Writing Spells & Rituals
Unlike the various forms of Christianity, Pagan and Wiccan practitioners are not governed by a large body of rule-making individuals. We do not venerate a Pope, nor do we have international councils and boards of ministry. I would venture to say that, even amongst those that are practicing within a coven, each person’s path and journey is different.
If you obtain most of your information from TikTok or other social media platforms for your information, you may feel that there are certain things that are closed to you. You may also feel that the way you are moved to practice is wrong because of statements of others. That is simply not the case. While there are certainly traditions that have very specific practicing guidelines (such as the Native American religions and other practices of Indigenous peoples), as a whole Paganism and Witchcraft is a private practice.
I have never met a single practitioner that has the same practice as I do. Nor have I ever felt the need to correct someone else in their practice. Whether you light your incense with a candle or a BIC lighter from the gas station, your practice is valid to me! While I do want to make it clear that there are spells and rituals that I would recommend further study and reading before attempting, I do not feel it is my place or the place of another practitioner to tell someone that they are “doing it wrong.”
One of the biggest “gatekeeping” I have seen on social media as of late has been the statements that a new witch or practitioner should stick to spells that they have been given or have found. That is just assinine, if you ask me. A vast majority of the spells that are considered “safe” for new practitioners are found on Google and have been written by people who have no credential to be claiming that their way is the best way. I’m here to tell you that you are able to, and encouraged even, to write your own spells and rituals.
The keys to a good spell are: intent, materials/symbols, timing, wording, and action.
Arguably the most important step of any magical working is the intention. A spell cannot bring about an outcome if it isn’t empowered with the caster’s intent. A love spell, for example, would have the intent of finding love, increasing love, etc. Giving the energy that you are sending out a goal is the only way that it will manifest.
In your practice, do you have a certain Goddess or God that you work with? If your intent involves their assistance, you can utilize items that symbolize them during your working. What herbs might hold the same intent as your working? If you’re casting a spell for lucid dreaming or astral projection, you may want to add some mugwort to your cauldron. Candle color can also be used to invoke certain energies. In the example of a love spell, you might look at burning a pink candle. Gather your knowledge and research what you don’t already know. Find out what serves your purpose and incorporate it!
This may not be important in your practice, but for many the lunar cycle provides immense power to move your energy to completion. Research the lunar cycles for the type of working you are preparing and consider casting during that phase or time. Look at the Wheel of the Year – is there a certain Sabbat that speaks to your intention? Give the spell a try on that day and see the power grow. Timing should be based not only on the intention of the spell, but what you feel!
There was a time when spells would be cast only using Latin, or in some cultures, Old Norse or Irish. As time moved forward, spells began to take on a rhythmic sound. When writing your spell, take into account your own feelings. Do you want a spell that rhymes? Do you want to recite a poem you’ve written for your Goddess? Maybe you don’t want to say anything at all and just focus on your intent. All are valid forms of spellcasting!
Once you’ve worked hard on creating your own spell, the next step is to cast it! You may want to write spells and leave them in your Book of Shadows for another time, and that is completely fine as well. However, just writing a spell doesn’t cause the spell to be cast. So, take the action needed to cast the spell you’ve written when it’s time and watch for the return! When you’re writing and creating, you’re already infusing that spell with your intention and your personal magic. All you need to do is complete the circuit by casting it!
Regardless of if you wish to write your own spells or use those that are available on the internet or in books, spell casting and rituals are an important part of practice. The more you utilize them, the more power they have. If it doesn’t work, continue building it, and eventually the spell will be perfect – for you!