Is your intention strong enough?
You're a beginner. You read your books, you read more books, more books. Then, you practise, practise, practise some more, your energy manipulation, your meditation, grounding, centering, energy flow. OK, bravo! Well done! You're good to go! Then, you feel that you're ready to cast a spell. You cast your spell, and you wait, you wait to see if it's going to work. And it doesn't, you come to the conclusion that your spell hasn't worked and then you get disappointed in yourself and your abilities. Why did this happen? Why didn't your spell work? What did you do wrong? What would a sane person would do after a "failure" like that?
First of all, let me clarify, go one step further and say that no "failure" is a "failure". See it as a learning experience , because in actuality that's *precisely* what it is. A learning experience, an experience that is, that can help you grow and keep you from repeating the same mistake over and over. Sit down, relax yourself, maybe get some herbal tea, turn all the lights off, all the appliances off, take a warm shower and sit down. Nowadays, in our modern society we're all constantly on the go, go, go that we have forgotten the simple act of just relaxing, sitting down and reflecting on what's happening to us, of what's going on in our lives.
Well, make the difference and just do that. Think this through from the moment that you decided to cast that spell of yours until the moment you cast that spell. What was your intention? Why did you want to cast that spell? Did you doubt in yourself? Did you know that it would work? Were you certain about yourself? Was your motivation strong enough? Did you have positive thoughts during this whole process? Because yes, that is a process. Sit down, maybe in front of your altar, take some deep breaths, ask your patron or matron deities to help you and think things through. What did you do wrong? Ask yourself all the above questions and reflect on them. Write down your experience on your Book of Shadows.
*Did you doubt in yourself? When we do spellwork, guys, we want to show the universe that we deserve what we're asking for, that we're worth it. The universe is not going to "trust" you if you're not sure about yourself. Doubting can only destroy your spellwork, and any magickal working you might want to do in the future. Get a grip of yourself, stand still and be proud of yourself, your knowledge, your potential, and your abilities. Make sure you know what you're doing, and if you don't, see what needs to be done so that you get there. Don't have any doubts, especially when you're doing spellwork. Know that it will work, know that your attempt will be successful, be 100% sure of it. Visualize the outcome, feel it, taste it, embrace it, touch it. It's right there! You're halfway through! Have a positive attitude during this whole process.
*Do you really need what you're asking for? Sometimes, the universe comes up with ways on its own to show us that what we're asking for is not in alignment with ourselves, with the things we need to do to reach enlightenment and grow. You cast your spell, and you made sure that your intention was strong enough. You can just wait and cast the same spell, after a while (maybe after a month or so). You repeat the spell and it "fails" again. Maybe that's a sign! Yes a sign, a sign from somebody out there who wants to show you, that you do not *need* what you're asking for, what you're craving for. Now, 'need' and 'want' are two entirely different words with two entirely different meanings to them. When we say that we 'want ' something, then our ego meddles in our way and our ego is nothing but a burden towards growth, the way I see it. Now, when we say "I need" something, though, the word itself has an entirely different connotation to it. The word "need" means that you *have* to have something, in order to survive and grow. Ego has nothing to do with "need", yet ego has a lot to do with "want". I hope you can see where I'm coming from. So, maybe it's not meant to be. Someone might be sending you a signal that you're not meant to get this "thing" you're asking for, whatever that is and that's for your own good.
* Was your intention strong enough? OK, nothing to talk about here. Magick is all about intention , every serious practitioner must know that. You must have a very strong intention when doing magick, any type of magick, really. Crave for what you're asking for with every cell of your entire being, desire it, love it, be ... "it"! If your intention is not strong enough your spellwork is not very likely to work.
* Do you know what you're doing? Take a moment to sit back and just think about that. Are you ready yet to jump into spellwork? Do not underestimate yourself, but also do not overestimate yourself. Acknowledge the situation you are in, acknowledge your potential, and think very well whether you're truly ready to do that. We're coming back to the "Know thyself" concept here. Yes, you' and only you are the only one in this world who knows...yourself better than anybody else. If you feel you're not ready yet, then there's absolutely nothing wrong with that!!! Just take the time to do what needs to be done and then you can get back to your spellwork once you're feel you're ready to handle something like that.
* Were the energies of the day, month in alignment with what you tried to achieve? For example, Friday is indicated for love spells -- The Waxing moon is indicated for anything that's to do with growth, loving yourself, acquiring something new, for new beginnings, a renewal and so on. The Waning moon now is indicated for banishing spells, to get rid of something that no longer serves you in your life, maybe a bad habit or even... a violent husband. All in all, you need to make sure that when you're doing spellwork, the energies of the day and moon are in alignment with what you're asking for. However, I've got to add this as well right here and say that there are people who do NOT take all the above into consideration, and they just act on impulse and they go by gut feeling. Nothing wrong with that, you know what they say? To each their own. I suggest our beginners do take into consideration the above, though.
My, my, my post is miles long, sorry for that. Thank you for taking the time to read this, hope you enjoyed it, and I encourage all of you to share your feelings, insight, thoughts, and reflect on the post you just read. :)