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Spell Construction

Creating Your Own Spell
A spell is nothing more than a verbal expression of your desires, wishes and prayers utilizing Magik. Just as with many prayers, or songs, a spell can be both literary and poetic, or simple and to the point. The trick to casting a good spell, is finding the right way to say it and do it for yourself, not based on what someone else says you should do. In other words, if it doesn't feel right, don't do it.
The best spells are the ones you create yourself. Don't stop reading here just because you don't think you have the talent or creativity to create a good spell. You do! Trust me. You just need to follow a few basic steps and you'll be able to perform some of the most beautiful rituals you can imagine.
The Power Of A Spell
A spell or prayer finds it's energy from you and your connection to the energy of Divine Creation. You bring it to life and put it forth on the breath of the universal wind. Once it comes to life, the energy of your words can grow, evolve and manifest into reality. But first you must find the words that have meaning to you. After all you will be the one casting these words and desires upon the wind, if you don't believe in what they say, how are they going to have the will to come to life?
The power of a spell is like the power of a prayer. It finds it's life within your personal intent, your desire, you need to bring the event into manifestation. Ultimately, a spell finds life through your belief.
Constructing A Spell
There are only 12 simple steps to creating a good spell. Get out your Book of Shadows and favorite pen, then begin your construction.
  1. Before you even think of setting up your ritual space, or gathering your tools, you must think about the design of your ritual and the underlying intent or purpose of the spell.
    1. The first section of your spell is a statement of intent. Clearly define what you wish to accomplish with this spell.
    2. Write out the words you want to recite during the rite, so you don't stumble over your words. Create a simple 4 line verse which explains your desire and intent. The verse can rhyme if you like, but it doesn't have to.
    3. The second verse casts the energy of your intent out to universe for creation.
    4. The last verse defines the reason for the casting. Be it healing, spiritual knowledge, or to share your love.
      1. Here's an example of a love spell:
        I set forth my heart and wish,
        for a loving honey of a dish.
        I send out my desire for love,
        upon the divine wings of a dove.
        To share my spiritual need and life,
        with a precious woman who will be my wife. (if you're a guy)
        with honor and respect to be his wife. (if you're a girl).
      2. Here's an example of an employment spell from Patricia Telesco:
        My goal is sure,
        my need is strong,
        help me find where I belong.
        To meet my needs,
        employment I seek,
        bring me success by the end of the week.
  2. If you want to invoke a particular alchemical element, decide which one will best represent and compliment the energy you wish to create. If you need help with the elements, read the Alchemy Of Life posting. Once you've decided which element to utilize, select an object or tool that will best represent that energy in your ritual.
  3. Decide how you will visualize your desire as you recite your spell. My favorite scientist, Albert Einstein, once said "Thought is energy. To create energy, use your imagination". This is the principal behind visualization. Saying the words to your spell at the same time visualizing their creation will add energy to your ritual. Don't skimp on your visualization! You might consider doing this part of your ritual within the frame work of a mini-meditation so that you can fully enjoy your visualization journey.
  4. List out all the items and tools you want to use during your ritual. Candles, stones, matches, music, tape player or recorder, your Book Of Shadows, a pen, and so on. Make a check list so you don't forget anything when you're inside your circle.
  5. If you wish to invoke a deity, decide which one. Chose some symbolic object to represent that deity within the ritual. Write out the words for a prayer or blessing to honor the deity you've chosen.
  6. If you practice the Celtic method of honoring by food, decide what type of food to prepare, how to prepare it and how you will incorporate it within your ritual.
  7. Decide where you will conduct your ritual. Where will depend largely upon your physical resources and environment. Make sure the ritual space is clean, and uncluttered. Make sure the place you choose will provide you with at least 30-60 minutes of privacy. And make sure the ritual space is an area where you feel completely comfortable and at ease in.
  8. The last preparation is to decide the time for your ritual. Timing involves a few considerations. If you are invoking a specific deity, you might determine which time of the day, night, week or even month is best suited for that particular deity. You might even decide to conduct your ritual in conjunction with a particular phase of the moon or location of the sun.
Pagan's Path Grimoire
That's all there is to the construction of a spell. If you'd like an example of a spell ritual from start to finish, you might take a look at the PagansPath Grimoire.

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Created: 04.08.1999        Updated: 09.30.2008


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