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How to Become a Witch and Practice Witchcraft: How to Cast a Spell
Casting Your First Spell
How to Cast a Spell
One of the most common questions I get about learning how to practice witchcraft is, "How do I Cast a Spell?" Many people understandably think that witchcraft is casting spells. While learning how to cast a spell is certainly a major part of being a witch, witchcraft is a spiritual practice that can include reading about magic and other spiritual topics, meditation to strengthen your spiritual "muscles," prayer, devotion to a deity or angels, acts of service to others in honor of your faith, creating herbal tinctures and elixirs, crystal therapy, etc.. In other words, learning how to cast a spell is an important part of learning how to become a witch and how to practice witchcraft, but it is not the only thing!
Trying to learn how to cast a spell can be an incredibly frustrating process for new witches. There is so much information online, but much of it is full of caveats telling you the importance of casting a spell, or being prepared to cast a spell without actually getting into how to cast a spell! In my opinion, the best way to learn how to cast a spell is to find out how other witches cast spells so you can recreate the process with your own flair. (More on why adding a personal touch to the spells you create later in this article!)
Books on Casting Spells for Real Witches
Reading is where anyone should begin when learning how to become a witch and practice witchcraft. Below, I'll link some of the best books I've found on learning how to cast a spell and practice witchcraft that are easy to understand and implement.
How to Cast a Spell for Beginners
Ray Buckland's Advanced Candle Magick
Despite the title, this is actually a great book for beginners! Candle magick is by far one of the easiest ways to learn how to cast a spell. Candle magic can be as simple as lighting a candle that has been consecrated for a specific purpose and projecting your intentions. When the candle is done burning, your intention and magic are sent out into the universe to work!
The Casting of Spells by Christopher Penczak
Practical Spell Casting
This is a relatively new book, but it provides a great practical overview of how to cast spells. The author takes you through the process, with a good bit of focus on the importance of building intention, which is a skill that will serve you well as you learn how to become a witch.
Alchemy for Beginners
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Alchemy
Don't let the title put you off. This is a clever and brilliantly simple guide to the foundation of witchcraft, as explained through alchemical principles. What do witchcraft and alchemy have to do with each other, you may ask? Everything! Granted, my path is particularly Western and alchemical in nature, but anyone can learn from the breakdown of the universal principles provided here. Too many people get caught up in specific paths of witchcraft, and while there is certainly benefit to pursuing a spiritual path or tradition, the fundamental laws that make magic work are the same no matter what you practice.
How to Cast a Spell
Know Why You Want to Cast a Spell
The most important thing when learning how to cast a spell is knowing why you want to cast a spell. It doesn't have to be any life-altering purpose, contrary to popular belief. In fact, when it comes to learning how to cast your first spell, it's best to start small! There is benefit in actually doing the magic. You can be a "book witch" who reads thousands of books and never actually practices, but witchcraft is a practice. If you don't ever use magic, you're more of a theorist than a witch. And that's perfectly fine!
Magick is the practice of manipulating energy for a purpose. A spell is giving that purpose a name and gathering the material supplies you need to project your intention into the universe. That's it! Really. This is why it's hard to find "real spells online," because the truth is that any time a witch projects her intention for a specific purpose, that is a spell! The most effective spells are either those that have been practiced so much that the words and correspondences themselves take on meaning and power, or those you create from scratch on your own. I highly recommend learning how to cast your first spell by starting with the latter.
The good news is that a spell can be as simple as writing your intention on a piece of paper and burning it (in a safe, well-ventilated way, of course) or even saying a few words that hold special meaning while holding your intention in your mind. It really is that simple! Learning how to become a witch is not about buying expensive witchcraft supplies or complicated rituals. It's all about learning how to focus on what you want (your intention), getting into the mental state of having it (manifestation) and knowing the correspondences (physical items, words of magic, ritual, etc.) that will help you focus.
Write Your Spell Before You Cast It
This is not a necessary step, but I find it helpful. Magick is all about being conscious and confident in what you are doing, so the more comfortable you feel, the more effective your spell will be. Write down each step of your spell, even if it's one you've printed out online. This will not only let you rehearse in your head so you're more comfortable when it comes time to cast your first spell, but serve as a great entry for your book of shadows so you can keep track of your spells later!
How to Consecrate Cards (Applicable for general consecration as well!)
Witchcraft Protection Before You Cast a Spell
Protection is an important part of witchcraft, but I do think that people shoot themselves in the foot by obsessing over protection. This is where faith comes in. If you have a religion or belief system, this is what will protect you while you cast a spell. Why do you need protection? Well, because any time you are consciously manipulating energy, that tends to draw attention from the spirit world. Most may simply be curious spirits wondering what you are doing, but it's still better to be safe.
The simplest and most common form of spiritual protection before casting a spell is to cast a circle. This is easier than it sounds. If you are a solitary practitioner, you can cast a circle the easy way by envisioning a white or light blue light surrounding you. Like a bubble, or even a circle on the ground that projects all the way into the heavens and down through the earth, surrounding you in all directions. If you are religious, use your religious rituals of protection.
For example, I am a Christian witch, so whenever I cast a spell or do magic, I know I am always protected by angels. The Archangel Michael in particular is the one I have always called upon for protection with great success! And calling on him is not limited to Christian witches, by any means. I know many witches who practice a variety of witchcraft paths and also recommend calling on the Archangel Michael for protection when casting a spell or engaging in any kind of spiritual activity. He is a very responsive, loving entity who comes to the aid of all who ask him! If you want to learn more about working with Archangel Michael, I'll link an excellent book below.
Working with Archangel Michael for Protection When Casting Spells
Gather Your Supplies
Witchcraft supplies can be literally anything! Correspondences in magic are used as links between the spiritual and material world. The alchemical principle of As Above, So Below, As Within, So Without applies here. While a correspondence can be anything you choose as your intention and association with that object is what matters, it helps to use items that are commonly associated with specific magical intentions. For example, using cinnamon for money or love spells, obsidian for psychic protection, bay leaves for making wishes, sage for protection and spiritual cleaning, etc..
Examples of Witchcraft Supplies and Correspondences:
- Petition papers
- Symbols and sigils
- Images of an angel or other figure
- Pinecones, acorns and other items found in nature
Easy Spells to Cast - Online Spells
Below, I will list a few basic examples of spells you can cast. As always, these are meant to be used as examples only and in no way guaranteed to provide a specific outcome! Use at your own discretion. You should always put your own flair on spells and do your own research.
Simple Money Spell
An easy money spell to draw more abundance into life is to take a green candle and consecrate it with oil. If you want to get fancy, use cinnamon oil or another oil associated with abundance! I apply the oil in downward strokes, drawing the energy into the candle while chanting a simple phrase such as "abundance, come to me. Abundance, come to me." The candle is lit with the intention of opening the doors for abundance to flow freely. Never leave candles unattended or unsupervised!
Simple Love Spell
A great spell for drawing love into your life is to take a piece of rose quarts (or a rose if you don't have one) and hold it. As the witch holds the stone, she envisions love in tendrils of pink and red and white flowing into the stone or rose, which symbolizes love flowing into her life. This is best done on a Friday, associated with Freya, the Norse goddess of love (among many other things!)
Simple Protection Spell
A simple protection spell is to anoint a white candle with any sacred oil of your choosing. The witch then creates a mixture of cinnamon, sage and star anise and sprinkles it in a counter-clockwise circle around the candle on a plate or other non-flammable surface. As the candle burns, she imagines the glow from the flame projecting warmth that surrounds her and whoever else she wants to protect, creating a circle of protection. As always, never leave candles unattended or near anything that might catch flame!