DIY Spells - The Basics of Spell Writing
Many people new to the craft believe that they must use the spells of others if they want to make anything actually happen. I beg to differ. I think the more personal a spell can be, the more it can connect with your intention, the likelihood of manifestation increases. Why? Because you're putting more of yourself into your actions - into the magic. A spell is a witches' prayer. It's our way of both showing gratitude and bringing forth the things we need. Spell casting is empowering. It puts the power in your hands, because you know that you are a part of all divine creation. When you write a spell with your own words, you sew your intention and power into every letter, every rhyme. Also, there's nothing wrong with finding inspiration from a pre-written spell and making it your own. Here are some basic tips to get you and your pen busy makin' magic.
5 TIPS FOR WRITING YOUR OWN SPELLS
1. FOCUS ON YOUR INTENTION
This is unarguably the most important part. What is your intention with this spell? What exactly are you trying to accomplish? When writing and reciting a spell, one must be clear with their wants and needs. Leave no room for confusion and be firm, but respectful. The intention is everything. Make sure you're certain of your will. Will this bring positive change into your life? Have you considered the possible consequences? Are you doing this for yourself or a loved one? Do you know all the information about the situation? Once you've answered some of these questions and are certain of your intent, you'll then move onto the details.
2. THE POWER OF RHYME
It's more than just a witch cliche when it comes to rhyming in your spell work. This is a very real practice that has been documented throughout the history of paganism. When we take the time to rhyme (see what I did there?), we are investing even more of ourselves into our work. Much like a poem, spells that rhyme can have meter and a beat. It's said that we you focus on this while you recite, much like music, you can enter a trance like state which allows you to graduate to a higher state of being. Do spells have to rhyme? Of course not! There is a certain confidence that comes with reciting a spell that reads like poetry. For those of you that are interested or identify with Wicca, you know that the Wiccan Rede clearly states, "To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be spoken in rhyme." However, not all witches are Wiccan and we are always free to practice our craft in whatever way feels true to us. If you'd like to try writing a spell in verse, but you aren't the best poet, try a rhyme dictionary to help you get started. As a person who's practice was originally rooted in Wicca, I still like to end all my spells with, "by the power of three times three, as I will it so mote it be." I enjoy both the seamless and beautiful rhyme and also the confident closure.
3. INVOKING DEITIES
Like all things, a witch can choose whether or not to work with deities. If you choose to, including them in your written spell invites them to your ritual. Most deities have certain attributes of life that they represent. Each pantheon is different and you'll find special, unique benefits from working with different ones. I suggest looking into your personal ancestry and learning about the pantheon of those ancestors. Your bloodline can connect you to closer to your magic. However, with proper respect, knowledge, and tribute, you can most certainly work with the pantheons of other cultures. Invoke your deity/deities into your spell by simply working in, for example, "I call forth the loving goddess, Freya, with beauty pure as gold. See this spell to fruition, so I might harvest it three fold." Calling forth a deity adds just another element of power to your spell. It's like calling all your friends over to help you finish a project. The more help, the better.
4. DECIDE WHAT MATERIALS YOU'LL USE
While this isn't so much about the actual writing of the spell, it's an important component that you also have complete control over. What colors candles will you use? Herbs? What incense? Will you provide an offering to your deities that you've invoked? The use of tools in your spells help to increase your connection with your both your own power and the power held within the world around you. Will you use a seven day candle? Will you include knot magic? Will you be needing a cauldron or other fire safe surface? Will you use sigils? Runes? Crystals? Essentially, how will you preform this spell? There are a plethora of ways to preform a spell with the use of these types of materials. You get the exciting privilege, when writing your own spells, to pick each one.
5. DECIDE WHEN.
While it's not necessary to schedule your spell, some witches find it helpful in increasing the power behind it. It's a common belief that each day holds different power, and each hour within that day, the same. Also, each phase of the moon is thought to hold different power as well. For instance, Fridays are ruled by the planet Venus and therefore, one can have a particular boost of power when it comes to general love and romance spells. Banishing negativity is best done on a Saturday during a Waning Pisces Moon. In Conjure work, it's common to perform certain rituals during certain times of the day. When the hands of the clock are rising, you preform rituals to draw or attract things to you. To repel things or people from you, work when the hands are falling. Abstain from performing magic when one clock hand is rising and another is falling.
And there we have it! 5 ways for you to get started on writing your very own spells. Remember that you can always incorporate parts of other spells into your own work. I find that I still quite enjoy casting a circle and calling the quarters, as seen in Wiccan Tradition. I simply add them in before my own written work and you know, even those rites can be handwritten, as well. Your craft is what you make it!
Blessed Be, Witches.