I've been doing a lot of reading in books an online. I haven't seen it flat out yet but am wondering if casting is more about focus and intent than materials.
I know a caster personally. She doesn't like to discuss it so I don't ask about it. But one day she happen to mention the expense of materials so she used a Walmart candle said a few words and handle "it". An no she isnt a fluffy one. I you ever met her you would suspect she has the gift right off.
So does this mean that a spell could work without all called for ingredient as lobg as caster provides the energy and confidence to see it through?
Well it depends. Most spells you do not have to have any tools to cast. You can just use your energy, will and focus to cast a spell. But it always good to meditate before casting a spell so you can be in complete focus. for the spell to work. This way you don't have too many distractions that can cause to mess up or loose focus.
Overall yes a spell can work with out tools or ingrediants to work. Blessings!
Does that mean materials are used to help people focus because of a ritual like effect?
And for some other spells the materials are a necessity?
If so how does one know when materials are absolute? If ever.
Materials can be used as a boost, for the effectiveness, but I often dont realy need them unless im casting a really difficult spell, or I nead somthing more to boost it, but thats just my outlook on it
Re: won't it work anyway? By: Lark Moderator / Adept
Post # 8 Feb 12, 2014
A spell might well work without any particular ingredients if the caster fully understand what they are doing, clearly visualizes what they want to achieve, is focused clearly on the outcome, and knows how to move energy and direct it cleanly to its goal.
That being said, the ingredients in a spell or ritual are more than simply props that can be omitted at will. There is a very good reason for using the tools necessary for any given working. They are part of what shapes the energy and the focus of the spell.
Now, that doesn't mean that one can't make some adjustments. If you're talking about candles you don't have to buy the expensive ones from the magic shop down the street. A candle from Walmart, properly cleansed and charged, will work just as well.
Knocking on Walmart candles? haha I use them when I need one. Birthday candles especially. Walmart sells them in twelve packs of solid colors, even special pink and black ones, so it makes my job much easier. Check around the birthday supply stuff. Also buy most of my herbs when needed from there because 9/10 times no one blinks or puts two and two together which I like. Don't need nosy people to start asking questions. I don't recommend dollar store candles though because the wick tends to remain and causes problems with the burn if you're using it for divination. But if you're not, then they should be good too. Just consecrate and use.
As for ingredients, that really depends. I've worked some with none and some with a bunch and both styles have worked. Depends on your mindset. When in doubt, meditate for a moment and you'll get an answer about what to do. I've already had everything ready to do one and when I was pre-meditating, I felt like most of it was unnecessary. Did it as I was instructed and it worked out fine. Also depends what kind of work you are doing. Rootwork for example I'd never attempt without having everything required.
Sun drops I wasn't knocking Walmart candles. It was an example of how she simplifies which relates to my question. It baffles me why some choose to go to expensive shops when she doesn't. I'm trying to understand is all. If the recipe calls for an apple but a banana will do then why not an orange? That's where I'm at in my studies. The very beginning. I have a lot of "but whys" in my notebook:)