A Witchcraft Primer: Magic and Spellcasting Basics

Spell Casting

A lot of people want to learn Witchcraft because they think it’s going to be a quick and easy way to rewards. They think you follow instructions to light a candle, say a few words, and boom— stuff happens.

It doesn’t quite work that way– spells are a little like recipes. You can try to follow along, but if you aren’t familiar with the ingredients, if you don’t understand the techniques, if you don’t have a basic understanding of the methods or practice very much, it will be hit or miss.

In fact, the more you rely on the recipe, without really learning what makes them work, the more misses you’ll have than hits.

When you get a recipe at that stage, you don’t even know enough about cooking to know if it’s any good, or if it’s flawed. If you can’t find the exact ingredients, or the right tool, you aren’t really sure what to do or how it will affect the outcome of the dish. All you can do is cross your fingers and hope for the best. Even if it comes out good one time, you don’t know why so you can’t really repeat it.

You want to get beyond the stage of using other people’s recipes– you want to really learn how to cook. You want to learn to understand the ingredients, the tools, you want to hone those skills so that you don’t have to stand there reading someone else’s instructions– you can achieve your own vision of a dish, because you have learned what to do.

Witchcraft, like any other skills, requires more than just following “recipes”– or in this case, spells that other people write down. It’s not enough to just trust it, follow instructions and hope for the best. It requires that you learn, it requires that you become familiar with the ingredients (components), the tools, the techniques.

Here, I’d like to provide you with a Witchcraft primer to give you an overview of the kinds of things involved.

Learn to Cast Spells

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