Though you needn't be a witch to
practice witchcraft, there are some witchy things you must do if you are
to summon occult powers. This section sets down the basic rules for
casting spells. If any part of the rite makes you self conscious, run
through it a few times before trying to cast a real, live spell; you must
not be distracted in any way when actually working.
For the most powerful effects,
witchcraft should be performed late at night. However, unless a spell
specifies a time, it is permissible to work during the day, but it weakens
the spell. Whether you work during the day or night, some spells must be
cast during particular phases of the moon, in witchcraft, the most
important phases are the new and full moons. Each occurs at least once a
month, but at different times each month. The exact moment at which they
appear is listed on many calendars and almanacs. Often you'll find that
the moon phase you need occurs at the crack of dawn. This doesn't mean
that you have to cast your spell at that precise time; however, do work as
close to it as possible, always leaning to the nighttime hours. Thus, if
the required moon phase occurs at 3:27 A.M., cast your spell very late the
No spell should he cast until at
least three hours have passed since your last meal. Before a major ritual
(one that's carried out for several days or longer), some witches fast for
a full twenty four hours. This helps the spell's strength, but it's not an
If a spell takes some time to
work, make certain that you carry it out in a spot where you will be
undisturbed. Draw the curtains; lock the door and take the telephone off
As already noted, most of the
spells in this book can be worked with ordinary, easily available
substances. However, you'll find that some formulas call for ingredients
that may seem strange; a fresh tear, some fingernail clippings, etc. These
very personal things are absolutely essential in witchcraft. They help to
create a strong bond between the person to whom they belong and the spell
itself without them, the spell may become powerless. Thus you must not be
overly squeamish. When such ingredients are called for, screw up your
courage and get them.
When working on a spell try to
make your surroundings look a little witchy. It's important to create the
right atmosphere; after all, this is an occult art you're practicing! Work
by the light of a candle, oil lamp or a fireplace rather than ordinary
electricity. Some psychedelic lamps are also very good for creating the
right mood, provided that their motion is slow and their colors serene.
Often it helps to burn a little exotically scented incense too.
Your spell casting clothes
should be loose and spanking clean (and you should take a bath before an
important ritual), Somewhere on your body, wear an amulet appropriate to
the goal you're trying to reach. (See
Amulets & Talisman's.)
When a spell calls for candles,
you may use any size (even birthday candles). However, bear in mind that
the larger a candle, the greater its power. The same candle can be lit and
re-lit each time you perform a certain spell, but you may not use the same
candle for different spells.
Though the rituals, tools and
other occult trappings are essential, the most important magic comes from
you. Ultimately, the strength of any spell depends on the amount of
emotion you put into it; how much of your love, hope, and sometimes fear,
you direct to the object of the spell.
To summon this emotion,
concentrate very hard on the reason for casting your spell. Let yourself
be filled with your purpose. If concentration is difficult, try this
exercise before starting a ritual. Light a white candle and stare
intently, into its flame. Think only of that flame, nothing else. Before
long, your mind should be free enough to start the spell. With practice,
your concentration should become so deep that you can see really see the
goal you're Irving to reach. When you see it in your mind, bring all your
willpower to bear in forcing it to happen in real life.
power to you!