fascinates most of us, whether or not we are Witches. The idea is
intriguing that you light a candle, drink a potion, or anoint yourself
with special balm and as a result, you make some real change in your
life. Though it seems easy and simple, it can take a lifetime to
master. Occultist Dion Fortune said that magic is the ability to change
consciousness. This means if you can change your mind about aspects of
your life, then you can alter your approach and experience tangible
changes. A spell is one way that Witches spark the process of changing
a spell is both art and technology. It is a skill that anyone can
learn. The technology part is associated with learning about
correspondences, symbolism, and timing. It also is associated with
taking appropriate physical action. For example, the appropriate
actions you might take to obtain a new car would be to get a job, save
money, and then go to a car dealership. Granted, this might sound a bit
mundane, but it is a component in making magic.
art of spellweaving is associated with meditating, daily
self-observation, and learning how to make subtle changes in that self.
Using the car example again, if you want a new car, you might observe
what it is about yourself that keeps you with the old car. Or you might
explore what stops you from taking appropriate action. Once you know
what makes you tick, then you have a better chance of making change. If
you practice either the art or the technology independent of one
another, it is unlikely that you will achieve the desired results.
is a topic that is of vital importance to any spellweaver. It is wise
to familiarize yourself with the following two ethical codes:
The WICCAN REDE, or code, states, "An it harm none, do as ye wilt." Ask
yourself how your magic will affect your own life, the lives of others
and the life/resources of the planet. If your spell harms anything or
anyone, don't do it.
The law of threefold return is a warning about the karmic repercussions
of spellweaving. Whatever you do magically will come back to you with
three times the potency. Therefore, it is wise to weave only positive,
don't believe in using the terms "black" and "White" in relation to
magic. Black is supposed to mean baneful and white means beneficial.
Black is the color of the universe, so if black means baneful, then the
universe is baneful. The brightest, white light can come from an atomic
bomb. So these terms are misleading and outdated. It is better to find
some other, more creative way to describe your magic.
works on the principle of "like attracts like." In other words, if you
create something symbolically, you will attract that thing in reality.
When you weave a spell, you build a symbolic language. The language of
symbol is the language of your unconscious mind, where you store vast
reservoirs of psychic energy. The key to magic is unlocking the
unconscious' many doors with the right symbolic keys. The way
spellweavers do this is by selecting multiple symbols that correspond
to their magical workings. Through this, they create a magical,
symbolic language that tells the unconscious just what to do.
are many books that discuss this topic and provide correspondence
tables. For your convenience I've included an extremely abbreviated
list of magical correspondences to help you get started with your
Color - Element - Stone - Scent - Herb - Planet
Silver - Water - Moonstone - Camphor - Orris Root - Moon
Red - Fire - Ruby - Cinnamon - Broom - Mars
Yellow - Air - Opal - Bayberry - Mandrake - Mercury
Blue - Earth - Amethyst - Sage - Hyssop - Jupiter
Green - Water - Pink - Emerald - Hibiscus - Venus
Black - Earth - Onyx - Patchouli - Cypress - Saturn
Gold - Fire - Gold - Orange - Frankincense - Sun
The Moon's phase, days of the week, and planetary influences all have a role in spellweaving.
Moon - Phase - What It Rules
Wax - Build - Creating, healing, outward changes
Wane - Destroy - Ending, diminishing, inward changes
Day - Planet - What It Rules
Mon. - Moon - Psychic ability, home, memory, business, cycles, women's power, intuition, politics, instincts
Tues. - Mars - Physical energy, healing, passion, sex, desire, ambition, force, power, work, competition
Wed. - Mercury - Rapid change, magical ability, speech, writing, knowledge, rational thought, intellect
Thurs. - Jupiter - Growth, expansion, luck, abundance, career, leisure time, optimism, prosperity, aspirations
Fri. - Venus - Arts, beauty, fertility, fruition, grace, love, adjustment, security, marriage, harmony, money
Sat. - Saturn - Karma, past lives, reincarnation, work, responsibilities, hardships, bad luck, patience, reality
Sun. - Sun - Joy, happiness, completion, health, men's power, leadership, pleasure, success, rank, authority
WEAVING A SPELL
reason that I stress the word WEAVE in reference to spells is because
through this type of work, you become interwoven with the fabric of the
universe. Spellweaving allows you to become one with the creative
force, the Goddess and God that pervade all. When you weave a spell, it
is beneficial to open yourself to the creative energy that flows
through each of us. That is the basis of effective magic.
spell I will discuss is a simple candle spell. To begin, write down the
goal you wish to achieve. Be clear and precise about this. Don't give
dates and times of when you would like your spell to manifest. A spell
is like a flower. It grows at its own pace. Instead of forcing, simply
know that by weaving the spell, you have begun the process of change.
you have written down your goal, begin to choose appropriate
correspondences. For example, if I wanted to create the conditions in
my life so that I could be married, then I might choose the planet
Venus, the color green, and the herb hibiscus as components to the
spell. I would also know to cast my spell on Friday during a waxing
Moon. Be creative with this process. There are no real "set" rules to
spellweaving other than matching up correspondences.
choose a candle based on the color you've selected. In this case I have
selected a green candle. On the day that corresponds to your magic (in
this case Friday, during a waxing Moon), cast a magic circle.
you are within your sacred space, use a sharp knife to inscribe your
goal onto the candle. Surround it with the corresponding herbs and
stones. Next, it is important to raise magical energy. Some people use
ecstatic dance or drumming. Other people create chants that are
associated with their goal and incrementally increase the speed at
which they chant. Choose a method that works for you.
you are raising energy, close your eyes and visualize your achievement
of the goal. Again, there is now set rule for how much time it may take
to raise and direct the psychic energy. Use your intuition to guide
you. At some point you will know that you have raised sufficient
energy. When you have, focus intently on the goal, touch your candle
with both hands, and release that energy into the candle. Light the
candle and know that your goal will manifest.
The information above was taken from Llewellyn's Witches' Calendar 1999