I have a question about spells, 1 do they work, and do you think this one will work (one I came up with)
As I sit here in this hour,
And I raise up all my power,
I ask the God and goddess to send,
Money to me on the wind,
I charm this necklace on this night,
And wear it when money is tight,
Now I say this to you from me,
Now I say it so mote it be.
Yes. No. Maybe so.
Spellwork is very unpredictable. Can it work? … sure. Does it always work, every single time? … nope. Is there any way to guarantee that it will work in any particular instance? … again, nope.
At its most basic, magic is simply manifesting a desired goal or change through force of will. This is something that most people do, without realizing it, on a daily basis. We formulate a goal and we make it happen. In terms of spellwork, it’s simply a matter of doing it in a slightly different way.
Like anything else in life, there are many variables that impact whether or not a spell manifests the way that we want it to. A few points to consider:
- First and foremost, magic cannot defy the laws of nature/physics. So things like sprouting wings, or transforming into some other being, are not something that are possible through spells.
- Focus and clarity when working the spell – left unguided, magic will work in its own way and in its own time. So a vague, “money to me on the wind” could mean that you find a lost $5 bill in your pocket, rather than an actual sum of money that helps your financial situation improve. So be clear and concise when forming the intent of the spell, especially if you need specific help with something.
- Magic is not like what we see on TV or in the movies – there is no snap your fingers and POOF. Manifesting a spell takes work, and in general, doing something mundanely is infinitely easier than doing it magically. So if you are expecting to recite a few words and suddenly have money rain down on your head – while it’s not completely impossible, it would be very unlikely unless you first play the lotto, or (even better) take some other concrete steps towards improving your financial situation, such as applying for loan/grant, looking for a job, or some other sort of fundraising.
As a charm, your words are fine, especially if you are just looking to attract money in general. The key is raising the energy necessary to fuel the spell, charging the necklace with that energy, and then recharging it as necessary. However, if you have a specific need or need a particular amount of money before a certain deadline, then you need to be clear about that to avoid any potential misunderstandings. Additionally, the Gods aren’t ATM machines, so often if we want something from them, we have to give something first. Along that same line – if you don’t already work with a particular God or Goddess, you may want to look into at least introducing yourself (and/or forming a working relationship with them) first, before asking them for favors.
So it definitely has the potential to work, but as mentioned previously, nothing is ever guaranteed. But the way I see it, can’t ever hurt to try. 😉
Previous posts on spells and magic that might be helpful…
ON THE NATURE OF MAGIC & CHANGE: FIXING A BROKEN SPELL
MAGIC: ENERGY AND CURSING/HEXING
I agree with you. I’ve found that most often, real results only come when you back it up with mundane efforts. As you said, you might increase your luck of randomly finding $5 but that’s not likely to be what you’re looking for if you’re willing to take the time (and effort) involved in doing a working/casting.
I don’t do ritual Magick often since I feel like I incorporate it into my daily life so if I’m going to take the time to do something, well, it’s go big or go home. I obsess over wording, timing, associations, etc because it’s got to be pretty important to get me to do that kind of thing anyway.
Then, like you said, there is developing relationships. You can’t (usually) just ask deities for something without offering something in return. Our relationships with them are like any other. They take work and time. Sure, you might get lucky, but you also might get lucky asking a random stranger on the street, which is about the same thing to me without having a pre-existing relationship.
Like you, I’m not saying it can’t work, there’s always that chance that it will, but Magick isn’t a quick-fix to life’s problems. If you live magically and with intent, you do the necessary work and develop a relationship(s), you’ll often find what you need is already there…and if it isn’t, then there’s usually a good reason why not.
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