call up what you cannot put down. It is a myth – and a
dangerous one, at that – that a practitioner can only attract
things that they can deal with. Just like how when you’re walking in
the woods only wild animals will come up to you if you can deal with
them. Or just like in real life you will only interact with people
that you can easily send away. In reality a person can attract all
sorts of things to them that they cannot deal with – and magic is
no different. If you start calling for powerful entities that you
have no hope of banishing, well, then you’ll get them. If you have
zero experience, start with entities that you have a fair chance of
fighting – like a kitty or a bunny. See how you do, gain experience
in banishments. Go on from there.
you call will come. It is a
cool, but very scary, fact that what you call will come. Start
calling Bael or Beelzebub and you can be quite sure the Lord of Flies
will take notice of you. You may not be able to sense or see this
interaction, but it has occurred. It is a frustrating reality of
being a conjurer that you have to control your thoughts and not
“accidentally” come in to contact with certain beings. Beings can
and will appear to you even if you have not set up your summoning
circle, your conjuration tools, or prepared yourself mentally. Avoid
calling things when you are unprepared. Avoid calling anything you
cannot deal with (see “never call up what you cannot put down”
and “start small”).
are not always going to immediately see the effects of a conjure gone
bad (or good). So you conjure a
spirit one day and stuff gets freaky, and you feel uncomfortable. But
instead of properly shutting down your ritual and banishing your
space, you just get up and walk away. Everything seems okay. Then a
month later the water faucet bursts and floods your house. Things
start to go missing. You can’t be near your closet without getting a
panic attack. You feel the need to sleep with your lights on. Your
pets won’t come in to your bedroom any more. If a conjure goes bad,
you are not always going to immediately see the effects so you can
take care of it immediately. Predator spirits can be very sneaky.
They want to creep in to your life and start to take control without
you noticing. If a conjure starts to go bad, shut it down properly.
Banish to the best of your abilities. Take care of things ASAP. A
“wait and see” philosophy does not really work with bad conjures.
Likewise, you may not even know things have gone badly until the
symptoms start to arise. When stuff starts going wrong, don’t wait –
take care of your business. If you read that and say, “how do I
take care of my business?” then conjuring is not right for you just
suppose you conjure a benevolent spirit to help you out. You may not
immediately see the effects of it’s touch of grace. Give things a
little time to develop – spirits are not “magic”, they require
time to work just like we do!
small! Summoning big powerful
stuff is not your goal as a beginner. Your goal is to work with safe
conjures, get experience in banishment and protection, and learn how
to safely work with spirits. Once you’re a big badass conjurer and
this post is nothing but a distant memory, then go for those crazy
summons. Until then, go for those domesticated animal, baby
elemental, plant spirit conjures.
a habit of doing things right. During
a recent psychic reading, a demon verbally kicked my ass for doing
things wrong. It was a bit of a wake-up call. If it’s “only” a
reading then I don’t need to protect myself, right? If it’s just a
bunny spirit I don’t need a proper circle. But this is the kind of
sloppy conjure habits that get people in serious trouble. Realize
that the point of protection isn’t for when things go right, as you
are expecting – it is for when things go really wrong. My ego tells
me I don’t need a circle to conjure a kitty cat. But as a rational
conjurer, I should know better. Do things right, even for small
conjures. It is worth the effort.
not being able to sense things does not mean that nothing is
happening. One of the messages
I am getting more often lately than any other is, “I see
visualizations just as you described, but I don’t believe they are
real.” Well, they’re real, and your self doubts are not stopping a
spirit from wondering why you conjured it just to ignore it. Some
spirits are going to take offense to this. I know when I conjure a
spirit and then my dog (or something) distracts me, they get pissed
off. When you conjure, you are dealing with a real being that had the
courtesy to show up to your call. Even if you are not able to sense
them, visualize them, etc., they are likely there. With experience
you can tell the difference between a failed conjure and your
inability to see spirits. Until then, always assume as spirit has
shown up, thank it, and send it away correctly.
spirit being “good” and a spirit being a boot-licker are two
different things. I conjure
lots of “good” (meaning, not predatory, friendly to humans)
spirits that are short-tempered, impatient, and generally unwilling
to be a doormat. Even when working with angelic spirits, perhaps the
“most good” ones you can find, they get frustrated at me if I am
doing something that bothers them. Just like you get irritated when
people do things that bother you. Goodness is different than endless
patience and a desire to comply to your every whim. Just like there
are a multitude of predatory, unfriendly, wants-to-eat-you spirits
who present themselves as being ultimately benevolent, sweet, and
loving, there are a multitude of good spirits who present themselves
honestly and don’t want to put up with your bull.
good manners. “Thank you for
responding to my call.” “Our time to speak has come to an end,
please return to your home with my best wishes.” Pleases and
thank-yous go a long way in the spirit world. Don’t neglect good
What good are your magical tools if you don’t believe in yourself? Your greatest power, the source of all your magic is not in your books, or crystals or herbs… No. Your greatest power comes from you. From the best of your heart, the blood flowing through your veins, the spark of thought that is who you are.
You’re magical, darling. Didn’t you know?-
The Basil Druid
Are there any spells to strengthen your magic as a whole? Or, at least, give you more confidence to perform a spell? If so, should you perform that before you cast another spell? If that makes any sense. Thanks!
Well, I know I have made sigils to boost one’s magical power and that of a spell, as have others:
For spells for confidence, I have compiled a masterpost of links [here].
And yes, you should do things for confidence (if you need it) before a spell, and give it some time to kick in. It is ideal to feel confident in yourself and your magic before doing any spellwork, though I know that isn’t always possible. Seeing more of your magic turn into successes is a good way to build up that belief and confidence in your power, which in turn makes it more likely that your spells turn out well, which gives you more confidence… It’s a great never-ending circle of power. Getting started can be hard, though, and I get that. It can be hard to have complete faith, especially if you’ve never done anything before. Just do what you can to truly believe that what you’re doing is going to work. The confidence spells can help, for sure, but try your best to channel it out from within yourself, versus drawing it from an external source. (Again, I know, it can be hard - I have issues with self confidence myself, but for some reason, not when it comes to my magic. Funny.)
10 Ways to Enchant Your Breakfast: Everyday Witchcraft
✨Use herbs that match your intent for the day in an omelette or scram: basil for harmony and warding, parsley for protection, Rosemary for matters of the heart, etc.
✨Sigil infused Pancakes. This can be done a number of ways. If you’re fancy, you can cook it into the pancake by doing pancake art with the batter in a piping bag, or you can cook it in with chocolate chips or berries. You can also simply do the sigil afterwards with some syrup or other toppings.
✨Enjoy a magical tea with your morning meal. Bonus, read the leaves to see how your day will go, and anything to look forward to or watch out for.
✨Keep something constant in your meal each morning, whether it be making the same order at a coffee shop, or sitting in the same place to eat, and use the familiarity and constance of that to ease stress and bring about stability during the rest of your day
✨Find a food that makes you feel great and use it to aid glamours when you want to feel more beautiful or confident.
✨Do you have a lucky number or number correspondences that match your intention for the day? Try cutting your food into that many pieces, dividing it up into groups of that many pieces, or chewing each bite that many times as you focus on your intention.
✨Use some color magic by choosing brightly colored fruits that match your intention: strawberries for vitality, oranges for self expression, blueberries for tranquility, and so on.
✨Share some food with your deities. It can be easy to rush and get stressed in the morning, but if you can make some time to talk to your deities in the morning, it can really brighten up your day. Offer a little of your food to them as well, if that’s something they like.
✨If you’re someone who likes to make tinctures or other preserves, you could try canning some magical jam and jelly mixtures to use on the daily.
✨Just have time for some cereal or toast? Sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar on top to sweeten your words during the day and get people to listen to you. Use salt and pepper the same way for protection through the day.