Honestly, the answer isn't simple. It really depends on your particular style in performing magic. Some people petition spirits (anything that isn't physical such as gods, the dead, etc.) for help in completing a task. Others prefer to perform things with their own personal power. No way is "right," it's just different. (Nor or these really the only ways).
Most happen across the best path for them organically. Usually they read and talk to others. They develop their own views through research (empirical or book), and people, over time, happen upon something that just clicks. So yes, I agree, it will just "feels" right.
And, as I've said, time is a big factor in this. Honestly, the views are started out with are not the same as today. Just do you.