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Friday, March 12, 2021

Spellcrafting: A Series Introduction

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It has taken me some time to figure out what topic I wanted to focus on this year, but after much consideration, I have decided upon spellcrafting or the art of writing your own spells. With the growing number of spellbooks entering the market and the flood of introductory witchcraft books, we are left with books scratching the same surface over and over without going into any depth. There are very few books on the market covering spellcrafting, so I felt compelled to add to the information available by creating this series to help new and old witches hone their craft.

Spells and rituals are the heart of witchcraft, and learning to write your own spells is incredibly important. There is nothing wrong with using spells from books in your practice, however. I get ideas from books all the time and publish a number of spells here on my blog. I encourage new witches to dissect and use the spells of others to practice prior to jumping right into writing your own spells. Learning the basics of raising energy, grounding, and shielding are the foundation of spell work and without these skills, writing and casting your own spells successfully will be difficult. There is, however, something very different about the spells you create yourself. They contain your essence, your energy, which often makes them more powerful than a spell taken from a book. Many witches, new and old alike, are often unsure of where to start when writing a spell. Do you have to include the spoken word? Do the words have the rhyme? How do I set clear intent? Is intent enough to cast a spell or is it just wishing? What tools should I use? Does the moon phase really matter? Can I cast an [insert spell type here] on a day other than [insert moon phase here]? Do I have to cast a circle? What herbs and crystals should I use, if any? How specific should I be? Do I need to call upon spirits, deities, and/or the genius loci to cast a spell? Where and when should I cast a spell? Should I dance or chant? Can I cast a spell without physical ingredients in the Otherworld and if so, how do I do that?  This series will address these questions and more, leaving you with the tools necessary to craft your own successful spells. 

Spells, even in their simplest forms, can create real and effective change in our day-to-day lives. Often times we have a unique need for a spell, but find nothing matching our exact wants and needs. When we go to write the spell ourselves we find ourselves confused and unsure of where to begin. This series will provide you with not only the how of spellcrafting, but why as well. If you have noticed my latest trend in my spell and ritual posts, you'll see that I have started breaking down why I used and did what I did in the spell or ritual. This is to provide you with a learning opportunity to help you better write your own spells. This series will expand upon this notion, breaking down step by step how to write your own effective spells and why each step is so important. With any luck, your magic and spells should grow stronger by the end of this series, empowering your practice unlike ever before.

So what topics will I be covering? Below is a complete breakdown of what I plan to cover over the next several months. This is subject to change as I work through the series, but this is a basic outline nevertheless.

  • What is Spellcrafting?
  • Ethics is Spellcrafting: To Cast or Not to Cast
  • Types of Spells
  • Basics of Spellcrafting
  • Correspondences, Substitutions, and How to Write Your Own
  • Perfect Spell Timing
  • Spell Wording: Be Clear, Be Heard
  • Raising Energy, Cleansing, Charging, and Centering Prior to Spellcasting
  • Breaking Your Own Spells
  • What to do with Spell Remains 
  • Recording Your Spells
  • Intuitive Spellcasting
  • Casting Spells from the Otherworld
  • Troubleshooting Your Spells and Why They Didn't Work

I hope that you will join me for this series this year. I am excited to get started!



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6 comments :

  1. Powerful, awesome new series. Thank you very much for undertaking the work and energy that will go into creating it and for blessing us with your in-depth knowledge of spellcrafting and working, dear Willow.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

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  2. SO excited for this upcoming series! This is a topic I've been wanting to learn about for a while, so I'm really happy you're tackling it this year.

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  3. Sounds like a good series. Look forward to the rest of the posts! :)

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    1. I hope you will enjoy it. It took me a lot longer this year to decide what I wanted to write about. I went back and forth on a number of topics and finally resorted to asking the spirits what they felt was needed most right now.

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