Kate Belew Kate Belew
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A spell is an invocation, an incantation, or word witchery uttered and spoken to bring about a change or set an intention with the support of magic. From ancient texts to modern grimoires, spells have been created for centuries and some believe that spells were even an integral part of the evolution of language. 

Spells can take many forms and can be cast for various reasons. And though there are many books that can offer supportive templates, or even spells that you can use in your own practice, the most potent and powerful spell is the one that you create yourself. 

Spell writing 101

When you sit down to craft a spell, first believe in your magical ability, and embrace the feeling as if your spell has been fulfilled and come to pass. Then, set your intention. Get clear on your intention, and the why that exists under it. Why do you want this spell to be set in motion?

Then, in simple and clear terms, write out the spell. This can come in the form of a rhyme or rhythm or work with a different type of prose structure. Studying different rhymes and meters can support your practice in writing spells, but it is not necessary. The most important part of crafting a spell is that you’re sincere and clear about your intention unfolding. This can take practice, but that’s why Witchcraft has long been called the craft. It is a craft that takes practice, returning to your spell work repeatedly. 

Taking a poetry lesson, beginning a journaling practice, studying music or chants, or reading more about poetic language can be supportive of this endeavor. 

Creating a Magickal Record

You can create a Book of Shadows to track your spells and their progress. Not all spells will succeed, and that’s okay! A Book of Shadows is a magickal record specific to its owner and caretaker. Filled with spells, dreams, divination secrets, and herbal remedies, a Book of Shadows is a spell book, and a journal intertwined. While similar to a Grimoire, the difference between these two items is that a Book of Shadows is specific to the one writing, whereas a Grimoire can be shared amongst a coven or passed down from witch to witch. However, some use these words interchangeably. While working through a Grimoire, a Book of Shadows can be a supportive tool for writing about the experience.

Keeping a magickal record can be a valuable tool on your spell-writing journey. Not only can you record results from spells, but the spells themselves, lessons, and experiences. You can write about spell jars and rituals or how you feel during a specific moon cycle. 

Casting the Spell 

Then, prepare your ritual space once your spell has been written and recorded in your Book of Shadows. You can assist the spell by working with the different elements, herbs, colors, oils, and candles, among other rituals and practices to bolster the magic. You might consider casting a magickal circle as a container for the spell, working with the elements, and asking for their support and presence as you enact your ritual. 

Speak the spell aloud! This is an excellent way to embody the spell and add power to the words that you have written. To close your spell, you might add phrases like blessed be, so mote it is, or so it is. This is like putting a seal on the spell before sending it into the universe. 

Once your spell has been cast, you might leave the altar up for a set amount of time or release the elements of your spell safely to the earth or a running body of water. Gratitude is an essential and final aspect of the spell. Give thanks to all that is, and know that the spell will unfold in the way it is ultimately meant to for the highest good. 

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