So I have a confession: I am the worst overthinking spells before casting them.
Whenever I have a spell in mind, I research and intersect and unearth herbal matches and planetary associations and slip incantations into old grimoires and rewrite them for the task at hand and focus on mixing them up. ‘incense and usually I throw myself overboard while grabbing a kitchen sink.
It’s a bit like the method game, except witchcraft.
Here’s the thing, though: once the spell is cast; once the candle goes out or the sacrificed goat stops shaking or whatever, I put it aside and move on, and let the magic work without any further interference from me . And it was a challenge to learn how to do that, but it was vital if I was going to progress as a witch.
Less deadly sins, more missteps
“Lust of result” is exactly what it sounds like: being so emotionally invested in the result of a magical job, that the job itself is denied.
I know it sounds contradictory – I mean, shouldn’t we want to our spells to work? Of course we should! But if we get tangled up in fantasizing about what we’re going to do after a given spell comes true, or if we start to wonder if we’ve done enough to manifest our goals, we decrease the likelihood of achieving them. .
When we cast a spell, we have to do it with the utmost confidence (NOT arrogance, mind you, just confidence), and the thirst for results keeps us from doing that. It’s a bit like shooting a gun: I can stress my ability to use the gun correctly, and let my anxiety get over me, and get so angry that I become a danger to myself and for the others. Or, I can take a deep breath, clear my head, aim and pull the trigger, which will greatly increase my chances of hitting my target.
Having been in a gun stand before, I can say that my first shots were like “AAAAAAH, I CARRY A LOADED RIFLE AND I AM UNCOMFORTABLE. But once I simmered, I was able to focus on what I was doing; my goal improved and I got a kind of good to that. It’s the same with magic. It just takes practice – and a great way to hone our abilities is to cast spells for the things we’re into. do not invested, so that we can familiarize ourselves with this unattached mindset and recall it whenever necessary.
In fact, here’s a spell that I worked on over the weekend for this specific purpose, using the Austin Osman Spare Parts method of creating a seal.
I’m here to put the lime in the coconut, and I’m out of coconut
The first thing I did was write down my desire (I tend to say “desire” instead of “intention”, because “desire” packs a little more oomph, but it is than me):
In three days I will see a lime green truck.
With my desire on paper, I crossed out all the repetitive letters …
Im ere e days, I WiI I see a I amm e g reen trwhore.
… which left me with the following clutter:
Then I grabbed a Sharpie and started moving the letters around in different sequences and arrangements, letting my imagination take the wheel, and finally, I scribbled this perky little guy:
Before I go any further, I want to step back for a second and look at the desire itself. It was an unlikely goal, but not impossible, and the three-day timeline amplified the improbability. In other words, if my desire was just “I’m going to see a lime green truck,” and I saw one a year and a half later, I wouldn’t really know if it was the spell or a coincidence.
The timeline also gave me some leeway to forget about the spell after casting it and take care of other business, with the understanding that the spell would work sooner rather than later (but probably not immediately). Oh, and by the way: by creating the seal, I disassociated myself and almost forgot what the seal was for in the first place. But this is a good thing, because it means that I have entered a Gnostic headspace.
Once the seal was set, I loaded and pulled it (literally: I burned it in an ashtray on my porch), then continued with my evening, which was almost all about over-watching. Teen Titans. The next morning I learned that an event I was scheduled to attend had started an hour earlier than I expected. So I was in a hurry to hit the road and didn’t think much else, but I passed a canary yellow SUV, which made me say “Hey, that reminds me a bit…”
And just then I glanced in the other direction as I changed lanes and saw a lime green truck in the parking lot of a bank.
Is not it? The worst superpower never. But the spell worked, and my disengagement with the result played a big part in that.
Introduction to tuning and forgetting 202
To continue working with non-attachment, we can borrow a lesson from Chaos Magic and cast spells without knowing what spells we are casting.
Sounds like fun, right? I think so too.
Here is what you can do: Write down a series of simple desires and create a seal for each (if you are short on time, the Seal motor is ideal for this). Once you have your seals, mix them up and set them aside for about a week. Then draw a random one and load it. Load a different anonymous seal each day, until you start to feel comfortable with the work itself being the center of your attention instead of the desire.
You can also do the same with candles. Get five identical candles, whether they are white or pure beeswax. Every night for five nights, anoint and dress one of the candles for a specific purpose, then wrap it in foil or butcher’s paper (or other non-absorbent object) and put it away. Give it a few days, then select one of the candles and light it. Again, let your focus be on the job, not the end result. See what’s going on.
There is a strange concept in the Grand Pagandom that magic should only be used as a last resort, when all else fails. But as I said before, magic is a craft, and like any other extracurricular activity, it takes time and effort to improve our skills – which we should do whenever we can, not just when we are. must.
Additionally, at some point in your wizarding career you will more than likely find yourself forced to perform magic in which emotional investment is inevitable: a spell to get the job of your dreams; healing for your best friend; bear protection (if bears are a problem in your area). In these moments, be really really desperate for the magic to work will be a distraction and a detraction.
Instead, after practicing, you will be able to switch to attachment-free mode and practice quantitative witchcraft to the best of your ability. And when that happens, the results you need will be inevitable.