Witchcraft and the Law of Attraction
If you are anything like me, you took a few steps along the path of witchcraft and then became distracted by all the wonderfully inviting side paths. I went down the tarot road (and am still hanging around there because tarot is the best thing ever), then I got waylaid by the Law of Attraction. Big time. It all made so much sense and I kind of abandoned my witchcraft studies for a while. However, pretty soon, I realized that being a witch is all about the Law of Attraction. That’s what witches do. We work within the spiritual laws of the universe to make things happen. To improve our lives, and have the best fun doing it. So, I’m taking a look at witchcraft and the Law of Attraction. I hope you’ll come along with me.
What Is the Law of Attraction?
I’m sure you all know what it is by now. It’s a Law of the Universe that states ‘like attracts like’. To put it simply, if you want to have love in your life, you must feel love. If you want to be wealthy, you need to feel wealthy first. If you want to be happy, you must choose to be happy. If you want to attract more of the good stuff, you need to appreciate the good stuff you have already. Yet witches know that it goes a lot deeper than that. It’s one of the fundamentals of working magick, or, more accurately, manipulating energy.
Without going into the realm of quantum physics, it’s enough to know that everything is made of energy and that scientists believe that energy permeates the whole universe. So when I talk about ‘the universe’ I’m talking about this infinite field of energy. Some people might call it ‘source’ or even God.
How Can Law of Attraction Work with Witchcraft?
How can it not? Witches have long practiced sympathetic magick. That is based on the like-attracts-like concept, and also another universal law, the Law of Correspondence or ‘as above, so below’. This means that changes occurring on a large scale, such as the movement of the moon, affect things on a smaller scale. Did you know that the fluid inside an oyster is affected by tidal currents, even when it is far away from the ocean? Similarly, changes made on a small scale (micro) can affect those on a larger one (macro). So when a witch substitutes a small doll or teddy bear (poppet) for a person in need of healing, she’s utilizing those universal laws. She’s using Law of Attraction to bring the energy of healing by visualizing the person as whole and healed, and she’s using the micro/macro Law of Correspondence by working on the poppet as if it were the patient.
It’s important to understand that all the laws of the universe overlap and interweave with each other. They are not standalone concepts.
Law of Attraction and the Power of Emotion
Many fledgling witches, and experienced ones too, have trouble making spells work. The main issue is that they simply don’t believe it will work. And, they miss out the most fundamental steps: visualization and emotional response. When working any kind of magick, whether it’s creating a simple sigil, lighting a candle or the most elaborate and well-prepared ritual, it is necessary to bring your vibration in alignment with your desired end result. Otherwise you are wasting your time. And you do that by altering your emotions, and the best way to do that is with imagination.
More on that in a moment; meanwhile let me give you an example of the Law of Attraction and emotions. A man is walking along a street when a cyclist speeds past on the sidewalk. She brushes by the man startling him and causing him to drop his very expensive camera. She doesn’t stop to apologize. In an instant his emotions skyrocket. He’s momentarily thrust into fear, then anger, then loss. He shakes his fist at the cyclist and yells, “May you be cursed with bad luck!” That action and those words are imbued with all that emotion. He really meant it. The cyclist also hears the curse although she pretends not to. For the rest of the day and week, or possibly longer, things do not go well for the cyclist. She can’t stop thinking about the incident, from riding illegally on the sidewalk, to the man’s anger, and worst of all, the curse he yelled at her. Everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. She forgets an appointment. She misses a deadline. She twists her ankle, and her bike is totaled by a reversing truck. She’s convinced that she’s cursed. And she is.
Of course, there was also something going on in the camera guy’s life, otherwise his path wouldn’t have brought him anywhere near that of the cyclist’s. It turns out that he’d expressed anger at one of his children earlier in the day when they went too near his precious camera. He’d had an unbidden image, a visualization, of his camera being knocked off the desk and smashing to smithereens on the floor. Oops. Law of Attraction obeying his vibration brought him together with someone who fulfilled that unwitting desire.
Magick and Probability
If there’s one thing witches learn early on about casting spells it is that probability plays a huge part. Imagine the witch who needs $100 to pay her electricity bill and does a money spell. She doesn’t worry about the money so much as visualizing the bill paid and the relief she will feel. Later she checks into her energy account and sees that an adjustment has been made and there’s no outstanding bill at all. Magick. That spell had every chance of working.
Then there’s the witch who asks for a million dollars. She puts a lot of effort into her spell. Finds a nice green candle, sources the ‘correct’ ingredients for her incense, checks the moon phases and carries out the ritual. Two problems: 1. She doesn’t really believe that a million dollars is going to manifest, and 2. The probability factor is low. What does that mean? Well, there’s no easy pathway for the universe to deliver a million dollars to her. Besides, our witch forgot to buy herself a lottery ticket. It could happen, but it will take a long time for everything to slot into place, and meanwhile, the witch will muddy up her intention with all kinds of doubts and negativity.
So what we can learn from this is that magickal manifestation is like water: it prefers to follow easy routes. Thus, you will have more success working for things that stand a good chance of happening anyway rather than stuff that feels way out of reach. If you need money, try to manifest that promotion in order to get a raise. If you are looking for love, do your best to manifest likely opportunities to meet someone.
Using LoA in Magickal Work
Being a word witch, I like to work my magick using the power of writing. I am fond of sigil magick. They are creative and fun to do. I also like ‘scripting’. Scripting is simply writing out what you want to happen as if it has already manifested. Like this:
I really love living in my new apartment. It is everything I dreamed of and more. The rooms are bright and airy. The kitchen is perfect for my requirements and I’ve even got a cute and adorable balcony. I easily afford the rent and the landlord is just the kindest and most helpful person. I appreciate everything about my new home.
You can get right into the deeper emotions too. Use the writing to boost your manifestation power by using emotional language. If you can make yourself feel happy while writing about your desire, you’ll be on the way to reaching your goal.
Ramp up the Emotion for Magickal Success: Simple Money Spell
Shall we try a simple money spell to test the process? Choose an amount that seems reasonable to you… Let’s go with $25. Just a small sum to begin with. You don’t need any fancy equipment or tools for this, but if you like, a tea-light or votive candle will help, plus a pen and paper.
- Sit quietly with your unlit candle on a safe holder in front of you. Breathe steadily, focusing on your breath for about five minutes. Relax and allow your shoulders to drop. Just feel yourself as if you and the air around you, your clothes, the chair supporting you are all part of the same fabric of the universe. There is no ending or beginning of you.
- Now think of a time when you received some money. Perhaps it was a delightful surprise. Perhaps you felt great relief. Find the memory that puts the most positive spin on receiving money. Remember how grateful you were. Remember the excitement of knowing you could buy something you really wanted. Or the sheer relief of having money to pay a bill or a debt. Really feel the emotion surrounding that time. Breathe it in and out. Feel it in your body.
- Write, “I receive the sum of $25 with gratitude.” Don’t give a thought to where it will come from or how it will get to you. Just know with every fiber of your being that the $25 is already on its way. As you write, imagine holding, touching the money, and putting the folded bills into your wallet.
- Read the words you wrote out loud, slowly, putting that whole emotional, grateful, abundant feeling into each and every word. Say the phrase three times in total. Then finish with, “As I say these words, so it must be.”
- Fold up the paper, place it beneath the candle holder and light the candle. As you light it, keep feeling gratitude that the universe is listening to you and having a complete unassailable ‘knowing’ that the spell will work. Know that you have a direct line to the universe via your feelings, so the more appreciation, gratitude and abundance you can muster, the better.
- This will only take a few minutes, but the more feeling you put into the spell, the more likely it will happen. You are tuned in to the power of the Law of Attraction. And isn’t it wonderful to know that you have access to the Universal ATM? Now relax, sit quietly and enjoy the magickal energy which you drew to you and through you for a little while. Allow your intense emotions to subside.
- Let the candle burn out safely. Tear up the paper and trash it, burn, it or flush it. Now don’t think about the $25. Don’t wonder when it will show. Simply let it go. Trust that it will come. That’s why it’s easier to go with a small amount to begin with. It’s neither here not there. When it shows up, you’ll be pleased, but otherwise, you don’t have any negativity or resistance messing up your vibration. If $25 seems too much, reduce the amount you ask for to $5.
You can use this simple procedure as the basis for any kind of spellwork. Build on it, create your own words, burn incense, cast a circle, include the elements of fire, water, air and earth. Do it any way that pleases you.
Resistance: Why Spells Fail
The main reason why spells fail is resistance. Resistance takes many forms. Here are some examples:
- I don’t believe in magick
- I feel silly doing this
- I don’t deserve this thing
- I can’t see how this is going to come to me
- Where’s the evidence?
- It hasn’t happened yet
- My first spell worked but why don’t they work now?
- I can’t get emotional about this spell
- The words of this spell don’t mean anything to me
Resistance causes your emotional vibration to drop away, which is the last thing you want when you are doing spellwork. While you are in resistance Law of Attraction will still be answering your emotional vibration, but it won’t be the one you want. You don’t deserve this thing? Okay, here’s more of ‘don’t deserve’. Can’t attract love? Here’s some more lack of love.
So how can you overcome it? Let’s deal with each of the above one by one.
I Don’t Believe in Magick
Surprisingly, this is the easiest resistance to overcome. You don’t have to believe in magick for it to work. All you need to do is suspend your disbelief for the duration. Treat it as a game, if you like, or a movie. You know how you put your credulity to one side when watching a sci-fi or fantasy movie. For the time you are watching, you believe in those characters, their situations and the story unfolding. You can do the same when working a spell.
I Feel Silly Doing Spells
Of course you will the first couple of times. It’s not something you are used to. If you’ve ever learned to dance or tried to learn a new language, you’ll know that the feelings of ineptness and embarrassment goes away as you become more comfortable. Pretty soon, working magick will seem a natural part of your life.
I Don’t Deserve to Get What I’m Asking for
It’s possible you are asking for something beyond the realm of probability, in which case, reduce the request to something that is more likely and proceed to your greater desire in small steps. Another possibility is that you don’t feel worthy enough to receive whatever it is. So if you think you are unworthy of love, for example, you need to approach it from a different angle. Instead of working a spell to attract a new lover, do one to make yourself more lovable. And I don’t mean to other people, but to yourself. It’s time to fall in love with you. Once you feel that, love will come to you easily, spell or no spell.
I Can’t See a Way This Can Happen
It’s not your job to figure out how your request will be answered. Once you send your spell out there, it’s the universe, that vast energy field that responds to your vibration and causes changes and actions to occur. By saying you can’t see how it can come to you, you are messing around in the divine workings. The universe gets your message, “I can’t see it happening”, so delivers ‘not happening’.
So just do the spell and don’t worry about the ‘hows’.
Where’s the Evidence?
Similar to the above, you have to trust that it will unfold in its own perfect way. There’s no time constraints with spellwork, so it could happen tomorrow or it might take a year. Focusing on ‘it hasn’t come to me’ is focusing on the lack of that thing. So what will the universe give you? Of course, you got it: more lack.
The best way is to begin working on the next spell. There’s no limit on what you can ask for, so get going on your next spell. Or just go out and have fun.
Successful First Spell, Then Failure
This is very common and this is how it went for me. The first spell worked immediately, within 16 hours. Then I was unable to repeat that success for a while. It’s because I was like, ‘Wow!’ Then within minutes, “It must have been coincidence”. I didn’t have the confidence to realize I’d done it right.
You did do it right. And you can do it again. If repeating the same spell doesn’t work, try a different method. For instance instead of a candle spell, try using tarot cards to create a wish spell. Lay out the cards that most represent your desire and meditate upon them. Or perhaps research herbs that correspond with your wish (do make sure they are harmless and edible) and create a tea ritual.
I Can’t Get Emotional About This Desire
If you can’t delve down and find an emotional connection to this desire, then you don’t want it enough. Put it to one side and work on something else. Emotional connection is key to magickal success.
The Words Are Meaningless
So change them to words that mean more to you. If you feel the words are empty and don’t reflect your desire or belief, just change them. A spell that you create yourself is far more powerful than something that another person has written. It should come from the heart. Plumb those emotions for inspiration. And please don’t worry about rhymes—the universe cares nothing about rhymes. The reason why we use them is because there is something within the human psyche that likes a rhyme. And remember that the words you speak in a spell are to increase your vibrational connection to the manifestation of your desire.
There are many other forms of resistance within witchcraft and the Law of Attraction, which prevents magick working as you wish. It’s not that it isn’t working; it is working perfectly in accordance with the instructions given by your emotional vibration. And remember that your emotional vibration is largely controlled by the thoughts you choose to think.
Lisa Chamberlain, in her book, , says, “Most of us are unaware of the underlying beliefs and ideas that cause resistance to changing our thoughts. Taking a closer look at what thought actually is and its impact on us can help us release old thinking habits and develop new ones.” Magic and the Law of Attraction
Final Thoughts on Witchcraft and the Law of Attraction
It’s exciting to realize that working with the Law of Attraction can improve your life. It’s even more exciting for beginning witches to understand how it it all coalesces together in the form of magickal work. Having this basic knowledge of working with the flow of energy instead of struggling against it makes it all so much easier. I hope you find it useful and that it starts you off on a successful path of delightful manifestations.
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