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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.
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.
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.
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.