Born in deepest Cornwall, now living in wild Wales, Bev has been practising her personal brand of eclectic witchcraft for years and years.
Let’s get one thing straight: Working a spell is not usually a spectacular event. It is nothing like you see in the movies. Casting a spell is usually a very quiet, laid back activity that a witch does alone. There are other kinds of magickal work done in groups or with another person, but the majority are carried out in solitude.
Oh, and why do witches often use the term ‘magick’ with a k? It’s to distinguish it from conjuring tricks and stage magic, which is just a very expert sleight of hand and illusion. We’re working the real deal here.
What Is a Spell?
What a spell isn’t is waving a magic wand and having your dream come true in a purple flash. A spell is one method of impressing your will onto universal energy. Other methods include prayer, making wishes, and healing modalities like Reiki. A spell achieves several things: It brings your own energy vibration into alignment with your desire, it sends it out to be dealt with by that old universal energy, and it enables you to let it go and not interfere with how it manifests. In fact, how these things come about can be pretty mundane and everyday-ish. It’s much less exciting than you might believe.
Do You Need to Work a Spell at All?
It might seem like a great idea at the time, but you must think before you act. Does this situation warrant a spell? Once you set the energy in motion, it can be difficult to undo it. From personal experience, I can tell you that doing a spell that directly affects another person is never a good idea.
I Want a Spell to Make My Crush Fall in Love With Me
Okay, so you are attracted to this person, and you would soooo like to date them and to be their partner. But wait, what if you work the spell and they turn out to be the worst person in the world? What if they try to tell you what to do? What to wear? What if they want to move things along too fast? Too slow? What if you don’t really like them much at all? What if they smell? What if the spell works so well that they never leave you alone? That you can’t end the relationship because they just won’t give up? It all sounds horrible, doesn’t it?
Those are all good reasons why you should never use magick to manipulate somebody’s feelings. It can backfire on you and create all kinds of problems you never thought of.
Someone Made Me Angry and Now I Want to Curse Them
Don’t do it. However tempting it is, you run the risk of the curse rebounding onto yourself. All you need to do when somebody upsets you is to trust that the Universe/fate/karma will deal with them for you.
Good Spells to Cast
It’s so much better if you know what you want and keep it general. For instance, there is someone you really like. Instead of trying to make them fall in love with you, cast a spell to bring love to you. If that person ends up liking you, great. If it turns out to be someone else more suitable, still great.
Here are some ideas for good spells:
- Bring love to me
- Enable me to get excellent grades
- Increase the flow of money
- Get healthy
- To appear more beautiful
- I want some new friends
- I need a job
- Find a lost article
- Protect myself from bullies
Best Time to Cast Spells
I don’t worry too much about this, but some people like to work with the Moon cycles. When the Moon is waxing (growing), think of spells that involve an increase, such as money, confidence, or love. When the Moon is waning (growing smaller), brainstorm spells that involve a decrease, such as getting rid of debt, acne, or bullies.
There are also days of the week which are best for working certain spells:
- Sunday: For personal achievement and goals. Accentuate the spell with sunflowers and orange oil.
- Monday: For fertility, pregnancy, and feminine magic. This is the day to charge your silver jewelry in the moonlight.
- Tuesday: Best day to increase qualities like strength and courage.
- Wednesday: For communication issues. Want to heal a rift? Do it on a Wednesday.
- Thursday: Work your prosperity and abundance spells on this day. Also good for healing and other practical work. Need a job? Might be good to ask for it on a Thursday. Want to sell property? Do your spell today.
- Friday: Love magick works a treat on a Friday. Also good for deepening friendship and emotional connections.
- Saturday: Cleansing and banishing are excellent things to do on Saturdays. You can also work your anti-bully spells today. Need to dissolve a friendship? Do it today.
I like to keep things simple, so for me, it’s pen and paper and a candle. However, if I were performing a more important and complex ritual, I would lay out items to represent the elements, as follows:
- A cup or glass of water: to represent the realm of water and emotions.
- A crystal or pebble: to represent the realm of Earth and practicalities.
- Incense: to represent the realm of air and thought/communication.
- Candle: to represent the realm of fire and inspiration/action.
I’d have a second candle, usually a very small votive or tea-light within the circle because I always use fire to send off my spells.
Use a natural wand to cast your circle and an athame (blunt or wooden knife) to close it afterward.
Basic Circle Casting
It’s rare I feel the need to cast a circle, but it adds to the power of the spell and also offers some protection. Work out where your circle will be in the room or wherever you intend to work the spell. Then make sure you know the points of the four directions.
Place your items as follows:
- The crystal or pebble to the North boundary where you intend your circle to be.
- The candle to the South.
- Incense to the East.
- Vessel of water to the West.
Be very, very careful with candles. If you like, you can use an LED candle instead. It’s simply a representation of fire, and it doesn’t need to be a real fire. In fact, you can use a candle without lighting it at all. However, if you are going to light your candle and incense, do it now.
- Pick up your wand, hold it up, and face East. Say, “I call the guardians of air and East to this circle.”
- Slowly turn deosil (clockwise) until you are facing South. Say, “I call the guardians of fire and South to this circle.”
- Turn to the West and say, “I call the guardians of water and West to this circle.”
- Turn to the North and say, “I call the guardians of earth and North to this circle.”
As you turn, imagine a shimmering circle rising from the floor or ground and forming a half sphere around you. If you are on grass, dirt, or sand, you can draw the circle with your wand. It can be as big or small as you like, but leave yourself enough room to move about. If you are working at a table or altar, you can include it within the boundary of the circle. When I lived in a very small apartment, my circle would extend outside the walls, which made it a little awkward, but witches are resourceful creatures.
- Then say, "I thank you, Guardians. Please stay and keep me safe until I ask you to leave.”
- Now, cast your spell (we’ll get to that soon.) Once you have finished, pick up your athame. Use your wand if you haven’t got one, or even your pointed index finger. Nothing is written in stone, and you can adapt as necessary.
- Face West and say, “I thank you for your protection, guardians of West and water. You are dismissed. Go in peace.”
- Turn widdershins (anti-clockwise) and face South. Say, “I thank you for your protection, guardians of South and fire. You are dismissed. Go in peace.”
- Turn to the East and say, “I thank you for your protection, guardians of East and air. You are dismissed. Go in peace.”
- Finally, turn to the North and say, “I thank you for your protection, guardians of North and earth. You are dismissed. Go in peace.”
- Visualize the sphere melting away. And it’s done. Have something to eat—witches call this part of the ritual ‘cakes and ale’. Eating and drinking signify the magick is complete, helps to ground you, and provides a pleasant end to your work.
Casting the Spell
Once you have created your circle, you will begin the spell itself. A very simple formula is this:
- Sit down in the middle of your circle.
- Breathe deeply, visualize the desired outcome but not how it will happen (leave all that to magick).
- Has your spell been written out on a piece of paper?
- Raise the energy/emotion necessary (more on this in the next section)
- Read out your spell three times.
- Place the written spell beneath the candle, or, if it is perfectly safe to do so, burn the spell in the candle flame. Please don’t do this indoors or anywhere you could start a fire.
- Relax and perhaps meditate on the desired outcome for a few minutes.
- When you are ready, dismiss the guardians and close the circle.
It’s an excellent idea, to work out the form your ritual will take. Mentally practice it several times, so you know what to do next after you complete each stage. It doesn’t matter if you make a mistake though, magick doesn’t care.
Raising Energy and Emotion
This part of the spell is crucial. This is how the magick happens.
To make the magick happen, you have to raise your cellular, mental, and emotional vibration. This means getting in sync with the outcome you desire. The best way to do this is through imagination and visualization. So think about what it would mean to have this thing become real for you. If it’s love, then think about the feeling of being in love. Really feel it. If you want money, then feel the relief and satisfaction of having plenty of money. If you are doing a healing ritual, imagine yourself so happy that you are healthy. Use whatever means you need to raise those emotions around the desire. If you find it difficult to do, then perhaps your passion is not as strong as you thought it was.
As you are feeling the emotion, feel waves of energy pouring through you. I tend to feel it come up from the earth, through my body and whoosh out through my upraised hands or wand.
When you have reached this heightened state, read or recite the spell three times. In your mind’s eye, see the words, the desire exploding out of you and into the universe.
Now relax, let go completely of the spell and let the Universe do its work.
Writing Your Spell
You can find pre-written spells anywhere on the Internet and in books, but none will work as well as the one you devise yourself.
They don’t have to be written as poetry, and they’re just easier to remember if they are rhyming couplets. If I can’t think of my own, I’ll steal someone else’s and adapt it for my needs. So I have a couple of spellbooks, but use them for ideas only. I never use a spell created by someone else.
It might seem daunting but play around with it. Here’s one from the top of my head:
“Bring me money, those dollars are mine
A thousand will do it, time after time.
As I say these words, this spell is done
Give me the money but let it harm none.”
Always use a command like, “As I say it, so must it be…” I used, “As I say these words, this spell is done.” It’s to impress the intent on the Universe.
And always use a ‘harm none’ clause too. You don’t want anyone getting hurt in the process. It’s just insurance.
You can add them separately on the end of your chant if you want. Just say, “As I speak it, so must it be and let it harm none.”
Extra Spell Power Boosters: Correspondences
Often, you will see spells that require certain oils, herbs, crystals, and colors of candles. You can use them in your spells if you want to, but I rarely bother. I do sometimes carve and anoint my candles with essential oil if I’m in the mood. However, you can boost your spells by using items that witches the world over have had success with. The qualities of these items are called correspondences. And one aspect of witchcraft is learning about these correspondences.
For example, love spell boosts are pink or white candles. A pink rose added to the altar or work area. Perhaps a little delicate rose geranium oil and pink quartz crystal. Money spells are based on green candles and items related to the earth. Healing is blue, so a blue gem, a healing oil, and anything to do with water.
One of the best resources for learning correspondences and working with incense and oils is The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham. I wholeheartedly recommend this (and his other books too). He explains succinctly that correspondences are to help you reach the necessary state of mind and body to manifest your desired outcome.
“Today, when the twilight curtains of secrecy are being drawn back so that all may share in the old ways of magic, there is a growing need for a comprehensive, responsible book of magical formulas that will satisfy the needs of those who would mix up the old brews and incenses—not only for magical purposes but also for the sheer joy in so doing.”
“The power at work in magic is within our bodies as well as within herbs, stones and other natural products of the Earth. It is not satanic, dangerous or evil; nor is it supernatural. Magical power is the power of life itself.” Scott Cunningham
He said it so much better than I can.
Final Spell Casting Roundup
Okay, let me summarize all this in an easy to reference conclusion.
Think about your desire. Is it worth doing a spell, or could you take action to make it happen? Go over the possible consequences of casting a spell. If it directly affects another person, you would be witchy-wise not to attempt it.
- Write out your spell and design your ritual using the suggestions in this article.
- Gather your equipment and tools if you are using any.
- When the time is right, cast your circle and work the spell.
- Close the circle and eat something.
- Forget all about the spell.
One thing I will mention is that oh so very frequently a spell works without you even noticing. It’s as though the result is simply the next step in a logical set of actions. It’s not until months later you remember the spell and realize that the effect actually manifested. It’s because life unfolds in that way. You might have longed for a new job, then a few months down the line you are talking to some random person, and they mention a job. It sounds good, you applied for it, and you got the job. Events moved quickly and logically, and you didn’t even know the magick was working. How about that?
Do ask any questions you might have, but do check to see if I’ve answered a similar one already. Oh, and I’m not going to write or perform a spell on your behalf—sorry. Let me know how it goes for you.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
Question: Is there a spell to make someone tell the truth?
Answer: I don't recommend casting any spell to make someone do something or change their behavior. It can have unpleasant and unforeseen consequences. However, what you can do is use Switchwords to help you discern the truth.
I recommend Together Crystal. So when you are about to meet with this person, or while you are with them, you hold those words in your mind and expect to hear, or to intuit, the truth.
More information on Switchwords here: https://exemplore.com/new-age-metaphysics/How-To-U...
To use Switchwords in spells, this might help: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Witchcraft-...
Question: I am ten-years-old, but I would really enjoy doing a spell to get some friends. Am I too young to be practicing witchcraft?
Answer: Yes, you are way too young to be attempting to cast spells. You could easily attract the wrong people. You could cause all kinds of harm to yourself and others. Please don't do it.
Practice making friends in the 'muggle' way. When you are a lot older, you can look at witchcraft again.
Question: When I am casting a spell I feel strong energy in my hands and body. I put a lot of emotion into the spells and I seem to see the energy around me. Does this mean my spell is working and the results will happen? I believe very strongly my spells will work. Is this the right way?
Answer: It sounds like you are working your spells really well. However, the important part is afterwards. Don't think about it. Let it go. Don't keep wondering where it is. Let the Universe do it's thing. Notice signs that relate to your desired result but don't fret over it.
Question: What alternative is there to burning incense to represent the element of air?
Answer: You could use leaves or a small paper flag. A bird or airplane ornament, perhaps? Anything that reminds you of the sky.
Question: How big should a circle be and how do we draw it and with what?
Answer: You don't draw it; you visualize it in your mind. It's okay to mark out where you'd like it to be with four small objects, but really, it's all done in your mind.
More information here about casting circles: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Solitary-Wi...
Question: What should I do if I want to do a location spell?
Answer: I don't know what you mean by a 'location' spell. Perhaps if you elaborate on the goal you are aiming for.
Question: Are you allowed to read the words while casting your spell? Will it affect the outcome?
Answer: Yes, by all means. If it's short enough to memorize then do so... it doesn't matter if you get a few words wrong. The intention and emotion are the most important elements of a spell. The words are to help you with those; the universe doesn't care about the words, so if you want to read them, then that's fine - just remember to feel it.
Question: Can you use a spell to lose weight?
Answer: By itself, a spell won't cause weight loss. However, you can use a spell to strengthen your resolve to eat more healthily and to exercise. You can also use a spell to help you find the perfect weight loss solution for you.
Switchwords may also help: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Witchcraft-... (there's a link there to another article with lists that may be useful to you).
Question: What can I do to acquire the required items for witchcraft that may not be available in my country?
Answer: There are no items required. You can cast spells with no objects or ingredients. As I pointed out, I only use paper, pen and a candle. You don't even need those. The other optional items suggested are a pebble, water, candle, and incense. If you can't get them it really doesn't matter.
Question: Can I cast a spell without a circle?
Answer: Yes, I do it all the time, especially with quick written spells. https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Cast-Spells...
I only cast a circle when it's something special or I'm working at full moon and want to celebrate esbat. There is something lovely about working within a circle, but it's not compulsory.
Question: Do you have to work with deities or call guardians for spells to work?
Answer: No, there are many ways to work spells without casting circles or calling on deities and guardians. There are some ideas given in my resource article: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-to-be-a...
Question: Is it safe to cast a spell to find your soul mate using white magic?
Answer: It's perfectly safe to cast a spell requesting that love comes into your life. It is not safe to focus on one particular person. Energy is energy; doesn't matter what color it is.
Question: About how old should a person be to start practicing witchcraft?
Answer: It's not a question of your age as in the number, but in your level of maturity and life experience. As a rough guide, I would advise around seventeen or eighteen.
Question: Is it wise to use magick to help someone pull themselves out of a deep depression without them knowing about it?
Answer: No, never. You shouldn't perform a healing spell without their permission. However, there is something you can do, a couple of somethings, actually.
1. When you are thinking of them, always see them as whole, happy and healed. Don't allow thoughts of their depression encroach.
2. Know that you can't fix them unless they want to be fixed.
3. When you are interacting with them, don't talk about their depression or the things that make them depressed. Keep changing the subject to upbeat topics.
4. Your most important job is to keep yourself in a happy (or as happy as possible) place. You cannot join that person in their misery and expect to make them feel better. Remain on the upper emotional scale and if you feel yourself sliding down, leave. It's similar to the advice to put your oxygen mask on before trying to help another.
5. Get them to take a look at EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). There's tons of info on the web about it.
Question: I know a full moon spell in which I must say a spell with my black cat in the light of the moon, and she will become a magick amplifier. No harm is done to her. Should I do it?
Answer: It's your decision. My question would be why do you need this spell, what is your intention, and have you thought it through properly? If anyone else is likely to be affected, then you might want to rethink.
The cat's presence is unlikely to have any effect one way or the other as the energy comes from your own emotions. The cat is neutral.
Question: I tried your spell about money and it did not work. Do you know why?
Answer: Have you given it enough time? How do you know it's not working right now? Are you opening any doors to allow money to flow to you? What I mean by that is that money is like a stream and it helps if you dig a little channel for it, like looking for opportunities to earn some money.
This article might help you: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Witchcraft-...
Question: Can we just throw written spells in the garbage? I can't burn it.
Answer: Yes, you can ceremoniously tear it into tiny pieces and throw it in the trash or flush it. I usually keep a copy with all the details of the ritual in my journal, aka Book of Shadows.
Question: Can I fly by casting a spell on myself?
Answer: No, you cannot. You are misunderstanding what witchcraft is all about. It's not what you see on Netflix; it's a way of life, a spiritual path and a method of tapping into universal energy.
Question: So my spell was interrupted when my dog jumped at me. Is something bad going to happen to my dog or me?
Answer: No, not at all. Pets have a habit of doing this at crucial moments. Next time, ensure your dog is distracted by a toy or a chew, or make sure he is in another room.
Question: Why shouldn't young people cast spells? I'm eighteen and very interested.
Answer: I always advise young teens not to mess around with spellcasting because they often make mistakes. I'm not talking about the actual ritual, but because they are unable to understand the possible consequences.
One lady contacted me a while back and said she'd cast a spell to attract a certain person. He turned up on her doorstep. Of course, she was pleased and invited him in. Then he sexually assaulted her and left her traumatized. She's still dealing with fear and distrust today.
An older, wiser person would understand that spells directed at specific people are never a good idea.
Question: Can you use a spell to break a couple apart?
Answer: Not unless you are one of the couple. Never use spells to interfere with other people's relationships. It could rebound on you and cause all kinds of complications.
Question: I am 17 years old and want to try spell casting. Can I use a sigil in my circle? What do I use for a wand? How do I start with a spell to make water move or float? I want to do nature spells and others that can help the earth. I am confused.
Answer: You need to take a step back because it sounds like you are trying to achieve too much. I recommend you do a lot more reading before you jump into spellcasting.
Not sure why you'd want to make water move or float. What would that accomplish? It's a parlour trick and not what witchcraft is about. Read some books by Lisa Chamberlain and also check out my other witch-related articles, most of which are aimed at new witchlings. There's one there about making your own wand too.
Question: How old do I have to be to start witchcraft?
Answer: There's no definitive age to begin, although 18 is a good guideline. No reputable coven or group will accept someone for training unless they can prove they are over 18. Witchcraft is not just about casting spells, it's about being wise, knowledgeable, grounded in common sense. Witches have to be able to see all sides of a situation. They have to have enough life experience to be able to relate to people and their problems. It's a whole lot more than waving a wand.
Question: I'm 36 and I really would like to try out a spell for the first time. Can I do it for wealth, or to reunite with a loved one after 11 years?
Answer: I highly recommend you don't work a spell to reunite with an ex partner. Manipulating other people energetically is never a good idea. Working a spell for wealth is fine - it's best to try it out with lower amounts to begin with - this is because it's easier to believe in, say, $100 than in a billion. Here are a few others you might like:
Question: I'm new to witchcraft and am wondering where I should start?
Answer: I have a lot of articles for beginner witches, although they are not laid out in any particular order. Go here to scroll through the list: https://hubpages.com/@theraggededge
Also, you may enjoy reading Lisa Chamberlain's books. They tend to focus more on Wicca, but they are useful for non-Wiccans too.
Question: Are werewolves real and, if so, can you create one or transform into one with a spell?
Answer: Werewolves aren't real. The myth of the werewolf is based on old folklore tales of the Middle Ages and is aligned with the witch hunts of the same period. The modern resurgence of interest in lycanthropy is based on the increase of fiction and movies that feature werewolves.
It is not possible for you to transform yourself into a werewolf. But when you are older you can choose to follow the path of witchcraft.
Question: So my friend has a coven, and I'm a part of it. Do you have any advice about how we should proceed?
Answer: Your chosen tradition will provide the framework of your coven. The best thing to do is to visit some websites and/or get hold a few books that are relevant to your tradition. So... it might be Wicca? Or British Traditional, or Faery or whatever...
Question: I would like to cast a spell but I do not how to go about it. Could you help me and explain it better?
Answer: Have you tried following the suggestions given above? That is how to work a basic spell. I can't explain it better. You might prefer to try sigil magic which is also very easy:
There are some easy spells here:
Question: I read your article and attempted the spell myself. I took your advice and kind of cheated and turned the spell above into my own. How long does it usually take? Are there any other spells I could practice on and is this a good general base to work with when casting?
Answer: A spell will take as long as it will take. As soon as you start niggling at it and wondering when the result will show, know that you are keeping it away. The trick is to cast it, then forget it. Let the Universe take care of it.
The above structure can be adapted any way you choose. I have more suggestions here:
Question: How do you cast a spell with just pen, paper and a candle?
Answer: Here you go, this article has all the information you need to do written spells: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Cast-Spells...
Question: Do witchcraft and spell casting even work?
Answer: Of course, otherwise, people wouldn't keep doing it. Casting spells is about manipulating energy, in the same way, that people make wishes or say prayers. Those who learn how to do it right usually have happy and successful lives. You'll never meet a poor witch.
Question: How old can you be to start witchcraft? Is it fine being a teenager?
Answer: I would say that you need to be older. Witchcraft means 'the craft of the wise'. Not many teens have the requisite life experience to be witches. This article might be helpful: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Im-a-Young-...
Question: Is it necessary to cast a circle for a spell? Also, I don't have a wand.
Answer: No, it's not necessary to cast a circle before working a spell. The reason why witches often use a circle it because it creates a magickal space that's not quite part of the mundane world. It makes the ritual more special.
If you don't have a wand, point your finger. You can also use any stick you find while walking or even a wooden spoon.
This article on how to keep it simple might be useful: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Simple-Witc...
Question: How do I close a circle after performing a spell? Also what is the right time to cast a spell?
Answer: Lots of circle information here: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/Solitary-Wit...
You can boost spells by choosing the right timing... spells for increase/attraction are best carried out during the waxing (increasing) moon. Spells for banishing, decreasing, losing weight etc. are best done during the waning moon. Days of the week can work in your favor too: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-To-Begin...
Question: How do do you cast a money spell?
Answer: Directions for creating your own spells are given in the article. Spells that you create yourself are far more powerful than copying one from somebody else. However, if you are really unable to make one up, then I have one here that might help. Scroll down the page until you find the Fast Money Written Spell.
Question: Is it okay to practice even a bit magick even I'm still too young? I will really take responsibility for it. I've been practicing but some spells that I tried haven't worked. And I still can't summon a circle. Does summoning a circle only work when you're older or maybe I just need more practice for it? What I really what to do is make a spell that can control the weather, but I don't know how to make my own spell. Can you give me some guidance and advice I can count on about witchcraft?
Answer: Your questions demonstrate that you don't understand how magic works in witchcraft. When you cast a circle, you can't see it. It's a visualization, i.e in your mind's eye. Sometimes you can feel that the atmosphere is different within the circle. And you don't know yet if the spells you have already cast have worked or not.
The point of waiting until you are older is that you will know these things. You will realize that true witchcraft is not about casting wizzy-wizz spells. It's about creating the future that you want. And that tends to unfold slowly. However, fast 'intention' spells work really well for things like parking spaces and smooth journeys.
For weather spells, you can practice 'cloudbusting'.
Question: What does a witch do with ritual items they've used like water, wine, bread etc?
Answer: Simply dispose of them. Drink the wine (of course) and eat the bread at the end of the ritual as part of the 'cakes and ale' winding up.
Question: How do you find a coven to join?
Answer: Most people find their tribe via social media. If you can't find a group locally, then you might be able to join an online community.
Question: I know I am too young to work spells, but I have been studying. Later on in my life when I feel I have enough wisdom and life experience corresponding to your suggestion of age I will work some spells. There is the image of a book on this page. I saw it more than once in my visions. Do you know what it is?
Answer: It's a computer-generated image that is quite common on the web. I can't find the original but it is a Creative Commons licensed image, which means it is free to use. It isn't a real book.
Question: Are these real life spells similar to Harry Potter?
Answer: No. Because Harry Potter is fantasy fiction. And real life isn't like that as I explained in the very first paragraph.
Question: If you are a Christian can you still be Wiccan?
Answer: Not really. Wicca is a religion that comes under the umbrella term of witchcraft. You would find that the faiths contradicted each other. However, you can be a Christian and practice your own version of witchcraft.
There are some question on the linked article that cover various aspects of this: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-o...
Question: I was just wondering if there is a spell to help build skill in your occupation?
Answer: Why not design it yourself? Spells you create for yourself have far more power because they are yours, and unique to you.
Question: Is there a way to get the supplies needed without parents knowing?
Answer: No, and you shouldn't practice witchcraft against your parents' wishes. Wait until you are old enough to be independent and have gained more life experience.
Question: I want to use a spell to make someone else happy and healthy, not change them, just make sure they're healthy?
Answer: You should not work a spell on anyone without their permission. You could cause harm without meaning to. If you talk to them and ask them if they would like you to do this and they agree, that's fine.
Question: Why do you bless the books before casting a spell?
Answer: I don't bless any books before casting a spell. I'm not sure why you have asked, seeing as I never mentioned anything like that. Some witches consecrate their grimoires or 'Book of Shadows', some may indeed call down a blessing before working a spell, but I don't.
Question: How old would you say is old enough to cast spells?
Answer: There's no specific age. However there is a great need for maturity, life experience and wisdom. A responsible witch will wait until s/he is ready. They understand that manipulating energy without understanding of the consequences could affect, and possibly damage, the rest of their life.
Question: Do I have to cast a circle for all spells I attempt?
Answer: No. I only cast circles for full-blown rituals. Most of my spells are fast and 'small', so I don't cast circles. You could always cast a 'circle-lite'. More details on this page: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Solitary-Wi...
Question: Is it safe to cast a spell if I'm not officially a witch?
Answer: Anyone can cast a spell in exactly the same way that they can say a prayer. There is no official body that can declare you a witch, there's no license - you get to decide. That's why it is incredibly important for people to use this wisely and sensibly.
Question: As a witch, can I produce something out of thin air, say a flame?
Answer: No. That kind of thing is generally restricted to stage magic. Real witchcraft is not showy.
Question: I am 16 years old now, and I want to be taller, so is it possible to be taller by doing a spell?
Answer: No, sorry. One aspect of being a witch is being able to accept and appreciate yourself just the way you are. However, there are such things as 'glamor spells' which can a. make you feel good (taller) and b. allow others to see you that way. I tend to think that the spell helps you to reach for the goal that the feeling has enabled. In other words, you really do walk taller.
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Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 02, 2020:
Hi Rebekah, that's an interesting question.
Firstly, rule out cool air currents or draughts. Pay attention to the atmosphere in the room when you aren't doing any magic and see if you experience the same thing again. Often a cool wafting of air is all it is.
When you next do your ritual, as you are casting the circle, visualise it as protective - make it pink and pretty if you like, but at its essence it is an iron-strong barrier. Fill your sphere with love.
Carry out the rest of the ritual as normal.
Hope that helps.
Rebekah on September 02, 2020:
Your articles are very helpful to me! So thank you. My question is, recently when I was trying out my first spell I felt some unwanted energy and my candles started to flick and I hurriedly closed my circle and kept Everything back in its place. What should I do if it happens again and what can I do to make sure it doesn't?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 15, 2020:
Hi Little Bird. It's because each day of the week has a correspondence with a particular deity or object, so they have taken on the energy of that corresponding thing.
So for instance, Monday is named after the Moon. The moon is connected with cycles, especially feminine ones.
Friday comes from the Norse Goddess, Frigg, Frigg is associated with Venus, the Goddess of love, hence Friday is good for love spells.
Hope that helps. You could spend a happy few minutes researching the others :)
little bird on June 15, 2020:
Hi Bev G!
When you talked about casting spells on certain days of the week, I am curious about why that is. Is it to do with the cycle of the sun/moon/other celestial bodies? Please let me know :-).
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on May 16, 2020:
Hi Louise, yes sure it is. You might also try Switchwords on a daily basis:
Louise on May 15, 2020:
Is it possible to cast a spell for more fame and popularity?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 16, 2020:
Thanks, George. Good luck with everything.
George Xu from Philippines on April 16, 2020:
Great help for beginners! I enjoy reading this article. I have been practising the magic circle.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 14, 2020:
Hi BeginnerWitch, I don't know. You would have to be more specific.
beginnerwitch on March 14, 2020:
another question, can i use a spell to help with a spell i've already done?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 08, 2020:
Good question. I used to keep mine in a large jar - in fact I still have that jar (it smells wonderful). Nowadays I generally throw the bits in the trash.
beginner witch on March 07, 2020:
I was just wondering, when and how should I dispose of spell ingredients/remains/remnants?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 01, 2020:
There's no best age, but I advise all teens to wait until they have enough life experience and wisdom before starting to learn and use energy manipulation. It can have long-term detrimental effects, particularly in the realm of mental health. You have to know and understand what you are doing.
Jenna on February 01, 2020:
I know that I am a witch but what age is best to begin magick?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 10, 2020:
No, Person, it's not devil-worship. However, if you are a Catholic with a very strong faith, you may find some aspects of witchcraft don't align with your religion. But, I have always thought that Roman Catholicism looks very ritualistic with pagan undertones.
There are many Christian witches in the world.
Person on January 09, 2020:
Is this worshiping the devil? Can a devoted catholic be a witch?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on December 18, 2019:
Hi Leilani, you really need practical help from child services or a lawyer, or whatever is available in your state/country.
However, you could also try a binding or banishing spell as detailed in these two articles:
Leilani on December 17, 2019:
Merry met, I’ve been on and off practicing my entire adulthood and I need assistance. My kids were taken from dhs because of my ex. He is no longer in the picture but the person who has my kids will not allow me to even talk to them. This person loathes me and does this to cause me pain and also because my daughter looks like me. She has even said so herself. She treats her the same as she used to treat me, which is very very cruel. I’ve tried asking the universe to bring them home to me but I have a very hard time letting go of the desire. Is there anything I can do to assist me so that the universe can do its thing?? Thank you for your wisdom and your time. Blessed be
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on December 13, 2019:
Sounds like you want to do tricks, Matt. That's not witchcraft. Go learn to be a stage magician.
Matt on December 13, 2019:
hi Bev G this is a idea for a spell if it exsits i want a spell that lets me control fire
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on December 06, 2019:
You are very welcome, Lia. There's nothing to be scared of. You just don't do anything that you feel uncomfortable with. There are so many ways to bring magic into your life without practicing anything 'dark'. Good luck.
Lia on December 05, 2019:
I've been looking over some of your articles today, and I'm very glad I did. I'm currently still a teenager, and I've decided that I'm going to research and study as much as I can, and figure out if I actually want to do this (it's a little scary tbh). Just wanted to thank you for writing all of these articles;they're very informative, and you seem like a really kind and helpful person! Thank you!
EMSS on November 20, 2019:
Hi Bev G
Thank you for explaining it to me I understand the universe is taking care of it after I cast the spell with the intention it will take of it. This helps this is ok.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 16, 2019:
Ah, I think I get it. So, you have to **know** that the universe is taking care of it. It's not your job to figure out **how** it will happen. All you have to do is look out for small signs that it's coming.
So for example, someone wants a new job. They cast a spell, holding the intention and certain knowledge that it will come to them. They turn their desire over to the universe to deal with. So that bit is done. They don't worry how it will come, they just know that it will. Meanwhile, they are alert for signs (opportunities) and are ready to say yes to them. They may look for jobs online, or talk to acquaintances about their desire for a new job, all the time knowing that the perfect job will present itself at the perfect time.
So, no they aren't working out how it will come, but maintain a comfortable position of being aware of the signs that it is on the way.
Is that okay? xx
EMSS on November 16, 2019:
Hi Bev G
yes when I cast a spell I always do imagination and visualization the changes I want from the spells before I cast it I make my self believe it as happen with the emotion of the changes. Do I have to think what I have to do to make the changes, or the changes has already happen.? Sorry I was not clear in my questions. Thank you for your help.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 15, 2019:
Hello EMSS, I'm not quite sure what you are asking? Are you saying that you think you should be able to get into the right feeling without extra help? You have to do it whatever way works for you :)
EMSS on November 15, 2019:
Hi Bev G
Every time I need guide I always come back to your article when doing a spell I do imagination and visualization before I cast my spell I should not thing how to get there just it happen would that effect the the spell ?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 03, 2019:
Hey Jack, I'll make a deal with you. I won't tell you how to live your life and you don't tell me how to live mine. Okay?
You do know that the bible verse is a mistranslation, don't you? The original said, "Thou shalt not allow a poisoner to live." Go look it up.
I've cast a little happy spell for you. Have fun!
Jack on November 03, 2019:
All forms of practicing witchcraft Is not good . The bible says thst God does not want us to practice witchcraft ; witchcraft comes from the devil . "Thou shall not allow a soceress to live " Is a verse in the bible . When you practice witchcraft you are allowing demons to enter your body. Please leave witchcratt alone Bev G and return to other forms of magic like magic tricks . You will not go to heaven if you practice witchcraft . There is non such thing as a good witch or white magic .
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 01, 2019:
You are welcome, Morgan Elizabeth. Finding the power within is the best feeling. And you can tap into that at any time. When you are feeling anxious, know that you have that reservoir of power inside. x
Morgan Elizabeth on November 01, 2019:
I just completed my first spell, well more of a ritual. I just asked for protection for myself and my family. But the energy that I felt in my body was incredible! I had goosebumps the entire time. There's more I would like to add to personalize it for myself but still. I've never felt this sense of relaxation ever. I have depression and anxiety which can be crippling at times but after, I feel so calm and at peace. Thank you for this article!
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 01, 2019:
Absolute poppycock, Jack. Satan doesn't exist. He's a made-up boogie man designed to frighten the uneducated masses of 2,000 years ago.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 13, 2019:
My personal opinion is that he is way too young. He simply doesn't have the life experience to be a witch. Witchcraft is not just about spell casting, it's about being wise. However, you're his mother, so you get to decide.
The bible reference is a mis-translation. The word was 'poisoner'. That deliberate (or not) mistake caused the death of untold men and women.
Angel on October 12, 2019:
My 11 year old son has been studying witchcraft for 4 years and he knows when to use magick and when not to use magick . He knows being a witch requires alot of responsibility .He did cast a money spell for his friends and it worked . One person said he should not be practicing withcraft because it is mentioned in the bible as being aganist God's rules and is evil . Should I buy him a spellbook ? Why is witchcraft mentioned in the bible as being evil ? Should I let him quit witchcraft and start teaching him to practice magic tricks instead ?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 11, 2019:
Tasha, I'm sorry I can't do that. Please reach out to a health professional.
Tasha Grant on October 05, 2019:
I was wondering if you maybe can contact me and help me to learn how I can see what I did in my past life because I have so many questions about myself that I don't understand and I thought maybe with that I can figure out what is wrong with me. Thank you.
C on October 01, 2019:
Thank you for this article! I'm too young for witchcraft (13) but I have been studying for when the day arrives. I had trouble understanding the overall format of a typical spell so this helped alot!
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 24, 2019:
How do you know if this article is real? Because I wrote it :)
Please feel free to ask me anything you don't understand.
Harvey I. on September 24, 2019:
How do we know this article is real, Currently im trying to begin doing spells and I don't want to start off on the wrong foot
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 12, 2019:
It's up to you, Crystal. If you want to return to witchcraft, then you should do it.
Crystal on September 11, 2019:
I’m 29 years old I use to do witchcraft when I was in high school an I just stop doing it but my whole life I knew I was different and I also see stands on the side of the road with people that do witchcraft or sell stuff and it always made me wonder an felt like that’s where I belong does that mean I’m ready to start doing spells and learning more about it Bc it has always caught my eye on stuff like this
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 05, 2019:
Candace, you are way too young to practice witchcraft. Working with energy is dangerous, please don't do it until you are older and wiser.
candace on September 05, 2019:
im 11 years and i want to know a easy spell that is like... not invloving fire? if that cant happen thats okay.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 02, 2019:
Try standing still, eyes closed, feet planted firmly on the ground. Preferably be standing so that your feet are connected to the earth, but don't worry if that's not possible.
Stretch out your hands and visualize energy coming up from the earth, through your feet and body and into your hands. Within a couple of minutes you may feel your hands begin to tingle. It's subtle, so don't expect to feel lightning strikes up and down your arms. When you feel the tingle, it's a good opportunity to do some healing. Either yourself or another person/pet.
Another thing is to sit or lie in almost darkness. Hold your hand up and see if you can see a cloudy substance around your fingers. Looks a little like cigarette smoke. Move your fingers and hands and you'll see it move around. Experiment by looking at your hand against different backgrounds. In the daytime, you can sometimes see the 'smoke' against a black background.
Rachel on September 01, 2019:
I have been working on sensing energy and was wondering if you had any advise for me. I was speaking with my friend who I have referred you to about energy and she said she isn’t very good yet. (I left a comment earlier but not on this subject) Thank you!!
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 15, 2019:
Hi Sandra, you do have to be careful working spells for others because sometimes their challenges are presented to them for a reason. I'm sure, you haven't caused any negative effects though.
You only have to work such a spell once. And then maybe repeat after a couple of weeks, or do it once a month.
And don't worry over 'the stuff'. None of that is important in spellwork. What is important is intent, the strength of your emotion and the deep knowing that it will work. The extras are suggested because it helps people feel connected to the 'magical realm'. What you are really doing is connecting and manipulating energy with your emotion.
Good luck. I hope your loved one makes a complete recovery.
Sandra on August 15, 2019:
I did an anxiety/depression Chant 3x while using a lit green candle & holding a small bottle of oils and herbs I had bought from the white witch . It was for someone very close to me who is struggling with addiction and mental health issues , how many times do I need to do this as I did it two days in a row ? Was I wrong to want to help them and am I causing them any harm as all I want to do is help them
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 25, 2019:
You are very welcome, Alexis. Enjoy the journey.
Alexis Poyner on July 24, 2019:
I found this article quite informing. and some of the tips you gave us are very useful.
as a beginner this article help me quite a lot when it came to the study of witchcraft.
so thank you!
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 23, 2019:
There's nothing there, apart from the energy you are giving to this thought form. Think about it: you are in fear of something and the more you think about it, the stronger it becomes. You do you banishing and have faith that it will work. And it does until the doubts creep back in ... and there it is again.
Control your thoughts and you will control the fear, and 'it'.
Learner on July 23, 2019:
Thank you for you advice but there is one more thing that scares me. I do alot of different forms of banishing spell because of soemething that follows me and they work for a bit not for to long . And things have gotten much worse since my cat who was my best friend past away and now even here writing this and reading your articles its here and now i dont know what to do.Sorry for my long questions but you are the only person who seems to know anything about this.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 23, 2019:
Firstly there's nothing to be scared of when learning witchcraft. It's as benign as the person who is practicing it. So bad witchcraft is done by bad people or those with bad intention. The rest of us just do the best we can.
Start by reading as much as you can. You don't have to actually do anything until you are ready. There are many books available to you. I also have a ton of articles for beginners.
Learner on July 22, 2019:
I left a comment eairlier and I figured it might help to know how old I a man now and how old I was when the symbols and images began appearing to me well I was about 4 or five and now I am 16 and I can't talk to anyone about this because they won't understand or be able to help me understand why as far back as I can remember I have been drawn to magick and how strong it really is so please get back to me a sooon as you possibly can been I really don't know what else todo and I believe I was drawn to your website because you can help me in some way so please I need your help.
Learner on July 22, 2019:
I don't really know how to class my self other than saying ive always felt like a whitch however I'm scared to begging whitch craft in fear of unleashing something bad as I always felt I would even when just doing simple spells like thinking it to make it happened and I really need your help with finding what I'm connected to in this bad way. For example I would alway see symbols places and when I would redraw them I would get a bad feeling so please help me .
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 11, 2019:
Thank you, Rose. We are all responsible for our actions, but I despair at some of the stuff I see out there.
Rose on July 11, 2019:
I must commend you on your site , it seems like the most comprehensive and responsible one that I've come across
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 04, 2019:
In my opinion (and that's just my personal opinion, of course), it is not possible for an ordinary person to become a white witch. Simply because we are all human and therefore we are affected by our emotions and desires, the same as everyone else.
You'd have to be a pretty special person not to allow your personal bias affect the way you work magic.
I have a more in-depth article on this topic here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/White-Witch
Ezekiel kelechi on July 04, 2019:
How can someone become a white witch
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 01, 2019:
Boy, I spelled 'magickal' perfectly. Go look it up.
ya yeeeeeet on June 30, 2019:
Boy, you didn't spell magical right
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 25, 2019:
I'm so glad you find them useful, Rachel. Thank you. Good luck on your witchy journey. x
Rachel on June 24, 2019:
I find your articles very helpful! I’ve been studying them a lot in the past day or so. I am young so I plan to work spells a little later (though I may try the simple ones you had in you teen witch article;) ) I find all of this so helpful and even recommended this website to a friend who is also interested in witchcraft!! Thank you!!!!!!
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on May 31, 2019:
Hi Fire Ruby
1. My opinion is that thirteen is too young. I know you don't feel too young, but I'm looking back from an older perspective and a lot of experience.
2) It was an accident :)
Fire Ruby on May 31, 2019:
Ok, so two questions for you:
1.) Is thirteen too early to practice doing spells?
2.) After casting a protection spell on a cloak I have, I accidentally knocked my bow off my shelf, is this a sign from Diana/Artemis or was it just an accident?
Lucentyr from Romania on April 24, 2019:
Wonderful, thank you for this article! ♥
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 09, 2019:
Hi Aliya, It can do, I suppose, but it's not necessary. Some people will claim a direct link or line, but if you aren't feeling it, don't worry about it. Modern witchcraft is a lot different.
It's not about the witch having 'magical powers'. It's about having the skills and knowledge to work with energy. Anyone with enough patience can learn it.
It's pretty much accepted that the people tried for witchcraft in Salem were not witches. It was more likely that they had been poisoned by eating a fungus (ergot) that grows on rye and causes convulsions and hallucinations. But no one knows for sure.
Aliya on March 08, 2019:
Hello, I emailed you a question but I had another one after LOL I know brandi asked if you had to be a born witch for it to work. Mines similar but different. I do believe my ancestors ran from Salem during the witch trials. I have learned of a few instances in my ancestry where there may have been actual witches in my line. Does it help to have this sort of ancestry?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 03, 2019:
No, Brandi. Witchcraft can be learned and practiced. Very few people are born into a family tradition.
Brandi on March 03, 2019:
Do you have to be born a witch for a spell to work ?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 15, 2019:
It's exactly the same as Reiki... always best to let the person know you are doing it. Some feel uncomfortable about any kind of distance healing.
Another way of doing it is to always mentally see the person as healthy and healed. Hold a strong vision of them displaying vitality and enthusiasm. Keep your own positivity around the issue high.
Xela on February 14, 2019:
Thanks for this great piece. You stress that it's important to avoid casting spells that affect other people. I'm wanting to send my dad healing energy; is it okay to cast spells when your intention is other people's vitality, or would something else, like distance healing/reiki, be a better bet? Thank you!!
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 15, 2019:
You're welcome, Timothy. Good luck on your journey.
Timothy lindsey on January 15, 2019:
Thanks for the info, all my life I've had dreams of future events that came true including my mom's death I've always felt that I'm meant for something bigger, I've done alot of research hoping to learn how to cast spells but nothing really helped but you were very helpful as a beginner I'm eager to learn much more
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 28, 2018:
EMMS, It's not about the tools, it's about the strength of your intention. Candles are simply a focus mechanism. Find a replacement, such as a glass of sparkly water, or something shiny.
EMSM on September 28, 2018:
Hi Bev G
Thank you for getting back to me i will try it I have another question the spells I use say if they say use candles could I still use them with out candles would they still be effective .Could I visualise the energy field.,What should I do. With my place apartment small I do not like having candles lighting.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 26, 2018:
EMSS, I suggest you use that spell to create one of your own. Second-hand spells are never very effective. Instead of candles, use paper and pen to write down your words, say them out loud three times, then visualise the letters flying off the page into the energy field.
Remember, though, if you are very young, you shouldn't be trying to cast spells at all.
EMSS on September 26, 2018:
Hi Bev G
Doing spells I do not use candle. my place is very spell and there is no safe place to put it I read your article! saying you could do spell with out doing rituals or candles. just saying the spell. I would like to know if I did a spell that says you need rituals and candle would the spell still have the same powerful effect with out it I am new at this and still learning about being a witch
EMSS on September 15, 2018:
Hi Bev G
Thank you for getting back to me letting me know I am doing it right. I also do I will just think of some thing I want to happen put my emotion all feeling feeling in thought and feel the energy in me raising During spells I think it out to. I read this also works I do wish sells a lot. for what I want to happen, and I other spells to.Thank you for telling me that will work. It take time and
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 14, 2018:
You are doing it perfectly, EMSS. The more you practice, the better your results will be. So my advice? Just keep doing it.
EMSS on September 14, 2018:
Hi Bev G
Thank you for the article! When I do a spell or have things I want to happen by just thinking I want to happen I do use my imagination what I would like to happen and think how I would like to be. I would visualizing it happen when I put my emotion in it I fell my energy tingle. in my hands and through my whole body. There are times I do feel warn is this part of it ? What you are saying you have to learn how to control the imagination with the visualizing and emotion vibration. will raise the magic energy will make the outcome work. I am doing it right ? do you have another advice for me to control it ?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 11, 2018:
Good luck and best results, Cara!
Cara on September 11, 2018:
Thank you for this article! I’ve been spellcrafting for almost a year but this article helped me realize what my mistakes in my spells have been and why they did not have the desired affect. Love, light, and blessings ❤️
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 12, 2018:
Yes, it's fine to do two or more. However, reaching for that necessary level of feeling and emotion can be difficult to repeat. Just going through the motions isn't effective.
Jennifer on July 11, 2018:
Can you do multiple spells at a time? Or should you only do 1 with each circle you cast?
angel wilding on July 06, 2018:
alot of beginners assume you need fancy stuff and need to buy certain things but its about intent mostly and what you want from the spell x
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 04, 2018:
You are very welcome, Karen. Good luck with all your magickal work.
Karen A Szklany from New England on July 04, 2018:
Thank you for this comprehensive article, Bev! Most helpful was you section on the days of the week. Will keep this article earmarked to return to often.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 26, 2018:
And thank you, Mr Happy for your entertaining and insightful comment.
Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on June 26, 2018:
"Oh, and why do witches often use the term ‘magick’ with a k? It’s to distinguish it from conjuring tricks and stage magic, which is just very expert sleight of hand and illusion" - I just commented on someone else's article about "magick", a couple of days ago.
I said to him what I will say to You here. Magic has been in my family Tree for ages. My grandmother was a sorcerer and a seer, as was her mother and grandmother. The teachings have been passed on from mother to daughter, eventually to a grandson. We don't pay attention to stage entertainers. They perform tricks. We work with Magic and with that in mind, let illusionsts work with illusions and do not mix magic with tricks. They are a world apart.
"Really feel it." - Yes, I think this is extremely important. You have to will your spells. Your entire Being has to focus on that wish/intent (of the spell). I remember my first attempt with a spell my grandmother told me about. It was such a failure!! Haha! I didn't know how to go about it so, I got everything done properly, technically. In terms of feelings, energy ... I was at zero and of course, nothing worked.
I was just reading one of the quotes You posted which reads: "The power at work in magic" - Magic : )
"Think about your desire." - Yes! Do it with "passion"! That's what I say. And always: "be careful what You wish for".
Thank You for your article.
All the best!