Remember Magic comes from within.
Magical Writing in your Spellbook
What does magical writing consist of? Nearly everything you write down to do with your craft is magical writing. When you put something in your Grimoire or spell book you are compiling magical writing. It is the same if you write a spell or a ritual. Some even go so far as writing in either the Witch's alphabet or some other symbolic writing. A word of caution, unless it is a second language to you or you are fluent in the language I would not advise this method. A simple mistake in translation could be disastrous, stick with what you know, clearly and correctly.
Before you do any magical writing, you should first think about what you are going to do what you going to write and how are you going to write it. Make notes. First, draft it out, check and recheck. Are you going to write in your book or is it onto parchment for a spell which will. What type of link will you be using and what colour. Take all this into consideration as you prepare to write. ensure before you start you are comfortable, and you have some quiet time, preferably with the least chance of interruptions. When you are prepared, your notes are in order and correct, you can begin your writing.
Take your time, but do not worry if you make a mistake, just corrected in a simple way, the most common is just to cross it out and put the correction straight after it. Remember, these are your ratings and unless you are writing for someone else do not fret about the imperfections, the substance is the most important.
If you intend to do a lot of writing, then it may be worth looking at calligraphy with a quill and ink. Simple calligraphy writing is quite easy to learn and looks very effective. Your local art shop or online retailer is a good place to look as there are many basic starter calligraphy sets to choose from that are available.
As for paper or parchment a good place is the local pound shop. They have lots of paper packs with various types of papers and card, in a wide variety of colours and materials, which can be very useful for writing out spells out rituals. Also, when you buy paper remnants this way you are in fact helping the environment.
For spell writing and ritual writing there are some special magical inks, the most common are Dragonsblood ink and doves blood ink.
Dragons blood ink ? good for protection, purification and energy. It also increases the potency of spells and is good for banishment spells and against negativity.
Doves blood ink ? this is especially potent in love spells, adding power to romance and passion, friendship and peace. It is also excellent in connecting with any spirit or guide.
Both these inks, and others, are available from any magical supply shop or from places such as eBay. It is quite easy to make your own inks, but most who are starting out in the craft will find it easier to buy premade ink until they settle into their craftwork.
Do not to be afraid of experimentation in both writing style, and writing materials. As with all things in the craft, find what feels best for you and gives you the best results but you could wish for. As usual if it doesn't feel right, it is not right so correct it.
Magical Writing - Writing your own Spells
With the very nature of Magic everything you do should be very personal and highly individualized. You must Understand the very basics of spell work, how they are constructed, breaking each spell down to its individual components. This will enable you to formulate your own specific, effective spells for any purpose in the future. Even if you intend to use a traditional spell, you should tailor to your specific needs. In this way the spell you cast will be most effective for you and your purpose.
Before you can start to write the actual spell or ritual you must set up a plan. First, what is the exact purpose of the magic? It must be precise without any room for error, the end result must be very clearly and exactly predetermined.
With magic you must always be very explicit.
What is your spell for?
What exactly do you want the outcome of the spell to be?
You must be exact in your desired result. This is the most important thing to get correct.
What is the exact nature of the spell?
Why do you need to cast a spell for it?
Will this spell in any way touch on any other person? Remember Karma. In any spell work this should be considered.
Ignorance can be just as destructive as Dark magic.
Just because you do not use it does not mean it does not exist.
All magic can have a negative impact if not carefully thought through, including "white" magic. It may be well worth at that this point to learn a little about Karma and Dark Magic.
To write magic you must understand it, in all its forms!
(Remember I am NOT a Wicca, I do not follow the Rede).
It is important, also, that you choose your time carefully. You should consider energy, the moon phase and the Astrological sign it needs to be in when casting etc. The Moon since the dawn of human time has a profound influence upon us. Witchcraft has always been heavily influenced by the waxing and waning moon. As it is the astronomical body closest to us it has an immensely strong influence over us and our magic. As each astrological sign has a different consequence it is preferable to choose a time when the Moon corresponds with the magic purpose we are working on.
You should also consider with care Nature's natural Energy and if possible plan ahead your magic to take this into account. Often this wont be possible due to the natural nature of life, a spell being needed at short notice etc but it should still be taken into consideration. Following these currents will enable you to embrace the natural rhythm of the earth which in turn will make your Magical work much more easy. Always remember there a planting time (start), a growing time (middle), a harvest time (end) but you must also think the time for rest and planning.
Method & Research.
There are many parts to consider in magical writing. Magical Words and Magic Symbols, essential for magical work.
Like baking a cake, this part is where you prepare the recipe.
All the ingredients must be correct of the cake will not "RISE". Does it need plain or self raising flour? Chocolate or Lemon cake? How hot does the oven need to be?
You are working on the recipe for your spell. This is where you actually start to formulate the spell. This is where you start putting into practice everything that makes you a witch, everything that you have learnt. This is where you start to make your own magic.
Gather your correspondences, pens and paper. Clear your mind, open your books, and begin..... But where do you begin? well lets gather some ideas together to start you on your way.
Which day of the week is best to cast the spell.
Which moon phase is most beneficial to your desired result?
Have you taken into account Astrological signs?
Which colours are best to incorporate into your spell? These can be in the form of Feathers, Candles, ribbons etc.
Are there any herbs, incense and oils which will increase the potency of the spell. These can be burnt or used to anoint.
Can crystals help in the vibrancy of the spell?
Is there a Deity that can aid in the spell?
Are there any other ingredients from correspondences to intensify the spell? These can include directions, elements, Planets etc.
Planning and Writing the Actual Spell.
Do not attempt to do magical writing when you have anything on your mind that can interfere with your concentration. Magic writing is hard work. It must be right and the focus of the spell must be retained throughout. You should write the whole spell out exactly how you plan on casting it. You will have this in front of you so there can be no mistakes when it comes to casting it.
You can make it as long or complicated as you like, and you can add whatever feels right to you. The essential of every witch, the spellbook
The essential of every witch, the spellbook
Now you know what the main things for you spell are going to be you should write a simple outline for you spell. When you have a simple basis you can then fill out the elements as you add them into the magic.
First will be when the spell will be performed. You must allow for preparation time as well as the casting time of the spell, on what day and what moon is needed. Remember you are not just writing the words of the spell, you are writing a full instruction leaflet! You must be clear on what to do during each part from beginning to end.
How do you prepare yourself? Examples are fasting, bathing practices, chastity or sex, meditation or divination are many of the methods used. Most often the preferred method is a Ritual Bath. A bath usually includes candlelight, fragrant herbs, bath salts or sensuous oils all which are combined within the spell. Which ever method is used allow the time in the preparation for it so that the actual casting of the spell is at optimum time for the spell being cast.
Next will be the ingredients, what tools? What else will you need in preparation? Will you need to use any divination before casting, or any prayers? Any bathing or cleansing? Exactly what must you do to prepare for the casting.
Step by step how do you intend to use the ingredients, and in what order. Do you use incense? What type, where? Where do you place items, what direction do you stand? Do you call to any God or Goddess? In what order do you do each part. Write down each step in the ritual. What order do you light any candles, or invoke a divine power?
Next are the words. These are the focus of the power you are going to call from deep within you. This is where you make your magic come alive, this is where you ask the Universe for what your spell is about. Be exact in your words, ask for exactly what you need. Do not allow for any miss-interpretation.
It may be a chant, words of power or even a prayer. There is no right or wrong. Magic is personal to you, if it feels right then trust in yourself it IS right. You should have an idea of what type of magic is most powerful to you. Search deep within yourself. It will come from inside. It may take a little time, relax, let the magic flow at its own pace. If it is there it will come to light.
Then the closing of the spell. How do you end it? What do you do with any ingredients. Is there anything that needs to be done after the spell has been cast. Be precise with the whole ritual from the first moment until the very last motion.
Ok, you have written your magic. Now its time to prepare. Gather together all tools, ingredients and anything else you need in the one place so when it is time to cast you have everything to hand. You will need to gather together the things that your magic requires and these need to be chosen with care. Everything you gather at this point is a tool. Remember that. Magic comes from within. Everything you use is a tool to help you focus your intent. Tools do not hold the magic, they are all elements of bringing the magic out from deep within you.
Like all magic casting you must be comfortable. Your place should be private, quiet, safe and secure. You must be relaxed. You should already have a space for magic, a special place set aside for this purpose only. It may be an unused room in the house, a special corner of your bedroom, a quiet, secluded spot in your garden, the kitchen or some other magical place to do your work. It should be quiet, unobtrusive, very private to you where you feel totally at ease in and calm. Ensure that when the time comes for casting you will not be disturbed, or have things on your mind. You must be totally relaxed, focused and preferably alone.
Remember to plan your spell work at a time of uninterrupted privacy. Like all magic, it is important that you have no distractions. Anything that interferes with your ability to concentrate upon the spell, or your ability to reach the enlightened state necessary to perform Magic should be avoided.
Now of course all that left to do is cast the spell!
Remember that Magic is the manipulation of the energy that lies deep within you. Magic is a form of energy which you direct with your will. Everything around you, your thoughts, feelings, environment and tools, everything around you help you to control the Magical energy you have produced. You must remain positive and focused, knowing what you want, seeing it, feeling it and embracing it, letting the energy flow through you. You have to control it, direct it, focus and use it to manifest the desire of your spell and believe in the Magic that you are creating. That is the essence of Magic, that is what it is to being a witch.