Here’s how to cast a spell.
(This is an excerpt from my book, You Are Magical.)
There’s something glorious about casting a spell.
While prayer is a polite request, a spell is an audacious decree. It’s not “I humbly ask for this condition if it is in alignment with divine will,” it’s a bold “My will is divine will! And as I will it, so shall it be.”
Do you wish in your heart of hearts for a certain condition? Create it! Craft it. Bring it into being. Work with the Great Holy Mystery and conjure it right up.
Do be aware, however, that for your spell to truly be a success, you must choose an intention that’s in alignment with your true, divine nature (not your ego), and you must understand where your power comes from: from the earth, the cosmos, the elements, and All That Is.
First, Call the Quarters and Cast a Circle.
When you’re first getting started with spell casting, it’s a good idea to call the quarters and cast a circle every time. Both these actions help ensure success by providing spiritual protection, improving mental and energetic concentration, and connecting you with divine power.
Perform the Spell.
As you will see when you peruse the spells and rituals on this site, spells come in many forms. Sometimes they have ingredients and sometimes they don’t. Sometimes words are spoken and sometimes they aren’t.
The powerful aspect of a spell is never the spell; it’s the intention behind the spell and the energy that gets shifted during the spell. The spell is essentially a framework that allows you to focus energy toward your goal and shift energy according to what will help you manifest your goal.
Spells also work because they have a powerful effect on the subconscious mind. Our thoughts, feelings, expectations, and beliefs have a huge effect on the conditions we experience. But so many of our thoughts, feelings, expectations, and beliefs are rooted in our subconscious. By definition, this aspect of our mind is not accessible from our everyday consciousness, so it can be extremely difficult to alter it without some way of rappelling into our mind’s mysterious, inscrutable depths. Spells can take us there. And they allow us to change the coding that defines our everyday experience.
Whatever spell you choose, do it with lightness, playfulness, and fun. All these qualities keep us open to divine support and pure potentiality. Even if the spell is for something that feels heavy and important (like healing for a loved one or manifesting money for rent), do your best not to take it too seriously, even while feeling a deep sense of reverence and awe.
If you forget something or drop something, laugh. It’s no big deal. It doesn’t have to be an omen. The spell can still work.
And don’t worry about making some fatal mistake that will bring about undesired consequences. This isn’t the movies. As long as you choose an intention that’s in alignment with your divine desire (and not your ego), and as long as you call on divine support regularly (as part of your daily magical hygiene practice and in calling the quarters and casting the circle), you have absolutely nothing to fear.
Earth the Power.
After working all that magic, you’ll have a supernova’s worth of extra energy in your aura that you don’t need. So you’ll want to send it into Mother Earth, who is much better equipped to harmoniously assimilate it into her energy field and will actually benefit from the boost.
Here’s how to earth the power:
Start by crouching down and placing your open palms on the floor or earth. Then set the intention to send any and all excess energy back into Mother Earth, while retaining the perfect amount of energy for your everyday purposes. Envision the energy in the form of light flowing out through your palms, down into the ground, and deep into the core of the earth.
Next, if possible, lie flat on the ground on your back for about five minutes or so. (Otherwise, recline on a couch or bed or sit in a chair, with your spine straight and your feet flat on the ground.) While in this position, feel the earth beneath you. Become aware of how it feels to be in a body, and reattune your senses to the physical, everyday world.
Finally, it’s a good idea to eat some carbohydrates to further reattune yourself to the grounded realm of the day-to-day world. A cookie, toast, pasta, rice, cereal, potatoes, or a granola bar are all good choices. Or, if you’re a paleo or raw food enthusiast, a banana, a sweet potato, or a cookie made with chickpea, coconut, or almond flour will all do just fine.
Keep a Lid on the Cauldron.
Imagine cooking rice in a pot. Once you put the lid on and turn the heat down, you must keep it covered in order for the steam to be properly absorbed. Otherwise, the pressure and moisture are released and the rice doesn’t plump up as it should.
Similarly, your spells, rituals, and all magical efforts to create positive change in your life must be properly contained in order to manifest in a desirable way. After you add in the rice and cover the pot, don’t open the lid over and over again and say, “Look, everyone! I’m cooking rice!” In other words, don’t go around telling everyone, “I just did a spell to manifest a new job!” it’s fine if those closest to you know you’re looking for a job, but by all means, keep a lid on your magical work.
By doing so, you protect the precious energetic conditions you’ve created from the opinions, expectations, and thought currents of others. You allow the magic to unfold without extra pressure from outside observation, in short, you preserve the conditions necessary for success.
(For more on this topic, here’s a video I made called Why You Should Keep Quiet About Your Magical Work.)
Another aspect of keeping a lid on the cauldron is trusting the ideal conditions to unfold. If you keep opening the lid to make sure the rice is cooking properly, it won’t. Similarly if you do a money spell and then worry endlessly about just how exactly the money is going to arrive, you’re not allowing the universe to do its thing.
If it feels difficult to release the conditions and trust the universe, you can quiet your thoughts and circumvent the tendency to hold on or micromanage by repeating this affirmation silently or aloud, for as long as necessary:
Infinite power goes before me, easily orchestrating perfect success.
I hope this post helped you understand how to cast a spell and inspired you to give spellcasting a try.
You can do it! I believe in you.
If you have any questions or anything else you’d like to share, please speak up in the comments below.
And if you liked this post, you’ll love the book it’s from: You Are Magical.
You might also like this post: 5 Secrets to Working Magic That Works.
Or maybe you’d like to find a spell to perform. There’s plenty on this site. Peruse here or use the search feature.