I keep seeing posts from those new to the craft asking questions about the type of material their altars should be or how to properly set up sacred spaces, which tools should be used or what words or gods and goddesses should be envoked.
Is all of this necessary? Well actually no. None of it actually matters. What does matter is intention. While ceremony is beautiful and is traditional for some pagan sects, it is not required or necessary to produce very real and beautiful magic.
The magic comes from what feels natural and the intention of the practitioner. Tools are often used as a way to help hone in on the intention, but can also be overwhelming and distracting to a new practitioner. Work with what you have and simplify the process in the beginning. There is no need for the ceremony unless the ritual is formal and with your group, coven or order.
Get comfortable with your abilities and the process, then add the rest! Much love to you all new and advanced. We are all on our own path and we are all doing great things!
When creating magick there are a few things that set you up for a successful outcome. In this post I will just go over the basics because there are a lot of new crafters out there and it’s good to understand or even freshen up on the basics.
This blog is inspired by one of my favorite books Making Magick By Edian McCoy. In this book she goes over all the basics for natural magic and how to make it work for you. I read this book when it came out and it quickly became one of my all time go to references.
The 6 Steps according to Miss McCoy are:
Desire and Need
Knowledge and Realistic Expectations
The Ability to Keep Silent
Willingness to Back Up Magick in the Physical World
These steps are the foundation to successful outcomes. The Desire and need equal intention. Intention is the root source of all magick.
Emotional involvement is your manifestation on a mental level. Are you passionate about the magick? If your heart is not fully invested in your plan it will not be as effective.
Understanding the realistic expectations of what your outcome may be is important. For example we can not realistically change a frog into a prince. Understanding that the outcome is realistic and not a fantasy is definitely important. Also Knowing how to perform the magick correctly and the right tools needed time of day or year and any planetary phases that involved will help a give you a greater outcome. Understanding when is not a good time to do the work and when the timing is right. Education and patience are key.
Having belief in yourself and your abilities to make magick will increase the effectiveness of your outcomes. If dealing with deities or higher powers, having faith in them is also just as important.
The ability to keep silent. This one is a big one and in today’s world of social media and look at what I can do culture this in my opinion is probably the hardest one for new crafters. Every time we share our magick with someone it loses a little of its power. Talking about it openly may fall on the wrong ears and cause the outcome to backfire or not happen at all. Recording your process is a great way to keep a journal of the progress along the way
Backing up you work in the real world means putting in the work. If you are looking for a new home and do a spell but don’t actually look for a new home obviously the spell won’t work. If you are looking for a lazy way out trying to do spell work without putting in the work magick is not for you. A prime example we see all the time is love spells. This type of magick would be most potent if you worked on yourself love and traumas first then put the intention for another.
These six steps are of course not the only steps and not all facets of crafters hold the same values, but they are a good foundation to those starting out. Feel free to reach out with any questions at email@example.com