By: Windy Thorn
is a good reason I was taught to call spells spellweaving. It’s because
you are interlacing different aspects in to one magickal working.
Almost all pagan tools you use in a ritual (altar, candles, bowls,
music, bell and beesom) can be used in everyday household use. The
kitchen table can become the altar or the bell can be used to let
everyone know it’s dinner time or to call a family member when you have
lost your voice. But, when you combine these elements for magickal
workings they become interlaced in the magick you are about to perform.
By properly preparing yourself for your magickal workings or spell
weaving you are actively taking control of your innate magickalness.
This means you are taking responsibility for your actions. Below are
just a few things you need to be aware of before you decide to cast
1. Spells may take a long while to work. There is
a reason for this, picture the world as a giant spider web, each strand
on the web interacts with all the others and so on and so forth. To get
the spell to a designated area is asking a lot because it has to travel
through space and time to get there, similar from driving from New York
to Texas. There are a ton of miles, towns and detours you make before
reaching your destination and that is if you don’t get lost. It’s the
same way with magick. When you release the energy out in to the
universe to do it’s thing, you are telling the magick to go the fastest
route possible with limited number of stops. But there is still a long
way for the spell to travel, even under optimal conditions.
number one is to be patient. If the spell has not worked in three
months it’s safe to say you need to rearrange the spell.
What runs through your mind will set the pace of the magick. There is a
reason for having you visualize and focus on anointing candles,
blessing tools and making sure the spell is worded correctly. When you
perform the spell or ritual, what thoughts are filling your head is
what the universe will hear. So if you are asking the Goddess Athena to
help you get a better nights sleep then you know your mind is not where
it should be and the spell should be put off until you can regain your
focus. Athena just might give you a really good nights sleep and you
just might wake up in the morning with the world’s biggest headache.
mind, body and soul must be in agreement with the magickal workings. If
you are terrified of Athena, then you would not want to call on her on
your first ritual. If you feel the spell is a little too harsh or
something is just not quite right about the spell then it’s probably
not a good spell for you. Take the time to make your spells fit the
need. This means you need to learn how to write a working spell.
Think in physical terms. If you are wanting to promote physical growth
and change, then use a water fountain, potted plant or planting seeds
to represent the new growing you. With a little practice it becomes
easier to decide what items to use. If you want to quit smoking, use a
pack of chewing gum or hard candy and use that as your new focal point.
It’s not easy, but it works. Substitute, substitute and subsume some
5. When you cast your spell, see it like you would a
tree, it has roots (you the sender) the tree trunk (traveling to it’s
destination and branches (touches all these lives as it continues to
travel to it’s destination) and branches - the person the spell was
intended for. This is where you have a choice, you can keep the tree
healthy and alive or you can see the leaves dying and falling off and
then withering up and dying. This is called a crossroad and only you
can decide which way to go and which direction you chose to take.
Sometimes withering up and dying is a good thing (ex: quit smoking,
loosing weight) and at other times it’s not good (ex: you want to do
physical harm, revenge, hate). But you are the only person who knows
why you are casting a spell and you are the one who has to live with
the decision and the consequences of that decision.
are times when the spell does exactly opposite of what you want the
spell to do. Once again, go back and check your spell, see if you did
everything right. Maybe you said a part out of turn or mixed an oil a
little different. There is usually a good reason it went wonky on you.
Remember, frame of mind has a lot to do with casting your spell.
Sometimes a spell does not affect a permanent change. This is not a
good thing. For instance if you were doing a butterfly transformation
spell and for a couple of weeks you looked fantastic, then all of a
sudden the new make-up colors you wore are suddenly dreary and dark and
the new clothes looked worn out shabby and made you look like a wet
dog. That is when you know that something went awry in your spell. You
have to envision the spell growing and manifesting in to the new and
improved you, so visualize yourself at age one-hundred blowing out your
birthday candles and looking like you were sixty years old. See the
spell through to the very end.
5. If you feel nothing is
happening think again. Look back over time when you cast that spell.
Were there any signs along the way that you could have missed?
Sometimes this can happen when you have set up false illusions or
goals. Say you did a spell to win the lottery. Everything seems to go
well. You have your numbers picked, the ticket is in your hand and you
are eagerly awaiting your numbers called out to you on the television
set….. They call the numbers and you were way off the mark. How come?
Spellweaving does not work like that. There is no instant millionaire
success. The natural law of order must prevail. In a sense, destiny is
ruling with it’s iron fist. So now you look back over the past few days
and suddenly you see that there were signs, the newspaper made a big
deal about the money that could be won or you got a cost of living
raise at work. In a sense in this case, you got your money in the form
of a raise. The laws of magick are governed by our daily living
environment. An unreasonable request could be transformed in to
something else. This does not mean you get what you deserve, but that
you got what you asked for in a different way. It’s the way you look at
the end result as to whether or not the spell has worked.
Your motives affect the end results of your spell. Remember the story
of King Midas? Can you imagine turning your child in to gold? Sometimes
what we ask for magickally is not good for us physically. Accept it and
7. If the spell fails and you re-do it, over and
over again, and terrible results keep happening. Gee whiz, what did you
expect? When the spell first fails, you have to re-evaluate it and
everything you did during the magickal working. Did you expect too much
or not enough? Did you drive yourself crazy thinking about when the
spell would work? There are several possibilities, your thoughts and
actions hampered the spell because you did not let it go during the
magickal working. You could have blocked yourself from good changes
because of the fear to change. Even though logically you know it’s for
the greater good, it’s never easy to change. Look back at the results
and see if you might have missed a few clues about the spell working.
Instant success can also be dangerous, it can give you a nice comfy net
to slip in to and then when the real change begins your life becomes a
wreck. Everything has a price. What are you willing to sacrifice for
achieving the end results?
8. Sometimes after you cast a spell
you become an easy target for unwanted nasties. Whether it is just a
strange feeling like you knew something wicked is about to happen or
whether the wicked has happened, it all comes back to one thing… you
did something wrong and you know it. Either you went against your
beliefs or you know you worded the spell wrong or you wanted to cast a
really nasty spell on someone and screwed it up. If you desired to cast
that nasty spell backfired then guess what, you got what you deserved.
Never play at doing harm to other. If you really intend to do harm
learn how first! Don’t be an amateur.
9. The spell was in a
magick book I purchase at the store. The author is well known and
loved. So why didn’t the spell worked like the author said it would? A
simple solution, each person has to make the spell their own. It’s ok
to use a little of another person’s energy (a previously written spell)
in spell weaving, but the majority of the spell should be of your own
creation. Use the author’s spell to guide you on how to write your own
This is a simple list of things that can go wrong in
magick. The bottom line is that you first take responsibility for your
actions, good or bad, the responsibility is yours. Secondly, there is
always a way out. You can release a spell that has backfired which
should cease the turmoil in your life. If you did not like the results
of a particular spell then don’t use it. Bottom line, if in doubt about
a spell or magickal working, don’t do it. Remember, magick comes from
with you and runs off of your energy.