In a recent article we started the discussion on the topic, “What is a magic spell?” See that article here.
In that article we broke the steps of a spell into 12 basic steps… the anatomy of a spell, if you will. Then we discussed the first step–defining what you want your spell to do–in a following article, which you can read here.
In this article, we move on to discussing step 2 of any magic spell, which is choosing the type of spell most appropriate for your magical goals.
Types of Spells: Pick a Spell, Any Spell
Actually, we are just kidding. When it comes to magic, which is a precision science, not any type of spell will do. Choosing the right type of spell for the desires you want to manifest has a big impact on the success (or failure) of your spell. As you will see in upcoming articles, designing and casting a spell can require a certain level of time and energy investment, so at this step you want to choose wisely the type of spell to use.
While there are many types of magic spells that can be employed, the major types of spells most practitioners consider using include
- candle spells (single or multiple)
- Tarot spells
- simulacra spells
- spells using archetype technology
Other types of spells that can be used singly or along with the spell types listed above include litanies and chants (otherwise known as magical sonics), spells based on meditation, and spells invoking the aid of totems or allies of any kind. In this article we will discuss only the spell types listed above since these other types of spells are most commonly used in conjunction with the major spell types.
The Candle Spell
A candle spell is one that programs one or more candles to act in accordance with Directors and Limiters, which define what you want the spell to do and what you do not want the spell to do. The use of candles in a spell energizes, activates, and feeds the spell matrix.
In actuality, a candle spell uses one or more candles to translate or transform your verses plus Directors and Limiters into an actual energy matrix that is launched into the world to work until done. The candles also “boost” the energy of your intention. Once launched, a candle spell will continually increase in energy, becoming an actual energy form that overcomes obstacles until the stated aim of the spell is achieved.
Candle spells are best used to achieve personal aims. For instance, candle spells would be appropriate to help you find and buy property, get a promotion, find a job, find a mate (supposing you do not use the candle spell on a specific person, which is against Rules of the Road), or gather the resources necessary to take a long-sought distant vacation. Candle spells are also useful for clearing up knotty problems, such as legal issues, financial binds, or land ownership squabbles.
Candle spells are not appropriate for magical protection, conquering world-level problems, or tackling specific health challenges. These situations are best addressed by other types of spells.
The benefits of using candle spells is that they are relatively simple to design, test, create, and launch. The number of candles you choose to use is dependent on the depth and complexity of the manifestation you wish to achieve. Usually, single candle spells are sufficient for buying property, getting a raise or promotion, or taking a vacation. However, if you are dealing with a politically-sensitive environment at work and you wish to get a promotion, you may need to use a multiple candle spell to achieve your aim. The more complex the problem, the more candles you will need. Think about it like this: one candle is necessary to tackle each potential obstacle that stands in the way of you achieving your aim.
The Tarot Spell
As the name suggests, the Tarot spell uses a Tarot layout to achieve its goal. Specifically, with a Tarot spell, you throw a 12-card Tarot reading on the current status of your area of interest. For instance, if you are interested in the status of a bill that is working its way through the legislative process, you would throw a reading on that situation, using something like the Emperor (which stands for man’s laws) as the signifier.
Once cast, the Tarot reading will reveal to you the problems and obstacles in the way of what you want to achieve. Going back to the situation in the legislature, the reading may indicate that a bill, which will have national consequences and you oppose, has a good chance of passing. If this is the case, you can propose “changes” to the Tarot layout that would create a different picture of the situation. In other words, the current Tarot layout gives you a snapshot of the current situation, since Tarot readings are like snapshots of different parts of the world or Universe. These snapshots, though, are not just pictures–they are actually linked to the world at large. So if you change the cards in the snapshot, you change the situation in the world at large. Pretty amazing, right?
With a Tarot spell, you propose changes to the reading, starting in the present line and moving into the future (because you can’t change the past). You then do another reading on your proposed changes to determine the following:
- do the changes make sense, magically and realistically?
- do you have the right to make such changes?
- will a Tarot spell have the power to achieve the changes you desire?
You then keep adjusting your proposed changes until the readings are positive. If the readings keep coming up negative, especially with cards like Magi reversed or Priestess reversed, then you are most likely not following Rules of the Road in your proposed spell. In that case, you may need to abandon the spell and find a different way to approach the problem.
As you can see, Tarot spells are best used for world-level problems. These spells require more energy than candle spells to plan, create, and launch. At the same time, their reach and power are far greater, and they have the ability to affect large situations not usually changeable by a single person. A Tarot spell, correctly designed, gives you the power, as a single person, to affect an entire world situation.
Other Types of Spells
The other two major types of spells include simulacra magic and spells using archetype technology. The first kind of spell, employing simulacra, is relatively simple for the beginner to employ. Much like the practice of Voodoo, simulacra magic employs the use of objects that bear a likeness to the subject in question.
For instance, if you want to limit the abilities of a particular person who is interfering with your sacred space, you could use a figurine which resembles that person to affect that person. With simulacra magic, you would “key” or connect the figurine to the person. Once keyed, what is done to the figurine is also done to the person. You can put the figurine under a magical chalice on a magical plate, and then write verses defining how the person’s power in your life will be limited. Obviously, you must also exercise a great deal of care, since unintentionally harming the object (by accidentally dropping it, for instance) could harm the person, which would cause universal backlash in your life.
Simulacra magic is excellent for protection magic, for simple come-alongs (pulling what you want to you), healing specific physical ailments, and other spellwork that requires precision on a small scale.
The other type of major spell, using archetype technology, is highly advanced and not recommended for any but the most experienced practitioners. Archetype technology makes use of the archetype of certain magical allies, such as the archetype of Raven. These archetypes are programmed to go out and achieve a very specific task before returning to the spell caster. Once the aim is achieved and the archetype has returned, the archetype is sent back to the half worlds from whence it came. Since archetypes must be heavily researched before they can be called, programmed, and sent out, they are not recommended for most practitioners except those skilled in the use of the black mirror and archetype technology. However, the power of archetype technology is almost limitless, and spells using this technology are among the most powerful on the planet.
Whew! Enough Information Overload?
Had enough? Brains fried? While it is not our intention to fry your brain with too much information, our goal is to educate you as thoroughly as we can about the types of spells available to practitioners of the precision science of magic. The information in this article is certainly a lot to take in, yet hopefully it gives you a good idea of the range and scope of what spell work can achieve, as well as the different options available when it comes to choosing the type of spell for your goal!
Keep your eyes peeled for the next installment of “What is a magic spell?”!