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Interesting Article on SpellCasting

Postby Symandinome » Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:33 am

The Theory of Effective Spellcasting

Tealte Macha copyright 2002

.Theory of effective spellcasting: by Tealte Macha
Originally for the Irish Traditional Witchcraft Club

Drawing energy from polarity, and setting up spells to have this energy.

The object and subject of any attempt to spell-cast, create between them a dynamic polarity, which in itself provides much of the energy and tension required to cast a spell. Don't panic!! It's just a fancy way of saying…… You have an "object" in casting a spell i.e. a purpose for which you are casting, a change in the current reality you are trying to create for your own ends. You are trying to effect this change upon a "subject". For example: you have a piece of Land (the subject) that has been previously barren (the current reality) which you wish to make, by casting a spell, more fertile (the object) So the Land's current condition (barren) is in direct opposite to the effect you wish to produce (one of fertility) This oppositeness has its own energy which helps any spell along greatly.

If you were trying to make a spell and decided to use the term "healthy" or "profitable" instead of "fertile" your spell would lose much of its intrinsic power and energy. "Fertile" is directly opposite "Barren", so herbs, stones, incantations centered around fertility will be most effective.

This is the most simple and effective rule at the heart of writing your own spells and one which will serve you very well. Mull over the effect you are trying to create, considering first the current reality, and then what you want to make that reality.

Most simple spells that rely on complete polar oppositeness can be effected without anything other than will, but at this level many are more reliant on external aids and prefer to "back up" their efforts with candles, colours, incense and herbs. At this level it is important to make sure these herb correspond to the opposite state you are trying to create.

Timing can also reinforce this energy, using decisive times New Moon, or Full Moon. Anything that reinforces your belief in your spell is acceptable and appropriate.

However, the more complex your work and the more complex the ends you are trying to serve the harder it may become to clearly identify an object and subject in direct polarity to each other,( but you should always try to get as near to this sense of oppositeness as possible. ) You may not wish to reach an opposite effect, you may wish merely to mildly affect reality. After working with direct polarity for a while it is time to move onto more subtle shades of effect and how to achieve them.

Shading reality.

I like to think of it as "shading reality", changing it any amount from a tiny almost imperceptible change to a considerable but not actually polar opposite change.

directly opposite current reality
degrees of change
degrees of change

Current Reality

This comes with practice and many people naturally progress to it without ever thinking formally about it. It is the ability to produce a smaller change than a complete Opposite or reversal, , and as such will draw its energy from another source than the beginning simple spells above. At this second level one should (by meditation) be more in tune with the world around us, Nature and physical reality and also with the wolrd we cannot see – energy forces and nature, sprites, spirits, gods and places or power and energy.

This is the energy one will usually draw from at this level: think of it as seeing and feeling all around one, the natural rhythm and flow of life, and at the same time being aware that one is linked to a higher plane. You wish to effect a change in reality : "colour" it to suit yourself, either a little or a lot…so you turn your mind towards the spell, using words and rhythm that match your needs, (usually chanting rhythmically ) and visualize the world changing to your desired effect. Think of it as though you were inserting a lever into the world and heaving on it, turning the world slightly in whatever direction you wanted. Or think of it as listening to the rhythm and music of both the mundane and the hidden worlds tuning in to them, singing along, then changing the beat and melody to your own tune. There are many different visualizations that will help at this point.

One is usually less reliant on aides at this level, usually preferring to use one item, herb or candle or stone, using a simpler space in which to work and by now calling on one or two regular spirits or gods. However, one is less reliant on aides but still reliant on routine ritual familiarity comfort zones etc. Level three is where we begin to move forward more boldly.


A wider understanding of magic

At this level, and again for many it is a natural progression, we begin to feel that other gods, or spirits or sacred places call to us. We feel a deeper and more complete understanding of our world and the otherworld, we are more adept at soul journeying, and we meditate more naturally and for longer periods with better effect.

The effect of this on spell casting is to free us up, literally. At this level we can either use ingredients for a spell or we can visualize, and many make that choice based on instinct, what feels right for any given situation. At this level a serious practitioner can effect spells simply by tuning into the mood of people around them, or by raising energy as they walk or work. However it is rare to find a practicing witch who doesn't enjoy making healing potions and culinary magic, or who won't still make use of any other natural magic such as stones and candles…the great effectiveness of magic among grass roots practitioners has always been its practicality. Without these traditional activities the entire art would lose much of its charm. Also continuing to chop, labour, toil and fret over these products ofnature, and to try to bring healing into the world, stops us becoming narcissistic and self obsessed: the further we explore the fourth levelof magic the realm of pure visualization and empty handed magic, the greater the temptation to be cold, and ruthless and unconnected tothe very source of all power, nature and the natural world itself

The above three levels are merely guidelines, broad-stroke pictures of various milestones on the traditional witches journey. Some mayhit them all one by one like clockwork, others will experience one and not another: it would be impertinent and wrong to try to state "this ishow you should progress, and this is the timescale you should do it on" There are no "degrees" to be earned here, no titles, nostatus…you are your own judge and examiner and you cheat yourself only. Better to spend ten years at a basic level, and move onproperly prepared, and at your own rate of growth than to plough through "levels" as though they were school exams:)

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Re: Interesting Article on SpellCasting

Postby Symandinome » Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:34 am

Theory of Magic part two:
Sympathetic Magic by Tealte
Macha (copyright 2002)

Theory of Magic two:

Sympathetic Magic

Sympathetic magic is based on the metaphysical belief that like
affects like. It is the basis for most types of divination, and many
magical practices.

There are commonly accepted to be two major subsections under
Sympathetic magic: one is the law of similarity, ie that which
resemble each other can be used to affect one another. And the Law
of Contagion,: ie things that have been in contact with each other
retain the imprint of one another, even when actual contact between
them is severed.

The idea of sympathetic magic is as old as man itself and is found in
every culture from Asia to Europe and in every time period. In many
ways it is easy to imagine that Sympathetic magic is the earliest
idea of magic, the idea that if something looks like or calls to mind
a certain set of properties; a certain item or person; or a
particular effect, then that object can be used to affect those
properties, influence that person or produce that effect.
Agrippa gave examples in his seminal work"Three Books of Occult
Philosophy" of ancient beliefs of sympathetic magic: especially the
belief that if one took part of an animal thought to represent that
animal's intrinsic qualities, one could transfer those qualities to a
human. e.g. the heart of a lion gives courage etc etc.

In its simplest form, sympathetic magic works on the principle that
if one makes an image of the person who is the subject of your spell,
then what is done to the image is done to the person.
One can then expand this to include the concept that any resemblence
between two objects means they are magically linked and can be used
one to influence the other. e.g. in healing it was long believed
that if a root resembled a certain part of the body it could be used
to heal that part of the body.

All this can be called the Law of Similarity. ie"like produces like,"
or that" an effect resembles its cause." Homeopathic medicine is
based on the same concept as sympathetic medicine...a trace of a
plant which has certain properties, no matter how diluted, can be
used to effect the cure.

Examples of Sympathetic Magic, under the Law of Similarity:

In divination, throwing or casting runes, twigs, dirt, the lines on a
palm or the use of a pendulum are all offshoots of sympathetic magic:
even the tarot relies on the idea that the image drawn thereon imbues
the card with power and with meaning. One good simple example of the
link between divination and sympathetic magic is in Palmistry: the
longer the life line, the longer the life.

In magic the trite example but one extremely easy to remember and
which easily explains the concept, is the (much misused) idea of
sticking pins in a doll or poppett. Obviously the idea is that the
pins and needles represent the pain and suffering you hope to inflict
on a victim! Conversely if you create a poppett of someone and stuff
it with healing hearbs and work over it, you are trying to infuse
that person with the healing properties of the herbs,

Thus remote healing is usually an offshoot of sympathetic magic.

Graphology (the study of handwriting) works on the idea that the
traits of one's character are reflected in the lines and slopes of
ones handwriting.

Law of Contagion

The idea is that an object once belonging to and worn by a subject,
retains the psychic impression of that person, and their aura, even
when no longer in their possession.Psychics often ask to be given an
item of clothing or personal item of a person, which they touch in
order to forge a connection with the owner of said item. This too is
sympathetic magic.

This form of sympathetic magic can be called the Law of Contagion ie
that things having been in contact with each other continue to react
upon one and another at a distant even after contact has been severed
or disconnected. For this reason one uses the nailparings or hair of
subject when trying to cast a spell over them. Healing work is
greatly ehanced by having some personal object of the subject to work
over, again, actual body parts such as hair and nails work best.
Again the use of Voodoo dolls or poppetts can be used: the dolls
should be adorned with something once worn by the subject: the
contagion of these objects enables you to effct a spell on their

In an advanced form, herbs taken from a piece of earth belonging to a
person, retain some influence over that person. A person born on a
certain day under a certain sign, can be influenced by herbs and
stones also connected with that sign. animals can carry influences
too, and a favorite old charm was to take some hairs from an animal,
eg from a fox, and add to a spell to give the subject cunning.

In broad terms then these are the differences between SImilarity and
Contagion but as can be seen the lines are blurred and there are
large areas of crossover. The important thing is to understand
overall the idea of sympathetic magic, it is the cornerstone of Magic
and Spell casting, one of the oldest expressioins of man's belief in
the Occult.

From the Law of Similarity the magician infers that he can produce
any effect that he desires just by imitating it. And, from the Law of
Contact, or Contagion, the magician infers that whatever he does to
a material object will equally effect the person who once had contact
with or possessed the object.
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Re: Interesting Article on SpellCasting

Postby sonko » Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:03 am

Very good information, thanks for sharing.
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