Sage has been a witch for 25 years. She enjoys writing informative articles to teach others the craft of the wise.
What Is a Channel?
The fundamental idea behind casting a spell is that it’s a process of raising energy and directing that energy toward your goal. This energy mingles with the object of your desire and gives it a push in your direction. This is what sets the process in motion.
Think of energy like electricity. Electricity doesn’t just float around in the air—it travels along conduits. It runs along wires. When lightning comes down in a bolt it seeks to take the shortest distance—it seeks out something conductive, like a tree, down which it can travel. Like water flowing down the mountain, energy seeks and takes the path of least resistance.
In magic, the path your energy takes is sometimes referred to as a channel. It’s like creating a conduit for that energy that you raised and directed.
Casting Spells and Providing Channels
Let's consider how channels work by examining a familiar situation: the need for money. Let's imagine Herbie and Hilda are both casting the same money spell.
Herbie casts his spell and goes on with life as usual. He doesn't do anything different—he's not striving to improve his performance; he doesn't ask for a raise or overtime. He's not applying for a better job or a second job. He has an Etsy shop to sell knitted scarves, but he gave up on it ages ago and hasn't bothered to put up any new merchandise or advertise.
Hilda casts her spell and provides herself with several channels. She applies for a promotion at work, and she works her butt off to get noticed by her boss. She calls people who owe her money and asks if they can try to pay her back soon. She cleans out her attic and lists some items on eBay.
Hilda has made channels to help the energy she sends stay strong and flow towards manifesting her goal. Herbie's energy is going to have to work harder and spread itself thinner, thus it may not be as effective. All other things being equal, both Herbie and Hilda may experience some degree of success—however, in my experience, Hilda will likely have more success than Herbie.
Boosting Your Magical Success Rate
Magic has a lot of variables; there are never guaranteed outcomes. One person might perform a spell correctly, only to have it fail because they went on to wallow in negative thoughts, thwarting the energy they raised. Another person might not have that much experience or might even mess up during the spell. Still, their ability to visualize and focus on what they desire is so innately strong that they are ultimately successful.
Some Possible Channels for Magic Spells
|Spell Purpose||Possible Channels|
Apply for promotions/new jobs; apply for loans/grants; start a new home business; put items up for sale
Join an online dating website; begin getting out more to places you enjoy, looking good and ready to flirt; ask friends to set you up on blind dates; hit a single’s cruise
Go to a doctor for treatment; follow your treatment plan; take CARE of yourself; start paying attention to your diet & exercise needs; seek out and use alternative healers in conjunction with conventional medicine
Don’t speed on the highway; get an alarm installed; lock your doors; follow safety regulations and recommendations for whatever you’re doing; take self-defense
How to Sense Energy
Ineffective Channels for Magic
When casting spells, some channels are better than others.
For example, Herbie might purchase a lottery ticket after casting his spell, thinking his goal will manifest as a big million-dollar win. This channel is not likely to be very effective, though. Millions of people are sending energy toward the same goal. Herbie's energy has a lot of competition.
Casting spells on other people without their consent also makes for poor a channel. Everyone has a will of his own. Even if they don't focus and direct energy through spells, a certain amount of energy comes from the person's own thoughts and emotions. When you cast spells on someone to go against their own will, channels can be blocked, deflected, disrupted, distorted, etc. Whenever possible, it's better to cast spells on yourself, or on someone who is aware of and aligned with your efforts.
Look for a channel that offers the most direct, unimpeded route to your goal—the one that gives the greatest odds.
What Do You Think
Why Even Bother?
Some people might wonder why they should learn Witchcraft if they have to work for things anyway. Well, it’s true—it’s not like you need Witchcraft to accomplish most things in life. But the way I see it, any little boost that will help me toward my goals, give me an edge, is something of which I’m going to take full advantage.
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After all, that's what Witchcraft is about—it's about helping you attain your needs and desires; helping you fulfill your goals. It's not about the special effects in big Hollywood productions, or living out fantasies; it's about transforming your life into reality.
Spells that work incorporate both the mundane and the magical—covering all your bases.
Think of channels as another layer of effort you can put in to help promote a successful outcome.
Just following along with instructions to cast a spell is not enough; that's just dabbling, and your results will always be hit or miss.
Truly learning the Craft starts with mental preparation.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2014 Mackenzie Sage Wright
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on March 07, 2020:
Thanks so much! Glad to be of help.
Tasha on November 28, 2019:
This is a very fair article. Thanks
Nine on August 19, 2019:
Ive been practising magick for a long time now. I can say that this article presents what is called here "channeling" in a very good way.
Ananya on June 22, 2019:
Is there a real spell to create fire ??
CB on February 15, 2019:
Applying for a loan is not the greatest advice imho. You lose autonomy over that money and you grow it for the lender. So many loan sharks out there, it's almost like the lottery. It's a tool of last resort, not first.
ss on December 09, 2018:
I want to cast spell on my enemy , can you please help me
Gyang Deme on November 24, 2018:
Bella Vasquez on October 29, 2018:
Question 1. Are there spells for things other than the ones you listed?
Question 2. Do you have to be any certain age to start witchcraft?
Question 3. Are there spells you can do with your mind and hands only?
Miss K on September 13, 2018:
Thank you for a wonderful article, it was full of clarity, and helped me better understand channels.
I hope you will be able to assist. For vision spells (on myself), which channels do you tap into for those?
Cassidy Monroe on May 04, 2018:
I've dabbled in the craft for as long as I can remember but recently I've been dedicated to really learning it and these articles you write have been very helpful, thank you.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 08, 2018:
Bright blessings to you!
Name undiclosed on April 06, 2018:
Thanks this really helped me to understand magic more I'm trying for love and I want a magical approach cause they know and there really is nothing more I can do (it sucks)
Fiona on March 11, 2018:
I love your articles. I have learned so much. I am still trying to find a channel for myself for money. I am 64, I do not work. I do get ss. I really need more income. I would love to pay off my car and buy a home for myself and children. Something in my name. I have never had anything in my name. Just thinking out loud.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on November 28, 2017:
Thanks so much for your kind words, Deedra; I appreciate your comments, bright blessings on your path!
Deedra Balli from Washington on November 26, 2017:
Wow! I have been reading several of your articles, and find myself in awe of your knowledge and how well you present and explain the topics. I am not looking for a quick fix for anything, but rather a way to incorporate the Craft to help others and myself, and find I have a lot to learn. I will be doing a lot of reading and think I will need a mentor. There is so much that I did not realize I didn’t know. Thanks for your articles. They are very helpful and offer good guidance.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on November 07, 2017:
Woops; lol sorry about that Shrio. :o) feel better.
Shiro on November 07, 2017:
The sheer magnitude of understanding that has flowed into my brain appears to have given me a headache...
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 02, 2017:
Thank You Maclin (love the name!). I agree with that, definitely, I'm glad you're finding my articles useful. It brightens my day to hear it. :o)
Maclin Vance on September 27, 2017:
Great Article! A Very Common Sense Approach!
I've come to see magick as a Probability Enhancer/Aligner, rather than the "Get Stuff Quick" scheme most fantasy stories have made it out to be.
But this article really does a good job putting that theory into practice!
Thanks For Sharing! I'm going to apply it. :)
Eva Nam on September 04, 2017:
I don't believe magic will help you get a promotion. I believe working hard will get you a promotion. But one of the values you teach is hard work, which you deem magical. These are lessons and values you're trying to teach, which is connected to your perception of magic. This is a belief system as well as a craft.
I do think, though, if I ever were to cast a spell (even just as a superstition, as a bit of luck, to clear my mind) I think the trick isn't to wish for something, it is to wish for the means to get to something. It's to help you sort of embody the qualities necessary to achieve what you want to achieve, and whether it's magic or actually learning these qualities - or both, as magic is in fact these qualities - it works. So I think everybody believes in magic, if magic is defined as these qualities, and I believe these rituals and spells are just fancier and more interesting forms of meditation. They work, but not in the way people think.
Alicia on September 01, 2017:
I did a come hither spell and it worked not even 2 dayz later
klaws on February 20, 2017:
I have a question. with creating channels in the money example, if i apply for jobs and sell things I'm obviously going to make more money than i am right now. would magic increase/improve the results I would get originally? like if I asked someone to pay me back, with magic would they act faster than without magic? I would just like a little bit more explanation about the results of magic vs without magic. I'm young and new to witchcraft but am very interested in the topic.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on August 13, 2016:
Thanks for your comment George, sorry for the late supply. I disagree with number 1; I very much see magic as part of nature, which means it doesn't poof things into existence. I see the things poofing into existence fantasy magic, not real magic. Can the goal of your spell come from an unexpected source? Sure... but I like to improve my odds.
As for your second point, I can't tell you what went wrong as I wasn't there. I do have a couple of articles about mistakes that people make in Witchcraft all the time. But if it's not your thing, if you think it doesn't exist, that's fine, too. We all have different experiences and see the world differently. Much luck to you.
George on February 05, 2016:
I have to say 2 things:
1. Magic is magic just because it doesn't need things to work for it. So, when you say to apply for jobs to get money, this is not magic, this is mundane thing and you don't need magic, you just need work. Can't you find money in the park? Can't a relative give you money just like magic? This is real magic, not working hard in mundane world.
2. What about people who did them both, as you suggest? I worked on channels a lot and still my spells did not work. Actually after many years as a so called witch, none of my spells worked and I did a lot on all life leves. Why? well, maybe magic doesn't exist.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on November 17, 2015:
Hi Goth; that's what I write-- tips. Hope you'll find my articles useful, and please let me know if I can answer any specific questions for you. Thanks for commenting.
Goth on October 28, 2015:
I need some tips plus I'm young but I'm passionate about this
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 20, 2014:
I think you succinctly sum it up, thanks!
Sharon Vile from Odessa, MO on January 19, 2014:
I think my actual point was pretty much the same as the one your were making in your hub--that the energies you create with a spell must necessarily be manifested in action, since that's what you are trying to do, right? That is, to make energies manifest. Witchcraft could be one of many ways of doing this. We visualize many of the things we want by talking about them, seeking advice, and studying up on them. You could see a spell as a strong affirmation about what you are seeking--a commitment, which is always the first step.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 19, 2014:
Thanks so much for your comments Blueheron, it's true. Life would not be better if things came without effort, we would never grow, we would have no challenges, we would not know the sweet satisfaction of success. I'm more of a practical Witch, I prefer to use magic to help me find the strength, guidance, inspiration, energy, etc. to go after my goals. I don't expect it to do it for me, and I believe it's far more effective used as a sort of 'power boost' than as instant gratification. Your insights are much appreciated.
Sharon Vile from Odessa, MO on January 18, 2014:
Use your powers to get the good stuff--dignity and competency, and the abilty and strength to manifest love and kindness in active and practical ways.
Sharon Vile from Odessa, MO on January 18, 2014:
So many of the things people wish for might not be right for them. People may want lots of money for a variety of often good reasons. But life doesn't give them money; instead it gives them dignity and competency--a far better gift. While I would like to be able to cast a spell to get my car running right, the life force makes a different demand of me: I have to learn how to fix the car. I would like to be able to cast a spell to give my children everything, effortlessly. The life force demands that I cook and clean and do laundry and drive them all over the place--and give the gift of active love and active kindness. If you could have everything you wanted effortlessly, you would wind up a big zero--and the pople you wanted to provide for would experience your love for them as a bit empty, because it would be a little unclear whether you would ever have willingly sacrificed a moment of your own comfort for them.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 18, 2014:
Hi Lily Luna; I agree, being absolutely specific is important. I sometimes see people on message forums or in chat rooms asking about 'wish spells' and I see them on silly websites that claim to have 'real working spells'. But it seems futile to cast a spell for a wish when you can focus the energy so much better by actually focusing on your need. Thanks for stopping by, i appreciate the comment.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 18, 2014:
Oh, I know I wish I could twitch my nose or mutter some rhyme and get the dishes done but sadly it just doesn't work that way. A lot of people unwittingly send out energy, especially when highly charged with emotions. The only real difference is the Witch learns to harness it and use it deliberately and with more control. Thank you catgypsy for stopping by.
Lorri Woodmansee from Mesa, Arizona on January 18, 2014:
I have done a few spells to manifest jobs, a home etc. It is so exciting to learn that utilizing energy flow to manifest really works. I also feel that being as specific as possible is important since it hones the energy in the actual direction to go. Very good description of a channel as well.
catgypsy from the South on January 17, 2014:
We'd all like to be Samantha on Bewitched...haha! Twitch our nose and poof...there it is. Great hub explaining the principles of magic. People use the energy of their thoughts all the time and don't even realize it. They would be shocked if you told them that they were casting a spell to a degree!
Sharon Vile from Odessa, MO on January 17, 2014:
I doubt if I could see it now. My eyesight isn't what it used to be. But there is nothing mystical about it--not like seeing auras or anything. The little blue electrical haze is really there.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 17, 2014:
Hi blueheron, yes it's true. Some people can see it-- it works best in dim light (candlelight, or a nightlight, but not directly in front of you) and holding up the hands in front of a light, blank background (like a white wall). It's pretty amazing stuff. Thanks for commenting.
Sharon Vile from Odessa, MO on January 17, 2014:
The video reminded me of something I've long observed: If you hold your hands more or less as he is holding his and rotate your fingertips at a distance of a half-inch or less, you will feel an electric charge build up. Sometimes, in the right light, you can even see it as a faint bluish haze.