to consider the intention. As with each ingredient, we want to look for the correspondences or properties of each spell, and determine which period of time, or phase of the moon, or tidal movement we would like to use for our purpose. If the spell is of a banishing nature, or one of getting rid of something such as a bad habit, then we would consult our lists of correspondences for the best time and ingredients to include in our spell working to achieve that goal. As you can see, when we begin to work at gathering together our thoughts and ingredients for spell working, we are actually involved in a research type of project. As with all things magickal, the most important factor is first determining our intention or goal. What is it that we want to bring about with our spell? By answering this question first, then we can begin to lay out our map of accomplishment. Spell-writing can actually be thought of as making a map. Your intention is your starting point. Your ingredients and timing are steps on the map and your goal is at the end. By thinking about spell-writing in this manner, we can lay out a blueprint or recipe for successful spell-writing and a successful spell-working.

Another important point to consider in relation to timing is the length or duration of the spell. Will the duration of the spell be the length of time it takes to cast the spell? Or will the effects of the spell continue on for a week, a month or longer? We must determine how long the actual spell will last. Length or duration refers to how long the spell itself will continue working after you have finished casting it. Spells written to last more than the usual time it takes to cast as spell will need to be determined using basic number correspondences. This means finding the number of hours, or days, etc. that the spell will continue. For instance, if the intention of a spell is protection, one might write a spell that would include lighting a white candle for 7 minutes, reciting a spoken charm 7 times and doing this each day for 7 days. On the seventh day the spell is completed and ended.

It is important to remember that what you choose to include in your spell and how long it will last is totally up to you. If you want to write a spell that incorporates wishing on a full moon, then so be it. Your major ingredients would be determining when the next full moon will be and the words you will speak or think. If you want to write a candle spell for love, then you need only determine the color of candle you will need, and what you want to say. How and what you include is up to you. If you wish to only use your personal energy as the sole input of energy for your spell that is your choice. Including more ingredients is a matter of bringing in energy or power from our environment.

Spell ingredients such as stones and oils, and anything you might choose to include, can be powerful not only as ingredients, but these items themselves can be further empowered or charged by you, to bring additional energy into the spell. How much effort you put into your spell determines how powerful it will be. This has nothing to do with which ingredients or how many ingredients are used. I have written very successful spells and worked them and simply thought a desire from deep within my soul. No ingredients were used, no special ingredients, just deep intention. On the other hand, one of my most powerful spells included an extensive list of ingredients and was worked over a period of 30 days. So how do you know what kind of spell you need? By using your intuition and your own basic wants.

1 comment:

Faerie♥Kat said...

Another excellent post. IMO, all you have said here is applicable not only to writing your own spells, but should be applied to anyone else's spell before use. If you don't understand why an ingredient is included or an action required, then you can't properly execute the spell. What do you think?