Witchcraft: My Spell Didn't Work - What Went Wrong?

Updated on August 2, 2018
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Born in deepest Cornwall and now living in wild Wales, Bev has been practising her personal form of witchcraft for years and years.

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.

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The Intention

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.”

How to Cast a Successful Spell: Checklists

Before you begin to construct the spell:

  1. Spend some time considering the objective of the spell.
  2. Do you believe this result can happen for you?
  3. Does it involve manipulation of another persons thoughts, feelings or action?
  4. Would you be happy if someone worked the same spell on you?

When deciding what form the spell should take:

  1. Formulate your intention clearly.
  2. What kind of emotion will it require? Will you be able to feel it when the moment arrives?
  3. What ingredients and equipment will help you to focus?

When casting the spell:

  1. Express your desire clearly without any ambiguity.
  2. Raise the appropriate energy/emotion.
  3. Let it go to the universe without ‘messing with the cursed hows’.

Example Spell

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.

Preparation

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.

Questions & Answers

    © 2018 Bev G

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        EMSS 

        2 months ago

        Hi Bev G

        Thank you for getting back to to me and letting me know I am on the right track. I will read the article link you sent.

      • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

        Bev G 

        3 months ago from Wales, UK

        Hello Emss, it sounds to me as if you are doing really well and are already on the right track.

        I have another guide here that explains what I mean more fully: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-To-Begi...

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        EMSS 

        3 months ago

        Hi Bev G

        I find your article very good and helpful it give me information. I have a question on Emotion as Energy when I am doing a spell I try to visualization what I want for the spell to do i would like to happen I try to put more feeling in the spell am I on the right track? could you give me any more ideas. When I am doing spell I do feel pulses of energy like sparkles.in my hands and it goes through my body..How did you learn to control you Belief and thought raising energy I put my emotion in to it.

      • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

        Bev G 

        3 months ago from Wales, UK

        RoadMonkey, so sorry I missed this. HP marked it as spam - the very idea!

        A spell may well do the trick. Also try Switchwords.

      • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

        Bev G 

        3 months ago from Wales, UK

        Oh I do like a bit of chaos magick. I don't think you have to call yourself anything to work a little magic.

        Thanks so much for reading and for your kinds words. xx

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        Reverend Joseph Daniel Smith 

        3 months ago from Glasgow, KY, USA

        Thank you for this lovely article, Mrs. G! I have been wanting to practice magick for a long time, but I was never equipped with this much clear, and concise information before now.

        I may not practice Witchcraft in-particular, as I'm more into Chaos Magic. But your article has definitely, put me in the right direction.

        5-stars + 2-thumbs up!

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        Draco 

        4 months ago from United Kingdom

        I enjoyed reading this article. I have no idea about witchcraft but it has always fascinated me. Whether I will give it a try is another question but your article is direct and very informative.

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        RoadMonkey 

        4 months ago

        It sounds very like the visualizations that athletes use to improve performance. I have been trying hypnosis for weight loss but it isn't working, maybe a spell would be better because it would be MY feelings and thoughts and needs!

      • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

        Bev G 

        4 months ago from Wales, UK

        Thanks, Ralph. I'm all for keeping it simple :)

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        Ralph Schwartz 

        4 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

        This is a very direct and no-nonsense checklist that beginners (and maybe some experienced folks who have lost their way) can follow - I'm glad that your first point was intention. Far too many people allow themselves to get distracted or have their minds full of "clutter" when they are casting.

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