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What is magick? -- how to and tips


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Magick is the act of change as a result of Will (aka focused intent). It is not what some term 'supernatural' because anyone with sufficient Will (i.e. most people) can do magick. If you want it badly enough, you can make it happen. There are many types of magick such as prayer and chanting that people do every day, and they do work. It is simply a matter of intent and focus. Magick can be performed by anyone who can focus sufficiently.

Despite centuries of hype about 'black magick' and 'white magick,' there really are no such things. Magick itself is a tool, and it is neutral. Like a fire or knife, it can be used for many things by many people. That same fire that can cook supper could easily burn down the house if one does not pay attention or uses it incorrectly.

Spells vs Rituals

What is a spell?

A spell is an act of magick with minimal words, tools, and actions. When designing a spell, keep in mind the three basics of spellcrafting: need, visualization, and Will.

Only perform spells for things you actually need, not just for things you want (such as a lot of money or a new love). Do not waste time or energy doing spells on a whim. Once you have defined your need, visualize how best to achieve this need in as much detail as possible. Then, focus your Will into the spell.

What is a ritual?

A ritual is an act of magick with formalized words, tools, and actions, usually written out beforehand.

One type of ritual is used as an act of worship or necessity (such as a handfasting, burial, or seasonal rite). Once written, the latter can be performed as needed.

The other type of ritual is similar in nature to a spell, but more formalized, and can be designed under those guidelines.

Writing spells and rituals

It is generally best to write one's own spells and rituals instead of just copying them from books. Done this way, they will be exactly as you want it, with your own intents. This will give it a little extra potency. Also, remember that very few spells fail completely. There is an old saying to 'be careful what you wish for -- you may just get it.' Often, things do not quite have the results planned, so think carefully before doing anything.

Once you have decided on a course of action, keep careful records of your magickal workings: both a 'to-do' list and a record of the actual spell or ritual.

Sample magickal outline worksheet

Subject matter:
Moon Phase:
Tools needed (candle colour, incense, herbs, stones):

Sample magickal record-keeping log

Type of Working:
Outline of Situation:
Moon Phase:
Tools Needed:
Desired Outcome:
Magickal Solution:
Actual Results:

On the misuse of magick: when something goes amiss

Further reading

You might also enjoy these books:

Wheel of the Year Wheel of the Year by Dan and Pauline Campanelli (Llewellyn Publications, 1989): This is overall an excellent month by month reference for celebrating the seasons. I like that each month includes suggestions for food, charms, and activities.

One thing I don't like though is that the author presumes readers live in the same climate. "Cold" and "snow" are completely foreign concepts in this area. Our seasons here have much less to differentiate them.

Rites of Passage Rites of Passage by Dan and Pauline Campanelli (Llewellyn Publications, 1991): An overall excellent reference for family milestones such as births, birthdays, and weddings. A bit Wicca-centric, but then, that was what the authors practiced.

There is a bit too much in the way of speculative "maybe" and "probably" replacing what should be actual research into traditions, but the book has a lot of inspirational ideas to work with.

Ancient Ways Ancient Ways by Dan and Pauline Campanelli (Llewellyn Publications, 1991): A bit of a rehash of their authors' book Wheel of the Year, but more Celtic Wicca-centric rather than the "generic Pagan" claim on the subtitle. Probably quite useful for someone who is Wiccan to have the book divided by Sabbats this way.  

These books can be difficult to find since many are out of print. Some great places to buy used books online include:

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