Preparing to Cast a Spell
New to Wicca, witchcraft or other kinds of magickal workings? There is more to successful magick than just finding some free witchcraft spells and going through the motions. Proper preparation can really improve your spellworking. These are not set-in-stone rules, but just some suggestions that you might want to keep in mind before casting your next spell.
Focus Your Intentions
Vague spells will give vague results. Think about exactly what you want to accomplish with your magick, and fine-tune your spell as best you can. A spell for happiness is nice, but you should identify what in your life is making you unhappy in the first place (job, relationships, family, etc.)
Dress the Part
This is not a necessary step, but having a particular piece of clothing or jewelry just for rituals can help put you in the right frame of mind before you even begin. Doesn't need to be a "Pagan" item either. Anything that makes you comfortable or magickal will do.
Learn the Spell
There is nothing wrong with performing a spell while reading from a book or printout. But it does detract from the flow of your work if you have to keep stopping to check the words or flip pages around because you don't know what to do next. You're have a much easier time focusing if you at least have a rough idea of the words and actions.
Get Your Supplies Together
You wouldn't start to bake cookies without first making sure you have all the ingredients you need. If working from an existing spell, gather everything together before you begin. If you are doing a spell from scratch, think about what supplies you will need and stick to that. Remembering something else while in the middle of your work is very distracting.
A Ritual Bath
While some traditions consider this to be an important part of the spell casting process, not all do. A ritual cleansing can be a bath, shower or even just taking a moment to wash your hands. You can use plain water or try using herbs, oils or even scented soaps. Clean away any negative energy before beginning your ritual.
Pick the Right Time
Though the proper time isn't crucial, it can add extra energy to your spellworking. Whether you choose to work by the phase of the moon, or the day of the week, you can select a time that suits the purpose of your spell.
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