Witchcraft: My Spell Didn't Work - What Went Wrong?
A common complaint from beginner witches is that their spells don’t work. They swear they followed the instructions to the letter, but their results were disappointing to say the least. There are several reasons why spells don’t work and easy ways to put them right.
More often than not, this is the number one reason why a spell fails. The new witch must be clear in his or her intention. This means you must know the desired result. It’s no good just wishing for a better life, or more money, or increased love. You have to express your intention succinctly.
You need to get specific. If you need an extra $100 by the end of the week, that’s what you need to focus on. Asking for one million dollars sometime in the next five years is a little too vague and probably asking for too much. Too much? Yes…
Asking for Too Much
Experienced witches understand there are limitations. Not limitations in how much the universe can deliver, but limitations that are built into our own belief system. The best magick works with the path of least resistance. In other words, your desires should follow on in a logical step-by-step way based on where you are right now. Because that’s how life works for most of us.
For example, going back to the million dollar request. It’s unlikely that you can see yourself as an overnight millionaire. You might well have vivid fantasies about living it large, but deep down in your consciousness, you can’t see it happening. Therefore , it makes much more sense to focus on your immediate needs. You can probably imagine receiving $100 quite easily. So manifest that first sum, and then go on from there.
Another example might be someone trying to attract their soul-mate. They will find it easier to manifest a new acquaintance, who may or may not turn out to be a soul-mate. Small steps bring better results.
Belief in the Spell
For the duration that you are working the spell, you must believe in it completely. Never mind if you hold doubts about whether magick works, for the few minutes you are casting the spell, believe in it wholeheartedly. If you feel doubt, then you might as well stop because it’s not going to happen.
Emotion as Energy
The whole premise behind magick is the manipulation of energy. And you manipulate energy with ‘charged thought’. And charged thought is nothing more than emotion. You have to feel your desire as though it has already manifested. So, imagine what it will feel like to repay that debt. Or to get that job. Or to fall in love. Feel it deeply. At some point during the spell, take a moment to raise your emotion in order to move the energy in the direction you want it go.
The Wrong Ingredients
Actually, this is never a reason spells fail. The tools and ingredients don’t make a ha’peth of difference to a modern witch’s spell. It’s cool to use them as part of the structure of the work and to get your own energy moving, but the real preparation is in making sure the above criteria are met. If it helps to use a green candle for a money ritual, then great, go for it. However, the universe doesn’t care whether you light a candle or switch on your cellphone torchlight. The magick happens in the feeling of it.
Going Against Someone’s Will
Attempting to manipulate a specific person into taking action causes nothing but problems. It’s possible to do it—I’m ashamed to say I’ve done it myself, but pretty soon I realized I had to lift the charm because it was actually working too well.
When your desire conflicts with another person’s, my advice is, don’t do it. For example trying to make someone fall in love with you when they don’t feel it in the first place will result in heartbreak all round. They won’t be able to explain why it’s not working for them but at the same time they’ll be unable to break away.
Trying to Anticipate the Method of Delivery
This is another problem that plagues beginner witches. They think that the way their desire is delivered is important. It isn’t. As long as you always add the caveat, “And it harm none,” to every spell, your job is only to formulate your desired outcome, cast the spell and then, and this important, let the universe get on with its work. If you keep thinking about it, or try to repeat the spell too soon, you are, as spiritual teacher, Mike Dooley says, “messing with the cursed hows.”
Quick Analysis of a Spell Gone Wrong
- What force were you attempting to manipulate? Another person? An unlikely event? The laws of physics?
- Would there have been a better way to achieve your goal? Like actually studying for the exam.
Remember that a good spell works with the current, just like a small boat. You will get much better results if you think of magic as a nudge in the direction you want things to go, rather than a full-on reversal of natural laws. However much you would like to levitate your cat, it’s not going to happen.
How to Cast a Successful Spell: Checklists
Before you begin to construct the spell:
- Spend some time considering the objective of the spell.
- Do you believe this result can happen for you?
- Does it involve manipulation of another persons thoughts, feelings or action?
- Would you be happy if someone worked the same spell on you?
When deciding what form the spell should take:
- Formulate your intention clearly.
- What kind of emotion will it require? Will you be able to feel it when the moment arrives?
- What ingredients and equipment will help you to focus?
When casting the spell:
- Express your desire clearly without any ambiguity.
- Raise the appropriate energy/emotion.
- Let it go to the universe without ‘messing with the cursed hows’.
Would you like a hundred dollars? That would be helpful, wouldn’t it? Treat yourself to something nice or maybe clear a small debt. We’ll follow the steps above.
OK, let’s formulate the intention to receive $100 in the shortest possible time. Think about it for a few minutes. Visualize that $100 in cash. See yourself holding it. Tucking it into your wallet.
What’s the strongest emotion you think you could attach to it? Perhaps it’s to buy a special gift, if so, imagine the process of purchasing it and the pleasure of giving it to someone special. Maybe you owe someone money. Just imagine paying it back and the feeling of relief that you don’t have to worry about that any more.
Now what ingredients might you need. Personally, I’m going for a beeswax tea-light. If you want to choose a colored candle, then go for green to represent money. I’m also going to use pen and paper as I find writing my spells down to be a powerful way of making them work. If you want to set up a working altar, you can place items that represent the elements, like a stone (earth), a cup of water or wine (water), an athame (blunt knife - air), and a wand (fire). It’s great to have those things to help you focus, but I shan’t bother this time.
Working the Spell
Make sure you choose a time when you won’t be disturbed. Turn the lighting down. Create a conducive atmosphere, if possible. Perhaps light some incense or a couple of candles (not your spell candle).
I’m keeping it very low-key, but you can go the full casting a circle ritual if you like. I have instructions for casting a simple and elegant circle on “I Think I’m a Witch: What Are the Next Steps?” You can adapt it anyway you wish. But for now, we’re just going to get on with it.
- Sit for a moment and run through the visualization of having the $100 in your hand. Feel it, smell it. Pass the imaginary notes from hand to hand.
- Now write down these words:
One hundred dollars are mine for the asking
To the universe I delegate this tasking
Don’t make me wait too long for my money
Deliver it soon, I’m in a hurry.
- Read the words out loud three times, and as you do so, raise the emotions surrounding your request. It might be a tough ask depending on your need, but do your best. Feel joy as you imagine the money being given to you. Or relief as you pay that debt. Or excitement as you notice an extra $100 in your bank account. Doesn’t matter how you do it, just get that emotional energy going for a few minutes.
- Now light your candle slowly and with deliberation. Fold the paper and place it safely under the candle holder. Now say:
As I make this request and my candle burns, so must it be and let it harm none.
- Sit still and allow the emotional energy to drain away. Whisper a little ‘thank you’ to the Universe to acknowledge that the money is yours, to close the spell, and to let it go. Get yourself a drink and something to eat.
Don’t think about it anymore. Go about your daily life. The Universe is taking care of it.
Now, do let me know if it worked.
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
I cast a focusing candle spell. Yesterday, I got four assignments done. Today I could only do one using the same spell. What went wrong with my spell? Did I not put in enough emotion into my focus spell?
Nothing went wrong. You got another assignment done. Just because your energy levels were not the same as previously doesn't mean the spell didn't work. Help the spell by pacing yourself and not expecting off the scale results.Helpful 1
Every time I do a spell it never works. I read this very carefully. Am I not trying hard enough?
You are probably trying too hard, and perhaps expecting too much too soon. No-one can really say a spell didn't work because it can be an ongoing process. You have to have faith that the universe is dealing with it for you. Also, sometimes, your desire doesn't happen because there is something even better lined up.Helpful 10
Why are my 'call me' spells not working? Am I being too controlling with my spells? Am I not putting enough intention into my spells?
The simple answer is right there in your question - 'spells' plural. One spell for a desired outcome is usually enough. However, if that person's energy is not in alignment with your desire that they call you, it will not work. So instead of trying to manipulate another person's actions, your efforts should go into attracting love - not from a specific person, but from one (unnamed) who wants you as much as you will want them. You will have much more success if you work on generating love within yourself than by manipulation.Helpful 9
I cast a my first spell to stop unwanted contact for my best friend. It didn’t work. Her mum had just passed away and family (who’d known she was ill for months) came crawling out of the woodwork. My friend did not want it so I cast my spell, full of intent to try and help. Please can you tell me why it was unsuccessful?
Firstly, this situation is way out of your control and you shouldn't be interfering in other people's family dynamics. One of the first rules of witchcraft: no interference if you do not understand the consequences. Secondly, your first spell should be something 'low grade'. They should be simple spells like protection or to have a good day. You have attempted to manipulate the actions of multiple people, so of course, you are going to struggle with that.
It's possible the spell will work, It's also possible there could be ill-effects. Please don't do any more spells that involve the manipulation of other people.
What you can do, with her permission, is a spell to give your friend strength and courage to be able to deal with her situation.Helpful 9
Why does it take so long for some witchcraft spells to work? I follow all the instructions, but I am still waiting for the result. Is this the same for all witches?
The key is to work your spell and then stop thinking about it. If you keep saying to yourself, "Where is it?" "Why hasn't it happened?" you are actually keeping it away. You have to trust that it will happen all in good time. So do your spells then forget about them and get on with your life. If it is meant to be, it will come to you.Helpful 8
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