There are many of us who have likely considered using spells at some point in our lives, whether for love, money, revenge, or protection. It is probably also a safe assumption that some of us have looked into various books and other resources in order to find those spells so that we may attempt to cast them ourselves.

Spellcasting comes in many forms, which are as varied as the many traditions and religions that utilize spellcasting. Despite what the movies depict, spellcasting is also much more complex than simply waving a wand and muttering a few magical words. Typically, a number of ingredients and components are utilized to cast a spell, and some form of ritual is often associated with the spellcasting, making the entire process somewhat time-consuming as well.The most common form of spellcasting utilized today by modern witches is most closely associated with Wiccanism, and is considered a natural form of spellcraft. Typically, wiccans utilize the natural energies of the four elements to tap into magical resources that can be used to positively transform themselves and the world about them.

An abundance of wiccan spells and rituals utilize items such as candles, stones, bowls of water, and other natural components. Specific components are often integral to the particular spell, as well as precisely worded and spoken incantations. Many of the rites and rituals practiced by Wiccans were developed and practiced by ancient witches, such as the Celts.The Celts and other cultures that flowed old religions closely associated with Wicca strongly believed in the natural powers and energies inherent in the earth, and sought to attune themselves with those energies.

Another type of spellcraft includes utilizing the magical energies attributed to crystals. Different crystals, gemstones and other stones are said to have their own magical energies that can be tapped for a variety of purposes. Typically, crystals and gemstones are used for healing, or to cleanse oneself, an area or an item of negative energy.

Because crystals tend to absorb negative energy over time, a number of rituals exist for cleansing and crystals and gemstones of the negative energy and recharging them with positive energy. Crystals are sometimes worn in a small pouch on someone’s person in order to impart the wearer with the cleansing, positive energy.

Cosmology is another form of magical spellcraft. The art of magical cosmology and its practice today can be largely attributed to Samual Liddell MacGregor Mathers. Samual Mathers was one of the original founders of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, whose members studied many ancient manuscripts and grimoirs related to mystical practices and religions that focused on the universe. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn utilized meditative rituals to increase the reach of consciousness and achieve magical attunement with the forces of the cosmos.

Psychic spellcraft is yet another form of magic, and is typically done without ingredients, arcane or divine rituals, or spoken words and chants. Instead, the psychic spellcaster utilizes intense focus to and masterful discipline over their own mind to achieve results that would indeed seem magical.

Of course, this is merely a sample of the types of spellcraft practiced throughout ancient history and in modern times. The ancient Egypitans, Greeks, and numerous other cultures all practiced their own forms of ritual magic. Spellcasting is deeply rooted in ancient religions and deity-worship, and the studies of the energies inherent in the earth, the universe, the spiritual plane, and ourselves.

Should you seek assistance in life matters by way of spellcasting, it is advisable that you do not attempt any spellcasting yourself. Experienced witches and spellcasters are well versed in the proper and precise steps that must be taken to ensure successful spellcasting.

Cormac O'Dwyer
Librarian and Senior Witch