I so very rarely write any type of lesson or article of information for public, but I typed this up replying to a thread a member posted asking which spells to begin with. I see this question pop up everywhere and it seems no one actually answers the question to any extent beyond, "learn your basics", effectively waving their index finger in an effectively obliging manner.
What goes to the question, "What spells can I start with?" or "What spells are for beginners?" besides:
- Energy flow
- Moon phases
- blah blah blah...
Who cares? Most beginners do not so I beg them to consider this much:
It's commonly seen around the website for people to immediately suggest these "SoM Standards" called "The Basics".
Not only, but I don't thinkmostbeginners haven't heard somwhere the phrase, "learn your basics", so I'll try answering the actual question commonly heard, "any spell suggestions?", because I also don't expect them to go through years of beginner work without at least trying one spell. ;)
(Being realistic here...)
Spells come in various forms, obviously. Spells also come in differing "levels" of difficulty, each depending on the person using them.
Something to keep in mind is what magic really is. Magic, is the constant shifting and changing of energy, to put it simply. Spells, Iwillsay time and time again are tools to help a person affect the odds of their desired outcome to happen.
Using spells it is essential to understand that you are pushing for nature to twist out of the norm, out of its natural route of existence. When you do anything with spells (if even partially successful) you throw energy out there that shifts the original flow of things, thus there will always be consequences.
Consequences in magic is what I would consider one of the basics, you MUST understand what you're dealing with to use it properly, and to understand something you're using, you should have an educated idea as to what may come of it afterwards.
Be ready to handle the aftermath.
Every spell, completely successful or not, has aftermath, it has some form os consequence. These consequences differ from you simply used a piece of paper to cast the spell therefore you have one less piece of paper than you began with, to whatever mass issue can come of something as basic as burning a piece paper (you could in doing say, burn downyourhouse).
If you've ever heard the expression, "be careful with what you wish for" then you know exactly what I'm going on about.
Consequences of successful spells may not always be what you had intended, but you must be ready to handle them regardless.
To have an idea about how to handle the consequences that may come (you can't know everything that could possibly happen, but you can have a good about idea about some of it) puts you in a better position than the majority of beginners these days.
Some examples of what I mean are say you have two people.
Person A wants to cast a simple good luck spell because for some reason they keep falling on their toosh when they walk through doorways.
Person B wants to use a complex curse they found in a dusty book somewhere because some jerkwad stepped on their toe yesterday.
Which one do you think will have easier consequences to deal with?
This being said, I will tell you to decide on your choice of spell on your own.