I am not sure how everyone is going along with the spells and all but here is a little lesson if your having some trouble with it.
When you first find out about Magick, Wicca, and all the wonderful things it has to give you. You believe the first thing you should do is cast a spell or so. Tell you the truth I thought the same. While I talked to a few people that was into Magick, I was misled by them. They told me that I should cast a spell, that it should be one of the things I should do and all. Some of them said I don't have to but it won't hurt to try. When I tried to cast a spell I was in too much of a hurry and sometimes I would miss a step or two and have to start all over. I wasn't even focusing on myself and the items or even understand how each item and time and day helps the spell. Because of all that, it all failed.
If you want to cast a spell and have no fail like I did the first time then you need to take your time and learn about Wicca. Just like if your a Warrior, you can't just pick up a sword and start battling, you must know the basics. The first basic is asking yourself if your ready to cast the spell. Don't just say, "yeah I am." more like say, "Yeah I am because ..." Give yourself a reason why you are ready. This is because the spell isn't really what you think it is. You think the works are from the spell but it really is from you and your mind. Think that your books of shadows is like a cook book. Each page of the cook book has stuff you need, how much you have to have of each, When it add them, how to add them, even notes about the recipe, and more! But also, it is telling you how to use those to bake a cake. If you cooked it for too long it will burn and if you add too much water it will be mush. Just like with a spell, if you do it for too long of course it won't be a problem. Unless you have the thought about it not working. If you do it too quickly then you won't have the time that was needed to do the full power of the spell.
Back to the cake, the cake can't back itself. You can't just throw all the stuff in a bowl and call it a cake. The spell is just like that. The oven is your mind in this case, without your focus on what you need and how to use the tools right in the spell, it will just get burn or be mush. The spell is nothing without you.
Before going off casting a spell I really think you should learn more about yourself, wicca, the tools used, and how to control your energy plus feeling it. This shouldn't take more then 3 months, but it shouldn't take less then a week. Take your time learning your in no rush.
Once you have done all of that (if you don't then this info is really useless to you) you are ready to take the next step. Casting the spell. First you need to ask yourself another question. "Which spell do I want to cast and need to cast?" The reason why you have to ask yourself that is because if your casting a spell that you don't need then the chance of failure is high. Lets say I was down on my luck, so I found a spell that will bring more luck to me. In my mind I know I need this spell so I will be more focused on the spell then something else. Also the spell is just like the hammer to get that nail into the board. Yes you can do it with your hand but it is going to be hard work.
Once you found a spell you need to cast you have to do some more research. Yes, again! What will the spell do? Lets say luck then I find a moon phase that will bring me luck and cast the spell under that moon. Or find a rune that will bring me luck and have the rune on me when I am casting it. Get it now? You want to add some magick to the bowl. Don't forget to Focus on those things and the spell. Once you have that done then go ahead and cast it, but remember don't rush and take your time.
Things to watch out for...
Spells that just has a chant to it. Yeah they will work, but not for a starter of Wicca. It is like wearing a glove when your smacking that hand to the nail. Once you get a few years under your belt then you can do the chants. If you do find a spell that you need and it is in chant then you can add items to help the spell. If the spell is to heal then bring some healing gems and herbs and what not to help it out.
Blood Magick. Again, just like the chants, it is too high for you to do.
Ouija boards. If you want to talk to your dead mother or grandmother this isn't the way. Those things are dangerous because without someone that really knows this stuff you could open a door that any ghost can walk threw. Even if your friend claims to be a expert don't follow threw unless they have proof of it.
Making your own spells. Yeah that is for everyone and can work. But when there is already a spell that can do what you need then you don't need it. Remember, a spell is just a bunch of tools that helps you channel the energy into what you want or need. Doing the research for it all is kinda a waste if it is already there. Unless you want to make your own little spell book this is a waste of your time.
Internet Spells. Just like some of the people that say they are a vampire on this site, you can't believe they really are real. Unless you know that the spell is true by the source and the person then it may as well be fake. For example this site, Pet said that all the spells work. But did he put all of those spells on there? Were they tested and had the results posted? No so I count them as untrustworthy.
Hexing and Curses. I was hoping I don't have to post something like this, but remembering a time when someone tried to do that changed my mind. If you want to be all evil because it sounds cool or what not that is cool. But don't do any of the hexes. The reason is because not only will you be hurting someone and the triangle effect will hit you, but because you'll be calling the darkness towards you and the person. This isn't really a nice thing were they help you take revenge, because they will smack you too. It is better to learn about the Dark Arts (which means black magick) so you know how to defend yourself.
Talking about your working and cleaning up. One last thing. For the next 24 hours don't tell anyone about your spell. Reason, the spell is still in effect and your feelings still have control over the outcome of it. If they say it won't work then the inner you will believe that, which will make the spell crack as I say. Once you are done casting the spell put away all the tools you used in the right spot. If the spell request you to burn the candle all the way then do so, if the spell request you to burn something then do so, if the spell request you to throw it away then do SO! If it doesn't then you can reuse the candle on another spell if the spell doesn't say you need a new unlit candle.
Any questions will be nice.