…and how you can fix it.
At one point or another in your practice, you will come across spell failure. I’ve already written about 13 Reasons Why Your Spell Fails on Printable Witchcraft’s sister-site Candle Cross Coven. In that post we discuss common reasons behind magickal disasters, but in this one, I wanted to highlight what I believe to be the biggest problem with spells – and how you can fix it.
From 13 Reasons Why Your Spell Fails:
“If you don’t know exactly what you want, how are you supposed to cast for it? When spellwork is not backed by clear and precise intentions, how is the Universe supposed to interpret your true desire?
It won’t. Your spell failed before you even started.”
SO WHAT IS A SPELL’S BIGGEST PROBLEM?
Intention. That’s it. That’s the culprit. But in the sense of the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t, now you’ve got an edge. By identifying the most important thing you have to get right in order for spell success, now you can work towards figuring out what it is you really want and then cast for it.
Let’s dive in and simplify it.
WHY DO I NEED TO SET AN INTENTION?
What is your bottom line, end of the day, desired outcome? You don’t want it to be a general statement like, “I want more money.” When you set that as your intention, the Universe could really run amok with your life and the people in it. You’re basically saying, “Hey Universe, here’s carte blanche to do whatever you have to in order to give me more money. I’m not saying how much I want or when I want it by. I just want more money.”
The Universe could respond with putting a penny in your path and boom! All of a sudden you have more money – if you even pick it up. Or you could find yourself with a slew of overtime at a job you hate. Or it could be ignored by the Universe completely.
So by boiling down your general statement into specifics, you’re setting the stage and parameters of what you’re manifesting. This gives structure to the Universe and/or your co-creators (deities, egregores, intuition, etc.) to work in your favor instead of against it.
Another purpose behind setting intentions is evoking passionate feelings to support your spell. This is literally how magick manifests. Your thoughts and feelings are the power source to get your casting up and running. When you think about your intention, it should bring about these strong feelings that get you geared up and excited. You should be able to easily visualize yourself interacting with whatever your end goal is.
HOW DO I SET MY INTENTION?
The simple answer: Brainstorming. I personally like to think of the general idea of what I want. You can set these ideas into categories, like love, money, energy, etc. Once that’s narrowed down, keep doing it. You can either do this first step mentally or get it down on paper. I prefer paper.
Once you’ve got your general idea categorized and specified, write it down. Apply the present-tense to your statement. For instance, if you want to be in a loving, healthy relationship you would write: “I am in a loving and healthy relationship.”
The next step is to apply a time frame to this desire. Again, if you leave this open to interpretation it could happen tomorrow or 40 years from now. If that’s something you’re cool with, leave it as is. If not, apply that specified time frame.
Essentially what we have is a magickal intention formula as follows:
What you want, as specific as possible + how quickly you want it to manifest within your timeline = your intention
So the statement “I am in a loving and healthy relationship by Christmas 2021” is your intention. It describe feelings and emotions elicited by the situation and sets a clear timeframe in which to manifest.
ARE THERE ANY TECHNIQUES I CAN USE TO FIND OUT IF MY INTENTION IS READY TO USE?
There are. Here are a few to test drive until you figure out which method works best for you.
- MEDITATION CONNECTION
In this method you will be aiming to make a connection with your spirit guide, deities, subconscious, intuition, a higher power or the Universe itself.
Set yourself up for meditating as you normally would. I would avoid incense as this could interfere with resulting answers. Now settle in and close your eyes. Ask your chosen entity what it is you really want. You can do this silently using your inner voice or out loud.
Pay very close attention what happens next. Listen for clues and signs in the passing thoughts in your head. Check in with all five senses. Do you smell anything? (This is why we don’t light incense) Was that a bell ringing? Any little detail could hold the answer.
If you feel like nothing definitive came from your question, it’s normal. Ask again and again in as many rounds as it takes. Stay calm and avoid getting frustrated. If you do not control your emotions, they could paint a different picture over what you’re seeking.
If what you receive from the meditation aligns with your intention, you’re good to go! If not, work on it a little more.
Get yourself comfortable and close your eyes. Begin to visualize your daily life after your intention has been manifested. Focus on one scene in particular that constitutes what your reality feels like post-spellwork.
If your intention is to move into a new apartment, visualize it. Does it come easily to you? Can you picture it clearly in your mind? Does it feel like home? If not, work on your intention. Define what you want. Is it a loft? Hardwood flooring or carpet? Vaulted ceilings?
- HAVE A CONVERSATION
Take a step back from your intention. Sometimes when we’re working on something closely, we can’t see every detail. I suggest only using this method with someone you really trust. Feedback can be priceless, but only from sources you trust.
Sit down with a mentor, a friend, a sibling – someone who knows you and your situation. Tell them what you want and what your intention is. This can be face-to-face or over the phone or video chat. It is also best practice to do this with someone who really listens to you without interruption. Take your time and paint the picture.
Now it’s your turn to listen to what they have to say. Even if they don’t agree with you 100%, that’s okay! If you find your gut is saying the opposite of what they are, take that as a test result that your intention is on track. If you find you’re agreeing with them, there’s your answer.
WHAT IF AFTER ALL OF THAT I CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHAT I WANT?
Start with an all-in-one intention that will aid you in figuring out what you really want. Something along the lines of “I have the clarity I need to know what I want.” When this intention is sent out to the Universe, you’re aiming to unlock the part of your subconscious that knows your heart’s true desire.
Hitting the sweet spot of intention setting can be a difficult process. Just like anything in magick and witchcraft, it’s not a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. Try keeping a journal to record your spells, their process, how they manifested, the timeframe, etc. By collecting this type of data you can begin to narrow down what works for YOU and what doesn’t. Bright Blessings and happy casting!