What makes a spell work
by Snow Phoenix
crafting is merely a tool to invoke the power within you. The
symbols, elements, ritual steps and time are used to focus your
power to attain a goal. Many spell crafters will not give away
their spells because they believe that there is a problem with
ethics. I tend not to agree. No one can give you power that
doesnít already exist within you. Intent is the power that fuels a
spell and it must come from within your own realm. By practice,
adjustment and gaining confidence in your own abilities, a spell
gains power. No one can hand you systematic set of instructions to
unlock what may dwell within. Everyone has a unique combination.
When I was young, my grandmother told me that a womanís power is
invoked by the moon. A full moon and a (new) dark moon are peak
points of power. A waning moon is the power of decreasing and this
is the time to invoke things to become less. A waxing moon is a
time of gaining and to invoke things to increase. A day moon is as
powerful as a night moon and affects you as well.
Full and Dark Moon
The times of the Full and Dark moon are when I make talismans, mix
oils, Ďinitiateí new items (stones, knifes, herbs) and prepare
candles. The properties are different. This is a learning process.
Things become powerful for you after you give them meaning. Use
books and info as general guides, but note what it really does do
for you. Different items give different people Ďdifferentí powers.
Things becoming less. You want less bills, less worries, less
arguments from others, etc. This is the time to ask for it. It is
a good time to start a diet but donít cut your hair during this
time, it will grow back slower.
Things becoming more. More securely money- wise, more beauty, more
attraction, more outstanding to another, etc. Donít start any diet
during this time, - it will be more difficult. It is a good time
to sew a bag to keep tarot cards or runes inside. You want them to
One of the best times for psychic spells and protection because
the sun and the moon are in the sky. I do more gardening, cleaning
and arranging areas of my life under a day moon. I find that I am
more active and can create more and I use this time to reflect and
improve various aspects concerning my projects.
The elements within the spell it self are guidelines; you have to
modify it to invoke your power. Some times, you will be reading a
spell and say to your self, ďA red candle would work so much
better, and the incantation doesnít need to be that long.Ē And you
are right. For the spell to work for you, that is what you need to
change. Learn to listen to your inner guide. Your inner guide will
let you know what you need to change to invoke and raise your
There are things that do go wrong when spell crafting. I have not
had a problem with spells coming directly back on me, per say, but
the result was not what I intended.
Most of the love spells I cast turned into disasters. The first
spell/disaster I cast was for a guy to fall in love with me when I
was fourteen. He didnít ask me out, instead he told everyone that
I slept with him. No harm was ultimately done, and I became
popular with the bad girls without having to do a thing!
Another love spell I cast around 20. I wanted this shy, good-
looking, successful guy to become infatuated with me. I figured
that through this infatuation, I could get to know him and the
relationship could slowly grow into love. This didnít quite go as
planned. It worked within the fact that he was infatuated, but he
kept a distance and just stalked me for nearly a year. He was
there in the distance, sitting in his car. I thought that maybe
this was suppose to happen and the next move was to be mine, I
decided to approach him and take the initiative. When I came up to
his car, he looked at me and I looked at him. It could have gone
somewhere had he not have been whacking his Willie at the time. My
romantic image of his perfection was crushed. I just am no good at
love spells. The only way it works for me is to cast an
enchantment on myself to make those already interested notice me
more. If love develops out of it, great, we go from there. If it
fades, then I cut my losses and move on. I am not so picky about
men as I used to be, I donít care if the guy is a little over
weight or homely, my primary requirement is that the man has
natural black hair and is intelligent.
It is best to try all the conventional ways of solving your
problem before resorting to this kind of Magick. A hex can affect
someone that you are unaware of being your rival and you may hurt
those you didnít intend to along the way. Just be careful with how
you direct your power. Some hexes will go after even those who are
going along with the pack just to fit in. A hex identifies them as
traders to your trust whether you personally forgive them or not.
Destructive people who gossip and try to ruin you donít really
deserve to be forgiven by trying to manipulate your kind nature.
My kind and forgiving nature was unappreciated and my rivals
didnít respect me for being able to rise above this behavior.
Instead, they just said I was mousy and stupid. I learned not to
be so generous with my kindness. You need balance in your life and
you canít be the good fairy whom brings happiness to all. If you
give away all your happiness, all you will have is misery. Donít
find excuses for your abusers. Your hex will find them, donít feel
too sorry for them, they didnít for you.
Different items give different people
I donít seem to have much power with crystals. Snowflake obsidian
is much more effective to me than a crystal. Perhaps it has
something to do with the past or the path of my life - I am not
sure, I do know what tends to work for me and when I focus on that
aspect, it becomes more effective and grows stronger. You need to
learn to ignore some pop culture recommendations and follow your
path to invoke your power. Just because it says so in a book
doesnít make it so in your case. A few years ago, a 19 yr old
wanted to argue to the death with me about lavender oil. She was
dead set that according to the book, it can only be used for
relaxing, and nothing else. If it was written in a book, it had to
be true. The only thing I have to say about this is, if you want
to throw enough energy to make a light bulb short out, you canít
be this gullible, and until you break free of following someone
elseís intended path, your power will not reach its potential.
When writing spells keep it simple and focused. Donít try to do
too many things at once.
Have a Purpose. Donít cast just for the sake of casting. That is
like fishing with no bait. It is a waste of resources and time.
Pay attention to what Moon phase you are in and the time. The
hour, Day of the Week/ year might be significant to your spell.
What is logically the best time?
What is the Element (air, fire, water, earth) or direction that
you use? What applies to what you want?
Color, Incense/oils, Gems (stones or crystals) help you focus. Get
a note book and decide what means what to you. Donít panic if it
is different than what a book tells you. Use them according to the
power they reveal to you.
Herbs/plants Ė this you will have to follow the book. You donít
want to poison yourself.
Other associations: Pen/ink, paper notes, a focus couplet or poem
that applies to what to do.
Remember to record your spells and what you tried to do and what
happened instead. Note anything that went wrong, and find the
detail you missed.
Happy Spell crafting and casting!
Snow Phoenix (nick name)
Bracken Reed Gray (magick name)
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