Being effective at magickal workings takes consistent effort and practice. It is not something that should be done on a whim. It involves much trial and error, because what works for one witch will not necessarily work for another. We must each find our own voice, our own unique way of speaking and interacting with Nature.
When working spells, consider these guidelines to increase the likelihood of success.
- Be precise. Say what is meant and mean what is said.
- When possible, keep it short and simple.
- Cast the spell for the desired result, not how it will manifest. Nature will figure out how to make it so.
- Mind the Athiccan Rede. Do no harm. Perform no spell over another person without their prior permission and consent.
- Instead of positive or negative, use descriptions such as welcome or unwelcome, correct or incorrect, necessary or unnecessary.
- When writing a spell on paper, it should be handwritten and free of errors. To avoid misunderstandings, use proper grammar and correct spelling and punctuation.
- When spoken, write the spell in advance and recite it aloud. Tone and inflection are more important than volume.
- Limit the number of spells performed in a day. More spells can become less effective.
- Do not limit the timeframe of a spell. It will happen when it is proper.
- Do not expect every spell to work. It will happen if it is proper.
- Do not be afraid of working a spell. Fear can inhibit success, and a spell must be cast before it can be effective.
- It is better to act with magick than to react with magick.