In the Wiccan tradition, a spell is a magical ritual that is usually accompanied by spoken words. Words themselves are a means to act over exterior phenomena. Sometimes, spells look like poems because rhyme is powerful.
Rhyme links the conscious mind to the unconscious or psychic mind. Verbalizing a rhyming spell produces ritual consciousness. Spells do not have to rhyme to be effective, but they will definitely sound more impactful and evocative if they do.
Spells are a very prominent aspect of magical training. They require the combination of different faculties, such as relaxation, concentration, visualization and projection. Therefore, they provide practice in coordinating these mental skills and developing them even more.
Many people who are attracted to the path of Wicca find themselves uncomfortable with the idea of using magic for practical ends. This is why spell casting forces us to come to terms with the material world. In some spiritual circles, it seems wrong to work for oneself, to want specific objects and to get these objects. But this attitude is a remaining of the view that sees matter and spirit as separate components of existence and that identifies matter with evil.
In Wicca, everything is part of nature. The material world is a manifestation of the divine. Union with the God and the Goddess comes through embracing the material world. Wiccans do not fight against self-interest, but follow it with an awareness that alchemizes it into something sacred.
A spell may highlight hidden complexes. For example, someone who has troubles around the possibility of being successful will find it difficult to concentrate on a money spell. In this scenario, practical results will be less important than the psychological insights that may emerge during the spell. The discovery of our inner blocks and fears is the first step in order to overcome them.
Magical rituals allow us to listen to and interpret the unconscious. Besides, they speak to the unconscious in the language it understands. Rhymes, symbols, images and magic tools used in spells communicate directly with a part of ourselves that hosts our emotions. This psychic territory is barely touched by the intellect. Usually, we understand our feelings and behavior, but we feel we are unable to change them. Thanks to spells, we can harness the most valuable power and that is the power to change ourselves.
The visualization we create in a spell must be that of the desired goal. But not the means by which it will manifest. We have to keep our focus on our destination, without attempting to determine in advance every movement we will make on the way.
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