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This week's Spell Corner brought to you by Leathurkatt-TFTiggy

There are many schools of thought when it comes to casting spells; some use incense, oils, or brews, some use words alone, some use stones and crystals for focusing, some do full rituals for their spells.  However you do it, there are certain things that must always be considered.

1. Intention
You must always consider why you are casting the spell you have created or written.  Is your intention to help someone?  Is your motive a selfish one?  Are you seeking revenge?  What is the energy behind your motivation for the spell?  Is it positive or negative?  What you put into the spell will not only affect the "target" of your spell, but will also come back upon you as well.  Remember the Three Fold Law?  It keeps people honest with themselves and the powers around them.

2. Materials
What kind of spell are you casting?  Is it for money?  Is it for love?  Is it for truth?  Save yourself the headache later by researching the herbs, stones, oils, and scents that best match what you are trying to cast your spell for.  Using the wrong materials can end up altering the focus of your spell and even turn it against you or the person you are casting for.

3. Timing
Pay attention to when you are casting your spell.  Is the Moon Waxing or Waning?  Is it a Full or New Moon?  The Full Moon brings spells to completion, the New Moon is best for beginnings.  A waxing Moon helps build energies while a waning moon is better for banishing energies.  Also look at the time of year.  Spring acts much like a waxing moon and is good for beginning things while Autumn is not unlike a Waning moon and is also best for harvesting rather than beginning something new.  And believe it or not, also pay attention to weather patterns, such as building storms or calm days as these events can also alter the outcome of your spells.

Be aware of the energies around you, as well as the energies of your tools, your focus, and the energies within you.  Proper care and research will go a long way towards ensuring the best outcome for your castings.

Blessed Be.
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asleeplikewolves Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
I agree that intention is the most important aspect of witchcraft. Though I don't think it's wrong, morally or otherwise, for one's magick to benefit oneself the most (selfish intentions). Every person is most passionate about themselves; after all, we are all we truly have in the world. We are the most important person to ourselves. It would be quite illogical to not believe that the magick performed for ourselves is the most potent.

I also have some problems with the Threefold Law, but I can't deny that it does help others create very strong frameworks for their personal ethics. I myself have always found it to be both false and self-limiting. It has no place in my witchcraft, but I know many Wiccan practitioners of witchcraft who use it and are extremely powerful. Because of their intention. :)
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CatalystSpark Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012   General Artist
Just be careful with that, I've seen such a mindset come back to bite people in the past and, when it bites, it bites pretty hard. Just, for your own sake, be careful about it, maybe you'll be lucky and it won't come back to bite you (I hope, for your sake, that is the case) but if it does, you'll know it, and it won't be pretty. Just, please, be careful with that mindset, I cannot tell you how to practice and I will not try to. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
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asleeplikewolves Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
What mindset in particular are you talking about?
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CatalystSpark Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012   General Artist
My apologies if my wording isn't the clearest, I'm a bit ill.

Mostly talking about your view on the three fold law, that's what tends to bite people, I normally simply call it karma because, in many ways, it is. Ignoring it can cause some unsavory backlash, but normally that only becomes an issue when you use magick to harm others. I'm just hoping you are careful with it is all. I dislike seeing someone getting slammed down by karma/the three fold law when it was avoidable is all.

Hope I worded that right, pardon me, my brain is currently the consistency of pudding.
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asleeplikewolves Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
That's what's great in my position - I don't not believe in the Threefold Law whatsoever. I spent 6 years studying and living by it, and threw it out of my theology completely 4 years ago. I also do not believe in karma, both in the sort of new age usage it sees today, nor in the traditional Buddhist sense. I'm somewhat open to 'cosmic retribution' as described by the Hindus, but even that idea I find slightly absurd. If anything, I'll just stay with physics and Newton's laws of motion.

For me, it comes down to intention. If I have a dishonest intention, rather than getting slapped in the face by the universe, my spell or whatever it is I'm doing will probably just fail because I failed. Saying that failure is due to karma is pretty much reverse-Occam's razor. There are just negative consequences to negative actions, and positive consequences to positive actions. Sometimes, you can be a lying, cheating, terrible person, and still reap positive benefits your entire life. Other times, you can devote your entire self to doing good and spend your life suffering. I do not see karma in Nature. The idea does not inform my witchcraft, my religion, nor my general worldview.
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CatalystSpark Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012   General Artist
I've seen it, many times, I've also seen it be a bit slow on the uptake as well. If that belief works for you then that is your path, I shall say, thus far you are the first I've seen who doesn't believe in any form of karma but, different stroke for different folks I guess. I know I've been bitten a little in the past, not too majorly thankfully but still. I hope that works out for you and that not believing in it manages to protect you somehow. I know that no matter if one believes in a bullet or not if it's coming at them they'll soon realize just how real it is. I wish you luck in dodging that bullet and hope that your fail safe of the spell failing if your intentions are warped is enough to keep you safe there. I suppose all I can do is wish you the best of luck and I would rather not have a debate spark on such a topic, I already have one person I'm having a bit of a tiff with and would rather not expand that number any. (Not saying such would happen here as you aren't being a jerk like the other person I'm dealing with is, I suppose that's just a bit of a preemptive statement to a degree.)
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asleeplikewolves Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
I'm not saying I don't believe that our actions have consequences, but attributing such consequences to a cosmic system of justice?? I've never experienced anything that I would amount to the universe or whoever punishing or rewarding me. Anyone who does believe such a thing exists offers no evidence other than personal anecdotes, and they are vague at best. I'm not dodging any bullets, I'm just thinking through my actions thoroughly. I've been practicing witchcraft for ten years, and I've come to my own conclusions through months and months of experimentation. If people want to believe in 'karma' then maybe such a system works for them. But I will not be convinced unless I get something other than, "I've seen other people suffer as a result of not believing in Wiccan ethics when it comes to practicing witchcraft."

I do appreciate your concern and the experiences that you or others you know have had. The difference might be for me (and this is speculation) that witchcraft to me is not a religious activity. If I add the wrong ingredients to something that I'm cooking, all I'm faced with is a bad meal. Witchcraft is exactly the same situation -- it's not because of the universe that I messed up. It's because of my own mistake.
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CatalystSpark Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012   General Artist
I'm actually not Wiccan myself, I'm, well, as I say it, Non-denominational Pagan. I get what you're saying though. Just hoping it works out for you. I don't know if I'm misreading your comments as aggressive, or if you are possibly misreading mine as such but I get a slight feeling there's some kind of unintended hostility somewhere in this conversation that one of us is misreading, not sure who, honestly, wouldn't be surprised if I was the one misreading to be honest.

I don't know where else I'm going with this comment, I had it in mind and then it just went poof. Damned illness making my brain all mush again. . .
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