A spell is defined as set of words, either written or spoken. For most of us, spells are very personal things. We sit down with our books and being to jot down the words one at a time. We look up correspondences to ensure that we’re calling on the correct planet or herb.
Being a proper witch means casting spells in a proper manner. This is something that really scares new people coming into the practice. With wonderful authors out there creating their own spells ready for easy download or copy, it’s often very tempting for the new witch to just copy a spell and use it as their own. When you’re working at home as a solitary using someone else’s spell may be just fine. Using them in a ritual that is. When sharing the work however, always cite your sources.
I've spent a great deal of time over the last few weeks looking at different webpages and I wonder why people don’t just write their own spells. Chants and rituals at times are repeated. For example, I participate in the Rite of Her Sacred Fires each year. We have set invocation that we do and for this I download the direct steps and complete it. But the rest of the time, my spell work is my own.
The steps for writing a good spell are really very very simple.
- 1. What is the purpose of your spell?
- 2. How will you cast your spell?
I know it sounds very simple. But that’s really all there is to it. What is the purpose of your spell? If you identify your purpose of your spell you can then decide if this is something that requires ingredients or just the written word. How will you cast the spell? This will help you understand if you need music, chants or more.
For many out there who follow the Wiccan Rede, there’s a verse in there that leads directly to spell casting:
"To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be spoke in rhyme"
This can be challenging to new witches. Keep in mind, no one is judging you on this. The goddess isn’t going to come down and scold you if your words don’t rhyme correctly. Have fun with it. Make it your own. If it’s a serious subject, lead with your heart. The intent is what counts. As an exercise for yourself take a few moments each morning and just write a few lines. I've been posting these as status messages on Facebook. I’ll share a few here.
Betrayal destroys a heart once true,
Taking away the love within.
Curses coming from out of the blue
Turning a saint to sin.
Ego can be a monster,
If allowed to grow.
Self-esteem is a fresh green field never needing a mow.
Manage the two, with strength and grace.
Those who judge you, have no horse in the race.
It’s best not to put others on mountains high.
Judge for yourself what is right or wrong.
It only leads to a hearts long sigh,
When witnessing the fallen's swan song.
Time moves through us
As we through time
Opening and closing doors
Allowing us to sparkle and shine.
Through sleepy eyes I look at the world in awe
My heart, open and my mind steady.
I open my window and absorb the dawn
I look to the future at the ready.
As you spend more time working on the cadence of the lines, you’ll lead more into the chants and spells. Sometimes a chant is only one word, sometimes a spell can be a hundred words. Just take your time and remember to speak from the heart. All the rest is just pomp and circumstance.
Namaste & Blessed Be