Whether you are new to witchcraft or have been practising for some time, you may feel unsure of how to go about writing and cast your own personalised spells. It may be that you are worried you will get something wrong or it could be down to the fact that you feel your spells will not actually work. Every spell that you find online or in books has been created by someone and although they may have more experience than you do, this does not mean that you should not write and cast your own spells. Even if at first you do not have very much success, in time you will gain valuable experience and successes.
Spells that you create for yourself can in fact be far more powerful and bring more success to you. This is because they can be created specifically to fit your need or wishes. This can be especially useful for very personal or complicated situations.
Spells can be thought of as a type of recipe and just like cooking, the more experience and knowledge you gain the better the outcome will be. In the case of spells knowledge refers not only to knowing how to actually create and cast a spell but also to learning about which herbs, colours, crystals, deities and other relevant items will be best suited to the type of spell you wish to create. Lists of correspondences such as herbs, colours and planets can be found in books and on the internet but these can vary depending on who wrote them. Even considering this they are a great help and starting point. It is a good idea to look through several rather than just going with the first list you find as you may find that one resonates more with you than others. You may also feel that you wish to combine lists and use bits from each. As you work with items such as colour, crystals, and herbs you will begin to get a sense for which are suited to a particular purpose.
If you are draw to a particular item when you are working on a spell or get a feel from it that it would work well, it is okay to go with that feeling. Your own instincts and feelings are a very important part of creating your own spells and of any magic or witchcraft in general so never feel afraid to follow these. Keep detailed notes of your spells and other magical work in a journal or book of shadows so that you can refer to these in the future and also learn from any mistakes and successes. Over time you will be able to build your own personal list of correspondences and may choose to work from these alone or in conjunction with information from other sources.
Creating your Own Spells
There are no set rules on how to create spells and what one person considers correct may not work as well for others. It may take some time practicing and experimenting to find what works well for you, especially if you do not have very much experience with spell work. Do not let this put you off trying as even if your spell is not as successful as you hoped you will still be gaining experience and learning all the time.
When you are creating spells there are several factors that can help you in the process. These are:
- your intent and purpose
- gathering suitable materials
- a focus such a chant or visualisation
- when you carry out the spell creation
- the spell casting itself
- how you bring all of these aspects together into one fluid and natural working.
Intent and Purpose
The intent and purpose of your spell is a very important aspect and you should be as clear as possible of what you wish the outcome to be. Being clear and specific about what your spell is for will help it to work with much more accuracy than if you are vague or indecisive. The more you are able to focus on your intent the more power will be added to your spell. Try to think of a certain outcome that you would like you wish to manifest as: for example rather than casing a spell to gain more money, which is fairly vague, use a spell that is aimed at helping you find a new job, getting the promotion you applied for or to help you have more will power in saving money.
Choosing Materials for your Spells
When you have chosen what you will be casting a spell to achieve you can begin to look at what items you may need for the spell. To help out with this you can look at other spells and see what aspects are common or always featured. You can also look at correspondence lists which will be full of information on what items have the energies that correspond to your intent. These lists can be found easily online and many books will also contain useful information which may be more specific. A book on crystals will list the properties, uses and associations for each type. Other books that may be helpful are those concerned with herbal magic, candle magic, symbolism or colour.
The items that you chose for each spell are entirely personal and you can use a selection of different items or can chose several different varieties of the same item. A spell can be cast using only herbs, for example or you may choose to use herbs, a crystal and an appropriately coloured candle. If there is a type of magic that you enjoy working with or have found success with then you also chose to use that.
Writing your Spell Content
Words, poems, chants and other vocal additions are not vital to ensure that a spell will be productive but many people use them to help them focus on and add energy to the casting. If you are not sure what to say you could use a general chant asking for help from deity or the elements or you could use another spell to guide you. Spells do not need to be complex or written with perfect spelling and grammar, t is much more important that your intent shows through clearly.
If you do not want to say anything out loud as part of your spell you can also say the words in your head. If you prefer or find it more convenient or effective you can visualise your wish and watch it unfold in your mind as you desire instead. Other options could be to write or use an existing guided meditation or to meditate on your spells outcome.
When to Cast your Spell
Just as choosing the correct materials that correspond to your spells intent can help it to be successful, days of the week and what phase the moon is in can also help. Casting spells on the correct day should not be considered as something that must be done as this is just one of many factors that affect a spells success. It will not ruin your spell if you are unable to cast it on a set day. Generally accepted day correspondences are:
- Monday is associated with the moon and is a good time to perform magic concerned with family, dreams, fertility and spiritually.
- Tuesday is related to Mars and is a good day for casting magic for independence, energy, working through obstacles in life and to help you deal with conflicts.
- Wednesday is Mercury’s day and is said to enhance magic related to creativity, communication, studying and knowledge and anything connected to careers.
- Thursday is a good choice for magic to aid you in finances, business, legal matters and anything concerning prosperity. Jupiter is Thursday’s planet.
- Friday is associated with Venus and is the time for spells that focus on love, romance, family and relationships.
- Saturday’s planet is Saturn and is best for spell work around protection, banishing, meditation and overcoming unwanted or unproductive habits.
- Sunday is related to the Sun and can be used to bring extra power to magic for abundance, success in our endeavours, strength, happiness and health.
In addition to the days of the week, many people consider that certain types of magic are best performed during specific phases of the moon. You can look these up online or buy calendars or even apps for your phone; computer or tablet that can show you what phase the moon is in or will be in at a given time in the future. These can be invaluable for planning.
The new moon is considered a time of beginnings and new starts. Spells for health, personal improvement and achievement and new opportunities are given extra power when cast at this time. During the phase of the waxing moon spells for growth and development of all kinds are enhanced. As the moon grows bigger each night as it heads towards full moon, growth in our strength, motivation, friendships and luck can also be worked on using magic. The full moon lasts for a short time and many people count the two day previous and two days after the actual full moon to also be part of the full moon phase. This phase is ideal for working magic around creative or artistic pursuits, love, fertility, psychic abilities and divination. Finally the waning moon is the phase in which the moon slowly shrinks away to the new moon. During this phase is the ideal time for cast spells relating to endings or removing things from your life. Examples of spells for this time include the banishing or breaking of bad habits, removing negativity from your life, dealing with addictions and ending negative relationships or friendships.
Combining Everything into a Working Spell
The most important aspect of creating your own spells is your intent. If you are not able to focus on what you are aiming for then even the most carefully planned spells will fail or be of limited success. Being able to visualise your intent and how you see it coming to be is far more important than having the perfect or expensive ingredients and tools. If you are distracted during your magical workings by other thoughts or things going on around you your intent and energy will not be sent our clearly.
This can be quite hard at first and is something that many people struggle with. With so much to think about in our lives it can be hard to relax and focus on only one thought or subject. Practice will help to improve your abilities and meditation can be a useful practice to take up as well. If you find meditating difficult, try a guided meditation instead as these can be easier or preferable.
Exactly how you carry out your spell will depend on the type of magic you are working as well as personal preferences. Candle magic is a popular choice of magic and easily performed without large spaces or special tools. Candles can be chosen in a corresponding colour and decorated with relevant symbols, herbs and even crystals. Small crystal chips can be bought and pushed into the wax and a knife can be used to carve symbols for example. Herbs and larger crystals can be placed around the candle. Herbs could also be used to create loose incense to burn during the spell. Spells can be as simple as sitting under the moon while visualising your intent and asking the universe or a chosen deity for their help in making it true. Another way of working spells is to create a herbal or magical sachet and carry that with you or place it in an appropriate place.
At the end of your spell many people like to give thanks for being listened to, guided and helped in their magical work. There is certainly no harm in being polite and recognising that magic is something we should be grateful we are able to turn to for assistance in times of need. Another thing to think about is adding a line such as ‘and it harm none, moot it be’ to guard against your wishes coming to be in a way that may benefit you but be negative or harmful towards others.
© 2014 Claire