Hello, my name is Mia and my natal chart would only have more Earth on top if it was in a coffin under 8 feet of soil. Once made the introductions, let’s talk Magic!
It is hella’ difficult to be up to your eyeballs into spirituality, divination and magic when you are the sort of person that needs a tangible because for any why, am I right? I’ve dealt with this issue for years, and it hasn’t been until recently when I started to realize that, much to my surprise, magic is less of a random mixture of faith and custom and more of an actual system that is full of reasons.
And that takes me straight to the point I want to discuss. How can you grow an unbreakable conviction in your craft when you’re a compulsive proof seeker? Keep on reading if you want to know the answer!
When Magic Makes Sense
To me, the trick to all magic is switching from “belief” to “certainty”, plain and simple. However, this is easier said than done, especially when you are the sort of person who loves an explanation. What to do then? How can we create that change? What is the best way to change from an “I’m doing this to see if it works” approach to way more powerful “I do this, because then this will happen” approach?
To me, this came when I started adding some sort of let’s call it logic to my practice that made me feel like “Of course! This makes so much sense!”
I’m rather sure that this falls into some kind of philosophical fallacy, but hey, at the end of the day, I’m a practitioner of the Occult, not Descartes, so for the sake of the argument, let’s go on with some tips and tricks for you to find your way to make magic a little less of a belief and a bit more of a tested and true skill.
To me, it all started when I was talking to a dear friend of mine, who is an awesome practitioner herself (and you can check her site here) and we were discussing the ingredients of one of her commanding oils. I was enquiring about an ingredient, calamus root if I’m not mistaken, and I remember her saying something along the lines of “Yeah, you want to add roots to your workings so your magic remains.” Simple as it was, it made me think and I started to wonder the why behind my every magical step.
Investigate your ingredients! Know your magic! And above all, never do anything you don’t completely understand and your results will shift incredibly.
Go beyond the surface, do not just accept that red roses are used for love workings and salt is used to banish and protect. What’s the story behind that? Why is rosemary a master key that replaces almost every ingredient on Earth? When you get to the source of that, when you get to really know why you’re doing what you do, then it becomes almost impossible to doubt that it will have an effect, because you’re no longer speaking alone while you mix some herbs, but putting together a thoroughly thought of engine that will be a catalyst for change.
The Importance Of Understanding A Working
Let’s start by saying that magic works. That alone is reason enough for not calling into your life something that you don’t completely understand! I’ve seen plenty of shared spellwork and rituals that include chants in latin, ancient greek, hebrew and the like. If you understand any of them, then by all means go ahead, but if you don’t, caution is advice, particularly when we are speaking about flexing languages, where a slight change to the wording can easily change the whole meaning. Go ahead and call me the grammar nazi, but seriously, consider it.
When working, use a language that you are familiar and comfortable with. Most often than not, I use english for my workings even though my native language is spanish, because I find that it allows me to be more specific with less words. If you dominate more than one language, don’t be afraid to use them, but inviting things that you don’t know what they mean is a big fat NO.
Besides, same as you don’t invite people you don’t know to your place, you shouldn’t be calling entities you are not familiar with. If it doesn’t make sense in your tangible life, it doesn’t make sense in magic. This is a pretty common mistake and it often leads to the failure of your working. Think of it as you think of real-life people: A stranger will give you the time, or a kleenex. Your neighbour from upstairs will give you an egg or a pinch of salt, perhaps they will let you use their phone or if they are super generous, connect to their Wi-Fi. A friend could give you $50, or… a kidney! And so on.
What I mean here is, be aware of the relationship that you have with a spirit, deity, entity of any kind before asking for stuff, inviting them into your space and the like, and the quality of your work will increase tremendously.
In a nutshell: Know what you’re asking for and to whom.
Get Your Correspondences Straight
And this is not only learning that green is the colour of health and wealth or that red is used to awaken passion. It is, again, an invitation to make sense of correspondences so you really know why you’re doing what you’re doing! Casting a spell without understanding your ingredients, or the process, or why a new moon and not a crescent moon, is like casting half a spell!
Of course, you don’t need to be using all and every possible correspondence, but if you are taking, say, the moon phase into account, know why you’re doing it! Ask yourself what’s the reason behind the belief that bayleaf brings success or damiana incites sex-drive. The more you know about the history of your craft, the more powerful your workings will be.
Create Unshakable, Unbreakable, Miraculous Belief
Perhaps, later on, I will write a post discussing the 5 pillars of magic. In order to keep this short and since you’re probably familiar with the concept, let’s look at these pillars as step to build this unstoppable belief, this certainty, that our work is going to have an effect.
Summing up, the 5 pillars of magic are resumed in these words: To know, to will, to dare, to keep, to go. What does it mean.
-1. Know what you’re doing: Basically, everything that has been mentioned before.
-2. Will what you’re doing: This is, do not “attempt”, do not “try”, simply do.
-3. Dare to actually do your thing: While theoretical witches, magicians and sorcerers are definitely knowledgeable, nothing has ever happened without action.
-4. Keep your workings to yourself: Sharing what you’ve done is opening the gates for external questioning that won’t benefit your craft.
-5. Go get results!: Once you’ve cast your spell, do everything in your hand to make sure that this is happening!
When you know what you’re doing, you intend what you’re doing, you are fearless about what you’re doing, you are protective of what you’re doing, and you do what you’re doing, what is almost impossible is to doubt the results!